Month: October 2020

The Zone: No. 3 – Oct 29, 2020

  1. Welcome To The Zone!
  2. The Zone: No. 2 – Oct 22, 2020
  3. The Zone: No. 3 – Oct 29, 2020
  4. The Zone: No.4 – Nov 5, 2020
  5. The Zone: No. 5 – Nov 12, 2021
  6. The Zone: No. 6 – Nov 19, 2020
  7. The Zone: No. 7 – Nov 26, 2020
  8. The Zone: No. 8 – Dec 3, 2020
  9. The Zone: No. 9 – Dec 10, 2020
  10. The Zone: No. 10 – Dec 17, 2020
  11. The Zone: No. 11, Dec 31, 2020 – Special Edition
  12. The Zone: No. 12 – Jan 7, 2020
  13. The Zone: No. 13 – Jan 14, 2020
Logo of the Zone: black on orange background. Logo design by Mihaela Limberea.

Chromaesthesia, an all-pink apartment, writing advice from Mary Karr, and more in this installment of The Zone.


  • Israeli artist Michal Levy has a condition called chromaesthesia, a form of synesthesia, in which sounds and music provoke visuals. She turned John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” & Bach’s “Prelude in C Major” into musical animations, and the results are amazing.
  • An all-pink apartment! What a perfect spot for a vacation. Huge Instagram potential for those interested.
  • See how Charles Bridge in Prague was built in the 14th century in a short animation here. Amazing.
  • How different classical cameras click sounds. This made me think about my dad’s old Russian Zenit; a madeleine cake of sound.
  • Cartographer Sean Convey transforms vintage maps into prints that look like 3D relief maps. I’m seriously thinking about ordering this Australia map.
  • A song I’m listening to: Jai-Jagdeesh In Dreams from the album Of Heaven & Earth (2013),

Quote I’m Pondering

After a lifetime of hounding authors for advice, I’ve heard three truths from every mouth: (1) Writing is painful—it’s “fun” only for novices, the very young, and hacks; (2) other than a few instances of luck, good work only comes through revision; (3) the best revisers often have reading habits that stretch back before the current age, which lends them a sense of history and raises their standards for quality.

Mary Karr

From My Photo Archives

Pumpkins
Pumpkins, Munich (Germany), November 2018

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Haiku Tuesday: Along This Road

A small path in the woods.

Along this road

Goes no one;

This autumn evening.

by Matsuo Basho 

Basho (1644-1694) is the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.



The Zone: No. 2 – Oct 22, 2020

  1. Welcome To The Zone!
  2. The Zone: No. 2 – Oct 22, 2020
  3. The Zone: No. 3 – Oct 29, 2020
  4. The Zone: No.4 – Nov 5, 2020
  5. The Zone: No. 5 – Nov 12, 2021
  6. The Zone: No. 6 – Nov 19, 2020
  7. The Zone: No. 7 – Nov 26, 2020
  8. The Zone: No. 8 – Dec 3, 2020
  9. The Zone: No. 9 – Dec 10, 2020
  10. The Zone: No. 10 – Dec 17, 2020
  11. The Zone: No. 11, Dec 31, 2020 – Special Edition
  12. The Zone: No. 12 – Jan 7, 2020
  13. The Zone: No. 13 – Jan 14, 2020
Logo of the Zone: black on orange background. Logo design by Mihaela Limberea.

How storyboarding works, The Social Dilemma, cute squirrels and more in this installment of The Zone.


  • A must-see documentary on Netflix: The Social Dilemma. We tweet, we like, and we share — but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. Watch the trailer and learn more here.
  • How storyboarding works. Storyboarding is normally used in movie making, helping visualize the movie in advance, and this is what this article is about. However, I know that some writers use storyboarding as well and I’m thinking about trying it out for my SF novel. I’m a very visual person (photography as a medium came to me naturally), and I think about books in this way too. So using a storyboard when plotting should be helpful, don’t you think?

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An Old Tree Was Felled …

  1. The Rising Moon
  2. Tonight’s Moon
  3. Cicadas’ Voices
  4. At Yamei’s House
  5. The Bleak Wind
  6. Beads Of Dew
  7. Moon-Viewing At My Hut
  8. Fallen Leaves
  9. An Old Tree Was Felled …
  10. The Autumn Tempest
  11. Autumn Is Advanced
  12. To Ransetsu
  13. In Imitation of Kaku’s Haiku on Knotgrass and a Firefly
  14. On the Death of Issho
  15. Ice and Water
  16. The Lark
  17. The First Snow
  18. The Moon Of Tonight
  19. The Chanting of Buddhist Prayers
  20. Lightning

An old tree was felled …

Echoing, dark echoing

Thunder in the hills.

