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About trentpmcd

Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

Dreamscape #tanka

Super quick sketch…

Places in the fog
Once familiar yet different
Past and future twirl
A crack in the Universe
Is it in my mind or real?


This was written for Colleen’s weekly Poetry Challenge. This week we were to work with the concept of “Dreams“. I chose to write a tanka.


What does the image at the top have to do with the subject of the poem? A few months back I had a really strange dream. While trying to describe it to Sue Vincent, I decided to draw a quick picture. I later added it to the post (which you can see if you go to the post).

The Weekly Smile for the 22nd of February, 2021#weeklysmile

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did. It was sunny and relatively warm. OK, it got above freezing, if only by a degree or two, but the bright sun made it feel warm! The week wasn’t as cold or nasty as it was in some parts of the country, but the weekend weather sure was welcome!

Mostly because of the weather, but for a few other reasons, I have not been running in almost a month. Even in the cold weather I typically bundle up and run at least three times a week, so a month off, well, I could feel it. And then last week I was feeling a little down. I started to do my normal exercise routine on Monday, but my left arm hurt, so I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it Tuesday either. Or Wednesday, Thursday or Friday!

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 2/15/2021 – 2/21/2021

Hi all! I know the weather has been whacked, particularly in parts of the US, but I hope you had a good week and had something to smile about. We had a few smiles come in over the last week. If you need something to smile about, just check them out.

Trent’s World
The Hidden Edge
The Jesh Studio
Natalie the Explorer
Tessa Dean – Author
Ruth Blogs Here
priorhouse blog
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
Thistles and Kiwis

Some pretty good smiles there.

I will be putting out this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of February, 2021 #WeekendCoffeeShare

Hello and Welcome! Here, I will shovel off dust off a spot for you at the picnic table. It is nice and sunny, if not too warm. I did see flakes in the air just a few minutes ago, but I think we are done. It is actually supposed to get above freezing today! Anyway, I will go get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Isn’t the back yard with the new fallen snow pretty? You can imagine we are a million miles from civilization even though we are in the middle of the village. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize that once again we are in New Hampshire. Yes, I will be returning to Cape Cod eventually! Just an odd winter…

We do not have quite the weather news that some parts of the country have! The “big one” was mostly rain and slush here. It still left us with quite a bit of snow, but the snow was the consistency of a ceramic after it all refroze. It snowed all day yesterday, but did not accumulate very much, perhaps 4″/10 cm, perhaps a little more. It has been pretty cold since mid/late January, which I guess makes up for the first half of January. I think this week will return to normal, which is great.

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Changing Web Presence Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I told you about some changes to my blog and other web pages. The big thing, of course, is changing the blog to its own domain to get rid of the advertisement.

I also talked about updating some other web sites. I did finish the first part of the updates, but didn’t say anything because of the release of The Old Mill.

Well, that is now past, so time to link talk about my web presence :)

After looking through it all, I discovered that I have quite a few sites! Each has its own function.

Blog (this site). Almost daily updates with stories, poems, photos, drawings and just plain talk.
Trent’s World Web Page. A static web page about my creative side. It is a good place for galleries and links to other sites.
Author site. Pretty basic. Just links to my books for now.
Amazon author’s page. My page on Amazon.
YouTube. This is where I share some of my music. It is mostly recordings by me and most of the music is music I have written.
Instagram. I do little here, but will occasionally post photos from my phone. 90% of posts are to get the image to my personal FB page ;)

So that makes six web sites! This one is, of course, the most important, but I am going to try to maintain all of them.

If you have time, I’d like you to visit a couple of galleries on my Trent’s World Page. The first is just drawing and painting in general. the other is figure drawing, i.e., nudes, which is why I kept it separate.

Storm #writephoto repost

Photo by Sue Vincent

(This story was posted almost exactly a year ago, on 2/14/2020 (Valentine’s Day!) With Sue not able to put up a new write-photo prompt, I decided to revisit this one :) And a reminder to visit the Carrot Ranch Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic.)

I felt the turbulence as she entered the room, the low pressure system sucking the air out and drawing all eyes in.

A flash of lightning struck as she glanced around the packed room.

The crowds parted as torrent moved forward.

She didn’t even see me as she passed inches away, but the gale force winds turned me with her.

She went at the bar.

People turned back to what they were doing.  The music came back on.

I remembered to breath.

But then I saw her again.  I drew in a sharp breath.

My mind clouded up.

How dare I even think I could even speak to one such as her?

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Cold Storage


It was not a job I was looking forward to!

Aunt Margret was always more than a bit eccentric, and she had that side to her which, well, let’s just say that more than one family member said they were happy she never had any children.

Her storage unit, which was my responsibility, was not pleasant.

Damn, I’d have to call the county about disposing of hazardous waste. And what was up, did she rob a pharmacy?

So there’s her dog Baxter!

What did that say on the mail package, something about remains?

We always wondered where Uncle Harry went…


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Ted Strutz. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

Deluge #Tanka #Ekphrastic

Image by Michael Bußmann from Pixabay

Thunder in my ear
Torrent pulls all into void
But then there is you
Storm’s raging maelstrom paints grey
Your bright rainbow shields me


This was written for Colleen’s weekly Poetry Challenge. This week she provided the wonderful photo at the top. What we wrote was up to us, though she suggested doing an Ekphrastic and to talk about the psychology of color. I chose to write a tanka.

The Weekly Smile for the 15th of February, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I did have a lot to smile about this week, but one is special. On Tuesday, the 9th of February I released my book the Old Mill.

The Old Mill started as a serialized novel here, on my blog, back in early 2017. In 2019 I rewrote it mostly from scratch. And then, well, it has been two hard years of drafting and editing and such. In that time I also created a cover and did other work. Anyway, it is finally out!

This is a smile, not a promotion, so I’ll leave more details to the release post here.

Releasing The Old Mill was my smile for this week.

What made you smile?

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The Weekly Smile Recap 2/8 – 2/14/2020

Hi all! It was an interesting week and we just had Valentine’s Day! To me, Valentine’s Day marks the middle of winter, and so it should all be heading towards spring from here, even if there is still a lot of snow on the ground ;) Anyway, there were quite a few great smiles over this last week! Take a look:

Trent’s World
The Hidden Edge
Ruth Blogs Here
Natalie the Explorer
Nut House Central
The Jesh Studio
The Jesh Studio (I missed this for last week’s recap)
Tessa Dean – Author
Lady Lee Manila
Light Motifs II
Natasha Musing
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Change is Hard
Thistles and Kiwis

See, some great smiles!

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?