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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Saturday 31 December 2011

Leaping into 2012 Haiku

It's going to be a leap year.
I'm facinated by those born on 29th February and what it must be like.
I'd like to thank my lovely husband for all his invaluable support over the past year.

To round off 2011, I had 2 pieces of wonderful news.

First, Scifihaiku have accepted 4 of my haiku for their 2013 publication/ website. Yes they are searching that far in advance!
I'm delighted, though having to wait that long will be a challenge.

It's an illustrated quarterly magazine that publishes scifaiku, haibun, senryu and tanka plus articles about these and other poetic art forms.
Do check it out.

These ones didn't make the grade, so I can share them with you:

When dogged by Pluto
All the planets join forces
Celestial Clique

Madeleine Maddocks
They live among us
The stereotypes abound
Alien Features?

Madeleine Maddocks

Second, I won an unexpected blog prize at Maria Zannini's DIY Christmas blog with Carina Press: Rulebreaker, plus some smoked salmon!

Meanwhile poor hubster (mentioned above) has a bad cold and throat. It makes me ill just thinking about it!

I hope your New Year starts off with a happy buzz too.
Will you be celebrating or treating it like any other day?

Thursday 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Thank you

to all my fabulous 500 + subscribers

Thanks for all the lovely comments

and all those who have taken part in my blogfests

and all those who have hosted great Blogfests for me to add my voice in.

and all the lovely blog awards

To Cherie Reich; Kate Walker,  Maria Zannini for my lovely blog prizes.

To Denise and Francine at RFW for all my winning challenge badges

and Madeleine Kane for all those honorary Limerick mentions.

To Ellie Garrett and Tony & Margo Benson for some wonderful chats
about books and blogging over lunch and coffee.

If I haven't mentioned you specifically due to brain fog, rest assured, you are also very much appreciated.


I wish you all a marvellous, happy and loving Christmas
and a New Year full of wonderful prospects.

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Haiku Challenge #2 Cold

Write your own Haiku

in the comments below.
There's no limit on how many haiku you can write for this challenge, so what are you waiting for...?

What does Cold conjure for you?

Last week's winner was so hard to choose between those excellent entries: 

Goes to Misha Gericke Well Done!

Honorary mentions: Sara and Trisha

If you're not sure of the rules for writing Haiku,
check out the link

Maybe haiku turn you cold?

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Winter Haiku Challenge

Write your own Winter Haiku

in the comments below.

What does Winter conjure for you?

Olive Tree has taken part here

Next week's theme: Cold

Monday 12 December 2011

Snatching Moments & Limericks

Hi all, It's been crazy busy here at Maddocks Mansions, but  I promise to get round to answering those of you who have commented on my most recent posts and reading your posts soon.

In the meantime, here's some more Limericks.

Ms. Kane sets the first line of the limerick each week and the rest is up to you:

A gal who was frequently prone
To chatting for hours on the phone
Heard her hubby complain
(Though his words were in vain)
That she’d likely end up all alone.

A guy who was frequently prone
Lay face down in the mud all alone
He’d gone clubbing that night
Now he looked quite a sight
And the smell clearly wasn’t cologne

A guy who was frequently prone
To pronounce "You shall reap what I've sown"
Married several times over
Though naught were in clover
Has got plenty of time to bemoan.
A gal who was frequently prone
To fondle her husband’s trombone,
Gave the slide a quick lick,

Then, as a deft little trick,
Played the mouthpiece to make hubby groan.

Sorry slightly risque one  

A man was attempting to eat
As he tried to get up from his seat
His plate contents fell
And he shouted ‘Oh hell!’
As he stood with his food on his feet.

A gal was attempting to eat
An entire menu complete.
She progressed from the fish
To the main menu dish
With her eye on the most tempting treat.

