Soft Toys

Orgo are one of the main features of my upcoming book series; so I thought I’d make more of them.  They are an animal I have created, based on the premise that they’ve evolved, following the onset of a new ice age! You can read more about my story development in previous posts.

Large in size, and having a few different colour strains, I decided they would make good soft toys.  So, I had some made…

Above is a tan orgo, and he is based on one that appears heavily in the first book 😀

Then, I thought I’d add his saddle. People ride around on orgo in my story…rather a lot to be fair!

Next is the grey colour morph.

Then finally, a grey orgo pup. Some (not all) male orgo have manes. So with this one, we’ve added that too.

Here is the pup with his mum 🤗

A massive thank you goes to Exclusively Handmade, who have worked tirelessly with me to create this range. I have to say, I absolutely adore the end result!! Exclusively Handmade can be found at the following link…

https://www.facebook.com/exclusivelyhandmade/

As always, please let me know your thoughts 😀 I would love to hear from you!

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Accessories

Whilst creating weird and wonderful new creatures, like these, I decided I would investigate the possibility of accessories to go with my new book series!
So far, I have worked with a wonderful company, who are in the process of developing a soft toy version of an Orgo. Hopefully, I will be able to bring you more on this very soon.  But meanwhile, I have had a play around with mugs and coasters based on the cover illustration.

I am pleased with the results this far…

If nothing else, at least that’s my morning brew sorted!! ☕

As always, let me know your thoughts 😀

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Cover Reveal

Saturday Morning BIG News 😀

Here it is 👀

The cover for my debut novel, which is planned for release on 1st November this very year!!

Featuring an orgo, a big feature of the story; the intention was to set the scene, so to speak.

A massive thanks goes to Dawn Elizabeth who illustrated the cover, and personally, I think she has done an incredible job!  Dawn is a fantastic artist, and has brought my creation to life.  More of her work can be found here…👇

https://www.facebook.com/dawn.beever.54

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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My Story, Orgo & Other Animals

When developing my story’s ‘world’, I focussed a lot on the animals that lived there.  I have to admit, I enjoyed this process, because to a point I was creating this world, and therefore, could have whatever I wanted living there.
To begin, keeping in mind that this was a new ice age, I gave consideration to current species that may live on.  So, this made me consider creatures that may now live in colder climates.  First up…narwhals.  Why?  They’re cool…that’s why!  Google them if you don’t believe me.  But that was pretty much my reasoning for putting them in!

Next, I wanted a bird (for whatever reason).  With this in mind, I did some thinking about how some species have today thrived, living off the back of humans.  I can think of certain gulls (other birds and mammals too), that have adapted well to our way of life.  Owing to this, they have been very successful, especially where increasing their populations is concerned.  However, I didn’t want a gull, but I did want a seabird of sorts.  My favourite…puffins.  So, that was that, puffins were in.  But not any old puffins; newly evolved, opportunistic puffins, that are doing very well for themselves.

On a final note for today, I will give you another little snippet on orgo.  These animals are of my own creation.  A new species, that look roughly like my (awful) sketch.  They live on land, but may not have evolved from land mammals.  In my new ‘future’ ice age, you could perhaps think of them as like horses.  People ride around on them, race on them, and have domesticated them for various reasons.  Overall, orgo are in many ways worshipped by many of the human species and colonies in my story.  Why?  They’re also cool…that’s why!

But you can’t Google that one…

As usual, would love to hear any comments you may have.  Speak soon!

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Surviving The New Ice Age

I went through a lot of work to get from my Initial Thoughts On My Story Concept, to finally forming My One Sentence Summary.

Here, I am hoping to summarise that process. Bearing in mind, that every stage took a lot of thinking through. Some ideas came easier than others, and some I even stumbled across.  But on the whole, I did a fair amount of contemplation and tinkering-every step of the way!

