What’s Up with author poet Marlene Mesot

What’s Up with author poet Marlene Mesot

What’s Up with Marlene Mesot

By Marlene Mesot

Looking ahead, October promises to be a hauntingly exciting month. On October 28, 2023, Sally Cronin will be showcasing an excerpt from my 4 Elements of Mystery series book 1 The Purging Fire. Be sure to watch for postings. Also during the month of October, I will be teaching a class titled Clued Into Mystery, Suspense and Thriller in my writers’ group Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities. I am excited to announce there will be thirteen participants in this four session once a week class.

On September 15, 2023, Strange Weather Anthology: True Quirks of Nature, Marlene Mesot, ed. Was featured on In Perspective podcast starring Bob Branco and Peter altschul. Several other authors also participated including Carol Farnsworth who approached me with the idea of having Charles Portolano showcase the anthology, Lynda McKinney Lambert who included a historical perspective in one of her articles and our own Patty Fletcher who told us about an adventure in prose and verse with her Seeing Eye guide, Blue. Here are some fun facts about this anthology which is available wherever you order your books in print and e-book accessible formats.

  • 11 authors present 12 personal essays and 3 poems.
  • 9 of the 11 authors are members of Behind Our Eyes Writers’ group.
  • 7 of the 11 authors have been featured in The Avocet and The Weekly Avocet, Charles Portolano, ed.

Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons because of the beautifully bright colors in New Hampshire autumn. Somehow they don’t seem to be as bright or plentiful in the area of Virginia where my son and I now live. That might be due to the fact that, although I have always been legally blind, my sight is starting to slowly fade because of age, as is my hearing. I do need those hearing aids now. In the fall we have pumpkin bread, butternut squash and eggnog. All delicious and memorable. Pumpkin is the state fruit of New Hampshire.

Perhaps the biggest news is the recent change to my autobiographical information due to an event in July 2023. My son and I adopted three shelter kittens after being dogless for a year and a half. I really miss having a mastiff or two around and it breaks my heart to relegate them to the past in my information. My husband Albert had two English mastiffs when I met him in July of 1973. He got his first two in 1971. We always had mastiff dogs in the house except for brief periods without them until 2022.

Let me introduce our three new companions. My son named them after characters from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. Frodo the forward, independent but loving gold and white cat is the pack leader. Gandalf the gray is moody, shy, but so warm and loving when he wants to be, and Aragorn, all black, is more laid back and goes with the flow. It took Gandalf, the largest, longer to come to accept us than the oher two. Aragorn, whom I call Ari, has the longest hair. Frodo was the most out going from the beginning, but he is the smallest and youngest. They have a climbing tower with hiding holes and scratch posts, some cat toys, but they are comfortable in the house now exploring every inch of it. Frodo likes to unroll the toilet paper while Gandalf recently stole my tea bag right out of my cup on the side table by the computer—on my blind side. I only have sight in one eye. No excuse.

Yes, I have already begun to include kittens in my poems. After all, it’s been a very long time since I had Mr. Kit Kat for 17 years growing up. I greatly miss having a big mastiff around though, but we have many fond memories and they still exist in my writings. Thank you, dear reader, for taking this journey with me. God bless.


About Marlene and her work…


Strange Weather Anthology: True Quirks of Nature


Strange Weather Anthology cover shows top left bright sunshine, yellow-orange blend, top right corner wide black triangular cloud  encroaching, red sky underneath, all reflected on water with small island sillhouettebottom left. No one can do anything about the weather, but we have captured it. Strange Weather Anthology: True Quirks of Nature is a collection of 15 true life stories from the 11 talented authors who lived through them, captured in vivid detail, in prose and verse. Some entries also include actual photographs.

Have you been through a hurricane…on a ship, seen balls of fire and strange flashes in the sky, dodged tornados while driving, seen a vivid or double rainbow or experienced strange rain patterns, unexpected torrential storms, different weather patterns at the same time, or woken to find myriads of giant snowballs everywhere?

Look inside for these awe-inspiring stories told from a personal perspective, including short autobiographies and where to find these remarkable authors.

From a chance remark about a mixed bag of weather one day while posting to my writers’ group list, a unique weather response to a writing prompt, remarks from fellow writers and phone conversations, I felt that the unusual personal experiences would make a treasure worth sharing. These occurrences prompted me to decide to gather these odd but true stories for a unique reading and visualization experience. ~ Marlene Mesot, editor

About Author Marlene Mesot.

Marlene Mesot writes contemporary Christian mystery, romantic suspense, fantasy, short stories and poetry. She has loved writing since early childhood.




Website Marls Menagerie.

This book is available in print and e-book accessible format wherever you order books.

Strange Weather Anthology

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