Poet Interview: Leena Prasad


Interview #60, with the sassy, girly and geeky: Leena Prasad!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

leena prasad

sassy, sexy, goofy, girly, geek

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):


on tv, the gaza conflict
outside my window
a bird chirps

happiness is a
decision, unfortunately
i’m indecisive

Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):

I don’t have a favorite poet but I read Robert Frost’s Mending Wall in my teenage years and it made a lasting impression.

Here are the first four lines —

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.”

Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:

When I was 13, I started writing sappy love poems about hopeless crushes on boys.

I’ve probably done that at least a couple of times myself ;) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

It’s a way for me to journal and to comprehend my emotional and intellectual life.

Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Don’t be afraid to write a poem because even a “bad” poem is an entry into a thrilling new world.

ITA. Your websites/blogs/etc:

Website: NotExactlyHaiku.com

Twitter: @notexactlyhaiku

Amazon: not exactly haiku

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Much thanks to Leena Prasad for stopping by! Be sure to check out Not Exactly Haiku, where Leena’s haiku book is available as an iPhone app. You can also follow her latest haiku, senryu, and haiga via Twitter :)


Female Assassin


I put up a (Busy) notice in August 2009 (didn’t blog till December 2009) — I might do that again sometime in August this year. That’s the second blog post I’ll be repeating “as part of a schedule” (somewhat — here’s the other one regarding “next book/s“) — guess it’s just the way I work, lol. I think I’ll have to do it coz it’s the only way I’m going to be able to focus on:

1) completing the final edits for 1: The Intern
2) completing the final edits for The Other Side of Life
3) completing my bachelor’s degree
4) drafting the plots for the upcoming installments in Sins07 (which 1: The Intern is part of), and The [Cyberpunk] Elven Trilogy (which TOSoL is part of)
5) deciding which book project I’d like to create/develop, after #4

If not, I’m going to be listening to Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory over and over again, while I “try” to “sort out my thoughts” (I can work to music in the background, but silence is usually best when I REALLY want/need to concentrate on something).

asian girl sketch
–> Asian girl sketch / pencil. I prefer working in ballpoint pen. Wanted to get the angle of the face/head correct though, so started off (and stayed with, in this case) with pencil. The above sketch is also a vector (image can be enlarged and still stay sharp) — Inkscape is a good alternative of (the very impressive, but very expensive) Vector Magic. Here’s a good Inkscape tutorial too.

I’m currently going through 1: The Intern — not sure how long I’ll take to edit and make sure everything’s as I’d like it to be.

I’ll have to think about what I want to do with another incubus/succubus project I have in mind. I don’t know which project I’ll jump to once I finish editing The Other Side of Life — I think I’ll have my answer by December 2010.

Yes, I’m aware I’m jumping around all over the place. It’s how I sort things out sometimes, lol (particularly when there’s a lot to sort out).

I like to write haiku sets (of ten) when thinking of future plots/themes/characters/etc. I wrote one yesterday which was female-assassin-themed — production-wise, I’m getting a little bit stuck with the same things I’m getting stuck with regarding the incubus/succubus project (format of the story: short story? Novella? Full-length standalone novel? Series? Mainstream? Alternative?).

I think I’m going to (take a couple of close friends’ advice and) ignore all of that / go back to basics / focus primarily on the storyline + characters, lol. By the way, I remember (I think it was Delta of Venus) one of Anais Nin’s short story collections, where the same character was featured in two entirely different stories. I thought that was pretty cool.

Anyway I have to continue working on my strategic marketing assignments, because I just caught up with my schedule (and don’t want to fall behind again).

Included below is (half of) the Female Assassin Haiku Set (the other half is plot-related, which I might expand on in another set). First drafts are usually freeform and written in a slight stream-of-consciousness style — I find it helps keep the whole process real.

