• artistic inspiration

    My mind is currently full of research and ideas for my next graphic novel project, which I’m writing at the moment. Whenever I do a period piece I soak up as many images from the era as possible. Most of the 1920s was a truly inspiring time – change was in the air, and the young people in particular embraced it. It absolutely was the beginning of what could be termed modern life. I’ve been looking at a lot of the artwork from the 20s, including magazine covers, and I’m entranced. The above image is the February 1921 cover of French Vogue, drawn by Helen Dryden. I love the sense…

  • travelling without moving

    I took this photo this evening of the kid’s carousel at the Galway Christmas Market. I like the manic energy and colour of the piece, yet the static figure watches the chaos tranquilly. And there’s a creepy quality to the kid’s face blurred in excitement (or perhaps demon possession!). That works for me. I’m amused by the ‘Crazy Bus’. I think I’ve been in that vehicle a couple of times, maybe even driven it. It’s a weird and wonderful world we live in. The title of the post and picture, Travelling Without Moving, is the title of Jamiroquai’s third album, and one of the tracks on it. The words popped…

  • one giant leap for women

    Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to draw attention to women who have professional careers in technology. Actually, I think would be good to expand that out to science in general, because we need more women in all these fields. So, as my contribution I’d like to highlight a particular field that I find personally inspiring: women who work in the area of astronomy and aeronautics, and with NASA in particular. I’ve always been a huge admirer of NASA and its various space exploration programmes, and I’m currently following the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with keen interest. NASA has an entire section…

  • inspiration

    There were a number of programmes on TV during the run-up to the death of 2005 that detailed lists of movies that people rated very highly. Around Halloween I assembled a list of horror films I admired. Today I’m delineating the non-genre (not sf/fantasy/horror/action/thriller) films that burn brightly in my imagination. When I mull over the choices there are many criteria I could use, such as excellent acting, innovative direction, and intelligent writing. In this case I have chosen films that left an undeniable emotional impact upon me after watching them. Of course it’s deeply personal. After viewing each of these films I came away with the thought “This is…

  • keep writing

    I’ve been writing a lot. I polished off another story and sent it off to a market yesterday. I guess it will be December before I hear yea or nay about it, or any of the other pieces I’ve submitted to markets over the past two weeks. Which is why I need to produce new pieces. I’ve one completed story that I could give a spit and a polish before I send it on its way, but after that I will have to finish incomplete pieces, or write new material. I’m pleased at my output, especially when I consider the level of work I have to produce for College at…