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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Leaping into 2012 Haiku

It's going to be a leap year.
I'm facinated by those born on 29th February and what it must be like.
I'd like to thank my lovely husband for all his invaluable support over the past year.

To round off 2011, I had 2 pieces of wonderful news.

First, Scifihaiku have accepted 4 of my haiku for their 2013 publication/ website. Yes they are searching that far in advance!
I'm delighted, though having to wait that long will be a challenge.

It's an illustrated quarterly magazine that publishes scifaiku, haibun, senryu and tanka plus articles about these and other poetic art forms.
Do check it out.

These ones didn't make the grade, so I can share them with you:

When dogged by Pluto
All the planets join forces
Celestial Clique

Madeleine Maddocks
They live among us
The stereotypes abound
Alien Features?

Madeleine Maddocks

Second, I won an unexpected blog prize at Maria Zannini's DIY Christmas blog with Carina Press: Rulebreaker, plus some smoked salmon!

Meanwhile poor hubster (mentioned above) has a bad cold and throat. It makes me ill just thinking about it!

I hope your New Year starts off with a happy buzz too.
Will you be celebrating or treating it like any other day?


  1. Well done on those achievements; here's to many more in 2012. I'm hoping to make it down to Paignton to see the fireworks this year.

  2. Congratulations! I knew you'd be a good bet for Scifaikuest!

  3. I love the scifaiku, particularly the one about Pluto.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Congratulations! Getting your poems published is great news. I'm with MJ Field the haiku about Pluto really made me smile.
    Happy New Year.

  5. Happy New Year

    Congrats on all your achievements 2011, and may 2012 be as good if not better! ;)

    Commiserations to your hubby: nothing worse than sore throat. Nevertheless, darn good excuse for knocking back shorts of whisky. Helps no end! :o


  6. Happy New Year, may it ring you much luck, happiness and love!

  7. Absolutely wonderful news with your haikus!! Awww you do create the best ones and I always love reading them here! And these that didn't make the publication!??! WOW!! They're GOOD!!!

    And did you say you won smoked salmon?!?! OH my stars!! WOW!!

    Have a wonderful New Year!! Hope your hubby gets better too!! Take care

  8. Congratulations and happy new year!

  9. Well done Madeleine - if the ones that didn't make it are anything to go by, your others were highly deserving of publication!
    Congrats on the smoked salmon too :-)
    Happy 2012 and thanks for all your posts through 2011!
    All best

  10. Way to go, Madeleine! Scifaikuest is a paying market that delivers, and the contributor's copy is very nice. Send them some more posthaste. =] Happy new year!

  11. Bless you all, thank you.
    Milo, LOL! I already have...
    Thanks for the heads up. ;O)

  12. Hi Madeleine .. hope your hubby doesn't give you that chilly thing .. and that you both have wonderful 2012s.

    Congratulations on the Haikus etc and the prize .. smoked salmon = yes please and champers = yes please ..

    Happy New Year and see you soon here next year .. cheers Hilary

  13. Congratulations on the publication and winning the prize! Sorry your husband is sick. Hope you enjoy New Year's Eve anyway.

  14. Congratulations on your haiku! And congrats on the prize.

    I'm planning to treat it like any other day; though I will be starting rewrites/revisions of one of my novels.

    Happy New Year!

  15. Fame if not fortune!
    Best wishes for 2012.

  16. Happy New Year! Hope your hubby recovers soon--and that you don't catch whatever he has. :)

    I hope 2012 is good to you.

  17. Ooh congrats!

    My new year started well too. Here's to having a better year than last.


  18. Happy New Year.

    Congrats on the future publication. Also, I hope your husband feels better soon.

  19. Happy New Year and best wishes to you in the coming days. Hope we all find success with our writing projects!

  20. Congratulations on all your good news! That's wonderful!

    I enjoyed your haiku. And I look forward to more of your verse in the coming year!

    Happy new year!

  21. Happy New Year to you. We ended up doing nothing on New Year's Eve, but at least we both stayed up to see it in :-)

    Congratulations on your news and hope hubby is feeling better.

  22. Congrats on your Haikus! And that book looks awesome. I might have to add that to my TBR! :)

  23. Congratulations on all the good news. My New Year's was celebrated nicely at home with family and then got up early the next morning for a 15 hour drive. I'm still tired.

    Wrote By Rote

  24. I love Feb 29 too! I got married on that day ;). Congrats on the news & get well soon to the hubs.


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