Picture Book Writing Week 2017!

May 2nd, 2017

May is about my picture and children’s books – there is a write a book/script a day challenge for the first week of the month. It’s called NaPiBoWriWee and is actually more insane than the nanowrimo writing challenges :)

I have plenty of ideas for my picture books and zines so this is kind of a great way of actualising some of them :)

I am being slightly boring in that I am focusing on stories I kind of need finished for festival, workshops and my activity booklets anyway… but the plan is to kind of continue the challenge and actually spend this month working on my children’s stories and picture books (and yes there is actually a distinction between the two groups – they heavily over lap but not completely – so I have kids books with no pictures and picture books that are not aimed at kids!).

So for those who want to know this means I am working on:

1) The Origami Story Box – this is a series so as long as I get number one done I will then work on it until I get bored :)

2) Scripts for the Paper Pals Theatre – same as above really only these are scripts for making the puppets act!

3) Folded Friends – again another series and yes it involves the origami and paper craft creations but this one involves humans too :)

4) The Little Books – there is lots of finishing up to do for The Little Book of Spoogy Poetry like finally putting it on Amazon and making sure the audio is out, same with The Little Book of Festive Poetry, then The Little Book of Easter Poetry needs to be put together and zined and The Little Book of Baby Poetry needs recording and zining. There are also many many more that are written but not edited or illustrated so probably going to get bored before completion here as well :)

5) City Scum (might be Scum City I can never remember!) – this is Alaric’s role playing game and I need to finish the illustrations for it!

6) Activity Booklets – these are booklets I create to accompany workshops, they contain stories, games, facts and stuff to make and do. Main focus is Cuddly Science 2, Salaric’s Arty Activity Booklet, Funky Folding, Spring Time Activities and Summer Activities.

7) Colouring Books – finishing off my Myths colouring book, sorting some sort of year thing for Love: A Stranger Dream, finish the Autumn Colouring In Booklet and make a Spring and Summer version.

8) Admin stuff – sort out this blog which is my illustrations and kids books blog and in general sort out my art work and writing into easier archives for searching, sort more places to sell products etc…

9) Graphic Novels – I have unfinished The Punk Universe comics so getting them finished and planning out the other story lines :)

10) Zines and things – there is stuff waiting to be scanned, edited, printed, folded, stapled, and the Wiggly Pets blog needs some work on it.

This is obviously a lot of stuff which I doubt I’ll get through but it gives me clear goals and shows me exactly what there is to do :)

My only concern is that there is no room for random creation – but then that does have a tendency to just happen anyway so maybe that’s not a bad thing?

Suppose I’d better get on with it all then :)

A Stranger Dream Virtual Launch Party

April 21st, 2016

Yep I have a colouring book!

It is illustrations I did for my visual poem A Stranger Dream: Love and is for grown ups. The individual pictures are still free to download here :)

There is a virtual launch party this weekend 22-24 April 2016.

There is a Facebook Event, a Google+ Event, a twitter hashtag # astrangerdream and my patreon account (which will have hidden extras in it for patreons only). There are also the blogs namely snell-pym and Turquoise Monster which is my poetry blog :)

Even More Mary Moo!

May 3rd, 2015

So I had even more ideas for the Mary Moo stories and I now know there is a kind of loose order to the books not that you can’t read them as one offs.

16) Mary Moo and the Coo Coo
17) Mary Moo Where Are You?
18) Mary Moo Goes Zoom!
19) Mary Moo Goes Bangar Boom!
20) Mary Moo Gets a Kangaroo

More Moo Stories :)

May 2nd, 2015

Been brain storming some more Mary Moo stories :)

8) Mary Moo We’ll Be Back Soon
9) Mary Moo Where is Roo?
10) Mary Moo Say a Big Loud BOO!
11) Mary Moo at the Zoo
12) Mary Moo Look at You!
13) Mary Moo Counts 1, 2!
14) Mary Moo did you hear that mew?
15) Mary Moo now is that true?

Mary Moo Stories

May 1st, 2015

Looking through the archive of story ideas I have a set about my youngest daughter which I have selected out to work on this year.

1) Mary Moo To The Moon
2) Mary Moo Please Sleep Soon!
3) Mary Moo and Her Untidy Room
4) Mary Moo Use a Spoon!
5) Mary Moo In The Waiting Room
6) Mary Moo Use The Loo!
7) Mary Moo and the Birthday Balloon

Number 7 is a new idea I had whilst writing down the others :)

I also think this series is not finished yet and that their will be more titles :)

NaPiBoWriWee 2015

April 30th, 2015

It’s that time of year again :) When I get down to some kids writing! I have now kind of lost track on how many of these I’ve done, I think I came in for number 2.

So what is NaPiBoWriWee? It’s a writing challenge and I love my writing challenges – a week of writing picture books but not just writing them but attempting to complete one rough draft a day!

It was set up by Paula Yoo, who’s blog often has lovely little snippets about the picture book world.

So what are my plans for this challenge this year?

I’m thinking I should start by looking through my archive of story ideas. I also have a lot of projects to finish off so I will be continuing the month with a finish picture books off challenge ie over all I want to have spent 30 hours on picture books this month.

I am also having a general finishing off writing projects month and I am already in the throws of Festival Season so it is going to be busy :)

The Extreme Reading Jean

January 26th, 2015

Jean the Bean has taken her reading to a new level of seriousness!

Close up of Jeany ready How It Works XKCD in the cave at the climbing wall for homework

Jeany reading in the cave the Extreme reading Jean

Babel Pencil Concept Sketch

November 10th, 2014

Babel Pencil Sketch

Itsu Jess Outline

November 9th, 2014

Itsu Jess Outline

Jess or Itsu is Punku’s brother and has many stories of his own – I haven’t gotten around to colouring him in yet so we only have the line art.

Punku Colour

November 7th, 2014

Punku Colour light

The character Punku is capable of assimilating DNA and adapting to climates – this means she has various looks with eye and skin tones etc…

Punku Colour light

This second one is her natural skin colour in her native land though she is an engineered and grown creature so there would be argument over that.

Punku walking coloured in