Ups and Downs

Hello, Bertie here again.

I’m having a wonderful time back upstairs in my old cage-run. We came up here last week, as Roscoe told you. I love it here. I can snooze in my tunnel, watching Mummy working at the computer right in front of me. She’s done a lot of that this week, although a lot of the time she’s just been staring at the screen. Sometimes she puts her head on one side and frowns, or puts her chin on her fist and goes, “hmm”. I don’t know what it means.

She’s happy, though, and she says she’s finished editing now. I think that means her new book is nearly ready. It’s not about us, though. I wish she’d write a book about me.

She’s written several books about Dylan and Dougall. There are some short stories about them on Mull, although they never got there. Dylan and Dougall would have been seven years old tomorrow. That’s really old. Apparently Colman got to his seventh birthday but he’s the only one.

Neville looks like Dylan and Dougall, Mummy says, but he’s more like Dougall in personality. I’m getting more like Dylan as we grow older, she says. I think that’s a compliment.

Biggles is getting an extension to his run tomorrow. We’ll show you pictures next time.

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M for Mummy #AtoZChallenge

IMG_3004Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”


mM is for Mummy

Well, Mummy is definitely our favourite thing, but it’s very difficult to know what to say about her.  She’s pretty reliable, very kind, good to cuddle, and keeps an eye on our health and welfare.  And she loves us, and we love her.

She also writes books about us.  You probably know that.  They are called the Princelings of the East series, and they are sort of fantasy science fiction adventures, because we live in castles and do interesting things in a world without humans, and there’s a time tunnel involved.

  • George is an engineer who invents a new energy source from strawberry juice, and then gets into flying and builds planes.
  • Fred is a king, although he starts out as a princeling.
  • Hugo is the baddie, although he’s quite nice really, just has different ideas from everyone else.
  • Victor is the cute kid at the inn in the middle of everything and he grows up to become a business guru and bartender.
  • Humphrey is a loner, very shy, who has a big adventure and eventually finds friends.
  • Hector is a troublemaker but his bit of the story hasn’t been written yet.
  • Colman is a baddie, and takes control of Deeping Castle because its prince is too young to take charge
  • and I’m the prince of Deeping Castle, and I get my revenge in book 8, which Mummy has written but won’t be out till at least Christmas
  • Dylan and Dougall have short stories in each of the BookElves Anthologies, and they are the Princelings of the North, which is the title of book 8, and they help me claim my inheritance back
  • Midge, Oscar and Percy will get involved at some stage.  Percy is apparently already in there as a king of a castle, and Midge and Oscar’s father is Willoughby’s friend in book 7, but they aren’t in it yet.

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You can read the proper details about the books in the menu page above – Books, but you can also get the first one free for your ebook reader, or the first three for a special offer price, or enter a competition to win them on Mummy’s blog Jemima Pett, Author.

Mummy’s been writing all last month

Mummy writes books which star Fred and George, and sometimes Hugo, Victor, Humphrey, and now Dylan and Dougall.  And also feature  Auntie Dawn’s Mariusz, Saku, and Willoughby, and Auntie Doris and Uncle Bob’s piggies, and Auntie Vikki’s…..

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The Princelings of the East series 1 – 6

And now she’s written a book in which I’m the star.  She says I’m co-starring with Dylan and Dougall, and it’s called The Princelings of the North.

I was a bit disappointed I had to co-star with those two, but she says I’m already in Humphrey’s book and in Willoughby’s book, so I shouldn’t worry.  Apparently I’ve been disinherited by my uncle and exiled to a lonely castle miles from anywhere, and Dylan and Dougall rescue me and help me get my ancestral castle back.  Sounds good to me.  She says it won’t be out till next year, but it’s good to know it’s on its way.

Mummy also finished Willoughby’s book in July.  It’s called Willoughby the Narrator, and I’m in that as well. Fred and George and Colman are in it too, as well as Mariusz, Lupin, Nimrod and a very brief appearance by Atticus.  Victor and Hugo might be in it too. She hopes that will be ready to be published in the winter.

That’s what Mummy does every morning when she’s in.  She sits at the computer next to me and writes books.  Except now she’s editing them.  I think she knows what she’s doing, anyway.

Dylan’s Reindeer Adventure

Mummy’s writing a new story about me to go in a book of short stories for young readers for Christmas.  The other story she wrote about me went in the last BookElves Anthology and this one will go in the next one.

She hasn’t told me what happens yet, except I meet a reindeer and help him find his way home.  I asked her “what is a reindeer, Mummy?” and she gave me this photo to show you.

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It looks ever so cold where they are!

Jasmine, Jemima and Jersey – and Jupiter

Mostly we’ve been talking about real guinea pigs that Kevin and I know, or know about through family history or our underground network.  A lot of the time they are also characters in our Mummy’s books.  She’s Jemima Pett, and the books are the Princelings of the East series.  And, surprisingly since there are so many names beginning with J, including Jemima, there doesn’t seem to be a character with a name starting with J.

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Oh yes there is, says Mummy, there’s Jupiter of Jupiter’s bar, the famous hostelry at Castle Buckmore, who moves to Castle Marsh and becomes an important person there.

Oh.  Sorry, Mummy, I didn’t realise.  And Jupiter is based on one of Auntie Doris and Uncle Bob’s piggies.  Although he’s a he, not a she.  Jupiter is a God in Greek mythology.  Why would Jupiter be a female piggy in the stories?

Why would Nimrod be a female? asks Mummy, but she’s named after Uncle Bob and Auntie Doris’ female piggy…

Oh, this is all very complicated.

Well, Jasmine is a character who hasn’t got a guinea pig named for her… yet.  She will appear in a big role in the last book, although she’s already been mentioned in Bravo Victor because she’s King Fred and Queen Kira’s daughter!

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And the only other J I want to mention is Jersey, because that’s where I was born.  It’s an island in the English Channel, and it’s very nice with sandy beaches and rolling hills and a castle the Princelings would like.  And I was very grateful to Auntie Kate for rescuing me and introducing me to Colman.  But now my mummy is Jemima, and that begins with a J.