Tuesday 5th September 2017
After a pretty hectic couple of months on here detailing Hippomottie’s every move, I thought that you, and I, deserved a break. Well the vacation is over folks. I’m back! Better and bolder than ever.
I certainly haven’t been resting on my laurels during my voluntary social media sabbatical though, and have been beavering away behind the scenes finalising the finishing touches of the Hippomottie Toys, so generously funded on Kickstarter. This has meant hours and hours of Internet research, arguments and false summits!
Finally we’re there though, as the last of the modifications have been approved and the final production run is due to start any day now. The safety labels have also been designed (by us) and approved by the US CPSC. As have the hang tags for the ears, which, lovingly created and designed by us, took about a million more hours than necessary to compete (if in doubt hire a professional) and I’m sure took another couple of decades off my life expectancy.
Still nobody ever said trying to take over the world one giant, pink Space Hippo Toy at a time was going to be easy…
But that’s not all I’ve been up to in the previous month. As well a working 7 days a week on the ship, I’ve been working on another, secret, project.
The time has now come to reveal all, so yesterday, to build a little suspense, I decided to post on social media that I had some “remarkable news to update everybody on tomorrow”.
I deliberately used the phrase “remarkable news” so as not to get everybody too excited, but just build the intrigue a little. Of course that plan immediately backfired.
Almost instantly there were outlandish responses flooding in, with accusations of everything ranging from pregnancy, to a return to the racehorse training ranks.
It reminded me of every time I told my mother that I had a headache or paper cut from about the age of 12 onwards. Her first reaction was always “You’re not pregnant are you???” “No Mum, I have a headache is all.” I would reply, to a suspicious gaze that would remain glaring at me for the rest of the week. Honestly I think a diagnosis of a brain tumour would’ve seen a sigh of relief from her, that there wasn’t a future grandchild impending…
Anyway to put the record straight, I am not with child, I’m not starting training again, I haven’t quit, been fired or promoted. I have in fact become a writer. On the side. Part time.
Not just this amateur blog, but a real published writer available on Kindle and in actual Paperback Print!!
OK, so it’s only a Children’s Story Picture Book so far, but it’s been darn hard to complete with publishing dimensions, graphics and pixel dots per inch to contend with. The words were the easy part!
So to say THANK YOU to all the people that supported us during our Hippomottie Learn To Dress Toy Campaign we’ve launched “Hippomottie Goes To Space” the book.
The book is available NOW, for FREE, on Kindle for the next 5 days (until midnight Saturday 9th Pacific time). Please download it and leave us a Kindle review if you enjoy the story!
If you don’t enjoy the story then please don’t leave a review, just publicly bash me on social media instead. I can take it trust me!
There’s also a 28 page PAPERBACK version, which is perfect for bedtime stories and as an introduction to your little ones to the character of Hippomottie, before their toys arrive in a couple of months time.
The paperback version is available to buy on Amazon and features a personal dedication to the AWESOME guys who backed us on Kickstarter. Yes you are all actually mentioned by name at the beginning of the book! Now that’s something that you don’t get every day!!
Also if you buy the Paperback version you also are entitled to a free download of the Kindle edition, not just for the next 5 days, but anytime, as a thank you for your support.
Just enter Hippomottie into the search box in Amazon or click the link here for UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1549572709/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504623074&sr=8-2&keywords=Hippomottie or here for the US site https://www.amazon.com/dp/1549572709/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504622536&sr=8-1&keywords=Hippomottie
So sorry if I disappointed some of you folks, with my less than sensational news, but please remember for the future “remarkable news” means the kind of thing where you say “Oh that’s nice” or “Interesting” afterwards. Not “Oh my bloody God I would never have thought that in a month of Sundays!”.