Beginning with the Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge on date 11/16/2015 for those who fill out the form HERE (at the bottom of that page) and agree, it is possible entries may end up in a collection of poetry in a FREE e-book format on Amazon. It’s something I’m considering. Not a guarantee. If I were to do it, you would all see mention in a Challenge as well as a post of its own that a book was in the making.
IF YOU DON’T WANT INCLUDED THEN DO NOTHING EXCEPT KEEP WRITING THOSE HAIKU!!!
9 have signed up so far and word only went on on Friday. Very nice.
Before we begin, make certain to visit each person you haven’t already. Not sure who you visited? It doesn’t take but a few seconds to click and find out. The links open in a new window, unless you have your device setup for one window only. Opening in a new window means you don’t have to find where you were when completed reading of a Haiku.
NEW! Janni Styles (Author): The Watchers | JanniStyles1. An oh so true story and bit of wisdom here. One I’ve been attempting to teach my son every chance I can. “Blogging is all I really have time or energy for at the moment and some days now, thanks to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fibroymyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, even that is in question so I often post old works, previous works or short poems. Told by a writing instructor that we need to write a million words, I believe it was from this quote: “Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while.” ~David Eddings
Well, I’ve done my million… I think, lol… here’s the short version:” Click HERE for that short version. I’ve seen Janni around so often that I’m not 100% positive if she has participated before, but I know I haven’t listed her as an author before. She’s an Author. Check her author page and books out on Smashwords by clicking the Author link above. One is a “wee collection of verse” and one is a collection of short stories and BOTH are FREE for now! I got mine.
First to Offend this Week!
Annette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Behold the Majestic | Annette Rochelle Aben. A surprisingly beautiful image from so quickly put together of a Haiku. Although 16 minutes is a bit slow for Annette, I think she must have decided to have breakfast after she saw the prompt come out. But that’s the great thing about Haiku, you go with instinct and see what happens. You may change a word here or there but that initial thought can be the best moment of creativity. Click the image for the story and the great purpose behind her endeavor. Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert
Tessa: Gold Crane | Writing is my life. Make sure to check out Tessa’s new profile photo! There is a symmetry of the use of words in this one. And oddly, I don’t often, if I have ever, noticed how symmetrical the length of the first and third lines can be until I read this one. The two are not exactly the same length but close enough to give a balance to the whole piece. Strange what you see and think of when you look at a piece of poetry.
Greg: Lookie-Loos | Potholes in the Road of Life. Not the usual from our friend Greg. And he got me with this one. From that title I had no idea what to expect, but he went alternate meaning for this one, alternate from what you may have at first thought. And oddly you could say this is a nature Haiku in many ways. @greg_wolford
Alice: Gruidae | Boomerang Zone. You are looking at the title and wondering what it means, right? Don’t worry, I had to search it. And then I laughed. Totally appropriate for the challenge this week. I at first thought the Haiku was of a peaceful imagery but there is one word that then makes me go to the more, well not quite peaceful. Kind of funny in my mind. Thinking of John Travolta as a bird now. @Vidocq_CC
Clarence: 3 Golden Wishes | PrarieChat. If you haven’t been visiting Clarence’s blog lately, this is a good time to jump back to it. Very good offerings. Clarence is showing his learning this week. Another turn to the search engines for me already. First Alice and now Clarence. But I enjoy that, it just makes doing the review take a little longer.
Shida: Red Yiy | 876LoveR. It took a couple of tries to fully get this one. Then it came in to view and I laughed. I’m not sure if I laughed at humor or at my slowness at understanding. I only have one negative thing to say about Shida, I’m jealous. I can’t be a BrownGirlBlogger. I may have to start the SpeckledBrothersBloggersBand. Um, I have freckles. And no, I can’t say it even two times fast. @realrebel_r
Judy: Failure or Fate | Edwina’s Episodes. Sometimes you wonder why you didn’t get to do that something you wanted to. Now, I’m not saying things happen to bring an opportunity for a Haiku, but it does give you a thought as to perhaps there is some reason behind why that thing was missed. @EdwinasEpisodes
Kat: Gold ‘n Crane | like mercury colliding. I think you’ll enjoy these three. I know she may be wondering why I didn’t make up a title this week and went with the post title, but I liked how that looked and sounded together. All three are different, and all very much telling their own stories. Very well done.
jazzytower: Silhouettes Begin | Thoughts and Entanglements. A very peaceful and imagery filled Haiku. I would like to see a painting of this one or a photograph by someone who knows how. Hmm, just thought, I guess this really did paint a picture with words for me. Now that’s amazing in only 13 words.
