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The Banditas will swarm the RNTV blog in pairs for the next two weeks. We are thrilled to be here! Today, Avon historical author Anna Campbell and 2006 Golden Heart finalist Caren Crane are here to kick things off.

Anna and Caren both have serious language problems. Large issues with words. Anna, you see, is terribly fond of puns. Caren, I’m sorry to say, is given to limericks and other forms of very bad poetry. Given their joint dysfunction, they have decided to write this post – and, indeed, to reply to each comment – in haiku.

(Definition of haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Haiku often reflect on some aspect of nature.)

That said, here are Anna and Caren. Brace yourselves!

Dear Anna Campbell
Caused a stir in publishing
With her Courtesan.

Fear? Abduction? Angst?
All part of this sweeping tale
Set in wild Scotland.

But once you meet her,
You may wonder just whether
Anna wrote all that.

Australian native,
Raised on avocado farm,
Addicted to puns.

Where did all the angst,
So blithely put on paper,
Come from, exactly?

Caren Crane hails from
The southeast United States.
City, not country.

Engineering – dull.
Writing? More interesting.
Now she makes up friends!

annacampbell_photo.jpgANNA:

Caren, Bandita friend!
Angst? I’m a pussycat, babe –
Purr as I torture.

RNTV, fab!
The Bandits will behave – snork!
Behave? Yes, but how?

Answer our post, friends!
Tell us your favorite read
In haiku or not.

But haiku wins prize!
15 bucks from Amazon!
Signed Untouched from Me!

OK, just in case your eyes glazed over at the end of the haiku marathon, we’re offering a great prize to our favorite haiku commenter, although if anyone wants to say anything, you don’t have to reply in haiku! Caren is donating a $15 Amazon voucher and I’m donating a signed copy of the gorgeous trade paperback version of Untouched to the cleverest poet! It can be about your favorite book which might be fun or anything that takes your fancy, really.

Good luck! And hey, we’re here to party! Let’s have some fun, Bandits, RNTVers and friends! Whoo-hoo!

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  1. Fedora
    on Jan 20th, 2008
    @ 11:14 pm

    Caren and Anna,
    Your post is way too clever!
    Can’t wait to party! 🙂

    Are we to haiku
    All two weeks of your visit?
    I fear I may fail 😉


  2. helen
    on Jan 20th, 2008
    @ 11:29 pm

    Anna and Caren
    A party we will have
    Tim Tams and champagne
    Gladiators as well

    Two weeks to share in the fun
    A Golden Rooster to meet
    Lots of ryhmes and puns

    Have Fun all
    Helen


  3. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 20th, 2008
    @ 11:37 pm

    Fedora (hey that’s three syllables – seriously expensive on the haiku front!).

    Ahem, as I was saying,

    All hail, Fedora
    All who know her adore-ha
    Please comment more-a.

    Helen, you have bird!
    The rooster loves your Oz house!
    He’ll wave from distance!

    Haikus only today
    Tomorrow different Bandit bash!
    Who knows what comes then?


  4. Keira Soleore
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 1:17 am

    Foanna and Posh,
    What fearsome banditas, O
    My pirate avi fights.

    Puns a-flying ho,
    Hither yon and far beyond.
    Fried avocado stick.

    San Fran here we come,
    Ropes, pistols, spurs, foils, oh my.
    Grand bash at a hush.

    Welcome to RNTV,
    Banditas Foanna and Posh.
    Stay long, be merry, y’all.


  5. Haven Rich
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:11 am

    Dearest Sweet Anna
    Your Courtesan thrills us all
    Scandals and Passion!

    Who could resist it?
    Surely not simple ole’ me
    Romance is my life.

    The Bandits take over
    Romancenovel.tv will rock
    The party begins!

    Haiku all week, Oy
    This was hard enough for me
    Hope it made some sense.


  6. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:42 am

    Hey, Haven, that was brilliant. Did you guys know that Haven is running a wonderful charity auction at Romantic Inks to raise money for scholarships to RWA Nationals? Check it out. There’s some great prizes! http://romanticinks.com/home/auction/


  7. anne gracie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:34 am

    Anna, bird who puns
    Chicken who scrambles bad yolks
    Cracks my shell-like ear.


  8. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:31 am

    Oh no, here we go
    My mind is in a jumble
    Having read so much

    Which book to choose from
    Can’t decide which one was best
    But I’ll give a go

    Paranormals, check
    historicals, double check
    contemporaries

    Mysteries for sure
    heroines with grace and charm
    heroes with valor

    Still, I can’t decide
    So many to choose this year
    So many were great

    How can you ask me
    to choose one book from all
    they were my refuge


  9. Gillian
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:42 am

    Such toil on Monday
    No sun yet lights my keyboard
    Who has those Tim Tams?

    I need my hot tea
    Sweet kittens warm my cold feet
    Wish they carried cups.

    My favorite book?
    Like a favorite child-no!
    But Egypt I love.

    Adventures, warm sand,
    So Peters lines my book shelves
    Dear Peabody rules!

    And Sherlock is King
    With Russell as his wise Queen
    Can’t wait for the next!

    Speaking of the Queen
    Balogh has brought us Wulfric
    Silver eyes to crave.

