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HaikuWhat is a “Haiku”?


Haiku (俳句 haikai verse?)About this sound listen (no separate plural form) is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:

  • The essence of haiku is “bolding” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[3]
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku?) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[4] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[5]

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.[6]

Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

(Thank you, Wikipedia)


It seems, nowadays, the tradition isn’t practiced with Haiku’s anymore. I personally do keep the 17 syllables but not always within the three phrases of 5-7-5.


I have, however tried to combine the traditional Haiku including it’s three phrases, within 2 Haiku’s that had cost me hours to write.




Dog Haiku

Mommy calls my name

I run ’cause I know the game

tell – where is my bone?


Cat Haiku

Mommy is a sheep

She never gives me nice sleep

Not the home for me!

(Raani York, Copyright 2014)


And yes, I laughed too… There are excellent Haiku poets around and I therefore decided to give up on this form of poetry. Even though I like reading and hearing it, I figure it isn’t really made for me to try and revolutionize World’s Haiku community with poetry about dogs and cats… (And I’m sure, knowing me, I’d find a few rhymes about horses, racoons and possum’s. *grin*)

Haikus are very different of Western poetry, and sometimes harder to understand. At least that’s what it seems to me. But different does not at all mean “bad”, “worse” or “difficult”… it just means, incomparibly different. That’s all.



Of course it is incomparable to the western poetry which I personally like the VERY most, when there are rhythmic verses which rhyme (preferrably at the end)…


It usually doesn’t take me that long to write a poem – but it takes me plenty of time to complete it the way I want it. For example do I hate it when the rhythm is weird.  Shakespeare for example does have excellent rhymes and rhythms within his poems, even though I do find him a little morbid once in a while.


Let’s take one of Shakespeare’s excellent poems and compare it to really bad poetry. And since it’s fall, the subject “autumn” is a quite good choice I think.



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Excellent poetry:


That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

(Sonnet 73, by William Shakespeare (1609)


Terrible poetry:

The leaves fall down, the leaves fall down,

their color is some red and brown.

The year slows down to lower gear,

and now I know that fall is here.

(In consideration of the reputation of this Author, my name will kept secret… whoops! – Copyright 2014)



But of course there is another poem I find absolutely hilarious. It was presented in the movie “10 things I hate about you”, written by “Katharina Stratfort”:


I hate the way you talk to me,

and the way you cut your hair.

I hate the way you drive my car,

I hate it when you stare.


I hate your big dumb combat boots

and the way you read my mind.

I hate you so much it makes me sick,

it even makes me rhyme.


I hate the way you’re always right,

I hate it when you lie.

I hate it when you make me laugh,

even worse when you make me cry.


I hate it when you’re not around,

and the fact you didn’t call.

But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,

not even close…

not even a little bit…

not even at all.



Do you have your very own opinion about good and bad poetry? About Haiku’s? What it is that attracts you about poetry? Let me hear your thoughts, please I’m curious!


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Dear Friends, Readers and Followers of the Cat Prince Diaries,


Again it’s time to publish an entry in Jake’s diary. This time it will be a photo album of our newest family member, Esme. Esme is a beautiful Maine Coon girl, very talkative and cuddly. She does not only ask for attention, she demands it. She’s very eccentric, just like Mommy, and she loves Jake and “only tolerates” Charlet.


She’s a wonderful Calico Torbie color, nearly as beautiful as The Cat Prince himself.

But build your own opinion about her…


Raani York




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Or watch Esme’s slide show here: Fotoalbum_Esme_October_2014



(Please respect that I hold the Copyright of these pictures, and if you’d like to use one or more, do me the favor and ask me. Thank you)







When I was a little girl, I had one major dream: I wanted a Barbie Doll. All of my Classmates hat Barbie Dolls but me and they builded Barbie Play Groups where, of course, I was excluded, not having my own doll.

Years later I had found out that my godmother had warned my parents that Barbie Dolls weren’t good dolls for girls, they had tiny bikinis on, long lengs, hips, a waist and BREATS!! OMG!! She found that immoral.


