Epiphany Rewarded… A Double Whammy

I need to start this post on a negative in order for the positive to shine. My apologies from the get-go; Therapeutic Rambling abound.

In the world according to the Mush there are those that have been judged on who does what best and the rewards they get for it. Unfortunately there are many of those in my somewhat selfish opinion that get recognised for far more than they deserve while others miss out on true recognition.

For a long time I have felt judged on what I do, although in reality it’s probably my fault for letting myself be judged and in turn judged myself on my success and failures. Even as far back as leaving school with not much more than one shitty qualification under my belt I have considered myself a failure. And I put blame in places and on people that I won’t be discussing here.

So where is this all going, well I recently turned a corner. Only last week I kind of had an epiphany in the form of some empowering TED talk videos that shone a light for me and showed a new perspective on things. I know there have been some great moments and successes in my life which brought me to this conclusion:


Phew; take your time JC, small steps. Nope I said it and fuck does it feel good.

With this epiphany and the smiles it has brought, I have also been rewarded from non-other than Karma itself. I can’t ask for better than that and for me this came in the form of simply being recognised and nominated with two blogging awards during this month of July that I have not really done anything about other than thank those that nominated me.

Why have I not made a big deal about this well, I know that there are those of you out there that don’t like this from of recognition for one reason or other. I didn’t want to ‘upset the apple cart’.

But why should I or anyone hide from these moments of recognition?

Why shouldn’t we stand up and accept these moments not only for our own fantastic writing but for recognition of those that not only nominate but those that inspire and contribute to the very words we write.

And so without further ado I want to thank Tatterhood for the nomination of Blogger Recognition Award and Casss Bassa for the nomination of Mystery Blogger Award. This thank you is not just for their nominations but for the motivation to write this post.

I’m also gonna break some rules here in that I’m not gonna follow them. What I am gonna do is recognise those that have recognised my work and helped me to like my blog and what I write. Here’s to:

Raw Earth Ink – Mike’s Manic Word DepotThe Stories In Between

I Write HerParallaxWalt’s Writings

Also to Kristiana Reed who manages Free Verse Revolution as well as her own blog. After all she seems to like my work as she’s happy to post my monthly contributions on FVR.

Thank you one and all.

FYI, the creator of the Mystery Blogger Award.



In celebration of my wife’s 50th Birthday.


We came together

Raging hormones flying high

Fun lusting youngsters


We learned together

Hearts entwined by clumsy grip

Climbing like ivy


We fought together

Cursed words of hatred and pain

Crowded space, no air


We stayed together

Promises of chance and luck

Wrapped up in hope’s sash


We love together

Spiritual countenance

Life’s binding contract


We cry together

Tears of pain and of joy

Ending in rainbows


Soul mates forever

Sewn together by life’s thread

Real loves tapestry


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Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Love at First Comic Con

I wasn’t looking for love

But there she was

All dressed up for the occasion

My eyes working my way up

Lost in her vision

It’s the princess

Brown felt boots

Caressed her gentle step

A slave girl’s outfit

Curves moved with a gentle sway

Long Brown hair tied back

The gentle plait lay over her shoulder

WOW… Her vision encapsulates me

Forehead sweating

Heart palpitating

I avert my eyes

Only to see

In front of me

A different height

A different shape

But it’s her in all her glory

My mouth now dry

I walk on by

And see her again

A little shorter this time

But I don’t mind, while

Trying to hide my trembling

Trying to compose

A teenage dream

Aahhh… Love at first Comic Con

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The image found on this post is readily available in various places on the internet and believed to be in the public domain. I hope no one minds.

To Boldly Go but no Kessel Run

For ‘T’… 

Spanning two centuries

Travelled the future and past

The Starship Enterprise

A vessel that surpassed


From the end of her nacelles

To the front of her saucer

The pride of Star Fleet

When the time came to launch her


Armed to the hilt

Her weapons were many

With torpedoes and phasers

She had a bite that was deadly


She had many Captains

From Pike to Picard

Add the finest of crews

They were Star Fleets vanguard


From NX 01

Through the alphabet to E

Registration on her hull

Put fear in all who see


At Warp Speed 9

She’s got no restraint

But the Millennium Falcon

She ain’t !!


Did the Kessel Run in 12 Par Sec’s no less !


Copyright © JRFC August 2018
Image from Conectica