By Cecile Dormeau
I need to be this sort of woman right now. Well, always, but right now in particular because I feel kind of cursed and pathetic. Life has been handing me lemons and I’m sick of lemonade. I need to ride a shark into battle and kick serious arse.
By Jean Jullien
Why do men find mermaids sexy? Mermen are just ridiculous. Do gay men find mermen sexy?
Harbour Wall by Mary Fedden
This picture reminds me of The Icing on the Cake (by Stephen Duffy), which I loved when I was eighteen, although listening to it now, I’m struck by how hopelessly tuneless it is.
Well, even then (thirty two years ago), the lyrics were what I loved best about the song. The line I thought of when I saw this Mary Fedden painting and its title was: ‘Here we go waltzing home by the moon so bright, by the sea, by the harbour wall’ – so beautiful and you should not spoil it by listening to Duffy ‘singing’ it.
‘I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.’ That’s sort of my motto because I like how it reflects my intention to always keep on moving forward, or even backward, in any direction, really, so long as it means not staying in places and situations that suck.
Well, right now I know I’m going to Lagos, Nigeria.
That’s the plan, but there is so much to put into place that I guess I feel lost and a bit directionless, like a headless chicken. Or Mulder and Scully seeking the truth and knowing it’s out there, but not knowing what exactly they’ll find.
So, I know where I’m headed, but it still seems like a dream, right now. I’m on my way though. I am.
From The X-Files, a comic by Josephin Ritschel
‘Pool Side’ by Bett Norris
This picture combines my desire for a holiday (in which I do nothing but do nothing, in luxury) and thinking I should go for a swim because I’ve been spending too much time indoors. What with cooking and doing the laundry and editing and teaching and worrying, worrying, worrying about money or the lack of it, I feel constantly short of spoons. When I have a spare minute, I lie on my back and read Famous Five adventure stories. That is all I am fit for. I wish for cool blue water and sunshine and not a care in the world.