Keep Stirring

#haiku083
She slowly stirs the
simmering stew as it
relaxes her soul.
#joyofcooking #calmingeffect #mindofacook

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Mixed Mushroom & Black Truffle Risotto

This slow and steady stirring that is required of a perfect and creamy risotto is very soothing to me. Even though I was making this while teaching my cooking classes, I still felt a sense of calmness in the midst of the chaotic fun …

… And #haiku083 came to me right after class. 

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Sudden Cravings

I had a sudden cravings for scones a couple days ago. Warm, buttery and moist scones, fresh out of the oven and nothing like those Starbucks stoney scones. Hong Kong is not a place for you to find really awesome baked goods. I don’t quite know what it is but all the muffins, scones and cakes here just don’t have the soft spongy texture and wholesome taste as those I have tried in North America and Europe.

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Some thoughts on Haiku writing …

After all this time, I have finally realised that I am no blogger. I admire those who can upkeep their blogs regularly with awesome and interesting content. I apologise for the infrequent posts of this blog.

I am glad to say that I am still keeping up with my 100 Day Project of haiku writing. It is #078 today! Can you believe it? After seventy eight days of writing, I do believe I have improved a bit but I also found out that I tend to go back to very similar themes. Is hard to train your brain to write in the fictional world – the make believe. It is quite powerful that your mind can create an entirely different world of your choosing, but it is also a very scary thing.

The question of “What are you going to write about today?” is rather daunting for me. I was taught in school that I should write about things that I know. So even to this day, I draw from what I have seen, what I have heard and what I have experienced to write my daily haiku. But that didn’t get me very far. There were days where I tried to write 3 lines about a murderous thought. But I have never killed anyone before. Bugs, plenty times, but a person, not in this life time. Thank goodness I still have some imagination within me.

“If not for the heart and imagination, the world of fiction would be a pretty seedy place.” ~ Stephen King

And I think this applies to all sorts of writing not just fiction. Haiku and other forms of poetry being one of them.

Here are a few of my attempts to write a more fictional-based haikus. (Please be kind. Don’t laugh).

#haiku036
The door left ajar,
Every night, for a lost soul
she yearns badly for
#stray #darkness #longing

Here I was trying to evoke a sense of lost and lust. I imagined a woman, laying in bed, in the dark, waiting for someone who she knew would never return to her. What kind of images popped up in your head after reading this?

#haiku045
Eyes covered by their 
Stoney hands, weeping, waiting.
Look at them, don’t blink. 
#theweepingangels #sallysparrow #blinkandyouaredead #doctorwho #thetenthdoctor

Okay, I cheated a bit here. I used my favourite Doctor Who’s episode, Blink, for this haiku. But seriously, those bloody angels are creepy!

#haiku071
In the haze of night
he sprung out from fertile ground
beaming innocence.
#mystical #blankslate #motherearth #birth

My thoughts here are mainly based on nature’s purity with a twist of fantasy thrown in. What kind of creature did you see birthing from the ground?

That’s my little update. Speak soon … hopefully very soon.