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Planning for Blake’s London: Final(ish) Plan!

Related Posts: Planning for London!Planning for Blake’s London!, and Trying to Figure Out London!

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Monday

  1. Arrive Heathrow at 5:05 p.m.
  2. Take the Heathrow Express, and then taxi to hotel.
  3. I think I may get to my hotel around 8 p.m. Hotel is near Russell Square. Check into hotel and get situated.
  4. Ask the concierge for a dinner recommendation near the hotel. Or…
  5. Simon of shipscooksstuff.wordpress.com has kindly offered to “show [me] some of Soho’s pubs and give [me] some background on [his] home city.” So sweet! Hopefully, we’ll meet up either Monday or Thursday.

Tuesday: Special Event Day!

  1. Before 10 a.m., explore Russell Square and surrounding neighborhood.
  2. 10 a.m.: David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Afterwards, explore the V&A. Ask information desk about the “…four of Blake’s ‘fresco’ paintings on display permanently” as well as Arts & Crafts/William Morris and other must-sees.
  3. Lunch: The Queen’s Arms and/or the V&A Cafe.
  4. After V&A, Tate Britain: The new Blake room will open on May 6th. Ask information desk about the Pre-Raphaelites. Perhaps take a 45-minutes free collection highlights tour at 11, 12, or 3. 
  5. Leave some time to relax and possibly nap in the late afternoon.
  6. 7:30 p.m.G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society! at 17 South Molton Street.

Wednesday: Touring Around!

  1. If exhausted from Tuesday, sleep in a little bit.
  2. 10 a.m.: National GalleryNational Portrait Gallery, or return to a museum from the previous day.
  3. Lunch: Eat somewhere near/in museums.
  4.  1 p.m.: Harrods Vintage Bus Tour of London with Champagne Tea at Harrods – Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, a cruise on the River Thames, and tea/scones at Harrods (until 6 p.m.).
  5. 7/7:30 p.m.: Jack the Ripper Tour (option #1option #2, or option #3).

Thursday: Blake’s London!

  1. My friend Elena may come up from Barcelona for the day to see me! 
  2. 10 a.m.: British Museum –  Department of Prints and DrawingsAncient EgyptAncient Greece, etc.
  3. Lunch: Tea and Tattle (41 Great Russell Street) or London Review Cake Shop (14 Bury Place).
  4. Blake historical sites: (a) St. James’s Church, (b) Royal Academy New Somerset House, (c) St. Mary’s Battersea, and (d) Bunhill Fields.
  5. Either National Portrait Gallery (open to 9 p.m.) or  pubs with Simon.

Friday

  • Depart: Back to San Francisco!

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Package from The Blake Society, 2013

Related Posts: Package from The Blake Society and G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society!

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Photos of The Blake Society’s Calendar of Events for 2013!

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Trying to Figure Out London!

Related Posts: Planning for London! and Planning for Blake’s London!

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Firstly, I just wanted to thank all the awesome bloggers who have given me very helpful advice for this trip!

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Note: This post is really just for me to try to jot down and organize all the information/recommendations/advice I’ve received about London so far. AND MORE ADVICE IS MORE THAN WELCOMED!

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Here, I’ve narrowed down the Blake historical sites to only the ones I want to see most:

  1. St. James’s Church: (10) Where Blake was baptized. The font still survives.
  2. Westminster Abbey: (10) Where Blake practiced drawing. Monument to Blake in the Abbey’s Poet’s Corner.Will probably end up here on a bus tour!
  3. Royal Academy, New Somerset House: (9) Where Blake studied and occasionally exhibited his work. Original building.
  4. 13 Hercules Buildings: (7) Where Blake produced the Songs of Experience. House demolished in 1918.
  5. 17 South Moulton Street: (10) Will be here on Tuesday!
  6. St. Mary’s, Battersea: (10) Where Blake married Kate. Original building.
  7. Bunhill Fields: (9) Where Blake is buried.

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Harrods Vintage Bus Tour of London with Champagne Tea at Harrods

Okay, this might be really silly/crazy/touristy, but a tour in a vintage bus plus tea time? That just sounds so ridiculous (in a good way, I think)!

