Posted in Ideas, Thoughts

A new project

So I’ve ventured into a new area.

As a child who grew up in the 80’s I was introduced to comic books which then, were available at almost every convenience store. I read them, pretended to be the superheroes they were about (Pretending to be Wonder Women around your friends when you are a boy doesn’t bode well for your social status. Not my proudest childhood memory!) and I even attempted to become a comic book creator myself.

I remember using a notebook, adding empty boxes for panels to the pages and then drawing my form of characters in them (I’ve never been apt at drawing). Sometimes I would make my own Spider-Man or Superman stories and sometimes I’d create my own character. Either way it was a lot of fun.

With that in mind I decided to try something that I would have loved to have had when I was little. A sort of, create it yourself comic book template. All I do is come up with a cover, add some tips to the inside, then set up pages of blank, varying panels and ta-da……

My Own Comic Book

At the moment I’ve created 12 different covers with popular subjects like dragons, dinosaurs, zombies and of course, superheroes. Anyone can then take the pre-formatted pages and add their own story and artwork.

I’m still coming up with ideas for versions of the books. I have set them up with 21 pages of 75 empty comic book panels for the story. I think that’s a good number to tell a story without being too much. I can add up to 100 pages without changing the price, but that to me, seems like too many.

Anyone have any ideas for new versions or comments on what I’ve done so far?  If you don’t mind would you click over to the Facebook page and give me a like or share?  Much appreciated.

 

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Posted in Silliness

My Gallery

I’ve set up a gallery over at my author page to share the random pictures I design. Most are a bit silly or cartoony but I enjoy making them and it’s fun to share. Please check them out and let me know what you think or give me an idea for something new.

Here is my latest

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Posted in Flash Fiction, Short Stories

It’s Cold Out There

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“It’s cold out there.”

That’s all Sam’s wife had to say to him this morning. He couldn’t help but mumble to himself I think it’s colder in here. This was how it had been for months. They didn’t talk anymore and if they did, it ended up with someone upset.

On the way out Sam witnessed a stray dog digging in their trash cans while noticeably shivering. He stopped, unable to leave this poor creature like this. He reentered the house and headed to the kitchen followed by Mutt, the strays new name.

“What’s going on?” Maggie asked  surprised to see her husband back already.

“Mutt here needed some food and a little warming up.” Sam replied with a grin his wife hadn’t seen in a long time.

“Well, then I better get a bowl with some water too. I think I have toys in the closet he can play with.” Maggie was smiling as well. She even kneeled down and hugged Sam, leaning against him while petting their new family member.

“I better be off to work now. Take care of my new buddy til I get home.”

“Do you have to?” Maggie asked. “Why don’t you call in today and stay home with me and Mutt?”

Sam smiled again. It seemed this day just might not be so cold after all.


Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction Prompt. My first attempt in a while. Hope you enjoyed. I hope to start sharing more regular in the future.

Posted in Short Stories

Santa wants payback! (A short, hopefully untrue story)

There is a rumor circulating that Santa is fed up. They say he’s tired of giving!

“What has giving gifts gotten me?” The jolly one was quoted as asking the crowd at a recent Thanksgiving Parade.

Immediately he began receiving responses from the crowd talking of holiday cheer, the Christmas spirit, children who adore him and plate after plate of cookies. Santa responded to the group with only a frown. From what I gathered, a frowning Santa is a sight you never want to see.

More of the upset onlookers chimed in that he is a legendary figure. His portrayal in movies, books and songs keep his name in the minds of his adoring fans year after year. That had to be worth something, right?

santaSanta’s face is said to have turned blood red before he started on a long winded rant.

“Don’t get me started on that. You think I ever receive any royalties? Hollywood and all those artists getting paid while I sit in my little cottage preparing for the next holiday. Day after day of planning my trip, making sure the gifts are ready, feeding the reindeer, listening to those annoying elves sing, mapping out my trip and deicing my glasses only to realize I forgot little Timmy’s new phone. Then all you hear is Santa sucks and why doesn’t Santa care? And by the way, when did we decide kids should get expensive game systems or smartphones? What’s wrong with a toy soldier or a cute teddy bear? Do you know how hard it is to fit a set of drums down a chimney?…..”

From my understanding this went on for quite a while. Santa only stopped when he realized most of the crowd had dispersed. Since then he has continued his rants in the form of tweets like

“Stocking up on coal for everyone this year. Merry Coalmas ya’ll! – #Santaaintyourservent

I have a plan to hopefully get Santa out of his funk. I figure we have all enjoyed and taken advantage of Santa’s jolliness for too long without offering him anything in return. It’s time for payback. Getting Santa gifts though, is not what I’m thinking. What does Santa need that he couldn’t get or make himself? Can’t be much.

So what I propose is to set Santa up with a GoFundMe campaign. Just think, if you want a certain gift you don’t ask for it. Instead, you donate enough to receive the tier equal to your desire. In addition, you get the smaller gifts as well. Here’s my idea of a sample, but I’m sure once we get Santa involved the tiers will be much better.

  • Tier one: For a five dollar donation receive a stuffed teddy, a coloring book and crayons.
  • Tier two: For a fifty dollar donation receive a video game and all the above.
  • Tier Three: For a five hundred dollar donation receive a smart phone and all the above.
  • Tier Four: For a donation of thirty thousand dollars receive a new car and all of the above.
  • Tier Five: Donate at least a hundred thousand and when Santa visits, you can wake the kids and let them eat cookies together with the big guy – Plus, all of the above.

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I figure this way, Santa can see how much people love what he does by the amount his campaign raises. It would have to be the all time best campaign. I know the money probably doesn’t mean much to him, but the amount of people responding should be enough to turn his frown upside down. If anyone complains about not getting what they wanted, just ask them “Well, did you support the GoFundMe?”

we still have a few weeks to get this going so Santa will be glad to head out on Christmas Eve. Who’s with me?

 

Posted in Short Stories

Christmas Books for Kids

Great post about some Christmas titles for the kids. Some even available in digital format for free. I’d like to add mine here as well, Clarence Monster’s Monster Christmas Story – A Rhyming, Illustrated fun story.

Rosco's Reading Room

xmasbookshdrWelcome to a roundup of Christmas stories written by the children’s authors featured on Rosco’s Reading Room this year. Many of the authors are running FREE promotional download days for these books starting Dec. 1st so don’t miss the chance to check out some fresh new holiday books for your children this season!

harrythechristmasmouseHarry the Christmas Mouseby NGK
– Published July 29, 2016 by NGK Media – Brand new release!

Join Harry The Happy Mouse and friends as they save Christmas Day!

The follow-up to the bestselling children’s picture book Harry The Happy Mouse, all of the characters are back again, working together to help Santa on Christmas Eve!

Harry sets off on his short winter walk to discover Santa in trouble! Harry and friends work together as a great team to save Christmas! All set on Christmas eve, this book is a great story that conveys the magic…

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