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.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1000]

Did you see that number I just typed??  I've now done this blog a thousand times, and I love it as much today as the day I started it.  And it is very appropriate that such a milestone should fall on Henry Ian Cusick's day.  This blog very nearly started as a Henry Ian Cusick appreciation blog, but the Sistahs at LiveJournal's Henry Ian Daily had whipped up such a stellar one that I saw no need to duplicate and quickly revised my plans.  I owe so much to my sistahs-in-Ian for the inspiration or [wait for it]...Ianspiration.

Here's a super sexy picture of the man himself to help us [well, me] celebrate--

A classic, no?

And you'll never guess who was featured in ABAD #1--and it wasn't even called that because I wasn't sure there would be a #2!  It was the beautiful and bewilderingly absent Jason Isaacs--

Here he is looking all dashing and dangerous in a promo shot from Case Histories, but I used a pic in that first post from the film "Passionada" which I still love, as I would love his TV series "Awake" if it was still among the living.  According to Wikipedia, he's filming a couple of projects currently, so all's good for the future of Mr. I.

I've thought about moving this blog to Tumblr in order to reach a larger audience, but I'm not married to the idea.  I like the format here--it's prettier than Tumblr, and it's easy to post and receive comments.  Any ideas on that topic, I'm all ears and happy to hear.  Thanks for reading--on to the next millenium!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Brit a Day [#999]

Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, and his trusty sonic screwdriver.  Honestly, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this picture?  He'd make a lovely usher in an old fashion movie theatre.  I'd gladly meet him in the balcony.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Brit a Day [#998]

I've been gathering fan art off of Tumblr at an alarming rate [always 'liking' it first; always crediting the artish where possible], so here's a double dose.

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Brit a Day [#997]

David Tennant, who used to be our Monday Brit, would like to visit on Benedict's day every once and a while....especially until we get 'Sherlock' back.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Brit a Day [#996]

Rickman & Snape  for your Sunday viewing pleasure.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Brit a Day [#995]

Today's Brit is Luke Windsor, Tom Hiddleston's tireless friend and publicist.  I imagine Luke playing the bad cop to Tom's good cop all the time when they are in public.  Tom:  "Why yes, I'd be glad to stand here with you lovely people and chat and sign autographs for an hour and a half."  Luke:  "No, Tom, you have a premiere to attend in 20 seconds."  A friend like that is worth his weight in gold.

And speaking of gold, here's a Saturday bonus in this recent photo from West Africa--Tom's incerdibly manly hands.  I love to see an actor who will get his hands dirty for charity.

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Brit a Day [#994]

For those of us who have the need to know what Tom Hiddleston is doing on a daily basis, his blog following his travels with UNICEF in Guinea has been a real blessing.  But it was through a tweet from one of his companions that I came across a word that I just had to know the meaning of:  Plumpy'nut. Plumpy'nut is a peanut-based paste in a plastic wrapper for treatment of severe acute malnutrition manufactured by a French company, Nutriset.  Plumpy'nut is doing some serious work in third world countries, and its invention was inspired by Nutella, which makes it all good by me.
You can read about it in the Wikipedia here.  You can link to Tom's diary entries through UNICEF's Authentic Voices blog here.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Brit a Day [#993]

Henry Ian Cusick and Nicky Aycock, from 'The Girl of the Train.'  Filming was taking place about a year ago.  Post-production is taking place now.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Brit a Day [#992]

Not to be out done by the Hiddles fans, fans of No. 11 and his main squeeze have provided some wonderful art, too.  All credit to the artist.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Brit a Day [#991]

This is for Tuesday.

This is tomorrow's post, but I'm just gonna leave it here now.  In honor of TWHiddleston's first charity field trip/secret destination adventure with UNICEF, the brilliant Hashtag_Genius has giving us this darling work of art.  By this time tomorrow, Tom's destination shouldn't be a secret any more as he will be tweeting the whole way through his experience.  Let's hope this is the first of many journeys, and that Hashtag_Genius will document each one in this precious way.

A Brit a Day [#990]

Jeremy Irons is in the Monday slot today because, with the advent of the new year, my hopes are renewed that 'The Hollow Crown' might actually air in the US in 2013.  PBS's 'Great Performances' has the 4 episodes listed in its current season as 'TBD.'  Whatever that means.  The dream of actual high quality Shakespeare being televised in America begins to become reality as some PBS stations are scheduling episodes of 'Shakespeare Uncovered' beginning this Friday, including the one hosted by Jeremy Irons on the Henries IV and V. [But so far not MY PBS station of course.  Of course.]