[Haiku Set: Female Assassin]

1. Shut Up
All your lecturing
And constant yammering make
My plugged-up ears bleed.

2. I live for the moment
When my cold gaze locks
Onto their terror; victim
Draws their final breath.

3. (Evil Menstrual) Cramps³
A shotgun splinter
Shooting up my entire
Left side…I can’t move.

[#3 is real, oh-so-real…]

4. Hitwoman 101
What I do rewards
Quick intellect over a
Quick trigger-finger.

[#4 is c/o Eido’s “Hitman” game]

5. You Break My Heart, & then
Ignore me; here’s a
Poison kiss to burn your lips
And remember me.

=== The End ===

Traditional Publishing Industry


Was digging up some old files — found a haiku set I’d written in April 2010 on “the traditional publishing industry.”

P.S. Sense of humor required. Grammatical + spelling quirks are deliberate.

[Haiku Set: Traditional Publishing Industry]

1. Gang of Middlemen
Corporate greed +
Social-climbing = Work’s
Top Priority.

2. Wolfpire
Mister Vampire
Met Miss Werewolf, and spawned a
Lucrative franchise!

3. Zero Karma
Monkeys chasing tails,
Slipping on banana peels
They flung earlier.

4. Business Transactions —
Where we care not for
Suppliers or customers:
Ju$t the bottom line.

5. B.S.
“It’s all a game of
Luck and chance — there’s no need for
Marketing research.”

6. E-revolution
Dinosaurs, leeches,
and parasites will be flushed
out of the system.

[E-revolution is c/o Mark Coker @ www.smashwords.com]

7. Thanks
For all the drama.
I’ll stick with something more sane,
Sensible & safe.

8. Good Gamblers
All good gamblers know
their stakes — I’ve better chances
Sticking with Indie.

9. I was blind
But now I see, that
the way to go is my own;
from you i’ll be free.

10. Fact vs. Fiction
Be responsible:
We’ll point fingers to not be
Held accountable.

=== The End ===

// sum-up of the traditional publishing industry ^^

// for a more serious/scholarly look at the publishing industry, check out my quite-popular post, Indie vs. Traditional Publishing.

// unrelated note #1 — here’s how a person surfed into my blog not too long ago! keywords = “jess c scott poetry analysis”


// unrelated note #2 — latest sketch [this was a preliminary study — i intend to do an improved version…when i’m not so busy/tired with homework + formatting files for future book projects].


that was based on Korean popstar, se7en.
the sketch below was based on Korean popstar, Rain.

bi rain, sketch

think i’ll draw some ladies later in the year, haha (i NEED to get started on proper “human anatomy” type sketches/studies, lol).

// unrelated note #3 — The Devilin Fey *almost* managed to cracked the Kindle top #1,000 in the past week (maybe it will, later). i got a nice screenshot of TDF taking the #1 spot in “Hot New Release in Bargain Books” (got the screenshot by chance / was Googling something else).

amazon screenshot

// unrelated note #4 — i have 3-4 more books i’ll be putting out by the end of this year. right now i have 6 (and the most deviant one is selling at the fastest rate, hmm…) — so i might “disappear” yet again for a while from online spaces/social media places/etc, to concentrate on the (quality of the) books + my summer “strategic marketing” course + my fall 2010 semester (3 upper division courses + one elective). it’d be nice and relaxing to just focus on those + doing some drawing/whatever on the side.

// unrelated note #5 — Proactiv works — glad i tried it out.

Poet Interview, Robert Lew


I’ve always liked poetry (“poet interviews” will be a new addition to this blog). Without further ado, here’s Mr. Robert Lew!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Artist, poet, vegetarian, spiritual seeker.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

shadows disappear – haiku

bright morning sunlight
clouds appear in the window…
shadows disappear

inner life – haiku

proximal worker
but a social outlier…
keeps an inner life

My poetry is focused entirely on haiku now. I use a strict 5-7-5 syllable structure which works well for me. The discipline keeps my creativity focused — important for me. I’ve been writing poetry all my life; and it was mostly free-form poems, until the last year.

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