Welcome to my Inspired To-Do post for this month’s magazine! I must say that I am so happy to have this to share for several reasons, not the least of which is that I actually GOT IT DONE! Okay, what is it that I did? I published another book!
Understand that while I did, in fact, publish two books in 2014, I had the goal of publishing 12 books for that year. While that didn’t happen, I moved on into 2015 with so much MORE material than I had to work with from the previous year, that I just knew there needed to be at least one more book completed here in 2015. Lo and behold, ‘tis done!
On October 25th, which also happened to be my most recent birthday, I gave birth to A Haiku Perspective 2015, which is a book filled with… wait for it, wait for it, HAIKU poetry! Granted, even though I only began writing haiku in April of this year, I found that I was driven to write these structured poems even when I had other things I needed to be getting done. This left me with so many poems that the book actually wrote itself.
How did the title come about? You ask the best questions! See, in many a traditional Japanese haiku, you find very ethereal poems written primarily about nature. In fact, here is one of the most well-known Japanese haiku, written by Basho.
The old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water
I must say, that there is more than likely a very recognizable syllable structure when this is read in its original Japanese language, but that format is lost in the translation. This is to be expected. More than likely, if mine were to be translated into Japanese, they might not play so well for them. So, I felt that by acknowledging that my book was filled with my “own perspective” on the classic art of haiku would be the best way to title my book. Also, I have looked at various topics in my life and turned my thoughts into a haiku about them. So this book is my perspective on the art of haiku as well as a haiku perspective about my life.
What prompted me to even begin writing was the “prompting” from a writing blog I follow, where the host posts a challenge every week for writers to submit a haiku poem to in response. He uses what is known as an American Haiku format of 17 syllables over 3 lines. The first and third line have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. I must say that I wasn’t keen on even trying and for months I simply read what others has written and went about my merry way. Actually, I am convinced the poems were inside of me wanting to be set free so when I wasn’t really paying too much attention, out popped the haiku and the rest is my new book!
Naturally, since there have only been so many challenges since I began participating, I have written more than just the poems for the challenge to include in this book. It has been so darn much fun trying to say all that I want to say, using as few words as I possibly can. I have used any excuse to write a haiku. It’s Tuesday? Heck, then I feel a haiku coming on… Someone needs some cheering up? Whip up a haiku! I’ll tell you what, I really know how to have a good time.
Here is the link to my Author Central page on Amazon, where you can find not only A Haiku Perspective 2015, but other books I have written such as Choose, the 2-step plan and Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another. Yes, you will find other books there for even though I wasn’t necessarily publishing my own books, I did contribute chapters to others and many of them are listed there for purchase.