Now that most of my part in creating the "No-dogs allowed" app is done, time has come to start thinking of the next app. Tizio Publishing and I decided to turn my highly commended MacMillan prize 2011 picture book, "Gone Fishing!", into an app. I am really excited about this, because next to the usual fun we have creating the ideas and animations for the app, we agreed we want to make this one extra special. This means that before even starting the usual brainstorm, I am going to really look into all the possibilities with an iPad and see if we can come up with some new, creative and original ideas to suit the story and the illustrations. The fun part about that is that I get to play a lot. Yay!
If there are specific things that you enjoy in children's book apps and would like to see more of, or if you have ideas that you would love to see in a new app, I would love to hear about it. You can leave your suggestions and ideas as comments on this blog and I will do a lottery draw from all suggestions received by Sunday the 18th of September noon UK time. The prize will be an original piece of art work from "Fierce Grey Mouse" and the runner up will get a limited edition, signed, giclee (fine art) print from one of the illustrations from "Finn's Paper hat". Looking forward to reading all your ideas!
What else has been happening? I took "Poppy's Feather", the new story I am working on, to my writers' group last week to get their feedback on the story as it stands at the moment. The other writers in the group really enjoyed the story and the sketches I had added as temporary illustrations as part of the story is told through the images. They loved the 2 characters of the chicken and the dog. They did see one problem with the story though. They felt that there were 2 distinct parts to the story and that they somehow need to come together better. Or alternatively, that there actually 2 stories in there! The story of Enid teasing Poppy and the story of Enid's feather being stuck on Poppy's nose.
Although very simple stories (the intended age group is 2 -5), there is enough potential in both of them. So some decisions to be made; will it be 1 story that I need to merge better or will I split it into 2, and actually there is a 3rd option to go into a new direction with the story and forget part of what I have done so far. That last option I always find very difficult. You get sort of attached to your stories and sketches and it is so hard to discard pieces despite knowing that it will make something better in the end.