Meet Mr. Matthew Turman, a talented young man who sings your special delivery message, and even adds some fancy footwork! Dig that crazy harp guitar! He will briefly entertain the Hecock’s in the upcoming Book 2, Autonomy. Next in the New Character Line-up… my dear sweet Uncle Franny. He will be engineering the Midnight train to Niagara in Book 3, Steamed, which I hope is released by February 2016.
Good news for fans that missed out on the Kickstarter campaign but would like a digital copy of the book… in my spare time, (spare time?? what’s that?) I’m formatting the book for Kindle to sell on Amazon.com and it will only cost 99¢, a real steal! Wouldn’t want you to think me a slawterpooch! (I’ll send a set of bookmarks to the first person to comment on this post with the correct meaning of that one!)
This will be the last post campaigning for my Kickstarter project. I’m happy to report that more than $3000 were pledged! So, this is your last chance to be a part of it and get your name printed on a dedicated page in Book 1, and all kinds of rewards, including the books! With the extra money, I hope to pass on some extras in everyone’s envelope.
I’ve been having so much fun Steam Punking my Cast and Crew (the models and those key people who have researched for me.) Here is a sampling of a few. You will find an entire page of them in the book. If this tempts you, there are still eight pledges open for being Steam Punked… just click that link.)
Anke Arnold, Font Designer
Carol Rogers, New York State Parks
Patrick Sirianni, History Buff and Would-be Bootlegger
Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the tragic ice bridge incident that is the basis of my graphic novel. For an excellent answer to the question: what IS an ice bridge?, you may want to visit Joel R Paradise on FaceBook. He has some incredible photos, some of which I have never seen. Also, a post card sent just days after the incident, of a photo taken just as the ice bridge broke loose! Connecting with history can be an exhilarating experience.
I’m working diligently on the third chapter and putting it all together for Volume I. The plans are to launch the published book on August 1, this year, at the Sheffield Bicentennial’s Pioneer Picnic August 1st. It is held on the grounds of the Jabez Burrell homestead (Burrell Hecock’s forefather) and includes a pot-luck lunch, pie contest, tour, and a book signing with yours truly, as well as other activities. My sister-in-law, Marty, will be there to tell about the families of the first 25 settlers and how they relate through marriage. All are welcome! I hope to see some of my Niagara friends and distant relatives there.
If you want to find out more, go to www.SheffieldBicentennial.org.
Lately, I've been loosening up by drawing Zentangles. They are a wonderful way to expand your imagination, and they work much the same as meditation. My latest "tangle" is titled "Eye of Niagara", as it is inspired by the Niagara River Gorge rapids and whirlpool. As most of you know, this is where our hero, Hecock, is headed! You can pick up one of these cool cases at Zazzle.com. OR you could win one in my upcoming contest!
- “Did she really say that??”
Aren’t you curious as to what all the kerfuffle is about? Stick around… I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and chapter 2 is coming along nicely.
While you wait anxiously, meet a few more characters: from top to bottom, left to right, we have Belle Hecock, Mother Hannah (Belle’s mother), Harry Hecock (Burrell’s father), Burrell Hecock, Baby Myrle (Burrell’s cousin), Hattie Zeller (Belle’s sister), Annette Hecock (Harry’s sister) and Edward Zeller (Hattie’s husband.)
As promised, you can now download this free image for your computer desktop, featuring Finzel, Iggy and of course, Hecock, awaiting you and fate on the 1912 Ice Bridge at Niagara Falls.
Go to my Taradiddle page for all free downloads.
Soon, yes very soon, I will have a free download of a really cool wallpaper available. Here is a little teaser…just a teeny piece of it.