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Hi, Monty Vern here. I’m a work-in-progress personal blogger, author/ illustrator, and fallible human being. This is the new home for Monty’s Blahg. A place for musings both written and drawn.

If you’re looking for the home of Monty Vern’s creative writing, art, and older blog posts then please visit Monty’s Scribbles.

My Latest Posts


  • Words Matter
    29th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: How are you changing the world? One word at a time. Be well, Monty
  • Oh Captain, My Captain (‘s Quiz)
    Paul, over at the Captain’s Speech has been hosting the preeminent blogging quiz awhile now. I was a slow starter, but I created the ultimate underdog feel good story by taking the Captains’ Championship Crown in the last round. It’s a strange feeling to be defending the golden podium. I’m not sure I like havingContinue reading “Oh Captain, My Captain (‘s Quiz)”
  • Monty Gets Musical
    28th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is on your music playlist right now? Oh, we really seem to be ending this blogging challenge with a whimper. But ok, I’ll play along.   First of all, Spotify has been nice enough to classify me as a ‘young listener’.  Once in a whileContinue reading “Monty Gets Musical”
  • Chatters & Grumps
    27th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: Where do you go when you need solitude? Another weird question. Um. I go where no one else is. Either physically. Or mentally. Am I missing some complexity here? Moving on… did I ever mention that I published a collection of illustrated shorts? Here is oneContinue reading “Chatters & Grumps”
  • Silver Linings (a Paint Chip Poem)
    No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea so I’m giving it a try. Check out her original post and join in too if youContinue reading “Silver Linings (a Paint Chip Poem)”
  • Self Love
    26th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is your favorite part about yourself? What a strange question. Am I to dissect myself into different parts and judge them against each other? How does my left pinkie toe compare vs. the birthmark I have on my cheek? What are the criteria? I don’tContinue reading “Self Love”
  • I Don’t Feel Strong
    25th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: Write about what makes you feel strong. I don’t feel strong. At least not the strong that this word connotes to me. The “be a man” strong that is pushed on me when I’m afraid. The “big boys don’t cry” strong that shames me when I’mContinue reading “I Don’t Feel Strong”
  • Fiery Words
    Fiery Words Mind smoking; Thoughts igniting; Wishing to be said.   Flash burning; Sparks flying; Escaping from my head.   Embers cooling; Ash forming; Falling on this page instead. Be well, Monty
  • Forgotten Dreams
    24th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: Write about a dream you remember. My Answer: … Be well, Monty
  • Sketchy Attempt (Updated)
    I’m trying to learn how to sketch. It’s very much outside my wheelhouse. Still so much to learn. Day 10: Mug Day 9 PM: Female subject. Day 9 AM: A new subject. I wanted to work on capturing reflection. Day 8: A more refined version of Captain Jack. Day 7: A new Subject. Day 6:Continue reading “Sketchy Attempt (Updated)”
  • Dear Father,
    23rd post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: Interview a fictional character. I’m stretching this prompt a bit, but this is what I feel like sharing today. In many ways, the Father in this poem is fictional. The creation of a young boy trying to make sense of a situation that didn’t make anyContinue reading “Dear Father,”
  • Serenity, Courage, Wisdom
    22nd post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is your favorite quote and why? My Answer: The serenity prayer because… Be well, Monty
  • Past Present Future
    21st post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: If you could, what year would you time travel to and why? Ah. A classic topic in the ol’ game of imagination. Time travel! In some ways, I kinda selected a version of time travel as my super power in the previous question (Slo-Mo Man), butContinue reading “Past Present Future”
  • A Photo of a Photo
    20th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is your favorite photo you’ve ever taken? Um, “ever”??? Let’s get reasonable. How about my favorite photo that I have on my phone’s camera roll? I mean it’s not reasonable to expect me to remember all the photos from my very first manual camera tillContinue reading “A Photo of a Photo”
  • Flirt Alert! (a Paint Chip Poem)
    No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea so I’m giving it a try. Check out her original post and join in too if youContinue reading “Flirt Alert! (a Paint Chip Poem)”
  • The Night Train
    19th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: Write something mysterious. Well, this is quite the turn. Write something mysterious, huh? No query. Not even a polite “please”. Just a matter of fact statement to write…something…mysterious. Challenge accepted! The Night Train It was after midnight. A bit foggy. Like my memory of this nightContinue reading “The Night Train”
  • To Be (Read) or Not to Be (Read)
    18th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What book is next on your reading list? I’ve been a bit slow on reading ever since I took up writing. I find myself more often putting my energy into creating and it leaves less time and energy for my original and beloved pastime of casualContinue reading “To Be (Read) or Not to Be (Read)”
  • Slow Dancing with My Ego
    From time to time I will dip into my previous posts from my old blog to share when they feel right. Yesterday I had quite a battle with my ego and this morning was a struggle, so I thought I’d share this piece with you. Hope you appreciate it. I did when rereading it. SlowContinue reading “Slow Dancing with My Ego”
  • Slo-Mo Man
    17th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is a superpower you’d love to have? When I saw this prompt come in I was a bit confused as I thought we already had this one earlier in the month. Turns out I had written a post on a very similar theme last December.Continue reading “Slo-Mo Man”
  • A Call for Humanity
    16th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is a cause that you are passionate about and why? Humanity: Compassion, Empathy and Kindness. Perhaps this answer doesn’t address the prompt as it was originally intended, but I’d like to use this opportunity to make a call for humanity. There are many causes inContinue reading “A Call for Humanity”
  • Still Standing
    Still Standing Standing wizened and bowed; Knotted with weary worries and gnarled guilts; Aged by oaken regrets and willowy dreams, broken; Twisted by time passing in ever shrinking rings, Of passing draughts interspersed with hopes, lost; Deeply bowed, yet standing; Still standing, still. Knees stiffly bend, With creaks and popping cracks; The ground rises, catchingContinue reading “Still Standing”
  • 1001 Life Lessons…
    15th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning? The Answer: Always include a number in your blog title. Ok, I’m being just a pinch sarcastic on this one, but tell me it isn’t true. No, please tell me. It feels like soContinue reading “1001 Life Lessons…”
  • Paint(ing)
    Be well, Monty
  • Coloring Outside the Lines
    Be well, Monty
  • The 6am Job Interview
    14th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event) The Prompt: Write about a challenge you faced and overcame. Facing challenges, overcoming some, learning from all, has been a central theme in my writing. Earlier this month, I wrote about my journey of recovery from chronic pain and living with depression (Discovering Hope). I won’t repeat myself.Continue reading “The 6am Job Interview”

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