Today, Blackberry (nee RIM) launched a new phone, and while I was pretty cynical about their buzz and hype, I noticed in my twitter feed that they’re partnering with Neil Gaiman who’s one of my favorite writers to make a “Calendar of Tales” with ideas crowdsourced from twitter. There’s a “tale” for each month and each one is a question poised by @neilhimself.I got into it pretty late, but I decided to go all-in. Below are my ideas. Of course they’re in haiku.
Why is January so dangerous?
the leftover warmth /
from the holidays makes one /
forget a sweater
What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you in February?
took a class to breathe /
fire. it was taught indoors. the /
building’s roof was wood.
What Historical figure does March remind you of?
John Philip Sousa /
Simple, yet brilliant answer. /
Also, died in March.
What’s your happiest memory of April?
that briefest moment /
of intense clarity that /
comes after a sneeze.
What is the weirdest gift you’ve ever been given in May?
previous owners /
of our house were shipped a gross /
of sample toothpastes.
Where would you spend a perfect June?
at The Big Island’s /
artist community to /
What is the most unusual thing you have ever seen in July?
the sun in the sky /
after ten at night at friends’ /
wedding in Norway
If August could speak, what would it say?
stay outside as long /
as you can for the house needs /
its vacation too.
Tell me something you lost in September that meant a lot to you.
optimism was /
handled roughly but it has /
What mythical creature would you like to meet in October?
I’d meet Scylla or /
Charybdis before they earned /
What would you burn in November, if you could?
pretense, prejudice, /
predeterminism, and /
Who would you like to see again in December?
the new year baby /
and ask if we spent her year /
the right way or not