    Regency Noir
    What a satisfying cry
    Anna, we want more!

    Caren, may the calls
    Of wise, eager editors
    Litter your voice mail.

    Yes, no job today!
    We thank Martin Luther King
    for his selfless work.

    Ummmm, that’s it. 😉


  10. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:55 am

    Anna and Karen,
    Haiku makes me dizzy
    only one effort.

    Thank God today is
    the only day for it
    will be cross-eyed soon!

    At least no puns were
    injured in the process
    of writing these.

    Thanks RNTV
    for having Banditas
    These two fun weeks!


  11. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:21 am

    Love the Banditas
    We here at RNTV
    Are jumping for joy.

    I’m haiku crazy
    and it’s only 7 a.m.
    I’m scared for myself.


  12. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:30 am

    Okay, obviously I can’t count. Just realized my middle lines of the very bad Haiku I wrote, only has SIX syllables! Hangs her Bandita head in shame as the first Haiku casualty!


  13. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:36 am

    Okay, obviously I can’t count. Just realized my middle lines of the very bad Haiku I wrote, only has SIX syllables! Hangs her Bandita head in shame as the first Haiku casualty!

    Suzanne, I’m not counting, just keeping my fingers crossed that I have the right amount of syllables. Yikes, counting this early in the morning is way beyond my mental capacity.


  14. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:36 am

    Okay, obviously I can’t count. Just realized my middle lines of the very bad Haiku I wrote, only has SIX syllables! Hangs her Bandita head in shame as the first Haiku casualty!

    Suzanne, I’m not counting, just keeping my fingers crossed that I have the right amount of syllables. Yikes, counting this early in the morning is way beyond my mental capacity.


  15. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:37 am

    Suzanne Welsh wrote: Okay, obviously I can’t count. Just realized my middle lines of the very bad Haiku I wrote, only has SIX syllables! Hangs her Bandita head in shame as the first Haiku casualty!

    Suzanne, I’m not counting, just keeping my fingers crossed that I have the right amount of syllables. Yikes, counting this early in the morning is way beyond my mental capacity.


  16. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:40 am

    Marisa, I’m the vampire of the Banditas, (comes from working nights), so I was sitting here forming my grand Haiku and counting on my fingers for syllables. Apparently I couldn’t get past six. I wasted an entire syllable in each section!


  17. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:41 am

    Oh, and may I say that Caren and Anna are very good with word games and poetry. We never know what twisted phrase or alliteration will pop up from those two!


  18. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:43 am

    Alliteration, bring it on!


  19. Christine Wells
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:55 am

    Caren and Anna
    Why torture us with haiku
    When limericks rock?

    Middle of the night
    Too late to haiku with you
    At least we’re spared puns


  20. Christine Wells
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:00 am

    PoshT, this was classic:

    Engineering – dull.
    Writing? More interesting.
    Now she makes up friends!

    That should be the bio page on your website. Love it!


  21. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:02 am

    I’m totally awful at this kind of stuff, so I’ll just start off small

    Welcome to the Board
    We’re excited you are here
    Let the fun begin


  22. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:08 am

    Dear friends and brethren
    From the Romance Bandits lair
    No Vampire am I

    Blame Eastern Time zone
    And Martin Luther King, too,
    For my tardiness

    I fear that Anna
    Has yet begun the punning (or at least bad poetry…adore-a?! come on!)
    Could we expect less?

    Midday may be slow
    For I have an appointment
    With my dear Jesus

    No, not that Jesus!
    Hairdresser not Messiah
    He does work wonders


  23. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:09 am

    Early morning fun
    Bandit games have just begun
    What will the day hold


  24. Joanie T
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:11 am

    Sleep in eyes
    Poor at haiku
    Pun Queen must come

    Good morning to everyone at RNTV! The Banditas are thrilled to visit! Thank you so much for having us.
    All haiku talent aside everyone must know what brilliant authors Anna and Caren are. Caren’s manuscript “Kick Start” was a finalist in The Gather romance fiction competition. Anna…well….Mathew speaks for himself!

    Cheerio! Or rather, off to EAT Cheerios (Weight Watcher’s–2 points)


  25. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:11 am

    Fedora, hello!
    Helen, good to see you here.
    Rooster behaving?

    Keira, darling one!
    We will be rocking San Fran
    Can’t wait to see you.

    Haven, do not fear!
    Haiku is temporary
    That is my story (*snorK* – see, snorks don’t count!)


  26. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:13 am

    Kids are home from school
    Crazy day ahead with them
    They are already bored!


  27. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:15 am

    Hey Joanie — cheerios for me this morning too — the multi-grain ones. Love ’em.


  28. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:20 am

    Anne Gracie proves it
    All Aussies are wicked smart
    Or at least wicked *g*

    Word games must be rife
    In the grand land Down Under
    The jokes never stop!

    Marisa so good
    At working the genres in
    One small paragraph

    And such a hostess!
    To play our silly word game
    At the crack of dawn

    Gillian says: Yes, no job today!
    We thank Martin Luther King
    for his selfless work.

    YES, a holiday!
    For those who work for in banking
    Federal Reserve!!

    Cleaning lady comes
    I must go wake my family
    And put on some clothes!

