The Connection Between the Dark and the Light


It’s interesting that some of the people who have written what might be termed the darkest sort of literature (often poetry), are the same people who have written what might be termed some of the most fanciful (again, often poetry and/or for children).

T S Eliot is on my mind as I say this: thinking of his book Ash-Wednesday (several linked long poems) juxtaposed to his book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (best-known musical adaptation of the poems is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats).

The connection between the dark and the light is very real.


M L S Baisch

February 2018

The year of the book has begun! My books!

Generally speaking, I do my annual planning in the  fall. That’s when I assess where I’ve been and where I’m going, figuratively speaking. I think it has something to do about a lifetime of looking forward to the start of the school year. For me, there’s nothing nicer than a new box of crayons; I still buy them when school supplies hit the shelves.

My eBook projects have been in the works for awhile–a long while. 2015 is going to be the year of the book. My books! My annual planning says it’s so!


Leona-96pix-800x1280The pièce de résistance  will be my children’s book, Leona the Part-Time Fairy.

This book has been a labor–of love, of course, but also of several years.

It’s a story that has taken on a life of its own and become more than one book. 2015 will see the completion of the second book in the series.

Deciding how to bring this book to market has been an interesting process. There are so many things to consider:

Traditional vs. ePublishing – both paths are circuitous. There are potential pitfalls, advantages and disadvantages. Once that decision has been made, the fun begins.

There is more one needs to know about either publishing decision than can actually possibly be learned without actual experience. I can certainly understand why an author needs an agent and a publisher.

It’s a question of does one want to write, or publish, or market books. There are three distinct processes involved in getting a book onto the shelf–or in the iPad. Four, if you separate the edit process from the writing process.

I won’t belabor my choices, except to say that I plan to ePublish. Leona the Part-Time Fairy will hit the eBookstands after the first of the year.


In order to launch this first book, I had to understand the various ePublishing platforms. To that end, I have put up three eBooks. All three are available now as Kindle books and can be found at Click on a picture and you will be magically transported.


They are experimental and short, but they have served my purpose. Interestingly enough, the two real kitties have become fictional characters (in my mind), and their exploits will go on as a chapter book series for kids.

FreddyCat and Bugs (our cats: one an exotic Sphynx housecat, the other a stray alleycat) have agreed to partner-up in a series of FreddyCat books.

The original eBooks are photographic picture books.




These two cats couldn’t be more different. That, of course, is the beginning of a great story.

FreddyCat Finds A Friend and Hi! I’m Bugs are introductions to the chapter book series.







The third of these experimental books isn’t intended as a children’s book at all–though many children will enjoy it.

Rembering When is a 55 page book of photography that features decrepit, old automobiles, farm equipment, and miscellaneous technological advances from yesteryear. It’s incredibly interesting to look back–and not so many years–to see where we’ve come from in terms of our daily lives.

What fun I expect to have in 2015!  It’s true! It’s true! Everything happens quicky–even things that take a very long time!

Mona L S Baisch

It’s a fact . . .



It’s a fact that’s been confirmed here on Ross Road. Both the indoor cat, Bugs, and the outdoor cat, FreddyCat PREFER cat food to turkey. Bugs won’t eat tuna. Go figure . . .

Gotta love ’em!





The tail of the cat

goes round about after,

part of the master



It follows behind,

sometimes it goes faster,

in case of disaster,



into the treacherous

fray, ready to fight.

The cat, when it might



with its whiskers atwitch,

soft under covers silk

snoozing away with milk



and dreams of love kittens,

still it keeps throwing

the coming and going


Mona L S Baisch (Mona L Spaulding circa 1994)