Saturday, 25 February 2012

Storytime! "Never Let Me Grow"

Another story that came about from going to my writing group, The Ink Tank.  This time we were taking programme titles from a TV guide and making something else out of them.  In my usual style, I picked a film title and added a couple of letters...

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Never Let Me Grow


My name is Sam.  I am four.  I can't remember not being four.  Mummy says that is because of my injections.  I have insulin injections every day because I am a diabetic.  Mummy says the injections make time seem to go slower.  Mummy says other boys my age are still my age.  I don't see other boys now because it's the school holidays.  It's always the school holidays.  Mummy says when I am five I can have a bicycle for my birthday.  She says I can have stabilisers.  Stabilisers will stop my knees from getting bumped.  On my birthday I want a new Daddy.  But Mummy says Daddy is the best Daddy in the whole wide world.  I like Daddy.  But I think he is broken.  Sometimes he goes on and off when I look at him.  When Daddy smiles, it looks wrong.  Like he is pulling silly faces.  I think Daddies cost a lot of money.  I think they cost the same as ten bicycles.

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Link of the Day: Burst My Bubble

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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

"What's In The Box?": A Valentine's Day Story

At our writing group, The Ink Tank, on Sunday, we did a writing exercise where we had a few minutes to write a short piece based on the question, "What's in the box?"  This was my effort, which was about a couple, so I can sort of pretend it's a special Valentine's Day Story:

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What's In The Box?

"What's in the box?"

"Nothing," said Jerry.

"Oh," said Lucy.  "Okay.  Shall I put the kettle on?"

"Yeah," said Jerry.  "Go on then."  But inside he was wracked with guilt.  He'd lied.  And she'd believed him.  Maybe she knew.  Maybe she'd thought he'd lied because it was a present.  Oh God, should he go out and buy a present for her now?  He couldn't bear the thought of hurting her feelings.  It'd have to be the same size as the box.  Slightly smaller than the box.  But what if she'd believed him?  Oh God, that would be worse.  What if she trusted him so much, and then he bought her a present, out of the blue?  Wouldn't she get suspicious?  No.  Because she trusted him.  Maybe.

Best to buy her something.

To be on the safe side.

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Link of the Day: Serious Nonsense: Bruce McCall's TED Talk

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sketchbook 5: Security Protected

Security Protected

I drew this after buying something in the supermarket with a yellow anti-theft "Security Protected" sticker on it.  I can't remember what it was, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the sort of thing you'd expect to see one of those stickers on.

Link of the Day: 50 Photos To Blow You Away

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sketchbook 5: Wake Me At ...

Wake Me At Barking

I drew these on the District Line when I saw a little girl who was in stitches because she just discovered that there was a place called Barking.  Cue lots of barking.  And then her mum joined in.

Wake Me At Temple

Link of the Day: Shit Cyclists Say

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