Here’s a hint (and particularly true if you are in the doldrums but even if not). If you worry whether you are doing haiku wrong, don’t do them. They are the single most worthless form (IN ENGLISH!!!). Asking an American to write a decent haiku is like asking an Hungarian to make a decent lumpiang sariwa. Ain't gonna happen. Either take the time to learn Japanese (yeah, right...) or go on about your business with other writing. You’ll feel MUCH better. I promise. OR...when you try to write them, just don't THINK OF THEM AS HAIKU. Problem solved!

See? Aren't you glad you know me?