Archive for August, 2010

The story so far…

August 27, 2010

Larry the good Lamb and Harry the bad Ram (title to be changed)

Larry the Lamb was good and Harry the Ram was bad. Larry’s ways made him happy and Harry’s made him sad.

Harry ate all his food and didn’t even stop to sleep.

Larry ate his slowly and it lasted him all week.

Harry‘s eating made him tired so he slept all day and night.

Larry was busy building a swing set and he wanted it just right.

When Harry woke and saw the swing set, he wanted one of his own.

So Larry built him one too and didn’t even stop to moan.

Harry was mad that it was taking so long to make!

Larry kept working patiently and didn’t need a break.

Harry swung really high and screamed out “I’M THE BEST!”

Larry swung even higher, but he didn’t try to contest.

Harry saw a giant apple on the other side of the gate.

He had to have the apple, he couldn’t bear to wait!

Larry wasn’t tempted by the apple, and ate some grass instead.

He didn’t need that apple, he was already well fed.

After eating the whole apple, Harry was absolutely stuffed! As Larry looked at his poor friend he thought “Enough’s enough!”

“This good and bad act has gone on for too long; it’s time to teach my friend what’s right, from wrong.”

“Harry, you live with seven bad habits and I’m going to list them all, first you eat too much, Gluttony’s what that’s called.”

“Sloth means you are lazy, you stay in bed all day, Envy’s next; you’re jealous and that is not okay.”

“Pride is thinking you’re better than anybody else, Wrath is when you’re angry, your words replaced with yells.”

“The last two go together, we call them Lust and Greed, they mean you long for something that you really shouldn’t need.”

Now Harry knew the right path, he was happy through and through, and if you follow Larry’s advice, you’ll be happy too!

No more Yeti

August 17, 2010

Can’t use a Yeti.

I think I will go with a Ram and a Lamb, as they are similar animals and yet the Ram is a symbol of satanism and the Lamb represents Jesus.

Larry the Lamb was good and Harry the Ram was bad,
Larry made God happy and Harry made him sad.

If these names aren’t acceptable, I have found a few names which have meanings behind them.

Roger – The Famous Spear (Spear of Destiny)

Linore – Light

Lani – Heaven or Chief

Abominable Snowman

August 15, 2010

I have been thinking about how to tell the story and I think I want to use a character who is half good and half bad. The character would have a split personality or even two physical halves and one half would sin and the other would do the right thing, or “virtue”.

I think my character will be an abominable snowman/yeti. A yeti will be a very fun character to illustrate and thus should be fun for the children to look at. Yeti’s also have two names (Yeti and Abominable Snowman), Yeti being a friendly word (sounding like Teddy) and Abominable Snowman being a more scary word. Also, Abomination means loathsome, hateful, sinful, wicked, or vile.

New beginning

August 14, 2010

The work I have been doing is now obsolete after being rejected at presentation.

My new idea is to illustrate a children’s book about the seven sins and seven virtues. The would teach children about good and evil in a fun, light-hearted way.

One of my precedents for this is Dr. Seuss as his books are loved by children and are timeless, having lasted many decades. By using similar fun, “wacky” illustrations I hope to keep children interested while teaching them the Christian sins and virtues.

“Easy readers — Also called “easy-to-read”, these books are for children just starting to read on their own (age 6-8). They have color illustrations on every page like a picture book, but the format is more “grown-up” — smaller trim size, sometimes broken into short chapters. The length varies greatly by publisher; the books can be 32-64 pages long, with 200-1500 words of text, occasionally going up to 2000 words. The stories are told mainly through action and dialogue, in grammatically simple sentences (one idea per sentence). Books average 2-5 sentences per page. See the “Amelia Bedelia” books by Peggy Parish or other “I Can Read” books published by Harper Trophy.”

Another precedent is the Father Fox line of Christian children’s books. As you can see below, the illustrations and design for these books are terrible, which detracts from the power of their message.

Esther Progress

August 4, 2010