My week in haiku and other assorted nonsense – 10 Sep 2012

(Source: Microsoft Clip art)

This weeks bit of news to begin with:

  1. I’m struggling for time at the moment whilst the new routine kicks in. This might mean restricted posts over the next couple of weeks. Or it might not. We shall see later this week.

So, this Mondays “review of the week” prompts are:

  • Drive to work (Haiku) – The legendary Orange County freeways during rush hours. Not pleasant, but I’m going to have to get used to it for a while. Double the journey time or more. Great.
  • LFC Manager (Haiku) – Got to fit LFC in there somewhere right? New manager took time to sit with some writers from fan groups, fan sites and similar for some talk on him running LFC. It turned out to be a detailed interview where he explained many ideas. The recording is online to listen to (about 45 mins).
  • Inspiration (Tanka) – I seemed short of inspiration for a third prompt this week. Then I thought about the poem I did in 15 minutes which I posted on saturday. Then I realised that I have been gathering good ideas for a short story collection. Inspiration is always there, sometimes I just need to look under something to find it. So naturally this third prompt…

So here we go:

To know irony

travel the OC freeways

ask what is freeway?

Enough said there.

Ask Brendan Rogers

The man in whom we do trust

explain point of view

Here is hoping he gets the time, and it works.

It does not exist

yet it exists everywhere

take a look around

think about that which you see

there for you to create with

and it usually is. Pick up something near you and borrow some words….

This section is going to sometimes be “Bonus Haiku” (see last mondays post) i.e. A bit ruder or more adult haiku, OR a rant about something. This week it is a mini rant:


This week I l want to know why there are not enough hours in the day? Why do I have to work, spend too long in a car, then have little time to read, write, spend time with my wife and son? – Because that’s how life is, thats why. I need to manage my time better. Switch and make use of a technologies. Work out a better routine. So erm, why are there not more hours in the day? Oh…


What I learned this weekend

  • This week I listened to one interesting interview with LFC manager Brendan Rogers and watched perhaps even a better one with former Liverpool player Craig Johnstone on LFC tv. The latter deserving of a post of its own on the subject of passion.
  • Certain Orange County freeways prove the irony of the “free” part and cannot be trusted.
  • I need to get up in the morning “that bit earlier”.

Have a nice week.

Lexicon word of the day: finial.


12 comments on “My week in haiku and other assorted nonsense – 10 Sep 2012

  1. Margarita says:

    Audiobooks in the car? Might make for a more interesting, and possibly relaxing, commute…just a suggestion! xoM

    • Elliot says:

      I’m using the time at the moment to catch up on some music, and especially music I own, or have bought recently, but have not had chance to give it a proper lesson.

      Audiobooks is a good suggestion though and maybe something for in the future.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    I love that first one–“freeway” is indeed a misnomer. I was in a situation where I had to commute 45 minutes each way for a while, and I thought that was bad. I tried to listen to insightful talk radio or medical CDs, but I always ended up turning it to the satellite alt rock station instead. So much for enlightenment.

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    I think we’re all with you in wishing for more hours in the day—as long as we get to decide for ourselves how to fill them. 🙂

    Fortunately most of our daily commute is on a low-density toll road. But many people out here share that stop-and-go routine. Good music and good audiobooks can really help the sanity, especially as you get used to a new schedule.

    • Elliot says:

      I could use some toll roads as well, but they are a bit more out of the way, and I am not sure how much time I would gain.

      Oh well, at least I get to listen to some music.

  4. Time is one of my biggest challenges. I’m so much of a ‘panster’ that I end up wasting entirely too much time. I haven’t worn a watch in 20 years as an attempt to rebel against it altogether. The funny thing is I can’t stand to be late anywhere. It’s a love-hate relationship… 🙂 When you get it all figured out, do share with the rest of us…

    • Elliot says:

      It shall be interesting how it turns out over the next few weeks. Will having less time make me more disciplined? (probably not). Will I just do less? (More than likely). I guess we shall see.

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