A blissful hour to myself... Ahhh. I wrote five hundred or so words and then got stuck, did a bit more research, and decided to post an image pertaining to my story. It's both procrastinating and working in one bite!
The Morioris carved images into trees, and since the first line in my novel is "I wanted to carve a map of the stars into the trees," I thought I should show you kind of what Rohana meant in the following line, "The others had always carved faces of the dead, or of fur seals, slicing into the bark with sharpened seal bones." (It feels weird to put quotes around something I wrote, but I wasn't sure how else to separate blog from novel. Also, I bet the first few lines will be completely different by the time I'm done!)
Isn't it beautiful? It makes me think of a dancing Chieftain (or "Ieriki," in Moriori).
This image's source is from the New Zealand National Library.