Happy (Belated) International Haiku Day

Happy (Belated) International Haiku Day, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Haiku, poetry, free books, entropy
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International Haiku Day was 17 April, which unfortunately coincided with Easter this year. Figuring that most of my readers would be otherwise occupied, I decided to extend the poetry appreciation an extra week and post about International Haiku Day today instead.

Haiku is some of my favourite poetry to write (and read). In my experience, being forced to limit yourself to a small number of words or syllables is one of the best exercises in creativity (and let’s face it, there are longer works that feel like mostly filler).

What kind of poetry do you enjoy reading/writing? Share in the comments…

Entropy

Withered petals, dry,

crumbling. Just ashes and dust.

You are forgotten. 

Aspasía S. Bissas

Poetry not your thing? Check out my fiction…

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If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Find out more about International Haiku Day: https://thehaikufoundation.org/events/international-haiku-poetry-day/

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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10 Ways to Be Creative This Weekend

10 Ways to Be Creative This Weekend, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Creativity
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Is anyone else feeling stuck lately? It could be winter blahs. It could be two years of mostly staying home and not being able to go anywhere fun or interesting. Or maybe it’s just something everyone goes through once in a while. Whatever the reason, if you’re feeling meh, you can bring back a bit of the spark by injecting some creativity into your day. Give these a try…

Dance

Put on some music and, as the saying goes, dance like no one’s watching. It’ll get you energized and maybe even spark some inspiration.

10 Ways to Be Creative This Weekend, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Creativity, Umbrella Academy, Tiffany, I think we're alone now, dance gif, dancing gif

Cook

Skip the recipes and see what you can put together with what you already have on hand. If cooking’s not your thing, order in and get something you’ve never tried.

Play

Break out a creative or problem-solving game– basically anything that involves active participation instead of just following instructions. RPGs (like D&D) are perfect for this, although you generally need at least three people and a few hours to get the best experience.

Doodle

Blank paper + the writing tool of your choice. Don’t overthink it– just scribble away.

10 Ways to Be Creative This Weekend, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Creativity, Buffy, Willow, A doodle. I do doodle. You too. You do doodle too.

Photograph

Go for a walk or just wander around the house until you find something that catches your eye. Try to get as many different photos of one object as you can.

Daydream

Let your mind wander and see where it goes.

Redecorate

Rearrange the furniture in a room, or plan out your dream house. See the potential in your space.

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Repurpose

If there’s something around the house you’ve been thinking of getting rid of, see if you can figure out how to improve it or find a new way to use it.

Compare

Pick (or have someone pick for you) two random things (e.g., a bear and a pair of socks). List everything you can think of that the two have in common (like, a bear and socks are both fuzzy).

Sing, with a Twist

Pick a song and make up new lyrics for it. You can write them down if you want, but it’s more fun to make them up as you go. The lyrics don’t have to be deep– sing about what you’re making for dinner or about your pets or how you’re feeling at that moment.

At its heart creativity is all about seeing things in a new way. Have fun and don’t overthink or self-edit. It probably won’t solve your problems, but being creative can set you free.

What do you do to stop feeling stuck? Share in the comments…

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If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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.

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo
Credit photo: Instagram.com/debrartist
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:

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

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

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

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

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. author portrait, edgar allan poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. sylvia plath
Sylvia Plath via instagram @movegatattoos

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

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. hermann hesse
Artist: Pawel Indulski

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

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

…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:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. books and tea
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…

Looking for your next read? Download Love Lies Bleeding (there’s an unusual tattoo featured in it too)…

Aspasia S. Bissas books: Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Magic, Tooth & Claw, book, books, free book, free books, freebies, freebie, free ebook, free ebooks, vampire, vampires, dark fantasy, dark romance, historical fiction, gothic fiction, gothic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, horror, dark reads, indie author, indie fiction, strong female protagonist, aspasiasbissas.com

Love Lies Bleeding: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books
FREE Blood Magic: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books
FREE Tooth & Claw: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books

If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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