The plan is…
No, perhaps ‘plan’ is too strong a word.
The ‘vague intention of doing something at some point’ centres on writing a series of children’s picture story books, despite the fact that my kids are now 15 & 18. It’s an intention that nagged at me through countless anaemic and/or annoying stories read to our two when they were little. Four years ago my family finally challenged me to write something, so I did. After several edits and a quick page of draft illustrations I thought it was reasonably okay, but decided to put it to one side as things always need time to settle. And forgot about it.
A few months ago, my pal Al announced that he was writing children’s poems and stories which seemed to lead to a number of people (me included) ‘outing’ themselves as prospective authors and poets. I even set up a blog. You may have noticed that it’s called ‘babbitman’ and thought “Huh?”…
Well. Yes. Not initially my first choice. I needed a blog name but everything I wanted to use was taken.
So I turned to one of the main characters in my first story – Babbit. He’s a rabbit based on a cuddly toy belonging to my eldest daughter; in fact all of the characters in the story are based on the soft toys they loved and abused when they were small. The other main character is a bear called ‘Pinky’, which isn’t really an ideal blog name for a 40-something heterosexual male.
Here they are. Taken from my first scribbles, I give you Babbit & Pinky. I expect they will have adventures.
(If I ever get around to writing them)