Progress Report Cont.

Writing Progress 2

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:

  • 27 chapters
  • 87 pages (in 11pt font)
  • 40,805 words

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. . .

Hand and Brain Desease Security Vault

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.

Thanks for keeping an interest.

Book Review: Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett

Dragons-Pack-ShotI recently discovered ‘Dragons at Crumbling Castle’ by Terry Pratchett and decided I had to read it, straight away. So I ditched whatever it was I reading at the time and read this instead.

Back in the 60’s, when the Discworld was nothing but a distant thought, Terry worked as a Junior Reporter for the Bucks Free Press in Buckinghamshire. Every week he would write a short story for children that were then published in the local newspaper… stories about polite dragons and wizards with pointy hats and tiny tribesman who live in your carpet (which would eventually become his first novel, ‘The Carpet People’).

The 14 imaginative stories are all illustrated, with plenty of inventive words and even the beginnings of the Pratchett style humourous footnote. My particular favourite was ‘The Giant Speck’. Two communities living on either side of a tiny piece of dust dream of making the journey to the Giant Speck in the sky. I loved this imaginative parallel of the Space Race but with rowing boats inside of space shuttles and a nice little moral at the end.

If you’re a Discworld/Pratchett fan (like myself) and you have children then this book is a wonderful opportunity to start them young. Each story would make a magical bedtime story lasting 15-20 minutes. As long as your child is old enough to sit still and young enough use their God-given talent to imagine they’ll love ‘Dragons at Crumbling Castle’… and so will you!

The Opening Line: “In the days of King Arthur there were no newspapers, only town criers, who went around shouting the news at the top of their voices.” – from the story Dragons at Crumbling Castle.

Highlight: Like a back stage pass in the beginnings of this bestselling author. These stories were the first, and I really enjoyed reading the young Terry Pratchett experimenting with humour and the imagination that would later on become his trademark.

Lowlight: Erm… well there are only 14 stories. Who knows, there could be more stories lurking in the shadows waiting for the second volume!

Favourite Quote: “Poor old Dok! Nothing ever quite went right, ever since he had invented language when he accidently dropped a very heavy stone on his foot.” – from the story Dok the Cavemen, about a caveman inventor.

Top Tip: If you buy the eBook version, the Prachett style footnotes are clever little links. Simply click on the tiny number which transports you to the end of the chapter, read the footnote, then click the tiny number again which transports you back to the same place in the story.

Final Verdict: Loved it! If you’re a Pratchett fan you should read this (simply because). If you’re interested in seeing what a young Pratchett would have written then you should definitely read this. If you are a Pratchett fan and you have young children you should definitely, definitely read this with them (I believe it would be called a win-win situation).

Peace on Earth & Goodwill to All eBook Lovers

I’m feeling festive.

It might be because of all the minces pies I’ve been eating at work, or perhaps it’s those silly Christmas jumpers that have sprouted up all over the place, or maybe it was this cartoon:

So in the spirit of the season I’ve changed my FREE eBook to 49 Excuses for Not Tidying Your Bedroom and cut the prices of the rest. Check it out now (and download them quick before the mince pies wear off).

Merry Christmas!

Press Release: 49 Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework

New eBookRelease Date: 30/10/2014

ISBN: 9781310954818

Available from the following stores: Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes, Smashwords, and Scribd.

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.