So, yes, Pinterest! I’d not payed it a huge amount of attention, previously dismissing it as scrapbooking for the internet, but I think I’ve found its usefulness for me: mood boarding.
I’m quite a fan of the idea of a mood board going hand-in-hand with the making of notes when I’m writing, and Pinterest seems to have been specifically designed for this. Not only that, but as I develop the habit further, linking images from pages and research repositories that I want to use for stories will combine the two processes beautifully.
More immediately, though, I’m looking at how having a mood board for Season of the Macabre is a new and interesting way of presenting the whole range of motifs and imagery that arise in the book, visual excerpts, in which each story has the opportunity to shine. It’s like having dozens of covers with which to make a connection with the prospective reader. What’s better, once people have read the book they can extend that visual summary by suggesting more images to me for the mood board, like an pictorial review.
I’m loving it, but it’s distracting me utterly from the new book today, so I need to stop now and let it grow more organically. But I am going to start a new board, privately at first, for the new book — currently going by the title, “The Spirit of a Thousand Days” — so I can establish a look and feel for the world I’m creating. It begins with one of the images from the Season of the Macabre board, because the novel was born of the story “Yule” which appears in the anthology. And it’s a doozy, easily deserving of a repeat appearance. It’s called “Wild Dog” and it’s by an artist called Corinne Reid, whose wonderful, witty and macabre works at corinnereid.com and on the Society 6 art site are well worth a look, especially if you love Japanese art and mythology.@Rinfishe