We are living in a new world for authors and creatives – the internet has changed everything.
With that in mind, I am beginning to tell my stories on YouTube, with only advertising and Patreon to support them. So this is the start of an experiment. If it doesn’t work, then I will take the videos down but, in the meantime, I hope you will enjoy the storytellings I’ll be posting.
I have made some stories available before, with flashy transitions from one illustration to another, but I’ve decided to do a simple, over the shoulder view of the book as I read it. This allows the viewer to read along with me, as a bedtime story or to bolster reading skills.
I hope it might inspire some to get a copy from the library or from the links below, to be able to read along and then feel confident to read alone. Following along with a story is a brilliant way to build confidence to read a whole book on your own.
I think this must be my longest video ever! It’s a video of me trying to paint a page from The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter. I’ve not cut out a huge amount, maybe five minutes, so this is pretty much in real time.
My first attempt went very wrong, because I was using the wrong paper and the wrong brush. The second attempt was much better but I think the pencil is all wrong and I still haven’t got the right brush.
Last Friday, I went to the British Museum to get up close with some of her artwork to really understand her style. It was an amazing experience. One of the best art lessons I’ve ever had. It was like being with Miss Potter for the afternoon. I’ll tell you about it in my next videos.
If you don’t know the story, Click below and you can watch a video of me reading from the book
A fast and funny story. Ricky Rocket is the only human boy on the planet of Hammerhead in the year 3,000.
Ricky has made shortbread astronauts from Granny Earth’s best recipe book. The new alien kids from next door gobble them up, but the cookies have a strange effect on their alien bodies? Why have they started floating?
You can buy signed copies of my book – Ricky Rocket Rocks the Planet! with 3 Ricky Rocket Stories with a free signed poster too!
Ricky Rocket Rocks the Planet, the three story book, can be bought from Amazon too.