Monthly Archives: May 2013

Writing Life: New Challenges

© 2013  Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_1494" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Fires of Waterland in Print Fires of Waterland in Print[/caption]   Life is a learning curve. It should be simple, but what fun would that be?  Just  to raise the blood pressure,  make the heart pump harder, sprinkle  the nerves of steel with itching powder and make  life interesting, at times it gets to be a substantially steep learning curve.  We may wail and cringe at the onerous tasks presented to us, but reality calls; life consists of new challenges every day. The writing life is not an exception. One may be able to run, but not hide. Lady Luck teaches us well;  at times, surprisingly with a slap, a sting or a lulu of a comeuppance.  Variable outcomes. The dreaded. The unexpected. You know how it works; great illusions become greater disillusions, hmmffnn.... miss the bus so you can get hit by the train instead. It's always better fishing in the lake farthest away.  Go for a  dream vacation, jump off of that dream water slide  into emerald, bejeweled tropical waters. Yes, the  dream vacation, the ultimate destiny, the dream stream down below, but wait...those are real sharks. Or the ship strikes rocks and falls over a la Costa Concordia. One never knows. Learn to fly, or  swim faster, paddle back up that creek harder, run faster, go, go, and go, or sustain minor life-threatening injuries. It's all a little like writing, isn't it? Write more, write better, write faster, take on new challenges. It is what it is. We write and dream,  dream and write. Short stories, articles, one-liners, commercials, screenplays, novellas, novels, plays, and even poetry. Poetry!   Dreams in prose;  rhythm, rhyme, iambic pentameters to soothe the soul.  Maybe  the joke's on you, it could be a Shakespearean sonnet or a simple limerick. A written trick. A slight of words.  New challenges. A fistful of invisible syllables....maybe a one-time three-liner. Haiku. Make it even more complicated, go for Tanka.  Have you ever tried Tanka?  As an aside, there's an upcoming competition at Mandy'sPages.  Amanda's setting it up, complete with instructions. How to write a five-liner. Tanka is a quintain, it's good to work the writing brain. . See? That rhymed. See how simple poetry  is?   We guess not shall undoubtedly find out otherwise. It's pretty easy to get side-tracked isn't it?  The writing life. Writing more, better, and faster. Creating. There we go. Wow.  A book.   Published. Elation. The Fires of WaterlandThe pages don't even fall out.  Yes, that's  an achievement.  Book signing, publicity, and voila, -- as another local author related to me. "Now you're a book salesman" He smiles knowingly. He's been there, done that.   It's the writing life. New challenges. I'll try Tanka too. It doesn't even have to rhyme. What good fortune. It has to stimulate the senses instead.  Images, even smells. Go figure. New challenges.  I'm up to it. How about you? #   Is that Incoming I hear? +  
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Think Squirrels and Nuts

© by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_1466" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Squirrels stick out their tongues at Bad Weather Even Squirrels stick out their tongues at Unnecessarily Bad  Weather[/caption] Today, May 6th --it is finally warming up. Sun's out!  Imagine that! It's been a long, cold spring here in Northwestern Ontario. A major snowstorm on April 12th, and more snow, repeatedly, after that. Unusual to say the least.  Enough already?    Even the wildlife has been complaining about it, only showing their bird-seedy-sunflower-loving beaks and tender noses on even  the best of the worst days. Cabin fever.  A distraction may help. Think squirrels and nuts. Squirrels and nuts. Chant now, 'ohmmmmmmm....ohmmmmm' , got it? Wildlife is smarter than we are; they bunk in for the duration, while we humans look about with wary eye, frowning and thinking and finally admitting this weather is just plain miserable, unusual, bitter, unnecessarily cold, crappy and un-Canadian.  Bite 'yer lip and get used to it, Jack,  think squirrels and nuts instead. Hm..thinking about it,  according to the photo, even squirrels stick out their tongues at unnecessarily bad weather. [caption id="attachment_1467" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Winter Hood Ornament Hood Ornament Waiting for Spring[/caption]     Do squirrels, chipmunks and birds know something about weather we don't? They are incredibly clever, after all. For example in early autumn they snitch all of the nuts from the trees very neatly--and usually just a day or two before we decide the nuts are ripe enough, full kernel,  delicious and well worth  picking.  We rarely stand a chance. That would be with both wild hazelnuts and acorns.  We make excuses.  Squirrels and nuts go together, after all, should we complain about that? Maybe we should just pay more attention to their skill sets,  think squirrels and nuts.   "We are immensely clever, after all..." [caption id="attachment_1470" align="aligncenter" width="584"]We are immensely clever, after all... We are immensely clever, after all...[/caption]   "And we know how to help ourselves We even climb down wires into the bird feeder.  How about that? We like the chopped apples and bread bits and oh, don't forget those delicious sunflower seeds too....hm....." [caption id="attachment_1471" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Down the wires and into the Bird Feeder is easy... Down the wires and into the Bird Feeder is easy...[/caption]   "And we're just waiting for  maple sap to start running in this young sugar maple tree, kids, over here, over here!...." (Check this out.....maybe there's something to this after all,  the squirrels are way ahead of us...again... think squirrels and nuts, and maple syrup....) [caption id="attachment_1472" align="alignleft" width="584"]Inspecting the young sugar maple trees for sweet sap Red Squirrels inspecting young sugar maple trees for sweet sap[/caption]     "Are we smart or not?" Hmffjmm..hm.. it seems so.  Maybe there's a genuine lesson here for all of us human types...think squirrels and nuts...squirrels and nuts.. think about it...and the sun is shining too.... ommmm....ommmmm....ommmmmm... Coffee, that ought to do it...   #   Is that Incoming I hear?   Photo credits: All photos  ©2013  wlk photography    
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