Sunday, June 7, 2015

Haiku - an ancient form of Japanese poetry.

Although I love poetry, my numerous attempts to create it have always failed. Until, however, I discovered Haiku, a lovely short form of poetry. A Haiku is made up of only three lines--five syllables for the first and third lines and seven syllables for the second line. 

I begin with a word or topic and let my imagination fly. Here are two I wrote, the first for spring (here now) and the second for summer (soon to be upon us):

Winter's cold caress
grudgingly suspends its reign
as spring tiptoes in.

Warm sunlight dancing
atop eager new blossoms
sings a summer tune.

Harness your creative spirit and create your own Haiku. Put it in a reply. I'd love to see it.

Remember, keep writing!

A Writer's Night Out

What's more fun than discussing books? Discussing the hows and whys of writing books. This past Friday, I joined a group of friends to attend a book launch, Edith Maxwell's latest 
in her local foods mystery series, Farmed and Dangerous. I'm currently in the middle of the first book, "A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die" and am thrilled that I have two more waiting for me when I finish it. 

On the ride up to the Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, laughter and excitement dominated the atmosphere as four energized writers discussed books, authors, and their own creations. With writing being such a solitary existence, it feels wonderful to be able to chat about all things literary with people who share your passion. 
Me, Edith, and Kristin at Jabberwocky

I love to attend book signings because the author always talks about things having to do with the art of writing--the how-to's. Where did they get the idea for the plot, the characters, the setting? How do they keep a series interesting? When do they write? How long does it take them to finish a book? How do they stay focused during the difficult middle pages?

For the most part, writers are generous with their knowledge. I've had the most helpful conversations with some awe-inspiring authors at various writing venues. 

I have to confess that I'd never been to the Jabberwocky Bookshop. It's a wonderful place, offering two floors of books and set inside The Tannery Marketplace, a beautiful two-story building that offers comfortable seating surrounding the stores. 

If you miss the feel of an old-fashioned bookstore, take a trip to Newburyport, MA and check out the writing events Jabberwocky has scheduled. 

I've found one of the best ways to learn the craft of writing is to listen to other writers. Investigate your local libraries and bookstores to see what surprises they have scheduled. Then grab a few friends and enjoy the evening. 

And, remember. Keep Writing!