    (Back soon, never fear
    When face is not so scary
    Nor hair so horrid…)


  29. Maria
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:23 am

    Today is Monday
    I’m happy as a lark
    The Banditas are here

    Yikes! This requires another cup of coffee. I’ll be back.


  30. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:31 am

    If the words become
    too much, check out the forum
    Hottie of the Week

    There is no Haiku
    just yummy pictures of the
    Hottie of the Week

    Okay, I seriously need to feed my kids breakfast and stop typing. Really I do 🙂


  31. Kirsten Scott
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 8:37 am

    A job with no heart
    Alas, no day off for me
    Now I shall pout. Wah!

    (Wait a minute, where’s the nature? Isn’t this haiku thing suppose to be about nature? Or maybe that’s Buffie’s hottie of the week. Oh, yes. Very natural. I love nature!)


  32. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 8:41 am

    Hey Kirsten. And yes, we at RNTV show our appreciate for nature through the Hottie of the Week forum. What better way!!


  33. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 8:48 am

    Hottie of the week
    Every week I wait for him
    Anticipation!

    Buffie gets her man
    Buffie gives her man to all
    She is generous


  34. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 8:51 am

    I’ve gone Haiku crazy
    Someone stop me very soon
    Your fault Banditas

    Now you will suffer
    Now I will drive you crazy
    Some one help me now


  35. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 8:56 am

    Marisa, breathe deep
    The urge to haiku shall pass
    Normalcy once more

    Unless the fever
    To write measured syllables
    Is like cholera

    An epidemic
    Sweeping RNTV now
    And forever more?


  36. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:00 am

    Buffie the Pusher
    Of heated, sexy man flesh
    So good, so evil

    Naked avatars
    So handsome and so wicked
    Are welcome each week

    Nature is missing
    From our Bandita haikus
    Yet, who misses it? *eg*

    Big Brother watching
    Poor Kirsten suffering so
    From outside playpen

    Come back when night falls
    To play with us once again
    Stoic Bandita!


  37. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:02 am

    Gillian, so sweet
    To find a Peters fan girl
    Here among my friends!

    Peabody, Egypt
    Emerson’s sapphirine gaze
    What is not to love?


  38. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:04 am

    Cheerios are good
    But not on winter mornings
    Made for steel-cut oats

    Joan, haiku is art
    That requires lots of practice
    Keep at it, my friend!


  39. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:08 am

    Buffie, children are
    Quite adaptable creatures
    Breakfast at 10? Fine! *g*

    Teenagers not glad
    To be up at 9 o’clock
    I hear about it

    Whining, yawning, angst
    All from teenage lips ensue
    Why must we be up?!

    Cleaning lady says,
    Next time let the teens sleep in
    and clean around them

    All are happy now
    With vacuum roaring away
    And toilets shining


  40. Beth Andrews
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:12 am

    My kids are at school
    Had to make up a snow day
    I’m glad, kids are not

    My weekends consist
    Of unending basketball
    bleachers equal pain

    Books I love include
    Double Dare and Does She Dare?
    Dark and Dangerous

    Let us not forget
    Claiming the Courtesan and
    Every Night I’m Yours

    As well as Untouched
    Along with Scandal’s Daughter
    Mrs Brimley too

    Bandita books Rock
    We love RNTV-yay!
    Two weeks of wild fun


  41. Anna Sugden
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:12 am

    Brit writing haiku?
    Will need lots of tea and scones.
    For Bandits I’ll try!

    And just to start the limericks:

    The Banditas have started the game
    With haiku to drive you insane
    Need hotties and chocolate
    To make the sweat worth it
    Though prizes will work just the same.

    Geez – may have to return to the w.i.p. Maybe Chapter 2 isn’t so tough after all – this is hard work!

    Waving hi to all our pals
    It’s great to be here
    The two weeks will surely rock

    Back later!


  42. Susan Seyfarth
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:13 am

    Snowing, 9 a.m.
    Mercury below zero
    Tots weeping so soon?

    Mom’s composure strained
    Cheerios crunch underfoot
    Thank god for laptops

    Okay, that’s it for me & counted syllables this morning! I bow to Anna & Caren’s mastery of the haiku. Lovely to see you this morning, ladies! Am looking forward to more haiku hijinx as the day unfolds!

    Susan


  43. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:21 am

    Suzanne, our night owl,
    Baby-delivering pro
    Thanks for stopping in!

    Alliteration
    Alas is hard to achieve
    In form of haiku

    However, hardly
    Heaven has heard the horrid
    Hacking of haiku

    So sweetly skewered
    So swiftly sliced sans a scythe
    As since our sortie

    Poor people, perplexed
    With poetry and painful
    Postings. Beg pardon!


  44. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:24 am

    Beth, Bandita pimp,
    Welcome to RNTV!
    Enjoy quiet house

    Anna, darling Brit!
    Sparkling with such brilliant wit
    Limericks are it! *g*


  45. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:25 am

    OOOOOOOOOOOOoooo limiricks! Thank you, Anna!

    There once was an author from Dallas
    Who wished she lived in a palace
    With her office shining
    She’s often seen writing
    The end of villians with malice!

    (yes, no counting syllables for me!)

    The Bandits has begun
    Anna C has brought her puns
    Haiku by Caren
    my brain cells is scarin
    Limiricks are much more fun!


