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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Welcome to Siggy's Omnibus! 

Release of new short story Mother Knows Best

Mothers like to think they know what's best for their children. Kids being kids will do it their own way and make their own choices - Only to find out, if years later, that Mother was probably right. But not every grown-up child can admit to that and not everyone is so lucky to still have her mother around to tell her when they realize.


With great joy I'm posting my first foray into poetry "Special K" here on this site. It was published yesterday (1-8-15) on the great literary site Akashicbooks

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“Special K” by Siggy Buckley

Thursdaze (because the weekend won’t come fast enough) features original flash fiction modeled after our Drug Chronicles Series. Each story is an original one, and each encapsulates the author’s fictional experience with drugs. Our print series has anthologized authors writing about marijuanacocainespeed, and heroin, but contributors to the web series can focus on any drug, real or imagined, controlled or prescribed, illegal or soon-to-be legalized. Submissions to Thursdaze will be judged on an author’s ability to stylistically emulate his or her substance of choice. Submissions are also limited to 750 words, so try to focus. (They have a pill for that.)
This week, Siggy Buckley goes on a wild ride.

Siggy Buckley 
Special K
by Siggy Buckley


Scared out of my mind
Heart thumping
Chilled to the bone under layers of blankets
In my surgical gown and silly cap
I wait to be knocked out by ketamine
The human horse tranquillizer
Headed to a “happy place”
A medically induced coma to interrupt incessantly firing nerve networks
Causing me migraines on end
Shutting down continuous pain signals that have outgrown their usefulness
But creating havoc and agony.

I of little faith am afraid.

One minute I was there
The next I’m disintegrating
Reduced to a molecule, an eye
Flung into a white room, square and empty.
Space Odyssey without the music
Residual Me is propelled forward
Hurled into corners of bright nothingness
My frontal cortex is dissociated from my body
No hands to hold on to safety, no legs to stem the fall
Catapulted down a slide
Another white chamber with infinite boundaries
Unlike the mystical bright light at the end of a tunnel.
Is this dying?
No peace and calm but
Howling pain and fear
Real sensations override where oblivion should rule.

Resurfacing from the vortex
I get a grip
Of my doctor’s hand
Regaining consciousness
The pain never went away
Keeps torturing me
Costlier than an acid trip, but FDA approved
Another hope shattered
Leaving me with this memory
where there should be none.

When I told my daughter about this medical pain intervention with Ketamin and my nasty experience during it, she explained to me that this bad trip is called the K-Hole in party circles.

