The "Brit a Day" series

What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Brit a Day [#842]

 Loki fan art dominates my Tumblr these days.  These works aren't mine, and I'll give credit where it is known.

 by Hezaa

by Lady-Werewolf

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Brit a Day [#841]

A lovely edit found on Tumblr.  You get a sense of the constant motion of Sherlock's brain from this.  Nice.

And you, Mister C, the one who made the opening to the opening of the London Games that much more spectacular to the viewers in the UK--

Well played, sir.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Brit a Day [#840]

Here is amazing Harry Potter art from Elizabeth Wu whom I met at Anime Expo this year.  I bought a print of young Lily and Severus to hang in my office.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Brit a Day [#839]

After last night's opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, my head is spinning with Brits I'd like to humbly thank/honor/kneel down to for the emotionally charged spectacle they laid before my watering eyes:  Danny Boyle, J K Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney, Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys [for that awesome cover of 'Come Together.'  I remember when Alex Turner was too young to drink in the clubs he played in--he finally looks like a grown up man.]

But for the sheer happiness his appearance brought me, I have to pick Sir Kenneth Branagh in a stovepipe hat......

....followed at a respectable distance by Daniel Craig transforming the Queen of England into a Bond girl.

As another viewer wrote on Tumblr, "Anyone know where I can download an app that turns me into a Brit?"

A Brit a Day [#838]

OOPS!  Got carried away with the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and forgot to post.  As compensation, have a double dose of Tom Hiddleston.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Brit a Day [#837]

This picture sends me over the cliff.

And there's a new Tumblr for gorgeous Ian Cusick here:

There are links to the Twitter and Facebook pages there too.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Brit a Day [#836]

You know, I've come to realize that a static photograph of Matt Smith barely does him justice.  Like so many of the men I love, you don't see the real Matt until you see him in charmingly fluid motion.  Thank heaven for GIFs and the fans who make them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Brit a Day [#835]

I couldn't pick just one today--they are all my current favorites.  I'll put attribution by one if I know it.  Otherwise, all compliments to the artist.

                                          by marzo20

                               thanks to Lesley for posting on Facebook

                                                      by angela t

                                           by meschfeind43

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Brit a Day [#834]

Scanned from a magazine I got at Comic-con.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Brit a Day [#833]

Alan Rickman.

The leather suits him so well, but there appears to be a soft, worn denim shirt under there that I could snuggle up to with a lot less squeaking.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Brit a Day [#832]

Stage 18 saw the all-but-forgotten Manx Missile fire up the afterburners and remind us why he's in the rainbow jersey--this is from BBC Sport 

Mark Cavendish stormed to his 22nd Tour de France stage win as Bradley Wiggins remained on course for overall victory....the world champion claimed his second victory of this year's Tour on stage 18 as the peloton caught an escape group inside the final 1.5km.

Cavendish powered away in the final 500m to draw level with Lance Armstrong and Andre Darrigade in all-time wins.

"I just knew I was going to go for it," said the 27-year-old. "I have done nothing all Tour so I have saved so much energy.

"I knew I would be able to go from a long way out, and no-one would get past me today. I felt really good.

"It would have been easy for the guys to cruise into Paris and Sean [Yates, Team Sky's sporting director] was saying 'just take it easy' but I was pleading for a chance in the team meeting.

"But then Brad [Wiggins] said 'we are going to ride today' and Froomie [Chris Froome] committed to my cause and I'll always be grateful for that. We have got a great group of guys. It has been an emotional three weeks but I have enjoyed it."

The Tour de France ends tomorrow, but the Olympic cycling road race is a week from today.  Can't wait.

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Brit a Day [#831]

When I see these two screen caps from 'Henry IV, part 2,' the third installment of the BBC's 'The Hollow Crown,' a little voice in my head says, prayerfully, 'thank you....Shakespeare never wrote stage directions that this scene is set in a sauna, so someone....oh good lord, thank you....'

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Brit a Day [#830]

Better use up these 'Scandal' pics before we are distracted by Ian Cusick's next move.  Can't wait.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Brit a Day [#829]

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvil pedicabbing through MY BEAUTIFUL TOWN, San Diego.

They are royalty, really.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Brit a Day [#828]

What, more Loki fan art, you say?  Let's all chant it together:  It's my blog and I DO WHAT I WANT.

From deviantArt by sandara.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Brit a Day [#827]

He may have taken a very close second to Tom Hiddleston's first in the BBC Anglo Fans Favorite, but I guarantee you, next year is Benedict Cumberbatch's year, if not at the BBC, then in the greater world.  It may not be Shakespeare, but one more season of 'Sherlock' will cement his place in history.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Brit a Day [#826]

Breathtaking man, breathtaking bookcase.  I could live here....with him....oh yes I could.  Presumably some of those books are in languages I do not speak, therefore Severus would have to read them to me.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Brit a Day [#825]

Brit of the day is Bradley Wiggins, cycling for Team Sky, he's currently owner of the yellow jersey.  Wiggins is my choice for the overall winner of this year's Tour de France.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Brit a Day [#824]

And speaking of Comic Con [as I was in the previous post] this gem of a figurine which I have seen so much about on the web, looks even better in person [not my photo btw].  If you are there, check it out at the Sideshow Collectibles booth.  I wish Mr. Hiddleston were here to see it.  I don't suppose they'll be making one for Henry V.

A Brit a Day [#823]

This is for Thursday.

A video bite from an interview, a cute fan photo, a sighting of Henry Ian Cusick at an airport....with a little imagination, couldn't all these be signs that HIC is at Comic Con promoting one of his new indie movies?....but alas, he's not.  I really hope he will be some day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Brit a Day [#822]

I found this close-up of Matt Smith on a lovely blog I just discovered called 'The Men of Brooding'.  You can find it at

I love high-def photos that allow you to inspect how closely our men shave.  I tend to get lost in sideburns, eyebrows, 5-o'clock-shadows.....this is like a day-trip to Matt for me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Brit a Day [#821]

'War Horse' by maryriotjane on DeviantArt.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Brit a Day [#820]

This is me at about 11 this morning.  My clock is gradually turning upside down.  The gif is part of a larger gif set found on tumblr, somewhat inspired by the Anglophenia showdown for sexiest male brit and definitely fueled by images from the BBC's 'The Hollow Crown.'

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Brit a Day [#819]

British actors can get away with touching themselves about the face, neck, shoulders and chest in a way that American actors just can't pull off.  I think because we have the expectation that proper Brits will not be sensual they come across as quite sensual when they show any sensuality at all.  Or something like that.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Brit a Day [#818]

World Champion cyclist Mark Cavendish and baby Delilah.  Both pics are from Peta Todd, Mark's partner and Delilah's mom.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Brit a Day [#817]

Tom Hiddleston from BBC's 'The Hollow Crown'.

"I feel like one who has suddenly awakened out of a feverish delirium, or like a shipwrecked man who has for many days battled with the waves that momentarily threatened to devour him and finally has found a safe shore."

           --Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs, 1870

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Brit a Day [#816]

...and we're back!

It has been a memorable week: All of the color and whimsy of Anime Expo interwoven with fleeting glimpses of the X Games...a day at LACMA with my daughter...but the most vivid memory is that of seeing 'War Horse' on stage.  It was just as amazing as you would imagine a production with life-size anatomical puppets of horses to be.  And given all that, it is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I would love to see Henry Ian Cusick in WWI officer's attire [a look that certainly works for every man I've ever seen in it].  I have read a fantastic, sweeping fan-fic that put most of the characters from LOST in the trenches, but as of today, this is as close as I can get with a picture.  We do love our RoyalScot!Des, though.