Literary Ink

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos.
Photo by Dominika Roseclay on Pexels.com, The swallow is a common symbol in literature.

I don’t have any tattoos (mainly because I can never settle on a design long enough to get one), but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate some attractive ink, especially when there’s meaning behind it. These book lovers did settle on a design, and they picked ones that reflected their love of the literary. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or just interested in seeing what others have done, enjoy…

Although I think watercolour-style tattoos probably don’t age well, they’re absolutely beautiful when they’re fresh.

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Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

I’m not usually a fan of quote tattoos, but this Little Prince one has my full approval:

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The clean lines and simple design of this Clockwork Orange tattoo evoke the book’s cover perfectly:

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Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. a clockwork orange, anthony burgess

Nancy Drew is pure nostalgia for me. This silhouette tattoo is beautifully done:

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Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. book covers, carolyn keene, nancy drew

Some have gotten portraits of favourite authors:

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Edgar Allan Poe
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Sylvia Plath via instagram @movegatattoos

I’ve never read any of Hermann Hesse’s writing, but this is a great tattoo:

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Artist: Pawel Indulski

I think these do a lovely job of expressing how books can open worlds to a reader…

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…or how it feels to get lost in a good book…

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

And you can’t go wrong with including other things you love:

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Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. cat, wine, books, watercolor tattoo

Which one is your favourite? Do you have a literary (or other) tattoo? Share in the comments…

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Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

The Writer’s Tag: Take Two

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It’s been a while since I posted a tag, and I thought it would be fun to revisit an old one and see if anything has changed. If you’re curious about what I (or writers in general) do, this post is for you…

What Type of Writing Do You Do?

Novels are still my favourite way to express myself, although short fiction is growing on me. I also enjoy getting poetic when the mood strikes. For non fiction, I love being able to share my thoughts and passions in a blog post.

What genres/topics do you write about?

It’s funny because for the longest time I read either horror or literary/classic fiction almost exclusively, and that was what I tended to write. But in recent years I’ve been increasingly drawn to fantasy, especially anything involving magic or non-human characters. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person (maybe just that I’m a recovering English Major), but I think it’s safe to say my writing from now on will mostly be in the realm of dark/urban fantasy.

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How long have you been writing?

Most of my life, although I’ve taken a few long breaks. Even before I ever wrote anything down, I would tell myself stories to help me fall asleep (something I still do), or just to pass the time.

Are you published?

Since you asked…

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What was the first story you ever wrote?

Although it’s not the first story I wrote, it’s the first one I remember that made an impression. In grade 6, we were given an assignment to write a modern re-telling of a fairy tale. I went with Red Riding Hood. I’ve forgotten most of it now, but it had something to do with Red smuggling drugs in her basket (I believe the wolf was a cop). I didn’t think it was anything special, but my teacher did. He came to see my parents and told them to never let me stop writing. I wasn’t exactly planning my career at that age, but I’m pretty sure that was the moment when some part of me decided that I would be a writer. Thanks, Mr. Coyne!

Why do you write?

To quote my answer from the last time I did this tag: I don’t feel I have much of a choice. That’s what I love, it’s what I’m good at, and it’s what I feel I was meant to do.

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How do you find time to write?

How does anyone find the time to work, or to do anything else that matters to them?

When and where is the best time/place to write?

Morning or early afternoon, somewhere comfortable, quiet, and without distraction (she said, staring pointedly at her cats).

Favorite foods/drinks while writing?

I don’t eat while writing, and if I drink anything, it’s usually water or tea. And people say writing isn’t exciting.

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Your writing playlist?

Silence. See above re: the excitement of being a writer. But seriously, music interferes with the rhythm of your writing, and the lyrics get into your head, and probably onto the page without you even realizing it. The people who can work with music or the TV on have some kind of super power.

What do friends/family think of you writing?

I think most of them wonder what I do all day. But the rest are encouraging/supportive, and that’s what matters.

What parts of writing do you enjoy the most?

My answer from last time hasn’t changed: I love it when the words come together and flow out of you. Best feeling in the world. (It’s also pretty satisfying when you’re stuck and finally figure out the perfect solution).

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Parts of writing you find challenging?

Writing quickly is impossible for me, and we live in a world where people expect endless new content. If anything ever makes me quit, it’ll be that.

What do you write with/on?

I used to write first drafts by hand, and I’d love to get back to that– but I’m slow enough as it is. Now everything goes straight onto my laptop, unless I get some unexpected inspiration– then I use my phone to get it down before I forget.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Lately this isn’t as much of a problem as lack of focus. But when I do get stuck, I’ll think about it, or push it to the back of my mind, while I do other things. That usually gets results. Talking about it with my partner also helps a lot. I think the worst thing to do for writers block is to stress over it and try to force a solution.

How do you motivate yourself to write?

A combination of deadlines and anxiety can be extremely motivating! But the truth is, if you’re not into it, nothing will motivate you. The best motivation is passion.

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Author(s) who inspired you to become a writer?

I don’t think there was any one specific author who inspired me to become a writer, but there were a few who inspired my love of stories, reading, and books, so thank you to Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum.

Writing goals this year?

This year is almost over, but my goal for 2022 is to publish my next novel! Watch this space…

Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?

Keep going, don’t give up, and it’s never too late (now I just have to keep following that advice…)

Do you have any questions, comments, or thoughts on writing? Share in the comments…

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

PS: Happy World Kindness Day! Much ♥ to everyone online and off who has shown me so much kindness and support. You guys rock!

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