  46. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:26 am

    Maria, caffeine
    Is sacred to the Bandits
    Bow to coffee pot

    Pay homage to the
    Bitter brew that brings us life
    Each morning, each day

    But come back and play
    When coffee works its magic
    And brain comes alive!


  47. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:27 am

    That should be :

    The Bandits INVASION has begun
    Anna C has brought her puns
    Haiku by Caren
    My brain cells is scarin
    Limiricks are much more fun!


  48. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:30 am

    Susan, sweet mommy
    To two tots in preschool years
    Give yourself a break

    Haiku not designed
    For mothers of young children
    Requires brain power!

    Have no memory
    Of three years when my two girls
    Were both in diapers

    Only remember
    What’s recorded in pictures
    The rest is a blur!


  49. Kim
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:51 am

    Ahoy Banditas!! Sorry, haven’t had my diet coke yet. Give me a couple hours to come up with something halfway decent! Please keep all sabers and rapiers in their upright and closed positions 😉


  50. Maria Lokken
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:55 am

    Caren is the tops
    Her rhymes we can not touch
    She dazzles with wit

    Any RNTV viewer out there – I’m challenging you to add to first part of my haiku.


  51. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:00 am

    Kim, the blades were out
    And ready to take me down
    Before you arrived!

    Thanks for the rescue
    I might have been slaughtered by
    Irate readers here! *g*


  52. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:02 am

    Maria Lokken
    I fear I do not deserve
    Your very kind words

    Blogging is such fun
    It hardly counts as real work
    Even in haiku!

    Putting words on screen
    Most fun that I can conjure
    Whether books or posts *g*


  53. Maria Lokken
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:25 am

    Wow – Maria Lokken is five syllables… what fun!

    Caren my dearest
    it’s praise you deserve most true
    Your haiku’s make sense

    I must count each line
    To have them make any sense
    I’m not sure they do

    My grammar needs work
    My syntax is most shotty
    My meanings are off

    Okay now I’ve completed a thought – just think of me as a foriegn exchange student learning the new haiku language


  54. Donna MacMeans
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:33 am

    Sorry – my mind is rhyming this morning, Hats off to Caren and Anna for their amazing talents.

    More Dr. Pepper need
    More heat and sunshine would help
    Unscramble sluggish brain


  55. Joanie T
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:33 am

    Garage door is broken
    Repair guy slow
    Off to book Ireland


  56. Donna MacMeans
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:34 am

    Oops – that was supposed to be NOT rhyming this morning.
    I’m obviously not a morning person *g*


  57. AndreaW
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:45 am

    Oh my gosh, you ladies are crackin’ me up! Seriously!

    I need to go get another cup of coffee and throw my hat in the ring!


  58. Deb Marlowe
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:46 am

    Caren exhausts me
    with her freely flowing words
    You two rock so hard!


  59. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:46 am

    Donna, darling girl
    Morning wanes in Ohio
    Almost afternoon!

    Joan, I’m so jealous
    Of your trip to emerald Eire
    Please bring me a Celt!

    Forgot my husband
    Will not be pleased to share me.
    Just one Irishman? *whine*

    Alas, my dreaming
    Must remain exactly that
    Since vows were spoken *sigh*


  60. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:50 am

    Deb Marlowe, my friend
    Intrepid yoga partner.
    How are your hamstrings? *eg*

    Her Lord, Scandalous
    Her Miss, most Rebellious
    Awesome, Deb Marlowe!


  61. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:51 am

    Andrea go fetch
    More caffeine to prime your pump
    Poetry needs it!


  62. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:53 am

    Maria Lokken
    Ace student of the haiku
    You make perfect sense!

    Your meaning most clear
    Your compliments, blush worthy
    You are a treasure


  63. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:55 am

    Christine Wells, author
    Of Scandal’s lovely Daughter
    so glad to see you!


  64. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:56 am

    Off to see Jesus
    (Hairdresser, not Messiah)
    Back with GAWGEOUS locks!


  65. Buffie
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 11:04 am

    Pusher of prime beef
    Yes, that’s me — what fun to be
    the Queen of Hotties

    My mind is in awe
    Caren is so creative
    How does she do it?

    Now Maria has joined
    Her Haiku is fabulous
    No editing done

    The hubby won’t know
    What to do as I tell him
    My thoughts in Haiku


  66. Deb Marlowe
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 11:06 am

    Hamstrings suffering
    But heart is full of laughter
    At Bandita fun!


  67. Joanie T
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 11:29 am

    Tuna fish lunch *bleah*
    Off to gym, *sigh*
    Must entice Irishman 🙂


  68. Trish Milburn
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 12:11 pm

    Oh, I must haiku
    Not since high school have I done
    You guys crack me up


  69. Trish Milburn
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 12:15 pm

    Finalist I am
    American Title IV
    Voting is now underway

    How’s that for shameless?
    Where to vote you may ask me
    Romantic Times site 🙂


  70. Haven Rich
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 12:57 pm

    Trish, it’s not so bad
    Anna pimped RI for me here
    So it’s all groovy!

    I love poetry
    Even had a few published
    Long, long time ago.

    Although they were not
    really hard to write kaikus
    about natural things.

    Whew!


