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November 19, 2012 · 1:26 pm

Non-poet seeks poet friends for haiku lessons. Please enquire within.

Haikus are beautiful, aren’t they? I’m of the opinion that beautiful things are definitely worth trying.

Want to help? I think I’ll need some, and its much more fun doing it with others.

My basic understanding is that haikus depict a scene within three lines of 5-7-5 syllables, often including a seasonal reference. Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously simple… I guess I’ll find out soon!

OK, here goes.

Oceans
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Little explorer

discovers vast, silent seas.

Summer’s here, my dear.

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Ouch, that’s trickier than I thought! I was right to be suspicious, it’s not that easy to fit all you want to say into 5-7-5 syllables!

So, how did my first attempt go? Suggestions, comments, reflections welcome.

How would you do it? I’d love to hear other people’s interpretations of the image above.

I wonder, do haikus ever stray from the 5-7-5 rule or is it quite strict? Is there more to a haiku than what I mentioned above?

Cheers,

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From Book to Film: Stephen King’s ‘A Good Marriage’

Stephen King, author of A Good Marriage.
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What would you do if you discovered your spouse was a monster?

Hi! Anyone read Stephen King’s novella A Good Marriage? Well, it’s set to be released on film late 2013.

A Good Marriage was published in Full Dark No Stars, a dark collection of stories themed around retribution.

A Good Marriage is a good read. I liked it the most out of all the Full Dark, No Stars stories.  It’s like a novella mash up of a Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series with an episode of Criminal Minds, both of which I am a huge fan. It definitely has all the makings for a GREAT psychological thriller film.

Joan Allen
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Tell me, what would you do if you discovered your spouse was a monster? Joan Allen from The Bourne series has been cast as protagonist, Darcy Anderson who is faced with this question. The short story revolves around her response to discovering her husband’s nasty secret. It will be interesting to see what that looks like on screen, particularly as Stephen King has written the screenplay.

Hopefully A Good Marriage will be released in 2013. I CAN’T WAIT!

Baby, Can You Dig Yo’ Adaptations?

Book to film adaptations can be tricky, particularly Stephen King books! Films made from his stories range from cult classic such as Stand By Me and The Shining, to the disastrous Creepshow and Sleepwalkers. It could just depend on the size of the wallet bankrolling the production, or the calibre of actors & director that determine whether it shifts well into film, though I doubt it. Hearts in Atlantis & Bag of Bones lost something significant in their book to film adaptations (in my opinion), and they are modern productions with a great casting and relatively healthy budgets. Perhaps its just that the wild and wonderful mind of Stephen King doesn’t translate well on screen when it dives too far down the rabbit hole. Whatever the case, some movies haven’t thrived in the transition across mediums.

Hey you with the cynicism, enough already!

OK, I know… despite my cynicism, I am optimistic about A Good Marriage translating well into film. Besides, there have been some fantastic adaptations of Stephen King books. Some of my favourites are:

  • The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. Both films are based on short stories from Different Seasons and they are outstanding.
  • The Green Mile is another one that I thoroughly enjoyed, but with Tom Hanks as leading man, what’s not to love?
  • The Stand and IT were also good TV mini-series (for their time), though I’d like to see them rejigged and revived – as long as they kept Tim Curry as Pennywise, of course.
  • The Shining & Misery both had powerhouse performances from Jack Nicholson (“Heeeeere’s Johnny!”) and Kathy Bates as the scariest fan ever in  Misery.

Yep, I’m backing A Good Marriage to be a hit! What do you think? Come on, argue with me 🙂

What’s your favourite Stephen King film adaptation? Do you think A Good Marriage can be pulled off as a film? Tell us in comments below.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

Hey, guess what?!!

Dear Stephen King, has been nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award. Wow, what a milestone! Thanks to The Jenny Mac Book Blog  for my first blogging nomination, it is SO FREAKIN COOL!

I love these awards, they are a nice way to showcase other blogs and build up the blogging community, don’t you think?

OK, so there are some responsibilities that come with this nomination, let’s not forget.

Rules of Participation:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 Things about myself:

1. I love to read, it’s my favourite thing.

2. My all time favourite TV show is M*A*S*H.

3. I tried really hard to fall in love with Jennifer Egan through her debut ‘The Invisible Circus’, but was sadly disappointed. Though I haven’t given up, I have ‘A Visit From the Goon Squad’ and I hope it will rock my world..

4. I work in Community Development and have co-created a local community project for mums, called Motherhood Unmasked.

5. My favourite colour is green, or red. Sometimes blue.

6. I’m currently reading Murakami’s ‘IQ84’; Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and ‘A Room of One’s Own’.

7. I have chickens and fruit trees – life is good 🙂

OK, my nominees for Very Inspiring Blogger are:

1.  I AM A PALINDROME http://palindromeiam.wordpress.com/

2.  Melbourne Pub Culture http://melbournepubculture.com/

3. Madam Inside Out http://madaminsideout.wordpress.com/

4. Poppy Fox http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/

5. Wanderlust http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/

6. Peas and Cougars http://peasandcougars.com/

7. The Rowdy Chowgirl http://rowdychowgirl.com/

8. Hovercraft Doggy http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

9. Bigwords http://www.bigwordsblog.com

10.101 Books http://101books.net/

11. Silver Poetry http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

12. Meet Me At Mikes http://meetmeatmikes.com/

13. Tough Little Birds  http://toughlittlebirds.com/

14. The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh” http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/

15. A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff http://alittleblogofbooks.wordpress.com/

Thanks you guys for your creativity, energy and inspiration.

Cheers!

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Bookclub: What are you Reading?

Book clubs, Readers Circles, Talking Books – whatever you call it, getting together to chat about books over a hot drink (or a glass of red) is one of my favourite pastimes.

So, why not do it here, too?!

I’d love to hear about YOUR reading tastes. Who are your favourite authors? What books have you found impossible to put down? Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? Is there a character that you identify with?

Don’t be shy! Post your thoughts in ‘comments’ below and hopefully we can get some nice, healthy book banter going.

I look forward to chatting with you further in bookclub!

Cheers

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Some Things are Good for the Soul

Some things are just good for the soul. Camping is one of them.
My family and I have just returned, unwashed and suitably feral, from a week of it. We took our camper trailer, a tonne of books and all the essentials away with us for a week of quality family time, great food, buckets of coffee, sunshine and reading.
Four images inluding: our camper trailer, me on Wanda, my bike, a coffee cup from Beechworth Bakery and a plate of vibrant coloured food.

Soul food

We spent many hours reading in the sunshine, beer nestled in cup holders, books in hand.
I also discovered a second hand book store…

Another kind of soul food

Some things are just damn good for the soul.
Camping is one of them.

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