I’m back from holiday and straight into a run of family days and visitors. I have managed to sneak in some writing time though, continuing to move forward with Chapter 41. In this week’s short update we are introduced briefly to Marcas Alkan, Derik’s son. It turns out he has been working with Kendra, but what does this mean for the plans of world domination and living forever? You will just have to wait till next week to find out. You can carry on with Chapter 41 on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.
Oh yeah, remember if you want to read ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ you can get it for free on Kindle until the end of Sunday 18th August, just use the links below…
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With editing ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ and writing my serial novel ‘Islands of Hope,’ I have had very little time to do other writing. I wrote a lot of poetry at the start of last year but have not for a while. Partly due to other projects and partly due to looking for a topic. I have actually wanted to write another for a few months. The other day the opportunity arose! The wife and I we were singing songs to our 1-year-old girl, when we stopped we noticed our 4-year-old, who was playing with some trains, was singing the songs but with different words. The last line of his song was, ‘polishing a sheep is a so hard job.’ We laughed and then an idea for a poem jumped into my head. It is about a farmer who does strange things to animals to get them ready for a show. I was going to write it as ‘ Polishing a sheep is a very hard job’ but felt what my son said, whilst grammatically incorrect, sounded better. I tried rhyming but it felt forced, when I went without I felt I could write it like a conversation, or rather one person talking at another. I think it is best to read in a stereotypical British West Country accent because that is how I wrote it, partly due to the grammar errors in the title. You can read it below or go to my poetry collection ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read’ on wattpad. Oh yeah, if it is not clear, don’t try any of this at home!
Polishing a sheep is a so hard job
Polishing a sheep is a so hard job
They runs away when they see you
And you just gets one then they hear
That psst psst spraying and they’re gone
When the polish is on you gots to rub it in
But it mats up all the fur real bad
You gets a comb and pull and pull
Then you can get that real good shine
And it’s all worth the work you puts in
If all gets too much then remember this
They’ve got to be ready for the show
Ironing a chicken is a so hard job
They don’t like the heat you see
So yous has to iron from a distance
And that don’t always make them feathers flat
But get in too close and push too hard
Then the feathers burn and go black
Now no-one ever wants that
Especially not the chicken herselves
So though yous got to hold tight
You need to caress her and keep her calm cause
She’s got to be ready for the show
Hoovering a cow is a so hard job
You sees they gets lots of crumbs on em’
Not like biscuit or cakes but more likes mud
Now these ones are easier to catch
And if yous skilled you get on their backs
But they has lots a crannies about
The worst bit by far is the udders you see
When yous got that little hose they pop in
Then you pull it off and another is in
When milk comes out the hoover don’t like that but
She’s got to be ready for the show
But the hardest job is mopping a duck
You might say, why mop a duck who live in pond?
Well, pond water is the wrong type o’ water
And you can’t put cleaner in them ponds
Or else it makes duck sick you see
So I have to stretch over with mop in hand
But it just slips off his downy feathers
And off he swims, quacking out laughter
Once I fell in and thought why do I bother
But you know why I keep going? Cause
He’s got to be ready for the show
And when the show comes
They won’t laugh at what I do
First in show, four times through
And the prize is just a bonus
For the pride I feel in my heart
I polished the sheep
I ironed the chicken
I hoovered the cow
And I mopped the duck
All so they were ready for the show
Now, where’s that goat? He ain’t gonna descale himself
Well I expected this week’s update to be only about 200 words as I got a little distracted with another story I am writing. Then one night I found myself alone, everyone else in bed, and I got that writing bug. I think I have now finished Chapter 5, the writing is at a logical end for this section but I am not sure if I will add more to it or just start Chapter 6 next week. Anyway, this week’s update is a nice bit of dialogue which goes towards world building, adding in plot and developing character. I hope it is as good as that makes it sound. As always the update is available on wattpad. You can read Chapter 5 here or start from the beginning here.
So here it is at last and I really like it, I would go as far as saying it is the best cover I have every created. It gives a little away, as it shows one location that will appear in the book but hopefully that does not tell you too much of the story.
I am thankful for wikicommons that I could find royalty free images as I got exactly what I wanted. I was going for a sort of World War 2 identification card with a red fist to represent revolution. The fire is just a nice little touch that I think adds to the idea there will be action and also puts a bit of colour into the cover. I was worried about getting the writing and hand to look like a stamp but with a special eraser, filter and layer settings in Photoshop I am happy with the end result.
I really hope that now having a cover makes everyone more excited for the book. Remember you can read it here on wattpad. Also, feel free to leave me any comments about it. Well then, see you on Saturday for the next update.
Saturday is here once more and that means an ‘Islands of Hope’ update. Bit more of a confusing one this week as I managed to finish Chapter 2 and start Chapter 3. I was going to hold back the start of Chapter 3 but felt that was not in the spirit of the project so it is all there for you. I also feel the story is starting to get moving so it might be a good time to get into it if you have not read it yet.
Welcome fellow Wrimos! If you’ve read even one article on book promotion, you’re familiar with the term “author platform”, which is basically your marketing reach. It’s how you’ll promote your books, especially online. The bigger your platform, the better.
So, let’s build our platforms together! Add your blog and social media pages in the form below, and I’ll send it out to every participant at the end of NaNoWriMo 2016, so we can follow one another’s pages.
UPDATE: We have 141 participants so far, which means 141 engaged people who will follow back many of the accounts you add to this form.