  71. helen
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 1:35 pm

    You are all so wonderful very early in the morning over here minds not awake yet

    Have Fun
    Helen


  72. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:15 pm

    San Fran, Miss Keira!
    Here I come, doo dah, doo dah!
    Wicket happenings!

    I’m the wicket witch!
    You can be the maiden over!
    Cricket is cool, huh?


  73. Maria Lokken
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:21 pm

    Okay Anna – I’m loving the doo dah, doo dah – adds new meaning to haiku.


  74. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:23 pm

    Caren – am I allowed to call you Posh here? – I’ve got to stop the haikuing to say I think you’re just fabulous at this stuff! That thing about your hairdresser had me spouting tea all over my keyboard like a fountain! You gals have been SOOO busy while I’ve been trying catch some shut-eye. I’m renaming this blog the hai(ku) sierra!


  75. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:25 pm

    Joan, your Romans Rule!
    What a Roman Holiday!
    Loin cloths in forum!


  76. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:28 pm

    Kirsten, nature means much!
    Human nature in romance land!
    Gets hot in that place!


  77. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:32 pm

    Buffie, man must work!
    All these panting women sigh!
    Hottie of week? MAN!

    Snork – snorks don’t count, I have it on reliable evidence!


  78. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:35 pm

    Beth, you’re so clever!
    All those titles rolled into one!
    Next year will be more!


  79. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:35 pm

    Back from the temple
    Where Jesus misunderstood
    The meaning of “warm”

    I meant a warm brown
    Not like Reba McIntyre
    My brown is now red

    Husband will not know
    Who the red-headed girl is
    Maybe it’s some strange?

    Could be curious
    Maybe redheads have more fun?
    Guess I will find out!


  80. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:36 pm

    Speaking of titles!
    Historical romance rules here!
    Dukes! Earls! Knights! Princes!


  81. Haven Rich
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:37 pm

    Wicket witch, you say?
    A must-see event, no doubt!
    See you in San Fran!

    See you in the bar
    The one not holding a beer
    That will be me, *grin*.

    Haikus are hard work
    But include Keira, name
    And your out of words


  82. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:38 pm

    Off to Anne Gracie.
    I’m hosting her on Bandits now!
    Wow, she’s a great guest!

    Back to haiku soon!
    Keep up the good work, poets!
    You’re clever clogs, all!


  83. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:50 pm

    Eyes crossing at Posh!
    Alliteration is cool!
    Chicago is cold!

    Same sounds sap self’s cell!
    Sigh to seek sibilant S.
    Lithp cautheth pwoblemthm.


  84. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:52 pm

    Kim, hello, you brilliant Banditas guest! Hey, if we have to keep our swords sheathed, nobody will get the point!


  85. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:54 pm

    OMG, this is too hard, girls. Caren and Anna, you’re brilliant, but PUL – LESE, don’t get them started on PUNS!

    Alliteration, OTOH, bring it on!!

    Weary writer waits with wailing wistfulness
    Contract calls coming. Can Caren catch?

    Anna agonizes against alliteration,
    Pundits playful puns per procrastination.

    Hehehehehe!


  86. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:55 pm

    An Ode to Maria:

    This ode if for Miss Lokken!
    Whose haiku rhymes are shockin!
    Her syntax is shotty!
    Much better than snotty!
    But man, her joint’s a-rockin!


  87. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:58 pm

    Great news for dear Trish our fine Dish!
    For AT votes we now fish!
    We want her to win
    Or at least remain in!
    Gosh, her AT bit is delish!


  88. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 2:59 pm

    Ah, Jo awakens!
    After lunch on the west coast
    Must be time to play!

    Anna, rule breaker
    Loses count of syllables
    Throws rules out window *eg*


  89. Joanie T
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:00 pm

    Historical, right Anna
    But add too
    Patricians! Spies! Gladiators!


  90. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:01 pm

    Deb Marlowe is there!
    What fun in the lair!
    Oh, no we’re elsewhere!
    In RNTV care!


  91. Haven Rich
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:03 pm

    Anna and Caren
    Please share with us your list
    Of favorite reads.

    But only include
    Romances you’ve read latey
    I am curious.


  92. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:03 pm

    Ah, Caren, you are cracking me up. You are soooo the mistress of high coo (snort). We shall have to rename you.

    Posh Trish, we call her
    An inside joke it must be
    But now Posh High Coo!


  93. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:04 pm

    Actually, Maria, a good doo dah, doo dah never goes astray, I find! When I’m stuck with writer’s block, I can get a whole chapter out of Camptown Races! That bobtail nag makes a great Regency rake! He’s got the long nose they all seem to share!


  94. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:04 pm

    For Aussie who eat avocados
    Or piles of mashed snow white po-tah-toes
    Haiku is too hard
    So they act like the Bard
    And write odes to be sung with great pathos


  95. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:06 pm

    I love Liz Carlyle
    All her books are wonderful
    Get “A Woman Scorned”


  96. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:13 pm

    Caren, rules are broke
    This poyem should be spoke
    By a handsome Aussie bloke!

    OK, Haven, you want my recent faves…

    And Then He Kissed Her.
    Scandal’s Daughter rocks the room!
    Jane Porter’s great sheikhs!

