A bazaar crowded with random offerings. William Gibson/Henrik Ibsen. Zafon, Murakami, Van Gogh. A table of well-thumbed Louisa May Alcott. Shiny Urban Fantasy and an aromatic clutter of cookbooks.
Confession of an obsessive author: all my characters have birthdays. An extra fun thing about having characters that were inspired by historic figures is that no one will think I'm mad if I celebrate!
So right now I wish a very Happy Birthday to Kola (today, 7/10) and Gertrude (7/14) of "The Upsilon Knot" and also offer my thanks to Nicola Tesla and Gertrude Lowthian Bell for the seeds that sprouted them.