Poem: We’re not in Kansas anymore.

It’s been an interesting week. Still battling the evil bronchitis but it was pretty cool to see my book on display at the local book store, facing out, and it’s positively mind boggling to have people say, “I love the book” or “I want a copy” and willingly hand me money for it. Here’s a Friday Poem for you!


A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace, Grief, and Passion is available through Amazon and other online booksellers.


Poem: Sammy Snuggles

A Friday poem . . .


A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace Grief and Passion can be purchased through Amazon.com and other online booksellers.

Poem: Exploring Moonbeams

I’ve been slowed down this week by a touch of bronchitis but I still figured out the design for my author business card and am ready to have them printed up to put out with my books in local stores. Here’s a Friday poem!



Suspended Sentence: A Poem

Suspended Sentence

A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace, Grief, and Passion by Melora Johnson – available through Amazon and other book sellers.

Poem: Tires on Pavement

A new poem for Friday! Not remotely creepy for the 13th, sorry.


Now Available: A Sanctuary Built of Words

Yesterday was a bit surreal. My book went up for sale on Amazon. After all the work – compiling, editing, formatting, proofs, and tweaking – there it was.

I still need to finish the Kindle file and I’ll eventually be recording an audio version but, for now, the print version is available.

“What if sanctuary isn’t always a physical place?

Sometimes it’s located in our heads, and sometimes . . .

sanctuary can be found in the stories we share.

Whether our own or the ones we create, they say –

you are not alone – in how you think, in how you feel . . .”

You can click on the image below to order a copy!


The Publishing Finish Line

Well, I can see the finish line in sight. This has been an interesting process from start to finish and reminded me of the need for both patience and creativity in solutions. The book has been approved and will be available for purchase on Amazon in 3 to 5 days, I am told. 🙂
I’m not even sure when I first conceived of the idea of a book of poetry, to be honest. It was at least several months ago. Seemed an easy process – throw some poems together and make a cover in Publisher, right? Ha!
Picking which poems to include wasn’t so difficult. Editing them took much longer than I planned on. My beta readers were the best help. Then I realized the order of the poems mattered more than I had thought and had to fix that. Right up to Sunday night when a page break moved on me and put three blank pages in the pdf I was uploading to Createspace. *sigh*
This morning I went to approve my proof so it could be distributed and the computer at home would not turn on. The fan just ran and ran. 😦 Bad computer, very bad computer.
But we’re almost there. Soon I’ll be able to really start marketing the book and that will be a whole new adventure.

Poem: Considering the Fourth of July

The book is almost ready! Here’s a little Friday poem, written some time ago but it will also be in the book, appropriate for the upcoming holiday.



Off Kilter: A Poem Playing With Space

I was inspired by a poetry workshop recently at The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes with poet Mong Lan. We read a poem that played with space and it reminded me of improvisational jazz. I wrote this poem that plays with spacing, line breaks, tab stops, subscripts, and superscripts. What do you think? Is it playful for you or just weird? Do you like it? Not like it? Why?


Punctuation in Poetry

Punctuation in Poetry

Over the past few months I’ve ramped up my scrutiny and editing of my poetry, trying to get it ready for publication. I’ve learned a few new things about what I like in poetry and I’ve found I like playing with space and punctuation.

We’ve long debated capitalization and punctuation in my writer’s group. I’m of the mind that you punctuate and capitalize as you would any sentence, even though it is broken up by the end of a line.

Now, we know periods create a full stop so that’s a fairly long pause. Commas cause a shorter pause. I believe line breaks create a pause in our brain even if we continue reading. I learned recently that our brains treat written language as a physical terrain, so I liken that line break to stepping over something in your way. You may not be stopping but it slows you up just a little.

At one point I thought to myself, “Oh, I don’t like those short dashes Word is putting in. I think I’d like all long dashes.Then I tried it and realized, “Oh, all long dashes is no good either.”  It was just too much. So I learned more about hyphens (-), En dashes (–) and Em dashes (—) than I thought possible but I also learned how to make them in Word.

And now, it ‘feels’ right, because I was able to use the right punctuation.

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