Forlornness – Collaboration with Broken Sparkles

This has been a long time coming – a collaboration with Blaga from Broken Sparkles, who is absolutely one of the best poets and writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and working with.  Not only that, she’s amazingly sweet and kindhearted, so it’s always a pleasure to talk to her.  It was a great experience to work on this poem with her, and I hope that in the future we’ll get to work on a collaboration again. 

So this is what we came up with, and I think the root of this poem is something a lot of people can relate to.  Enjoy!

By Blaga Todorova and Cherlyn Cochrane
You’re leaving again –
where to this time?
Sahara or Sinai?
Lost, buried within the dunes,
expecting your tormented ego
to blend with the rays of wild sun.

Your tortured soul belongs
to the Egyptian ruins;
you find comfort in the lonely winds
chasing mirages,
desolating the desert,
with beige ashes as your company.

Go! Don’t turn back to see me
trembling in the reflection
of your empty eyes.
Find your way to a hasty escape
in mysterious lands faraway.
Go! And don’t expect atonement…

Crumble away, become forgotten –
lost in the sands of time
like your precious Pyramids.
Leave again – and soon too
this heartache burning inside
will be but an ancient memory.

"E X S I L I U M" by Yasna Sepulveda aka Yasny-chan on


I Heart Brew: A Fictional Character’s Dating Profile – Vegeta

Note:  I forgot to mention this on Thursday, so this is definitely my bad.  I received a First Class Blogger Award!  Whoever nominated me, thank you very much, and thank you very much from the creators of the award.  It’s really flattering that people like what I write, and care what I have to say.  I really recommend checking out the site by clicking the graphic below to check out what the goals for the award are, and to also check out the other recipients of the award.  Thank you again!

Anyone who has spent a lot of time with me knows that I have many connections, and some of those connections involve fictional characters.  Well, I’m sure some of you are saying “But Cherlyn, if they’re fictional, how can you really talk to them – isn’t that impossible?”.  My response to these people: Quiet you.  Now, I know a lot of these characters, and throughout my life, I’ve worked as a sort of “matchmaker”, because fictional characters get lonely too.  Before all these dating sites came along, I had my own dating website called “I Heart Brew” *patient pause for ensuing laughter at that awesome pun*.  I’ve been running this highly successful dating site for about 30 years now.  I’m quite sure some people out there are saying “But Cherlyn, how can you have been running this dating site longer than you’ve been alive, or longer than the internet has been around for that matter?”.  Well, all I can say is: Shut up. 

I’ve decided to broaden some of these characters’ chances with finding true love by sharing a select few on my site.  For this post, I’ve decided to share one from a misguided character, who perhaps with the right lady (or lad), he may be able to find true love.

Note: This character wrote this profile during season 1 of Dragonall Z, about the middle of the season. 


Name: Vegeta
Age: 29
Location: Space pod, travelling towards Earth – a pathetic excuse for a planet
Occupation: Prince of all Saiyans
Height: 5’3”

Other than your parents, who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
First off, my parents were never influential.  And the most influential person in my life is myself, because I am the PRINCE OF ALL SAIYANS AND YOU SHOULD BOW BEFORE ME WEAKLING!!

What is the most important quality that you are looking for in another person? 
Desire to rule the universe with me… and a hot bod.

Other than your appearance, what is the first thing that people notice about you?
My unbeatable strength, and how purely amazing I am.

What is the ONE thing people DON’T notice about your right away that you WISH they WOULD?
How much better I am than everyone.  Wait, everyone notices that about me, HA!

What are five things that you “can’t live without?”

  1. Immortality
  2. Training
  3. Hair Gel
  4. My tail
  5. Killing things

What are you most passionate about?

Gaining my immortality, killing stuff – haven’t we answered this already?

Describe the last book that you read and enjoyed. What was it about?  What did you like most about it?

The Heart’s Victory by Nora Roberts. And none of your damn business.

The four things your friends say about you are? (Choose From: good listener, affectionate, physically fit, optimistic, creative, kind, rational, happy, intelligent, sweet, funny, modest, caring, warm, dependable, loyal, ambitious, easy-going, quiet, hard-working, passionate, perceptive, respectful, spontaneous, outgoing, romantic, spiritual, articulate, generous, genuine, thoughtful, energetic):

That list is for weaklings.  I am:

  • Strong
  • Dead-sexy
  • Royalty
  • The greatest lover in the universe, as well as the greatest fighter.  What?  who cares if that isn’t one word…..Fine.  “Awesome”, how is that?

What are three of my best life skills? (Choose from: achieving personal goals, maintaining a network of close friends, using humour to make friends laugh, making improvements and repairs around the house, volunteering my time to causes I care about, maintaining an organized life, managing my finances, entertaining in my home, raising and/or caring for children, leading a community service group)

  • Achieving personal goals
  • Leading a community service group
  • Managing my finances

How do you typically spend your leisure time?

Telling Nappa to shut the hell up when he asks are we there yet, as most of my time currently is spent travelling towards a weak planet called Earth in a space pod.  Other than that it’s taking pit stops on other inferior planets and destroying the population – you know, the usual road trip activities. 

Is there any additional information you would like your matches to know about you?

Just to get this out on the table – I already told Nappa he could watch.


A Day With Gerard

It’s October 1st, and we all know what that means – in just 30 days it will be Halloween!  I absolutely love this time of year.  It’s autumn here in Canada – and in Ontario, we have a gorgeous autumn.  The trees turn vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow, and despite the cool weather, it has a warm cozy feel to it.  I also love Halloween.  I wish I was young enough to go trick or treating (not that my age stopped me and my friend knocking on a few doors last year).           

October is probably my favourite month of the year, for us Canadians, we have our Thanksgiving, and that is another one of my favourite times of year.  Hmm I can almost taste the turkey and the stuffing.             

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” src=”″ width=”234″ height=”362″ /]   One thing I’ve noticed with October though, is the mix of emotions that it seems to bring.  Whether it is fear from all the scary movies playing, or sadness and longing from all those students off alone at school, missing home.  There’s joy and there’s anger.  There’s just about everything wrapped up into this one month.  Maybe that’s just how October feels for me, but I’m sure everyone has that one month they love.            

With all those deep complex emotions that October brings me, I thought I’d share a short story I had written back in grade 12.  Some of you may have read this, some may not have.  In either case, I just wanted to give a small warning that I wrote this when I first started to explore the darker regions of my creativity.  It is a dark story, it’s very emotional, and it’s possible that it may bother a few people.  Just in case, I want to apologize in advance if you do not like things that are quite this dark.  And on that note, I want to clarify that I am definitely not a dark person from my day-to-day life – I just feel it’s healthy to explore different aspects of my mind, my deep dark thoughts, those forbidden wonders, and the darkness that invades all our minds from time to time.             

Additionally, I hope everyone who reads this will keep an open mind, and let me know what they honestly think.  Criticisms, both positive and negative, can be very helpful if they’re constructive!  I encourage any suggestions someone may have!   I posted it in a PDF file to save space on my post, if you wish to read it but don’t have an acrobat reader, let me know and I’d be glad to email it to you in another format!     

Oh, and one more thing, I had written a poem posted a while ago which is a sort of accompaniment piece to this story; I have posted the link below as well.     

Click here to Read “A Day With Gerard”         

Read the accompaniment poem “His Mother’s Legacy“, originally posted on Poetry Thursday #14, posted June 24, 2010         




"Don't Look in the Basement" by Anthony Presley aka Demonflame on