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Poem for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

yelling:
Not on the rug!
Not on the rug!
does not stop the dog
from throwing up
on the rug

Haiku for Tuesday night, August 23, 2016

August evening:
cicadas have gone to bed—
it’s the crickets’ turn

Haiku for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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August afternoon—
twelve year old
headshot photobomb

Haiku for Monday, August 22, 2106

even hard
for kindergarteners—
Monday

Haiku for Saturday, August 13, 2016

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to a snail
even a sidewalk
might be Mount Fuji

Haiku for Sunday, August 7, 2016

county fair rides:
spin
spin spin
spin spin spin
spin spin spin spin
spin spin—
hurl

Old Sweet Tea

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This four-day-old McDonald’s sweet tea
wears bacon overtones
while not very good together
each is delicious on its own

Haiku for Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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earth tones:
not the McDonald’s
of my childhood

Scrivener + iPhone = The Ultra-Portable Writer’s Kit

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Want to ditch your notebook computer and try a super-lightweight, ultra-portable but still full-featured writing setup?

If you’re a Scrivener user, you’re in luck.

Literature and Latte recently released an iOS version of Scrivener, their highly-regarded writing app. Many writers swear by the desktop version; I wrote my first book with it and can’t imagine having used Word, Pages, or another word processor.

The new iOS version can sync your Scrivener projects with the desktop version via Dropbox. It’s fast and easy—I had it set up in minutes. Now I can work on writing projects on either my notebook or my iPhone and they stay in perfect sync. Grand.

But what about typing on your phone? Isn’t that kind of difficult?

Not if you have a Bluetooth keyboard.

I picked up an Anker Bluetooth keyboard and a Ugreen phone stand from Amazon: together they cost less than $25.

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After a few days of use both at home, my studio, and the local coffee shop, I’m finding this to be a great way to write drafts, jot notes, and do freewriting. You won’t want to do much hard-core editing with this setup (save that for the notebook computer and desktop version of Scrivener) but it’s hard to beat this for a lightweight, distraction-free writing setup. Of course, the keyboard works with other apps as well so you can write email, add notes to Evernote, type texts—whatever.

At $19.99 the Scrivener app looks pricey to the uninitiated. But Scrivener veterans will see this as a bargain when they realize the value of what they’ll be able to do with a setup like this.

Haiku for Friday, July 29, 2016

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smoke alarm clock:
low battery chirp
at five a.m.

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