Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Timothy Hedgehog

I found this little chap wandering around in the garden, looking dazed and confused. He agreed to make this video if I fed him some extra snails for dinner.

Click on the picture of the book cover on the sidebar to find out more about the McCrumble book.

The art of book selling

Hello all

Dr Mark Booth has kindly written a new webpage for the sale of the book. You can access it by clicking on the book image on the sidebar, or by clicking here:

The page contains a handy synopsis and a link to the book's page on Amazon. I've seen it for sale for just £6.91 instead of £7.99. So long as that doesn't impinge on our profits, I'm happy to see it sold for less.

There is also an Amazon search box on the page if you want to buy anything else.



Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bowing to public pressure

Hello all

Yesterday, Mr Kim Ayres gently berated me for not blogging (see comments passim). I took this stinging criticism with good grace, rolled up my shirt sleeves and buckled down to it. The fruits of my keyboard labours can be seen over on the McCrumble Incognito blog (link on sidebar). As usual, I am splitting my stories into several parts to prevent blogging fatigue in my readers minds. I promise to get this particular episode finished ASAP.



Thursday, November 16, 2006

Scientific endorsement

Hello all

Wow, now I am doubly happy. Not only did the book arrive, but I was sent the following video by my colleague Dr Mark Booth. He is as keen as I to get this book out into the public domain.

thanks, Mark!


It Lives!

Hello all

I'm quite excited this morning. Not because the remaining charge of assault (see entries passim) has been lifted, nor because the police have apprehended the perpetrator of the death threats that forced my flight to the forest (see entries passim), nor because Denise has found a man (she hasn't). No, I'm quite excited because today the proof copy of the book was pushed through the letterbox of the institute. The one you may have seen in Denise's video was a mock-up, using the cover wrapped over a field-guide to the helminth parasites of ducks. The real deal is shown below...

You will no doubt notice the less-than-kind reference to Mrs McHaggarty, Dolores's mother. I have to admit that I forgot to clear this with Mrs McHaggarty before submitting it for publication. I'm expecting a reaction as soon as she sees the book. My defence will be that the marketing people at the publishers put these words in place to boost sales. If that doesn't work, I'll just have to think of some other way of keeping the peace. I am braced for hard times ahead...

Please remember that in buying the book (it is available in the UK, the US, Germany, France and even Japan), you will be supporting the following:



Monday, November 13, 2006

Denise speaks!

Hello all

Denise has asked if we can help her find someone to love. We suggested she needs to be seen in public a bit more often, so she made this video. No crank callers, thankyou.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I made a mess

Oh dear

There I was, trying to put a link to the book of the blog, when all of a sudden the template went kaputt. Had to start a new one. Like the colour scheme?


Today's topic

Hello all

Now that the book of the blog is published, I have to start a marketing campaign that would make a Coca Cola executive blush. Well, OK, smile at least. Given that I have no marketing experience, I may be setting myself a tall order. But, as the McCrumble motto is 'Never give up!', I feel it is my destiny to strike forth and make a significant dent in the armoury of the unenlightened.

Your opinions on the following promotional slogans would be appreciated...

  • McCrumble is coming! Open your purses and receive his emissions today!

  • Snuggle up with McCrumble under the covers tonight.

  • A slice of McCrumble every day is clinically proven to reduce the incidence of SAD. Eat him between meals without ruining your appetite!

  • Buy this book for the love of will never feel the same again...

  • Hug a geek + buy this book = two good deeds.

Like I said, I have no marketing experience, so, if you have any suggestions of your own, I'd be most grateful to hear them.



    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    McCrumble in Print!

    Dear all

    Yes, it is I, reclaiming my blog. Sorry for the long absence. I will explain everything in due course. May I first thank Dolores for looking after the blog whilst I was away. She is my rock.

    Anyways, for the time being I am simply going to declare that the book of the blog is now in print. Yes, after weeks of negotiation, I am finally able to offer 'The Wonderful World of Joseph McCrumble' in a conveniently portable 5x8 inch paperback format. The book features material taken from the first nine months of the blog, and a completely new and orginal story about scientists behaving badly at a scientific conference. At a price of just £7.99, the book offers fantastic value for money. If that isn't enough to tempt you then perhaps the knowledge that by publishing the book I am hopefully going to raise a shed load of money for Children in Need and the Matangini Project.

    I will post a permanent link to the bookseller's website on the sidebar in due course. In the meantime, you can buy McCrumble by clicking on the following link.

    J McC