Won’t have time for this on Monday or Tuesday, so will have to do either Wednesday or Thursday.

Location: Starts at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge.

Time: Starts at 1 p.m, for 5 hours.

Price: £49

Includes: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, a cruise on the River Thames, and tea/scones at Harrods. 

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Jack the Ripper Tour

Might have time for this on Monday, or otherwise on Wednesday.

Option #1: Every night at 7 p.m. Outside exit 4 of Aldgate East Station. £9. 2 hours.

Option #2Every night at 7 p.m. Outside exit 4 of Aldgate East Station. £9. 2 hours.

Option #3: Every night at 7:30 p.m. Outside exit 3 of Aldgate East Station. £9. 1 hour, 45 minutes.

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Tate Britain

At the very top of my list!!!

Tentatively, I think I might go to the Tate and V&A on Tuesday, the bus tour and possibly Jack the Ripper on Wednesday, and then the British Museum and Blake historic sites on Thursday.

Location: Millbank.

Time: Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price: Free (except for special exhibitions).

Taking photos not allowed.

  • Need to find out more about the renovated Blake rooms!
  • Need to figure out what else I’d like to see at the Tate!

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Location: Cromwell Road.

Time: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Price: Free (except for special exhibitions).

May take photos, unless otherwise noted.

  • Ask information desk about the “…four of Blake’s ‘fresco’ paintings on display permanently.”
  • David Bowie is£14.00 (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket). Already bought my ticket!! :D

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British Museum

Location: Great Russell Street.

Time: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: Free.

Photography permitted in most galleries.

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National Gallery

Not sure if I’ll have time for this.

Location: Trafalgar Square.

Time: Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price: Free.

Taking photos not allowed.

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National Portrait Gallery

Not sure if I’ll have time for this. May go if nothing else to do on Thursday evening.

Location: St.Martin’s Place.

Time: Open Sat.-Wed. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Price: Free (except for special exhibitions).

Taking photos not allowed.

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The Princess Louise

A restored Victorian pub. Recommended pint: Timothy Landlord’s.

Location: 208 High Holborn, Holborn. Between Covent Garden and the British Museum.

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Tea and Tattle

“Fresh leaf tea in a pot and bone china, scones with clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches and tasty cakes… could anything be more British than afternoon tea in London.”

Location: 41 Great Russell Street (opposite the British Museum).

Time: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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The London Review Cake Shop

“…the traditional with a twist.”

Location: 14 Bury Place  Bloomsbury (near the British Museum).

Time: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Coach and Horses, Soho

Very shabby, but landmark.

Location: 29 Greek Street, Soho

Time: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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French House

Location: 49 Dean Street

Time: 12 to 11 p.m. (Food served until 4 p.m.)

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Seven Stars

Something quieter.

Location: 53-54 Carey Street (behind the Royal Courts of Justice, near some of the Blake sites around the Strand/Fleet Street).

Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Angel

Something quieter.

Location: 61-62 St Giles High Street (a bit of a no-man’s-land between Covent Garden and Bloomsbury that’s central yet tourist-free).

Time: 12 to 11 p.m.

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The Queen’s Arms

Location: 30 Queen’s Gate Mews (near the V&A).

Time: 12 to 11 p.m.

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The Sherlock Holmes

Has a very authentic English feel. Fish & chips.

Location: 10-11 Northumberland Street

Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Old Shades

Great fish & chips.

Location: 37 Whitehall (Trafalgar Square).

Time: 10/11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Lighthouse Fish Bar

Fish & chips of mammoth proportions.

Location: 8 Tooting Bec Road (1/2 block from Tooting Bec Tube Station).

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Curry/Indian: Any suggestions?

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The Gay Hussar

Fabulous Hungarian food and a very interesting past illustrated by the political cartoons on its walls.

Location: 2 Greek Street, Soho.

Time: 12:15 to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 to 10:45 p.m.

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Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Monday, February 18th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on first zine.

Tuesday, February 19th

  1. Meeting with Gabe! Showed him some new work for Elias & the City of Cats
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  4. Spoke with my high school friend Tina L. about SPX (Small Press Expo) in Maryland. We (Tina, some of her friends, and I) are going to try to get a table there this September! Also, Tina may share a table with me for this year’s APE!

