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I'm James Maxey, author of fantasy and science fiction. My novels include the science fantasy Bitterwood Saga (4 books) the Dragon Apocalypse Saga (4 books), numerous superhero novels including Nobody Gets the Girl and the Lawless series, the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard, and my short story collections, There is No Wheel and Jagged Gate. This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to get monthly updates on new releases, as well as preview chapters and free short stories, join my newsletter!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Never Ending Battle

Robo Bobo clicks and whirrs and ... draws the name Shara Saunsaucie! Congrats! This is my second winner not to have entered a haiku, however. I may have a special drawing to give away the two left over chapbooks that resulted.

In last weeks mini-antho, I left out a haiku I had intended to print! It came from Corey Redekop, author of the novel Shelf Monkey:

Hey, Superman, dude!
How is it your costume there
doesn't get sweaty?

I missed it because Corey had sent in another one focused on the motivation of a hero, and I had put his printed email into that pile, which I'm diving into this week. This week, we take a look at some of the reasons men and women go into fighting crime. And, in a few cases, why the bad guys keep up their end of the never ending battle. Thus, this week's haiku anthology:

The Never Ending Battle

First, we start with the classic noble and tragic reasons to wear a mask and fight for justice:

Gwen Stacy's snapped neck
Great responsibility
Drives Peter Parker
--Bruce Press

Protecting the World
Using their mighty Powers.
They suffer alone.
--Michell Plested

Saving many lives,
A hero can never rest,
If he wants world peace.
--KisS oF PaRaDiSe

And, of course, there may be a hero or two who are in it just for the applause:

Red cape and blue tights
Symbol of might on my chest
The glory of all
--Gina Teh

Villians have their own motivations as well:

Superheroes won't go away
My evil plot guarantees today
I will rule them all.
--Jalen Jade

If I use my ray
And make Superman evil
He still won't like me.
--Jeremy Cavin

We'll give the last word to Corey, who seems to have a special insight into our caped crusaders:

I'm wealthy and bored
with a fetish for latex.
Guess I'll go fight crime.
--Corey Redekop

One week to go! Keep sending in haiku! Next week, it's the Legion of Superpoems! More haiku than even Hulk could smash!

1 comment:

Shara said...

Sorry that I'm not a haiku person, but I'm very excited for a chance to read this book! I've enjoyed your others so far. :)