Thursday, March 21, 2013

A to Z Challenge , Theme Big Reveal

It's time for The Big Reveal Bloghop hosted by Mina Lobo and David Macaulay. This bloghop is for those who entered the A To Z challenge for April - which is almost here - and it means sharing the Theme for the April A To Z Challenge. So...

The Big Reveal (Hop-Within-A-Hop) 

So... here it comes: I'm going to use haibun (a classical Japanese writing form that combines text, haiku, tanka and sometimes photos) to write about a familiar place: my home town - Scornicesti, Romania. 

What's special about it? Well, the only thing remarcable about Scornicesti is the fact that Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania's dictator was born here.

This means I'm going to share photos, poems inspired by places and events that took place in Scornicesti or are related to it, also including my thoughts about the past ande present. I will also incorporate historical facts, geographic info, travel details and more.

Why did I chose this theme, you might ask. I did it because I wanted to improve the view on Scornicesti, which is unfairly presented as the gate of hell. I also think some people would like to see a great deal of pictures of Scornicesti, the hometown of Nicolae Ceausescu. It isn't a big city - actually, it barely is a city - but it has some ups, too.

The haibun was the best choice in what concerns the writing style because it allows me to switch freely between haiku, tanka, descriptive text, thoughts and pictures.

My tags for April A to Z will be:
Scornicesti, Romania, Ceausescu, Nicolae Ceausescu, history, travel, geography, photo, haibun, haiku, haiga, tanka, challence, A to Z challenge.
 
I must admit, I don't know and I'm curious how well known Scornicesti is outside Romania. feel free to tell me what and if you know about Romania, Scornicesti and Ceausescu.

PS: In April I'm also doing Haiku Heights April challenge which is designed for Ato Z Challenge, so I'll also be adding the haiku written for it in the same post.


Now that the reveal is over, my haiku for today:

Carpe Diem
March 21st, the first day of spring

Earth bowing to Sun,
same old passage ritual -
Moon and Sun - eguals.


NaHaaiWriMo
March 21st, learning, teaching

Buddha's teachings time,
ideas nurtured and grown -
shrine changed for a grove


 Have a beautiful spring!

67 comments:

  1. That's a very neat theme! Should be awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Miranda! I was so happy when I came up with the idea!

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  2. What a cool theme! I'm interested in learning more about your hometown. Happy Spring!

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    1. thanks, Christine! I hope you'll like my posts!

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  3. I've heard about Romania because of Nadia Comaneci and all the good Olympic gymnasts the country has given. Also because of Transylvania, of course. Heard a little bit about Ceausescu in a documentary. It will be nice to learn more about your country and history.

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    1. Yes, Transylvania, Dracula and Romanian althlets are the only good things peope know about Romania. It's more to it, though, and i want to share it with the world.

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  4. both haiku were great. if you have the time and enjoy making haibun, I have just the perfect writing exercise for you. it's hosted by the Pirate ^^ http://ligoeditions.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/ligo-haibun-challenge-and-we-danced/

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I already knew the site but until May I won't enter - too many competitions already and I'm also trying to work on my book. but in May I'll give it a shot since the themes are great! like now, the one about dance...

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  5. It may be the same old ritual, but it never loses its charm!

    Season by Season

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  6. Wow - what great theme.

    I know nothing about Scornicesti, nor Romania, though my ancestors come from right next door in Hungary. I do remember that Ceausescu and his wife were subjected to a hasty trial and summarily executed by firing squad.

    Your haiku are wonderful. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time doing haibun.

    Cheers!
    JzB

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    1. Yes, we have an intersting history, why not sharing with the world?

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  7. Hi, I'm glad that we both are doing poetry! I can't wait to read what you wrote and learn about a new place! Btw, I love your two haikus (-:

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  8. One season bows to another season...endlessly...

    Equinoctial Rains

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    1. isn't nature amazing? such a magic world around us...