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #7: Super busy with some editing/fact-checking work! Also, sat in on a Teen Advisory Board meeting, which was interesting. Going in again tomorrow instead of Friday to sit in on a meeting and meet a tight deadline!

Thursday, February 21st

  1. Sent Hannah some follow-up answers.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #8: Came in Thursday instead of Friday. Managed to complete a big project before the deadline. Finally met Dan in person (had only talked on phone before). Going to help Hallie with a photoshop project on Wednesday. Busy, busy, busy!

Friday, February 22nd

  1. Day off from Zest Books Internship!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on some extra assignments for Zest.

Saturday, February 23rd

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Sunday, February 24th

  1. Lunch with cousin Cheryl Ann.
  2. Date night with Wes!
  3. Nominated for The Very Inspring Blogger Award.

Monday, February 25th

  1. Did some errands downtown.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Worked on some extra assignments for Zest.
  4. Nominated for The Liebster Award.
  5. Contacted by potential director for one of my short scripts!
  6. The Flea‘s First Fan Art!

Tuesday, February 26th

  1. Correspondence with potential director.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on first zine.

Wednesday, February 27th

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #9: Did some more image research and worked on photoshop to convert images into multiple formats.

Thursday, February 28th

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, March 1st

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #10: Little jobs here and there. Working on some projects for Little Fish. Took home a copy of Regine’s Book.

Saturday, March 2nd

  1. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  2. Attended a show at Gallerie Citi with some of my mom’s art on display. :)

Sunday, March 3rd

  1. Hannah Meiklejohn Interviews G. E. Gallas for Lemonade Magazine
  2. G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society!
  3. Date night with Wes!

Monday, March 4th

  1. Celebrating 1,000 Followers on Twitter!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Research, research, research…!

Tuesday, March 5th

  1. Planning for Blake’s London!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Research, research, research…!
  4. First skype meeting with film director Josh! He’s interested in my short script The Man Who Never Smiled. Soon, he’ll be scouting locations and creating a shot list. Wants me to write detailed notes about the script and eventually create a simple storyboard. Set filming date for July. Extremely excited!!!
  5. Worked on The First Reich.

Wednesday, March 6th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #11: Worked on a graphic-novel-related marketing research project.

Thursday, March 7th

  1. Meeting with Gabe! Hoping I can finished illustrations for Elias in a few weeks, scan them, then meet with Gabe to get everything prepared to send out to publishers!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, March 8th

  1. Package from The Blake Society!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #12: Continued to work on a graphic-novel-related marketing research project. Received some very interesting advice about publishing.

Saturday, March 9th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Nominated a second time for Versatile Blogger Award!

Sunday, March 10th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Monday, March 11th

  1. Ran some errands.
  2. Worked on some information for the Blake Society.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, March 12th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Wednesday, March 13th

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Thursday, March 14th

  1. Worked on a special illustration. :)
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on The Poet and the Flea.

Friday, March 15th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #13: Worked on image research and packing for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
  2. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Saturday, March 16th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Applications, applications, applications…!
  3. Nice dinner with extended family in Palo Alto.

Sunday, March 17th

  • Date night with Wes.
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The Ice Cream Bar, San Francisco

Monday, March 18th

  1. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Applications, applications, applications…!

Tuesday, March 19th

  1. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  2. Second skype meeting with film director Josh! Discussed casting and locations.
  3. Talked with Tina L. over phone. Always so much fun!

Wednesday, March 20th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #14: Worked on research for graphic novels, London Book Fair, and literary agents.
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Spring is here?

Thursday, March 21st

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Dinner with friend Tina C. 

Friday, March 22nd

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #15: Worked on research for London Book Fair and literary agents. Put together a bunch of packages to be mailed. Image research for computer/internet-related ebook.

Saturday, March 23rd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Date night with Wes. Saw The Incredible Burt Wonderstone — actually much more entertaining than we were expecting. Bought David Bowie’s new album! :)
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Yay!

Sunday, March 24th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Received reply from a potential job — interview on Thursday.
  3. Worked on The First Reich.
  4. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  5. Packed for Passover trip.