                                                                Xmess 2014

                                                             How to Wean Kids from Santa  

Christmas time brings back memories of my childhood and that of my children; memories of decorated   trees, real trees adorned with real candles. I can even smell the fragrance of Christmas once again: bees’ wax and the delicious aroma of baking cookies. Most exciting for me was the secrecy that surrounded our German Christmas tradition. We celebrated on Christmas Eve. The living room was locked all day while the tree was put up and decorated by my mother.  I wasn’t allowed to watch. I was an only child and the excitement almost killed me every year. From time to time, I detected conspicuous noises from behind the closed door─ that only added to the wonder of it all. Because somehow and sometime during the evening, Santa Claus would manage to arrive surreptitiously.
Since we didn’t have a chimney, I wondered at an early age how the big man would sneak into the flat. So I kept an eager eye on the comings and goings at that door. My parents mastered the art of hide and seek by pretending my father had to go out to buy some indispensible item for the meal; curiously, when it was about to fall dark. It was me to accompany him in the car because Mother needed to prepare dinner. The meal always consisted of fillet steaks and mushrooms in my house, accompanied by good German fried potatoes, and followed by some yummy chocolate pudding.  
We drove through town for about half an hour; surprisingly we never bought anything.  Well, the shops weren’t even open at that time. But as a little girl I didn’t know that. Store opening hours dictated that all the shops closed by 1 o’clock p.m. for the duration of Christmas (from 24-26 December). Yes, like many European countries, Germany has two full days of Christmas in addition to the big gift giving celebration on Christmas Eve.  
I remember the crucial Christmas after I had just turned five. My big wish was a bike. While we cruised through my home town I saw several Santa Clauses in the streets in the dusk, laden with heavy sacks over their shoulders.
“Will Santa make it to our house in time if he is here, so far away from our street?” I asked my father anxiously.
“He always does”, my father answered laconically.
Something was still bugging me. “How come there is more than one out and about?”
My father didn’t hesitate with his answer. He was prepared for this question that had to surface one day.
“It’s impossible for one old man to visit all the children in the world. Therefore he needs many helpers. Think about it.”
I mulled things over, slouched in my seat. The penny eventually dropped. By the time we arrived, my excitement had waned. But there it was, my gleaming new orange-red colored bike under the sparkling tree! What a sight! “And you are his helpers too!” I exclaimed.
“Yes”, my parents admitted it. “Besides, how could one man afford all these gifts for all the children in the world?”
When I had children of my own, I anticipated their question and wanted to give them a similar answer. However, I was in for a surprise. Miriam was five and Christian almost three the year it happened. Being in kindergarten and talking to the other children, Miriam had figured out that parents were involved in the big mystery that surrounded Christmas. She approached me and suggested playing Santa Claus for her little brother. “I know he still believes in him, which, of course, I don’t, being so much older.”
When it started to get dark, she donned her red bathrobe that had a hoodie and put on her red wellington boots. Her father gave her the burlap sack he kept for harvesting potatoes. Kitted out like that, Miriam set off to walk through the garden.  “Make sure he sees me!”
Christian was upstairs tidying up his room ─ a quintessential task for a good child to make Santa Claus come to his house. I looked out of the window ─ as if by chance. “Chris, quick, quick, come here! I don’t believe it! Look who is there!” And there he was walking below the window with the sack over his shoulder, Santa Claus!
Miriam kept a smug face all evening and guarded her secret so that Christian could believe for a little longer. His face was beaming with delight having seen Santa and he proudly told everyone for days.

The Charm of Christmas Markets

Let me take you on a little pre-Christmas trip today from your PC or EZ-chair to the land of Christmas markets, Germany and Austria.
Also called advent or Christkindl markets, they originally gave towns and their burghers an opportunity to stock up on provisions at the onset of the cold season. Historical records name Dresden, Germany as the first in 1434.
Now they are a staple celebration of Christmas traditions drawing millions of visitors in the four weeks, Advent, leading up to the fest in many towns all over Europe, even Chicago. Often situated in the old market place, within historic city walls or other pedestrianized town areas, they invite to stroll around, socialize, shop, and eat.
Christmas markets have become popular seasonal tourist destinations. You can book trips to several cities in one weekend to see the famous markets in Vienna, Nuremberg and Munich in one weekend and do your Christmas shopping at the same time.
On opening night and, in some towns, every night, onlookers welcome the Christkind or Christ child, in the form of a golden-haired angel played by a local youth.
Winter reigns in this land of bustling shoppers and onlookers (if global warming is not interfering in a freaky way). What a disappointment if it is mild.
Anticipation of festive things to come fills not only the minds and seasonal spirits of the young. A particular joy on your senses after dark, the cold air is redolent with a myriad of smells associated with Christmas like toasted almonds and chestnuts, chocolate-covered or candied red apples (called paradise apples here) and mulled wine.
Wooden stalls with straw-covered roofs display a vast array of handmade crafts and art: old fashioned dolls, fragrant soaps, bees wax candles, silver jewelry, or environmentally correct wooden toys, (no lead, please). Nativity scenes add to the festive nature of the markets, which otherwise have become very commercialized.
Vendors, clad in woolly caps and fur lined boots grab hot chocolates and lattes like the intrepid strollers and determined shoppers, and fortify themselves with bratwurst or increasingly doner kebab (introduced to the scene by Turkish immigrants years ago). When the fairy lights illuminate the scene after dark, even the Yuletide- challenged find it hard to escape the allure of Christmas markets. It’s bliss if it actually snows!

