Haiku Challenge – Day 27 – Ups and Downs

I was going to post a couple of days ago when it was day 25. This would have been quarter of the way through, but I was diverted and didn’t get on with it.

However, if I had updated at that time I wouldn’t have been able to include details of my latest rejection, as mentioned yesterday. Nor would I have been able to contrast reality with my comment in the previous report. I said:

“However, I’m not going to make any boastful claims just now. I’m going to send some of the new haiku off over the next few weeks and see if any editors like them.”

It’s fortunate that I didn’t make any boastful claims, as I did send some off to an editor, and the editor returned them. It’s difficult to tell, but I suspect this indicates my haiku writing hasn’t improved as much as I thought.

Set against that, there is the Autumn edition of Wales Haiku Journal. Near the bottom of the page is my first published haiku. It’s under the name of Simon Wilson rather than Quercus, but it is me. If I was going to lie about it I’d have chosen a better one…

25 thoughts on “Haiku Challenge – Day 27 – Ups and Downs

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  3. derrickjknight

    That haiku is really good. My friend, Mike Kindred, many years ago, wrote and illustrated a superb little book called ‘Once Upon A Group’ – simple descriptions and matchstick drawings of basic principles. 40 publishers rejected it. He published it himself and it became recommended reading on many professional courses.

      1. jodierichelle

        Simon Wilson is a lovely name – and very pronounce-able. I was born Jodie MacGibeny and am now Jodie Richeal. I dare ya to get either of those right.

  4. jodierichelle

    Oh, bravo, sir! So exciting to see your work published. Thank you so much for sharing the link. I do not understand poetry very well, but I did like yours a lot. Were you just riding in the car in the spring and saw the flower and the idea came into your head then? I always like to know how the creative process works. Hoping Julia is well enough to serving you as she should be. : )

    1. quercuscommunity

      She has recovered enough to manage a cup of tea so things are looking up. I get many of my ideas from walking in the woods, though stealing off other people is a good source of inspiration too. 🙂

      1. jodierichelle

        Glad Julia is feeling better. I am a fan of nature, as well. I keep a notebook with me when I am in the garden. The ideas just float down from the sky.

      2. quercuscommunity

        Yes, being outside does seem to help things along. This morning, sitting in a car park, I filled a page. Tonight, inside, I had to use a random generator for inspiration.

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