There are around 30 haiku stanzas that tell the stories of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly. Haiku poetry comes from an ancient Japanese tradition. Many hundreds of years ago, writers in Japan challenged themselves to compose short, compact poems. Each haiku consisted of only 17 syllables and in a pattern of three verses containing 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Often about nature, haiku usually contains a fun twist or some sort of surprise element in each stanza.
Elizabeth feels inspired by the 17 syllable rule and by the challenge of choosing strong words to best represent her vision. Words and lines often pop up in her mind, generally influenced by the natural world around her.