A Solitary Soul

A solitary soul

beneath a lonely hat

departed on a stroll

for varied habitat.


She trudged along a trail

until she snagged a thorn

then sank to weep and wail

the heartache of the morn’.



Exhausted from her gloom,

she struggled to her feet

and left the dreary doom,

resigned to bleak defeat.



The trail traversed a bend

and headed up a hill

and lo’ behold a friend,

the golden daffodil!



Atop the grassy hill,

she spied a thousand more.

She tingled with the thrill

of splashy suns galore.



The cheery orbs aglow

in frilly frocks of gold

soon chased away her woe

as blissful joy unrolled!



Hello Peacock Prairie friends!

I’ve missed you. Now that I am off work and home isolating from the world, the creative bug has bit.  A lot has happened since my last post. My nut brown hair is now white, and I photograph with bifocals. But there’s even bigger news than that: I am an author!  Little Dandelion, my debut picture book, is in the works, and it’s going to be beautiful. Watch for it next spring published by the highly regarded Sleeping Bear Press. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

But wait, there’s even bigger news than that, I have an agent!! I am now represented by the talented Victoria Selvaggio from Storm Literary Agency. What’s it like? Like the best dream ever. This monumental task was achieved after excruciating perseverance and stubborn, but sometimes shaky, belief–breaking into the writing world is not for the faint of heart. Some of you original followers remember my first stunted posts from way back when I first started writing, where I struggled with commas and basic sentence structure (still do), I want you to know how much I appreciate your support and encouragement because without you, success would not have come.

These are challenging times for all of us, but the good is still here. Everyday. Everywhere. That’s what I hope to capture with this next series of photographs and posts.

Blessings to you all,

Julia Richardson


All photos and words belong to the author.


Latest Comments

  1. Jeffrey says:

    I like the dog. You should make a post about the dog. With lots of beautiful pictures of the dog too.


  2. Jeffrey says:

    I like the peacock Chester.


  3. Nick Rankin says:

    So great to see another of your posts! You’ve been missed. Congratulations to you on the news of your book and agent. Looking forward to the release of Little Dandelion next spring!


  4. Marcia Torrey says:

    Julie, I have missed your posts. I am so happy for you and can’t wait for your book to come out in the spring. Congratulations!


  5. Becky says:

    I have missed you! So great you are back.


  6. Marilyn says:

    Oh Julie. I have so missed your blogs. Congratulations. You have earned it your success!


  7. kseekquest2 says:

    Very lovely!

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer says:

    With your talent, I always knew you would become an author. Big hugs, Julia.


  9. Cathy Ogren says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Julia!


  10. Rolling Harbour says:

    Welcome back… and best of luck with the book RH


  11. Beverly Rachel Hilton says:

    I am so very happy for you Julie. Blessings on a dream come true. I am so glad you are back.


  12. Lynne says:

    So glad you are back! We missed you! Congrats on your writing accomplishments! We knew you could!


  13. Jules Waldron says:

    Julie, I had saved this post to read during a quiet moment. When I read it this morning with my coffee, I was so blessed. Your words and your photographs are a blessing to me this morning, and the fact that your published book is coming, too, is an even greater gift! I cannot wait to read your book and buy it as gifts. Thank you!


  14. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Oh it is just so good to hear from you! Just wonderful … Welcome back! And congratulations on the book and agent. Wow, how exciting! I would love to write a book, I just can’t seem to organise myself! Cyber hugs


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