Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 02 July 2012

Fetch me book four immediately, I need to rest here and see if I am in it.

This weeks weekend relevant prompts for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Finishing Game of Thrones book three “A Storm of Swords” – I tend to read a fiction book, then something non-fiction, then something else e.g. a biography (or maybe more fiction), then repeat the cycle. The Game of Thrones books are large (this one 1100 pages) and anyone with a toddler running round can tell you that the time to read drops off a bit, especially when you have other interests like writing. Finally this book is done. I enjoyed it, I will read the next one, but first it is time for a change.
  2. Free Sunday Morning – I normally webcam with my parents on a sunday morning. They are on holiday this week so we had a free sunday morning. We went to the park.
  3. Lowes – My wife went to a baby shower (well for a second child, so more a baby sprinkle). My son and I went for some guys shopping down at Lowes.

N.B. Update for point three. The child is not ours it is for some friends of ours.

So here we go:

Long read, Game of Thrones

Epic, swords, rape, and murder

ready for next book

Ok there is a lot more to it than that, but those are themes that stand out.

Hot, sunday morning

but relax, take it all in

enjoy a new park

It was a new park we went to. It was enjoyable, there were people around, but not too many:

Myself and “big man”

With guy stuff to buy at Lowes

now get him to work

Bonus Haiku is looking at the Carrie Rubin’s son’s “awful offspring offal”, because a) it is amusing, b) I’m being lazy in inspiration terms for the bonus Haiku, and c) because Carrie said I could. So thanks Carrie for letting me steal it, and thanks Carrie offspring for saying it. N.B. There might be some naughty words so if offended jump the dotted lines below, or alternatively, if enticed, jump between the dotted lines below:


Oh, to dance with words

pen mightier than the sword

Oh pen, where art thou?

part 2:

went on adventure

but there’s one up my butt you

can reach up and grab


Things I learned this weekend:

  • Spain are worthy Euro 2012 winners, and perhaps one of the best international sides ever having won Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, and Euro 2012. Even their substitutes bench is full of quality players, some of which didn’t even get to play in this tournament. Awe inspiring in the truest sense.
  • I have finally gotten better at the above on the Ps3. In fact I won it using England. So we can safely say the realism of this game is somewhat lacking.
  • ****** survives, ******* ** alive, Rob ** **** of the ****, Arya ** ***** **** – Game of Thrones book three spoilers covered up! I’m looking forward to book four, but after a break for a few other books.
  • With the that in mind, I now don’t know what to read next, so I have narrowed it down to a few choices on my book pile, and I’m asking for your help in the poll below. The options are “The Corrections“, Slaughterhouse 5“, and this highly rated book “The fiddler in the subway
Have a fun week.

Lexicon word of the day: idiolect.


27 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 02 July 2012

  1. I read all the time,well, I commute and read on the tube all the Never read a Game of Thrones book, but see plenty of people with their heads buried in it. I am just starting Hunger Games second book- I picked up the first one purely because everyone else seemed to be reading it (lol) and was completely swept away by it! :o) I also read in cycles of historical books (fiction and non-fiction) and “other” books. I would definitely go with franzen, i love his style. It’s very “sparse” for lack of a better word. Interesting that these Shades of Grey books are selling at record speed and amounts apparently but I never ever see anyone reading them on the tube. Still a stigma attached, I see…lol…

  2. DyingNote says:

    Hmmm…maybe this is the trigger for me to reach out for the Game of Thrones books.

    If you’re looking for non-fiction, I’d recommend Amy Snider’s ‘Hell On Two Wheels’. An extremely well-written account on what is one of the (if not the) world’s toughest sporting events.

    Am curious – does the Polldaddy bit allow for a responder’s entry if he/she chooses an option like ‘Something else’. I know in this one it didn’t but does that option exist?

    • Elliot says:

      I’ll add that book to the list of ones to check out. I have a big pile of unread still to get through.

      I’m new to this poll lark so not sure, but I would say create one and see. You can create one through the wordpress hub and edit it at will. It will give you a cut and paste code should you want to use it in a blog post. It doesn’t have to go live or into anything whilst you are looking at it.

  3. crubin says:

    You really had me laughing with your bonus Haiku. So silly yet it got a big laugh-out-loud, proving once again the primitive nature of my sense of humor. As always, thanks for the mention. 🙂

    Every time I go to a bookstore, I’m tempted to pick up the first novel in “The Game of Throne” series, but then I always change my mind. Just not sure I want to get started with such an epic series. I have read “The Corrections” though. I enjoyed it. There’s a passage from it regarding the difficulty of finding one’s life passion I liked, so much so that I copied it and stuck on my fridge. 🙂

    • Elliot says:

      I realised these two part “bonus” haiku poems are like trying to craft a mini story. I thought that one turned out well so glad you liked it.