This week's prompt: A man/gal who was terribly high 

Can you add the rest? Hop over to Mad Kane's Blog and have a go. (Link above)

A gal who was terribly high
Gazed blearily out through one eye.
She blinked once or twice
And then in a trice
Injected more coke in her thigh

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Insecure Writer's December and Malice Haiku #3

My thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for hosting this monthly blog hop. I often lose my writing mojo and feel utterly defeated, especially when I get rejections, but I realise that if I give myself some quality time that inspires my creativity, relaxation and contentment it will return.
Of course positive feedback also helps salve my writing soul. 
The most important advice I've heard from successful authors is to believe in yourself; believe in your writing; stay determined; read widely, read and read some more.


How do you keep up your writing confidence?

Monday 5 December 2011

My Blogfest Entry

So did you guess my Absence / Absinthe cliché pun punchline and its relation to the title?

Liberally sprinkle your entries with well placed clichés
Or make it the twist on the punch line to your story.

Don't forget to check out the other entries


Sunday 4 December 2011

What's a cliche? BLOGFEST

Should we eliminate clichés from our writing, because they are



Here's your chance to use a cliché or set of clichés in a humourous or witty way. Make it the punchline of your piece or liberally sprinkle the piece with them.

They say there's no such thing as an original idea. In other words it's been thought of before, but you can put an original spin on a tired, hackneyed or stale idiom and make it your own.
Liberally sprinkle your entries with well placed clichés or make them the twist to your tale.

Make it the twist on the punch line to your story. Or make it a witty observation: e.g. Rachel's Holiday by Marion Keyes (1997) He kept touching his hair, which, as well as being dyed to within an inch of its life, was blow dried flicked and rigid with spray.

You may choose whichever idiom you like, such as 'The cat that got the cream'; 'As cool as a cucumber'; 'As good as gold', 'Kick the bucket'. Max 400 words for Flash Fiction.


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Friday 2 December 2011

A Positive Rejection

I scheduled this post for this morning only to find when i checked that it was empty, so I'm trying again!


A Positive Rejection by Madeleine Maddocks

Sent to a magazine
By way of competition.
My short story, a piece of fiction.

My fingers crossed, as my toes were too,
And my breath was bated
As I waited and waited.

When the email arrived
It made quite clear
They liked my story, which was fantastic to hear

Though it failed to fit their particular theme,
They seemed keen to see
more of my prose, to them from me.

Have you had positive rejections?

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Absent Haiku

Jenn at www.youknowthatblog.com has set this week's theme as Absence



What does the word Absence conjure up for you?

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Feminist Flash Haiku Competition #3 2011


Womankind worldwide
Charity fights for women’s rights
Who’s the fairer sex?

Check out Mookychick 

See my other entries in separate posts below.

Feminist Flash Haiku Competition #2 2011

Head over to mookychick to enter this competition.

Feminist rages
Her bank account in his name
It's a modern age!

See my other entry below:

BTW: This actually happened to me. I put my bank account that I'd had for years into a joint account with hubster, bearing in mind my initials came before hubby's in the alphabet and he still got all the letters addressed to him about our interest in the account. I was livid!

Feminist Flash Haiku 2011

Defining women
So much more than burning bras
Girl power at its best

Head over to mookychick.co.uk  Their winners shortlist will be compiled by 5 December 2011, and the panel of judges will determine the final winners by 15 December. Winners and shortlisters will be informed via email by 15 Dec.

Friday 25 November 2011

And The Winners Are


Thank you  to all those who entered the competition
AND to all those who left a comment without entering the competition.
And Wowee I have reached the 500 mark!

The Winners of my Talli Guest-Fest are:

Please send me your address Luanne.

Sadly I have discovered I can't give Kindle ebooks as gifts as yet via Amazon, which was a blow, but hoping to rectify this in the New Year if all goes well.
So humble apologies to Sarah and Rachna.

Talli said: I can offer Sarah and Rachna both a free copy of Build A Man in Kindle format.
Yes Please and Thank you so much x
Thanks to all those who enjoyed the presentation of my guest interview. I wonder what do people look for most when they read
author interviews?

Did you know you can now download Kindle for PC software Free from Amazon, so you can read Kindle versions on your computer?