Friday, April 1, 2016

What? It's April already?

April... National Poetry Writing Month.  I am NOT committing this year.  It's too easy to beat myself up when I fail.  Last year I didn't make it through April OR November.  So this year I'm keeping my expectations low.  Maybe I'll write 30 poems... maybe I'll write one.  Maybe I'll write a novel in November, maybe I'll just read one.

Having said that, I was curious so I headed over to the National Poetry writing month website to check out the prompt for the day.

 Today, I challenge you to write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. Either kind will do, and you can write a one-lune poem, or write a poem consisting of multiple stanzas of lunes. Happy writing!

A "Lune" huh?  I can handle that!

Warm spring days are here,
Feels like shorts...
Time to shave my legs!

Happy National Poetry Writing Month!  And Happy Unseasonably Early Spring!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Off to the Races!

That was a lot of fun!!! We spent our Saturday morning in Prince George, yesterday, as spectators and Connor's cheering section at the District Kub Kar rally (Oops, I didn't know Kubs started with a K, I've been telling everyone he's a Cub Scout this whole time!)

I will say, growing up in Girl Guides has left me so inadequately prepared for the challenge that is Kub Kar building.  But I think we held our own.  My Dad helped Connor with the sawing and sanding of it, Connor did the designing and I wielded the glue gun, and then, the final step, was hammering the wheels on.

Which might just be where we lost speed.  A couple of his wheels turn inwards and all are somewhat wobbly.  But we held our own and we represented our town proudly!  

The race was completely computerized (see the videos that follow this post) and was right down the a fraction of a second.  It was fascinating!  I'm told, though, that at our local rally in two weeks, we're going to find things are a lot more old-school (manual).

Next year... we are going to work on aerodynamics... or not.  The design is the fun part, after all.

Kub Kar races

Kub Kar races

Kub Kar races

Kub Kar races - Connor's is the white car

Kub Kar races - An example of what a crappy cinematographer I would make