Haiku Friday: Cliché

haiku pic 1Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of ‘Cliché’:

live by the clichés

you’ll never get in trouble

but you might get bored

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: Vampire bat

V Vampire BatHere’s another page in my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward.  Earlier pages can be found in the “Serial Fiction” tab above. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 22:

 

V

Vampire Bat

A vampire bat drinks blood

and sings while she flies through the dark night.

She cannot see well

so she follows the echoes of her songs.

Compost: How Much Do You Know About Ghosts?

ghostMost people know little if anything about what a ghostwriter does and how they do it. How about you – what do you know about ghosts? Take this short 8-question quiz and find out – and perhaps win a prize. Send me an email with your answers, or write them in the comments.

  1. How much do ghostwriters charge, on average, to ghostwrite a full-length non-fiction book?
  2. How long does it take a ghostwriter, on average, to ghostwrite a full-length book?
  3. How many books can or should a ghostwriter write in a year?
  4. Do all ghostwriters keep what they do secret?
  5. Do most ghostwriters help their clients publish, market, or design their books?
  6. If you wanted to hire a ghostwriter, where would you look for one?
  7. T/F: If you use a ghostwriter, your book will be published and successful.
  8. T/F: Any good writer will be a good ghostwriter.

My answers to these questions will be published in this blog next month, on Monday September 8th. Whoever gets the most right will win a prize, a PDF copy of Ghost Stories for Real Ghosts. my new ebook usually available only to those who enroll in my online course “Learn to Ghost.”

Haiku Friday: Home

zen gardenHere’s my haiku for today, on the topic of “Home”:

pretend you go home

your mother waits at the door

her young face shining

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: Unicorn

U UnicornHere’s another page in my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward.  Earlier pages can be found in the “Serial Fiction” tab above. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 21:

 

 

 

U

Unicorn

A unicorn is a magic horse with a horn on her forehead.

Nobody has ever seen her, so maybe she is a real good hider.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Nothing Doing

oncouchAlex Terrgi here. It seems impossible, but sometimes humans forget how to do nothing. They are way too busy, and they miss so much by doing nothing.

I try to show my human how to do nothing when she forgets, which is way too often. I do it like this: I walk into whichever room she is in, say the room where she keeps her computer, and I flop down by her feet and stretch my legs out, open my mouth and yawn, and close my eyes. Sometimes I will give a little moan or sigh. If this does not work, I will put my head on her lap and gaze into her face while thinking loving thoughts about how cute she is when she is doing nothing.

If this doesn’t work, I give up and go into another room by myself, say the room with the couch in it, and stretch out on the couch after turning around a couple times and rubbing my smell all over it so it makes a soft nest. I rest my head on the throw pillow and wait for her to come into this room and see me, and join me on the couch with a throw pillow of her own.

I keep hoping she will learn how to do nothing, but so far it does not seem to be working.

Haiku Friday: Little

haiku pic 2Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of ‘Little’:

live your little life

however little it is

it is all you get

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: Turtle

T TurtleHere’s another page in my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward.  Earlier pages can be found in the “Serial Fiction” tab above. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 20:

 

T

Turtle

A turtle carries his home around with him on his back,

so he can hide when he is scared.

This does not mean the turtle is a coward.

He was just made that way.

Compost: Rules for Grandmothers

know the rulesI had another idea for a book one day, while I was hanging out with my three young grandchildren. Nobody tells you how to be a good grandmother, you know – you have to make it up as you go along, or try to remember how your own grandparents did it forty/fifty-some years ago, or how your parents were with your kids twenty/thirty-some years ago. Wouldn’t it be handy, I said to my grandchildren, if there were such a thing as the “Grandmother’s Big Book of Rules” that all grandparents could follow? They thought this was such a great idea that they volunteered some rules of their own for grandparents. I haven’t written the book yet, but I just may incorporate their ideas. Here are some of them – what do you think? From my 8-year-old granddaughter (clearly the leader of the pack):

  • When your grandchildren are staying with you, you must let them stay up until midnight and have a party and watch any movie they want on On Demand.
  • You must forget all their parents’ rules.
  • If your grandchildren tell you a secret, keep it secret and don’t blab it to their mother.
  • Do a chicken dance and let your grandchildren video it and then put it up on YouTube.
  • Make sure you have plenty of mango juice and chocolate ice cream bars in your refrigerator.

From my 6-year-old grandson (I had daughters, so my first experience in dealing with a boy child):

  • When your grandchildren come to stay, make up fun activities like building a catapult which flings cake all over the room.
  • Help your grandchildren build a ship or make a troll out of a rock. Be sure you have plenty of porcupine quills on hand.
  • Don’t let the sun burn your grandchildren, but don’t put sunscreen in their eyes.
  • Always have the right kinds of snacks on hand. They have to be the right snacks. Ask Mommy if you don’t know what the right kinds are. Then buy them.

From my 3-year-old granddaughter (a sensitive but loud little creature):

  • Remember to wear your hair in a ponytail, and then let your granddaughter take the ponytail out and comb your hair to get the pingles out. Don’t cry.
  • Always have Hello Kitty bandaids in the bathroom so we can wear as many as we want.
  • Wear the bracelet we make from the Jewelry Kit you have in your cupboard, because it will make your skin happy.

No, you can’t have my grandchildren. I’m keeping them forever.

Haiku Friday: Stupid

haiku pic 3Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of “Stupid”:

look where we are now

they say you can’t fix stupid

but we’d better try

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.