Ancient Secrets – A Tanka

I kept the prompt words this week of “stars and fate.” Instead, I concentrated on showing instead of telling by choosing my words carefully.

Twinkling stars above –

murmuring fairy secrets,

the chasm of my fate.

Patois cloaked with dark meaning

empathic words of feeling.

~*~

©Colleen M. Chesebro

To learn the significance of this Tanka you will have to read:

COMING IN JANUARY 2017

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What NOT to Post When Marketing Your Book – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

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Useful information in this post and well worth the read. ❤ Click the link at the bottom of this post to read more. 

As I was scrolling through my Facebook groups today, I saw several posts that listed multiple links to their books for each country’s Amazon store.  However, instead of listing every single Amazon store URL in your post you can create one link. This post includes instructions on how to create a smart URL that redirects to the appropriate country based on where the person is using the internet.  You can use a free resource called SmartURL to create this link here:  http://manage.smarturl.it/.

Source: What NOT to Post When Marketing Your Book – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #10 – FATE & STARS

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ and your weekly prompt post. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

(Please note: I changed my blog name and address to colleenchesebro.com. silverthreading.com will be dropped in the next few months)

A spot of tea, anyone? Grab a cup of Joe and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

I have received many questions about how to write a Tanka poem.

It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper phase is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower phase, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

~*~

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK

Here are Jean’s instructions quoted from the site above with examples:

“1. Think of one or two simple images from a moment you have experienced and describe them in concrete terms — what you have seen, tasted, touched, smelled, or heard. Write the description in two or three lines. I will use lines from one of my own poems as an example:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

2. Reflect on how you felt or what you were thinking when you experienced this moment or perhaps later when you had time to think about it.

Regarding the moment described above, I thought about how often I have watched and photographed egrets. In fact, they even could be said to be a defining part of my life. My poetic instincts picked up on that word, “defining,” and I knew I had a clue as to what my next lines would be.

3. Describe these feelings or thoughts in the remaining two or three lines:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

4. Combine all five lines:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

5. Consider turning the third line of your poem into a pivot line, that is, a line that refers both to the top two lines as well as to the bottom two lines, so that either way they make sense grammatically. To do that, you may have to switch lines around.

Here’s my verse with the lines reordered to create a pivoting third line:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

    To test the pivot line, divide the poem into two three-liners and see if each makes sense:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

6. Think about the form or structure of your verse. In Japan, tanka is often written in one line with segments consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 sound-symbols or syllables. Some people write English tanka in five lines with 5-7-5-7-7 syllable to approximate the Japanese model. You may wish to try writing tanka in this way. But Japanese syllables are shorter than English language syllables, resulting in shorter poems even though the syllable count is the same. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines. You may wish to experiment with all these approaches. My egret verse is free form.

7. Decide where capitalization and punctuation may be needed, if at all.Tanka verses normally are not considered full sentences, and the first word in line 1 usually is not capitalized, nor is the last line end-stopped with a period. The idea is to keep the verse open and a bit fragmented or incomplete to encourage the reader to finish the verse in his or her imagination. Internal punctuation, while adding clarification, can stop the pivot line from working both up and down. In my verse, a colon could be added without disenabling the pivot:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

I decided to use indentation instead (The final product):

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

A few final tips before you write your first verse:

Commentary can be separate from the concrete images or woven into them. Even though commentary is fine, it’s a good policy — as in any fine poetry — to “show rather than tell.””

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you want to make your images. Click the links to go to the programs.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 9th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – THANKS & BEGINNINGS: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Regrettable Choice | The Poetry Channel

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge 8 Thanks & Beginnings | Annette Rochelle Aben

Thanks & Beginnings | thoughts and entanglements

old days remembered | rivrvlogr

#amwriting Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 – THANKS & BEGINNINGS | Two on a Rant

Seeking | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

New day – My words, My life

Thankful for beginnings | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

To the Giver | Running with a Friend

Thanks & Beginning – My Words My Life

A Tanka – Thanks & Beginning – Norma’s Natterings

Looking Forward – A Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Annette Rochelle Aben is our featured poet of the week.


