Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Old Bunyip

Old Bunyip  Character Post 51

Old Bunyip is a mature bunyip who lives on the dank and shady side of the creek. He appears to Young Bunyip as a killjoy who is determined to stop him from having fun. Old Bunyip has a salty turn of phrase, addressing Young Bunyip as Bark-brain, Hammer-nose rand other such epithets. His mantra is Bunyips Don't which he produces every time he finds Young Bunyip doing something that might be construed as fun.

Old Bunyip is indeed an old curmudgeon, but he is also a sincerely dutiful mentor. It's not his choice to live near Young Bunyip or to interfere in his life. It is in fact his duty to tutor the youngster in bunyip behaviour. Once he's sure his ward has got the point, he considers his job done and returns to his preferred place of residence... wherever that is.

Old Bunyip is rough-tongued, grumpy and intent on teaching Young Bunyip how to live according to the bunyip code. Here he is as pictured by the late Kim Gamble in the book Bunyips Don't.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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. As of February 18th 2018 I STILL haven't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books to come, and I'll certainly showcase those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, just for a change. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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