I’ve written before about the first little character I ever created for a book – Mr Charlie Chumpkins.
I am little. I like little things. Charlie’s very small, but, like me, perfectly formed – or so I like to think. I like Charlie an awful lot… nevertheless, due to his being so tiny, I had to put him through a few trials – not to be cruel, you understand, just to test his mettle.
*wonders if that is psychopathic behaviour*
Now, anyone of petite stature perfectly understands that while it’s great for Hide and Seek, it can be rather a disadvantage in some situations… supermarkets, for example. One has to be resourceful, nay, acrobatically-gifted, to reach the last box of fish fingers at the back of a high freezer.
(*By the way, I have perfected the art and don’t mind passing on my tip. See end of post for details.)
Anyway, I digress…
It was quite easy to come up with ideas for getting Charlie into trouble in the Big, Wide World. If you’re only inches tall, then there’s potential for catastrophe everywhere from a pizza delivery to a camping holiday, from a wedding to a hospital visit, from a day at school to a day at the zoo… you get the idea. You name it, Charlie’s been there.
I have finally produced a bumper volume of his adventures which is, in fact, two books combined. Ready for the title?
*takes deep breath*
Mr Charlie Chumpkins and The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins
I enjoyed re-reading it as I’d forgotten a lot (memory like a … what is it?). I thought I’d share a bit here that amused me. This is a chapter called ‘Pest Control’ which introduces the character of Grandma… and her vicious cat, Zimbo:
This is where I inserted a Read More tag.
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