Gormenghast Vocabuloot #2

I’m not quite halfway through Titus Groan, the first installment of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. It’s a peculiar book which merits a separate effort to describe. Briefly: the vibes are certainly gothic, but it isn’t edgy or grimdark; in fact, the characters and scenarios are really quite kooky. It reminds me of The Phantom Tollbooth or especially Roald Dahl’s work. What pulls me along is not necessarily the plot but the wry humor lurking in the locution of so many sentences.

Speaking of word choice: I admit I’m a fan of esoteric vocabulary. Here be more of the treasure I’ve picked up from Peake so far:

Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2024.

jimdevona.art update

I updated my art portfolio site so that it, too, is now running WordPress, which will make it easier to update and organize: jimdevona.art

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2024.

A Miscellany of New Words

I continue to assiduously note new words I encounter, not unlike a wee gnome giddily gathering charms from the floor of a wizard’s workshop. New spells for my sachet of incantations!

From the NYT:

From chapters by various authors in Field Notes on Science and Nature, edited by Michael Canfield:

From Orbital, by Samantha Harvey:


Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024.

Mr. Rogers Portrait Print

My printmaking effort for March is this portrait of Fred Rogers. The Patreon supporter edition will go in the mail next week.

Posted on Saturday, March 30th, 2024.

Flaco Prints

My patron print for February 2024 is this Eurasian Eagle-Owl, loosely inspired by the story of Flaco. I’m catching up on art projects: the patron edition of these “February” prints just went in the mail yesterday, but as usual, there are a couple extras floating around ready to go to any new members. (Also available in sticker form.)

Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2024.

New Word Alert – Gormenghast #1

First, two cultural terms:

A printmaking term:

Last but not least, a big batch of words from the beginning of Titus Groan, book one of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy. I’ve had the omnibus for some time but just started reading it. It’s delightfully strange and surprisingly funny — and definitely rife with unfamiliar vocabulary.

Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2024.

Newly Queued – Short Story Collections

Here are three short story collections I recently picked up:

  1. The Fantasy Hall of Fame, edited by Robert Silverberg, from the local Friends of the Library book shop.
  2. Collected Stories Vol. 1, by Richard Matheson, from a thrift store
  3. A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams, from Autumn Leaves Books.


Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2024.

Tiger Cat Mats

You can now get my tiger print from last year printed as a “pet mat” from Redbubble. I’m not sure what it looks like in reality (the image about is an automatic product composition generated by Redbubble), but the option amuses me so I enabled the product in my sticker store.

Posted on Sunday, January 28th, 2024.

New Word Alert

Some new-to-me words from some recent reads:

Posted on Saturday, January 13th, 2024.

2023 Art Highlights

Cross-posting from Patreon (which you can join to follow for free): here are some highlights from last year’s patron-supported art projects.

Relief prints:

Spooky Sharpie sketches from #inktober 2023 (#10):

I drew a lot of author portraits last year. Here are a few of my favorite sketches:

Numbers in parentheses indicate the issue of my PORTRAITS zine in which the piece originally appeared.

Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2024.