On This Hanukkah

One lightHanukkah Menorah


the darkness

Two lights burning so true

Three lights

glowing, glowingGLOWING

                                                     with goodness

Four lights shining for generosity to others

Five lights sparkling with


Six lights illuminating our path

Seven lights radiating our


Eight lights blazing and brilliant

Filling our hearts and our homes

     with love

and with light.

Posey Salem | 12/6/2015


A Fall Day

Solid bricks beneath my feet,

Black hose snakes across my path,

Blue sky above.

Warm bricks beneath my cheek,

Leaves flutter across my lips,

Realization sets in.

Ripping pain through my arm,

Blue, black, and red,

Broken hand.

Poetry Writing Workshop 9-9-2015

Join me and others from the Writer’s Writing group for our first poetry workshop!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at the Coastal Carolina Community College library at 6:30 p.m. The college is located on Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Parking is free.

For this first poetry workshop, the focus will be on reading and writing poetry and verse for enjoyment and inspiration.

During the workshop, we will

* Learn tips and tricks for poetry writing

* Write poetry using prompts and literary devices

* Share our creative work

* Encourage each other

* Have FUN

* Learn how poetry can enhance your life and your writing–even if you don’t write poetry.

You don’t want to miss out on this enjoyable evening. Bring a notebook, something to write with, and a beverage.

You do not need to be a member of the Writers Writing group to attend—everyone is welcome but please R.S.V.P. below as space is limited.

Hope to see you there!

For more information: poseysalem (at) gmail (dot) com or http://www.meetup.com/JacksonvilleWriters/events/225074679/


There’s Good Writing and the Other Kind

We wanted to share this tidbit from writer and author, Chuck Sambuchino. His full article on WritersDigest.com can be found below. The article has some great writing tips, but we especially liked number 6.

Learn what good writing is: Honestly, there’s so much terrific writing out there, but there is also considerably more garbage as well. I’m constantly surprised by how many people don’t know the difference between the good and the bad. Art is subjective, true, but it isn’t that subjective when you remove ignorance and replace it with education.

Duke Ellington said it best: “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind”. The same applies to writing.

10 Tips for Writing or at http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/10-tips-for-writing?et_mid=775410&rid=250848070

Have a great writing week,

~ Avi and Posey

Great Books for Writers – One

During the most recent meeting of my Writer’s Writing group, we decided to start making lists of writing books that we like and want to recommend. In this way, we will be able to post our book list to our group’s Facebook page and share the information with each other. As I was working on my book list, I decided to share it here, at Cool Cat Writers.

The following books are where I am living, now. I’m finding inspiration, honing my craft, and writing more than I expected. 🙂

Books to Improve Writing

The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English  by Bill Walsh

Keys to Great WRITING: Mastering the elements of Composition and Revision by Stephen Wilbers

STORY Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules by Steven James

Books to Stir up Your Writing Gift

The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring

A Writer’s Coach: The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies that Work  by Jack Hart

Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life by Bonni Goldberg

Children’s Writing Books

The Writer’s guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-on Guide From Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul

What are some of your favorite writing books? Please share with us.


Golden Ribbons Swirl

Marmalade Sea









I hear the sound of the whistle, and the splash of water.

The sun is waking, over the sleepy sea.

Spreading shimmering light, upon the waters.

Golden ribbons swirl, in a gelatinous sea.

Washing over sandy hues, drenching tooth and tongue.

Sweet tang bursts forth. Taste explodes!

Senses awash, in orange flavor.

Tea and marmalade.

tea and marmalade















 (c) 2015 Posey Salem, April 6, 2015