I loved her take on the prompt words and she had me with “gratitude unites the world.”

Since you did so well last week, are you ready to have another go at it?

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: FATE & STARS

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment.

#TANKA TUESDAY! REPLY IN THE COMMENTS WITH WORD SUGGESTIONS OR THEMES FOR FUTURE TANKA CHALLENGES. ❤

 

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When the Red Bird Sings

When the red bird sings,

a soul wings to the heavens,

watching all below.

©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photo: courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

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Author Websites, Blogs, and Book Sales Pages – The Book Designer

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Setting up your author blog is important stuff. Here is a fabulous breakdown of what you need to help sell your book. ❤ Click on the highlighted link at the bottom to read the information.

Last week Stephanie Chandler invited me to do a presentation for the Nonfiction Writer’s Conference, an online event featuring lots of speakers on topics of interest to self-publishers and nonfiction

Source: Author Websites, Blogs, and Book Sales Pages – The Book Designer

How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

I love foreshadowing and if used correctly it will propel your story to exciting new heights. Think about some of your favorite movies or books and how those authors foreshadowed future events. Add this to your own stories and you are on your way! ❤ Click the highlighted link below to read more about using foreshadowing in your writing. 

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

Source: How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

Looking Forward – A Tanka

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Cold winds are racing across the foothills on this fine Colorado day. The sky is a pale blue, and a white haze of clouds has crept over the mountains. Ron is working in the kitchen preparing a fabulous meal to commemorate the day. The holidays are hard for me each year, and as I get older, they seem harder to celebrate. Writing helps…

I chose the following words in reply to the prompt words of ‘beginning and thanks,’ for my Tanka this week: for beginning, I used, “set in motion,” and for thanks, I used “grace.”

Bleak lamentations –

bitter winds howling in grief,

autumn’s last hurrah.

Winter snows set in motion

my grace to begin anew.

~*~

©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photos: Courtsey of Pixabay.com

I hope your day is filled with much love and happiness… and turkey too!

Colleen’s Coming Attractions – Uvi Poznansky – A TIME FOR GIVING

UVI POZNANSKY has been hosting an exciting event on Facebook – click the link to find out more:

A TIME FOR GIVING


Today is the last day. You will want to check this out! Here’s what she says:

“Happening now: our 3-day Thanksgiving event! Here is what to expect:

🌻 Storytelling time! Listen to voice clips, read excerpts from our audiobooks: until an hour before the Grand Finale
🌻 Grand Finale! Who won our prizes? Today at 4:00PM PST (7:00pm EST)

For a chance to win, join us (make sure you’re ‘Going’) and engage with us, liking and commenting on our posts, right here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1090652230971258/

Can’t wait! Can you?”

Have fun, and I hope you win some fabulous new books. ❤

Email List – Book Promotions | Pearls Before Swine

Are you looking for some free publicity for your book? If so, you might want to read what Yecheilyah has to offer… What a great deal! ❤ Remember to click the highlighted link below to read all about it!

I really wanted our Throwback Jam to be my last post of the day, but I couldn’t (not) tell you this. I mentioned once before that I am starting to promote books in my email newsletters or ema…

Source: Email List – Book Promotions | Pearls Before Swine

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #9 – THANKS & BEGINNINGS

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ and your weekly prompt post. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

(Please note: I changed my blog name and address to colleenchesebro.com. silverthreading.com will be dropped in the next few months)

A spot of tea, anyone? Grab a cup of Joe and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

I have received many questions about how to write a Tanka poem.

It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first 3 lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper phase is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last 2 lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower phase, the last two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

~*~

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK

Here are Jean’s instructions quoted from the site above with examples:

“1. Think of one or two simple images from a moment you have experienced and describe them in concrete terms — what you have seen, tasted, touched, smelled, or heard. Write the description in two or three lines. I will use lines from one of my own poems as an example:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

2. Reflect on how you felt or what you were thinking when you experienced this moment or perhaps later when you had time to think about it.

