It all started with The Case.
You see I make mysterious 1/12 scale room settings in little cardboard carry cases and I had decided to turn one of them into a library. A friend suggested it should be called The Case of the Missing Chapter, so I set to work writing a very small book, with a chapter missing.
I’ve never liked dolls’ house books with no writing. They make me feel cheated. Consequently my books are written in a very small font, but they would make perfect sense if you could read them!
This book, I decided, needed to have a story that started one way and ended somewhere very different because of a surprising plot development in Chapter Four. However this vital section would be missing, so the mystery would be to work out what had happened in the main character’s life to change things so completely.
How could anyone know this, when the text is too small to read without a good magnifying glass? Obviously, people need to follow this blog, where the whole test will be printed!
At last the room box, along with various books including the mystery volume, was complete and available for purchase. Please use the contact form below if you would like more details.
The thing is, I became caught up in the mystery I’d created. Yes, it started as a prop for the library, but it got under my skin. I kept thinking about the main character, wondering why the Peacock Affair had affected him so deeply, wondering what part his clever and ingenious wife had played, wondering whether the balloon flight had taken place and – if so – just how it had affected him… Most of all, I wondered how such a sad, downtrodden character could turn – in the space of one chapter – into a most remarkable hero. Finally I realised that this storybook character had developed a life of his own; he had to be created!
I searched in my stock box for the most insignificant and unhappy-looking male doll I could find. Here he was. It would take all my skill to transform this sad little man into someone splendid, but I love a challenge!
The first job was to make a wig and add some appropriate facial hair. Now that rather weak mouth was hidden beneath a bristling moustache and the eyes defined by bushy brows, I could see a new determination begin to take hold in his features.
Next a smart uniform, befitting his new status. Why, he positively swaggered as I pinned that medal to his chest!
Of course he wasn’t finished yet. A few more items were needed, but I don’t want to give all his secrets away just yet.
Who was he?
What did he become?
To find out, you’ll have to read the next post, where you can read the text of the book that started this character off.
If you would like to find out more about the Steampunk – Shrunk characters, room cases and other items, follow this link to my son’s online shop, where many of the characters are available for sale worldwide: www.etsy.com/shop/SteampunkDollsHouse
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