Growing Bookworms – Is your child overly pressured?

I am over at Writing to be Read today with a post about whether our children are overly pressured for my Growing Bookworms series. Thank you for hosting me, Kaye Lynne Booth.

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In the Southern hemisphere, the children are heading into the final stretch of the school year and most of them will have examinations looming at the end of a busy term filled with classes, homework, assignments, concerts, music, and sport.

In the Northern hemisphere, the children are all facing a new school year with new teacher and class structures. Some will be starting at a new school and will need to make a new set of friends.

For all children, wherever they live, life is stressful. Many children are pressured by parents to perform well at school and achieve. Some are also pressured to continuously practice and excel at sport, music and other extra curricular activities. Many children are driven by their own desire to succeed and do well. Scholarships, gaining acceptance into good universities, and getting a good job at the end of it all, is…

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Robbie’s Inspiration – After the Fires of Day WordCrafter Book Tour

Today, I am delighted to welcome poet and artist, Cendrine Marrouat, to Robbie’s Inspiration with her new book, After the Fires of Day. Thank you to Kaye Lynne Booth from WordCrafter book blog tours for organising this tour.

You can read Day 1 of the tour here:

You can read Day 2 of the tour here:

Book blurb

After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran and Alphonse de Lamartine by [Cendrine Marrouat]

Originating from Japan, the Haiku has been a source of inspiration and comfort for people of all ages and from all walks of life for many years. This versatile poetry form is cherished around the world. Inspired by the timeless words of authors Kahlil Gibran and Alphonse de Lamartine, After the Fires of Day is an hymn to life, the emotion of the moment, and our connection to nature. Every haiku in Cendrine Marrouat’s collection is sure to stay with you for a very long time…

My review

After the Fires of Day is a collection of beautifully written and thought provoking haiku. The presentation is plain with no pictures to distract from the purity of the words which, in this case, works really well. The words are vivid enough to create their own strong pictures.

A few of my favourite haikus are as follows:

“Dazzling sun:
a blur of silhouettes
scattered into space.”

“Rustling leaves
and nearby rivulet –
concert for one.”

“Lingering heat
reeds wave at the wind
in your hair.”

All of these poems celebrate the delight and wonder of nature and our surroundings.

Book extract


Chapter 1: Kahlil Gibran

Among the leaves,

raindrops gather slowly

in my hands


Chapter 2: Alphonse de Lamartine

Morning glory

from the blue-green lake

two butterflies.

Book details

After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine  


ebook and paperback 

Release date

Release date: September 7, 2021 


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About Cendrine Marrouat

Cendrine Marrouat is a French-born Canadian photographer, poet, and the multi-genre author of more than 30 books. In 2019, she founded the PoArtMo Collective and co-founded Auroras & Blossoms with David Ellis. A year later, they launched PoArtMo (Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves) and created the Kindku and Pareiku, two forms of poetry.

Cendrine is also the creator of the Sixku, the Flashku, and the Reminigram. Cendrine writes both in French and English and has worked in many different fields in her 17-year career, including translation, language instruction, journalism, art reviews, and social media.

Books:  – Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Volume 2) (2021)

– Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography (2021) (Co-author)

 – 30 Creative Prompts to Take Your Art to the Next Level (2021) (Co-author)

 – Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku (2020) (Co-author)

 – The Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology: 2020 Edition (Co-editor)

 – The Auroras & Blossoms NaPoWriMo Anthology: 2020 Edition (Co-editor)

 – The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win (2014 – Second edition 2020)

 – Blog Your Way to Success: 35+ No-Nonsense Tips for Authors and Writers (2020)

 – Walks: A Collection of Haiku (All the Volumes and More!) (2020)

 – Photography of Life and Living: The Black and White Book (2020) (Co-author)

 – Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Volume 1) (2020)

 – Bad. Pitches. Period. 30 Flavors of Spammy Emails (2020)

 – The Heart of Space (2020) – My Twitter Workbook: 20 Tips to Get Noticed and Followed (2020) (Co-author)

  – My Positivity Journal: 100 Action Verbs and Affirmations for Daily Inspiration (2020) (Co-author)

  – My Poetry Workbook: 20 Tips to Write Great Poems (2020) (Co-author)

  – My Creative Journal: 40 Prompts to Take Your Writing to the Next Level! (2020) (Co-author)

  – My Marketing Workbook: Promotional Tips For Poets (2020) (Co-author)

  – Dans le silence des mots: Une pièce en trois actes (2019) – Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 3) (2019)

  – Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 2) (2019)

  – Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 1) (2019)

  – In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play (2018)

  – Life’s Little Things: The Quotes (2017)

  – Life’s Little Things – Les petites choses de la vie (2016)

  – When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography (2015)

  – The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips (2012)

  – Five Years and Counting: A Journey into the Mind of Soul Poetry (2010)

  – Project: Heartbeats and Elevation (2009) – Short Poetry for Those Who Fear Death (2006)

  – And They All Rejoiced! Soul-Stirring Poetry (2006)

  – Sortons des chemins battus (2006)

Contact Cendrine Marrouat








New baking project

I have a new baking project that I’m working on for my mom’s birthday on 21 October.