Now, whether or not that’s true… my sister and I didn’t care. We both wanted a Barbie Doll. At the end we saved our pocket money and bought us a cheap swim suit Barbie Doll and from that moment on were happy. We were part of the Barbie Play Groups, couln’t life be any better? Even though I have to say: no matter how many times I played with my friends, my sister and I were always so similar in interests and thinking, I personally had the most fun playing with her alone!!

Since we never, like other girls, got the Barbie Ferrari, the Barbie Trailer, the Barbie Castle, all Barbie dogs and kittens, we were finding replacement within our other toys and happily playing! The only thing we bought by saving our pocket money again, were each a Barbie horse. And we had been saving up quite some time for those.

We got a few beautiful ball room gowns for Barbie Dolls for birthdays or Christmas from our parents, but that was about it.

Of course Ballroom Gowns are the dream of every single little girl planning to become a princess, believing that they permanently run around in Ballroom gowns every minute of the day, with a crown or tiara in their hair.


Nowadays the only dresses for Barbie Dolls can be bought in toy stores are short and average ones… the ball room gowns have to be ordered particularly from certain toy stores or online shops. One hilarious example was found here:














Of course a wonderful example of designing art and sewing handcraft – if you feel like spending between $65 and $120 PER DRESS!!! (And no, don’t speak it out: I do have outfits for ME that cost less. LOL) – Honestly, I love Barbie Dolls until today. I find them beautiful and think, if nowadays a girl feels like developping her fantasy by playing with Barbie Dolls, there’s nothing wrong with it!! (Barbie Ballroom gowns as well can be bought at Amazon much cheaper…) However, I don’t think there’s much wrong with having girls dreaming of being princesses and playing with Barbies.




A few years back a huge discussion was started about the Barbie Doll proportions. I do agree that they’re way off reality. In July 2013 newsfeed from “Time” has published an excellent article about this subject and has informed that Pennsylvania based artist Nickolay Lamm has designed a Barbie doll with human proportions called “Average Barbie”, not being endorsed by Mattel but being designed off the proportions of an average 19 year old American girl.

Here’s the difference:



For the ones who are curious please find the entire article at:

Feminist groups have informed that the classic Barbie Doll in reality could neither keep her head up since her neck is too thin and long, nor stand or walk because her feet would be the ones of a four year old girl, instead of the very much needed women’s feet. As would her measurements be the one of a sadly anorexic young girl. They warned mothers to allow their girls playing with classic Barbie dolls to not promote the anorexic idea within their daughters heads.

Nickolay Lamm is apparently not the only person seeking more reality within the Barbie doll. Not long ago Mexican artist Eddi Aguirre drew a make-up free, frizzy haired, and brace-face version of the doll:




Yes, the “Average Barbie” as well as the makup free version look more “real” and more “human” than the “classic” Mattel Barbie Doll. But seriously: Didn’t we “old Barbie Doll owners” dream of looking like a Barbie Doll princess in a bridal gown once we would be grown up and ready to get married?




I can’t help myself: I still love the “classic” Barbie Doll and prefer her before all real and human versions. And maybe mother’s shouldn’t get nightmares over their little girls “playing princess” with this doll. Just let them develop some fantasy story within their little heads, that will be just as unrealistic as the doll itself. Their daughters will get older, and I bet most of them will grow up completely normal, sensible and logical and will rather take their Moms as a good example on how they want to be one day, than some princess doll they once played with, eons ago. But they might have, just like me, a wonderful memory, when they were lost in a fantasy world with just a beautiful doll… nothing else… and believe me: I never felt the urgent need of losing enough weight to look like a skeleton in a Halloween movie only to resemble a doll I once had.

In my apartment there are a few collector Barbie Dolls standing on a shelf and looking cute. And I still don’t think there is anything wrong with that! (As far as I remember nobody has ever complained about the “Ken”-doll being too far off reality and demanding a Ken-Doll with a penis…)


What do you think about Barbie Dolls in general? Have you played with Barbies (or Ken’s, when it comes to that?) Have you enjoyed it? Do you agree with the demand that the “Average Barbie” replaces the classic unproportional one? Do you have a daughter who plays with Barbie dolls and do you have a problem with that? Let me hear your thoughts: I’m curious!



