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Friday, 27 February 2015

The Batman, the Mechanic and the Cook

And now we see the small camp near the edge of the Tyreen ursad, where the East Anglian Bombardiers and Grenadiers have their base. Well, we don’t see it, I am describing it to you. A few huts scattered around a parade ground. So far there are 13 people we know about and this story is about the ones that haven’t been in a story before.

"We need some baked beans," moaned Cook the cook as she stared at the empty space on the shelves.
Popping his head round the door was Bateman the batman, "Everything alright dear?"
"What do you want," she said grumpily, her hands on her hips.
"His Lordship sent me for a cup of coffee. You got any?"
"I suppose I could knock up a cup. If you're waiting around you can do something for me." she looked at him with a look that made him think he'd better comply.
"What do you want dear?"
"I need some beans from town, can you go for me?"
"I'll have to get permission, and some kind of transport."
"Go and ask Mick the mechanic, he's got a steamo."

So after she had made some coffee, and it was served, Bateman went to see the Australian mechanic.
In the hangar Bateman could hear banging and crashing coming from the workshop there. “Mick?” he called.
From beneath a steamo came a muffled voice, “What?”
“Can you take me into town for some baked beans?”
“I don’t know, can I?”
“Can, get it. A can of beans.”
Mick slid out from beneath the steamo, “Now I don’t want any of that malarkey if I have to take you into town.” He stood up and wiped his oily hands on an old rag, “So you got permission then?”
“I only needed to ask Dr Googly, everyone else is on a secret mission.”
“Where’s that then?”
“Andacia, the Tower of Tarrelo.”
“That’s not a very secret mission if you know where they’ve gone.”
“I’m not supposed to know really, I was just helping the Colonel get into his uniform and he was chatting to the Colour Sergeant through the door.”
“What colour was the Sergeant?”
“Pink I think?”
“Hrumph,” hrumphed Mick. “You’re not very funny are you? Let’s get a coffee first and then I’ll take you into town.

So they all went to see Cook for a coffee.

Thursday, 26 February 2015


Managed to write about 100 words today for the FlashFiction bit I am doing tomorrow. Also have a few ideas for the introduction.

Today's joke is:

Silence is not only golden; it is seldom misquoted!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Yesterday I sculpted a miniature head at Waitrose. Today I hatted it, but it's still soft. I must have used too little hardener. I also wrote 6 words today, the title of the #FlashFriday piece I am planning to write.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Enough Time

I've done no writing today. I delivered some local mags and helped my son-in-law by taking his car to the MOT test station. Saw the grand kids and showed them my Andacians. I nearly have 5 now! However the rifle I made is difficult to cast and I think I'll have to make it in a different way. I did go to Waitrose and my son did ask if I was going to do any writing, but I felt as though I didn't have enough time.

Friday, 20 February 2015


I cycled into York today to get the tickets to watch Spamalot. It was cold and I wished I had dressed up warmer.

Tonight my wife and I went with friends to see Spamalot. Even though we were in restricted seats it wasn't that bad. It was very enjoyable, lots of 4th wall breaking :)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Kendra III

I did manage to write 151 words of Kendra III yesterday. I also fixed the bottom of the leg mould and cast it over night. It's a bit sticky but it'll do.

"It's a bit sticky but it'll do," said the person looking at the sticky buns in the coffee shop.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Another day

Today I seemed to be messing around too much trying to get my daughter's car through its MOT (failed!) So I didn't write anything. I did however release the base mould of my figure. I have also started to add more latex to it to make it cast better. I had wanted to get my grandkids to make a soldier each but that will have to wait for another day.

Monday, 16 February 2015


I managed to write 51 words today, in Waitrose. I also finished coating the base and legs of my model in latex. It could be ready tomorrow to cast (which I might do with my grandkids!) Got more glue from the £ shop and asked about cold cast resin at Hobby Craft.

Today's joke is:

I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Top half

Today I took the mould off my figure so that my grandson could see what I was doing. (I snapped the legs off though and had to glue them back on.) I also finished coating the new mould that is just the top half, so I can attach the legs at a later date. I put a pre made head on him and a rifle and painted him tonight. I think he looks pretty good!

Today's joke is:

What kind of music do elves like best?
Wrap music!

Thursday, 12 February 2015


Had a bad nights sleep, thought I could keep adding layers to the mould when I woke up, through the night, as I do, but just feel tired now. Got to seven layers and left it for another 8 hours. I then sliced the model out through the base, (so I didn't break the model.) Fixed the mould with more latex then used epoxy resin glue, from the £ shop, to make a casting. Because the calves were so small I had to coat the inside of the mould with hardener with a straightened hair grip. I then had to fill the base space up with the glue then push it into the body through the calves. There are hardly any bubbles in it and I will know if it has worked in 16 hours. It looks good so far :)

Today's joke is:

"What do we want? Time Travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant!"

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

3rd coat

Woke up at about 7 am this morning. I finished the arm and the collar last night so I did the belt from his right shoulder today. I am currently on the 3rd coat of latex. If I can do another 5 coats before I go to bed then he should be ready to cast by tomorrow sometime!!!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Busy Day

Had a busy day today, picking up, dropping people off and babysitting my grandson for my daughter's baby shower. So all I have done so far is make an arm for my figure. I have only just taken the collar back off (it wasn't central) and mixed some more Green Stuff to try to do another arm before I go to bed.

Today's joke is:

Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.

Monday, 9 February 2015


I printed out The Inventor so that I could dissect it. People like that short story and I was trying to figure out how I could improve Kendra by adding thought processes to it. It also means I wrote about 65 words of KATWM. I have also sculpted a base, pair of boots, long coat and a collar of an Andacian. You can see the picture below.

A joke I made up on Sunday.

Somebody was using a clamp on a guitar and somebody else told them to move it. "Five frets!"

So I said, "Your mother, your father, your brother, your sister and your rabbit are going to get it unless you move the guitar clamp..."

Saturday, 7 February 2015


Today I managed to playtest the Arth card game at the board games club in York. At last! They were gracious enough to say that they were getting into it at the end. And now I have a pageful of stuff to think about and work on to try to make it better. I could have won but... I completely left out a card I needed in my deck!!! (That's because I haven't made it yet!)

Friday, 6 February 2015

English Civil War

So it's got to #FlashFriday and I haven't written anything. That's great for my plans of writing something every Friday. I walked to the games club tonight and it wasn't on. so I walked back home again, then was taken for a coffee at Waitrose. I suppose I could have done some writing there but instead I started to read up on the English Civil War. I might have to help a friend out later in the year for a tour, so I thought I'd make a start. Learned the dates, 1642 to 1651. Also that the English thought the Irish and the Scottish were barbarians. I suppose this might be good research for any book I may write in the future. I wonder where my Irish ancestors were in the 1640s? If you believe the heraldic shops then in a castle somewhere but probably in an Irish bog though, cutting peat. (Not cutting Pete, who happens to be an Irish friend of mine :) )

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mr Jack

No writing today. But I did use the paints I bought yesterday to start painting two of my gun crew. Also started to repair the front room wall. Explained to someone how Mr Jack works as well.

Today's joke is:

What if the whole 'Ice-Bucket Challenge' is just a long game to bring down the wicked witch of the West?

Tuesday, 3 February 2015


I did manage to write about 200 words of the new Kendra novel yestereday, in a coldish car in the semi dark. I also went to Vapnartak on Sunday and got some good deals on figures. Today I have painted a gunner, but I don't like the brush and I don't like the paint. I'll have to buy some more.