Friday, 6 July 2012
Other People's Blogs
Today's update is more or less a list of things to look out for on other people's blogs - Blogs I love! The remarkable comics artist Bret Herholz has just posted the brand new picture, above. It's a summative portrait of the Fourth Doctor andMrs Wibbsey - as they appear in the three series of audiobooks I wrote for Audiogo. This is how Bret sees that macabre world of Nest Cottage - with the Doctor a bit like TH White's Merlin - living backwards through time, in a house cluttered with belongings from both his future and past. I love how Bret always includes little visual references to other stuff, all over the place, hidden away in the corners and on the walls... His regular blog updates are a delight - and you must buy his books!
Also - just as it hits Episode Eleven - it's way beyond time that I alerted you to the ongoing spooky serial being written by another dear friend - Nick at 'A Pile of Leaves.' It's a very strange, twisty tale of crazed bibliophiles, foxes and bears - set in the present day, but with a curiously Edwardian bent. It starts here with Part One.
Here's something else wonderful. Something I've hunted for ages..! It's an almost complete list of Puffin books, in publication order, from the start, till the late Sixties. I'm hugely endebted to Karyn Reeves, who maintains the utterly entertaining and inspiring 'A Penguin a Week blog'. Here's the puffin checklist - which seems to be part of another, very informative site for book collectors. I love the way that the decades it spans take us from good old Worzel, all the way to the heyday of Paddington Bear. And I love the intriguing titles of long-out-of-print Puffins, too. Even bland-sounding ones like 'Cornish Adventure' or 'The Secret of the Missing Boat.' I do want to know more about 'Gay Neck' and 'The Winter Princess', definitely...!
It's absolutely chucking it down here in Manchester. It's a day for hiding away with a pile of Puffins, I should think - though the daily word-count needs to be done. I love how noisy and rattly the rain is being in the garden today. Poor Fester Cat is furious, however - having spent an hour or so on his beach House veranda - he's just come running in, miffed and soaking. Hopefully the weather will clear up in time for tomorrow's day out at the Buxton Book Fair. I want to have afternoon tea with friends in the sun. What are the chances, eh..?
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!