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Hmm… 20, August 2010

Posted by babychaos in Art, General Wittering, Small Scale Disasters.
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OK, advice (please please) people… if you’ve the time or inclination. I’ve made some pathetic attempts to draw my characters. Big Merv is not ready for public display yet but he is, at least, beginning to look a little less like Gary Newman’s older, much camper cousin. More on that story, later.

I had a go at the hero of the thing… he’s not very good either, the pencil sketch isn’t bad, it’s the pen and ink effort that’s truly terrible. I guess I’m not very good at drawing in the comic book stylee… the economy of line required doesn’t suit my style, either that or I’m failing to identify the correct lines to pick.

Even so, I was hoping to achieve somebody who looked like the lad in my head and not Cliff Richard’s gay younger brother. Hmm…

Anyway, here they are, try not to laugh…

Character from Few Are Chosen, Book 1 of the Yarthan Trilogy

Hmm… so then I thought I’d try pen and ink.

The male lead in the Yarthan Trilogy

It looks better upside down.

For some strange reason, as the caption says, it looks quite good upside down… and then I turn it the right way up and think, hmm…

Yeh, in case I needed reminding, there’s a reason why I don’t usually draw people.


Hoorah! 13, February 2010

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Great excitement for me today. My free e-short is now available on Barnes & Noble.  I did wonder why my Smashwords downloads had spiked – 10 over the past couple of days.

If any of you would like to take a look you can find it here.  It’s not obligatory though, because most of you have read it already.  That said, if any of you have a B&N account and want to give it a few stars or even a review (yeh pushing my luck, here, aren’t I?) I’d be hugely grateful… as well as cheeky.

I’m still here… just 9, December 2009

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I know it’s been ages, I’m not sure if anyone’s there any more but well… I’ve been writing a book which is why I’ve been so absent… that and being a stay at home mum with no child care to speak of (parents all miles away, husband willing but employed).

So… I’m going to publish my novel myself because it fits into the box Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams fit into and everybody knows nobody will take a chance on an author like that, whatever the sales figures of the ones who’ve made it might say,unless they’re already famous for something else, or a runaway success for a small publisher or are merely writing up the popular radio and TV series as a book.

I start my quest for self-publication – or at least my quest to sell loads of e-books and then get a publisher on the back of my “proven track record” by giving away a short story to pique peoples’ interest… and get in before Christmas.

It’s free to download and it’s called “Is this Heaven?”

If anything it’s a demonstration of why I write novels… and not short stories.  But anyone who wades though it, I hope you have fun.

You can find it here.


More Babychaos… 8, April 2009

Posted by babychaos in baby stuff, careers, General Wittering, Humour, Light Fluff, Mini Me.
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A week ago, having finished my submission for a literary agent, honed it, toned it and generally agonised over it my Sister In-Law – who works in publishing – kindly volunteered to read it.

Seeing the enormous size of my synopsis  – it’s a complicated plot – she recommended I ring the agency I was approaching to check if they had any particular length in mind when they said “short”.

Eventually I took my courage in both hands and did.  It rang, somebody answered and before either of us could say anything Mini Me shouted.

“NANG!!!”  At the top of his voice.

There was a surprised silence.

“I’m sorry, this isn’t a prank call.  That was my son.  He’s a baby.”  I said.

Oh happy day when she laughed!  Luckily they are happy with a longer synopsis, the point is that it should be free from waffle.  If there’s lots to say, that doesn’t matter.

Phew again.

Advertising how it should be… 16, July 2008

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Ok, crappy perfume advertisers pedalling bollocks, sellers of lard with made up names in it – yes laboratoire garnier with your nipozoniolipononyipids and other shite… All those stupid people who use advertising to make us feel shit about ourselves so we buy their crappy products out of desperation or fear… all those makers of wear these clothes, this perfume, drive this car, eat this chocolate and you’ll be shagged rigid every night for the rest of your life tossers… all those use our product or you will die dick cheeses, French – the joke was NEVER Fcuking funny – Connection et al…

THIS is how to make an advert. That is; without disrespecting or undermining anyone, without setting impossible goals of perfection, free from condescension and pretension, by being clever, original and witty.

Oh… um if you haven’t seen Thunderbirds – the original Gerry Anderson 1960s TV version, re-run in 1990 and 2000, as opposed to the film – you may not get that this is Brains, out of Thunderbirds… which will be a pity.