    Lord of Scoundrels, wow!
    Read for review here this week!
    Oldie but goodie!

    This Heart of Mine! Old?
    Yes! But so yummy like Tim Tams!
    Daphne Bunny rules!

    Annie West’s new Greek god!
    Greek Tycoon’s Unexpected Wife?
    Sweet like baklava!


  97. Haven Rich
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:16 pm

    Haha Caren!

    Rhyming is so easy
    Sometimes almost cheesy
    You write what you want
    And can include words like savant
    It’s sweeter than porage

    Now the problem with Haiku
    it makes you want to say bless you
    Rhyming is much more fun
    and you can write many puns
    but don’t include an orange!


  98. Christie Kelley
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:19 pm

    Wow, what a talented bunch. I can’t rhyme to save my life. So I’m not going to try. Sorry ladies, just not my thing. But I love what I’ve read!


  99. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:25 pm

    I’m not even gonna try.

    But let me just say this.

    Midday may be slow
    For I have an appointment
    With my dear Jesus

    No, not that Jesus!
    Hairdresser not Messiah
    He does work wonders

    I just spewed orange juice ALL OVER the monitor for the second time in 24 hours because of Posh T (aka Caren Crane).
    I cannot believe how fast she can haiku.


  100. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:26 pm

    Oh, and on the red hair thing…So, this Jesus of whom you speak…..he who works wonders…he does not speak good English?

    Warm en espanol…hmmmm…what did you tell him? rouge? calor? caliente? You want hot hair? What?


  101. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:29 pm

    Anna and Caren
    you leave my mind barren
    Your witty repartee
    seizes the day

    All that I’ve read
    Stirs my head
    Your brilliance shines bright
    It’s always just right

    Ok, there you have my best effort… not to be confused with good.


  102. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:31 pm

    Oh, okay I’ll try
    It is afternoon here now
    I am waking up

    Ode to coffee pot
    above is more than base truth!
    I owe life to beans

    We must speak nature?
    I can find nothing better
    Than caffeine and men


  103. Tawny
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:32 pm

    ROFL – I love it!!! You are both SO clever with words! I’m just going to sit in awe, rather than pain anyone with my attempts LOL.


  104. Dianna
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:32 pm

    What say you Caren?
    Dianna must haiku too
    artistic am not!


  105. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:36 pm

    Caliente, si,
    My Jesus did this to me
    Language not to blame

    Enamored of red
    Is my little Latin man
    “So pretty!” says he

    Give me but two weeks
    And the red will have faded
    Leaving me “warm brown”

    Meanwhile, at my house
    My husband may develop
    A taste for redheads!


  106. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:37 pm

    Ah, vampire haiku
    Something to sink my teeth in
    Even though the sun

    Shines outside my pane
    Though it puts me in danger
    I haiku with you

    No I do not write
    Paranormal romance books
    not yet anyway

    I work best at night
    The girls in the basement like
    the moon to dance to

    Now I end a line
    With the word “to” so so bad
    English teacher faints

    Posh it is your fault
    For starting this haiku thing
    I may not forgive


  107. Dianna
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:37 pm

    Caren Auburn locks
    Jesus says warm equals fire
    Husband says means hot!


  108. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:38 pm

    Dianna, welcome!
    So good you are over here
    To suffer with us *g*

    Artistic you are
    Quite talented with haiku
    Practice makes perfect


  109. Kim
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:38 pm

    Okay, I cannot even compete with Caren. She’s way too good.

    Yes, get them started on puns. I LOVE Anna C’s puns. I’m Claiming That Bandita the punniest around 😉


  110. Maria Lokken
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:38 pm

    I’m with Twany – I’m just sitting here laughing now… I threw the gauntlet down, I lost. Ah well, at least I can admire a good show from the sidelines – and thanks to Anna Campbell, I’ll be singing Camp Town races in my mind all afternoon long.

    Caren – sounds as if your haiku is perfection but your colorist had a moment of defection.


  111. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:39 pm

    Christie and Tawny
    What more can I say to you
    Than you are NO FUN! :-0


  112. Haven Rich
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:39 pm

    The Auction is on
    Items need of more bidding
    Please help out and bid!!

    Very bad promo there :D.


  113. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:42 pm

    Dianna, so right
    Jesus has Heavenly sight
    In his mind, beauty

    My mirror says “red”
    But I know deep in my heart
    It will be perfect


  114. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:44 pm

    Marisa has shown
    Her poetic nature here
    Will she show it round? 🙂


  115. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:45 pm

    Kim, spare us, oh please
    Do not start Anna on puns
    She will never stop!


  116. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:46 pm

    Cassondra awoke
    Her slumbering poetress
    English teachers – pah! (sorry, Jo Mama!)


  117. Dianna
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:49 pm

    auburn will mellow
    make a warm brown in two weeks
    hubs will still see red 😀


  118. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:51 pm

    Haiku rules the day
    I see you are still at it
    But much I wonder

    Oh great haiku-ess
    Why write you not comedy?
    Aristophanes!


  119. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:53 pm

    Offend you me not
    With lines in prepositions
    That jar at the end!


  120. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:55 pm

    Maria Lokken
    Beware the doo da, doo da
    Addictive Races…


  121. Dianna
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:56 pm

    Anna
    limerick is fun
    but I cannot do so well
    enjoy the show though!


