Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Weekend Roofing

I took a long weekend off work last weekend, spending Saturday in the company of several Doctors from a certain long running BBC science fiction series, at the Day of the Doctors convention in Slough.

Sunday was some dutiful housework, but Monday I had intended to venture into the garden and make a start on the spring clean up. The weekend prior had been very nice, weather wise, but Sunday never got light and Monday was little better – a few glimmers of sunlight every now and then to tease - but certainly no chance to drag everything out of the shed or attempt to mow the grass.

So I turned my attention back to the haunted house model. Before starting on the new idea for the windows, I wanted to get the roof finished first. However I had to admit that the roof on one tower was not as I would have liked it. That has had to come off, and get reshaped. Extra card glued inside along with an additional round of tiles at the bottom to attempt to get a better fit.

I also found several other areas where tiles did not hang correctly along edges of the various roof sections, so additional remedial work and extra tiles were added in various places. I think building the roof pieces separately and tiling them before putting them on might have been a bad move after all.

Once most of those patch ups were set I turned my attention to the edges of the roof sections, along the joins. I’ve still got some of that solid DAS putty left over from last year, I soaked it down and make it into a thick paste. I then added some PVA glue along the edges and moulded the paste along the gaps, shaping it as I went. I also added some additional shape to the top of the chimneys with the putty.

This has to then be left to dry out completely before anything else is done to the model. The dampness does spread along the cardboard tiles, but if left to dry, this does dry out ok, as I think you’ll see in one of the photos.

Now all I have to do is wait for the rebuilt piece of roof to dry out and then attempt to reattach it. At the moment it’s still clamped up. I seem to be having difficulty finding more of these claps in the local hardware/pound stores where I previous bought them. Somebody has suggested this might have something to do with a recent film release, but I wouldn’t like to comment.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The House is Back

The haunted house, the house of mystery, is back on the agenda. With Karl finished, except for a few things (*), I am going to ensure that the next writing project is not going to take up all of my time. I’ve already returned to the Doctor Who tapestry, and I’ll be posting more photos of that soon, which has also allowed me to start working my way through a backlog of Big Finish and other audio books and dramas.

Now the models are getting a dusting down, and with spring soon around the corner I hope to be able to get back out to use the garden table where I have more room to work. I took another look at the old haunted house in preparation for this the other day, and decided that there was something bugging me. For the moment I think that was the way the front tower was shaped, the thinner tower higher up felt awkward. I came to the conclusion it needed some extra roof pieces. These are to act like a collar around the tower.  (I hope somebody will tell me if there is a technical name for this).

I cut four small angular pieces of car and covered them with the small pieces of card previously used for the tiles on the model. I had some left over cut up from the main model; I will never throw the leftover pieces away until the model is complete, just in case, like this, I need to keep continuity in the model. Once the tiles were set and dried I trimmed them up and fixed them around the base of the thinner part of the tower. There is some work to do along the edges where they meet, but then I need to do this on the rest of the roof pieces anyway.

I have also had another little brain wave whilst walking round the Poundland at the weekend. This is to do with the windows which I have not tackled yet. More on that soon...

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November Update

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Weekend Roofing

(*) Outstanding work on Karl, marketing and conversion for other eBook formats.

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Quick Update

A quick update on what I've been up to in case you thought I've been kidnapped by aliens.

I confess I have still not gone anywhere near the old haunted house model I was building last year, but during a frantic search for something a few weeks ago I came upon the missing plans for the building.  

I have however been giving some love and attention to the Doctor Who Tapestry which has also been suffering from the time I spent last year working on the final part of Karl’s adventures.

I’ve gone back to listening to Big Finish albums and sticking the needle in and out of the canvas in the evenings to create a Draconian and a few Jelly Babies on the picture. I’m working on a Voc Class Robot at the moment. 

That’s not to say that Karl is finished 100%. 