Lets start with people…

I wanted to start at a point further into the future.  A point centuries after this ice age had occurred, causing near extinction of the human species.  The event that triggered this Ice Age, I decided could be referred to as The Great Freeze.  As such, over the generations following this catastrophe, stories would be passed down, and the world we currently know would become the stuff of legends.  Our time, and our current existence, would be talked about, through tales told to children, and some people may choose to believe it, whilst others perhaps wouldn’t.

For the centuries between The Great Freeze and new civilisations of humans evolving, I envisaged people existing, more or less, by themselves, or in tiny groups.  Our world would become something of a ‘survival of the fittest’ place to live. But eventually, a new civilisation would emerge, and so I pondered whether this was the starting point of my story.  However, after much consideration, I decided that this wasn’t the story I wanted to tell.  So I considered giving this new colony time to grow, and importantly, time to become challenged.

Things were taking shape now; people have come back together, but within that structure, cracks also form.  Perhaps these divisions may lead to the development of another colony.  That would give me two communities of humans, living in the new ice age, with distinct differences.  But this separation would have come about for a reason.  What could that be?

Well…

Remember how I considered the role of evolution amongst all this?  One of the concepts I played around with, was whether humans themselves may evolve, so that two similar (but not the same) human species may co-exist in this frozen future.  In my opinion, if this new species were involved in struggles to survive, and also the foundations of new civilisations, then they could also be at the centre of much conflict.  Don’t forget, our people have had to survive for centuries on the basis of natural selection, or like I said, survival of the fittest.  How much of a dilemma might it cause, when we are required to share limited resources with our closest relatives?

This new species of human, living alongside existing humans as we know them today, would surely cause a variety of opinions, and ultimately conflict?  Without wanting to give too much away, I will leave that (possibly) cryptic notion with you.  But to offer some clarity to one thing…

I decided that the story will commence, roughly two hundred years after the foundation of the first human colony.

As the pieces fell into place over the creation of my new ‘future’ world, my thoughts split in various ways.  The first thing I contemplated at this stage, was developing the characters, and their back-stories.  Who were the people that I was going to focus on in this story?  Additionally, I was considering the rest of this world, and to be specific; animals.  I wondered which animals that currently exist, could possibly still exist in this ice age of mine.  Likewise, I also gave much thought to the birth of new life, and new species, that would also live alongside my characters.

And that is where this came from…

It is only a rough sketch of mine, and please forgive the artwork; I don’t claim to be an illustrator (AT ALL).  But, this is an ‘orgo’…an animal (mammal), that has evolved over the centuries following The Great Freeze.  Going forward, orgo will very much be a big part of the story I have to tell.

And on that note, I will simply say, that there will more on that another day.

Please feel free to post any comments you may have.  I would love to hear from you…

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Get In Touch

Whilst busy writing today, I thought it was a good time to suggest that we keep in touch…

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How else, are we going to discuss the world I’m creating?

How else, are YOU able to forward any ideas or thoughts you have on my story?

How else, are YOU going to be able to find special offers?

How else, could you get involved in giveaways?

So…

What are you waiting for?  Pop your details in the form below, and let’s get chatting!!

Can’t wait to hear from you…

The ‘New’ Ice Age – My Story Foundation

Maybe it’s about time that I gave you a little background on my new ‘imagined’ world. I have spent a lot of time creating this world, and I started with a single question…

What would happen if we entered a new ice age?

To begin with, I considered that, if and when this did happen, it would probably come very gradually. I’m not convinced it would take an incredible amount of time; I mean, look at how our climate has changed over just the last few decades. But maybe nature would give us a chance. Maybe, we would have time to relocate to warmer areas. Maybe, the human species would adapt to this new threat, using the technology and skills we have developed over centuries. Who knows, I’m not a scientist, but I did do a lot of research around what we know of ice ages, and different theories over the cycles our planet goes through. Yet, this led me toward a more far reaching notion…

What if this ice age did come quickly?

