May. 25th, 2013

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Tomorrow I'm heading to Southampton for a few days to spend time with one of my best friends in the universe, [livejournal.com profile] davidrcooke. A change of pace and scenery is nice once in a while. I'm hoping to get a bit of writing and editing done while Dave's at work, and I'm sure the salty Southampton air will be a refreshing shift of atmosphere. I love being near the sea.

Speaking of Dave, a couple of years ago he gave me this amazing notebook for my birthday, under a cut to spare your friends pages ) Because of the blank pages, I think I'm going to keep it as a mixed media book, and paste artwork and images into it, as well as snippets and notes and ideas. It'll probably be exclusive to my current novel (weirdly, I still can't bring myself to name the title here on my blog! Maybe one day, if I actually sell it...). I've already started collecting pics to print out, once I get hold of a new printhead for my Kodak. Anyway, best friends give the best gifts, because they are already the best gift of all.

Reading YA fantasy The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ([livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater). It's about carnivorous water horses and an annual race held on the fictional island of Thisby. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. I'm a quarter way through, and already caught up in the strong character voices and beautiful prose. It's a totally different idea to many other YA books out there.

Johnny Dombrowski - an illustrator I found on Tumblr, whose artwork is rich and colourful, mixing boldness with a slight blur that gives some of his pieces a dreamlike quality. His concepts are interesting and unique.

Endlessly, She Said, by AFI.

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