Penguin and Phil Shaw

An interesting read on the evolution of the Penguin logo here.

Penguin Island


Love that the logo is inspiring art, like the above Penguin Island series by Phil Shaw.  Continue reading


Hair care – for wizards, metallers and other growers of long hair



I’d call this an interlude, but to be honest, hair plays a really important part in my novel, and I guess that’s due to a fascination, or perhaps mistaken belief, that long hair used to be of great importance to both men and women. Shaving your head was symbolically akin to cutting off your head. And hair can be so strong! The circus act of hair hanging is what inspired one particular branch of magic in Crooked Step. I mean… look at that hair pull.


In all seriousness, these hair tips work, and don’t take a lot of time. I’ve ranked them in order of least effort for the most effect, and most of these are fragrance-free. Here we go!

  1. SILK PILLOWCASE!! Seriously, just replace your current ones with silk ones. It’s the single, easy investment that’s made the most difference. You also won’t wake up looking like your head’s been licked by a troll, and it’s good for your skin. Along the same lines, buy hair ties with no metal bits. But mostly, GET SILK PILLOWCASES. I will CAP and bold this.  Continue reading

This doesn’t really tickle me pink

Amy put a blue ribbon on the boy and a pink on the girl, French fashion, so you can always tell…

Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott

So clothing colour for children wasn’t commonly gendered the 1860s.  In fact, for a long time, babies of either gender simply wore white, like in the William Quiller Orchardson painting below.


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And Renoir painted his son, Coco, in both pink and blue. Continue reading

Nothing to Envy

Uriminzokkiri has been publishing pictures of Kim Jung Un viewing a performance with impressed foreigners in the audience.




Just realised that they have some content in English, and it’s so weird reading articles such as The Pulling Off American “Emperor’s Clothes” Thread by Thread:

The phrase “United States of America” will become as meaningless then as the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics” and the “Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia” are today.
The American Emperor, after his outer and inner threads have been pulled, will be nothing more than a naked representative of stark imperialism, colonialism, fascism, and militarism and will be justly buried in a pauper’s grave.

OK… which reminds me: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick is such a great book. On another tangent, the US and UK covers are so different!



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