Tuesday Decemember 18th, 2012

The exercise:

All right, we're somehow a week away from Christmas day. I know. Don't ask me, I have no idea how we've managed to arrive here.

Anyway. I like to use the blog to do a little countdown to the big day and I've finally decided how I'm going to do that this year. This time around we're getting a week's worth of Christmas movie titles as our prompts. Your writing doesn't have to do anything with the movies themselves, just their titles.

You can weave all your responses over the next seven days together into one tale, or just let each one stand on its own. I think I'm going the latter route, as this is a busy enough time of year as it is.

Also: I had been considering doing something else, but it's feeling like a bad time of year to go that other route. Definitely at another time though.

So let us begin the countdown to Santa's arrival by writing two haiku about: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Or, if you're desiring something a little more straightforward, simply about: the Grinch.


He schedules late nights,
weekends too. If he can't go
home, neither can you.

*     *     *

Presents, ornaments,
he'll steal them all. No store's safe
when he's at the mall.


Greg said...

Hmm, movie title prompts. This could be interesting, and it feels like fun!
Heh, I love the clever way you've got your haiku to rhyme as well! Particularly the second one, where I might have missed it if I hadn't already spotted and appreciated the first one. My favourite today is your first, but by a very narrow margin indeed!
The Grinch doesn't seem to be at all well known over here, and I suspect it might be because Charles Dickens gave us Scrooge instead. However, I think I have the general idea :)

The Grinch
Grisly and grizzling
He steals away Christmas cheer;
His heart is icy.

No turkeys to buy?
I've roasted a grinch instead!
Merry Christmas all!

Cathryn Leigh said...

@Greg – While I’m not surprised you might not know that particular movie... but surely you must have heard of Dr. Seuss?

@Marc I’m ashamed at you! Choosing the live action Jim Carry’s over the top movie instead of Dr. Seuss’s original cartoon which contain the words read from his book! I’m ashamed!

Um... no... I don’t have a weird hatred for a movie I’ve never seen, though the part I glimpsed at Daycare made me frown... seriously can’t we appreciate things for what they are without making them over the top and willy nilly? *sigh* - but in strange contrast to this, I do love Scrooged, which is a modern twist on A Christmas Carol... maybe because it has the ‘play’ going on in the background.... Anyway the prompt, right...

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss made him
Starting out with a small heart
It ended up big!

World without Christmas
Or any holidays at all
The Grinch’s heaven

Greg said...

@Cathryn: I've heard of Dr. Seuss, but I never saw any of his books when I was a child. I suspect they weren't around, as I liked reading and my teachers were keen to keep me quiet :)
I was kind of aware of the film (sadly only the Jim Carey version), but I'm bad at watching films. I managed to see most of Transporter 3 last night, but I was cooking, washing up, tidying up and reading all the way through it :-D

Cathryn Leigh said...

Hm... I'm pretty sure you're my ag, which means he was around, but apparently not in England... Pretty much every one has heard of Dr. Seuss here in the USA.

"Cat in the Hat" was actually written with elementary school learning in mind (but apparently it was 'too fun' for the schools to adopted, so they picked "Dick and Jane" instead)

never realized Dr. Seuss hadn't gone across the pond, how funny.

Marc said...

Greg - I was not aware that the Grinch had not invaded your rainy shores. Huh, learn something yadda yadda yadda...

And yes, judging from your first haiku, I'd say you do indeed have the idea :)

Cathryn - ah, please accept my apologies! And to be honest, I've never seen the more recent version. The animated classic of my childhood needs no alterations.

Hah, I quite like your second one. I think it sums him up nicely!

And to both of you - thanks for that back and forth, I found it both informative and entertaining :D