I just received an Uncorrected Proof of a friend’s book, THE VANISHING ISLAND, and was tickled to find there’s a character in it, leaning against a barrel, called “Roderick Keyes, more mustache than man.” After …
A 17-year old follows a maze of codes and symbols from Oxford, 1939, through the sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs and magical libraries of an alternative Elizabethan London, despite his tutor’s warning that some knowledge should remain sub rosa.
The Sparks’ dilapidated home on Harrow-on-the-Hill, once the location of a magical glass factory operated by White Friars, is about to be repossessed by a private bank owned by the Post-Mortem family unless 12-year old Meredith Spark …
In 13th century Bohemia, a doomed Benedictine monk seeks to save his soul by transcribing all the knowledge of the medieval world into one book, in one night. Eight hundred years later, a University of …
"Inspiration comes to the philosopher at night, when nature and the rest of humanity sleeps."
motto: The School of Night
"I read and write fiction to travel beyond the limits of my own life."
Don't design for everyone. It's impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
"That first step through the school gate is for most of us the biggest step we ever take – the step out of Eden into the world beyond.”
Alexander McCall Smith
“If a man does not give himself time to get thirsty, he will never enjoy drinking.”
Xenophon, 4th century
"His dominion... stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man.'
“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
"Vision is the art of seeing what's invisible to others."
"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite."
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
"Never give a sword to a man who can't dance."
“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”
"I was born in a house that no longer exists, in a part of London called World's End. No wonder I write fantasy. "
"Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else."
Leonardo da Vinci
"Betrayal is an intimate art, most easily performed by one's nearest and dearest."
Aurelius Falco, A Warning to the Curious
"With each choice we write our own destiny."
Tom Cwellan, A Warning To The Curious
"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul."
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
William Butler Yeats
All things that we use on earth, let us use them for good and not for evil.”
—Paracelsus, De Religione Perpetua, 1533
"The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places."
"The material world is not just a display of our technology and culture, it is part of us. We invented it, we made it, and in turn it makes us who we are."
"Blessed are the weird people - poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters, and troubadours - for they teach us to see the world through different eyes."
"Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future."
"I was born in a house that no longer exists, in a part of London called World's End. No wonder I'm a writer." ~ Lia Keyes