Monday, March 25th

  1. Passover trip — had Passover and stayed overnight at cousin’s house outside of Sacramento. Would be perfect location for filming Death Is No Bad Friend.
  2. Received e-mail from local production company. Interview scheduled for April 11th!

Tuesday, March 26th

  • Return drive from Passover trip.

Wednesday, March 27th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #16: Worked on image research and fact checking! Fact checking is definitely one of my strong suits — I have so much random knowledge stuffed away in my brain that I can immediately sense when something is off. :)
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Beautiful but deadly pollen!

Thursday, March 28th

  1. Interview with potential job unsuccessful, but that’s fine by me. Looking forward to next interview on the 11th!
  2. Entered two screenplays (one full-length, one short) into Table Read My Screenplay contest. Wish me luck!
  3. Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!

Friday, March 29th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #17: Continued to work on fact checking and image research!
  2. Tina L. called to tell me we got the table at SPX!!! Now to buy plane tickets…

Saturday, March 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Arr, Ye Matey: “Assassin Bound” Ho!!!
  3. Worked on The Flea plush toy.

Sunday, March 31st

  1. Worked on The Flea plush toy.
  2. Date night with Wes! :)

Monday, April 1st

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on The Poet and the Flea.
  4. Online research/shopping for Cannes/London trip.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-30 completed, and 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: about 6-8 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

  • Finish work on Elias & The City of Cats.
  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Add more information to my Behance.net profile.
  • Add more information to my Coroflot.com profile.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!

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Yesterday, I posted the 20th page of The Poet and the Flea… What!? Wow!!

The Flea premiered online November 28th, 2012 and has already received more than 10,000 views.

I have been honored to received a number of wonderful reviews thus far, such as those by Sarah Goode and Hannah Meiklejohn, as well as an incredible invitation to speak to The Blake Society in London this coming May.

Self-publishing The Flea online has been an incredible experience so far and I thank everyone for their enthusiasm and support!

Best wishes,

G. E.

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For those of you who have yet to check out The Flea (and for those who wish to read the first 20 pages over again), I’ve included links below. Enjoy!

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Start from the beginning!

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Title Page

Note

Page 1

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Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

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Page 8

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Planning for Blake’s London!

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Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

As you may know, for the past couple months, I’ve been busy planning for my trip to Cannes and London. I’ll only have 3 full days in London, so I’m trying to figure out the best schedule that will allow me to fit everything in. For my British followers/readers, any advice would be incredibly appreciated.

Monday

  1. Arrive: Hello London!!!
  2. Take public transportation from Heathrow to hotel; check into hotel and get situated.
  3. Since I’ll be exhausted from the film festival (and if I don’t get in too late), I think I might take a bus tour of London. That way, I  can relax and cover all the basics in a short amount of time and hopefully won’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything. If I don’t have time to do a bus tour Monday, then I’ll do one Tuesday morning/afternoon and maybe do a Jack the Ripper tour instead.

Tuesday: Special Event Day!

  1. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll spend a good chunk of this day yet. Like I said, I might take a bus tour of London. Or perhaps check out the London Eye, Covent Garden, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, etc. on my own. I have to look into the different types of bus tours and schedules!
  2. Leave some time to relax and possibly nap in the late afternoon.
  3. Special Event: G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society!

Wednesday: Museums Galore!

  1.  ★Tate: I recently contacted the Tate about their William Blake collection and was absolutely delighted to hear that the renovated Blake rooms are scheduled to open May 14th and will very likely include The Ghost of a Flea — talk about perfect timing!
  2. British Museum: I would like to visit the British Museum’s Print Room (Department of Prints and Drawings), where one can access Blake works without an appointment. According to the Chair of the Blake Society, Tim Heath: “…you are able to hold in your own hands some of Blake’s original (and now priceless) illuminated books. It is one of the secrets of the city.”
  3. Victoria & Albert Museum: According to Naomi, the V&A has “…four of Blake’s ‘fresco’ paintings on display permanently, as well as a good collection of watercolours which you can see in their Print Room (no appointment needed).” Would also love to see upcoming exhibit called  David Bowie is (March – July)!!