  122. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:57 pm

    Actually, Kim, if it’s Claiming the Bandita I’m starring in, can I be kidnapped by the Duke of Smilemore?


  123. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:58 pm

    Comedy, my heart
    And very soul doth spew it
    Yet who will buy it?

    Slaves to the market
    Unless you are SEP
    No one will touch it!


  124. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:58 pm

    Aristophanes?
    Five syllables for him, wow!
    It’s all Greek to me.


  125. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:59 pm

    Point to take note of
    Haiku must have season in
    The lines somewhere

    And along with that
    An emotional impact
    To make an haiku.

    Hey, I’m just saying. Them’s the rules.


  126. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 3:59 pm

    Dianna the fire
    May glow in our hearth and home
    All the winter long! 😉


  127. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:00 pm

    Oh, my dear Marisa!
    Your poem was a teaser!
    Methinks you write a pleaser!


  128. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:01 pm

    Maria, what do you doo dah? Just booked San Francisco. After paying all that money, think I need to go bet on the BAY!!!


  129. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:01 pm

    Ah, Anna, my friend,
    methinks you do mix the Bard
    with the dead Greek guy.


  130. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:03 pm

    Haven, if you love
    Alpha males and billionaires
    Try Presents once more!

    My Jennie Lucas
    Good friend awesome writer
    Is new to Presents

    Also Annie West
    CP of Anna Campbell
    Writes for them as well!


  131. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:03 pm

    Pobre, mi Caren,
    Comedy no longer rules
    Talent without pay!


  132. Dianna
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:05 pm

    English teacher speaks
    season do vary so much
    Which one do we choose?

    Aussies so very hot
    Northern states so very, very cold
    Emotion delighted?


  133. jo robertson
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:05 pm

    JoMama Break Time
    A nap she must quickly take
    Back later, refreshed!


  134. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:06 pm

    Season in the haiku, huh?

    My winter soul sighs
    colder than Hades river
    think I’ll play some Styxx

    (hehehe…take that you punsters!)


  135. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:07 pm

    Caren wrote:
    Nature is missing
    From our Bandita haikus
    Yet, who misses it? *eg*

    Jo, we are aware
    Only hotties are nature
    On the blog today 🙂


  136. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:09 pm

    Ack, Suzanne, say no!
    The punsters will rule the day
    With their tricksy tongues!


  137. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:10 pm

    Suz, hate to say it, but that haiku was almost beautiful! You’re showing the rest of us up, Bandita! Get in line and do ten pushups!


  138. Suzanne Welsh
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:11 pm

    Anna, that’s only because I slept since last posting!


  139. Dianna
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:12 pm

    Suzanne you rock girl
    Libra mind could not choose one
    Seasons are mixed here


  140. Marisa
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:38 pm

    JO ROBERTSON WROTE:Point to take note of
    Haiku must have season in
    The lines somewhere

    And along with that
    An emotional impact
    To make an haiku.

    Hey, I’m just saying. Them’s the rules.

    What up with that? I’ve been haikuing all day and now I find out we have to have seasons AND an emotional impact. Yikes-o-rama.


  141. KJ Howe
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:48 pm

    Leaving frozen north
    for sizzling Puerto Rico
    makes me smile big time!

    Okay, I tried to follow those rules about seasons and emotions. 🙂 Thanks to Caren and Karen for kicking off the Bandits visit to RNTV.
    You guys are just fantastic! I look forward to Donna and I joining you next week from the sunny south!

    KJ Howe


  142. Christie Kelley
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 4:50 pm

    Okay, Caren…

    I have no time to rhyme
    because I am on deadline.


  143. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:08 pm

    I say poo to you
    JoMama on emotion
    Subjective that is

    We all agreed yes
    Coffee beans and men are both
    of a nature kin

    So to many rules
    I say a rebel poo poo
    I can feel the love.


  144. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:11 pm

    It is frozen here
    Gives me time to sit and think
    How to kill someone

    Our day is the next
    And murder is the subject
    Sharpen all your knives

    So how did I do
    At shameless self promotion
    Of tomorrow’s blog?


  145. Fedora
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:33 pm

    Even leaves bow down
    Before your mighty power
    Caren, you amaze!

    All of you slay me
    With the poems you create
    How can I compete? 😉

    What an amazing kickoff to the Banditas invasion, eh? 🙂 And new hair to boot, Caren!


  146. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 5:34 pm

    Cassondra, I’m there!
    Who is your partner in Crime?
    Do I hear a snork?

    Shameless works for me!
    Hiding lights under a bushell?
    The world is left dark.

    Kim, looking forward to the post from sunny Puerto Rico! Makes me want to burst into West Side Story. What can I say? I was brought up on show tunes!


  147. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:02 pm

    Oh, Foanna dear
    It is Duchesse Jeanne A
    who will blog with me

    Deadly girls we are
    Rigor mortis guaranteed
    Best you be here then

    Jeanne Adams knows
    how to hide a body well
    Bring your questions all


  148. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:07 pm

    With haiku I’m done
    For today at least you see
    Chicken I must roast

    Potatoes await
    I must peel and then cook peas
    What wine shall I choose?