Ritu: Mane & Happy New Year | But I Smile Anyway. Two Haiku that use synonyms to amazing affect, effect, offect. She used them so well. The first one is very much a nature Haiku and may have you scratching your head a little at first for the prompt words, but they are there in all their syonymatic glory. (Yes, I made up a word but isn’t it a cool one?) @PhantomGiggler
Michael Erb & Company: Lovers Embrace | Me and the Boss Poetry. Four Haiku that truly do tell a story, one leading to the next to a final end. Reminding one of a scene perhaps of being at a cabin on a lake and rising in the morning.
Sue Vincent (Author): Promise | Daily Echo. This week Sue gives a culture reference. I even looked it up and didn’t know the names we used in the US, well I had heard of them but had no idea they referred to this. And now that I’ve seen one close up in a picture, I may not sleep until the next review. Of course I discussed it with my boy “B” and he loved it. But the Haiku and photo were at the Sue Vincent level of offering, so you know you want to go and check both out. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent
Dr. Kottaway: Gleaning | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. You know, I often expect a bit of odd humor and a strange way of Haiku for our resident doctor, I mean that in a good way. She stretches the mind at times. Like silly putty. But this one isn’t like that. This is a great educational post about sand dunes in Colorado? I had no idea. Or maybe I did but amnesia sucks at times. I REALLY enjoyed reading about her time there and photo showing the scale of things. So much in a short paragraph. The lady should write a book.
Lizl: The Golden Weaver’s Domestic Chores | Quilted Poetry. Great imagery created here. And this must be the week for great posts to along with Haiku. We get a part of Lizl’s enjoyment of life in North Dakota and information about the Golden Palm Weaver. Make certain to visit and click her link or an image. WOW! Another enjoyable post and Haiku. @QuiltedPoetry
Wendy Anne Darling (Author): Serenity | Wendy Anne Darling. Perfect marriage of Haiku and image. I loved the use of the word ‘melting’ here. Check out Wendy’s book Silver Lightning on Amazon at the Author link above.
denis: Nesting | Haiku hound. You gotta go check this blog out. Haiku Hound is a blog that, well if you haven’t visited then you are missing out on some AMAZING photography you might find in National Geographic. The Haiku this week is excellent and learning a touch about Rainbow Lorikeets was a lot of fun.
J Lapis: Gold Romance, Crane Style | DarkLight Harbor. Two “little quickies” for you this week. A proposal and a second I can see being interpreted many ways, almost like … well you determine what you think it means for you.
Al: Canal-side, Cuisine, Cultural, and wait for it Plot summary for those who’ve never seen The Karate Kid | Al the Author’s Blog. Four Haiku and all of those titles are provided by Al. I wanted to state that for the record. You get a serious Nature Haiku to start off with and then … Al takes over and loses control. @AlistairLane
TJ Paris: In Bloom |La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. I DID IT! You’ll find out what I did when you visit the post. Of course a great Haiku obviously completely inspired by the photograph. @Roccoco_a_GoGo
Meredith & Martha: Pulled/Builder’s Dream by Meredith and Benevolence/The Concert by Martha | Meredith’s Musings. Meredith gives us two different Haiku while Martha’s I kind of see in an odd way playing on a theme depending on the person looking at what they are looking forward to. If you understood that, congratulations. @Meredithlbl
Elusive: Urban Dusk | Elusive Trope. I agree with Olga about that last line. Two images come to mind. Go see what you can come up with.
D.B. Mauldin (Author): WGolden Crane, Pot of Gold, and Church Women | mama bear musings. Three this week. After typing all of Al’s Haiku names this was a piece of cake. So these were awesome. I really like Pot of Gold and Church Women make me laugh because I’ve seen them sitting in front me at church hundreds of times. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.
