Day seven and seven swans-a-swim …

I could not say that I had heard the sound The swan makes as her final, farewell song Until that fated Christmas came to pass And I was gifted seven in full throng.   I never saw the beauty in a swan – And rightly so it ne’er saw mine in me – All poise…

Days of x, 5+6

I wish I could lie That six geese mean as much as As five go-old rings.

Day four – colly birds

And on day four, this? Latin: turdus merula; ‘Thanks’, with sarcasm.   As the rhyme was intended to portray someone giving incrementally better and better gifts, the four common blackbirds are a bit of a kick in the teeth, I feel.  However, perhaps they do taste divine in a little pie – I wouldn’t know,…

And on the third day …

Moving away from the haikai to a saucy verse.   On the third day of Christmas My true-love, so beguiling, Brought to me three Faverolles And stood there proudly smiling.   It seemed they’d missed the point, somewhat, In what I’d tried to say And brought three little chickies, When I’d asked for a good…

The second day of x …

I came home drunk last night and studied my research on Turtle Doves.  Before 7am this morning, I woke, still quite drunk and composed the following, counting the ‘on‘ on my fingers.  I typed it into my phone, thank heavens, then went back to sleep.   I don’t know how you Signify love, you brown…

The first day of Christmas …

The first haikai of the First Day of Christmas haiku:   Worcester Black Pear, Upon it winter partridge; A-ha! What a feast.   11 more to come, if I remember.

Treatment

Today I’m working on the treatment for a spec script – a one-hour drama for TV. Having brainstormed for months and 5-acted it and written the synopsis, I am moving on the scene-by-scene.  This is definitely one of my favourite stages of the writing process. This is the place where the writing can till be…

Getting to know you

Something of an introduction, then, stemming from a writing exercise I found online a couple of years ago.  This amazing friend and I used to take on these little exercises and show each other our work – it was a beautiful thing. This is one such exercise, credited to the originator of the idea ……