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  9. Sounds like an interesting theme, I love learning about different places so it should be fun to read :)

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  10. I only just learned about Haibun. And, I've only just learned that most Haiku writers frown upon the 5-7-5 rule. :) so, all the haiku I've ever written is pretty much unacceptable! LOL

    Looking forward to reading about your hometown. I love learning about other places! I miss traveling! Thanks for sharing!
    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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    1. I'm a fan of classical haiku and no matter the trends (though sometimes I write a modern one to make the difference) I'm sticking to what i like. I love haibun, thanks to Basho and if he's not enough of an example of what's good (for classical haiku) then I don't know who else would be!

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    1. thanks, Jackie! i hope i'll be up to the challenge!

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  12. Sounds like this will be interesting to read!

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    1. I hope so, that's what I'm counting on because I already am sharing my thoughts and poems but to do so in a haibun form on overall theme, I'm a little nervous and excited about it, too!

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  13. A to Z is truly international! :) Cheers from Hungary :)

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    1. it is, isn't it? such a marvelous challenge!

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  14. This sounds very interesting. I know nothing about Scornicesti so this will all be new information for me. I've been interested in haibun and look forward to see how you do this.

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    1. thanks, Kristin! i've written some pieces of haibun before but never published them, so A to Z is for trying something new.

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  15. We're intrigued, and we'll be back to visit! :)

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  16. I know nothing of Romania or your city, so I look forward to photos and the different writing styles. Happy spring! Thanks for visiting me in the Big Reveal!
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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    1. It doesn't really have visibility, but it might get, soon!

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  17. Wow! This is truly outstanding idea.

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  18. I've only heard people talk about Romania but never in depth. So I'm interested in where you live!

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  19. What a creative way to highlight Scornicesti, Romania. My knowledge of Romania is limited so this will be a nice way to introduce your hometown. Looking forward to it! (:

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    1. It's a beautiful country, but unfortunately not many know that!

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  20. I am very interested... I see the beauty you are going to share!

    Jeremy [Retro] #66
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  21. That will be beautiful. Our church sponsors a pastor in Romania and it's fascinating whenever he visits us.

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    1. We have a beautiful country, a lot of history and such a wonderful tradition! unfortunately, marketing what we have isn't our best skill.

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  22. What a truly elegant idea! Looking forward to hopping by in April!

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  23. Your theme sounds awesome. Can't wait to see all the photos.

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  24. I'm looking forward to learning more about Scornicesti! Especially the pictures and of course the Haiku!

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  25. I don't know anything about Scornicesti, so I'll be learning a lot! nice idea for a theme-and thanks for visiting my blog today!

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  26. Your theme sounds interesting and educational!

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  27. Happy Spring to you! I'll be watching to learn more about your hometown in Romania too.

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  28. That sounds like a fun theme. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your posts.

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  29. I'll be honest, I know pretty much nothing about Romania. I look forward to learning. Thanks for sharing and good luck on the challenge!

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

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  30. I'm always interested in learning about other countries and cultures, so I look forward to visiting you in April.

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  31. I love haiku & look forward to learning about Romania from your posts. Great theme. Wow - this hop is really getting me excited about the upcoming A to Z challenge. Thanks for dropping by my blog today! ~Tui

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    1. I can't wait for April either! such thrill - first time participant!

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  32. That's nice, using your hometown for the A-Z.

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  33. What a wonderful way to revisit your hometown! :-)

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  34. Thank you for following my blog. I tried to follow back but at the moment I wasn't able to. I love learning about new places so hope to visit you during April. I'm not participating this year, but will be posting occasionally and reading others' blogs.

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  35. Oh wow - sounds like it will be a vivid and colorful ride. Looking forward to it!

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  36. Happy spring... I might go to Romania at some point. Our company has an office in Bukarest...

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    1. If you do get to Bucharest, I'm sure you'll like it! It's a beautiful city!

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  37. Sounds like a great theme indeed, and should be fun to delve into your hometown`s history.

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  38. I'll be taking the month off from blogging in April, but I'll try to pop in on your blog a time or two. My knowledge of Romania is very limited, so it'll be wonderful to learn more. I'm equally intrigued with the style you plan to use for your April posts. You have a real flair for haiku.

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  39. beautiful & personal! this will be a wonderful display! great choice!

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  40. Your poem evokes spring so nicely. Beautifully written!

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