    Husband he is home
    Alas I have haiku’d long
    Now the hour is late

    But tomorrow comes
    Cannot wait for it to start
    Mayhem will ensue


  149. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:11 pm

    And hey, JO! I haiku’d about bodies…life, death, life, death…that’s seasonal…kinda…..

    And natural…at least if you don’t embalm ’em.


  150. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:31 pm

    Cassondra I see
    In the future for you a
    Nice petite syrah!


  151. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:33 pm

    Fedora, so sweet,
    Our poems are but blown leaves
    In the autumn wind (pfffft to you, Jo!)

    Red is the color
    Of the leaves as they become
    Just like my new hair!


  152. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:36 pm

    KJ makes me long
    For trips to faraway lands
    And beds not my own (hey, wash your brain out, I meant hotels!)

    Africa last month
    Puerto Rico coming up
    Is she ever home?

    It makes one wonder,
    How does she afford all that?
    A sugar daddy? =:0


  153. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:39 pm

    Jeanne the Duchess
    Cassondra the vampire girl
    Both mighty deadly

    Visit tomorrow
    To talk about cadavers
    Make them, then hide them

    Cassondra makes them
    Jeanne figures out best way
    To stash cold remains *brr*


  154. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:40 pm

    Christie your deadline
    Is harsh and unforgiving
    Your rhyme was lovely!


  155. Christine Wells
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:46 pm

    Haiku, tricky form
    Now I know how Shakespeare felt
    Too many rules here


  156. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:50 pm

    Hey, I’m haiku’d out. Wanted to thank everyone for an amazing day! You’ve all been fantastic and I can’t believe how clever some of the rhymes have been! Don’t forget to check back to see who won the prize – Kim, I guess we can put that on the Banditas thread on the Bulletin Board, yes? And come back and visit tomorrow when Cassondra and Jeanne see dead people! Mwahahahahaha!

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anna x


  157. Christine Wells
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:51 pm

    Posh, tired you must be
    Splendid haiku have you made
    Sound like Yoda, I do.


  158. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:58 pm

    Christine, think did I
    That Yoda I might sound like
    Using just haiku

    Indeed, close I was
    Maybe Yoda’s first cousin?
    But day waning is 🙂


  159. Christine Wells
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:58 pm

    There was a young girl called Foanna…
    Thanks so much for a great day, Anna and Caren!! A wonderful start to the bandit raid!


  160. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 6:59 pm

    Evening is still young
    Anna is double hostess
    Spreading self too thin!


  161. p226
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:14 pm

    No writer am I!
    Humbled by Bandita skills
    Inspiring indeed

    To pick up the pen?
    To pour it onto the page?
    A quandry no doubt.


  162. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 7:39 pm

    P226 your
    Presence here is so divine
    Thank you for playing!

    Both Anna and I
    Have reps that will haunt us now
    Everywhere we go!

    People will shudder
    And count on their fingers when
    We get up and speak!

    Your prose on RB
    Typed at lightning speed, I hear
    Was thrilling to read!


  163. Caren Crane
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 8:03 pm

    Goodnight, sweet readers
    Work waits for me tomorrow
    Tonight I must sleep

    Thanks RNTV
    For a wild and woolly day
    Full of fun and games

    Morning will bring you
    A brand new crop of Bandits
    Full of darkish mirth

    Stay tuned…


  164. Kim
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 9:04 pm

    Caren and Anna, thanks so much for kicking the invasion off to such a great start! We’ve all had a bang up time with you today.

    I’m still waiting on my pun….


  165. Anna Campbell
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:16 pm

    Kim, we’ve had a ball. Thanks again for having us over. Um, do you want an iced pun or a cinnamon pun? OK, OK, that was terrible – pun-itive action should be taken immediately!

    Anna


  166. cassondra
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 10:57 pm

    As it is written in Bandita land….SNORK!


  167. Keira Soleore
    on Jan 21st, 2008
    @ 11:36 pm

    You all amaze me!! Loved reading all the haikus, limmericks, rhymes, puns, bons mots, and whatnots.


  168. Liz Carlyle
    on Jan 22nd, 2008
    @ 8:13 am

    Caren flame-haired friend
    My head hurts so wickedly
    Haiku not for me

    This only for you
    Ask not for whom haiku tolls
    Yes, it tolls for thee


  169. Sabrina Jeffries
    on Jan 22nd, 2008
    @ 12:16 pm

    Anna and Caren,
    Be glad you are my good friends.
    Or I would kill you.

    I agree with Liz C
    Haiku is surely not ME
    But we love you both.

    So here we both are
    To greet your haiku debut
    With ceremony!


  170. Maureen
    on Jan 23rd, 2008
    @ 3:55 pm

    Hello Romance Banidts
    Here at Romance T.V.
    What a great week.


  171. Caren Crane
    on Jan 24th, 2008
    @ 6:43 am

    Well done, everyone!
    NYT bestsellers have
    No need for haiku

    You wow us with prose
    Far beyond simple poems
    Go, write more great books!


  172. Sena
    on Jan 24th, 2008
    @ 7:24 pm

    To be up this late
    will get me into trouble
    oh, but its worth it.

    When surrounded by
    such fun writers and authors
    you guys make my day.

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