Week Three, Ennui

So at this point, I would have to write over 4,000 words a day to make it to the end of NaNoWriMo. Not entirely out of the realm of possibility, however I also got some more transcription work in this weekend. As much as it pains me to do so, I’ll have to spend my keyboard time this week on generating income.

I am officially calling an end to my 2015 NaNoWriMo participation.

I’m disappointed, but also relieved. It hadn’t been going as well as I had hoped from the beginning, turning something fun and creative into an absolute drag. Time to move on. There are other challenges in this world.

As for NaNoWriMo… there’s always next year.


Week Two, Feeling Blue

So week two is over, we’re into week three, and things ain’t looking good. I’m under 5,000 words, allowed myself to get distracted by work, and then my grandmother passed away (in her 101st year — she had a good, long life). So the rest of this week is family stuff, with little time on the schedule to get some writing in.

Plus, I just haven’t managed to find the fun with NaNoWriMo this year. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t even so much as made an attempt since 2012 — it got to feel like more of a slog than an exercise in creative freedom.

Still, there’s just under half a month left, and I’m not quite ready to call it. I’m not as confident as I was going in this year, but I still have a chance.

And I’m more than ready to move on to a new venture. Not quite sure what it is yet… a serious attempt at at fiction writing, another poetry project, maybe something in the photography realm. I’m chomping at the bit, though, needing to do something creative or go crazy. I need to focus on something other than the mundane bullshit of life. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there.

Week One, Over and Done

So the first week of NaNoWriMo is over and my word count stands at a whopping… 206. And for the usefulness of those words, I may as well have written 103 instances of “screw Flanders.”

But hey, it’s early in the month. Still plenty of time. I do type like a superhero when under pressure. I’ve got some plans for how I’m going to boost my word count this year, but I’m not going to divulge them just yet. If I’m successful, I’ll give a full run-down. If not… this conversation never happened.

Wish me luck.



On this, the eve of NaNoWriMo, I just want to wish good luck to everyone making the crazy journey to 50,000 words in 30 days. Watch this space for updates, rants and meltdowns over the next month.

I Survived Haiku Deathmatch!

mightier than swords —
warriors with pens unsheathed
stand ready to fight!

So yesterday, against my better judgement, I took the long bus ride into Toronto to compete in the Toronto Poetry Project‘s Haiku Head-to-Head Battle. In doing so, I learned a very important lesson.

My “better judgement” can be a bit of a wet blanket sometimes.

Six haikusters stood up, and only one remained. Me! It was the first time in more years than I care to count since I’ve stood up and read anything that I wrote in public, and the reaction was phenomenal. The competition got the crowd going with some quite clever and rather raunchy pieces. The silence from the audience when I read my poems made me nervous, but in the end, it turns out silence is golden. As in medal. As in I won it.

Thanks to TPP, ringmaster Cynthia Gould, the organizers, judges, my gracious audience, and the folks at Supermarket. And special thanks goes to the Haiku Ninja for sparing my life.

Haiku 100/100

Last haiku written!
One hundred in one hundred —
Project competed!

And that ends my 100 Haikus in 100 Days project! I started this on the 6th of June and wrote an average of one haiku a day through the summer and up to today. Some were good, some were bad, most were mediocre, but all were fun little puzzles to put together.

It’s been a while since I set myself a long-term creative writing goal and actually completed it. Feels good. Thanks to all who put up with my incessant posting. And remember, Urban Discord, my 2004 book of haiku poetry, is available as a free PDF ebook and at a specially-priced print volume from my Lulu.com store until September 30th.

And now I move on to that awkward phase where one project is finished, and the next hasn’t started yet…

Haiku 99/100


my summer labours
could never be half so sweet —
industrious bees!