Monday, June 27, 2011

Project code name: Haiku Dog

I've made my commitment to writing. Yes, I'm going to do it every single business day. (Weekends will be optional – if I'm inspired and available, I'll write.) I've chosen business days because writing is my (unpaid) job now and, like all professional artists, I need to practise, practise, practise. I also need to watch and learn from others, so I guess that means I get to read a lot, too. I expect that my hours will vary somewhat. Yes, this is my dream job.

Now, the astute reader has no doubt observed that I did not post on Friday and I have been quite tardy today. Never fear - I haven't quit my new job! I've been working on a not-so-secret project: my university application, which required that I update my CV and write 300 words explaining my career goals and why I think this particular course is the one for me. It's really important to me, so I spent a lot of time trying to get it right. Matt was an inspired editor, asking me wonderful questions: "Am I supposed to know what this means?" "Shouldn't you mention all the technical work in that role as well?"

Anyway, I finished and lodged my application today. Now all I have to do is wait anxiously to hear whether they will accept me.

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Haiku have always captured my fancy, because they can be so beautiful and yet they are so simple. For those who do not know what a haiku is, here is an explanatory one I wrote some years ago:

Haiku have three lines
Five syllables then seven
Then another five

In truth, they're not quite that simple, as the Wikipedia:Haiku page explains, but we're close enough.

After I submitted my application, I took the dog for a run, and it wasn't until I got home that I realised I hadn't used my GPS, so…

Yes, I ran today -
Only a couple of k' -
Stopped along the way.
Started my stopwatch;
Didn't start the GPS
On my mobile phone.
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