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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Valentine Offer!

Do you feel romance in the air? Is cupid following you around trying to get you to commit to a relationship for a change? Are candy ads blinding you with guilt? Are dreamy lingerie ads making you lose your focus? Is your spouse filling your in-basket with catalogs or advertisements for jewelry? Are you getting hot under the collar and uncomfortable thinking about the upcoming pressure of...


I’m riding to the rescue with my pen!
That’s right, your friend Eve Gaal, the hostess of Intangible Hearts and owner of Desert Rocks Creative Writing, will fashion a short letter, poem, wedding vow or proposal for you and email it directly to you by the 10th of February. You’ll still have four days to copy it into a Hallmark card and even time to send it through the mail!

As the published author of romantic, funny, inspirational and even slightly naughty poems, it came to my attention that I could help everyone with this difficult holiday.

My romantic poems & stories have appeared in:

"Goose River Anthology"
"My Funny Valentine"
"Kidnapped Writer"
"Front Page Kiss"
“Poets in Motion”
“The Way the Light Slants”
Open Doors-Fractured Fairy Tales-"Mirror, Mirror"
"PnP Authors Short Stories and Poems"
and my novel, "Penniless Hearts.(These are all available on Amazon by clicking here:

In other words, this will not be a rushed, superficial little poem as in: ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, take me to bed you crazy old fool.’ No, this poem will have a personal touch that resonates with the receiver, perhaps even bringing tears to their eyes. All you have to do is write me a short email giving me a few facts. For example: How long have you been in love? What color eyes? Why is it hard being apart? Do you want me to write with a serious, humorous, sensuous or spiritual tone? Love is complicated and your input and those facts will help create a wonderful poem for your beloved.

Normally, as I’m a busy freelance writer, I charge $100 for short poems of approximately 100 words.
You however, are in dire need of my supreme services and you are also following my blog, so therefore your short poem will be less than half price!
$100/ Now: $39.99

Longer poems will be extra but not much more! Once I begin writing about love, it’s hard to stop and I enjoy doing it. Also, I will not charge extra for revisions and intend on making you so thrilled with this special, meaningful gift that you’ll want more poems in the future! Let me help you during these heartfelt times and write to me today at evegaal@gmail(dot)com. (Payable through Paypal and hurry because the calendar is moving quickly to your special day. Offer expires 2/12/15)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Two Poetry Anthologies to Lighten Your Day!

Magical angels, leftover holiday pixies and supreme luck
 helped conspire to put a few of my poems into two amazing anthologies this month!

The first one:
 The Way the Light Slants

My poem Mourning is a somber reflection about wood and Perfect is about that serene country setting on a swing that might have taken a few minutes, hours, maybe even days to appear flawless.

All the poems in The Way the Light Slants evoke the picture on the cover of the book. Talk about a picture pulling you into the story and so many different ways of looking at the same thing. This is truly a miraculous compilation of feelings and I’m thrilled to be a small part of it. If you’d like to order a copy click here: Click

The second anthology is titled
Poets in Motion

The publisher sent me a proof of this book before it went to print and I have to say it’s so full of emotion; I had to grab a tissue. This book contains several of my poems including one I wrote on New Year’s Day about our surprise snowfall. Inspirational, heartfelt poems fill this wonderful volume from the Pnp Author’s Group where members voted on the best poem and the winner was David East. If you like creativity and a unique perspective, you’ll love Poets in Motion. Order it by going here:Click

By the way, don't you think these romantic poetry anthologies would make great gifts for Valentine's Day? 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Opinion: 5 Blogging Rules

Every once in awhile, I’ll read some article about how to blog or how to never blog or things you should blog about and things you should never blog about and all this nebulous stuff which drives me crazy. Then I notice they have a big gold medal stuck on their blog as if they were the queen or king of bloggers from blog heaven and they know more about blogging than any normal human on the face of the planet, simply because they've been blogging since Lincoln was the President of the United States.
Lincoln--An advocate of freedom and thus
blogging from the heart!