Meisetsu Naito (1847 – 1926)


Said A Blade Of Grass

Said a blade of grass to an autumn leaf, ”You make such a noise falling! You scatter all my winter dreams!”

Said the leaf indignant, ”Low-born and low-dwelling! Songless, peevish thing! You live not in the upper air and you cannot tell the sound of singing.”

Then the autumn leaf lay down upon the earth and slept. And when spring came she waked again – and she was a blade of grass.

And when it was autumn and her winter sleep was upon her, and above her through all the air the leaves were falling, she muttered to herself, ”O these autumn leaves! They make such noise! They scatter all my winter dreams.”

Kahlil Gibran (1883- 1931)



Welcome To The Zone!

  1. Welcome To The Zone!
  2. The Zone: No. 2 – Oct 22, 2020
  3. The Zone: No. 3 – Oct 29, 2020
  4. The Zone: No.4 – Nov 5, 2020
  5. The Zone: No. 5 – Nov 12, 2021
  6. The Zone: No. 6 – Nov 19, 2020
  7. The Zone: No. 7 – Nov 26, 2020
  8. The Zone: No. 8 – Dec 3, 2020
  9. The Zone: No. 9 – Dec 10, 2020
  10. The Zone: No. 10 – Dec 17, 2020
  11. The Zone: No. 11, Dec 31, 2020 – Special Edition
  12. The Zone: No. 12 – Jan 7, 2020
  13. The Zone: No. 13 – Jan 14, 2020
Logo of the Zone: black on orange background. Logo design by Mihaela Limberea.

Welcome to The Zone, my happy place on the world wide web! Let’s dive into this week’s catch, shall we?


  • A video explaining how the days of the week got their names, something that the language nerd in me always enjoys (an etymologic dictionary is on my Christmas wish list).
  • Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation film studio that gave the world such gems as Spirited Away or My Neighbour Totoro, lets you download for free 400 images from eight of their classic films. They also released for free hundreds of frames for video-chat backgrounds.
  • Whimsical miniature worlds fit for mice created by the Swedish art collective AnonyMouse.
  • Melancholia, a playlist perfectly suited for writing. Or autumn.

Quote I’m Pondering

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.

 Jessica Hische, American illustrator

From My Photo Archives

Foggy trees in the autumn in Switzerland, photo by Mihaela Limberea
Winterthur, Switzerland November 2018

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Fallen Leaves

  1. The Rising Moon
  2. Tonight’s Moon
  3. Cicadas’ Voices
  4. At Yamei’s House
  5. The Bleak Wind
  6. Beads Of Dew
  7. Moon-Viewing At My Hut
  8. Fallen Leaves
  9. An Old Tree Was Felled …
  10. The Autumn Tempest
  11. Autumn Is Advanced
  12. To Ransetsu
  13. In Imitation of Kaku’s Haiku on Knotgrass and a Firefly
  14. On the Death of Issho
  15. Ice and Water
  16. The Lark
  17. The First Snow
  18. The Moon Of Tonight
  19. The Chanting of Buddhist Prayers
  20. Lightning
Close up of fallen autumn leaves

In his absence the god’s garden

Is neglected, dead leaves piling.

Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694)  

Matsuo Basho was the most famous poet of the Edo period and a haiku master.



The Sea! The Sea!

The sea and beach strawn with sea shells at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The Sea! The Sea!

The beach strawn with sea shells at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Sea sheels at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Close up of the beach at Noordwijk, The Netherlands, a wave and sea shells.
Sea shells on a sandy beach at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.



Moon-Viewing At My Hut

  1. The Rising Moon
  2. Tonight’s Moon
  3. Cicadas’ Voices
  4. At Yamei’s House
  5. The Bleak Wind
  6. Beads Of Dew
  7. Moon-Viewing At My Hut
  8. Fallen Leaves
  9. An Old Tree Was Felled …
  10. The Autumn Tempest
  11. Autumn Is Advanced
  12. To Ransetsu
  13. In Imitation of Kaku’s Haiku on Knotgrass and a Firefly
  14. On the Death of Issho
  15. Ice and Water
  16. The Lark
  17. The First Snow
  18. The Moon Of Tonight
  19. The Chanting of Buddhist Prayers
  20. Lightning
A black and white photo of the moon

Oh, glorious moon! I strolled

Around the pond all night long.

Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694)  was the most famous poet of the Edo period and a haiku master.