9 May


Illustrated by Jessica-Art

Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to read my post. Today I am sharing a short excerpt from my novel “The Basement”. This snippet will give you a little insight on the main character Robbie and his father Robert. I hope you enjoy it. There is also a short poem written by Adrianna Joleigh written specifically for The Basement.


Robbie’s Problem Parent

Excerpt from The Basement


Robbie’s dad, Robert, was a quiet, serious man with a rough exterior, which intimidated most of the neighborhood kids. Many had seen him lose his temper with his wife, his son, and even his neighbors on more than one occasion. It was never a pretty sight.
His eyes resembled two large, shiny, black pearls suspended in yellowing ice, bordered by bushy, black eyebrows. When he glared at you with those eyes, it was hard not to tremble.
Robbie was nothing like his father. He was an intelligent, sweet boy with delicate features. He was quiet and bashful except around his friends. He was a bit clumsy and awkward at times, which always made the kids laugh. Robbie was a self-conscious, timid and insecure boy perhaps because of the constant berating he suffered at the hands of his father. However, he was also good-natured, considerate, clever and courageous when he mostly needed to be. Although most of the kids in the neighborhood pitied Robbie, some poked fun at him.
His dad was very strict with him—sometimes downright ornery. At least it’s what most people in the neighborhood believed. Robbie was a small, fragile kid who had more in common with his wife’s genes than his own, and Robert didn’t like it. He didn’t appreciate that his kid was more brain than brawn and often belittled him. It seemed no matter what Robbie did to please his father, it was never enough. All of Robbie’s achievements in school—his straight As, awards, and honor roll certificates—weren’t appreciated by his barbarous father. Robert often got drunk on beers, and when he did he was obnoxious. He loved to pick on his son when he drank, which embarrassed and saddened Robbie and his friends.

Excerpt from THE BASEMENT




Blood tears rain down his face.
His chest bloated with poisonous words.
His eyes pitch black and hollow,
Beaten by the mouths of cowards.

Sitting alone in dark shadows
Of the bullies who murdered his wit.
Stabbing his life one day at a time
‘til nothing’s left but an abysmal pit.

Fearing the presence of strangers.
Fearing the judgment they pass.
Fearing the abuse and lies that are fed
Into a child’s life that shall not last.

Desperate to make sense of the pain
Injected daily into his veins.
Killing any expectation he’s ever had
Without fervor, his aches remain.

Foolishly coming to you for acceptance
Into this world of yours.
Desperately clinging onto the niceties in life
Prospects vanish behind barred doors.
What is there in life worth living?
What is left but pain and degradation?
What does he have that’s worth giving?
What’s the point of surviving abomination?

–A. Joleigh

Actor Joshua Rush

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18 Responses to “Robbie”

  1. adriannajoleigh May 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Wow Poor Bobby 😦 Thank you for sharing this post. I’m so thrilled you were able to use the poem! I’ll tag you and show it to others to promote your blog. ❤ Love your story Vashti. It hits home in some ways.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Thank you Adrianna! Are you kidding I love this poem. It is perfect for Robbie’s story. I’m saving the other one for another post. Thank you for collaborating with me. 😀


  2. adriannajoleigh May 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Robbie** stupid dyslexia. Lol.


  3. Poetic Passions May 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    So heartfelt…


  4. D.J. Haswell May 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Hello there, we could all use a little sunshine in our live, which is why I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award, check out the link ( for the rules. Wishing you a fantastic week!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      My heart started beating so quickly when I saw this comment D.J.! Thank you so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! It is my second nomination, and I am so excited to have captured the interest of such talented and awesome people such as you D.J.. I’m going to add your blog’s link to my blog so that you’ll always be featured here and maybe sometime in the near future we could collaborate on a post together. 😀 Thanks again, you made my day!


      • D.J. Haswell May 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

        Vashti, thanks for adding my blog’s link to yours that and your lovely words have made my day 🙂
        I would love to collaborate on a post with you. Will be in touch very soon. Enjoy the rest of your week!


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

        Thank you! You do the same D.J.!


  5. Rosey August 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    I already love Robbie and wish him a happy ending!


  6. Doreen Sargente September 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I used to know someone like Robbie. He went on to become quite successful. I’ve noticed sometimes when people have difficult childhoods, they are destined for great things.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Hello Doreen, that’s very encouraging for kids going through a similar situation. Very good insight into my book. 😉


  7. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) November 18, 2014 at 6:11 am #

    good choice of excerpt!! thanks for linking with #readwithme x


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Chantelle! Thank you! I enjoyed linking up with you at Read with Me! 🙂


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