Tuesday, 31 August 2010

My 15 minutes of fail.

Tony Blair's book is due out tomorrow, it seems. The link is to the debate about the title change. Whatever the title, the lack of headline grabbing snippets tells me it'll be as dull as.




I met Tony when he was PM. I was the technical bod behind a company launching a new Internet product. After he'd been shown the system-mabob by the marketing guy, he turned to me and said, "So, you're the brains behind all this are you?"


As this was only my second brush with the glitterarti (the first time, I was sworn at by Mick Jagger for getting in the way of his jag in Blackpool in 1960 something), Tony so enfeebled my nerves that I could only managed to say, "Umm, err, ack-puffle."


My 15 minutes of fail.


Of course, by the end of the meeting I was overcompensating like mad and couldn't shut myself up. *sigh*


Anyway - still haven't heard about my submissions, so here's another excuse to procrastinate for a mo.


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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Tricorder Fail!

Another daft toon for your edification and delight.

Space Warp #11

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Facepalm Friday (-1)

Submitted a couple of short stories today - wish me luck. All this tension and relief in one stomach can't be good.

Anyway, to take my mind off them (my babies!), here's one of my favourite toons. The ship's elevator has a 'thing' for the Captain and this is how it started. Always makes me laugh (speaks volumes, huh?). But a twelve year old critic of mine gave me a look when she read this that clearly shows she thinks I'm on the verge of a serious mental collapse.

Space Warp #6

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ps: I just re-read one of my submissions and I spelt (spelled) 'lightning' as 'lightening'. Aargh!!

(kw: Space Warp strip cartoon)

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Space Warp #5

Another of my daft Space Warp strips.



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Monday, 23 August 2010

Space Warp #4

I went through a phase of creating a daft Trek-type cartoon strip. I have loads, many unpublished. Some still make me chuckle so I thought I'd share them with you.



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Friday, 6 August 2010

Charity Begins A Tome

London Rod called to say that, a few days ago, he'd found a copy of The Ardly Effect in a charity shop in Ealing. After telling the lady behind the counter that he knew the author - omitting to add he still owed me £20 from a bet where he failed to pull Judi Dench at The Questors Theatre in 1978(ish) - he coughed up his 50p, took it - TAE- home and read it.

"I was genuinely surprised," said London Rod. "It actually made me laugh!"

My flush of pleasure was chilled slightly by the fact that in 2005, when TAE was first published, London Rod had claimed, "Thoroughly enjoyed it. Really funny. Can't wait for the next one."

"So you didn't read it when it came out?"
"Umm .. no," said London Rod.
"Why did you tell me you had?"
"Well, I thought I knew all your awful jokes and didn't want to hurt your feelings."

Fair enough.

It seems discovery in a charity shop has, in London Rod's eyes anyway, elevated my book into the ranks of 'readable'. Someone had bought it and passed it on which somehow added value.

Perhaps there's a cunning marketing ploy here. I shall add Charity Shop to my promotional to-do list for when the next book's ready and post the results. It's certainly cheaper than paying folk to read it in public.

Anyone else tried the charity effect?