Writing inspirations – working within the limits and getting a result anyway

It was remarkably difficult to get this photo of sunset over Wellington, New Zealand. The camera I had wasn’t great for low-light shots, and was way too heavy for the tripod I was using, which meant it wobbled everywhere if I so much as breathed near it, let alone hit the shutter. Still, I managed … More Writing inspirations – working within the limits and getting a result anyway

Writing inspirations – celebrating a moment of dieselpunk

Long-time readers of this blog will probably know what a great fan I am of art deco and all things deco-styled. Including this Airstream-based coffee cart in Napier, New Zealand. It’s a fabulous shape, capturing the quintessential sci-fi look of the mid-twentieth century that often makes me think of Robert A. Heinlein’s stories. And if there was … More Writing inspirations – celebrating a moment of dieselpunk

Writing inspirations – walking on the stones of years

Rugged beaches are amazingly inspiring places. The sea brings chaos to the stones, artfully displaying them in ways that almost look crafted, then layers them with the detritus of distant places. It leaves us wondering about where that debris came from, and how it ended up just there before your feet. I think that’s pretty … More Writing inspirations – walking on the stones of years

Writing inspirations – the art of the radiator cap

Who’d have ever imagined that an Italian car company might produce radiator caps in the shape of a rearing elephant? Well, Bugatti did. Here’s the one adorning their 1930 Bugatti T-46. It’s an amazing piece of 1930s sculpture by any measure – and here it is, as part of a vehicle. Of course, there’s no question that … More Writing inspirations – the art of the radiator cap

Writing inspirations – harking back to a more stylish age

I am always inspired by Napier’s annual Art Deco weekend – particularly its vintage car parade, one of the largest in Australasia, all set against a city backdrop of classic 1930s deco architecture. For a moment, if you get the angles right, you can imagine yourself transported back 75 years or so to an age … More Writing inspirations – harking back to a more stylish age

A few random thoughts on Putney Piddleboms and other classic British cars

I have never understood how it was that, back in the 1930s, Americans built proper cars with decent motors and cool names like Packard Super 8, or Lincoln LeBaron v12 convertible. Whereas the British insisted on constructing vehicles out of Meccano and four-cylinder biscuit tins, with brand names like the Chumley Chinless Mk I or the Dribley Allegretto. All … More A few random thoughts on Putney Piddleboms and other classic British cars