I need to show you these beautiful illustrations by Swedish illustrator Carl Larsson, more famous for colourful, domestic scenes.
Paintings and illustrations of beaches from above and from a distance.
Paths through woodland and gardens, mostly with a hygge vibe, though this can be subverted.
Bookshop storefronts and interiors, as depicted by various artists and illustrators.
A while ago I took a close look at how writers craft body language beats in dialogue scenes. This is a difficult skill for various reasons: Many gestures are common and we do them over and over (e.g. She nodded, he smiled, they held up their hands.) Writers tend to have our own go-to body […]
“We Didn’t” is a short story by American writer Stuart Dybek, included in The Best American Short Stories 1994. A man addresses his first love. With the insight that comes from middle-age, the narrator feels sad about the tragicomic incident that that led to their breakup.
“Charles” is a very short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1948. Told in first person from a mother’s point of view, this is the story of a little boy who starts school and immediately transforms from a little boy into a smart-mouthed brat. He talks constantly about a boy called Charles who gets up to all sorts of mischief.
“The Falls” (1996) is a short story by American writer George Saunders. Two men walk along a river and face a moral dilemma. Should one risk one’s own life in the hope of saving two drowning girls?
Here are some paintings of street corners, as well as some experimentation with AI art generation.
“The Ways Of Ghosts”, also called “An Arrest”, is a very short ghost story by American writer Ambrose Bierce, first published in October 1905. Perfect for a 1905 Hallowe’en?
WHAT IS AN ALLEYWAY? A narrow space between or behind buildings, often used as a passageway. Oftentimes the owner of the strip of land is unclear. They tend to be left off official maps. Alleyways (alleys) are liminal, in-between spaces. Alleyways are both ‘territory’ and ‘network’. Territory: A space where various facets of social life…
Motorbikes and motorcycles through the ages
A Case of Eavesdropping” is a ghost story by Algernon Blackwood first published in December 1900 in Pall Mall Magazine.
“There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950) is a short story by American author Ray Bradbury. I thought I’d better read it because August 4 2026 is looking nearer and nearer, and I’d like to know what to expect in four years’ time.
Alien is a 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott. The story was created by Ronald Shusett, also known for Total Recall. The screenplay is by Dan O’Bannon, also known for The Return of the Living Dead.