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.

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1227]

Much of James May's wardrobe seems to be chosen to portray him as the lovable eccentric that he is--including the fact that his wardrobe itself is pretty limited--but the black T-shirt and jeans combination that he wore [rocked] on the Isle of Man recently....Eccentric?......No, not so much.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1226]

There is incredible Alan Rickman fan art by my favorite, Shimizu, on

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1225]

AMC has put me on a forced hiatus from the 'Breaking Bad' marathon--Season 5 reruns don's begin until late tonight. So in the meantime, I'll tell you that Wikipedia has once again given me an insight into an actor and his character with comments that Bryan Cranston has made about his childhood--

 "My mom and dad were both broken people, and because of that, they were incapacitated as far as parenting. They weren't capable, and we lost the house in a foreclosure. We were kicked out."

Bryan Cranston is partly English on his father's side, so he qualifies as today's Brit.  He is a huge inspiration to me since he got this 'role of a lifetime' when he was about my age.  I can't wait for tomorrow night's finale. I really wish him well in his life after BB--can't hope for the same where Walter White is concerned.

Bryan Cranston in Wikipedia is here:

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1224]

And as I write this, 'Henry IV, Part 1' is on my TV.  Above, Prince Hal, the Hollow Crown, by Namecchan on Deviantart.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1223]

HIC fans have been hoping for this since the revival of 'Hawaii Five-0" was announced years ago--Ian will be on the season premiere of H5-0 tomorrow night at 9 pm!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1222]

Matt Smith:  he had a buzz cut at Comic-con, for a role. I wonder if his beautiful hair has grown back yet? Where can I see Matt Smith??

[Photo by Ian Derry]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1221]

More from Shimizu's sketchbook at  I love her work. She just GETS her subjects so well.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1220]

Someone on Tumblr brilliantly coined the phrase "competency porn" about pictures like these of James May. If pictures like this turn you on, then there's just more proof that we really, deep down, want men to be like our fathers.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1219]

Just because I can, I'm recapping a baker's dozen of my favorite posts today.  I do love these boys.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1218]

Some uplifting behind-the-scenes photos from 'Sherlock' S3.  And uplifting is needed as the airdate for S3 is nowhere to be found. Filming apparently wrapped earlier this month, though. [I think I got these from a gallery on the BBC One website?]

Friday, September 20, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1217]

It starts tonight!!  'The Hollow Crown' 4-part series from BBC starts tonight on PBS.  The first episode is 'Richard II,' for which Ben Whishaw won a BAFTA.  One more week, then, until Hiddles becomes Prince Hal.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1216]

Musical performances by Henry Ian Cusick:  we're still waiting for audio, Ian.  This guy likes to bum a guitar on set the way some cheap smokers bum cigarettes.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1215]

Matt Smith is always so lovely in a suit. I nabbed this picture from this post on Tumblr--

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1214]

Check this out for fan art, and read about it here:

Seriously, read about it--it may not be what you think it is!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1213]

A few May-related bits today:  Firstly, the caption for the gif above should be "Do these glasses make my arse look big?"

Here's an interview from September 2011 where JM talks about some really interesting things, including the riots that had just happened the month before in London.

And finally, here's a really good May-dedicated Tumblr--

Have fun!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1212]

More of Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in the delicious "Sense and Sensibility" adaptation by Emma Thompson.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Brit a Day [#1211]

I was thinking about James Blunt and googled a picture of him in uniform, was then reminded of how many photos I've filed away of Brits dressed for battle [Jason Isaacs is particularly good at this], and went kind of berserk with this post.  I have to say, the additional swag of the fighter pilot make Tennant and May look pretty good.