For my next book Kip, I thought I’d like some illustrations. This idea was given great inspiration whilst walking along the beach with our family in Newcastle one morning. As we walked, a large pod of dolphins wound their way through the waves parallel to us occasionally stopping to catch a wave before effortlessly leaping out of the water.
Those moments are magical.
Kwali is a river dolphin and one of the heroes in my children’s book Kip. Kwali’s the archetypal being of knowledge, wisdom and courage. So my first attempt at sketching after many years was of a dolphin.
Next came Djidi - this is a Noongar word for a Willy Wagtail. In Kip, Djidi is the go between for Kip and Maali and the other birds and animals they come to know in the adventures they have together.
For an old bloke, I was pretty happy with my first attempts. Naturally there is plenty more work to do on them, but I’d like to hear what you think. I’ve got a couple of others to do - maybe a Magpie and Old Brown Snake too.
In the meantime, with the flu season on our doorstep I’ve been inundated at work with vaccinations and worried families with sick kids, as well as the burden of disease we all shoulder as we age, so time for drawing is, well, sketchy! All being well, Kip should be on the bookshelves by Christmas.
Amazon is a Giant! It's doing great things for millions of people worldwide and it's helping me get my new book - Mr Dickens - out into the big wide yonder. So thanks Mr Amazon for helping make it happen.
But Mr Amazon, I have a problem too.
I need you to remove a book from my author page (it's complicated thing but essentially the Publisher of that book has failed in its contractural obligations and therefore voided our agreement), but it appears that it's far easier to publish a book than to have that book removed from Amazon. I have pointed out that I wish to replace that edition with my own self-published edition, which would mean that the book is still available, it's just that my ex-Publishers wont be creaming any royalties which they patently do not deserve.
Maybe there are others "out there" who have similar challenges in regaining control over their own products.
But in the bigger scheme of things, I'm one happy little Vegemite - it's an Aussie saying and means that I'm really happy. I have my new book published, three more ready to print and two in the process of being written.
Why am I doing all this?
After 40 years of helping people as a Family Doctor, I know that there a too many people who are "doing it tough." I want to reach as many people as I can and offer a light to those who are living in a dark place.