Friday, April 17, 2009

The Story of St Catrick

For a limited time only, I'm posting this one as a free download. It requires some work before the publisher will look at it, so when I'm ready to submit it, I'll take it down again. The final released version will thus be different from this one. It's one I did several years ago, and represents some of my thoughts regarding ethnic reconciliation.

This was actually my first published novel. I did it through GreatUnPublished, a self publishing POD publisher, since taken over by Booksurge. I had to pay US$90 to get it done, which means it didn't matter how good it was. A lot of my friends liked it (at least, they said they did). My uncle, a Presbyterian minister like it very much.

Here's the blurb I used to have for it:

Maybe a bit like Wind in the Willows, except with a socio-political slant, it's about ethnic reconciliation, using animal species instead of human ethnic groups.

Catrick, a cat living in cat society, realises that the Maker didn't create animals to eat oneanother, but through the knowledge of the Maker animals will stop hurting each other. Catrick sets out to spread the knowledge of the Maker in the city of Catropolis where he lives, and begins to affect other cats, as well as rodents living in the various rodent ghettoes.

A species war is raging -- the rodents are fighting to free themselves from the shackles of cat-rule, and the cats generally assume they are the superior species. But as Catrick's message gains influence, it becomes a three way battle.

It seemed simple and straightforward at first, but neither Catrick nor his friend, David Mousecovitz realised what they are in for -- political agendas, prejudices, memories of past atrocities, fears, and countless reasons for not doing the obvious.

This might be about Northern Ireland, or it might be about Neo Nazis vs the Jews, or maybe blacks vs whites, or about Yugoslavia, Indonesia, or any one of countless focal points of cultural intolerance -- it's about what those who are truly committed to peace and reconciliation must be prepared to face.

Anyway, have a read ...

>>>note>>> as of 24, July, 2009, Catrick is no longer a free download. The above links will now take you to, where you can read 50% of the novel as a free sample, before downloading the whole thing for US$2.00.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Silent Comix

It's a series of feature length cartoons that I hope will amuse everyone including non-English speakers and illiterate people.

I got the idea as I was teaching English to private students several years ago. I scrawled the cartoons on A4 sheets of paper with a pencil, had the students look at the cartoon and tell me the story in English. It worked pretty well. Later, I inked them in, scanned them, and touched them up a bit. Here are some of my best ones. ESL teachers may find these useful.

Read and enjoy...