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A Haiku Book of Days for Gardeners, Tree-Huggers, and Other Nature Lovers (Volume 1) Perfect Paperback – December 1, 2014
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From the Author
For nearly twenty years, one of my writing disciplines has been to write one haiku poem per day. Twenty years ago I did not know that this haiku practice would change my life, but it did. At the time I worked for the marketing department of a large technology company, and tried to pacify my lifelong dreams of being a "real" writer by writing "on the side." One evening while on a business trip and staying in a nondescript hotel, I was reading a book about writing I had brought from home. I have since forgotten the author and title of this book; the only thing I remember was that the author suggested would-be writers might try to write just one thing per day, no matter how small. Even a three-line haiku would be enough, the author said, to prove you were a real writer, a real artist.
"I can do that," I thought. Even though I was a single mom with a demanding job, surely I could manage seventeen measly syllables each day. So I determined I would try. I wanted to fulfill the dream I'd had since childhood. I wanted to lay claim to that powerful statement, I am an artist.
It worked--boy did it work. Five years after I began writing my one haiku a day, I left my corporate job and became a full-time freelance writer and ghostwriter, writing not only haiku, but books of fiction and non-fiction, blogs, and articles. And despite my fears of poverty, it is what I am still doing today.
When you write one haiku a day for twenty years, you end up with a lot of haiku--like over seven thousand of them. What was I going to do with seven thousand haiku?
The Haiku Book of Days series is the answer. I reviewed my seven thousand haiku and winnowed out the bad ones, then the mediocre ones, then the almost-really-good ones (that was hard), and ended up with more than 2500 haiku that I thought were my best. As I sorted the haiku, I took note of the broad themes that recurred often, and eventually came up with seven. Therefore the Haiku Book of Days series consists of seven books, each book containing 366 haiku, one for each day of the year (including February 29), organized into eight seasons. Each book's haiku reflects a different theme.
My hope is that these books might inspire readers to write their own haiku. I know from my own experience how powerful a haiku practice can be.
-- From the Introduction to the Haiku Book of Days series
About the Author
Kim Pearson is an author, ghostwriter, and the owner of Primary Sources, a writing service that helps others become authors of polished, professional, and compelling books. In addition to the Haiku Books of Days series, she is the author of eight books, including award-winning Making History: how to remember, record, interpret and share the events of your life; and Dog Park Diary (ghostwritten for a dog!) She has ghostwritten (for people) more than 40 non-fiction books and memoirs. Her blog From the Compost shares her musings about the writing and ghosting life, and includes “Haiku Fridays,” a feature in which readers are invited to share their own haiku about various topics. She lives near Seattle, Washington.
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