A to Z Challenge – Halfway!

So, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the A to Z Challenge, and already there have been a lot of tips and advice on my chosen theme of surviving the zombie apocalypse… Here’s a quick recap! (I’ve been posting these on my blog directly, rather than on here – follow the link in the top-right of your screen if you’re at a laptop 🙂 )

Apocalypse comes: a zombie flavour.
Achieve survival – life’s to savour!

Pack a bag, be ready to go,
Life is beautiful, don’t you know.

No more commuting, that’s all out,
No chance of a cure, I have no doubt.

Build up defences, walls and bricks,
Death isn’t life, but still plays tricks.

Beware the evil that men do;
Don’t slip on entrails ‘neath your shoe.

Fish for food and find some friends.
Don’t know first aid? Make amends.

Growing food; guns and more.
Playing golf… guts and gore.

Knowing when to hide, or seek.
The humour skills you need to tweak.

Imitation, insects, immortality.
Imagine no Internet! Insanity!

Joggers’ justice in the park
Jam and jelly after dark.

Killing zombies, armoured knights,
Kayak, knife and knitting fights.

Living, loving on the land,
Laugh at lawyers getting canned.

Making music, marry right,
Military lost the fight.

So much advice, so many more…
Who knows what other tips in store?

What’s been your favourite tip so far? Any topics that you’re dying to hear covered? Let me know in the comments!
















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Haiku – Fly

This week’s haiku horizons prompt is “fly”. What stage are you at?

I wish I could fly
Soar above clouds and mountains
Be free as a bird

I’ve no time to stop
Much to do; so little time
If I could just fly…

Commuting is hell
Hours of traffic daily.
If I could just fly…

Old Age
How time flies
So many regrets
Just one life

Fly up to heaven
Let angels carry you home
I’ll see you again



Picture credit: flickr.com/photos/welshpixie/9501853553

Haiku – Shower & Play

It seems fitting that my first posted poem on my new site is for Ronovan’s haiku challenge. This weekly challenge has really captured my imagination, and got me hooked on haiku… in April, you’ll be getting daily zombie haiku from me for the A to Z Challenge, as well as me trying to complete the regular weekly challenges. I owe it all to Ronovan! (You can blame him too if you think my stuff sucks. Swings and roundabouts 🙂 )

Anyone else recognise the truth in this one?

Annual routine:
Child showered with Christmas gifts…
Child plays with the box!



Picture credit: flickr.com/photos/pixydust8605/1415161624


Hello, hello!

I’ve been blogging for a while at https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/ but have decided to make the jump to a self-hosted website… so here we are!

I can’t pretend to understand most of the technical ins and outs of migrating from one site to another, but I am hoping that with sufficient warning and a bit of a handover period anyone who was following my old blog will find out about and follow this one too. And if you were having second thoughts about me then now’s your chance to cut and run! (I plan to mothball the old site at the end of April, and focus everything through this site.)

I have plans to develop and to branch out a little more than I did with the old site – just learning as I go. So what else can you expect?

1 – I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge again this year, running throughout April. My theme will be … survival in a zombie world! And because this is me and that’s not enough of a daft challenge, I’ll be doing it in my inimitable haiku style too (because who has time for lengthy survival tips when you’re running from the undead?).

2 – As well as “more about me”, I also want to get to know you better… well, some of you anyway! Starting in April, I want to run a regular Sunday interview feature called “The Dirty Dozen“… details to follow.

As this is all new and shiny, please drop me a comment to let me know any thoughts on this new site, the layout, etc, or any ideas that you want to share for taking this forward. And if you fancy a go in the hotseat for the Dirty Dozen, then let me know below!

Thank you for joining me on this new leg of the adventure! 🙂

Haiku – Plan & Lift

#1 – Me
I will change the world!
I’ll lift it and reset it.
At least… that’s the plan…

#2 – You
Give yourself a lift
It’s time to take some “me” time
Throw out today’s plan


Give yourself a liftIt's time to take some -me- timeThrow out today's plan

My first attempt on Canva…

Written for: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-88-liftplan/

The Two-Minute Manager – 4

Another dose of management and leadership advice from the somewhat cynical mind of guest blogger, See Yi-Oh… You only have yourselves to blame if you follow this advice!

Attending Operational Meetings

Show your importance
To the lessers in the room:
Head down and email

Gift them your presence
But deny them eye contact.
Who knows where that leads?


Are you strategic?
There’s always scope to up-think.
Be more strategic.

Any report that’s
Longer than a page in length,
Isn’t for your eyes.

The true strategic
Does not think in words, numbers:
Start to think in shapes.



Friday Funnies… in haiku!

Anyone else feel that the haiku is a sorely under-used medium for fun and Friday frolics? Oh, just me then… Well, you’re here now: let me know what you make of these! 🙂

Read dictionary.
I thought it was a poem.
About everything.

Money talks.
But all mine says
Is goodbye.

We grew up dirt poor.
I started out with nothing.
Still have most of it…

Algebra of love:
When you look at your X
And you wonder Y

My therapist says
I’m obsessed with vengeance.
We’ll see about that.

Rabbit in the woods
Stands with the sun at his back.
Makes human shadows.

Finished world’s biggest
Jigsaw puzzle this morning.
Last piece was missing

Mafia hitman
Killed a local mime artist.
Used a silencer



Picture credit: flickr.com/photos/gagillphoto/3336353424

Haiku – The Fear

#1 – The Writer
I spy my future
Idea sparks; ride the quake…
No plot worth a damn

#2 – The Fear
Spies and plots condemn.
Quaking at shadows; spark gone.
What is fear worth?



Picture credit: flickr.com/photos/lolowaro/14770821388


Written for : http://thesecretkeeper.net/2016/03/07/weekly-writing-prompt-27/
Prompt words: WORTH | SPARK | PLOT | QUAKE | SPY