About

I’m a scientist by trade, artist and musician by hobby, Catholic by creed, British by passport, currently resident in central Europe and trying to learn one of the Slavic tongues.

This is my sketch blog, initially intended for weekly sketch-posting but that fell by the wayside. Suggestions for what to draw are invited, though obviously I can’t guarantee I’ll be up to or up for drawing any given suggestion. I don’t intend to blog much about my opinions on anything, for the time being.

I blogged previously at There Are Real Things and Notes from the Scriptorium.

The name of the blog is taken from the Czesław Miłosz poem, “Nonadaptation”, because I needed to call it something and I like the poem.

I was not made to live anywhere except in Paradise.

Such, simply, was my genetic inadaptation.

Here on earth every prick of a rose-thorn changed into a wound.
whenever the sun hid behind a cloud, I grieved.

I pretended to work like others from morning to evening,
but I was absent, dedicated to invisible countries.

For solace I escaped to city parks, there to observe
and faithfully describe flowers and trees, but they changed,
under my hand, into the gardens of Paradise.

I have not loved a woman with my five senses.
I only wanted from her my sister, from before the banishment.

And I respected religion, for on this earth of pain
it was a funereal and a propitiatory song.

My blogging name is taken from Godescalc (or Gottschalk) of Orbaïs, 9th century predestinarian heretic. (My real name is James, but one cannot simply register “James” as a username for anything, there are too many of us; Godescalcs are not so high in number, yet.)

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