Hello there, Have we met? 

02 Jul
Hello there, Have we met? 

Ahoy me hearties! I’ve been so preoccupied lately, I forgot I had a blog. Not really but when life does what it does best and everything piles in, sometimes you just need a self-enforced time-out. That’s not to say I haven’t gotten lost in the time suck of social media but I have also been reading a lot more here lately. I’ll give you a brief glimpse into my recent library. 

Beth Teliho’s wonderful YA book, Order of Seven was a breath of fresh air and full of suspense, enough so that I had trouble finding a stopping point to put it down. I didn’t want to miss anything and I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. 

Kimberly Jayne’s Take my Husband Please was a light-hearted look at divorce. Her describing the bumbling accidents made me laugh out loud but also made my poor klutzy heart feel better knowing maybe I’m not the only person who has endured self-inflicted injuries. 

Then there is the incomparable Helena Hann-Basquiat. What can be said about her books? Only that they are incredible, well written, thought provoking and sometimes funny as all get out! The two most recent by her that I read was Leaving Arcadia and Penelope, Countess of Arcadia. Coming from and living mostly in small towns, I identified with Leaving Arcadia. We have all known families like these and wether they were friends or just the family everyone knew about, you knew their stories and you always hoped things would work out for the best and when they didn’t, you just shake your head and “tsk, tsk” the injustice, knowing it will never change and wondering what is wrong in this world. 

Penelope was written as a Shakespearian type play. It was fun to read and I found myself re-reading portions just to get the “voice” right. Seeing modern phrases written in language like that made it that much more fun.  

The other reading I have been doing is lots of poetry. Hastywords, Laura A Lord, T.A. Woods, just to name a few. The problem with reading poetry is I get words rattling around in my head and I find myself trying to make them make sense (unsuccessfully, mostly), but the following group of words (I won’t call it a poem, seem like an insult) won’t leave me alone so I wrote them down (and typed them out too)! So I’ll add this one to some of the other terrible poetry I have posted here on this journey. Feel free to critique, all suggestions, good bad and indifferent, are welcome. 
What has happened

Just tried to keep pace

When did my life 

Become such a race
The weeks fly by

The months a blur

The calendar flashes

The years that were
Life and love

Family and friends

Pursuit of happiness

When does it end
I’ve hit the wall

Out of gas

Spinning my wheels

Going nowhere fast
When the final is written 

And my story is read

Will my checkered past fly

Like a flag overhead



Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Random Wanderings


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13 responses to “Hello there, Have we met? 

  1. beth teliho

    July 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    ohhhh awesome! Thank you so much for the shout out! So happy you enjoyed Oo7! (will love you forever if you could do a little review on Amazon!)

    Kimberly’s book is on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. ALL the books you mentioned are awesome sauce!

    and the poem?? KILLER!

    • msenecal68

      July 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      You are so welcome, Beth! My 13 yo son is reading your book right now so we can do a couple of reviews!

      • beth teliho

        July 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        Greatness!! I love when teens get their hands on it. And I love reviews! Lol
        You guys sound like a reading family and that’s awesome. 🙂

  2. The Regular Guy NYC

    July 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    So glad to see you back blogging! Hope all is well with you. Heck, your poetry is much better than my scribble!

    • msenecal68

      July 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Phil! Thanks for the welcome back and as for my poem, well, it just gets some the marbles that are rolling around out of my head so now I have more room for useless nonsense—uh I mean important, life-altering stuff!

  3. Kimberly Jayne

    July 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Heeeeeeyyy! Thanks so much for telling your peeps what you thought of my book. I’m absolutely thrilled you liked it. Making people laugh does my heart good.

    And your poem? Very well done. Scooped me up and carried me along.

    My best to you.
    Kimberly Jayne

    • msenecal68

      July 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      You are so welcome Kimberly! I enjoyed the trials and tribulations of poor Will and I have had my share of debacles and came through mostly unscathed.

  4. Gary Sidley

    July 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Great to read you, again – keep it going!

    • msenecal68

      July 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Gary. I am seriously going to try but probably not with poetry, just my warped, off-beat view of things.

  5. Helena Hann-Basquiat

    July 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Always glad to see you pop up, Melissa… thank you for the wonderful shout out. Leaving Arcadia is collected as part of Memoirs Volume 2, in case you didn’t know. OH, and VISCERA will finally see the light of day later this year. I’m working with the publisher now.

    • msenecal68

      July 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      You are so welcome darling! And I can not wait for VISCERA!!! I thoroughly enjoyed being a beta reader for it and I can’t wait to revisit the darkness and mystery.

  6. Tamara Woods

    July 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout Melissa! I’m glad you come over to PenPaperPad occasionally. That’s awesome!

  7. claywatkins

    July 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    We all get busy, the blog should be fun not pressure. Sauntered over form Phil’s blog and like you, I read a lot of YA, do you teach? Some of the best stuff is YA. Have a wonderful weekend.


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