These are a few of the little critters I’ve made to date:

Creepy cat

A glass of bats

A witch in a bikini

A new Sir Chocolate book

Robbie’s Inspiration – The Shadows We Breathe (volume 1) compiled and edited by Sarah Brentyn

The Shadows We Breathe (Volume 1) by [Sarah Brentyn]

What Amazon says


Life promises joy and sorrow. Alongside the light, there will always be traces of darkness. It is the nature of being human.

In this anthology of short fiction, we explore relationships—how they sculpt us, hurt us, help us, and reveal our deepest desires.

Eight artists, whose words paint worlds, bring you stories of heartache, loss, hope, and forgiveness. They unveil the intimacy and complexity of relationships.

Whether family, friend, or lover, connections to others can hold us up or break us down.

Within these pages, beautiful words are spun into tales threaded with darkness.

Discover the shadows we breathe.

My review

The Shadows We Breathe is an anthology with a central theme of relationships and all the numerous emotions involved. The book is divided into three sections with Part 1 devoted to stories of 500 words, Part 2 sharing stories of 50 words, and Part 3 presenting 10-word fictions. There are a number of talented contributors involved in this collection which results in a wide variety of different takes on the topic. The writing is beautiful and compelling throughout this book and it is difficult to rate one story above another. Due to this fact, I am not discussing my favourite three or four stories for this review. I am rather going to share a one or two -sentence extract from on 500-word story by each contributor that particularly impacted me.

“You led me down the dark alleys of my consciousness, a tour I’d rather not take, shining a light on the fragments I had denied and hidden away: my selfishness, materialism, laziness, and vanity.” – This vivid sentence speak volumes about the narrator of this story, and how she views herself and her interactions with others. From Between by Ali Isaac.

“She felt nostalgic for the person she had been 10 minutes before.” This sentence states with certainty that narrator is about to start doing something that holds no appeal for her and that all is not well in her world. From What You Wish For by Georgia Bell.

“Hers was a face Gaston fancied, the one he’d chosen and insisted she wear every day, without alteration.” This sentence all smacks of unhappiness. The fact that the face is one Gaston fancied [and by implication not her own choice] indicates that she is submissive and he in control. The word insisted compounds this idea. Without alteration hints at her fatigue with the sameness of the situation. From The Perfect Face by D. Wallace Peach.

“They don’t sound that interesting anyway. It’s nice to have silence for her own thoughts.” – These two sentences indicate that the narrator doesn’t get much peace and quiet for herself in her daily life. They also give the distinct impression that the people making ‘noise’ in her world do not interest her and she has little regard for them. From The Coma by Reena Dobson.

“The fact he couldn’t remember a thing about the night before made him think he’d had a great night. I know I had – not a finger or a fist laid on me.” These two short sentences tell me that the narrator is an abused wife and that she has devised a way of protecting herself. She is misleading or tricking her husband in some way. The reader wonders how and what will come of it. From A Good Night’s Sleep by Mary Smith.

“Of course, I’ll never say a word about what happened earlier that night, when my parents dropped the bombshell that my father got a promotion and we’d be moving across the country.” Somehow, the events the narrator speaks of in this sentence have changed her life, and not in a good way. She feels a need to hide the truth. From Inferno by Maria Carvalho.

“Caught in a world of wanting, I worked for things I was supposed to have.” When I read this, I immediately knew I was dealing with a narrator who had been driven by making money and obtaining things and that she had made sacrifices to do so. The character of the narrator is also clear in that she believes she is entitled to have the things she wants. From Selfless by Sarah Brentyn.

“The last passenger exited the aircraft and Nancy’s plasticine smile dropped. She had mere minutes before the next round of passengers lined up for boarding.” Nancy’s plasticine smile illustrates that it is fake. Nancy is putting on an act for the passengers. It makes you wonder why? The use of the words ‘mere minutes’ tell the reader that Nancy needs to do something and she doesn’t have much time for it. From The Carrier by Allie Potts.

All of the stories, longer and shorter, in this collection are powerful and well written. I recommend this book to lovers of short stories about people, emotions, and experiences.

Purchase The Shadows We Breathe

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Sarah Brentyn’s Amazon Author Page

The Modern Siren, a poem

It calls



Gently pushing

It’s determined way

Into your conscious thought

Subtly it comandeers



It’s visuals


It’s reality


Blurring edges

Softening hard lines

It takes over

No struggle required

Everything laid on



No effort needed

For the perfect

3-D experience

So easily

We succumb

To the siren song

Of the computer

By Robbie Cheadle

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