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Going on holiday in the morning!

This will probably be a rubbish and pointless post as I can’t think about anything other than my holiday.  I leave work in 3 hours 15 minutes (not that I’m counting down or anything) then it’s pack, sleep and go.  Honestly, I am surprised I am containing my excitement so well (I’m not sure I am actually – I’ve told everyone who’s asked how I am that I’m off tomorrow – that’s quite a few people as I’m on reception today!).

One of our managers from head office has £150 to give away to the site who is most deserving of it.  All we have to do to get it is come up with the best reason in 50 words.  You’d think that as one of my team wants to be a journalist and I want to be a writer we could come up with something.  No yet.  I think I’m too excited about my holiday to concentrate on it (have I mentioned I’m going on holiday?).

*A few minutes pass*

This is my (final after many attempts) contribution:

The friendly team here, Are so bright and bubbly, We should win the dough. 

I thought I’d do it as a Haiku (Haiku’ is one of the most important form of traditional Japanese poetry. Haiku is, today, a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables).  Unfortunately the journalist has come up with a good poem (too many words).  Well at least I was right that we’d have some ideas between us.  Come on £150 🙂 

Right I really must go and finish my ‘to do before holiday’ and ‘must pack to take on holiday’ lists.  They’re pretty long so I wonder if they count as writing…?

Another blog about poetry

Since doing that Japanese poem thing (or to put it better ‘Haiku’) I’ve been feeling a tiny desire to write some poetry.  I’m confused by it as I’ve never really been that big into it.  I did A-level English Literature so did a lot of reading poetry for that and before that for GCSEs I must have written some.  I did enjoy it at the time, but it wasn’t anything I took with me past school. 

I remember in my 1st year at secondary school I wrote a poem about excuses for not doing homework and remember it being really good (for an 11 year old anyway).  I’m going to have to look up how to write poems and do some.  Yay – something else to stop me doing my course.

I wish I could remember more of my school work.  Or I wish I knew if I still had some.  I would love to look at some of the work I did back then.  I really wanted to take English Language for A-Level, but my school didn’t offer it (I wanted to stay at school not college as I didn’t trust myself to make it there every day without teachers breathing down my neck).  I wonder where I would be if I had have done it…?

I’ve done no writing today.  Damn job getting in the way.  I’m working again tomorrow and out all day Sunday so it is very unlikely I will get any done this weekend.  Damn.  I have to get out of this rut of not doing any writing at the weekend, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, no 5.  5 would be better than none.  That’s my challenge then – at least 5 minutes writing (each day) this weekend.  Even I can manage that.


I’m a poet and I don’t know-it.  I’m not really.  I’ve been running away from poetry since school when I was forced to do it.  I thought I didn’t like it.  But, someone sent me a link to a Haiku competition going on in London (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/18/poetry-twitter).  Haiku for those who, like me, don’t know is a simple Japanese poem.  Just three lines long with the syllable structure 5/7/5.  I thought I’d give it a go (what else would I do at work?) and am quite pleased with my little poem. 

I find it quite hard to get my head around these.  They’re so short that before you can even start to get into it, it’s over.  Someone also said it’s hard to be deep and meaningful in such a short piece of writing which I agree with.  I also find syllables hard to get my head around sometimes, especially -ed words.  Luckily, I found a website dedicated to just this (http://www.howmanysyllables.com/).  Genus. 

If anyone reading this could please let me know how to set up the links I’m posting as a one word link as I’ve seen other people do, I would be eternally grateful.  I’m sure it’s quite easy, but I don’t have time to look today and keep forgetting, so please please let me know.

I started reading Mercy by Jodie Picoult again on the tube this morning.  I had started it about six months ago, but just didn’t find the time to continue.  She’s one of those authors that I think I’m not that keen on, and don’t immediately get drawn into the novels, but if I persist I really love.  I’m going to spend more of my travel time reading.  My goals for the last two months have been to read one novel a month.  One novel is not enough.  I need to read read read.  My writing course tutor said that too.  That was a couple of months ago when I was reading more than I am now.

I’m trying to take a couple of days holiday in June to try and finish this assisgnment for the course.  I always say I’ll do it at the weekend, but the weekend comes and other things come up so I never get round to it.  I hope by taking these days off I will have no distractions from other people around (they’ll all be at work) so I’ll concentrate!

Also in these two days I’m going to organise my writing.  At the moment I just write whatever into an email, then send it to myself then file it in a ‘writing’ folder.  I need more than this.  I feel like I need to get my ideas straight (especially ‘Holiday’, but all my writing bits I’m doing).

I love it when a plan comes together (I really mean starts, I just wanted to say that!).