Archive for January 2012

Writing Your Destiny   3 comments

English: Feng Shui crystal

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I recently subscribed to the blog, Writing Your Destiny by Karen R. Wan. I find her advice not only helpful, but soothing. As a fiction writer, I often find myself feeling anxious that I have written the best possible story, the best possible way. It is nice to find a coach, if you will, that gives encouragement in a zen sort of way. Karen’s blog does just this, creating a feng shui state of mind that leaves me feeling eager to get back to work on the novel that has sat in my computer for, oh my, years now.

Check out her blog at Writing Your Destiny:


Randy Ingermanson’s Writing E-zine   4 comments

Cover of "Writing Fiction For Dummies"

Cover of Writing Fiction For Dummies

This is a monthly blog that I have subscribed to for more than a year. I met Randy Ingermanson at a writer’s conference in October of 2010 and was so impressed by him, that I bought his book, Writing Fiction for Dummies.

Below, find links to his website as well this month’s E-zine installment. I think you will find Mr. Ingermanson’s advise to writers worth a look.

Advanced Writing Fiction:

The Advanced Writing Fiction E-zine (January):

How to Write Haiku: In a Nutshell   8 comments

Matsuo Bashō

Matsuo Basho

Haiku is a short form of poetry, traditionally taken from the natural world, that consists of 17 sound units ( in Japanese) or syllables (in English), written in 3 phrases of 5, 7, 5 respectively.

In Japan, the poems are written all in one line. In English, each phrase is given its own line.

The poem should engage the 5 senses: things that are seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled rather than create an intuitive impression.


Kireji: A cutting word that portrays a contrast of a comparison and is traditionally placed in the third (last) line.

Kigo: Seasonal word, is used more in the Japanese form than in the English.

SaijikiSeasonal word almanac, used to find kigo to use in haiku.

Hokku: The original name for the poetic form.

Matsuo Basho (1644–1694): Famous haiku poet.

Examples of haiku: (Matsuo Basho)

A caterpillar

this deep in fall–

still not a butterfly

Bitter tasting ice

just enough to wet the throat

of a sewer rat.

Spring rain

leaking through the roof

dripping from the wasps’ nest



How to Write a Haiku Poem:


Haiku Society:

Matsuo Basho:

Poem Hunter/Matsuo Basho:

Posted January 6, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Show and Don’t Tell: In a Nutshell   4 comments

Prague - Czech Republic

Prague by Samuca° via Flickr

Below find a perfect example of Show and Don’t Tell in this short story by fellow WordPress blogger, A.S.J. Ellis. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to short story writing. This story does it in spades!

I found myself one afternoon on meth amphetamine, talking to a very serious, slightly tearful, but suicidal meth addict at his spacious apartment in the centre of Prague. (Read more…)

“Smoking in Prague”

Can you give reason why this story works?

Folding Mirror Poetry: “In a Nutshell”   7 comments

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - They began ...

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I discovered this form of poetry on a fellow blogger’s site (Marc Latham). It sounds like a lot of fun to write.

In a comment Marc sent to me, he describes the creative writing form as  “Palindrome mirror poetry(that) has been around for a long time, but hopefully the Folding Mirror is different enough to be a new form in its own right, as explained by Caroline Gill…”

“Poem Structure

The poem mirrors either in the mirroring lines either side of the middle, with a word count of:
5-9-7-6-5-6-4-3 (6) 3-4-6-5-6-7-9-5″ as stated on Marc Latham’s site.

Here is a folding mirror poem that Marc Latham wrote:

Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole

world of order with antipodies
food clearly labelled so you know what it is
walk in straight lines and follow signs
which way, makes sense, linear lines
laws maintain straight and narrow
formal protocol for you to follow
people work to time
regular clockwork chime

another world down the rabbit hole

it’s mad-hatter’s luck
time does not work
cheshire cat lost grin mouse tailcity
reverse expected abnormality to normality
no rules, rules are, inverted showing
turn away to get where you’re going
don’t eat with expectation that it is what sees
wonderland is full of antipathies

Check out Marc’s blog posts and learn more at:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Alice in Wonderland Poem:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Rainbow Roy G Biv Anagram Reflections Mirror Poem:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Zen Zebra Descartes Mirror Image Poem:

8 Ways to Kill a Creative Idea: In a Nutshell   Leave a comment


I absolutely love this post from a fellow Twitter follower. You have to check this out. It will make you smile and think at the same time, which are both perfect ways to start the New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR (of  the awesome DRAGON)!!!

Combining Art and Poetry: In a Nutshell   5 comments

Here is an awesome example of combining writing with art. This blog post is a perfect way to say something short and sweet that packs a powerful punch…

New Year 2012New Year 2012 Greetings. (Click here to see the accompanying poem and read more from this artist.)

I liked this post so much, that I posted it in two of my other blogs.  This blogger is a very talented photographer, artist and poet. Check them out and enjoy!

Also, since it is January 1 of 2012, when I am writing this blog, have a Wonderful, Prosperous and Happy New Year everyone.

Posted January 1, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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