Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Blinky Bill on Stage

Blinky Bill on Stage (1992) Post 388

Blinky Bill on Stage is one of a few longer original stories I wrote for the Blinky series. In this one, a bushfire destroys the Kangaroo household and Blinky's mate Splodge and his sister Kitty are bereft. Mrs Snake offers to take in Kitty and Splodge, and is angry when her offer is turned down. Miss Magpie's class decides to put on a play to raise money for the family, and Nutsy and Kitty write the script for Kangarella. With cuddly sisters, three nice mice, the hairy godmother and others, plus song and dance routines, it's sure to be a hit, but Blinky, who would rather be out playing Rob'em Good in the bush is cranky. Mrs Snake offers back stage help... All is sorted out in the finish. I had quite a lot of fun with this one, writing bits of script and some songs for the musical. 


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Who Needs a Shadow?

Who Needs a Shadow? (2000) Post 387

Who Needs a Shadow? is a short fantasy about Shadow, who has lost his person (Old Codger) and needs to find a new one. A shadow without a person is a shadow without direction or purpose or hope, but it's difficult to find someone who doesn't have one already.
This is another story of which I don't have a copy and of which I can't find a picture on the 'net. If anyone has a copy and would scan the cover for me I'd be grateful. I wrote this one under my Nicholas Flynn pen name.


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Helping Toby's Team

Helping Toby's Team (2006) Post 386

Helping Toby's Team is another of those beautifully illustrated very short books designed to showcase a particular topic. In this case, it was force-and-motion. Originally called Helping Tom's Team, with the younger child being a girl, this one is the simple story of a younger brother (changed in edits) who wants to help the elder one take all the equipment to the game. He offers help and then has to work out how to deliver it. He uses a wagon, and discovers, along with the reader, that a path is more conducive to force and motion than the grassy park.
I was Sandra Fitzgerald this time! (This preserves the initials of my maiden name!)

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Sea Shanties

Sea Shanties (2018) Post 385

Sea Shanties is an anthology, and I didn't write all of the text or even most of it. However, I did conceive it, orchestrate it and ringmaster it, and I, or various of my alter egos, did write some pieces as well as the links.
In some ways, Sea Shanties is related to one of our other efforts, Ssstories. After choosing the S-words for that one, I belatedly thought of all the ones that could have been in... sea, shells, songs, sand, stones, salt, sky, sunshine, summer... and a disproportionate number of these suggested sea. Rather than do Ssstories 2, we decided to do a sea-themed anthology, and here it is. The beauty of the sea as a theme is that it offers realism, myth, fantasy, sf, family, coming of age, humour, tragedy, the past, the future and a whole lot more. The sea touches every continent and island, and influences a great many cultures. 
All the anthologies to date have been fun to work on, but in some ways this has been the easiest, because it inspired so many diverse themes, characters and plots. And, although as I said, I don't write all or even most or much of the material, I do spend a lot of time working out the sequence and finding the correct balance of pieces. Obviously, I couldn't do this without the band of writers who share my fascination for the anthology form, so I'm lucky so many do!
Information on the how, why and wherefore of these enterprises is at http://www.printscharmingbooks.com

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Stencil Fun On the Farm

Stencil Fun On the Farm (2008) Post 384

Stencil Fun On the Farm is a very short text about animals waking when Father Rooster crows and getting ready to begin their day of activity. 
There's a bit of a chain reaction as each lot of animals (hens, cows, sheep etc) starts moving and sets the next lot off. These are little activity books and I did several of them. Trying to sort out what was and wasn't published seemed impossible since I've never seen copies, but someone who works at the company kindly sent me some information for this blog.


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sky Watchers

Sky Watchers (2006) Post 383

Sky Watchers is a very short story about astronomy. For years I was encouraged to make my writing more multicultural instead of reflecting my own surroundings, so I did this text about Theo and his big sister Melita, who came home with a telescope and set it up on the roof so she could teach Theo how to identify various heavenly bodies. The implication through the names was that the family was Greek. When the book came out, Melita and Theo had become Mary and Sam. Oh well! I tried. I used the pen name Annabelle Tan on this one. 


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Ride, Roll and Run

Ride, Roll and Run (2006) Post 382

Ride, Roll and Run is a short text on the theme of exercise. Our hero asks various neighbours who is coming to celebrate the new fitness area's opening. Some intend to run, while others will roll on roller skates, or skateboards and others might ride bicycles or scooters. The point is that everyone will be getting out there for some fun. I used the pen name of Sara Chen on this one.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Planet of Secrets

Planet of Secrets(1998) Post 381

In this graphic novel Arkies title, the Arkies have already landed on a planet. This one has been visited before, but the records say a ship merely touched down briefly and then left. Nevertheless, Lyam discovers Earth-type clover growing and surmises it must have escaped from the ship and colonised the planet. Singer is equally interested to find clover isn't the only thing the ship left in its wake; horses approach.i Singer communicates with one, and learns her name is Heya. While she's riding Heya, the Arkies' old enemies Farla and Tench from EarthNet turn up. Heya flees with Singer aboard, and the others have to avoid EarthNet, find Singer and then reason their way out of a situation none of them expected.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Wiz

Wiz (1994) Post 380

Wiz is one of the very shortest of my titles... not only in its title but in itself. I can't find a copy of the cover, but it shows a little boy dressed as a wizard with a wand. It's a kind of guessing game, with illustrations that support the words so children can guess... Wiz makes a fox in a box, a star in a jar and so on. If I locate a copy, I'll explain it better and post the cover.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Silent Planet

Silent Planet (2008) Post 379

Silent Planet is one of the Arkies series, and in this one, I decided to ring the changes. The premise is that the four arkies and their sentient computer, ArkMa, are ranging the galaxies looking for SR (settlement ready) planets. Up until now, they'd never found one, so this time, they did. They descend on a seemingly deserted planet that has signs of an elaborate civilisation. Singer senses life... but no humans. The arkies discover some dogs which invite them to join their pack. 
An unseen intelligence is watching, and suddenly deafening sirens ring out. It turns out the brain of the city, somewhat like ArkMa, is very much alive...

The way these manga-style books are written is quite different from normal narrative. Here's a sample of the manuscript showing the set-up.

  • Page 10 []
Panel 33: The Arkies are reacting to a loud sound and a voice that seems to be coming from all around the square. No one is visible. The cat is wailing and streaking across the square. Three parrots swoop overhead.
Caption:  SUDDENLY, A SIREN SOUNDS.
SFX: EEEEoooooEEEEooooooEEEEE!
Cat: WROOOOOWWWWW!
Voices:  DANGER, DANGER. ABANDON CITY. DANGER, DANGER. COLLAPSE IMMINENT.

Panel 34: The Arkies react, running away, but Pace seems about to stop.
Caption: THE ARKIES FLEE FROM THE SQUARE.
Merlinna: RUN!
Lyam: BACK TO ARK3!
Pace: WAIT!

Panel 35: The others turn back to look at Pace, who has stopped and is holding up his hand for silence.
Singer: BUT—
Pace: WAIT, EVERYONE.
SFX: EEEEoooooEEEEooooooEEEEE!

Voices:  DANGER, DANGER. ABANDON CITY. DANGER, DANGER. COLLAPSE IMMINENT.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so.