Thursday: Blake’s London!

Thursday, I plan on adventuring through London to visit all the Blake historical sites. Naomi recommended this tremendously helpful resource on the Tate’s website: http://www2.tate.org.uk/williamblake/lambeth/london_intro.html.

I need to figure out the easiest way to walk and which sites I would most like to see (on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 meaning “I absolutely must see this!”).

  1. 28 Broad Street: (7) Where Blake was born. Original building no longer survives. Tate: “Old houses that survive… give a good idea of what Blake’s house looked like.” 
  2. St. James’s Church: (10) Recommended by Tim. Where Blake was baptized. The font still survives.
  3. Mr. Pars’ Drawing School in the Strand: (5) Where Blake was sent to study at age 10. Demolished in Regency times.
  4. 31 Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn: (8) Where Blake at age 14 became apprentice to an engraver. Original building demolished in late 19th century. Tate: “…but the next-door houses (of brick rather than stone) give an idea of its original appearance).
  5. Westminster Abbey: (10) Where Blake as an apprentice practiced drawing ancient tombs (such as King Edward I) and monuments. Monument to William Blake in the Abbey’s Poet’s Corner.
  6. Royal Society of Arts: (5) Where Blake admired James Barry’s murals The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture. Original building.
  7. Royal Academy, New Somerset House: (9) Where Blake studied and exhibited his work on several occasions. Also important location for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, if I’m not mistaken. Original building.
  8. Green Street, Leicester Square: (5) Where Blake moved after his marriage. Original building no longer exists.
  9. 28 Poland Street: (6) Where Blake moved after dissolving his partnership with James Parker. House rebuilt in the late 19th century.
  10. 13 Hercules Buildings: (7) Where Blake lived during his most productive years and produced the Songs of Experience. House demolished in 1918.
  11. 17 South Moulton Street: (10) Where Blake “…suffer[ed] his bitterest disappointments. Fame and financial success continued to elude him, and he sank into poverty and paranoia.” Will be here on Tuesday!
  12. Fountain Court, Strand: (7) Where Blake lived until his death and produced his illustration to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Original building no longer exists.
  13. St. Mary’s, Battersea: (10) Recommended by Tim. Where Blake married Kate. Original building.
  14. Bunhill Fields: (9) Recommended by Tim. Where Blake is buried (in an unmarked grave). Tate: “A small monument now stands at the approximate site where Blake was buried.”
  15. Paolozzi Newton: (6) Where a statue based on Blake’s Newton stands.

Friday

  • Depart: Back to San Francisco!

Now that I’ve laid everything out, the next step is to narrow everything down into a manageable plan!

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Planning for London!

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As some of you may know, I was originally planning a trip to the UK for February 2013. Circumstances have changed a countless number of times and I thought I wouldn’t be able to go at all. But, thanks to The American Pavilion Cannes Film Program, I think I’ll be able to make my dream of seeing some of William Blake’s work in person come true (among other dreams of screenwriting, filmmaking, etc.). I’ll be in France for about two weeks, and I hope to tack on a few days in London during my journey back to the States!!!

I’m currently in the process of figuring out my travel arrangements. There are so many different routes to Nice, France, it’s difficult to decide the best way to go. Possibly, I could stop over in New York or Amsterdam or even Paris. I’m hoping my dad (Mr. Globetrotting Lawyer himself) will be able to find me the best deal. Or perhaps I’ll try a travel agent.

The wonderful Naomi Billingsley at The Blake Society sent me a fabulous e-mail detailing all the best ways to see Blake’s work and historical sites in person. She suggested that I make a list of what I want to see, so I’ll be making a number of lists on my blog in an attempt to figure out how to schedule everything into two or three days.

