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Welcome! This is mainly a photo blog, but I couldn't resist adding my other interest - literature, and poetry in special. Hunting down the best photograph to accompany a poem is a challenge I love. I hope you will enjoy it too!

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Haiku Tuesday: Departing Spring

Reflections by Mihaela Limberea

I have caught up departing Spring

Here at the Bay of Waka-no-ura.

by Basho

Translation by Asataro Miyamori

We Are Buried In Broken Dreams

Orange Bakgrund - Version6

I can’t believe it’s Friday again, this week has passed by at lightspeed. Let’s have a look at some favorite things I found on the big internet, shall we? 


Favorite Artist: Ruelle, the stage name of Margaret "Maggie” Eckford,  American electronic pop singer-songwriter. 

Favorite Ruelle Song 1: The Other Side. The title of this post comes from this song.

Favorite Ruelle Song 2: I Get To Love You. Ruelle wrote this song for her own wedding.

Vasco da Gama Bridge by Marius Kastečkas on

Favorite Photo: Vasco da Gama Bridge by Marius Kastečkas

Favorite ”Behind the Scenes” Video: The Art Assignment on Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Did you find something you liked? Let me know in the comments!

Haiku Tuesday: The Skylark

Green Leaves by Mihaela Limberea

The lark sings through the long spring day,

But never enough for its hearts’ content.

by Basho

Translation by Asataro Miyamori

Head In The Dust, Feet In The Fire


It’s always such a joy discovering new music! I’ve recently stumbled over Fleurie, the stage name of Lauren Strahm, a 28-years old American. 

She has released three albums so far: Portals, 2018; Love and War, 2016; and Fear & Fable, 2016. Her songs have been featured in Marvel's Cloak & DaggerPretty Little LiarsScream, and Shadowhunters (the rabbit hole entry for me).

The post title? Head In The Dust, Feet In The Fire - it comes from the lyrics of ”Soldier” (from the album Love and War).

Haiku Tuesday: The Moon Of Tonight

Full Moon

The moon of this night makes

All fields and mountains bald.

by Ransetsu

Translation by Asataro Miyamori

The Fairest Thing We Can Experience Is The Mysterious

Millesgården, Stockholm

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a sniffed-out candle.

Albert Einstein

It Was A Hand In The Darkness And It Held A Knife


I finally found some time to listen to Neil Gaiman talking to Tim Ferriss in ”The Tim Ferriss Show” (a podcast that I highly recommend, it’s one of my favorite podcasts). The interview is almost two hours long and I wanted to have time (and peace of mind) to really enjoy it. And take a lot of notes.

It’s always such a pleasure listening to Neil Gaiman’s hypnotically soothing voice talking about his starting out as a writer, creativity and writing, books, his friendship with Terry Pratchett, fountain pens (he writes with a fountain pen) and the New York Fountain Pen Hospital (yes, there’s such a thing, the place to go if you want to buy a new fountain pen, or repair the one you have).

I have included below a few points that have resonated with me. It wasn't easy, I could have gone on much longer but wanted to keep the lenght of this post manageable.

* About Ian Fleming’s writing process (yes, James Bond’s creator), who didn’t like writing. His method? Lock yourself up in a not too good hotel, in a not too good room in a town you don’t want to be in (as to avoid distractions and getting comfy), and just write ”like a fiend” until you’re done.

* Most important writing rule: you can sit here and write, or you can sit here and do nothing; but you cannot sit here and do anything else. All you are allowed to do is absolutely nothing, or write. You give yourself permission to write or not write, but you end up writing eventually as doing nothing is boring and your wandering mind will start sparkling ideas. Not having to write takes off some pressure as well.

* On first drafts: nobody is ever meant to read your first draft. That is just you telling the story to yourself.

* Setting up a Groundhog Day: writing (a novel) works best if you can do the same day over and over again. Figure out a daily practice that works for you, and repeat that day, every day, day after day after day. Austin Kleon used the same image in his new book ”Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad”: every day is a Groundhog Day. 

You can read the whole podcast transcript  (and, of course, listen to/watch  the podcast) on Tim Ferriss blog.

Neil Gaiman Quotes from the Podcast

All I’m allowed to do is absolutely nothing, or write.

What I love about that is I’m giving myself permission to write or not write, but writing is actually more interesting than doing nothing after a while. (…) I think it’s really just a solid rule for writers. You don’t have to write. You have permission to not write, but you don’t have permission to do anything else.

Part of what I discovered, particularly about being a novelist, is writing a novel works best if you can do the same day over and over again. The closer you can come to Groundhog Day, you just repeat that day. You set up a day that works for yourself. (…) I would do that day over and over and over and over. 

 I also think that the most important thing for human beings is to be aware of the change. The biggest problem we run into is going, “This is who I am, this is what I’m like. This is how I function.” while failing to notice that you don’t do that anymore

The biggest thing, looking back on it, that I learned from Terry <Pratchett> was a willingness to go forward without knowing what happens. You might know what happens next, but you don’t know what happens after that, but it’s okay because you’re a grownup and you will figure it out. 

Bonus: listen to Neil Gaiman’s audio books read by himself. Such a joy! My favorites: Art Matters (this should be handed out for free in all schools, by the way!), The Graveyard Book, and Coraline.

Complete with: Tim Ferriss interview with  Amanda Palmer (singer, songwriter, playwright, author, director, blogger and Neil Gaiman’s wife); and Austin Kleon’s A Portable Routine.

Wondering where the post title comes from? It’s a line from one of Gaiman’s old notebooks that eventually become the beginning of The Graveyard Book; Gaiman talks about its genesis in the interview.

Yesterday’s over, tomorrow may never come, there’s just today and what you can do it with it. - Austin Kleon

Haiku Tuesday: Beads Of Dew

Golden Grass - Mihaela Limberea Blog on

Beads of dew, play about

From one grass leaf to another.

by Ransetsu

Translation by Asataro Miyamori

Catching The Heart-Beat Of Life

Pen on notebook

The secret of it all is, to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment - to put things down without deliberation - without worrying about their style - without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote - wrote, wrote. No prepared pictures, no elaborated poem, no after-narrative, could be what the thing itself is. You want to catch its first spirit - to tally its birth. By writing at the instant the very hear-beat of life is caught.

Walt Whitman on writing from the upcoming ”Walt Whitman Speaks: Final Thoughts on Life, Writing, Spirituality, and the Promise of America” (to be published by the Library of America in April). 

The New York Review of Books published the introduction (in a somewhat different form) in the April 18th issue; a good read that you can find here.

There Is No Time For Despair

Gornergrat, Switzerland by Mihaela Limberea

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. This is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge - even wisdom. Like art.

Toni Morrison

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