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LIGHTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE - a poem

LIGHTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Nut-brown fingers are eager to switch on tree lights as a myriad of faces uplift to halos of brightness spinning ritualistically while a family gathers inside the ancestral home. Resounding Grandfather clock ticks away time and memories. Branches gleam anew with old crystals, baubles, and golden beads.  Silver whimsies sparkle like showery Fourth of July glitter on this Merry Christmas Eve.

Maine Coon Cat (acceptance)

Maine Coon Cat has been accepted for publication in Midlife Collage. It will be published in the December issue.

OUTSIDE THE SNOW - to be published in Toasts: Graces and Blessings

My poem Outside the Snow will be published in Toasts: Graces and Blessings Fall 2014, Viva Editions, http://www.vivaeditions.com/

HONORABLE MENTIONS PUBLISHED IN JOURNEYS VI

My short stories The Wedding Reception and Not Suitable Viewing For Children have won honorable mentions and are published in Journeys VI, an anthology of award-winning short stories. Court Jester Publications Lady Lake, Florida

NOVEMBER - a poem by Patricia Crandall

NOVEMBER The air is pungent with decay. Old bones push out of earth beneath curled leaves. Blackness descends and hovers, with it comes a chill.

HALLOWEEN TOMBSTONES a Poem

HALLOWEEN 
Tombstones like spiky teeth, Skeleton bones rattle beneath. A black cat stretches across Willa Witch's hearth where skulls are brewed and crossbones stewed by this Uzbekistan, wart nosed sorceress!

FIRST PLACE WINNER

"It All Adds Up!" won First Place Award in May/June 2013 Northern Stars Magazine contest.

SEPTEMBER PASSES a poem

SEPTEMBER PASSES On the patio, new foliage pushes through remnants of Autumn leaves. The brick path is mottled and scarred with wet pine needles and acorn caps. Cobwebs are whisked off white wicker. The far-away sun shines cold. In layered clothing, I sip herbal tea.

FOREVER YOUNG - AUGUST POEM

Forever young among the young presents a two-faced mask. My arms so ache, my legs forsake me in this hopeless task.  Forever young among the young I'm whipped before I ask, a tender pup to please ease up in games out of my past.  Forever young among the young I persevere alas. Yet my years, threescore are hereto more reality at last!

JULY AM (poem)

On the lake, waves sparkle and glitter in streaming sunlight. Tree-tops chorus bird song in dancing winds and flounce lush, tropical greenery.

HOT SUMMER DAY - Poem for June

Hot Summer Day
The rustle of ivy against a cool brick wall. Wisteria and clematis spider out of hanging baskets on a white-washed porch. Lazy kittens stretch in shady sunshine licking their paws beside a cistern of rain water. Mozart is subdued by a whirring fan.

PAT'S COLLECTIBLES (New Book)

PAT'S COLLECTIBLES



In the short stories, The Crazy Jug, The Pink Victorian Lady, Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners, The Conjurer, and The Rescue, Gert Carver and Nina Westacott meet an eclectic variety of characters as they trade-off collectibles and old bottles at flea markets and solve gentle mysteries involving neighbors, relatives, past students, farmers and hicks in and around the upstate New York community of Indian Falls. Gert and Nina are likeable protagonists, and Patricia Crandall has revealed a life unknown to most city dwellers. The following is a quote from a past review in the New York Times Sunday Review of books: "In the wake of 9/11 (and the terror attacks that have followed; e.g. Aurora, Boston and others too numerous to mention), Americans seem to crave the reassurance of straightforward tales about good people trying to live good lives, who believe in love and friendship, work and honor and charity, the prosaic but immense forces that dignify most of …

Honorable Mention - Not Suitable Viewing for Children

Mary Lois Sanders, Publisher/Managing Editor of Creative Writer’s Notebook (Court Jester Publication) chose Patricia Crandall's stories, Not Suitable Viewing for Children and The Wedding Receptionas  honorable mentions. 
Both stories will be included in JOURNEY'S VI. 
For more information, please visit Creative Writer's Notebook.



GOD BLESS THE NORTHEAST WEATHER - POEM

GOD BLESS THE NORTHEAST WEATHER
Nature at its best is delightful. At its worst, frightful. And when the elixir is all wrong; a dabble strong, a dollop weak the prognosis is often bleak. 60 degrees in January February thaw March showers April mud heat wave in May cold June, July

APRIL SNOW (poem)

APRIL SNOW The night is a clone of January. The morning is sweet and golden as an April sun. Snow-droppings fall from icelandic trees. A lone mallard floats downstream.

Won First Place

My flash fiction story Managing the System won first prize in the flash fiction contest in the January/February issue of Northern Stars Magazine, Beverly Kleikamp, editor/publisher.

NEW BOOK COMING SOON - PAT'S COLLECTIBLES

NEW BOOK COMING SOON:Pat's Collectibles is due out soon. Be watching for it from Beachfront Press. All her short stories will be included in this one book. An announcement and link will be provided for you when it's published.

Review on new book from Beachfront Press

Hi Patricia,
Beachfront tagged you in a post. Beachfront wrote: "A shout out to author, Patricia Crandall for penning a wonderful collection of short stories. She has whipped up some real, down-home cooking, brimming with friendship, and served with three sides of simple adventure."
The Facebook Team
Pat's Collectible's will be out soon. It features all her wonderful short stories.

Love Interlude - Finalist

Check out my story  "Love Interlude"  I was one of the finalists - Sera Publishing

March Poem WINTER-SPRING

WINTER-SPRING Winter relinquishes a diadem to a more beauteous star. Slowly, ice melts into vapor and sun undresses the snowy ground. Streams flow purely down mountainsides. A prismatic, golden energy is instilled into every being.

Finalist at Sera Publishing

Read "Love Interlude" finalist in contest at Sera Publishing.

FEBRUARY GLOOM

FEBRUARY GLOOM
My son attempts to play the flute while I sing silly songs creating lace-doily valentines before his round, expressive eyes...one is put aside for teacher.

by Patricia Crandall 

(c) 2013

The Heirloom and A Garden of Love

The Heirloom, has been accepted in Flash Fiction World, Vol. 2 and A Garden of Love in Vol. 1. 


Volume 1

Flash Fiction World – Volume 1 is packed with stories about all the concerns, traumas and dramas of life, as well as the joyful and humorous times. Whatever your preference you will find plenty of reading material (over 44,000 words) in these pages to keep you happy and engrossed. I have no doubt that you will enjoy a fiction feast and will be seeking more stories by many of the writers that you discover in these pages.

Volume 2

Flash Fiction World – Volume 2 is packed with stories about all the facets and dramas of life. Whatever your preference you will find plenty of reading material (over 30,000 words) in these pages to keep you happy and leave you fulfilled. I guarantee that you will enjoy a fiction feast and will be seeking more stories by many of the writers that you discover in these pages.


CRACKLING JANUARY

CRACKLING JANUARY
Snow crackles beneath fur-lined boots and winter tires. Smoke puffs from Clinker brick chimneys, invading church yards and back yards. Tree limbs snap like gunshot in bitter cold.
by Patricia Crandall