Italy... Pinerest... Word Pictures, etc

Monday, 16 January 2012


When writing stories (especially period, historical or fantasy stories, of by gone days), do you ever find it hard to imagine how things, people and settings look like? The problem is, if you find it hard, your readers will even find it harder! Well, I often fall into that struggle. Having heard often that using pictures while writing helps you create an idea of how things ought to look like, and then it becomes easier to translate that into words on paper made me want to try it out. The only thing was, I couldn't find any proper images of the Ancient Roman period, both for people, buildings and landscapes on the Internet so it got quite frustrating. Well, yesterday I discovered Pinerest, and some amazing images of Italy, that just stir my imagination for my book, The Crown of Life. They were truly beautiful! (p.s. a character list of The Crown of Life, with image profiles will be coming soon as well Lord willing). Enjoy!

I love the earthy and archaic feel of this scene. Don't you?

WOW! I don't know how I'd like living up there.... 

I love this balcony scene, the flowers are so lovely

This isn't 'Ancient' but I love it all the same <3

This must be the room where the Romans had their dinner or something, or it could have been a bedroom :).

Romantic, eh? Positively Italian! (don't ask me why, it just is)


b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l

Hope you enjoyed those images of Italy. They certainly have given pictures to floating, random words in my head. I can imagine Marcellus and Claudia fleeing the Praetorian Guards on horseback near those jagged cliffs by the sea above, or the peace and serenity of those quiet country villages up in the Italian countryside as a perfect setting for the Claudia to meet... Oops! I mustn't say anymore, or I will ruin the story for you :)...

Anyway, I thought it might be nice to share that. And I know I should be definitely doing something beside blogging right now... I have at least two or three e-mails to reply to, plus I want to write a little in The Crown of Life before the day is over. So, bye for now!


"I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." Psalm 18: 1, 2 KJV

8 sweet note(s):

  1. Wow. Those pictures are exquisite. I would love to go to Italy some day....

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  2. Oh, Wow, Joy! These pictures are really amazing! Italy is beautiful indeed. I'd love visit it someday:)
    Surely this would inspire you in your story. Keep going, dear sister:)

    Cheers:)
    Sarah

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  3. Dear Joy,

    These pictures are beautiful. You must have enjoyed discovering them, as I have enjoyed looking! Thanks for sharing. It will be great to read more about 'The Crown of Life' soon, Lord willing!
    Love,
    Maddy

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  4. Hey Dakota,

    I'd like to visit Italy one day too =D. Pinerest has some amazing images too.

    Love,
    ~Joy

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  5. Sarah, I immediately loved those pictures too. As I said to Dakota, I'd love to visit as well... all in the Lord's time :). Thank you for your encouragement <3

    I love you!

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  6. Dearest Maddy,

    Those pictures are lovely indeed, aren't they. Thank you so much, I hope to soon post something about The Crown of Life :), Lord willing.

    In His love,
    ~Joy

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  7. Joy,

    Hi! My name is...Joy! :) I found your blog through Lucia from Lucia, Etc.

    My mama and I are on Pinterest...we love it! So many neat ideas and picures on there!

    Can't wait to hear about your book. The fourth picture in your post would make a good scene for a mysterious night scene, I think. :) And that last picture is beautiful!

    I'm writing a book, too--mine is based in a Chinese orphanage.

    God bless you!
    Joy :D

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  8. Hello Joy,

    It was lovely to 'meet' you. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment =D. It is rare to see others having the name "joy" as a first name, isn't it!

    I didn't know what Pinerest was until by accident I entered the site and well... I loved it! The pictures are really lovely there.

    Thank you very much, I look forward to sharing more about The Crown of Life in the near future. Your story sounds really interesting. What is its name?

    In His love,
    ~Joy

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