Description from Wikipedia: “Mulready spent most of his career in London painting genre subjects. Many of his major works are now on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here, he has portrayed the BLACK actor Ira Aldridge (1805 (?)-1867), who won renown in Europe for his Shakespearean roles, including Othello, Lear, and Macbeth. This half-length portrait shows Aldrige in battle armor, with a flag at his right, in front of a stone archway.“
“In a near future heavily influenced by the imminent boom of the Indian subcontinent, an emerging technology and economic superpower a new digital city has developed. The film follows a group of young children as they play a game of hide and seek (Chupan Chupai) in the bustling streets of this smart city. Through their play the children discover how to hack the city, opening up a cavernous network of hidden and forgotten spaces, behind the scenes of everyday streets.”
The Atlantic features the shortlist for this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, which contains some breathtaking images. The above is more understated: “Penitents of “Las Aguas” (The Waters) brotherhood wait before the start of their penance during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville”.
I’ve just started using Writer Pro for the very first time. I’ve been using various bits of writing software over the years, namely Scrivener, but Writer Pro offers something more useful: minimalism, the ability to focus on one sentence at a time by fading the rest away, and highlighting the frequency of adjectives, adverbs and so on. There are few features to speak about – it deliberately prevents you from being able to play with the font size, formatting and whatnot, which is actually pretty cool. It means you just write, and make sure the sentence you’re writing is as good as can be. First impressions are – yeah, a few glitches aside, this could be the most useful thing I’ve discovered in a long time. It’s not one for complex planning tabs, and having lots of notes around your work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have those open on other bits of kit in the background. I like it a lot so far.
A few more reviews of Drakenfeld have been floating around the blogosphere. First up, the Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell really enjoyed it after not liking one of my previous books:
I must begin by saying that I did try to read another fantasy series by him and did not like that one at all. But I still gave this one a go and I am glad I did. It was different and really good.
It’s always nice to be given another chance. Secondly UK blogger Wertzone mostly enjoyed it:
… a compelling murder mystery novel with some great atmosphere and writing
Though he wasn’t a fan of the up-scaled ending. Also, somehow he concludes the continent of Vispasia is a little bigger than Italy, which is strange – for anyone who’s interested, I’d say it’s as broad as the whole of Europe. Right at the start, Drakenfeld takes a ship to travel many days from one part to another.
Finally, Sporadic Reads really enjoyed the book as well:
Aside from the world building, I also enjoyed the characters. Lucan Drakenfeld has an analytic mind , emphatic heart and a wicked sense of humor. He is one of the few in his profession who abhors violence and regrets using it even if its necessary. He isn’t perfect though as he has his flaws, he isn’t the best of fighters, though he is capable enough, hates travelling by sea and has a health condition he hides from others.
I’m also knee-deep in edits, hence the minimal blog activity of the past few days…