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Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome Paperback – August 22, 2015
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From the Author
It was a few weeks before Christmas and my very good friend Janet Lee was suddenly the hottest thing since sliced bread. The art house in East Nashville (Art and Invention) where she sells her ornaments, cards, and paintings couldn't keep her stuff on the shelves. In an effort to help Janet out (and to get some free art lessons out of the deal), I invited myself over to Janet's house to participate in what we began calling "Ornament Gulag." I painted all the wood, cut all the scrapbook paper, decoupaged the paper on, and drilled the holes. She drew miniatures of whatever inspired her at the moment, and glues them to the prepped ornament. We made a ton. She sold them all.
While we painted and glued, we spoke about many things, including the launch of this new Twitter magazine Thaumatrope. I had sold a few stories already, and I was having far too much fun coming up with worlds and plot lines 140 characters long.
As payment for my services that evening (because she refused to let me go home empty-handed), I requested she make mean ornament for my tree. (I have Janet Lee original ornaments going back about 5 or 6 years now.) She asked me what I'd like--last year gnomes were the hot ticket, and she used my gardengnome Seamus as a model. I didn't hesitate.
"I'd like a Dr. Horrible Gnome." I said.
When I got back home, I immediately wrote a Thaumatrope tweet that started: "Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome:Day One" and submitted it.
The next day I got an email from Nathan at Thaumatrope that said, "I'd like to talk to you about your gnome story."
Really? Seriously...it's not 140-characters. What's to talk about? Your EMAIL was longer than that story. Not wanting to mince words, I replied in exactly the way you should not reply to a publisher. Two words only. "What's up?"
Turns out, Nathan thought that Dr. Gnome had potential. He was about to launch a serial post-apocalyptic Twitter story (#FutureJer) and thought this would be a great follow-up. Make that month long. You're welcome to more than one tweet a day. It's due before March. Send me a synopsis. Go.
My brain went back to what had inspired the tweet to begin with: Janet's art. When I read to her the synopsis the next day, she just about fell out of her chair laughing. When I sent it to Nathan, he approved of it immediately...and suggested I blog about the whole adventure.
The rest is history...
- Item Weight : 4.7 ounces
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942541007
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942541004
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Alethea Kontis (August 22, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 6 - 9 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #734,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Janet Lee’s accompanying artwork is more detailed than I expected, while holding onto the flouncy-bouncy attitude of the story. I especially got a kick out of the backgrounds, that look kinda like contact paper. There’s also a surprising amount of pathos and joy reflected in what seem like simple faces. The fairy on the cover is more than a bit heart-breaking. Kudos for that, Ms. Lee.
Bottom line: adult dorks into angry science, steampunk, blatant Joss Whedon adoration, fairies and ninja sock monkeys or just weird, fun stories will have a good time. My first thought was a comparison to It’s Okay to Be A Zombie, with more focus on story. Unlike that book, though, there is nothing blatantly problematic for any little kiddies you may have in your life (barring, perhaps, a small issue with a blue jay that made me weep a bit). The price is a bit high, but you’re paying for the art as much as for the words and pretty pictures don’t come cheap.
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