I have to leave…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes the last poem for the month of April.  I write to celebrate National Poetry Month with the help of NaPoWriMo.  I have blossomed as a poet!  I didn’t know that I had it in me.  I can write!  This poem hints about the ending of my first book Stephen.  But the second book, The Dominant, continues with the story.

Michael told me to leave.

Some great danger.

Someone new coming to town.

He didn’t say when

I’d see you again.


I love you.

I can’t leave you.

But I have to obey.

All of you dominate me.

I have to obey.

I fear!

As I pack my bags

I tremble.

I leave in ten minutes.

I must go.

Be safe my love.

I must go.

Be safe!

I love you!

So ends the month of April and my writing poems every day.  I have included poem writing in my books to honor National Poem Writing Month, the month of April.  My character is a writer and an artist.

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Be careful…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes her second last poem for the month of April and National Poetry Writing Month, NaPoWriMo.  It is about her second book, The Dominant.  Her character loves The Dominant.

Be careful The Dominant.

I love you.

I understand that you have to work

and do evil.

But be better.

Always better.

And remember.

Always remember.

And the good will help.

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Confused…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem for NaPoWriMo, an excerpt from her second book The Dominant.  With this poem I show that even with a dominant, a woman always has the right to say No!

I am confused

The Dominant!

New men want me.

Men that I fear!

They were after me.

Now you are working

and they want me!

Did you set this up?

That all of the bad want me?

No says your worker.

Thank you!

No! I say then.  No!

I have the choice.

I have the last say.


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Stephen…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem.  It is an excerpt of her first book Stephen.  She writes for NaPoWriMo and will write a poem every day until the end of April.  Stephen reflects a part of her past.  It is the first book she has ever written.


I love you.

I trust you.

You dominate.

To protect

And because you like it.

You have four good friends.

They all dominate and

Protect me too.

You dominate them.

You are the dominant.

I listen.

In case my life depends on it.

I listen

And do as I’m told.


Love me.

Protect me.

Thank you.

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Some things I have learned…

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Meredith Gibraltar shares what she has learned so far about publishing her first book.  The main thing is that selling is about serving and that marketing is about story telling.

First I have learned a bit about chapters in a book.  Chapters should be short.  About 1500 to 2000 words.  Page numbers are important in a book but not in an ebook.  In an ebook hyperlinks are important.  Page numbers should be at the center at the bottom in the footnote area.  The page header should be right justified with the author’s last name/title.  Your book shouldn’t be more than 80,000 words which is about 250 to 320 pages.

A book should have a title page, dedication, acknowledgements, copyright notice, a disclaimer and a table of contents.  All these sections are important.  Especially the disclaimer stating that it is fiction and not based on real people or places.

The font should be Times Roman or Ariel and 11 or 12 size.  The text should be aligned left and right with 1.5 spacing.  I haven’t figures out how to get 1.5 spacing in word yet.  Can anyone help me out?

The book cover is important.  It should tell the story of the book.  I was looking through some audio books and it hit me that I was looking at just the book cover to decide whether I bought the book or not.  So the book cover is important.  Someone even said that this is where to invest and to get a graphic designer.

It has also been recommended that the first chapter of your next book be included at the end of the book.  I have seen this done but rarely read it.  If it is a sequel then I usually read the next chapter.

You will need a good two to three paragraph summary for the back of the book cover.  It should entice but not give away the ending.  It should be like a movie teaser.

Self-publishing doesn’t necessarily need a following.

Don’t publish on a Tuesday because the big brand books publish on Tuesdays.  When you publish it should be a function of your audience.  Your platform is your audience is your following.

If you publish an ebook use Kindle which is part of Amazon.  Kindle Direct Publishing.

When publishing you should offer a free kindle copy of another book that you have written to increase interest.   You should also prove yourself as an author and have a following.

Selling is serving.  Which means you should be helping people with your book.  Not selling your book.

Marketing is story telling.  So you should be concerned with the story you are telling not the selling of the book I guess.

If you found this post helpful please like below.  These are just some facts that I have picked up along the way.  Hopefully you have found it interesting.  Cheers!

The Dominant…another poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes another poem for Napowrimo, a group that is writing poems every day for the month of April.  It’s hard work!

The Dominant.

Be better.


Understand that I work.

And be better.

Don’t be violent and be

Clear headed.

Make the right choices.

Be a better person.

You’ll save your money.

You’ll get help.

From the good.

Good people.

Be better.


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I remember now…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar now writes a personal poem of her present day dilemma.  I bare my soul.  It may shock you.  But then maybe you will understand me better.  Writing about it heals the soul…my tattered soul.  I stand naked before you.

I remember now.

A little.

I had repressed it all.

Now I remember a little.

A small crack in the wall,

The thick wall that hides what happened.

I have to remember.

I can’t bear to think,

Let alone open a door to all the memories.

The panic has eased.

The depression has eased.

I even cried.

Slowly I heal.

I write the memories.

Slowly they will come back.

Then I will know.

What you did

To me as a child.


My babysitter.

Then I will know.

a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes another poem.  I haven’t decided which book I will use it in because it applies to both.  Probably The Dominant.  I write for NaPoWriMo.  I am tired this morning.  Too tired to write.  But I did it!  Cheers!

I am tired.

It’s all too much.

The fear, the worry.

Will it ever end?

I trust.

But it’s too much.

I can’t give up.

The evil would take over.

I have to fight.

I stand.

Alone with you.

I stand.



Book Review-The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes about the book “The Elements of Style” written by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.  It is an excellent reference book for English grammar and style.

The book goes over elementary rules of usage with a few specific examples.  Then it covers rules of composition and a few examples of form.  Then it lists words and expressions often misused.  And finally it lists reminders about style.

I believe this book to be a jewel among writing style and grammar books.  It is a very good read and an excellent reference.  It is listed in my Recommended Books page.


I love but…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem for The Dominant, an excerpt from her second book.  She writes for NaPoWriMo and is writing a poem every day for the month of April.

I love.

But you set me up.

The bad are after me

Because of you.

How can I forgive.

But I do.

Remember the good.

Remember me.


Be smart.  Be safe.

They are after you.

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