Category Archives: My fiction

March Miscellany

by cheri Our friends Don and Donna came for an overnight visit last weekend in order that Don (a lifelong citrus nurseryman) could help the good judge to prune his 58 olive trees before they start to bud. Donna and … Continue reading

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A novel with no tension

by cheri sabraw Can a great novel be without conflict? Without an antagonist? Without growing tension? Will a reader take the hands  of a contented narrator and accommodating likable characters for 100 pages? Will pleasant conversation enjoyed on a warm … Continue reading

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Have a Curious New Year!

by cheri sabraw If I could sprinkle you with pixie dust, hastening your flight to enlightenment (I might add) and bestow upon your gentle soul one quality that will invigorate your heart and vitalize your mind, I would. Instead, I … Continue reading

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The Audience?

by cheri sabraw Should my blog be instructional? Entertaining? Philosophic? Revealing? Biographical? Over the past seven years, I have tried to do it all. Surely, some of my loyal readers want to learn, others want to laugh, some want to … Continue reading

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Мой Девятый Класс Йоги ( My Ninth Yoga Class)

by cheri block In the yoga studio last Tuesday evening, I moved to a new location—the front row. My mindset went like this: I must displace the large Czech women who like to dominate that front row. My strategy will … Continue reading

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Queen Joan and the Cobalt Blue Mirror (8)

by cheri block Queen Joan, too, was readying herself to move, one last time. She adjusted her crown, tipping it back a bit for balance and appointment. She valued balance since her body had lost it 15 years ago in … Continue reading

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Alonzo’s Mirror (7)

by cheri block Alonzo saw, in his mirror, a young virile dragon with bright golden eyes, orbs surrounded by firm blue skin and symmetrical scales.  Not a blemish on his nose, not a scar on his cheek, not a bag … Continue reading

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Alonzo’s Morning Shower (6)

by cheri block Alonzo stepped into his shower, turning the water temperature to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and letting the waterfall cool his overheated scales. “Come on Baby, light my fire,” he sang, thumping and splashing to the beat of his … Continue reading

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The Queen is Moving In Today (5)

by cheri block Move-In day for Joan arrived as scheduled. My, how time has moved along itself, I thought, still in the sack, trying to recharge my battery for the big day ahead. Why, just a little while ago, a  … Continue reading

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A-L-O-N-Z-O was his Name-O (4)

by cheri block Oh, she sailed a-way, on a bright and sunny day, On the back of a croc-o-di-le, (clap four times) “You see,” said she, “He’s as tame as tame can be, I’ll ride him down the Ni-le,” But … Continue reading

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