12 Books in 12 Months

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Of Sheep and Selkies (and NaNoWriMo)

I spent the weekend with other people’s stories, editing and trying to work out a running order for the Homespun eBook. It felt nice to sit with them and give them my full attention, which will hopefully prove motivational for getting on with my own stuff.
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Editing Tales

As regular readers may be aware, I go on about how editing takes longer than first drafting to the point of being really quite boring.  It deserves attention, I trill, it is the most time consuming of all the things if you want to do it justice.

JG Ballard Crash Manuscript, found at

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Call for Submissions

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might be aware that when I’m not writing I sometimes act as Media Officer for Homespun, a new children’s theatre company.  Now I am cannily combining the two in the interests of raising cash to send our show, East of the Sun West of the Moon (which was pretty well received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year) on tour in 2013.  I am putting together an eBook of folk and fairy stories, with all proceeds going towards redevelopment and production costs.  I am therefore looking for bright young things to donate their stories in the interests of supporting new children’s theatre.  If you or someone you know is a bright young thing, please read on for more information…

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon

This is an update for those who followed my progress with the 28 Drawings Later Challenge in February, when I came up with promotional ideas for a play called East of the Sun, West of the Moon (which is coming to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August).

The company has had to change its name from Inglenook to Homespun, so sadly my wee teapot logo is now useless – but that is the only thing that has changed really.  The show is taking shape – it’s a family production with four actors playing all the parts and it is going to be in The Surgeon’s Hall 3rd – 25th August at 12.10 every day except Sunday.

I am telling you all this because I am the media contact, and it’s my job to go on about it at great length until you’ve all bought your tickets.  It also means one of my pictures – which regular readers saw here on the blog first – is officially in the Fringe Programme – how exciting!

I am in the process of getting the company onto all your favourite social media sites – we are on Twitter @HomespunUK and Facebook at so please follow and ‘like’ us if you can!

And now, a little animation I made:

28 Drawings Later – Days 17, 18, and 19

I tried to post this yesterday but our internet wasn’t having any of it so I gave up and watched Under Siege 2 instead. I had a fairly busy weekend so just did a few quick doodles focusing on things the young girl is given by three random old ladies to help with her quest to find the prince in the castle.

The gifts are slightly unusual – a bit like when your granny starts to lose it a bit and gives you things where you’re like ‘wow, what a lovely… what is that?’  One is a spinning wheel, which seems like it would be slightly unwieldy, or at least my one is as it’s a full size one with foot pedals.  Presumably there are more portable versions which I will discover as my research progresses further.

Day 17 - Spinning Wheel

Then we have some more carding combs.  You may remember the other day I did a golden hair comb, without actually referring back to the text of the story, only to discover that the gift wasn’t a hair comb at all but the kind used for getting icky bits out of sheep’s wool when you’re going to spin it into thread.  This makes sense in the context of the spinning wheel, but it’s not the most magical looking item… nowadays the things used for carding are a bit like giant hair brushes, but I managed to find a couple of more old fashioned looking ones to sketch.

Day 18 - Carding Combs

I think this is the style I’ll probably use in the event I develop any of these into something approximating promotional materials for the play. It’s not that dissimilar to the hair comb, but I think it’s a nice shape and probably easier to stick in the pocket of a raggedy dress than some of the others.

Day 19 - Carding Comb

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