That Was The Month That Was… June

June has been another productive month. 28 posts published before this one, so these are some of the “highlights”, in the tradition of that filler episode of your favourite TV show when they have enough content for a 22 episode series, but sell 23 episodes to the broadcaster!

Rhyming blog
I completed a short series on what I’ve learned about writing rhyming picture books – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/from-bad-to-verse/ . The last part of this series included a round-up of the key bits of advice, and a host of useful rhyming resources, – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/from-bad-to-verse-10-top-rhyming-tips-useful-resources/ – so if you are pushed for time then you could start with this one and dip into the previous posts as and when you have time/ inclination/ need to develop your skills and understanding.

Haiku
There has been some haiku… quite a lot of it actually. I love Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge and have posted several attempts at these. For the prompt words “Bard” and “Water”, I even attempted bending some Shakespearean iambic pentameter into haiku form – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/haiku-challenge-water-bard-cntd-poems/

I wrote a short series of “love haiku” – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/love-haiku-1/

And for us office drones, in case you missed it last month, consider using one of these “out of office” haiku next time you are away from your desk… https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/out-of-office-autoreply-haikus-poem/

Poetry
My most popular poetry post this month has been “The Lie” – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/the-lie-poem/ – probably because it’s so universal… and short!

My favourite though is this one – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/lost-and-found-poem/ .

I have covered a variety of topics again over the month, from zombies – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/the-zombie-blues-poem/
– to GHOST slugs – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/ghost-slug-poem/
– to a Victorian version of Charlie’s Angels – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/the-original-charless-angels-poem/
– to a plea to be noticed (yes, the stereotype of the needy artist, but hopefully it resonates more widely than that) – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/i-just-wanna-be-noticed-poem/

Game of Thrones came up in two separate pieces this month. I love that show/ book… https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/jon-snow-has-gone-to-sleep-poem/ and https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/weekly-haiku-challenge-gain-hound/ . Is this the first time that The Hound has inspired a haiku?

I love testing myself with a variety of challenges, so I’ve also started entering Mara Eastern’s weekly poetry challenge – https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/away-poem/

Coming Up
In July, look out for more haiku, more random poetry (the zombies and slugs will be back… probably!), and a blog post on rhyme and comedy. Hope you’ll join me.

Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to stop by and read my stuff, and double thanks to those who have “liked” and commented!

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Picture by kind courtesy of NB Photography (you can find them and more amazing photos on Facebook, or at http://www.neilbarr.co.uk). Loch Katrine from Ben Venue.

Out of Office Autoreply Haiku #2 (poems)

Paternity leave messages
Emails. Wait in
Inbox festering while I
Change baby nappies

Out of the office
Changing new baby nappies
Elbow deep in poo

Wife just had baby
Will we ever sleep again?
Please don’t answer that

The dramatic
A forlorn inbox.
A message flashes to life.
Ping! Silence again

The braggart
Picture this and weep:
White sand beach, azure waters,
A palm tree. And me

The pessimist
Insert generic
Out of office message text
For no one to read

The honest
At work, but busy
Using this to filter chaff
Call me if urgent

The geek
Not in the office
Will reply upon return
Valar dohaeris

In my underwear
Watching Game of Thrones boxset.
Winter is coming

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