What would happen then? I can only assume, that over a number of years, the catastrophic consequences of our climate ‘crashing’ so to speak, would push us to the brink. If temperatures plummeted, it would have far reaching affects, the likes of which, we surely couldn’t survive. Well, not in the ways in which we have become accustomed. At this point, I started thinking about the movie The Day After Tomorrow. BUT, I didn’t want to explore this natural disaster as it was playing out like that movie did, I wanted my story to be very different. I wondered what would happen to us after such an event. More than anything, I pondered in what ways we could possibly endure this phenomenon, and how our species would move forward if some of us did live through it. So, this all became the basis of my next question…

If some of us lived on, how would things pan out in the years after?

By the time I started thinking this through, I had built the foundation of my story idea. I would start with the concept, that a sudden and severe climate shift, throws our world into this new ice age. From this event, I decided that it could be plausible, some people may survive. However, having lost everything, those that did carry on would surely struggle in many ways. Food would be scarce, temperatures unbearable and individuals would resort to extreme methods in order to protect their existence. Conflict may follow, and in an absence of lawmakers this could be deadly, driven from pure desperation. On top of this, the remaining population might start to dwindle. Worst case scenario perhaps, but in all likelihood, our world could become a cruel place to live.

However, in my head, I also think that a need to co-exist would eventually emerge. I contemplated, that the knowledge and skills we have gleaned up to the point of such ruin, would not be forgotten. As a species, we humans have continually built on learning; further developing ideas passed down from previous generations. Whether this has been a good or bad thing is much a matter for debate, and I will leave you to your own opinions on that one. The point remains, that engrained in us, would be everything that we have become. On that basis, I believe it is feasible, that following our new status as an endangered species, and after many years clutching to life, the few humans left would finally come together. Being a little more positive, hopefully, these people would rebuild, re-organise, and begin to once again work together for the future of our kind. This may be achieved through our fundamental need to live, combined with the intelligence and technological ideas still contained within our subconscious. I would like to think, that somewhere along the way, we found ways to access that which we have learned through the history of our civilisation. Starting small, these few people that continued, would eventually construct a colony and a place in which to live together. But then, even this would face huge challenges, when accounting for cultural and ideological differences. Well, that’s how my thought process pans out anyway.

But there is more…

Scientists debate and hypothesise constantly about nature, and specifically about causes of mass extinction. The evolution of plants and animals is also often studied to great length. Yet there rarely seems to be complete consensus in many areas. Take the ‘aquatic ape’ theory for example; or differences in opinion over mass extinctions, like the large mammals that inhabited our planet in the last Great Ice Age. Owing to this, I have made assumptions that during events (like my new ice age), many species would be wiped out for one reason or another. Together with this, some animal groups could survive, whilst others might evolve to cope better with the world as it has become. This evolution could also give birth to new life, of both animals and plants that are maybe similar, but not the same as their predecessors.

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To conclude, for now…

These musings and questions were the foundation of my story. Therefore, following the coming of a new ice age (for which we were ill-prepared), humans would somehow find a way to avoid extinction. However, my story would start a few centuries later, allowing for evolution, and the development of people. To add, I also considered what may happen if we ourselves evolved. What if a new strain of human-like animals emerged? What would be the similarity in our species? Perhaps, more importantly, what would be our differences, and how would we react to them?

In short, following the commencement of this ice age, I had a world constructed from various ideas…

  • People survived this ice age in very limited numbers, and learned to adapt to their new ‘colder’ world.
  • Our single ‘human’ species also evolved, creating an additional ‘unique’ species.
  • Other animals and plants survived, and like humans, are very much the same as they are now.
  • New animals and plants developed alongside existing species.
  • Humans came together centuries later, perhaps alone (or perhaps with help), to form their first colony in which to co-exist.
  • This colony endures new problems, which then gives way to further change.

I will leave things there for now, and give further insights into the development of my story at a later date. So far, there are many could(s), would(s), maybe(s) and might(s), but many more building blocks added to these foundations. Those are the subject of posts for another time.

Before I do end though, please bear in mind, my intention is to build a world of fiction. Its scientific plausibility may have been a consideration…but a scientist I most definitely am not!