Night Owl

Booking through Thursday is a weekly meme about books and reading. This week’s question:

What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed up reading a book? Is staying up late reading a usual thing for you?

When I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I was up all night, and my sister and I read the one book in turns. I don’t remember staying up the whole night reading books many times; though I did stay up till around 3 am quite a lot! And that is no wonder, because I used get up very late.

These days I try to sleep early, so I can wake up early. But I just can’t get my nose out of the book. I keep telling myself that I’ll just read two or three more pages and then sleep – as if that is going to work!

The only books I can’t read at night are those by Stephen King. I read Salem’s Lot in the middle of the night, and the entire time I felt like someone was scratching on the window! I couldn’t sleep that night, even after I finished reading the book.

Toy Broom – Illustration

Last night, my mom scolded (read: screamed at) me for the umpteenth time about how messy my room is. Being as lazy as I am, I wish there was someone (other than my mother!) who could do my work for me.

When I was a kid, I used to love reading the Enid Blyton fairytales. When the children slept all the toys in the nursery came to life and played and held races and stuff. Or even that once you close a book, the characters in it come to life. It’s the kind of thing that you can’t possibly disprove, even though it’s obviously made up! I still love that ‘What if…’ feeling you get when you read fantasy fiction!

Like now, what if… when I’m all tucked up in bed and asleep, the brooms just came to life, just like the toys, and did all the tidying up for me!

For ‘Toy’ at Illustration Friday.

Tarzan? (Illustration)

…when Artificial Intelligence takes over the Fiction World…

Remember the scene in ‘Tarzan’, when Tarzan takes Jane’s hand and compares it to his – when he realizes they are the same kind? Remember when he is trying to learn to speak and he says, “Me, Tarzan…You, Jane”?
Remember ‘I, Robot’ by Isaac Asimov?
Remember Joss Whedon?
Since this is my first attempt at an illustration, it took me some time. I even had a little issue with the way the robot is sitting – but then I decided: hey it’s a robot, he can turn just his head around without having to turn his body, can’t he?
But, while this is not the best I can do, I had a lot of fun doing it!!!
For “Artificial” at Illustration Friday