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Updated: 2018-03-02T16:52:15.887+00:00


Made Up Dream Novel


I don't want to write anything by way of explanations etc on Made Up Dreamer, except in comments where appropriate or necessary, because everything there must be in the form of Made Up Dream, just as it is with the twitter feed. And so I shall attempt some kind of explanation here, as here is not bound by the same Made Up Rules.

As I currently hold it (and holding it is an activity much like nervously nerdling a lump of putty), the Made Up Dream Novel plan is to produce somewhere around 100 Made Up Dream images. The dreams will be free standing as always but together there will be nuances & themes & narrative threads that link them. Noting how the discipline of 140 characters on twitter more often inspires than inhibits, each image will be constructed to fit in a 13cm square. There is no reading order, the numbers are largely meaningless in a chronology or page order sense, except that #0 above is my start. The idea is for it to be a Made Up Dream illustrated novel version of a myriorama landscape card set. When finished, I may well do something with them using Lulu but my preference is for them to be in unbound myriorama-like form which I don't think Lulu currently offers. A long way to go before I need to worry about that though.

Follow the Made Up Dream Novel progress, and Made Up Dreams generally, on Made Up Dreamer, twitter and the facebook page.

Made Up Dreams


It's happening more here than anywhere just now, and hopefully here as well. Not to say that this is dead, but it's not exactly thriving either. I will come back here when I'm ready to sort out that GoG#96 comic once & for all.

@MadeUpDreamer on twitter.

Made Up Dreamer blog.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #12: petunia petalbaum


Once again, we turn to the Petalb(a)um clan for a muzzy doodle of the day.
Please donate to Movember.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #10: the king


This morning, the King gets the Movember muzzy makeover. The King of South Yorkshire and the Peak District, aka Ghostwriter #96, is sporting an imperial styled moustache, much as one might expect. Ghostwriter #96 lives in a story that has been stranded in a state of flux and redevelopment for several years, a picture story based on a short prose story from which this blog derived it's name. If you can't be arsed to click any of those links, please please please click this one to find out more about Movember and make a donation. Ta.

Liverpool Scandinavian Seamen's Church Facing Renewed Threat of Closure


I'm adding some new links to the sidebar and particularly wanted to point out the most important at this time. Liverpool Scandinavian Seamen's Church faces renewed threat of closure as SKUT (Svenska Kyrkan i Utlandet, the Swedish Church Abroad) attempts to sell what isn't theirs to sell, and to evict the congregation and other users of this distinctive old building. A member of the congregation and accomplished blogger has started a new blog detailing the campaign against closure as well as day to day activities at the Church. Save The Scandinavian Church in Liverpool is the blog, written in English and Swedish.

The Church is the hub of a thriving ex-pat Scandinavian community scattered across Merseyside and beyond, and which may as well be scattered to the wind without the Church and its activities binding them together. This closure must be stopped. I urge everybody, especially Liverpool and Merseyside based bloggers, to read, link, promote this blog. And more importantly, make use of this important cultural centre, participate in its activities, while you still can.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #9: pallo poika


Pallo Poika (finnish, pallo=ball, poika=boy) sporting the kind of muzzy most self respecting footy players wore until the late 1980s. Pallo Poika was born when a finnish child tried to teach me finnish in 2005. Read more of Pallo Poika here. Find out about Movember/donate here.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #8: GoG ghost


This morning one of the GoG ghosts, them scary little doodles what can be seen all around here pointing the way and making the place look ghastly ghostly, has been selected for the moustachio makeover. Click to find out more about Movember and donate.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #7: heavy plant


More archive dipping and moustache make-overing. This time it's the turn of the heavy plant who once upon a time had something to do with this story and now sports a soupstrainer in aid of Movember. To find out more about Movember, clicky clicky. Ta.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #6: retro me & inner critic


Struggling for ideas, I turned to those who haunted here in its heyday, with a view to giving them a moustachio makeover. In this one, retro cartoon me as I was in 2004 accompanied by the ever faithful inner critic. To find out more about Movember and donate, click here.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #3: pencil pencil


Please donate. Movember is an annual event where chaps spend the month formerly known as November growing moustaches to raise money for and awareness of prostate cancer in men. Click the link to find out more and make a donation. I shall post pictures of my own Movember muzzy in due course.

movember twitter wallpaper


By way of simultaneously announcing that I am a twit, where I am twittering and what I shall be wearing while twittering about Movember:

(ie this is my home made Movember themed twitter wallpaper...)