Just released :
After losing World War II, 13-15 million Germans are displaced and fleeing from the victorious Russian and Polish troops to safety in the West. They have to leave their homes behind, only allowed to take with them what they can carry. Experienced by my own family, this short story is a heart-wrenching account of  German history that is still not well known: There is no going Back, available on Amazon for $0.99. German version to be published soon. It has several 5 star reviews already. 
The most impressive  and insightful review any of my writings ever received applies to this short story by India's new top writer Anu Lal:

When the good guys find their way home and set a different course to history, what would happen to the bad ones? Author Siggy Buckley’s latest short story, “There’s No Going Back” is about those displaced individuals, whose leaders had played bad buys in textbooks for history. Siggy Buckley is the author of Next Time Lucky: How to Find Mr. Right. She is also a very successful Irish matchmaker and a member of National League for American Pen Women.      
Can the wrongs enacted and sealed away in the vault of history be atoned in the present? Can we exorcise the demons of history with our understanding of the NOW? In “There’s No Going Back”, Ingrid and Rosemarie, On their way to reconcile their personal tragedy, come across the two questions more..

Now available in German too.

Around Valentine's Day, First Coast Living invited  me on their show about my book: Next Time Lucky: How to Find Your Mr. Right. Due to the great response from their viewers, they asked me back to answer questions on dating.
Both interviews are on YOUTUBE: #1 and  #2.

Just in time for this years' holiday season, FCL was kind enough to invite me again and talk about our home swapping experiences. Here's the link to that interview:


Blog Hop – My New Book

Thanks to Suellen Zima, or the 'Middle-Aged Hummingbird' as she calls herself and also a regular contributor to WGT and a member of NLAPW, for inviting me to the Blog Hop where authors answer questions about their new books.

What is the working title of your book? I Once had a Farm in Ireland: An Organic Life Story.
Where did the idea come from for the book? I walked the walk on going green; I lived it. Now I relive it and talk the talk again by writing a book about it.
What genre does your book fall under? Memoir and it also falls into the category of How to? How to grow your lettuce, potatoes, pluck chickens, make preserves, etc
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Michael Fassbender, of German-Irish heritage who played in Inglorious Bastards. Maria Furtwaengler, a brilliant German actress known for her role as one of the top detectives on German TV.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A German city family's search for a healthy country life in Ireland and what they found.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published again unless it gets accepted by a publisher. For my first book,, I had an agent. I  waited and waited & wasted over a year because she couldn't find a publisher. Then discovered the self-publishing route which had become acceptable in the meantime.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Over a year since it morphed from a blog into a book.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? There are two great books: Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend and Blossom Hill Farm by Sallyann J. Murphy.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? The years I spent on our organic farm were an important, life-changing part of my life on this earth. I had to reinvent myself before and since. That left memories and life lessons.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Yummy recipes, stories and pictures about Ireland, its culture and history.
Thank you again, Suellen! Can't wait to read your new book.

And now to the rest of Siggy's Omnibus
Can blogging become addictive? Yes, it can.
I'm all for an easy life. Having 6 blogs/websites could be considered manic, but I prefer to be called a 'consummate blogger'.
So, this is an attempt at making my blogging life easier and my readers and followers' lives too. Well, I did add another one, didn't I? On it I want to capture the latest or most important snippets from all the others (hopefully without detracting yours truly from the other 6). Links to the other sites are in the sidebar on the left.
I'll talk about these sites in more detail. For the moment, here goes:
and last but- not in the slightest least- my author page on Amazon
which I'm particularly proud of. Amazon does a great job for you as soon as you publish a book and put it up for sale there. They let you link to other websites of yours and the latest FB news or event is posted there, too. Buy all products currently reaching for the stars territory as I only have 2 books for sale: no T-shirts or other Siggy Buckley paraphernalia. But you never know, do you?

Next Time Lucky: Lessons of a Matchmaker is my first novel -creative non-fiction- because it is really based on my life experience as a matchmaker and then dater. Category Contemporary Women's Fiction - definitely not your typical romance novel.I had it reviewed on many a site and several authors, bloggers and book clubs ( Great Minds Think Aloud for example) as well as matchmakers, colleagues really, were kind enough to interview me too. There is a list of those on my blog site. The book is geared towards the more mature reader who may be divorced and looking for a partner a again like I was, or as I liked to express it: Looking for a second chance in this game of love. (Out in the dating trenches if you prefer).
It's an entertaining read for those who are already online dating, are thinking about it or want to compare notes. It's also available from Createspace that has a very informative page including my author bio plus blurb.