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Brit a Day [#989]

 Above is a brilliant bit of photo editing, as is this below--

All credit to the artists.  Not me.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Brit a Day [#988]

Around here, we count Australians among our brits.  So today's honors go without a doubt to John Noble for his incredible performance in last night's final episode of the beloved "Fringe."  I haven't been so moved by a television show since the finale of  "Lost."  If you've had a chance to see the 2-hour ending to Fringe's 5-season run, you won't mind the visual spoilers here.  Read the accompanying text, and I'll pass the tissues.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Brit a Day [#987]

Well, this was worth the wait.  Tom Hiddleston has finally been named Sexiest Man Alive by a magazine.  [Actually the award is Sexiest Actor Right Now by Total Film magazine, and I guess we shouldn't be surprised since they named him their Hottest Actor 4 months ago.  But Sexy is timeless and a cut above Hot in my book.]  His post-achievement interview is found here.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Brit a Day [#986]

Here is a lovely shot of that particularly nice profile that Henry Ian Cusick sports.  From behind the scenes at 'The Girl on the Train.'

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Brit a Day [#985]

Matt Smith and a Pimm's Cup, I bet.  So is he at polo, Wimbledon, or a garden party?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Brit a Day [#984]

Here is a print that I bought from artist Elizabeth Wu at Comic Con 2012, "Severus and Lily."

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Brit a Day [#983]

I can't believe it has been half a year since Comic Con 2012. [Frankly, I can't believe that January 2013 is half over either.]  Here's a lovely article about Ben Cumberbatch from a magazine I picked up at Comic Con last July.  And there he is with the smokes again.....

A Brit a Day [#982]

This one is for Sunday, which I missed.  Posting it for no particular reason, just because I love it and because I can.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Brit a Day [#981]

All of the Brits have turned to face West as they raise their hands in applause for their Canadian cousin, Jeff Lemire.  Jeff has just finished a 40 month run as creator/author/illustrator of the comic series "Sweet Tooth."  Three and a half years is a long time to preside over a fictional universe as the lone god, folks.  I would try to tell you what Jeff's work has meant to me, but no one could say it better than Damon Lindelof, Jeff's friend and sometime collaborator, in an interview with Jeff that he conducted for Comic Book Resource.  Here are Damon's introductory remarks in their discussion of the final issue of "Sweet Tooth."--

I just found myself feeling both enormously happy and enormously jealous that you had executed at such a high level and I offer my sincerest congratulations because I feel like you stuck the landing perfectly. There is no splash going into the water and I think this is the final nail in the coffin of a book that is going to live on for decades to come.

That, coming from one of the guys who wrote the finale of "Lost"--which was another ball that got hit out of the park, in my opinion.  Later in the interview, Jeff speaks about how "Lost" managed its themes in the same way he wanted to present his story.--

You can probably understand this from "Lost" -- "Sweet Tooth" was never about the secret of how the hybrid children came to be or the secret of what the plague was or any of that stuff. That was all way down on my priority list. It was always about where Gus ended up, and the characters ended up. Much like you did on "Lost," revealing the secret of the plague and all that was never really something that I cared all that much about.

"Sweet Tooth" # 40 hit the stands last Wednesday.  The series in its entirety will probably be in print for a long time.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Brit a Day [#980]

We actually have wind chill in San Diego today, and it's relatively cold.  I can't tell you how many times I've dreamed of the warmth of this leather jacket [and the man who is in it] when I've been cold this winter.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Brit a Day [#979]

Henry Ian Cusick from the Season 4 finale of 'Lost.'  Desmond revealed that he was something of a demolitions expert.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Brit a Day [#978]

The eleventh doctor defers to the tenth today because....well, look at that face.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Brit a Day [#977]

I got these off of Tumblr and I guess you could call them fan art.  There is either an app out there that let's you turn someone into an oil painting or there are some very good photoshoppers on Tumblr with a great sense of art history.  I love that someone turned Loki into Edgar Allen Poe.  I wish someone would turn me into a John Singer Sargent portrait....

None of these images are mine. ... all credit to the artists.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Brit a Day [#976]

OK, this is the last you'll see of me until I get through with AnimeLA next week.  I'm very excited about prospects in 2013--I have an excellent chance of meeting one of my beloved Brits in the near future!  Not saying who--and I'm definitely not saying it's 'Who'--I don't want to jinx it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Brit a Day [#975]

Happy New Year!  May all of your fandoms cross paths pleasantly in 2013.  Art by Karen Hallion.