The problem with getting a shiny new blog is that you come over all like a kid on the first day of term again - at least I do - wanting to put sparkly stickers (or scratch and sniff stickers, remember them?) all over your text books. Which is exactly what I've done here, dang, or d'oh as Homer would say.
So, let's step away from the animals briefly to chat about character description in stories. Or, let's not and pretend we did, cheat, like I do. Eternal rebel, I know. It's just so flipping hard to remember to write about chocolatey brown eyes and burnished copper hair and porcelain skin kissed by a hundred sun-flecked freckles when your fingers are getting all a-tangle so keen are you to get the story down. I find an in inspiring picture helps immensely and keep one (or more) on the wall above my desk while writing.
The Scarlet Ribbon series has its very own Pinterest where you can find all sorts of images, from art to music and medicine to midwifery. And not forgetting the fabulous fashions.
The Lady Astronomer has two animals as main characters, Orion the European Eagle Owl and Leibniz the Lemur.
And for Memento Mori, I found this amazing picture online - not sure who it's by or I'd credit it.