Alien World (Wallhaven Wall Paper)

Inspiration: Alien Skies

November 2, 2018 dkeener 0

I envision this as the sky of a Jovian-like alien gas giant, with some lucky observer catching the moment when it’s possible to see down through the many cloud layers into the lower depths of the tumultuous sky.

Grav Speeder on an Alien World

Inspiration: Grav Speeder on an Alien World

October 26, 2018 dkeener 0

I love the colors and the sense of speed in this image of a futuristic vehicle, perhaps some sort of grav speeder, flying over an alien landscape at dizzying speed. Plus, it looks like it would be really cool to pilot one. As a writer, can you imagine an aerial […]

Sottish Wedding Dinner

Author Chow: Sirloin of Beef

August 4, 2018 dkeener 0

This is the Scottish wedding dinner provided by my brother-in-law, Tommy Brady, and his lovely bride, Jacqueline Mckweown-Brady, at their wedding reception on June 30, 2018. Easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Scotland. Prepared by the Normandy Hotel, this is their sirloin of roast beef with […]

Post-Apocalyptic Stories: What Comes After the End?

May 27, 2018 dkeener 0

Everybody loves a good apocalypse. And there are lots of post-apocalyptic stories that are worth your attention. For the “Post-Apocalpytic Fiction” panel at Balticon, I compiled a list of some of the most memorable books, and a few movies, that deal with the topic. I gave the list away as […]

Bangers and Mash

Author Chow: Bangers and Mash

May 15, 2018 dkeener 0

If you want your favorite authors to keep pumping out those stories, they gotta be fed properly. That’s what these Author Chow entries are all about. This is a meal called “bangers and mash” from the Rose & Crown Restaurant in Disney’s Epcot park in Florida. It’s basically English-style sausages […]

Godzilla

Inspiration: Godzilla

March 2, 2018 dkeener 0

This is a shot from the movie Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. I think this is a stunning scene that contrasts the human scale with the “monster scale” typically embodied in monster flicks. It emphasizes how dangerous the monster is, both from its respective size as well as the fact […]

Inspiration: Cat People

February 9, 2018 dkeener 0

This is an image of a strangely moving, recurring dream sequence from Cat People, the 1982 romantic horror movie starring Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. The movie is about shapeshifters, specifically dangerous, black leopards. Irena Gallier is a young woman who keeps having a recurring dream about black leopards, eventually […]

Zombie Apocalypse

Inspiration: Worst Cities in a Zombie Apocalypse

December 15, 2017 dkeener 0

If you’ve ever worried about which cities would be the worst to be in when a zombie apocalypse starts, well, here’s an infographic that ranks the worst cities in the United States. Not unexpectedly, New York tops the list (which just happens to be where I’ve set my upcoming zombie […]

Olympus Mons and Arizona

Inspiration: Olympus Mons and Arizona

November 17, 2017 dkeener 0

Our inspiration this week is the long-dead volcano on Mars, Olympus Mons. As you can see in the accompanying image, the mountain is literally as big as the entire state of Arizona. It has a height of 13.6 miles (or 22 kilometers or 72,000 feet, take your pick). In short, […]