Haikus on Pinterest

Let’s start this post with a side note: the plural of “haiku” is “haiku”. Very few people acknowledge that though, so I always say “haikus”. That’s what you’ll find in this post.

Now let’s get on with it.

One of my Pinterest boards now has original haikus by me!

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As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the video game Morrowind. I have a Pinterest board of beautiful scenes from the game, especially from the graphics overhaul version, and these gorgeous scenes inspired me so much that I wrote haikus to go with them. See the gallery here. Some images have one haiku while others have more than one. I tried to stick with the subject of nature for the most part, since that’s what haikus were originally meant to be about. That’s a post for another time.

Hope you enjoy these snapshots of beauty!

Black and White Film Micro-Reviews

I have a new endeavor! Just a mini endeavor, but I’m now doing micro-reviews of black and white films on my Pinterest page. Each pin includes the name of the film, year, main cast (usually two to three people), a “star” rating, and the reasons I liked and disliked it – all in something that will take you about 10 seconds to read. Just another way to hone the ol’ writing skills with fitting word choice and only the most important facts. I’m also an absolute old film addict, so this is the most productive outlet for my obsession.

Check it out here.

Hope you enjoy!

NaNoWriMo 2014 – I’m in!

I’ve been wanting to participate in NaNoWriMo for a couple of years now, but I haven’t had a second to spare. I know a lot of people say that, and the usual response is, “You have to MAKE time!”, but sometimes there truly isn’t any time to make. I’ve felt happy for the people who participated, enjoyed watching their journeys and hearing how exciting and stressful (the good kind) it is, but I also kept feeling that tug of “when am I going to get to do this?” So this year, I finally put aside everything else, turned down some opportunities, and am participating! YAY!

Baking tests have been done. I'm now ready to write.

Baking tests have been done. I’m now ready to write.

I’m all set with a novel idea (pun intended) and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve already begun making some notes in a gorgeous, inspirational notebook I’m sure you’ll see on Twitter soon. I’ve started a Pinterest board that has inspirations and historically accurate bits and bobs from the Victorian era I’ll need. I’ll reveal the official title of the book in the next couple of days as well as a working cover (if that’s not a real thing, it will be now). Scrivener is set up with some character information and scene ideas ready and waiting. Research books have been acquired. An entire writing getaway weekend has been planned. I’m really into this.

In case you’re a fellow NaNoWriMo-ist, connect with me and let’s be writing buddies! My name on there is simply Christie Stratos, no unusual screen name, no weird spacing. I’m looking forward to meeting some new writing peeps.

I’ll be blogging about my experience as well as regularly tweeting (@ChristieStratos), so keep in touch there too.

**If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, check it out here and join in the fun!**