Brian and Annie

I modified this scene from Chuck to look like Annie and Brian sitting on a bench overlooking the Thames. Just silly fun I thought I’d share. Happy Thursday!
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Panel 1 of the Graphic Novel

Graphic-Novel-panel1

 

I think most of you know that I’m working on a graphic novel version of Jewel of the Thames, and this is the first panel, created in Photoshop (thought I’d stick to my forte ; )

What do you think?

A colouring page for all ages

coloring-page1As the saying goes: give the people what they ask for.

In this case, a lovely 10-year-old fan named Anna who emailed me and asked why I don’t have any colouring pages for the Portia Adams Adventures.

Well Anna, and all you adults out there finding new joy in colouring within the lines, please download and enjoy my first colouring page.

If you click the image on the left, it will take you to the larger version which you can print and colour in!

Alternately, you can right-click and download it to your computer and print it from there.

PS: If you email me scans or photos of your finished works, I promise to post them on the site!

PPS: I’m going to ask the fantastic artist who designs my Canadian book covers to create colouring page version of my books too!

Box 850 done – time to transcribe!

Mi6
Mi6

It’s still a tentative title, but Book 5: Box 850 is done.

Box 850 is the colloquial term for the British Intelligence Service, specifically MI6, which wasn’t actually acknowledged as existing until 1994.

At the time of the book, the Chief of MI6 would have been Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair (1923–1939) and operated at the time out of  54 – Broadway, off Victoria StreetLondon.

It seems that MI5 concentrated more on internal threats, and MI6 more on external, but in the case of Mr. Howard, it is not made clear what his connection is to the Secret Service, it is only intimated that he comes from those offices. MI5 has its own colloquial name: Box 500 (after its official wartime address of PO Box 500).

Mi5
Mi5

So I suppose I could scoop that as a name instead. What do you think? I don’t know why but Box 850 sounds cooler and more mysterious than Box 500. But maybe that’s just me.

Possible artwork

From Wikipedia: Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers

One possibility for part of the collection at Lancaster House in 1931 is this piece by Sir Joshua Reynolds entitled: Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers.

It was created in the late 1700s and was sold in 2005 for £2.5 million.

Dimensions: 238.7 cm × 184.2 cm (94.0 in × 72.5 in)

Watson and the Shark

Another option is for Watson and the Shark, which has the added link to Portia that I like, but less of an ability to easily play with the title (more cryptic than I mean it to be, but I don’t want to give away the premise of the first chapter of the book – sorry!).

This oil painting came from the same era exactly, but was painted by John Singleton Copley. The vertical copy of this piece is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. It was sold off in 1963.

Dimensions 182.1 cm × 229.7 cm (71¾ in × 90½ in)

Problematic for a few reasons: it never seemed to make it into the London Museum (and therefore never made it to Lancaster House), there are three copies, making it less valuable and like I stated earlier, the title is harder to work with.

Apollo from Pompeii (statue, from getty.edu)
Apollo from Pompeii (statue, from getty.edu)

An additional piece that I could relate to the first painting above is the bronze statue of Apollo from the ruins of Pompeii. The following text and image is from getty.edu: “In June 1817 the majority of the Apollo, broken into three pieces, was found just north of the forum in Pompeii, not far from the Temple of Jupiter … its reconstruction was complete by 1825.

So if this could have been in the collection at Lancaster House (which I suppose it could have been, on loan from some museum in Italy I have been unable to find so far) then this could mesh nicely with the kernel of a story I have in my head.

Dimensions: 147 (h) x 55 (w) x 114 (d) cm

I’d like to know the weight of this statue, but have been so far unable to find that.