Sunday, 25 June 2017

The White Crown and the Red Crown

Lessons for Celeste while Lyn is feeding Aurora:

Dead Kings in Ancient Egypt got buried under big stone pyramids.

But why do the Kings want to go into the Pyramid and lie down, Daddy? Well...

Oh no - now there are no bricks to build houses for the peasants :(

Pharoah Terry inspects the pyramid complex. He is pleased. The architect will survive to see another day.

But why was Pharoah Terry murdered by his brother, Daddy? Well...

Celeste learning how to eviscerate a body before mummification

Next lesson: How to remove the brain through the nose (practical exam). I've got all the relevant bits made of pink plasticine and a sharp fork for the extraction.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ink and Paper

Double done! So after a few more late nights of swearing, unexpected formatting errors, laptop failure and waiting nervously for Amazon to approve the manuscript, the paperback version of the "Aurora" short story anthology is all done and ready to buy!
Some people have been in touch and asked for an actual paper book, presumably because they prefer physical books or don't own a Kindle, so now all of the short stories that I wrote for the New Baby Challenge are available to buy for £4.99 (which covers all of the printing costs).
Thanks very much as well to the people who bought the ebook - it's very much appreciated!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Episode VIII: The Baby Awakens

Good grief - has it really been a month since I last posted here? Since Aurora's sleeping patterns have shifted, it feels like longer. It used to be that I'd get up at 6 am and get some writing done while the house was asleep. Now that she wakes up at 6.15 and Celeste wakes up before Aurora's morning nap, I'm down to an hour in the evenings.

However, I haven't been idle in all this time...

Big news...

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Mr Banks RPG

Now that I'm older and I've been forced to watch Mary Poppins more times than I'd like to count, I found I've developed a certain sympathy with Mr Banks, the stern and autocratic father of the story.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Sunless Skies Shanty

I really, really like the Fallen London universe. For those people who don't know, Failbetter Games - one of my favourite developers - wrote this amazingly intricate series of stories for their games Fallen London (a free online RPG) and Sunless Seas (an eldritch horror 'em up in a gigantic underground sea).

London gets stolen by space bats and stowed in a gigantic underground cave. If that doesn't pique your interest, you've probably not got a pulse.  Which can actually be a problem in this universe.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Guest Contributor: Celeste Chapman (aged 3 years and 2 weeks)

I have a magic cape that stops me from flying up into space. If I did, I'd miss my little sister. I have magic powers in my hands - SHAZAAM! This hand has run out of magic, so I need to use the other one for a while.

"Shazaam!" summons bottles of Fruit Shoot. It may take more than one incantation before Daddy gets off his bum and fetches one.