Nato: Dear Eternal Victim | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. Some great advice here. I was thinking it would be interesting to tag people you know to a post to give them a clue about their lives they can’t see for themselves. But no matter how many times you tell a person that dwells in victim-hood they refuse to see. Visit Michelle Lunato Photography as well. @MichelleLunato
Sandra: Crane | Wild Daffodil. Okay, this was one weird turn of events. The choice of the word crane as a prompt was perfect for Sandra this week. Seriously go see why. Also wish her a happy birthday. She actually posted the Haiku on her birthday. Dedication or what?
Olga: Crane Drops | Stuff and what if. Great visual with the Haiku. A visual she was forced to create herself for lack of finding anything just right. You WILL love it. Everyone else did. The comments were great except for an odd one that I think may have not come across as intended.
H. M. Goodchild (Author): Fortunes Dreams of Good Luck | Folksong and Fantasy. Two Haiku of folklore and fantasy. That may seem odd considering the name of the blog, but the two haiku actually fit perfectly. H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page.
Ruby Manchanda: Winter greys | Whispering Thoughts. Now here is an interesting one that I doubt anyone has thought of. Both prompt uses are excellent, especially crane. One of our Blogger blog friends.
Ronovan Lifted by a Crane (A Mother’s Love) | RonovanWrites. A Haiku of my own that I honestly enjoy along with the image. I don’t often actually like my own work, but the combination I am happy with. @RonovanWrites
Pat B.: Defined Refined | A season and a time. Two Haiku and two takes on the prompts. But both have to do with nature, sort of. Pat is one of our Blogger blogs.
Mira: (2 Links) Summer Gold | They, You And Me. Awww, this one is cute. Gold | To Wear a Rainbow. Commentary on society and life. And she needs to get back to posting earlier in the week. I get worried when she comes in this late. I’m accustomed to her early posts. @BediMona
VronLacroix: Cranes flight | Simply Snapshots. Poor things can’t seem to get the formation down just right. But how many of you want to join them?
Steven S. Walsky (Author): lost gold of mankind | Simplicity Lane. Whoa, serious commentary and history lesson here. Excellent and sad. Click the Author link above to go to Steven’s blog where you will find all the available places for each book. He’s varied.
AC Elliott Fortune’s Herald | File Cabinet Ramblings I am getting the very vague message coming through some of the posts this week about the bird the crane. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it like itching my brain. So close to figuring out what it is. (Can you tell it’s getting late in the review? I think my focus has begun to slip … just a little.) @elliott_ac
Tolulope Sanusi: Golden Cranes | rubys polaroid. Do you know what Orizuku means? Have you been reading all the entries so far? If so then you may have spotted one. A wonderful Haiku this week with a touch of the whimsical about it that I enjoyed a lot.
Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): The Pyramids of Egypt | The Writer Next Door. Two Haiku for the price of one. Now I have to be honest. I so did not even consider Haiku about pyramids when the prompts came to me. And aliens? But what kind of aliens do I mean? Go find out. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV
Nagrij or (Greg Pierce) yeah, I snooped. (Author): Lakes of Gold | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed. The circle of life? Yeah it’s late in the review. It’s actually a very imagery filled Haiku, I just wanted to come up with something more to describe it with. You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.
Jane Dougherty (Author): “I Love Cranes” | Jane Dougherty Writes. Yes, a quote as a title. Four offerings, that’s how much she loves them. . Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33
Steven: Orizuru and Migration | Ramblings of a Drabbling Mind. Great as usual. That second one, Migration, is his experimental one and is easily read in many different combinations. I dare say he’s honing his skill at his creation nicely.
Florence: I Have the Power | Meanings And Musings. I like to have fun naming Florence’s Haiku but this will be the last week for the humorous endeavors with the upcoming possible ventures the challenge might take. This Haiku actually says a lot. More than what cranes often represent but what that representation means as a result. I didn’t even realize that until I began writing her review. I figured if I kept talking long enough, something interesting would come out. Or maybe not. @FTThum
E. Rawls (Author): Beyond/Source of Greed | Rawls E. Fantasy. The second of the two stays somewhat with a theme that has run through the challenge this week, or so it seems, but I like the words used here around the prompt words. Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above. @VChronicles_