Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 09 July 2012

Whatcha want Polar bear? – Why I’m checking out the Monday Haiku poll for answers (see below).

This weeks weekend relevant prompts for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Carrying a half barrel – A local Home Depot is moving so and has some discounts. We bought a half barrel, amongst other things, to use as a planter. It kindly covered me in mess.
  2. POV and other characters – I was thinking a bit about POV for a novel I am about to begin writing. I have several key characters and the question is whether to do the whole thing from one characters POV or to focus a bit on some of the other characters. Either could work (hopefully very) well. POV was also being considered on Jmmcdowell’s blog. Check it out.
  3. UFC Pay per view – I went to a friends house where they had the UFC pay per view on. I wanted Silva to win. He did. We followed it with a game of Poker. I’m kind of new to Poker. It was fun.

So here we go:

Fancy half barrel

Flowers? Give me a new suit

of charcoal and rust

There are no flowers in it yet.

I entered my mind

to find a clear point of view

no perspective found

Or to put it another way, I’m still non the wiser:

Brutal encounter?

Check UFC pay per view

Silva wins again

Bonus Haiku is again 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) I didn’t want to rewrite much of this paragraph. So blah, blah, something, blah. Oh yeah, There might be some naughty words so if offended jump over the dotted lines below, or alternatively, if enticed, jump between the dotted lines below:


To blood, sweat and tears,

the mighty trek we do grace

Oh sights to behold

part 2:

Put forth and describe

the wonder of those two peaks

Look, two penises


Things I learned this weekend:

  • This was more a reminder, but I’m a firm believer in advice or inspiration coming from the unexpected sources, therefore keep your eyes and ears open. And indeed this weekend…
  • I’m pretty much ready to write a new novel based on an idea I had about six weeks ago. I have been pondering the details, main characters, and themes over the last few weeks. This one has a strong arc, and is about ready to go.
  • Three posts a week is suiting me fine right now, and I try to keep up with blogs for a little while, every other day.
  • How to play poker. I had never played before saturday. I thought it was good fun. I got Zynga Poker on my iPhone (also available on Facebook). I might become addicted.
  • After last weeks poll, I’m going to read (first) Gene Weingarten’s “Fiddler in the subway”.
  • I wanted to put a daft poll on this post influenced by last thursdays “Louie” (the first two seasons of this are on Netflix streaming in the US so check it out). Or is it some kind of psychological test? Hmm, answer and see, all may be revealed at a later date.
Have a fun week.

Lexicon word of the day: rubiginous.


15 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 09 July 2012

  1. crubin says:

    Ha ha–thanks for another great laugh to start my Monday morning. The naughty Haiku is great, because it’s descriptive and is quite sophisticated. Until that last sentence. 😉 Love to see you get mileage from my teenager’s potty mouth.

    On a more serious note, it seems a lot of us are pondering POV choices lately. Must be something in the air. Oh, and I like the Lexicon word of the day. Probably because it almost has my name in it, though I’m not so sure how “rust-colored” I am…

    • Elliot says:

      Thanks – I had to try make that one a punchline. It’s all a matter of perspective. I imagine your son says some of these things to you to wind you up / tease you a bit.

      My POV choice is for a number of reasons, primarily, 1) how much of the story do I want to tell and give away, more with more POVs, and 2) I need several of my main characters to be in danger of death where if I only cover one POV, then the featured character will never feel like that. If it is his POV then he is likely to survive no matter what. Granted there is something in how he might escape it.

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        It can be a tricky decision, no doubt. I wish you luck in making it. And yes, much of what my sons say is to elicit my reaction. And now my Awful Offspring Offal. 🙂

  2. rtd14 says:

    I enjoyed it! I love the polar bears!

  3. I’m a terrible poker player but I like polar bears and I like UFC. I’m still trying to figure out who could possibly beat Silva. Sonnen came closest last time around, but I don’t see anyone taking Silva’s belt any time soon.

    • Elliot says:

      I don’t know who could take Silva’s belt either but I would like to see Michael Bisping have a go purely because he is English! Actually he could be next in line because I do not know who else is left at that weight.

      I’m rubbish at Poker as well, but I’m going to get some online practice in before next time.

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    Carrie’s son will soon demand royalties if he finds out how popular he’s becoming in our corner of the blogosphere. 😉

    Thanks for the shout out on POV. It does seem to be on a lot of writer’s minds these days. I’ll take that as a good sign we’re all busy with writing! One of the great things about blogging is the help we get from other writers when we have writing questions. We still have to make the decisions ourselves, but it helps to hear others’ thoughts.

    I’m terrible at poker. So is one of my characters. It seems a lot of writers like to make characters good at it. I’m a little contrary that way. 🙂

    • Elliot says:

      Carrie’s son needs to keep them coming to make my job easier on a monday post 🙂

      You are welcome on the shout out. I’m still in the planning stage on this project. I have a good spine to the story, and just ironing out a few of the details before I begin writing. As I replied to Carrie on this post, the POV is important on a couple of story decisions for this one.

      I’m new to poker really, but I had enough fun to maybe try some online games as practice before playing again. – I say make the character traits fir the character, there is nothing wrong with the character being useless at a few things (or even lots of things).

  5. robincoyle says:

    The barrel haiku reminds me of what happens when I garden. I get more dirt on me than I leave in the flower beds. Same with painting. More paint on me than the walls.

    • Elliot says:

      My wife is the gardner, I just dig some of the holes. She knows a lot about it. I know next to nothing. The barrel looks nice though.

  6. Smaktakula says:

    You know, I don’t think the idea of two penii (my preferred plural) has been fully explored. I like the idea of one for everyday use, and then another that you could whip out on special occasions.

    • Elliot says:

      I’m not planning to explore that any further here. Although if Carrie’s son doesn’t offer anything for next weeks post, then watch this space (or possibly a newly posted space).

  7. Great haikus especially the nod to Carrie’s son’s “awful offspring offal”! 🙂

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