Another little book of mine is my travel guide on Home Swapping. If you like the idea, investigate and you'll see that you can save thousands of $$$ on your next vacation. It takes some guts to do that: letting strangers into your house and sleep in your beds, doesn't it.But it's a great way of getting to know a country and really keep the costs down.We did it last year and just signed an agreement for an exchange with a German family near the Baltic Sea in the Eastern parts of Germany (near Leipzig, Potsdam, Schwerin = beyond Berlin). More about that on the Intrepid Home Swappers blog. Season 2 is now under way.
This picture is the title cover of that eBoook and Pont Neuf  in Paris where we spent 3 wonderful weeks. If I got you interested in Home Swapping, you'll be glad to know that Season 2 is well under way. You can follow our new adventures on

Just today I published Season 2, two more home exchanges with families in Germany.

This time our travels take us to the Baltic Sea coast, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, via Berlin, Bremen to the Spa resort Baden Baden in the Black Forest.Having walked the walk, we now can talk the talk.Home Swapping takes careful planning a some know-how to make it a peasant and successful experience. is a blog I started while waiting for my agent to sell my novel Next Time Lucky to a publisher. I waited over a year and got itchy fingers in the meantime...and also lots of ideas.I'm not a writer who submits 25 novels, puts them in the drawer and waits patiently for a publication miracle to happen. Hence the blogging. I call this my Irish or green blog and I'm currently turning it into a book. This baby will hopefully  see the light during the summer.If my new project doesn't distract me too much: A novel about child adoption and abuse by church institutions in Ireland. It involves a lot of research and probably a trip to my adopted home country, Ireland, as well. It exists already as a coffee table book with lots of nice glossy pages and pictures. Too expensive to produce on a big scale. I'd like to publish it as a paperback and, of course, also as an eBook.

My encounter with Angelica Harris led to both liking each other and working together.For half a year I  co-hosted a show called Monday Lunch Hour Here 's my interview with Angelica talking about relationship issues, finding love after a divorce, and much more. Together we interview inspirational people, writers, and artists whose talents helped them overcome issues and hurdles in their lives. It's a podcast. You can tune in anytime or even download it to your smartphone.

Writers Get Together How could almost forget this site that currently takes up most of my time? "Publish, Post,Trumpet and Tweet
Grow your writing platform, be read and noticed through a network of writers dedicated to the same idea.
Writers, bloggers and aspiring authors: Send us your take on things, matters you want to share; be that of a serious nature or meant to put a smile on the reader's face." Over 7,000 view in six months shows its ever-growing popularity in the writing community. You needn't be a published author to be featured here. With almost 200 blog posts since Thanksgiving I like to keep my readers entertained and informed on a variety of subjects. 51 countries have visited this site: The flag counter is fun to watch.Got my first submmission from Egypt today! (Currently in hiatus, sorry!)

As if I didn't page pages and varied interests enough, I just created a new Facebook group: Singles & Dating Advice. Have a look and follow how this is shaping up as well as get some advice -if you need it! Members and experiences welcome!

Amazon Author page:

Siggy Buckley

Former matchmaker par excellence - or Dating Guru as the Irish media liked to call me- I was born in Germany. Having achieved a Masters Degree in English, I got married, had two children and then emigrated to Ireland with my family for the GOOD LIFE.
Involuntary life on an Irish farm produced a crop of misgivings and the break-up of our marriage. Single again, I launched a dating service in Dublin which eventually planted the seeds for this novel.
Now happily married, I live in sweltering Florida.
I write for American Chronicles and Opednews. My other blog deals with my previous life on an organic farm. It's called "I once had a farm in Ireland" and you will find it at
I'm a proud new International member of the National League of American Pen
As I transplant from Europe, I still see the US with foreign eyes and comment on… Read more
This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

A new new blog has kept me busy since last Thanksgiving where I'm promoting new authors and writers and bloggers in general. if you are "textually active", you can become a contributor and submit your stuff to The new writers platform was well received in its short life span and can show off over 4,000 hits since its inception. I made some new friends and got nice comments and thanks form other writers...well it does take always from my actual writing time. You never know what may come of it...


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