Malibu Barbie:

Peaches Barbie Doll:

Bridal Barbie Doll:

Averge Barbie:


Back to School

girl sleeping with her head on an open bookIn September 2014 I started an additional educational school within the Real Estate Business. I don’t think this is a bad thing, in particular since all fees are being paid by my employer. The timing is the bad thing about it.


As for the fact that I have been publishing my book End of September, I’m intensely working on the Marketing of the book and that my work is getting harder and more intense towards Christmas, school at this time is really not what I need.


Let’s say: after a 8 1/2 to 10 hours work day at the office, I drive over to school and sit in my chair for another 2 1/2 hours twice a week!


After listening to about 30 minutes the monotone voice of the teacher my eyelids start drooping… (I always think as long as I only fall asleep it’s not too bad – only when my head bangs onto the desk or I start snoring and drooling like a dreaming Rhinoceros, it really turns nasty…)


And then the co-students! Holy Smokes, some of them permanently ask the same questions. It’s even kind of scary to hear the same questions over and over again in different words – and you KNOW all they want is to hear the answer they had planned to get as compared to the one they really receive. It’s a nightmare…


On the other hand, knowing me, there’s as well part of me having fun… like today… the teacher asks me a question, well knowing, I missed the last lesson because I was sick. Of course I didn’t know the answer and she grins at me, saying: “Really, you’ve got NO idea?” I just stare at her, replying in a serious death voice: “All I know, Madame is, that I had a fever up to 300 degrees and I don’t think you can’t blame my brain to be cooked…”

Her facial expression was more than we could take… We all laughed – and of course she laughed with us….


School will take until December – and shortly before Christmas we’ll be having final exams which make me a stomach ache. I’ve never been good in exams since I’m suffering from “Testophobia”, fear of exams… *sigh*

On the other hand: Maybe I’m just a coward… *chuckle*


Did you go to school again lately, what did you like about it? What did you not like so much? Did you easily get over the extra work load? How did you do? Let me hear it please, I’m curious!



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When I woke up this afternoon and checked my phone for news, I was informed that Dragonbride got its first review. I was nervous and excited to the same time.


And then, finally it was there: The first 5-Star review for my book!!


I’m so proud – and so grateful for this!! It is a wonderful and very exquisite feeling to find out that the book you’ve been writing with your heart, and which you had invested all your strength into for the past few years is liked and considered worth 5 stars!!


For the ones being as curious as I am: The review can be found here:


DRAGONBRIDE [e-book format]









Thank you for making me so happy today!! This is almost like birthday… just better!! :-)


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Hello Salvatore,Sal_in_a_red_shirt_reading_poems.2003

I want to thank you first of all for your readiness to be part of this interview and permit me to publish it on my blog. I did choose you because I have heard of you before and would like for other people to know you and your writing better.

When did you first feel the need to write?

It was in May, a month before my 10th birthday. Mother’s Day was a few days away and I had no money to buy Mama a gift. The year before I bought her a napkin holder for the kitchen table, but that May of 1951 I was as poor as a tenement mouse. I had nothing, so I decided to write a poem, more of an ode to my mother. I folded and placed it in a makeshift greeting card, then handed it to her. She read it, started crying, which summoned Papa into the kitchen to see what was wrong. Without a word she handed the poem to him. He read it and he cried too. “Write me one,” he said. “Pa, Father’s Day is next month,” I said. “No, make it today. Write me that poem today.” I have been writing ever since.



What is it you like to write the most? Are we talking about articles, short stories, novels  Please tell us about your writing.

Poems have to be what I enjoy writing the most. For years I have been studying the craft of poetry writing, learning the hundreds of poetic forms, and working them into my own work. In 2009, just to name an exceptional year, I wrote 1,009 poems! Three times a year I write a booklet of poems to present to my wife Sharon: on Valentine’s Day, her September 4th birthday, and our October 26th wedding anniversary. My poetry collection A Dusting of Star Fall: Love Poems evolved from the best of those booklet poems.

Over the years I’ve written quite a few short stories and three novels, two of which at this time are in the editing stage. I’ve also written blog posts both fictional and non-fictional, including articles on how to write.

