Successful launch!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the launch of my chapbook, “Extra Candles.” I am so grateful for your support!


Many thanks to Haiga Online for including my collaboration with Nicole Girodat in your photo haiga challenge. What an honour!

Wishing you all peace, love and joy this holiday season.

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov


Red Moon Press

I am thrilled to announce that Red Moon Press has published my collection of 24 haiku, “Extra Candles” which will be available on their website on December 1, 2016. As their goal is to “publish the best in English language haiku from around the world”, I am deeply honoured to be included.

Many thanks to Jim Kacian.…atalog/product_info.php

“The true poem rests between the words” Vanna Nonta


So pleased one of my haiku is currently published in Shamrock Haiku Journal, and two of my photo-haiga in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu. Thanks to editors Anatoly Kudryavitsky and Mike Rehling. Always an honour to be included!

Wild Plum-a haiku journal, also accepted one of my photo-haiga for their next issue March 1. Many thanks to Maria Tomczak. So humbled to be included in such a beautiful journal.

I am over the moon to currently have photo haiga included in the World Haiku Association 146th Contest. I am grateful to Kuniharu Shimizu.

As you may remember, I sent my women’s fiction manuscript, “A Path to the Lake” to some agents. I had some positive feedback, but no bites. So, back to the drawing board for more revisions. I’ll quote Ernest Hemingway for today’s quote. (:

“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway

Photo Haiga

I am thrilled to say that one of my photo haiga has been accepted in Daily Haiga, “an edited journal of contemporary and traditional haiga.” Many thanks to editor Linda Pilarski. Two of my photo haiga are currently published in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu. Many thanks to editor Mike Rehling! You can find them on my Japanese poetry page.

One of my haiku will be published in the winter 2016 issue of Akitsu Quarterly. So very honoured to be included. Big thanks to editor Robin White.

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement.” Christopher Fry



September already?

Wow, can’t believe its September already! I was so honoured to find out one of my tanka poems will be published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America Journal, in their Autumn Issue.

Two more of my senryu poems were published in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, and one of my haiku will be published in the Asahi (Japan) on September 30. Many thanks to both!

I’ve been having fun creating some photo haiga this summer (traditionally haiga is a style of Japanese painting that often incorporates a haiku). So pleased to have two of my photo haiga in the September issue of Failed Haiku and one accepted in the Urban Fantasist.

Will return in October:)

“And if he finds that his goal is the sea, what will become of his fire.”  UNKNOWN


Summer memories….

I’ve added five haiku to the Japanese Poetry page. Hope you enjoy. This will be my last post for the summer. Thanks for your encouragement for my 72,000 word women’s fiction, “A Path to the Lake.”  Of course I’ll pop back on in a heartbeat should any news develop! (:

Thanks for reading these samples of my writing, and I hope each one of you make the memories you dream of this summer.


“If your ship hasn’t come in – swim out to it.” Mary Engelbreit

The Journey Back

Will Holly tell her sister Jenny that she knew the man she is about to marry before she did? I’ve posted a new story, “The Journey Back” on the fiction page.

Three of my haiku are being published today in Ascent Aspirations, Friday’s Poems. Thanks to founder and editor, David Fraser. I’m so honoured to be included.

I read a quote on poet Fay Aoyagi’s website “Blue Willow Haiku World.” She stated it was one of her favorite quotes about haiku, by Takajo Mitsuhasi. “Writing a haiku is an act of stripping scale from my skin. The scale which is stripped from the skin is evidence of my life.” It’s one of my favourites now, too.

Can’t believe summer is almost upon us…

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“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” Wallace Stevens