In my last Writing Without Fear I showed you all the treatment I wrote for Teenage Witch Comic – Spooky Abigail. That was largely a tribute post about the sad death of Sir Terry Pratchett, showing how I learned to embrace the absurdness of my humor and how I try to translate it into my writing. To continue on this theme of writing without fear, I want to share with you the the full Synopsis I wrote for the first issue of Spooky Abigail, and then sent to the books artist Veronica Smith. Continue reading
Spooky Abigail – A Teenage Witch In Training (T)WIT)
Yesterday we learned that Sir Terry Pratchett had died, a unique and much favored author of fantasy, sci-fi and I guess with Dodger historical fiction. Within my eulogy I had vowed to start, or more correctly keep writing without fear and I want to share with you my first leap of faith. I had been contacted last year by PRM Comics to write a treatment for their newest creation Spooky Abigail, a teenage witch with a rat without a cat, she lived in a peculiar fantasy world and the book needed some direction. So I stepped up, writing a treatment about the world and the script for the first Spooky Abigail book. You can read it below after the Jump. Continue reading
I sit here trying to find words… So I will start from the beginning because that is how all things should, not the middle, maybe sometimes the end so we can work our way back, but always how things came to be. I caught this sad news about two minutes before it exploded across the internets that Sir Terry Pratchett had died, I held my breath for a moment thinking it a joke, for it was not the first time Terry had died on the internet. Then the BBC announced it was official, my favorite author had died aged 66 at home. Continue reading
This very cool and totally awesome Discworld Birthday cake featuring A’Tuin, Death and the Elephants is my Birthday Cake. Everything you see here is edible and sculpted out of fondant. The Sweets Fairy is run my wife and she has been providing affordable custom cakes to fit your budget to the local East Baltimore area for the last two years. To see more of the Sweets Fairy work click here.
I’m always late to the party with Sir Terry Pratchett’s books, averaging a year behind his releases at best. For me though, this one was well worth wait.
Unseen Academicals is a little bit of a slow starter as you are introduced to new characters and the workings of the Maze under the Unseen University. The new characters are Glenda the night cook, her pretty and ditzy friend Juilet, Trev Likely a jack the lad and Mr Nutt, the… Well I wont spoil what he is, what is becomes, and his constant quest for worth.
The Wizards are back in all their glory and we see a very different side of Archchancellor Ridcully, he becomes virtually Vetinari in his manipulation of Faculty, and speaking of the Patrician we even see a more human side of Vetinari.
I found this Discworld novel a better read than Making Money, although I feel he has written better stories from the Discworld, my favorites being a toss up between the Witches and the Guards. The pace for this story was up and down, and a couple of places I felt it stumbled especially around the discovery of the Tackle, which is unusual for this author.