The countdown to the official launch is underway. The Kindle edition goes live on the 23rd February, and pre-orders are already open. The final manuscript has been sent over, so why not pre-order and have them load it onto your machine on the day of release? Click here for more details.

I am now in the process of reformatting all three books ready for launch onto the other eBook platforms, so watch this space and Karl’s Facebook page for further announcements. 

We have now added ‘Buy Now’ buttons to the pages on this blog dedicated to each book. You can order a copy direct from me, whilst my stock lasts, and I will sign and dedicate the book for you. Just follow the links on the right hand side of the blog for more details.

And finally congratulations to the two winners of the Goodreads Giveaway promotion for book one of the trilogy. Your books are in the post to you.

That’s my quick update for now, hopefully I will be back with some model work soon.

All the best

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Goodreads Giveaway Book 1

Sorry this event has now finished - but watch out for further promotions coming soon

Quick heads up folks. For UK users of Goodreads there is currently a chance to win one of two copies of the first book just before we release the final adventure.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Karl - Birth of a Mystery by D.J. Kettlety

Karl - Birth of a Mystery

by D.J. Kettlety

Giveaway ends February 13, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Karl - Demolich Rising Preorders

It's been a long time coming but the end is in sight, Karl - Demolich Rising is now available to pre-order on the Kindle.

The release date for the Kindle edition is 23rd February.

The paperback edition will be listed soon.
They should be hot off of the press very shortly.

Watch this space for further updates.

And then I can get back to model building and the Doctor Who tapestry.

Kindle pre-order

Friday, 21 November 2014

The story is nearly finished

We’re finalising the typeset pages, ensuring the full stops and page breaks are all in their right places. One last run through the text to ensure everything is right, and what a lot there is to read. It seems the way with fantasy novels they start out a reasonable size then explode by the time you reach the conclusion. 

The final part of Karl will be with you shortly, and this time it is huge. It is approximately (2xBook2)+Book1 thick.

The question of splitting it did come up but although the story is in three parts it felt wrong to break it, there would not be a natural break halfway through part two. Plus although the cover price of number three has increased it is nowhere near as expensive had this book been split into two or even three parts. It was always going to be a trilogy and I’ve decided to keep it that way.

I knew number three was going to be longer since there was a lot to tell, so hence “Gerranthaul’s Story” found its way out of book three into book two. The first part of book three takes place parallel to Gerranthaul’s visit to Mishdine, and picks up where the main part of book two concluded – but that’s all I’m going to tell you for now.

I think the cover is brilliant and once again has that eerie feel to it, just like the mysterious forest on book one. This time we feature the Niton Mountains, where the legendary Demolich is said to be rising from. Many thanks to Rob Hammond for the wonderful work he has put into these covers.

Some of the promotional material arrived this week; this is always exciting when you unpack this. Here is a sample of the mugs and fridge magnets. Once again, as with the earlier paperback books ordered direct from me, they will be signed and will include a fridge magnet.

So watch this space for further updates – coming soon.

More details also available on the blog page here Karl – DemolichRising.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

November Update

Just after Guy Fawkes Night I took another brief tour of the local streets gathering up some of the fallen sticks. It’s the night it rains building material from the sky.

Although there were far fewer bangs and flashes this year, which has to be a good thing for our fury friends.

But while they still go up and the sticks come down I’ll gather up what I can and recycle them into something that will last slightly longer than a quick flash and bang.

Here is this year’s haul, not as vast as I said as the previous gatherings, but hopefully enough to complete the model of the haunted house that has also taken a back seat.

The main reason for the tardiness with the building is the final instalment in Karl’s adventure. The final part of the trilogy is undergoing final preparations now for publishing.

Although it will not now make a November release I hope to see it published early in the New Year. Watch this place for an announcement quite soon.

There are several reasons that the manuscript for the final part has taken longer than expected, one of them is the size. In the style of many fantasy series it weighs in more than twice the second volume of the series.

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Mystery Model - Completing the Basic Structure

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