I’ve just published a novelization of the life of Joan of Arc and am offering a special Haiku Diem Edition to all my readers, at a reduced price and for a limited time.

This special edition:

But it’s only available through the end of August.

You can purchase the Haiku Diem Edition of Joan here.

You can learn more about the book, or buy the standard edition if you prefer it, at www.JoanNovel.com.

“An intimate meditation, textured and ingenious…we see Joan as part of something endless – and troubling, yes – but also exuberant and, finally, mysteriously, larger than one life and most certainly larger than one death.”

– Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution,
   winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

“Despite the unusual narration, Ng manages to draw readers to Joan’s side during her tribulations, and he creates sympathetic characters in both Joan and Margaret…An engrossing religious and historical account that would make a valuable companion to a high school history unit on Joan of Arc.”

– Kirkus Reviews

 

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A novel of Joan of Arc!

11:48 pm July 25, 2014

I’ve just published a novelization of the life of Joan of Arc and am offering a special Haiku Diem Edition to all my readers, at a reduced price and for a limited time.

This special edition:

  • Has original cover art painted by artist Kathryn Briggs.
  • Contains extra material not found in the standard edition: haiku at the start of each chapter.
  • Can be purchased at a 23% discount from the standard edition price!

But it’s only available through the end of August.

You can purchase the Haiku Diem Edition of Joan here.

You can learn more about the book, or buy the standard edition if you prefer it, at www.JoanNovel.com.

“An intimate meditation, textured and ingenious…we see Joan as part of something endless – and troubling, yes – but also exuberant and, finally, mysteriously, larger than one life and most certainly larger than one death.”

– Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution,
   winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

“Despite the unusual narration, Ng manages to draw readers to Joan’s side during her tribulations, and he creates sympathetic characters in both Joan and Margaret…An engrossing religious and historical account that would make a valuable companion to a high school history unit on Joan of Arc.”

– Kirkus Reviews

 

Year Five: Finale

6:44 pm July 8, 2014

Today marks the end of my fourth year of writing daily haiku. It’s been a great experience, especially because of the wonderful feedback I’ve gotten from you, my readers, over the years, but I’ve decided that this next year will be my last. (more…)

What I got for Christmas

12:05 pm December 28, 2013

This year’s Christmas haiku were more personal than usual. Each one was written with a specific person in mind that I’ve been thankful to have in my life this year. If you’re one of the five, I hope you’ll recognize your haiku in the sequence below. If you’re not, know that I could have written many more.

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Year Four: Use All the Patterns!

2:05 pm July 9, 2013
Haiku Diem: The Best of Year One

Welcome to the start of Year Four of Haiku Diem! I want to thank my long time readers for following me all these years – and my newer readers for joining us on this journey – and remind you that a book collection of the best haiku from my first year, illustrated by four wonderful artists, is available for purchase online.

In that first year of Haiku Diem, I wrote all the haiku in the popular 5-7-5 form. (Five syllables for the first line, seven for the second, and five for the third.) The following year, I switched to 3-5-3, and then this past year, stopped following any pattern whatsoever. This coming year, Year Four, I’ll be doing all three, and more: I’ll be writing in 5-7-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5-3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and not following any format on Sundays. And on Saturdays, I’ll be doing something I only began experimenting with this past year: using only six words for an entire haiku!

I hope you’ll enjoy the diverse haiku that will result from this plan as much as I expect to enjoy writing them!

The River: a double sequence

12:59 pm December 26, 2012

“Riverwise Madrone”
by Karel K. Hendee

On day 880, I realized that the haiku I wrote on day 876 could have made a good beginning for another of my haiku sequences. (A series of haiku, each of which begins with the last line of of the previous haiku, with the last line of the last haiku echoing the first line of the first.) So even though there was now a four day gap, I went ahead and resumed the sequence on day 880. Then, when I got to the end of that sequence, I felt like there was more I could do with those first/last lines, and so I did a second sequence!
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The Best of Year One

11:44 am November 17, 2012
Haiku Diem: The Best of Year One

The collection of my best haiku from the first year of Haiku Diem is finally available! You can read more about it, and see sample pages illustrated by artists Kathryn Briggs, Ardith Goodwin, Susan Taylor Brown, and Kerry Dennehy, here:

www.HaikuDiem.com/YearOneBook

Year Three News: from letter to spirit

4:39 pm July 8, 2012

Hello again to all my wonderful readers! Two years of daily haiku have gone by, and I’d like to thank you for following me this far down a path whose length I had no idea of when I took my first steps onto it. When I first started this experiment, I thought it might peter out in a few months. Instead, we’re about to set out on our third year together!

Here are some announcements about the coming year, as well as about some other creative ventures of mine: (more…)

Wedding Haiku Sequence

1:15 pm June 26, 2012

 


photo by Heather Neubauer

On Wednesday of this past week, the morning of the Summer Solstice, I attended my son’s wedding on San Juan island, WA. The five haiku I wrote that week form a sequence that I now dedicate to him and his wife. (And of course to Bjorn!)

Here’s the sequence again in full. (With a couple of minor edits.) (more…)

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