Book Twelve in my cartoon excuse series is going to be covered in cobwebs and brewed in a witches cauldron. That’s right, I’m going to take on Halloween.
Spiders, vampires, more candy you can shake a broomstick at, werewolves, pumpkins, zombies, and the occasional Math Teacher. It’ll contain my trademark advice on how to increase your candy haul and get the most out of the spookiest night of the year.
Here’s a first look at my current doodles:
My current working title is 49 Excuses for Bagging More Candy on Halloween. I’m working hard to get it ready for release by the end of October (obviously). I’ll let you know once it’s ready for pre-order in the coming days.
Okay, so I’ve been working hard to illustrate my next childrens book Bunny Terror. Most weekends have begun with picking up a pencil and finished with brushing off the rubber dust. Even managed to finish a sketch pad.
Anyway thought I’d share some of them.
I’m around halfway through editing and ilustrating the book so far. Plus I’m working on a bundle pack of the 49… Books so keep a look out for both.
And if you want to start reading Bunny Terror you can find it here on Wattpad.
This is what half my next book currently looks like.
24 cartoons down, 25 to go… (also realised there are only 8 pages left in my sketchpad so I better get myself new on pronto).
I’ve been working hard to get the next eBook in the ’49… Series’ complete and ready for release in October. It will either be call ’49 Excuses for Getting Out of Gym Class’ or ’49 Excuses for Sitting Out of P.E.’ so it all depends how American I feel at the time of release.
Another book has appeared… and this one is purple.
’49 Questions to Annoy Your Parents’ has finally arrived and is available for pre-order today now from Amazon & Kobo (so far, iTunes, Smashwords and Nook to follow).
By now most people probably know the deal with these little cartoon books I’ve been writing and drawing for the past two years, but for the sake of being thorough here’s what you will find inside:
49 annoying questions
49 silly cartoons
All linked together by more silliness
Plus somewhere inside you’ll find a killer onion, a butterfly reading a book and the letter ‘k’ with a goofy grin
Needless to say book 4 in the 49… Series was extremely fun to make (he typed with an even goofier grin on his face). Much like the last release I’ll upload some snippits and sneak-peaks so be on the look out!
It may seem like progress has been slow over the winter period, and I am willing to accept this statement (with a clenched jaw and a healthy collection of excuses). So I am hoping that using the Star Wars font in my graphic will make the progress I have made more note-worthy/dramatic/exciting-enough-to-keep-your-interest.
My biggest achievement would be finishing the first draft of my next children’s fiction book – Seaweed and the Carrot Bandits. A huge milestone but also a sobering one. You see, now that the first draft has been completed the next stage is to edit every chapter, paragraph and word so it all makes sense. Here is the breakdown:
87 pages (in 11pt font)
While editing I will also start drawing the next instalment in the 49… Series – 49 Annoying Question to Ask Your Parents. So when I start pulling my hair out over sentence structure and plot continuity I can escape the editing nightmare by picking up a pencil and drawing silly pictures. . . drawings like this. . .
So over the next few months I will be editing, then drawing, then editing, then banging my head against the desk, then drawing, and so on. Hopefully, if I have enough brain cells left, both books will be published by the end of the summer (I predict 49 Annoying Questions to Ask Your Parents will be first). I will let you know once they are coming out, of course.
Today I am one proud little author (see drawing above).
My latest eBook in the 49… Series has gone on sale today. Here’s just a hand full of reasons why I think you’ll enjoy reading it:
It’s full of cartoons (49 to be precise)
It pokes fun at homework (but includes a tasty little moral at the end)
It’s a fast-paced read (around 30 minutes if you read like me)
It’s a bargain! £1.49 (less than a coffee or 150 penny sweets)
It’s definitely the best one yet.
If you’ve read the previous two books in the 49… Series then I hope you’ll agree. If not, please download the first in the series for FREE and decide for yourself.
You can also download samples from all the websites listed above. If you do buy my latest eBook please consider leaving a review on the website you purchased it from as this is by far the best way you can support me! For those Good Reads folk, you are most welcome to review the eBook here.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the eBook.
I’d like to introduce you to the newest, shiniest member of the 49… Series – ’49 Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework’ – available for pre-order now from Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords (and also B&N and iBooks soon).
Inside you’ll find 49 drawings and 49 excuses (as per usual). I think I’ve really kick it up a notch this time; everything just feels better:
the illustrations are more daring than ever before
the ideas hit a new level of silliness/cheekiness
even the eBook production is more professional
There’s no point in pretending that the inspiration for this one was a strenuous process. All the ideas for these excuses came naturally thanks to 12 years of the British Educational System and the inability to remember my homework. I was a willing student. I did my homework (most of the time). Sometimes I even enjoyed it. The problem was my wonderfully written homework would sit on the desk in my bedroom because I had forgotten to put in my school bag.
So I hope that the end result (this collection of humourous excuses for forgetful kids like me) shows the added effort that went into this addition for my little cartoon eBook series. Most of all I hope everyone who opens it will enjoy it!
~~~Review Copies Available~~~
For the first time ever I’d like to give away some eBooks for honest reviews. It’s simple really… you let me know you’re interested… I’ll send you the eBook in the format of your choice for free… you read it… then review it online wherever you like!
If you’re interested please drop me an email – cjwarwood-at-hotmail-dot-com.
I’ve been drawing in the early hours of the morning lately… with no socks on… and it’s been mega!!
20 drawings in 2 weeks.
That works out as 1.42857 drawings a day.
Which means that’s 20 out of 49 drawings ticked off my check list for my next eBook – 49 Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework. Check out the fruits below:
This revelation brings me to ask the serious, and hopefully beneficial to fellow illustrators, question: why does drawing with your socks off boast productivity? Here’s some possible explanations:
Cold laminate flooring against your naked feet has x4 the wake-up power compared to the traditional morning brew
Cotton + foot sole + pencil = slow and lethargic squiggles and lots of rubbing out
Sole + pencil + cold floor = fast and efficient pencil strokes with some nifty shading
Do pencils wear socks?… I think not!
Could foot freedom be directly linked to creativity?
In order to be at ‘one’ with your pencil, you should be at ‘one’ with blah blah blah some spiritual lingo
I’d like to encourage you to join me in my morning experiment. Don’t suffocate your feet. Give them time to breathe before your working day starts and you might discover, like myself, that your mornings turn into something exciting.