  1. The Tate possesses an impressive collection of Blake’s works, but I believe many pieces just returned from Madrid and are not currently on display. I’m hoping that by May this will change. My #1 dream is to see The Ghost of a Flea in person — so I guess I’ll try contacting the Tate and ask them for more information. Naomi pointed out that there are a number of “view by appointment” Blake works at the Tate’s Print Room and that I could make an appointment to see them. I’ll have to browse their online catalogue.
  2. The British Museum has some Blake works in their Print Room as well and they are accessible without an appointment.
  3. According to Naomi, The Victoria and Albert Museum has four of Blake’s “fresco” paintings on permanent display and a collection of Blake’s watercolors in their Print Room, accessible without an appointment.
  4. Naomi also recommended a really amazing page on the Tate’s website detailing Blake historical sites (http://www2.tate.org.uk/williamblake/lambeth/london_intro.html). All these sites seem like they’re in a pretty concentrated area, so I think I’ll be able to see a lot of them!!

From here, I’d like to further explore the museum websites/online resources and figure out how much I can see and what I want to see the most in the few days I’m in London!

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Updates

January 28th

Today, finalized my travel arrangements! On the way from San Francisco to Nice, will be stopping over in Frankfurt. And on the way to London, will be stopping over in Belgium. Will be staying in London for three full days, staying at a decent hotel not far from all the museums and Blake historic sites. Can’t believe this is really happening!!!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Wednesday, January 9th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on first zine!
  4. Received my fourth nomination for The Beautiful Blogger Award!

Thursday, January 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Continued work on first zine.

Friday, January 11th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Continued work on first zine.
  4. Today, set up an interview for a potential internship at a local publishing company! The interview’s Wednesday afternoon, so I have some time to prepare and de-stress beforehand.

Saturday, January 12th

  1. Was going to go see Gangster Squad this weekend with Wes. But I’m definitely coming down with something. Hope I get better before the interview on Wednesday! ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ
  2. I’m sure you’ve all heard about and seen the amazing giant squid footage recently captured by Japanese scientists. Well, I made a giant squid discovery of my own (see photograph below)! P. S. I love the Japanese word for giant squid – 大王烏賊 daiouika, which uses the characters for “big,” “king,” “crow/raven” (perhaps because squids have beaks), and “rebel/thief/bandit.” Yes, giant squid are awesome!!
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Resident Squid at Woodhouse Fish Co.

Sunday, January 13th

  1. Under the weather! :(
  2. I just had to share something amazing with all of you. Recently, I’ve started watching a very strange show called Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy. The only way to describe it is Monty Python meets a live-action version of Yellow Submarine plus an unverified amount of crack. You might want to watch the whole episode if you’ve never seen it before to understand the humor. But I wanted to point you all in the direction of a skit about William Blake and The Ghost of a Flea (like The Poet and the Flea, but not)! Watch from 7:50 for The Flea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvx4QLHGUCs

Monday, January 14th

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. Continued work on first zine.
  3. Prepared a bit for interview on Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 15th

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. Continued work on first zine.
  3. Worked on preliminary design for  The Flea plush toy!!

Wednesday, January 16th

Thursday, January 17th

  1. Discovered this amazing review of The Poet and the Flea by Sarah Goode at University College Oxford on the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’s website!
  2. Correspondence with The Blake Society.

Friday, January 18th

  1. Brief but great meeting with Gabe! He seemed to really love what I’ve done so far on the final illustrations for Elias & the City of Cats. He didn’t make any changes other than adding a handwritten title to the cover and adding a second page for the part we call “cat craziness.” Plus, I sent Gabe a list of children’s book publishers I’ve compiled and he’ll look over it in the coming days. It’s wonderful to think that, once I’ve finished the final illustrations, Gabe will start working on submitting Elias to publishers!!! 
  2. Began reading Wes’s screenplay!!

Saturday, January 19th

  • Continued reading Wes’s screenplay!!

Sunday, January 20th

  1. Received some amazing news — more details to come!
  2. Saw Gangster Squad with Wes! Both of us agree that it wasn’t as bad as the 33% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Monday, January 21st

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finished reading Wes’s screenplay!! Going to meet on Wednesday to go over it with him. (^-^)
  3. Nominated for The Liebster Award for a second time!

Tuesday, January 22nd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Submitted The Poet and the Flea to The Belfry WebComics Index.
  4. Nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wednesday, January 23rd

  1. Discussed screenplay with Wes today! I think he has a really strong screenplay (especially for a first draft) and already knows which elements need to be further developed. (︶ω︶)
  2. Received Amazon order — William Blake’s Divine Comedy Illustrations and Charles Burns’s Black Hole!

