Haiku Friday – Short & Sexy

17 Nov

Hi everyone! Welcome to another segment of ‘Haiku Friday’! I hope you are all having a wonderful day, so far.

Thanksgiving Day is a great reminder that we should be living a life of gratitude. No matter how bad you may think you have it, there are always others that have it far worse, so be grateful for the little things. Celebrate all your little victories, as well as the big ones. If someone shows you a kindness say, ‘thank you’. It doesn’t cost a cent to show gratitude.

Of course, there are some that mistake kindness for weakness and feel that thanking someone is beneath them. I honestly feel sorry for people like this, because this is such a negative and sad way of thinking and living.

Being grateful reminds us of the positive things in our lives. Be thankful for everything you have and say thank you often––you will be happier for it. Living a life of gratitude takes strength of character and a positive attitude. With this in mind, I’m going to list several things I’m grateful for today. You can list the things you’re thankful for in the comment section. I’d love to read what you’re grateful for this day.

  1. I’m grateful for my family and the fact that everyone seems healthy and in a good place right now.
  2. I’m grateful for my little writing buddy, Scribbles (my Pomeranian). He awoke one day, a couple of weeks ago, vomiting blood! I thought he was going to die. My husband and I rushed him to the vet and it turned out that he must have swallowed a tiny jagged rock or glass while licking one of his paws that cut and irritated his esophagus. He’s going to be okay, but it was heart-wrenching and terrifying to see him like that. I now check and clean his paws every time we come home after a walk.
  3. I’m grateful, because my niece, Natasha and nephew, Joshua will be coming home from college in a few hours and will be spending Thanksgiving week with us! I’m very excited and can’t wait to see them and spend time with them.
  4. I’m grateful that more and more readers are discovering my fantasy novel, The Fall of Lilith and are reading and reviewing it. I’m thrilled and humbled by all the great reviews, including a 5 star review I received recently from Readers’ Favorite!

5star-Readers Favorite-book_review-The Fall of Lilith-Vashti Quiroz Vega-Vashti Q-Fantasy Angels Series-Novel-Readers Favorite6. I’m grateful to the talented designers at Damonza who helped bring the concept of my book cover to life. The cover of The Fall of Lilith has won two awards: A Gold Star from The Book Designer and a Silver badge from AUTHORSdb Cover Contest.

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This list could go on and on, so lets move on to this week’s poetry.


Short and Sexy are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Whipped Shortbread Cookies (Recipe)

Holiday Baking

Surely you’ll relate

to my never-failing love

for shortbread cookies

The ambrosial fragrance

drifts into my nose from plate

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Vanilla Spritz Shortbread Cookies (Recipe)

The excitement grows,

as I savor one and all

before I know it

They’re all gone! What have I done?

The ‘Cookie Monster’ left none

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Lavender Shortbread Biscuits (cookies) Recipe

Have a great weekend, everyone!






24 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Short & Sexy”

  1. Gwen Plano November 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving, Vashti! Thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit with all your readers. Big hugs!🤗

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 17, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

      Aw, thank you, Gwen❣️Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. olganm November 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    Congratulations on the review, cover star and haiku, Vashti. You’ve made me feel hungry!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2017 at 12:00 am #

      Thank you, Olga! I guess there’s a Cookie Monster inside all of us. Ha, ha!😁


  3. Linda Mims November 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Vashti! I’m grateful for the busy authors who take time to read, follow, and tweet support for me. Thank you!! Those cookies look delicious. I’ll be trying a couple of those recipes.😋

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2017 at 12:06 am #

      Hi Linda! That’s great! I too am grateful for the unrelenting support I receive on a daily basis from these wonderful authors. Thank you, my friend.😘


  4. Annette Rochelle Aben November 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Well now, I, too, am a shortbread cookie monster! Your haiku totally made me smile in my tummy. Celebrating your every success, Miss Vashti. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2017 at 12:14 am #

      Well, we should definitely have a pajama party and bake shortbread cookies together and then eat them, of course. Ha, ha!😘 That would be fun. Thank you so much. I appreciate you.💕

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Tina Frisco November 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

    I’m grateful for friends like you, daer Vashti ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2017 at 12:17 am #

      Aww, You’re so sweet, Tina❣️I’m grateful for you too! Thank you!❤️

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Sunni Morris November 17, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving! I agree that we need to be thankful everyday for all our blessings, small or large. Thanksgiving is probably the most important holiday of the year and something we should all practice daily.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2017 at 12:23 am #

      Happy Thanksgiving, Sunni! You’re right, we should practice being grateful everyday.😊 Thank you!❤️


  7. D.L Finn, Author November 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    Very important to be thankful and grateful! We have a thankful tree everyone writes on their leaf what they are thankful for. I save them and enjoy looking back. My list would get too long if I listed it all, but heres a short verison: as always my family, a roof over my head, writing, nature, music, pets, the rain, and health… Loved your list and glad your doggie is okay. Great poem for the holiday! Happy Thanksgiving.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 18, 2017 at 12:31 am #

      We have a Thanksgiving tree also! I love your list! It reminds me of so many other things I’m grateful for. Thank you very much! Happy Thanksgiving❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Denis1950 November 19, 2017 at 12:51 am #

    You have certainly taken a creative angle for this challenge Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

      Thank you, Denis! I didn’t want it to be what everyone was expecting. 😉 xx


  9. dgkaye November 20, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    Congratulations Vashti on your awards for the cover! So well deserved. I’m so happy for you. ❤ Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am reminded with so much chaos going on in so many countries, how grateful I am to be Canadian at this time of the world. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 20, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

      Thank you very much, Debby! Canada seems to be such a peaceful country. I think you guys have got it right. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye November 21, 2017 at 10:09 am #

        Well, everywhere has their issues Vashti. But relatively speaking, it is peaceful, multi-cultural, and everyone plays nicely, so that’s good enough for me. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q November 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

        That’s wonderful, Debby. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Natalie Ducey November 21, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    Vashti, this was such a joyful post to read. A lovely way to start the day. Thank you!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes, Natalie! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I appreciate you. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  11. D. Wallace Peach November 21, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    Wonderful poem and tribute to gratitude, Vashti. And such excitement about your book! It’s sitting in my kindle and as soon as I’m done with my WIP first draft, I’m diving in. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

      Hello Diana! I’m glad you liked the post. 😀 Thank you very much, my friend! Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

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