Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Judge is Judging

For years I was a judge and made regular judgements on a whole variety of subjects, but I am finding judging my writing competition much harder than any case that came before me in the courts. I can't comment on the individual stories (and I don't know who wrote what, as Iseult has removed the names) but I can say that the standard is unbelievably high. I didn't realise there were so many talented scribes out there. Of course, only the best people read my books. I am blown away by the range of stories, the imagination of plots and how the Kingdom of Animals is interpreted in each entry. No two stories are the same. It is going to be really tough to pick one of these as the winner.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Time is UP!

The deadline has passed and my first (and possibly last) great competition has closed. The entries are all in (and if anyone tries to enter now, tough) and it is time for the judging to commence. There will be much cogitation and deliberation over the next few days. Good luck to every one who entered. I look forward to reading your stories!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

18 More Days and Counting

Just a reminder to any considering entering my brilliant competition that the closing date is fast approaching. Some people seem to be hesitant that their writing will not be good enough or that I will judge them harshly. NONSENSE! Why I am looking for is first and foremost a good story, and a strong understanding of The Kingdom of Animals. If you have that, it doesn't matter if you can't spell or if your sentence structure is a bit out there. Of course, if you have that AND a great story, you will probably win! Remember, writing is easy. Write about what you love, with passion, and believe in your story. That way, I'll probably love it too!
And for those of you who haven't heard about my competition (where have you been living?) - I'm looking for a short story set in the Kingdom of Animals (but with original characters, which means not ones you've read about in my books) of no more than 2000 words. The closing date is 23rd July. The winner will be notified within two weeks. The prize winning story will be published (with illustration by Iseult) with my new book RAINBOW AND THE MOUNTAIN OF LIFE, due out in August. Entry is free, so what have you to lose? Email me your entry at
Terms and conditions: Entry to the competition is free. Friends and relatives to Mungo are allowed enter. Nodpot points may be gained from entering, but only if you are a member of the Disresponsible Nodpots. Winners will be notified before August 14th 2007. Entries are likely to be illustrated. All entrants must agree to allow Mungo publish their stories in whatever way he sees fit. Mungo's decision is final.

Monday, July 02, 2007

#3 - Hughes & Hughes - Dundalk

Iseult posing with my books

Leaf and Mango - new titles in Hughes & Hughes
More news of my books being spotted while out and about. Dundalk seems to be well and truly stocked with copies of both my first and second novel on display not only in Easons but also in Hughes & Hughes.
Thanks Iseult for sending in the photos. Maybe one day you will have your own books on display in these book shops too.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

#2 Easons in the Marshes - Dundalk

Pinky posing with a copy of Leaf in Easons
Mango is also on display

My roving fans sent me in these recent pictures taken on a visit to Easons in the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk. Not only do they have copies of Mango, the Unlucky Monkey, but they also still have copies of my first book, Leaf in Search of Ramune. Both, I am reliably informed, were on the shelves (9+ readers section) and also on separate display stands (as pictured).
So, where else have you seen my books?
Thanks, Pinky, for sending in the images and information.
Mungs xx