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Thursday, January 24th

Friday, January 25th

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. Worked on preliminary design for  The Flea plush toy!!

Saturday, January 26th

  1. Helped my mom, the abstract artist Irene Zweig, deliver her paintings to Gallerie Citi in Burlingame where she will be featured in a show sometime this Spring. You can visit Gallerie Citi’s homepage to learn more and even visit my mom’s profile on their page.
  2. Had dinner with a lovely relative from out of town.

Sunday, January 27th

  1. Had brunch with our lovely cousins.
  2. Date night with Wes! :)

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: about 6-8 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

  • Add more information to my Behance.net profile.
  • Add more information to my Coroflot.com profile.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Continue to work on Elias & The City of Cats.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

***

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Wednesday, December 12th

  1. Second day of cat sitting!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Helped my mom, the abstract artist, with developing her blog (irenezweig.wordpress.com).
  4. “Correspondence with The Blake Society.”

Thursday, December 13th

  1. Third day of cat sitting!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Worked on The Flea script.

Friday, December 14th

  1. Fourth day of cat sitting!
  2. Sent out some more fellowship/internship/job applications.
  3. Worked on The Flea script.

Saturday, December 15th

  1. Last day of cat sitting!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Worked on The Flea script.

Sunday, December 16th

  1. Went to see The Hobbit with Wes and the folks! I was a major fan of The Lord of the Rings films when they first came out (and still am), so of course I was (and still am) super excited for The Hobbit. Even my dad, who was skeptical and didn’t really want to come, loved the movie (and even shed tears at the bromance between Bilbo and Thorin, I kid you not). (^-^) I know this is bizarre, but I think my favorite part was when the Great Goblin’s secretary cackled as he ziplined through the air!
  2. Wes is so sweet and got me a Rose Vampire figurine from Super7 – IT’S SO CUTE!

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Monday, December 17th

  1. Signed up with Behance.net: www.behance.net/gegallas.
  2. Worked on The Flea script.

Tuesday, December 18th

  • Worked on The Flea script.

Wednesday, December 19th

  1. As usual, great meeting with Gabe. Working out the next few steps for Elias & The City of Cats and thinking about our future projects.
  2. 2:30 p.m.: Phone interview with The American Pavilion for the Cannes Film Program. I think it went pretty well. I’ll be hearing from them this Friday. Wish me luck!
  3. Came up with a really cool idea for The Blanks screenplay collaboration. Wrote an e-mail to Gabe and waiting to hear what he thinks!

Thursday, December 20th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Applied to the Creative World Awards (a screenwriting competition). For more information, click here.
  3. Worked on The Flea script.
  4. Did some more research on fellowships/internships/jobs.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 60 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Correspondence with The Blake Society

"Night Startled by the Lark" (1820) by William Blake

“Night Startled by the Lark” (1820) by William Blake

The other day, I got in touch with The Blake Society (www.blakesociety.org) hoping to bring their attention to The Poet and the Flea and to ask them about next year’s Blake Society Tithe Grant.

To my surprise and delight, The Blake Society had already heard of my graphic novel and had made an announcement on their December newsletter as well as their Facebook page.

I think it’s really wonderful that The Blake Society seems to keep tabs on as many Blake-related projects as possible. They have a great website with many resources, including a full biography of William Blake and links to other useful sites.

If only I were in London, I would have joined this society long ago. But San Francisco is so far away and I’m unaware of any local societies here (although according to The Blake Society, there was a William Blake society in Palo Alto around 1940 :D ).

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Excerpt from The Blake Society December newsletter:

BLAKE IN THE WORLD OF GRAPHIC NOVELS

A  new graphic novel is being published in installments on the web.  The Poet and the Flea is written and illustrated by G. E. Gallas and a new page appears every Wednesday.  Gallas is inspired by Blake as ‘the junction between Dante Alighieri and Allen Ginsberg’.

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Excerpt from The Black Society on Facebook:

The Poet and the Flea is a new online graphic novel by G. E. Gallas which re-imagines the life of Blake. A new page is added every Wednesday; today we reach page 7, when William tells Kate about seeing a tree full of angels.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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