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 ūüėÄ

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 ūü§ó

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 ūüėÄ 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!! ‚ėē

As always, let me know your thoughts ūüėÄ

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Cover Reveal

Saturday Morning BIG News ūüėÄ

Here it is ūüĎÄ

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…ūüĎá

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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Finding The Right Title

Whilst writing my first book, there have been a fair few challenges along the way.  Yet one of the biggest, seems to be finding the ‘right’ title.  This issue hasn’t stopped me carrying on, but nonetheless, it seems to eat away at the back of my mind.

Let’s be fair, this title thing…its rather a big deal!

At the moment, my title seems mostly elusive.  Some writers appear to draw from an element of their story, that may just jump out at them; such as a main character, or an important event that dominates the plot.  In these cases, this does the job brilliantly.  However, other writers may not do this, because that isn’t the best fit for their particular story.  There may be several (equally important) key characters, or various sub-plots etc., and many reasons like these, create the need to adopt a different approach.  Stories like these, tend to need more figurative, or encapsulating titles, and this seems to be where my story slots.

This is where I’m having a problem!  Discovering the best title, that captures my story.

I would welcome any suggestions anyone has, or any ideas/methods you have utilised to guide you through this process.  Perhaps simple inspiration would go a long way too.  Therefore, please feel free to comment away.

Thank you once again for reading, and best wishes.

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…