Mark Terry

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Mark's Writing Haiku Challenge

December 17, 2006
You know haiku, right? 3 lines, 5, 7, 5 syllables. Here's my writing one for today:

Neurotic, that's me.
Pen, ink, paper, computer
Like the air itself.

Here's my writing haiku challenge. Write a haiku about writing, post it here, and I'll select a random winner on December 21st sometime after noon EST to receive a signed copy of either THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK or DIRTY DEEDS.

I'm looking forward to your haiku.

Mark Terry


Blogger Shannon said...

fun, fun! and a great incentive, I'll play:

from an open mind
between the covers, words spill
a public affair

ps. Mark, do you take bribes? :-)

7:36 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

Oh cool! I haven't written poetry in ten years, shame on me. I'll play, too!

Molding, shaping words,
Striving, grunting, fist raised high,
Sweat to ecstacy.

Good thing you're selecting a random winner, and not the best poet. I stand a better chance that way!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Very nice. C'mon people. Join in.

Nope, sorry, no bribes, but, feel free to "enter" as many times as you like. It'll increase the odds.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Ron Estrada said...

so Steinbeck I'm not
at least my mom says it's good
this is my real job

10:50 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Okay Ron, you got a grin and small laugh out of me today. Thumb's up, dude.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous gregory huffstutter said...

Editing today
Trimming, pruning, word count beast
Must kill my babies

11:49 AM  
Blogger StarvingWriteNow said...

Writer's block again
Staring cursing nothing comes
A cold blank white page

2:25 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

Oh, no! A deadline!
Frantic typing, thinking fast,
Money, here we come.

Mark, this is SO much fun, LOL!

8:19 PM  
Anonymous JLB said...

half-cocked in daydreams
scribbled on margins, napkins
poems now unfold

6:13 AM  
Anonymous JLB said...

brilliance thus denied
red pen executioner
lay waste to the draft

6:16 AM  
Anonymous JLB said...

emotion meets form
as ocean meets ebbing earth
salty and shaken

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Jonas Karlsson said...

browsing thesaurus
sesquipedalian writer
finds short perfect word

9:15 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

sesquipedalian writer

You know, I'm not sure how many syllables that is. :)

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Jonas Karlsson said...

Hello Mark,

When I wrote it I wasn't sure, so I looked it up. According to it's "ses·qui·pe·da·li·an" (six syllables). The American Heritage Dictionary says "ses·qui·pe·da·lian" (five), so I decided to go for five syllables. I hope I'm not disqualified!

By the way, I'm from Sweden, so you might want to disqualify me anyway to save some postage.

I'd also like to mention that there's an illustrated version of the haiku at my blog.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Welcome from Sweden! Nope, no Swedish translations of the books--yet. If you win, you win, I'll flip for postage. Good luck & thanks for dropping by.


1:13 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

Okay, my entry for today:

It's the war of art:
Resistance is so futile;
Determined writing.

*giggle* Can you tell I just leafed through The War of Art? A million people keep mentioning it. Not bad, but if you already sit down and write every day, then it's a little bit of a "duh." I loved his Legend of Baggar Vance, though.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

With sleepy scribbles,
I write the bare skeleton,
Tomorrow to flesh.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

Santa! Dear Santa!
Give me your secret of time,
I must write, write, write.

Now I'm off to do just that, LOL. Good luck, everyone! I loved reading them all.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

These are so great! I've really enjoyed reading everyone's. Here's my last ditch effort...

one slightly used soul
sold to the highest bidder-
a writer’s happiest day

Happy Holidays, everyone!

8:02 AM  

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