Sunday, 29 September 2013

Weird Forums On The Web (Part 1)

Caution: The following post contains graphic scenes of extreme excitement and should therefore not be read by anyone with a weak heart.

It's always wise to consult the opinions of
others before making any major purchase.
If you want to discuss something, no matter how obscure or seemingly mundane, it's a safe bet that someone somewhere will have created an internet forum for your chosen subject.

While I was researching the final draft of the next 'How To Save The World' book*, I discovered quite a few forums which probably weren't meant to be amusing, but which brought a chuckle to my easily amused face.  I've therefore decided to highlight a few of these unintentionally entertaining forums on my blog, starting first of all with an online discussion which was particularly dramatic and exciting.

* How To Save The World: Part 3B - Revenge And Justice

To set the scene, this was the question which one forum user had asked...

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Judging A Book By Its Cover (Part 2)

See no, hear no, speak no.

The original concept sketch and the finished cover for
'Be Careful What You Wish For'
A few months ago I updated the covers of the books in the 'How To Save The World' series and I explained the thought processes behind the cover to book one, 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' in a previous post called 'Never Judge A Book By Its Cover?'.

Today I move onto the follow-up, 'How To Save The World: Part 2A - Be Careful What You Wish For' which also received an updated cover a few months ago.

An integral background theme running through the follow up book is the suspicion of a cover-up, so this time I decided to combine the concept of 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' with the image of the world, so that the world loosely appears to have a human face. 
Hopefully the finished cover offers just enough clues to get people asking questions and wondering what the book is about, which is what you ideally want from a book cover.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Ten Facts About UFOs And Aliens

Is there anybody out there?

Are we alone in the universe?
My 'How To Save The World' comedy books involve the main character, Eric, encountering aliens, so I should probably feature more posts on my blog related to ufology, but to make up for lost time here's a list of ten facts about UFOs and aliens.

1) Studies have shown that the majority of UFO sightings are regular objects found on Earth or explainable phenomena, such as aircraft, noctilucent clouds, balloons, meteors, or in some cases deliberate hoaxes.

2) However, between 5 to 20% of UFO sightings remain unexplained.

3) One in seven Americans claim that either themselves or someone they know has had an encounter with a UFO.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Author Blog Link Exchange

Authors Supporting Each Other

Duke and Michel: The Mysterious Corridor by Elias Zapple
Elias Zapple, an author friend of mine and writer of 'the hilarious and often rejected Duke & Michel series of books', recently added an 'Other Authors' page to his website and very kindly mentioned me on the page with a link to my Charles Fudgemuffin blog and also my books on Amazon.

I'm all in favour of authors supporting each other so I've decided to copy Elias Zapple's idea and add a similar page to my own blog.

At the moment there are only a few of authors listed but if any other authors have a similar page on their own website and would like to exchange links, then post a link to my Charles Fudgemuffin blog on your own website/blog, then leave a reply to this post with your website/blog address and I'll add you to my 'Other Authors' page.  Alternatively, you can send me your details via my facebook or twitter accounts.

My own books are sci-fi comedy novels so it would particularly make sense to exchange links with other sci-fi or comedy authors.  Any authors are welcome to exchange links though, with the only proviso being that my blog is marked as 'No Mature Content' so I don't really want to link to any sites which are too adult.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Weird Facebook Likes (Part 2)

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

A couple of months ago I featured a post on how I find it strange that sometimes people will update their facebook status with blatant bad news, and yet bizarrely some of their alleged friends will then 'like' it.  There have been more facebook statuses along those lines since my original round-up and so I thought it was time for another collection of weird and inappropriate facebook likes.

I'll start things off straight away with a photo which illustrates what I'm getting at...

1) A few weeks ago the unpredictable English weather was at its worst once again and so during a recent camping trip, some friends unfortunately got caught in some pretty severe floods.  To show people just how bad the flooding was, they uploaded the following photo of their campsite to facebook:

Your holiday has been ruined by torrential floods.
3 friends like this.

And unbelievably it got three likes!

About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.