Here’s My Take on Their Rules:

5 Cardinal Rules of Blogging

If you want something published someday then don’t put it on your blog because then it has been published and your future publisher won’t think it’s unique and he might also think you’re stupid for breaking this cardinal rule. Duh. Who is their reading audience-let me guess—idiots? Every writer knows that once it’s posted on a blog, it’s published. That’s one of the reasons we blog to provide the world with ORIGINAL content. None of my friends are senseless enough not to know this but it keeps coming up in the blogosphere.
Don’t bad mouth agents on your blog. NO KIDDING!! Agents? How about ‘don’t bad mouth’ ANYONE in the universe? Sheesh. While I realize agents are special and deserve special treatment they are humans who need to be regular too. Yes, many of them probably take Metamucil too.
Offer a reason for others to visit your blog. This is good advice! Hopefully my blog’s merit stands on its delicate entertainment value because I can’t offer much more. When I offer writing advice, you should always take it with a grain of salt because there are much better writers in the world with advanced degrees in subordinate and insubordinate clauses. That being said, my creative overuse of adverbs and other verboten stuff is all from the heart.
Build a platform. Oh, here’s one that I have truly screwed up. BIG TIME!! First of all, you’re supposed to reply to all the comments which I enjoy doing through email but not everyone has the same system so I should reply after each comment. Whoops. Then after building that platform one scaffold at a time by entering blog runs, hops and gaining popularity with readers clamoring for more of my silly poems, photos and retro perspectives on nature, God and book reviews, I committed the worse sin of all by changing the name of my blog.(My blog used to be called The Desert Rocks dot 
10,000 views a month shriveled like an impotent prune. Not to worry, because with your help my dear patient followers, I’m determined to regain that standard and more!

Lastly, don’t have more than one blog because it’s very confusing and time consuming for your followers. Help your followers find you. If they can’t figure it out or are lost in a quagmire of posts from strangers, they might give up and go somewhere else. Yikes. Don’t worry, I'm happy to have strangers visit anytime. Anyway, according to the blog-gods, I did this correctly. I have one blog and it’s Sure, it’s titled Intangible Hearts because my blog is filled with my sensitivity handed to you in intangible chunks. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Frozen Sisters Wish You a Happy New Year!

Three blogging buddies inspired me to write this post. Plus, I just finished reading Jack London’s book White Fang.What a marvelous book--White Fang moved from the snow in the North to California where he wasn't used to being warm.(See previous post for my review) My rescued dogs Pinky and Fiona moved with us from the California desert and though we only  moved one hour away, they are both wondering what happened.

Anyway, if you like dogs you'll love these blogs:
The first one: Two Fur-Peeps and A Writer-is a blog about author Shelly Arkon and her two adorable pups, Sir Poops A-lot and Hairball. It’s a wonderful, happy blog.
Fiona catching rays
outside and trying to sleep!
The second one: Two Little Square Black Dogs is where you can visit Hamish and Watson in the Sonoran desert.
Lastly, there’s the informative and funny, Pets and other Critters also about dogs, birds and turtles.

(I don't know how to add audio to blogs and someday I'll figure it out. Until then you'll have to use your imagination.)

 Here's a story about
 Christmas Eve Morning

“Mommy, Pinky ate all my kibble.” Fiona looked at me, tilted her little head and blinked.

“Yes, I know,” I replied. “I’ll give you a snack later. Her whiskers sparkled under the Christmas lights and though she had been a naughty little Chihuahua all year long, she still deserved to eat.

Pinky ran up wagging her tail. “I heard you complaining, you little snitch. What do you expect after crapping on the sofa, you moron?”

Fiona yawned.

“Mommy, let me explain,” Pinky said while wagging her tail. “I’m bigger, I need more food and she’s stupid.” Pinky put her paws on my lap and stared at me with her doe-like eyes.
“How about you go into the garage while I give Fiona some more food?” I tried to pick up Pinky who immediately snapped at my fingers. “I thought Fiona was the naughty one? What’s with you wanting to bite me?”

Daddy put down the newspaper and looked across the room. “Are you okay? If she hurts you then she’s going back to that same rescue facility she came from."

He stood up and put Pinky on a leash and pulled her into the garage while I refilled Fiona’s bowl. 

When I sat down to drink my coffee I watched Fiona staring at the garage door. “Is she in solitary confinement?”

“No,” I mumbled. “She’ll be back soon.” (This is where you play the song, "Love is an Open Door" from the Frozen soundtrack.)

Fiona kept staring at the garage door and wouldn't eat. She looked sad and missed her sister. After I finished my coffee, I stood up and let Pinky back into the house. Minutes later Pinky finished off the food in Fiona’s bowl. 

“Thanks mommy,” she said after scarfing it down.

Fiona yawned. 

(Let it go... Let it go....)

New Year's Eve we had a freak storm over our house which dumped several inches of snow all over everything. It's just not melting fast enough for Pinky and Fiona. Here they are checking out their first snow. 

Music:Do you Want to Build a Snowman?

 Yes, even Fiona wants to wish you a bright and sunny
 New Year and all of us hope your dreams come true!