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About Cyndi MacMillan
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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




LOVIN' THE NEW SOUP MEMBER AREA CHANGES


Blog Posted:10/3/2012 8:03:00 AM

Way to go, Soup Admin!


The new inbox/outbox tabs are great. Though I do wish we could view our Soupmail outbox. I know that I can just write all my soupies in word and save, should I want to remember what I sent so and so... but it would be lovely to be able to do this right on the Soup.

Still, the new format does make it easier to see blog and poem comments!

Awesome job.

Thanks to PD for pointing this out quickly.

This page is for back pats for the soup team. They receive very little for what they do.

And let's face it. We're here because we ENJOY the Soup, right? I've checked out some other sights. Yes, they have a bit more glitz but they have less resources, less organization and I like how this place is woven together.

So, I raise a toast to the team.

Thanks, guys.


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  1. Date: 10/4/2012 6:21:00 AM
    Well. I do not care for the changes. Things were much easier before. I do not understand anything now. But what is one to do? Limit my stay.

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  1. Date: 10/4/2012 4:37:00 AM
    I like changes, if I know about them. I had no idea my Soupmail was buried inside of the inbox. Only need some information to make things easier. I'm an odd one, I like change. Glad I found my mailbox. thx everyone for all the tips. ;- )Lee

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  1. Date: 10/4/2012 12:48:00 AM
    still going through the motions, cyn, and shaking my head as i can't find some apps!.. grrr... i don't particularly like the changes, lol!..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 7:30:00 PM
    Well Cyndi...I um...how can I put this?... I forgot how to soup mail!! I'm gonna' blame it on this new format even if it's not true!...t.ryerson@yahoo.com... (Lord help me please!)

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 8:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL. Okay, will help you out tomorrow night, after my tike is asleep. Now, to soup mail just go to the poet's poem page. Click on my name for example. The wee envelope icon beside my name at the top of the poem page will open soup mail TO me. It's 10:30 and I have only written 3 paragraphs! ARGH! I'm tired...
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 7:01:00 PM
    Thanks! Will do Cyndi!...Advance warning!...I'm a computer dummy!...Sure I will I figure it out tho...

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 5:11:00 PM
    Cyndi...How do you post a blog (like a poem or something) without it coming out in a paragraph??...posted one a good while ago and it came out like that...what the heck am I doing wrong???... Or was it just a glitch that they've fixed now? Please educate this dummy! - Tim

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 5:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey-ya, Tim, I am a diehard Word user. I type my blogs into word and then copy and paste into the blog. Then I use the format buttons on the blog entry page to change font size, bold/italics and colour. If you're still unsure, soup mail me your email and I can send you a word file with print screen images to show you. Hope this helps! :)
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 3:45:00 PM
    grumble..me hate change..

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debbie, you had me snorting tea from my nose! You! :-)!!!! I distinctly remember ME grumbling about Tracie leaving and grumbling LOUD and YOU told me life is about change and that it is good for everyone! LOL. POT! Love the Kettle
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 1:53:00 PM
    I didn't even notice your blog until now because I was so hurried when I did my own blog. It's good the opposing view is here. I see no advantages yet. I only know that I can no longer use the "go back" key. I can't use it on back pages of people's poetry I am seeing either. For someone who comments a lot and sees many poems of members from their back pages, I find the new system very unhelpful.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/4/2012 12:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's not blue. It's a black arrow top left. It is not functioning anymore like it used to. Only for a few things. I don't know how to explain it any better than that.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Girl, you're losing me. ?? Okay, are you talking about the big blue BACK TO button that is a part of windows? It's right there! Right at the top of the screen. There was another go back button? Huh? LOL...
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 12:43:00 PM
    I come here for the poets and their poems, the site doesn't matter as much. I woulod also like to be able toread messages I have sent on soup mail.

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:48:00 AM
    Cyndi I whole heartedly agree, it is very good...David

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:45:00 AM
    PS... I love your bio... But it probably wasn't Joy... Just some commercial detergent... HeHe... WOW...Did I make a funny? It's so not like me!

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:39:00 AM
    A soup mail out box is good for people with small memories like me... But like the changes.

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:30:00 AM
    This is the best site out there :) p.s. what happened to your story postings?

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 8:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the interest, hon! I'm so touched that people are digging my story! Now THAT is what I call inspirational. MWAW!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 8:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will finish Orange! Promise! My girl is having some kinda backlash to my hubby leaving for a 4 day trip and has been up 2-4 times a night for 4 weeks!!! I am having a hard time focusing, which fiction needs. She gets to sleep at 9:30 most nights, that is when I START to write! EGAD! I'm off to bed now. It's 10:30. I wrote about 3 paragraphs!
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Hey...Im here eating an orange...(Orange)... : )

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 8:24:00 AM
    I too want to "see" my Soup Mail outbox...just to avoid being repetitive! LOL! I dont see the advantages of this "change"... yet. I've been here and there checking other sites...this is the best one!...Cheers to PS.

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My Poems

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8/25/2014LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOONLyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014DEGREESSonnetbooks,sensual,words,
8/7/2014NEUTRALIZEDSonnetcolor,home,
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
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My Photos


Fav Poems

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A Totum Pole OdeConcretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes DueFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From WithinQuintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
SlumberEpicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLLCoupletinspirational,seasons,
Our ThanksgivingLight Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's GraceEthereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above HawaiiRhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our SaviorShapereligion,life,
Monarch of SummerHaibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
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WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
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