Check out the latest podcast from ThisBookIsFunny! Featuring some pretty breathtaking voice work from me and some pretty ropey accents from Alex Milway. PLUS Gary Northfield does his best farmer voice to portray the marvellous Derek The Sheep and there’s an interview with Stephan Pastis, author of the Timmy Failure books.
Yes, I did it again. Far from being content at offering the world my free Jolly Roger pattern, I set to work to create yet another masterpiece, this time in the form of the wonderful Link from the Legend of Zelda. He’s not exactly perfect, but I’ve tampered with the final pattern which means that your version should come out a lot better. Please do let me know if you make one of these – the validation makes me feel… well… validated (wrote myself into a bit of a vocabulary cul-de-sac there).
As before, the pattern can be obtained from the wonderful Crafty Crafty blog here, edited by the marvellous Abi Silvester, who also edits our green blog, Hippyshopper. She works very hard editing both those blogs for us, so do go and visit one of her sites and leave her some nice comments. It makes *her* feel validated.
I should probably also mention the fact that it’s thanks to the wonderful artistic talents of my other half, Alex Milway (to give him his full name to help his Google rankings), who made the pattern for me from his childhood memories of Zelda and nothing more. He really is very clever. Annoyingly so, in fact. But don’t tell him I said that.
By the way, if you would like to read the blog of the world famous children’s author and illustrator, Alex Milway, you can do so here: www.themousehunter.com/blog. You can also leave him some comments if you like – he’s also a fan of validation.
Click here for free Zelda pattern from Crafty Crafty
Because I’m such a nice and lovely person, I made a pattern especially for all the readers of Crafty Crafty. If you suddenly realise, upon looking at this, that your life has been an empty and meaningless existence without a skull and crossbone patch, you can download the pattern and create your very own Jolly Roger forthwith. It’s a good job I was here, that’s all I can say.
Get the free pattern here! Fill your heart with joy.
Al’s book, The Mousehunter is finally out in book stores trying to earn its keep. It’s been out for a few weeks now, but the official launch is this Thursday 17th January. So, if you happen to be anywhere near the fantastic Bookseller Crow book shop in Crystal Palace, you can meet the author, get a signed copy and join us in celebrating the launch of the first of many Alex Milway children’s books!
Very excited – Al’s webpage has gone up on his agent’s site! Can’t really believe that Al’s actually going to be a published children’s author this time next year. He’s currently working really hard to get through the first edit and has added a loads more pages. I think he’s a bit shattered by it all, but that’s what happens when you have to continue working a normal job as well as writing and illustrating a book.
Once he’s got that one finished, he’ll have to start the next one straight away in order to get it written by next year. How quickly life can change!
(By the way, this isn’t the actual cover, it’s a just a quick mock up Al did for his agent. The name of the book will probably have changed by the time it comes out as well as Mousebeard only really makes sense once you know what it’s about (a Pirate who has mice living in his beard) plus they think it makes the book sound too childish for its intended audience of 10yrs+ ).