Goodreads M/M Romance Awards

Feel very happy and honored to be even listed in this!  Wow, bucket list item ticked! Happy reading to everyone discovering a new favourite in all the categories 🙂

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Miss Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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I love this show. It is so much fun. It’s a murder mystery show set in 1920’s Melbourne, Australia. Phryne Fisher is amazing: Smart, pro-active, elegant, stylish, warm-hearted, and full of derring-do. I adore her. She is surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast (Jack, her love interest, is particularly awesome), each mystery is entertaining, and I have not enjoyed a show so much in years. Available on Netflix. Go watch it!

 

Things that I like #2: Remedios Varo

So I’m very much overdue for an update.  At some point I’ll do the usual book promotion, but for now I’d like to mention my admiration of Remedios Varo. Her artwork is a wonderful blend of fantasy, imagination, thought and beauty. The painting below is one of my favourites. Looks deceptively simple, but has a touch of sinister social commentary and wonderfully imaginative. One day I’d like to be as talented an artist as her. I’d recommend that anyone google her work.

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Things That I Like #1 The Colour of Pomegranates

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According to Wiki:

The Color of Pomegranates (Armenian: Նռան գույնը) is a 1969 Soviet film written and directed by Sergei Parajanov

I was first introduced to this movie by the music video God is God by Juno Reactor. I was absolutely mesmerized by it. The imagery was so unusual, so evocative. The movie itself I found on youtube. Doesn’t matter if you can’t speak Armenian, the version I saw was largely silent. It’s certainly not action-packed: it’s the kind of movie you might watch when you want to be quiet and contemplative, and just let the images present themselves to you. It’s like a fluid art gallery. Highly recommended for a quiet 2 hours of unusual beauty.

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So I bought a tin of Faber-Castell “finest artists’ quality” polychromos colour pencils, 36 pack, (at great expense) because they were supposed to be such fine-quality colour pencils, great for blending, such a rich, deep colour, etc.

My feelings on trying them out can be summed up thusly:

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They’re not BAD. But they were very limited for skin tones (especially caucasian – nothing there!) and somehow the right shade of whatever I was looking for was never the shades on offer. I wound up buying the regular pencils, a 48-pack, for about a quarter of the price, with more colours I wanted, and honestly? Can’t really tell the difference. The polychromos might be a little more vibrant (perhaps too vibrant – I’m usually using more subtle shades), but for an amateur like me, the regular pencils are fine. More serious and experienced artists – enlighten me?

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You have found/stumbled upon/was dragged screaming to the blog of M. A. Keedwell, Author. That’s right, peeps, my very first gay romance/mystery novel is coming out soon through Samhain Publishing (details to follow) and this is my space for talking about my wacky adventures in reading and writing gay male romance novels, (amongst other genres). So if that’s your jam, welcome, fellow person of excellent taste, and come follow me!