Welcome, this week I will start with a small note for regular readers. I think the slightly more adult, “Bonus Haiku” might be a fortnightly affair from now on (as it has been recently), or I may change my mind again next week, we shall see. This week it is replaced by a short video link (more on that in a moment). This week “regular” Haiku is also taking a break to be replaced by the longer Tanka, the japanese poetic form. As this is my first attempt, you will be no doubt pleased to read that it is not much longer following a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable to line progression. Tanka is less about nature like traditional Haiku, something I flout with regular Haiku anyway, and allows for simile, and metaphor should you wish to incorporate them,
So, this weeks weekend relevant prompts for Monday
- Scrivener – I love the writing software Scrivener. Seriously, if you enjoy writing, this is the best thing there is. You will never want to use Word again. It has a generous trial period so you can try it out and see. I’ve used it since version 2 appeared on the Mac (at the time a serious upgrade to version 1). Every now and then it is nice to read some tutorials, or features on how other writers use it. There are plenty of web pages, or youtube videos, free to browse or watch. A good example is below, where bonus Haiku normally resides. Or alternatively there is a useful ebook by the author David Hewson.
- The Slide – My young son was not the fastest to get walking unaided (a trend on his mothers side of the family). For the last couple of months we’ve been taking him to “Gymboree” (the play school, not the store) which includes a weekly class where tots do little learning games together, mixed with playing on the various arrangements of padded climbing “things” and slides. Naturally with a bit of encouragement, his confidence and ability to climb, slide, and generally get stuck on things, has improved. When I took him to our local park this weekend, he made a beeline for the steps, and had a lot of fun climbing and sliding. Not a new thing for tots I know, but a new thing for him and me.
- Disappointment– I won’t go into details here but something I had been waiting for got put back a little while this weekend. I don’t get annoyed very often, but this did annoy me.
So here we go:
How do I tell Word
that I love words but not you
that I love a new
master, writing studio
Scrivener, I do compose
Ok, that one is a bit retrospective as I have been using it for a while, but you take my point (hopefully).
Grey, August morning
Standing, wistful, yearning for
the boy who would play
learn to climb, to use my slide
Happiness, that one moment
The slide was alone, and waiting for us, this past saturday morning.
I missed the phone call
but I got all the details
what could I question?
when all I could ask was why
and feel like sinking below
So maybe it wasn’t that bad, and no big deal, but anyway….
No bonus Haiku this week, enjoy this short Scrivener lesson instead:
What I learned this weekend
- LFC managed a draw against Premier League champions Man City. It was a shame really as LFC played well, and scored two decent goals. Unfortunately they made two silly mistakes which cost goals on a game they should have won. The overall play was a good sign for things to come.
- In August, in Southern California, the clouded over mornings are the ones to take the boy to the park.
- M83’s “Midnight City, seemed to be stuck in my head.
- My wife and I life playing Lego Batman 2 on the PS3.
Have a nice week.
Lexicon word of the day: Woebegone.