The Arth Series

The Arth Series
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Foam Ribs

I didn't do much to my airship today. I formed half of the hull with a piece of paper and am going to use that as a template for the card one. I think I may also put tabs on the top instead of just trying to glue it to the foam ribs.

Foam ribs, that sounds like genetically modified pork ribs for people to eat who don't have any teeth!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Consigned to the green room.

Today I consigned myself to the green room in the garden. I put the patio table and chair in it and started on the next phase of my airship. I also asked the neighbour two doors down if he had any polystyrene foam, which he did. I then cut out the foam pieces using a craft knife and then glued and pinned them onto the card deck. I did mess a few up and had to do them again, the craft knife could have been sharper. Tonight I peeled off the scotch tape and took the pins out and it looks to be OK.

Now I have used two Americanisms there, Scotch tape instead of Sellotape and craft knife instead of Stanley knife, so now you know.

Tomorrow I will try to do a little more before I go out to work.

Today's funny thing is:

When you're dead, you don't know you're dead. It is difficult only for the others - it is the same when you are stupid.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Tawa Blog Series 2

I have taken some photos with what I've done today but I can't put them on because I have had to reinstall my software on my PC.

I drew a proper deck plate on paper then transferred it onto a piece of card, put some tabs on it then cut it out. I also started to cut out and Sellotape some ribs for the boat shape. I will need to find either thicker card or some polystyrene to glue on so that there's something for the skin to stick to.

I did mash all of the plasticine together into a giant brown lump, then re modelled the airship. It meant that I had more of an idea what the hull will look like. I am hoping to use the model of the Tawa for this cover then also as part of a larger diorama for AOT.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Tawa Blog Series 1

Somebody asked me a few weeks back to maybe do a blog about how I design my book covers.
So I thought today, seeing as I need a cover for The Tawa, I would do a blog series.
I took a couple of pictures in Starbucks, Monk's Cross.(As you can see from the top picture.)

A couple of months ago I decided to plan what the Tawa looked like, mainly so that I could describe it when writing. I drew a plan of what it looked like from the side and above. This meant I could visualise where everyone was on the ship. I also planned where the crew quarters would be.
Today I bought plasticine from the £1 shop and started modelling the base of the airship. It looks similar to the drawing.
I am planning to model it and take another photo to see what the final one might look like.

Friday, 11 April 2014


I did more than I was planning to today, I wrote 680 words of Aurora, proof read the last 4.5 pages of The Tawa and started work on the front cover of The Tawa. It means I am about a quarter of the way through Aurora when I was really planning to finish proof reading Attack on Thera first.

Today's joke is:

Two guys walked into a bar.

The third guy ducked!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Car broke down

Today my car broke down in Haxby (it's only just gone through its test!) My son and I pushed it into this little old lady's drive and went to see her to explain what had happened. I had to go to the local library (which was not open) to use their wireless connection to text my wife on Facebook.

My brother in law came later on to pick it up on his low loader.

So I looked at the next problem with Aurora, how to explain the little green man that came out of the cigar shaped object. I'm still thinking about that and how to fit it in with the worldview based on what is happening on Thera.

Thera, sounds a bit like someone with a lisp saying 'Sarah'!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

April 17th?

I proof read up to page 6 today. Added all the things in that I had left dots for. Also wrote 200 words of Aurora and re wrote the beginning based on the newspaper report of  April 17th? 1887.

Today's joke is:

What did the lawyer name his daughter?