Regarding the moment described above, I thought about how often I have watched and photographed egrets. In fact, they even could be said to be a defining part of my life. My poetic instincts picked up on that word, “defining,” and I knew I had a clue as to what my next lines would be.

3. Describe these feelings or thoughts in the remaining two or three lines:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

4. Combine all five lines:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

5. Consider turning the third line of your poem into a pivot line, that is, a line that refers both to the top two lines as well as to the bottom two lines, so that either way they make sense grammatically. To do that, you may have to switch lines around.

Here’s my verse with the lines reordered to create a pivoting third line:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

    To test the pivot line, divide the poem into two three-liners and see if each makes sense:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

6. Think about the form or structure of your verse. In Japan, tanka is often written in one line with segments consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 sound-symbols or syllables. Some people write English tanka in five lines with 5-7-5-7-7 syllable to approximate the Japanese model. You may wish to try writing tanka in this way. But Japanese syllables are shorter than English language syllables, resulting in shorter poems even though the syllable count is the same. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines. You may wish to experiment with all these approaches. My egret verse is free form.

7. Decide where capitalization and punctuation may be needed, if at all. Tanka verses normally are not considered full sentences, and the first word in line 1 usually is not capitalized, nor is the last line end-stopped with a period. The idea is to keep the verse open and a bit fragmented or incomplete to encourage the reader to finish the verse in his or her imagination. Internal punctuation, while adding clarification, can stop the pivot line from working both up and down. In my verse, a colon could be added without disenabling the pivot:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

I decided to use indentation instead (The final product):

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

A few final tips before you write your first verse:

Commentary can be separate from the concrete images or woven into them. Even though commentary is fine, it’s a good policy — as in any fine poetry — to “show rather than tell.””


Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time). That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use Fotoflexer, Picmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you want to make your images. Click the links to go to the programs.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 7th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – TIME & LAUGHTER: (I hope you are visiting the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 – TIME & LAUGHTER – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer | Thoughts by Mello-Elo

Time and Laughter #Tanka | Potholes in the Road of Life Archer 44 (she left this Tanka on Greg’s Post):

Tanka Time and Laughter

Was it so long ago,
when my soul was filled with joy
and love abounding;
salt tears wash away the laughter,
cruel time wreaks bitterness.

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 Time & Laughter | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 Time & Laughter — Annette Rochelle Aben – All About Writing

Present Darkness – Leara writes and other creative things…

Time & Laughter | thoughts and entanglements

Time & Laughter (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

A poetic experiment – Art and Life

#Tanka 8 – time and laughter – ladyleemanila

Time to Laughter | imanikingblog

Lover’s Waltz | Lemon Shark Reef

Through my window – Life at 17

oak leaves turning brown | rivrvlogr

Veiled #tanka | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

#AMWRITING COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA #POETRY PROMPT CHALLENGE #8 – TIME & LAUGHTER – Two on a Rant

Tanka-Time & Laughter – Mother Willow

Present Darkness – Leara Writes

Time & Laughter-A Tanka – Darkness of His Dreams

A Mythical Menagerie – She couldn’t get her blog to work but here is the Tanka:

TIME AND LAUGHTER

In time, pain recedes
And never quite vanishes
But joy must survive.
Laughter is the glue that binds
All our moments into song

Through My Window – Life at 17

Everybody did a marvelous job this week!

I used Archer 44 (Norma) and Mythical Menagerie’s Tankas this week as our featured poets of the week.

Don’t forget, each week I will highlight a Tanka that moved me with the feelings that were expressed.

Happy Thanksgiving WEEK! Don’t eat too much turkey and don’t forget to write a Tanka.

Since you did so well last week, are you ready to have another go at it?

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge:

THANKS & BEGINNINGS

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment.

#TANKA TUESDAY!

Starting this week, I will do my Tanka poem in a separate post. So, join in and celebrate poetry! ❤

P.S. I updated the challenge number (9). Sorry for the mixup. ❤