For the past decade, flash fiction has been a main interest of mine. I find writing short-short stories under 1,000 words quite challenging. All Things That Matters Press published two of my collections Flashing My Shorts and 200 Shorts, both which are available at

What makes flash fiction so interesting is its length constraint. With short stories and novels, the sky’s the limit as far as how many words develop the plot; however,  flash fiction writers must confine the story into a small space while satisfying all of the element requirements of a short story. These writers are compelled to edit down the story, deleting the unnecessary and maintaining the essential. They must decide the correct balance of description, dialogue, exposition, narration, and persuasion. Not as easy as it seems!



We all hear about the chances in the publishing world. Old publishing companies are extending their offer from traditional publishing to self-publishing. How do you assess the market in the future?

First of all, self-publishing is not a new venture. Renowned authors like  the following all self-published their books until traditional publishers saw in their work the drawing power needed to sell copies: Frank Baum who wrote the Oz novels, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, William Strunk Jr. (Elements of Style), Mark Twain, John Grisham (A Time to Kill), Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit) and Tom Clancy (The Hunt for Red October)

I believe the old publishing companies reached their golden age by the mid-to late 1900s. Now, much more prevalent than before, they sign contracts and offer sizable advances most often to tried-and-tested authors, those who have proven themselves in the marketplace. Authors with first books or books with mediocre sales can hardly interest an agent, let alone a big-name publisher. Like authors of old, they are forced to seek smaller publishers or publish their books on their own if they care that much to bring them to the eyes of the beholders. Today’s electronic advancements make it much easier to do so.



Would you mind becoming really famous with your writing like Stephenie Meyer with her Twilight Series or J.K. Rowling with Harry Potter? 

You’re asking the man who loves lecturing to very huge crowds? The man who had dreams of becoming an actor when he wasn’t dreaming of becoming an author? The man who –– well, you get the idea. I would love it if my writings became famous. If my books earned thousands, I would do the Tarantella till I dropped. Millions? I’d sky-dive over the La Brea Tar Pits in L.A. Of course, I’d love to be a bestselling author. Selling several hundred copies as I’ve done is not going to cut it.

Fortunately for me, my primary reason for writing is not to grow rich but to grow happy and self-satisfied that I am not only using a gift God gave me, t I’m sharing it with others.



Do you see any kind of “danger” within this kind of fame for a writer particularly?

It depends on the particular writer. As Rudyard Kipling wrote, “If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue or walk with Kings, nor lose the common touch…you’ll be a man, my son!” I don’t believe those who are humble, who live moral lives, who practice compassion, have anything to fear if and when success comes knocking. A good case in point is the Hollywood scene. Not every actor falls for the lure of heroin and coke, only those with unresolved issues –– a shaky ego, a personality disorder –– something that would cause them to yield to temptations they could now monetarily afford.



I personally think by today’s kind of electronic communication many children and young people forget how to write properly. How do you see this?

I taught English for nearly thirty years from elementary grade six throughout college. Regretfully, I saw firsthand how little importance many of my students placed on oral and written communication. Some argued that grammar rules inhibited the imagination,  correct spelling was unnecessary; precise word choice, omission of redundancies, and faultless logic could all go whistle Dixie. They did not matter.

In the middle-school grades I taught sentence diagramming. I tried to make it fun and even awarded merit certificates to those who excelled, many of whom went on to become English teachers instructing their students in the art of diagramming!

Video games, cell phones, e-mails, and a plethora of electronic gadgets have done much to kick proper language in the pants. And it continues to get worse. To me it’s a sad way to define communication. It’s a one-way verbosity that disregards the social value of “old fashioned” conversation where two people talk to each other or correspond with letter writing.



Is there any advice you would like to give fellow authors?


I would suggest the following:

1. Purchase a writer’s handbook and refer to it when needed;

2. Write something every single day to cultivate the good habit of writing;

3.  Ignore criticism you recognize as destructive, but accept and implement the constructive kind;

4.  Read the type of books and stories you yourself want to write;

5.  Submit your poems and stories for feedback and/or publication;

6.  Convince yourself you are in it for the long haul and never give up writing.

7.  Offer other writers advice about the writer’s craft when they ask for it.







Sal Buttaci is the author of two flash-fiction collections Flashing My Shorts and 200 Shorts, both published by All Things That Matter Press and available at

He lives in West Virginia with Sharon the love of his life.

