NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 25

May 25 prompt: oldies but goodies


The first haiku I remember reading, as a child, is listed below. The funny thing is, I thought I had misremembered it, until I discovered it again online, because it isn’t quite 5-7-5.  Now I understand why! Share with us one of your favorite haiku that you wrote in the past, either published or unpublished, and if published, please list the publishing credits.

***

life? butterfly
on a swaying grass that’s all…
but exquisite!

–Soin



Check out the NaHaiWrMo Facebook page to post your haiku, or to read the other wonderful haiku written in response to this prompt.

NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 23

May 23 prompt: pets

The Humane Society estimates that there are approximately 77.5 million owned dogs in the U.S., and 93.6 million owned cats. That adds up to a while lot of pets that we share our lives with, and doesn’t even include  the gerbils, hamsters, rats, snakes, parakeets, fish, frogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, and others.

***

My cat,
frisking in the scale,
records its weight.

–Issa



Check out the NaHaiWrMo Facebook page to post your haiku, or to read the other wonderful haiku written in response to this prompt.

Publish, Don’t Perish

Day 22 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: Last time I asked a question about self-publishing, it was about whether or not you would consider it. This time, let’s pretend you are considering it at some point in your career and it’s not so much about what you’ll self-publish as what you won’t self-publish. Give us an idea of what you will self-publish, what you won’t self-publish, and why.


My response: I think self-publishing would be a great route to go with for the poetry and haiku I write, since poetry is generally published in limited edition chapbooks anyway. And a collection of personal essays would also be a good candidate for self-publishing, because with the popularity of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, I don’t think there is much of a market for an anthology of personal essays by the same author, unless they are already famous. But beyond that? I guess if I felt I had an idea for a book with universal appeal, or more accurately, with the ability to attract publishers because of its potential to produce revenue, then I might try traditional publishing first. But in all, I don’t think I’d have a problem self-publishing anything.

It’s not too late to join in! The complete rules for this giveaway can be found here.

Kid Lit

Day 21 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: Have you ever considered writing for children? What topics would you cover or what story would your imagined children’s book tell?

My response: When my kids were younger, I would often find myself thinking about howI would love to write for children. But alas, I think that window has passed. I am not around young children enough these days to have a pulse on what works and what doesn’t in juvenile fiction. Should I be lucky enough to have grandchildren one day, perhaps that will all change.

It’s not too late to join in! The complete rules for this giveaway can be found here.

On My Own Feet

Day 20 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: Another question we’ve been asking our authors for you: how has writing impacted your self-confidence?

My response: I started to write again four years ago, shortly after a cancer diagnosis, when I joined a cancer survivors’ writing group. I think it is fair to say that my self-confidence was at the lowest ebb of my life. Don’t get me wrong—my oncologists were capable and tremendously supportive— but the process of going through treatment was somewhat dehumanizing. My cancer had become the focal point, not me. It took me over 3 years before I was finally ready to let go of my writing group, and continue writing on my own, and through other online communities I had discovered in the interim. While I can’t say that I am grateful I got cancer (I’m not!), I fully believe that through my writing and self-exploration, before, during, and after treatment, I have emerged a stronger person.

It’s not too late to join in! The complete rules for this giveaway can be found here.