Tuesday, July 24, 2012

31 Different NaHaiWrimo Prompters in August 2012

     Something new and exciting is going to happen this coming month! To find out, read the announcement of Michael Dylan Welch, founder of National Haiku Writing Month.

Dear NaHaiWriMos,

I’m pleased to let you know that, for the month of August, 2012, I’ve asked 31 different people to provide a single writing prompt for reach day of the month. I’ll be announcing the prompts each day, so you’ll discover not only a new writing prompt, but also learn who the day’s prompter is for each day. These 31 prompters include many of our past monthly prompters, plus a number of new folks. The prompters and prompts have all been selected, and the prompts are varied and fun, so August should be a particularly enjoyable month -- and hopefully a little different, to shake things up a bit.

Now, to make this idea even more fun, I’ve asked each of the 31 daily prompters to monitor all poems posted and to select at least five favourite poems written in response to their prompt. I’ve asked them to select haiku and senryu only (no haiga, but poems used in haiga can be considered). To be selected, poems should be previously unpublished (we'll assume so). So please post your best haiku and senryu, because the daily prompt providers will be on the lookout for their favourite poems from what you post (prompters, please also include one of your own poems if you write about your own prompt). If all goes well, I’d like to turn this into a PDF-format book that everyone can download for free. How does that sound?

In case you were wondering, I’m still working on the February book, which will be a grander and much larger print production. I plan to get that wrapped up by the end of August, but there are still a lot of variables. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for your patience on that project -- I’m making progress.

Meanwhile, regarding the August project, I’m mentioning it now in case any of you have questions. Ask away! And maybe mentioning it now will also build anticipation. Shucks, you might even want to encourage friends to join us. Please do!

Thanks to all of you for your enthusiastic ongoing participation in NaHaiWriMo! Isn't this place a hoot?

Michael Dylan Welch

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  1. aloha Christine - way cool. i played in this last year, however as i still do not have a Facebook identity (by choice but maybe i will when i go after a new computer?? which may be sooner than i wish. ...which is also exciting) - so i've not been as visible as some.

    ...and i seem to get my info in bits and pieces - like here - so thank you for posting things like this.

    i've also been considering prompts for the September month of Haiga - which i have but may tweak significantly if there are suggestions or requests. it's always a ongoing stumble of me sometimes. ...just like life. bwahahahaha.

    way fun on NaHaiWriMo. - aloha.

  2. Aloha, Rick! I'm so glad I'm back after two days of no internet connection. It seemed like forever. lol.

    It would be great to see you there in August. Get that new computer fast. :-)

    Prompts will be nice for your September Haiga Month. That would provide more inspiration, I think. ;-) See how it goes. If there's less response, then go with "anything goes" so that everybody is not restricted. But then again, I think prompts will put things in order.

    I'll be promoting your project on Facebook and here when it's close already.

    Hope to see you on NaHaiWrimo. Aloha!