      I bought the four book set of Game of Thrones from Amazon for about $21 (prior to book five coming out). They are good, and I would say worth reading, but yes, you need to break up reading them a bit, which is why I read other things in-between books. The good thing is they are still there to go back to.

      The Corrections could be the next read…

      • crubin says:

        The other thing keeping me from “Game of Thrones” is all of the rape that takes place, or at least, that’s what I’ve heard in reading things about the books and the TV show. Not a big fan of reading about that.

      • Elliot says:

        From what I recall there are no scenes where the rape is directly covered i.e. you follow character x, and at some point this terrible scene is covered. They are all referred to. I don’t think George R R Martin ever wanted the books to be a sadistic fantasy, but he did want the context to appear real, and somewhat brutal. So he often refers to to terrible events, but rarely goes into any detail on those kind of things. – I know of several other females who have read the books including one of my aunties and they made no comments about this, if that helps you any.

      • crubin says:

        That does. Thank you. Maybe I’ll have to give it a try after all.

  4. rtd14 says:

    It amazes me to you sit down every week and analyze what happened over the weekend. I’m lucky if I can remember what happened yesterday. Congrats on finishing the third book! I haven’t read Game of Thrones, but I know what a big deal it is go through a series. Also, congrats on the second child! You have a lot to look forward to!

  5. Elliot says:

    Well I kind of do the monday post in pieces over the weekend, and finish it up sunday night, so it is fairly quick and straight forward to do.

    Um no second child yet, although we are considering a second. What bit made you think that?

  6. Smaktakula says:

    Of those books, I’ve only read Slaughterhouse 5, but I highly recommend it. & So It Goes (you’ll understand if you read).

    I understand how hard it is to read with a toddler around. Reading is challenging for me anyway for certain reasons. One thing that’s been a tremendous boon to my life is audiobooks. Have you ever tried listening?

    Regarding your weekly chat with your folks…(and I apologize in advance for this; I’ve been holding off for so long, but I simply can’t help myself): Elliot–phone home! Phone home!
    Sorry, man. Really.

    And I make fun a lot, but for whatever reason, I really do enjoy the difference in American and British singular and plural. When you say, “Spain are worthy” (as opposed to the Yankee “is worthy”) it sounds so delightfully British. I know it’s hard to tell, but I’m not mocking.

    • Elliot says:

      I’m probably going to read all the books this year anyway so sooner or later I will get to it. One thing I have not decided yet is whether to literally go with whatever wins the poll or just use it as an opinion.

      You should apologise afterwards as well in advance for that bad one. It is a joke everyone says as though it is original each time, and I don’t think it ever was.

      I imagine we say Spain ARE worthy as they are a team, rather than an individual or viewed as one nation. So we are literally referring to Spain as “the spanish football team”.

      • Smaktakula says:

        Hey, I DID apologize after the joke. And no, I didn’t think I was the first to make it. But I disagree with you that it wasn’t ever original–somebody got a fresh joke out of that circa 1982.

      • Smaktakula says:

        And re: the difference in language, that’s it exactly. I think the British refer to groups as a bunch of individuals, whereas we refer to them collectively (e.g., Oasis are the best band ever?–Br. or Who the hell is Oasis?–Am.). Which, when I think about it, seems a little ass-backward, no?

  7. robincoyle says:

    Hahahahahaha. Baby sprinkle. Good one.

    Oh, and I love Carrie too.

  8. The Vendetta Defense by Lisa Scottoline I enjoyed this light hearted romp so much because it is soooooo old fashioned Italian. Enjoy Jack Whyte’s Camulod Chronicles , series post Roman Britain-King Arthur.

  9. Congrats on finishing that book. I heard the books were amazing. 🙂 Are you going to write a review of the book? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.

    • Elliot says:

      Thanks – Probably not going to review it as it would be difficult to do without spoilers. The book was very enjoyable though, with some big surprises. But it does feel like but one segment of the larger whole.

  10. Also highly recommend Slaughterhouse 5. Vonnegut is good stuff.

    • Elliot says:

      That might well be the next book to read. From what I have heard, all three books on this list are very good. They are all sitting on my shelf waiting to be picked up. In the meantime I can catch up on a few other things like the odd issue of “Writer Digest”.

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