- Gummi bears drowning
- bloated candy corpses float
- in iced vodka grave
I started writing this on sunday, but didn’t hit the publish button, so we’ll keep the title. If i want to stick with the roman theme I only have Nones, Ides and Kalends to pick from, none of which it actually is today.
I kept up with the haiku, every day. Some days are better than others, but the point is to write something every day without excuse. My recent favourites :
- I, taking notes, am / Intimidating. So? Good! / Now? I’ll underline.
- Sunday, no lie-in / Armed with book and toast. Reading / In my quiet house
I also took up responding to @writerlytweets #sixwordstory prompts to make myself write on a random subject. I’ve decided that my brain is a little weird, if only because I can rapidly come up with multiple responses to some prompts, which makes me think that these are subjects that I have subconsciously contemplated for a while.
Actual writing, writing…eeeeh, not so much. I’ve been doing a lot of deleting editing, and plenty of reading, although most of it was re-reading of old favourites.
A week ago at work, I attended an optional course about using consistent, audience appropriate language for my work related written communications. It was a “webinar” type thing, looking at language, favourite words, and the tone and word choice used by different companies. ( this was optional – I wasn’t pulled up for starting all my emails as “Wotcher mister” )
It did make me think about how and when to use words, and its helped a lot with making the stuff I write down more direct ( not here. Here i ramble on and no one can stop me! ) and one of the exercises was to condense a page wall of text into a haiku form. And I really, really enjoyed it – although after discussion, i have to submit my weekly reports in full paragraphs.
I’m kind of fond of poetry anyway, especially the stream of consciousness styles of e.e.cummings, for example. Not so much Philip Larkin – although that dislike could be the result of an english lit. a-level.
So I thought, for fun, I’d write a haiku every day about whatever had been the topic of the day for me. This is having a postive effect on reminding me to check my blooming twitter account, and also really confusing sis B.
So – this is my week in Haiku in 5-7-5 syllables, discounting traditional imagery.
I’ll see how long I can keep it up 🙂
( the picture is leakers bookshop in inverness. Which is irrelevant but awesome )