For quite some time I've been thinking about giving you an update on how my earliest interviewees are doing. As I'm in touch with all of them, to ask for another catch-up really isn't that hard, especially when I've got a reason as good as this one. Remember Caroline and Nik, two of my very first Twitter posse, one of whom (Nik) also recorded a podcast for the eCourse that I ran two years ago? They've written a book together and had it illustrated by a wonderful artist as well.
Look at it, isn't it gorgeous my dear reader? When I first heard about Freaks, back in the depths of last summer, I thought it was a marvellous idea. In fact, so marvellous an idea was it, that I rolled my eyes, sighed and scoffed and told myself, why don't I have these ideas??? I could do the obvious thing and tell you about these freaks and their super-powers, but why wasting precious typing space when I think you'd be much better off getting your own copy? This is a highly imaginative book that will appeal to contemporary fiction fans, comic book fans and short stories fans alike. I'm all of these, hence the opportunity to review a copy was a gift. My gift to you is straight from the book itself: the very adorable 'Invisible'. Read on.
[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]
If I stay totally still,
if I stand right tall,
with me back against the school wall,
close to the science room’s window,
with me feet together,
if I make me hands into tight fists,
make me arms dead straight,
if I push me arms into me sides,
if I squeeze me thighs,
stop me wee,
if me belly doesn’t shake,
if me boobs don’t wobble,
if I close me eyes tight,
so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,
if I push me lips into me mouth,
if I make me teeth bite me lips together,
if I hardly breathe,
if I don’t say a word.
I’ll magic meself invisible,
and them lasses will leave me alone.
I have a digital copy of the book, which you can buy here also, but you know me well and, to me, a book that is worth having is worth having in hard copy. So mine is on its way, fresh off the press as it was only published last Thursday. Oh and lest I forget, a couple of questions before we go...
Caroline, what's the super-power of your ideal man?
Nik, what's the super-power of your ideal woman?
She would have the super-human ability to put up with me and to listen to me babble on endlessly about this thing I just wrote/saw/heard/read.