I listen attentively and contribute professionally to work meetings, but find that doodling can help me to maintain my focus. At the latest meeting, I found myself deploying horned helmeted Norsemen as my drawing focus. I share these simply as a window into my disturbed mind and my rock-bottom artistic talents. Having said that, my ‘Stick Vikings’ will soon be in print in an academic book chapter as a way of representing scenes from the TV show Vikings. So perhaps I do need to hone my stick-person skills for future depictions of early medieval mortuary practices. If I do, I might have to set aside the horned helmets, since this might just trigger academics way too much!

dav