Stubborn1Today, let’s enter the world of Astrology together… I’m born early January in the Zodiac sign of Capricorn.


Capricorns are, of course, excellent characters and personalities. They combine many fantastic virtues within one sexy package, Strength of character, will-power, , careful planning, ambition, patience, intelligence, caution, trustworthiness, determination – and stubbornness.


And now, don’t please tell me, that stubbornness isn’t a virtue… After all, it has been Tony Dungy saying:


“Stubbornness is a virtue if you are right.”   And you know… since I’m always right… *shrug* ;-)


Fact is, Stubbornness is part of my personality – and it’s not only there for me to try and get with my head through a wall, it’s also part of me helping me to NOT give up, no matter how hard it is, and no matter what I face. Stubbornness and hope make a perfect combination to stay focused and never forget what my destination is.


One of my favorite Capricorns once said:





I figure if he was stubborn, I may eventually permit myself this little extravagance too. After all I’m irresistible, right? ;-)


Am I inflexible because of this stubbornness? – I don’t think so. I would never say, it is impossible to try and talk me into something when I’m convinced otherwise; but for sure it ain’t easy! It needs a lot of good points to convince me. – What about patience? Am I patient? Of course!! – Which means, in my case, when I want something, I want it – NOW!! One of my favorite prayers is: “Please, dear Lord, give me patience – immediately!”

Do I want something, I want it quickly and I would say, it’s about as easy to stop me, than it is to stop a tank in full speed…

And yes… sometimes – very rarely though – but sometimes I do use my horns to get everything out of my way…

What still irritates me a little bit is, that I actually do have four horns: I’m not only a Capricorn, my Chinese Zodiac sign is the “Goat”… I’m a “double stubborn goat”… what an experience to be me. LOL

Oh well… I guess, I will have to live with that.



What Zodiac sign are you? Are you a “double something” too? And how does that influence your life? Do you have experience with stubbornness and would you call it a virtue or a curse? Let me hear your thoughts, I’m curious.




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Good News!!


My book, “Dragonbride”, book #1 of “The Dragon Chronicles” has been published on Amazon as Paperback and in the Amazon Kindle version as well.


After a technical problem that caused quite some delay on the paperback publishing, it finally worked. “Dragonbride” is available on Amazon:



DRAGONBRIDE [e-book format] Paperback Kindle edition



Additional E-Book formats can be purchased here:

Barnes & Noble


CreateSpace eStore








Of course this is not everything I have to tell you.

In the meantime I have my own Author profiles on Goodreads as well as Amazon. I’d be enthusiastic if you could go and check them out.






And there’s more to come!

I will keep you updated! Until then: Thank you for all your support!

oh-sht-beauty-disasters-cameron-diaz-13Dear Mrs. Diaz,


“In Touch Weekly” of June 2 shows a picture of you with similar sweat stains on your shirt as shown in the picture on the right here.


I read once again that you have said: “I don’t believe in antiperspirant and haven’t used it in almost 20 years”.


This finally made me address this short little letter to you, which is nothing else than a written expression of my personal opinion, be ensured.


Mrs. Diaz, please believe me that I love most of your movies, you’re a beautiful woman and a great actress, even comedian. But what you revealed here is simply gross!


Rumors say that you apparently do have a problem with body odor – and I would strongly recommend to just go back on using deodorant to avoid sweat stains like this! They look disgusting and they do let you seem to be just a little piglet too lazy to shower and take care of your body.

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It is heard of that Bradley Cooper and Matthew McConaughey were heard saying something similar as you were – and insiders say they both are just as stinky. Would I want to get close enough to them to find out whether or not it’s true? – No way!!


I do permit myself to recommend you taking care of your body as well as you do take care of your beautiful face and don’t show up on the red carpet like a pig.


All the best to you, Mrs. Diaz.



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This September, right after the publishing of “Dragonbride” I have been interviewed by Eamonn Gosney, Australia. The interview can be found here:


Since I haven’t had many interviews yet in my life, this is a huge honor for me.


Thank you very  much, Eamonn!



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