I suppose I should count these towards my moustache a day task for the month of Movember. But I won't. Unless of course I flounder and struggle to make up the muzzies in which case, start counting.

EDIT: please let me know your twitter ids so that I can follow you.

Movember Doodle Muzzy #1: sharpie toothbrush


To mark Movember I shall be doodling a muzzy a day. Except I only thought of this today and I'm consequently already in arrears to the tune of 7 muzzies but shall endeavour to catch up over the next few days. It goes without saying that I am growing a Movember moustache as well. PLEASE DONATE!!!

the killer who calls


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The Caller Who Kills from first take on Vimeo.

In October I attended a film making one day taster course provided by Liverpool filmy people First Take. On top of learning the basics of shot selection, camera, sound, etc, we had to make a film lasting about a minute and using roughly 10 shots. All this in 6 hours. The Killer Who Calls is the result. The main guy you see was a sterling team member who came up with the main idea in seconds and stepped in when our original suave hero type got camera shy and did a runner. Special mention to the woman you see as well because she was as eager to act as I am to go to war and have babies but she acted nonetheless. I'm very pleased with the results - as well as making a cameo appearance at the end, I shot a couple of the scenes and held the boom for most of the rest of it.

Afterwards we were invited to apply for a six month course film making and I was interviewed yesterday. Following the interview, a director of First Take gave me positive feedback but there's a problem with my location. The course is only happening because of some regeneration funding that stipulates the parts of Liverpool participants must come from. First Take are double checking whether this can be relaxed but I live in L18, which includes affluent Allerton and millionaire Mossley Hill, so I'm holding a scant hope but not my breath.

stations of the Niall #1


This is a very hastily scribbled 30th birthday doodle for Niall. On the day of his party, which I briefly attended in order to read the last rights to my medication destroyed liver with a sip of champagne (I kid you not - one or two sips and I've been doubled up ever since, me belly swollen like a paris lip), we scoured the bookshops in search of our preferred gift but it wasn't there and this was our last resort. When I first met Niall, he told me that his plan for the following day was to go slipper shopping with his housemate, hence this doodle.

Cartoony Fackheeds Take A Hike (#2)


This is actually their third outing but I was struggling to translate the original #2 to scouse/tyke and moved onto number #3 instead. This has been sitting unfinished on my painting desk for ages because I was unhappy with the tree background and wasn't sure whether to chuck it and start again, which is somewhat against the spirit of this exercise.

Cartoony Fuckheads #1


Cartoony Fuckheads first found their way onto the page about a decade ago. They were wrought of ink from my beloved, now nibfuckt, Rotring 900, indelibly smudged onto grubby typing paper. They found their way onto the webpage soon after the original Guild of Ghostwriters went pictorial in early 2004. I recently decided to try a 2009 remix using my modern equipments and devices and so they are wrought of drip pen and ink then dirty gouache applied with my beloved kolinksy brushes. I also decided to change the ethnic origins of Lefty and Righty (the two who populate the panels) to more closely resemble my own experiences. The original Lefty & Righty spoke like characters from Walt Kelly's Pogo, the reborn Lefty and Righty speak scouse and tyke respectively - me being a sort of tyke who now lives in the land of scouse and probably doesn't have too strong a hold on how either really speaks. Hey ho. There are 9 or 10 of these to remix, then I might see about doing some new ones.

red van in the morning...


three white vans, all in a row...




I've been not working on something I started and which I expected to have finished before now. But I thunk wrong. And so, to tide me over until it's done, here's this sneaky preview of something from the undone thing...

Northern Lights


In Finland, the truth about the northern lights is well known and has been spoken of since the earliest days of Väinämöinen. A fox ran across a benighted fell, a deep, fresh cover of snow reflecting moonlight and illuminating the night. Fox swept and beat the snow with his brush, sending sparks into the sky, and this is how the northern lights are formed, and why in Finland they are called revontulet - fox lights.

This is an illustration I did for a teaching pack on scandinavian culture. I posted the unpainted version ages ago but never got round to posting this because I'm not altogether happy with how it turned out. I perhaps tried to be too literal in my visual interpretation of the lights. Now I come back to it after several months, it is better than I thought but, if there was time, I'd try to redo it. It will probably go in the teachers' pack as is though.