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A Querulous Quest on Wattpad 

A Querulous Quest is now available to read on Wattpad: https://my.w.tt/UiNb/BqqWiiOIOI

This is a great platform for free reading.

You can choose either to read the text-only version or the full graphic novel version.
Chapters will be added over the next few days.

For those of you that still like actual books – they are available via our publishers at Lulu.


A Perilous Pest 

A Perilous Pest – book 3 of the series Tales of Strangeness and Charm is almost complete.

A rough cover is in the making and all pages are complete. 

All being well this book will be in print early in 2018. 

A Collection of Collective Nouns 

A murder of crows. This features strongly in Tales of Strangeness and Charm.

Collective nouns are colourful and peculiar.

Makes me wonder who comes up with collective terms? Is it whoever gets in first, some smart wag of days gone by? Is it a matter of inventing the most memorable grammarly quip, one that sticks in the collective imagination or getting listed in some authoritative tome like The Book of St Albans? Come to that – what’s the collective noun for a group of collective nouns? A haphazardness!

Are there some collections yet to be nouned? Should we get in quick – a bit like having a star named after yourself?

What would be a good one for a group of renlings? A scrabble? A scrabble of renlings. Maybe.  But it implies a focus on a physical activity, where, perhaps, it should be more on the communication and collaborative constructs of the creature. A bickering has been suggested. That’s better.

I’ve have also been offered the following suggestions: a pomposity, a ransack, a squabble or a squash, a prevarication, a peregrine of, a consternation of… A curmudgeon, a flagrance, an enquiry, an expounding of, an expulsion of, an implosion of, a rendering of.
Then too there these: a hooe or a hawe, a chiaroscuro, an obscurus, a concoction, an infusion, a friction, a nocturne, a harrumph…

So many brilliant ideas!

Another one for crows (and ravens) is a storytelling of crows? A storytelling… There’s something useful there. Still, murder seems more apt for this story.

Title for book 3?

Book 1 of the series Tales of Strangeness and Charm is called A Querulous Quest; book 2 is A Tremulous Test. What will book 3 be called?

There is a huge monster in it and an epic battle. There’s a journey through deep woods and bleak moorlands. Naturally here’s lots of complaining. And there’s a joyous reunion.

I’m thinking A Perilous Pest.


Grammar Matters

At times it seems that every time I look closely at something I have created, I see or learn something that could be refined, improved or corrected.
Grammar is no small factor in this process.

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate?
To include a comma or not to include a comma?
Which works best passive voice or active voice?

Do these things have rules that must be obeyed or else become revelations of ignorance?
Is there some latitude or might some things be a matter of preference?

The following are some interesting technicalities:


Generally, hyphenate two or more words when they come before a noun they modify and act as a single idea. This is called a compound adjective.

Example: bell-tipped hat

When a compound adjective follows a noun, a hyphen is usually not necessary.

Example: his hat was bell tipped


An often overlooked rule for hyphens: adverbs ending in ly are not hyphenated.

Incorrect: neatly-bearded knohm

This rule applies only to adverbs.
The following two examples are correct because the ly words are not adverbs:

Correct: the friendly-looking dog
Correct: a family-owned cafe


When you use a string of adjectives, you often separate the adjectives with commas; sometimes, though, you don’t use a comma between two adjectives. 

Coordinate adjectives need a comma.
These are adjectives that each separately modify the noun that follows.

Example: big, fat man

Both “big” and “fat” modify “man”.
You can rearrange the adjectives and say, “fat, big man”.
You can also put the “and” between the adjectives and the sentence still works.

Example: big and fat man

Cumulative adjectives don’t separately modify the noun that follows.
Instead, the adjective right before the noun pairs with the noun as a unit, and then adjectives before that unit modify that.

Example: small stone house

Here “stone” modifies “house”—they become a unit—and then “small” modifies “stone house”.

If you try to rearrange the adjectives as we did for “big, fat man,” you’ll run into a problem. The phrase “stone small house” is awkward, and it’s awkward precisely because you can’t rearrange cumulative adjectives.

If you are not sure add the word “and” between the adjectives. If the phrase makes sense, the adjectives are coordinate; if not, they’re cumulative. For example, “He’s a big and fat man” makes good sense but “It’s a small and stone house” does not.



By all means leave me a comment if you think that I am missing anything on these matters.


Once work is completed on the main images and the basic layout of pages – the next thing to do is to add all the little embellishments that make the books interesting to look at.
Here are some bits from the first few pages of book 3 of Tales of Strangeness and Charm.
We see a flying toad ready to enter Fürgůïn’s hat , dream items from Razzles’ home, jam dripping from a spoon (aunty Norris does love her malevolent preserves) and finally a mass of spiders emerging to cocoon the sleeping knohm. Having said ‘mass’ I’m wondering if there should be more?


See here for books 1 and 2 in the series.

Some pictures from book 3.

Book three in the series Tales of Strangeness and Charm is well under way.

Here are some pictures from the nearly completed book.

Kapucha Woods 2


Sledge New

Razzles Home 2

Woods Walk 4

Bird Chase