Cover with Impact

This week I’m aiming to finish the first draft of “Impact”, the second short story in the Advanced Smash Repairs series – so I’ve started to mess around with a cover.

I like the photo theme, and the reference to Advanced Smash Repairs in the photo rather than the text.

So, what do you think?  Is the Advanced Smash Repairs text too prominant, not bright enough, or just right?

Where is your Curly Beach?

I want to go to curly beach
And ride the curly sea
And paddle out beyond the reach
Of those who’d straighten me

I’ll take a little curly shell
And hold it to my ear
And when i hear the distant swell:
The gentle, distant magic bell
I’d know the coast is clear

Michael Leunig

I used to have this cartoon stuck up on my workstation, when I had one, as a constant reminder for me to resist the constraining power of the corporate world.  Not that I was escaping or rebelling, I just wanted to stay creative when the pressure to be linear and compliant was so strong.

I’m currently enjoying linking up with a few fellow surfers on the Curly Sea – books, films, musicals, trivia nights, decorating and landscaping are all bubbling along.

Stay Curly!

PS I’ve also got this cartoon on a T-shirt


Making Music

A recent competition on a local radio station invited bands “who never made it” to send in a video or recording of them playing.  You know, no young bands, no professional bands.

“Exhumed” attracted over 200 entries, including one from me.  I’ve been in bands for 25 years, off and on, although the last gig I played with the “guys” was in 2005.  We’d had a few mess-arounds in the last 6 months, without getting too serious.  Or serious at all.

So, I cut together some highlights of the gig in 2005, sent in the link, and . . . got nowhere.

It was fun to dream about playing at the winners’ gig with 9 other bands “of a certain age”, but it was not to be.

So, here we are:  Forty Odd Foot of Grumps, for one night only, on our Phone a Friend Tour.  The band and tour name reference Russell Crowe and an incident in a hotel, for those who can remember.