I've been listening to a lot of Radiolab podcasts, and this one, Help!, is particularly relevant to illustration and the creative process. I love the format of the show and think I came quite late to them myself, but if you haven't heard this show before I really recommend it...
There is a wonderful view of London from the flat, and last night the sunset was the kind that makes you contemplate life and the world, or at least makes you feel that's what you should be doing. Instead of that, I took about 30 pictures, and every single one came out pretty awful. I imagine you have to be a serious photographer with a serious camera to do this kind of thing justice.
I'm extra keen on crosswords at the moment - not cryptic, sadly I've not worked those out yet - but your ordinary chaps that come in the Evening Standard. When I was living (briefly, ish) with my parents again mid-move Mum and I had some crossword-offs, and I'd get SO FURIOUS when she finished hers first. My childhood bad sportsmanship has clearly not disappeared with age, merely been repressed. When Mum gets stuck she uses a dictionary, which I say is cheating, whereas asking someone for the answer and then becoming ENRAGED when they give it is not cheating.
I've been pretty rubbish about updating lately, and I want to be better. I've been busy moving into a new flat, and three weeks later the dust feels like it's settling a little. Here's a detail from a book I'm working on at the moment.
READING CORNER: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. Really made me laugh, and I hadn't realised how long she and Paul Simon were together. Imagine having some of his lyrics about about you...
She comes back to tell me she's gone
As if I didn't know that
As if I didn't know my own bed
As if I'd never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead...