About Thomas Ortega II

Editor-In-Chief of Fiction Mag

A creative sucker stuck in a corporate world. Someday creativity will pay the bills...someday.

Love’s not Magic and Luck; It’s Hard Work and Choice

So many people think: “Love just happens to you magically, in a blink. There’s nothing you can do.” That, my friend, is pure crap; Don’t buy any of that. It is this common trap that will make love go splat. Love is not a feeling; Love is simply a choice; You choose to stop reeling […]

Not “Goodbye”, But “See You Later” Instead

No piercing screams e’er to be heard, there’ll be no first step nor first word. No sweet memories will we make; There’ll be no first date and no heartbreak. We did not fight over a name, but our love was there, still the same. What was once, recent happy news, now is the cause of […]

My Love Cookies

I know you love me because you listen, even when I give a ted’ous mission. I don’t like most sweets, like candies and such, but I love cookies oh so very much. I prefer ’em hot, straight from the oven, when their outsides are perfectly golden. After this long day, the smile on my face […]

The Things I Do for Love

When I was younger and wanted to say, “I love you”. It was a grand old display. Material gifts were often the norm, futile attempts to prevent the forlorn. After our marriage, things started to change. The things you wanted would seem oh so strange. Instead of candy, jewels or flowers, you’d want me to […]

More than a Year

More than a year’s passed, since my last rhyme; More than a year’s passed!? That’s quite a long time. So much has gone on, much life has passed by. Happiness does that; It makes the time fly. We toil away out in the desert: Home to the heat and surrounded by dirt. But amongst all […]

Somedays I wonder

Somedays, I take pause and wonder inside, “How come this beauty stands here at my side?” I lean in to kiss your succulent lips and to throw my arms around your soft hips. I look in your eyes and see the bright light as you try so hard to live each day right. I hope […]

You’re Always Beautiful

When you first awake with hair disarray, “You’re beautiful, Love” is what I will say. When you are pregnant and don’t feel so small, “You’re beautiful, Love” That’s it and that’s all. When your diet fails and you start again. “You’re beautiful, Love” I’ll say to you then. When you’re old someday, look in the […]

Nine Years

It amazes me, as I sit and think, nine years have flown by in all but a blink. It has been nine years, since we said, “I do.” And today I am more in love with you. Within those nine years, we have grown so much, but I still will melt at your slightest touch. […]

It’s Been a Year Since my Last Poem

It’s been a year, but I’m still here and my love for you grows stronger. Everyday, in some small way, my thoughts of you linger longer. During the week, we rarely speak since I am a few states away. But in my mind is where you’ll find visions of you and me at play. I […]

Birthday Dinner at Olive Garden

Stuffed Squash was ready, so boy was I glad we received word ’bout the plans to be had. For your dad’s birthday, your sisters schemed up new plans for dinner and us to show up. I know you were sad for you had cooked much, thinking they’d all come for dinner and such. But I […]