Year One of Haiku Diem is complete! 365 haiku in 365 days!

I’d like to thank the readers who have followed me for all or part of that year. Your feedback and the haiku you’ve written yourselves and shared have been the best things about this exercise, an unforeseen delight.

I’d also like to make three quick announcements about the coming year:

First, I’m not stopping! Year Two will begin tomorrow, but with a new development: I’ll be changing the format of the haiku I write from 5-7-5 (five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third) to 3-5-3. Partly, this is to increase the challenge and keep this daily activity interesting for me, but I also hope it will lead to haiku that sound more like authentic Japanese haiku. What I’ve been told (by some of you, in fact!) is that English syllables don’t quite correspond to the thing in Japanese that they used to count five, seven, and five of. 3-5-3 is an attempt to get closer to it.

Second, I’m currently at work producing a book containing the best haiku from this first year. It will be illustrated by four wonderful artists, including Kerry Dennehy, the artist friend of mine who did the illustrations (with his eyes closed!) for the Haiku Story I posted here earlier this year.

I’ve selected 47 of the 50 haiku that will be in the book, and I’d like to ask you, my readers, to pick the final three! You can see the candidates and cast your votes here:

www.HaikuDiem.com/YearOneVote

Voting will not only give you a voice in which haiku appear in the book, but it will also enter you into a drawing for three free copies of the book once it comes out.

Finally, I’d like to point you to my revamped home page, where you can find out about other stuff I’m up to on the Web: www.FreemanNg.net

Thank you all once more for your readership this past year! I look forward to writing another 365 (oops! leap year!) 366 haiku for you in the next.

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Year One and the year to come

7:36 pm July 8, 2011

Year One of Haiku Diem is complete! 365 haiku in 365 days!

I’d like to thank the readers who have followed me for all or part of that year. Your feedback and the haiku you’ve written yourselves and shared have been the best things about this exercise, an unforeseen delight.

I’d also like to make three quick announcements about the coming year:

First, I’m not stopping! Year Two will begin tomorrow, but with a new development: I’ll be changing the format of the haiku I write from 5-7-5 (five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third) to 3-5-3. Partly, this is to increase the challenge and keep this daily activity interesting for me, but I also hope it will lead to haiku that sound more like authentic Japanese haiku. What I’ve been told (by some of you, in fact!) is that English syllables don’t quite correspond to the thing in Japanese that they used to count five, seven, and five of. 3-5-3 is an attempt to get closer to it.

Second, I’m currently at work producing a book containing the best haiku from this first year. It will be illustrated by four wonderful artists, including Kerry Dennehy, the artist friend of mine who did the illustrations (with his eyes closed!) for the Haiku Story I posted here earlier this year.

I’ve selected 47 of the 50 haiku that will be in the book, and I’d like to ask you, my readers, to pick the final three! You can see the candidates and cast your votes here:

www.HaikuDiem.com/YearOneVote

Voting will not only give you a voice in which haiku appear in the book, but it will also enter you into a drawing for three free copies of the book once it comes out.

Finally, I’d like to point you to my revamped home page, where you can find out about other stuff I’m up to on the Web: www.FreemanNg.net

Thank you all once more for your readership this past year! I look forward to writing another 365 (oops! leap year!) 366 haiku for you in the next.