Casey Clover Home of Pink Kitty & Friends Mon, 03 Sep 2018 16:24:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Arkad Stories in the works! Mon, 03 Sep 2018 16:24:26 +0000 But this time, we’re going to put them out one at a time, as they’re written.  It’s more fun that way.  I don’t know if these stories will feature Arkad in them all, but they’ll be tied in somehow.

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New Chapter Book Out! “The Prize-Winning Science Fair Disaster” Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:37:14 +0000 This is a funny chapter book with adventures in science, competition, and an unlikely friendship… what’s even better is that both members of Casey Clover worked on the story and the cover.

It should be up on Amazon soon.  We already have possibilities for the next story, but we can’t agree on what to do next.  Do we work on another book in this world, following a different character?

Or do we do something else entirely?

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Updates on all the things! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:18:13 +0000 I’m a pretty slow writer – it takes about a year from idea to realization, even for a short story. But I have had a lot going on since last I posted:

Pink Kitty #3 – I think this is a case of too many ideas crammed into one book. I am going to separate them into smaller, shorter books.

The Birthday Wars – My story about grade-school prank warfare is outlined in full! I have chapters written, and may start posting my rough drafts to my mailing list.

Ancient Tales of Money – This is almost done!  It’s the first volume of folk tales that aren’t about magic and princes, but merchants and money.  Because, for some people, that’s WAY more fun to read about.

That’s all for now!

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No, It’s not Pink Kitty #3, but something completely different! Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:33:24 +0000 I know, it’s been a long time since we’ve put out anything!  This is because the adult of the group has been taking WRITING CLASSES!  Yes, I enjoyed doing the Pink Kitty stories so much that I decided to “level up” my abilities over the last couple years.

As a result, I have new stories outlined, including PK #3.  But before that, we’re taking the NaNoWriMo 2016 challenge to bang out the first draft of our “serious” kid lit book, “The Birthday Wars.”

We’ll be posting TBW chapter by chapter on Wattpad.

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PK #2 went to 9 chapters Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:24:17 +0000 This story is much wackier than the first one, if that’s even possible. We are doing a quick read-through and revision tonight, and hopefully will upload tomorrow (Feb 12).

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2 more chapters to go on Winter/Spring Pink Kitty story Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:12:42 +0000 I’m marathoning this, thanks to the encouragement of my 7 year old collaborator. He has been very useful in generating ideas and making sure we get this done in time. 2 more chapters to go!

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Chapter 1 is done! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:11:36 +0000 The next PK story is being written right now. We just finished up chapter 1 last night, and I’m working on the second one. In this book, we’re going to discover some winter holidays and traditions, including the kitty version of Valentine’s Day.

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New Pink Kitty Is Coming Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:09:57 +0000 So, we were at a party…

And kids who didn’t even go to our neighborhood school came up to me and asked about the next PK story (and a Minecraft server, but that’s another subject.) Yes, yes, I said. I know, it’s time!

Finally, thanks to my collaborator(s), we got the idea for the next Pink Kitty book.

It’s going to be a collection of small stories, one with an all new “sad shark song.” We had too many short PK-related stories and decided to compile them all. Expect stuff ranging from the very silly to the weirdly mysterious…

Did you know that the kitties don’t celebrate Christmas, but they DO celebrate Halloween and Valentine’s Day? What’s up with that?

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The Next Pink Kitty Story… Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:56:03 +0000 So far, we have NOTHING for the next PK story, yet our small but devoted group of readers want more. Perhaps the problem is that we have far too many ideas and have to decide what will go in there. Our conversations go kind of like this:

“Hey, what if Pink Kitty was like building a robot, and an evil witch made it snow on the robot, and then she had to rescue a pirate who was Crabby Juku’s first mate a long time ago, and then Orange Kitty cast this spell that made too much snow and they had to figure out how to get out of the snow? With ninjas! And everyone has a party!”

So yeah, we’re working on it… Hopefully our winter story idea will be more coherent.

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Pink Kitty is not Goldie Blox! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:46:53 +0000 Now that more people are reading this, we’re getting comments about how Pink Kitty, is both an engineer and a girl. They’re mostly well-intentioned, like “it’s so wonderful to see a girl character who’s so strong in science.” As though we did it on purpose.

But we didn’t, and PK is not a girl, she is a cat! Also, PK comes from my son. He got a pink kitty stuffed animal and deemed her a girl and an inventor, with a scientist’s personality to match. The story came from 4 years of organic storytelling with Pink Kitty and friends.

We didn’t set out to write a “Goldie Blox” kind of story — that would imply that we created PK “for the market,” as they say. We didn’t! This isn’t a toy franchise, a la My Little Pony. This is for our own entertainment, and the amusement of our friends. The characters just are who they are, along with the rest of the cast from crabby old pirate to adventurous eater.

On a related note, as a statistics-based market analyst (just say “math nerd”), I notice patterns. It’s my job, whether it’s math-based or not. And one of the patterns I’ve seen is how articles about mainstream movies and books complain about how there are no female heroes, minority heroes, etc.

What is important to remember is that it’s the mainstream news media talking about mainstream Western entertainment. Mainstream entertainment is the slowest to adapt — why mess with what brings in the money? It’s comfortable… people expect it… it’s familiar. Breaking expectations = less money, in general.

Indies have far less concern about that! Even non-indies who aren’t quite big enough to be considered mainstream aren’t nearly as concerned. They have far more freedom about what they produce because it doesn’t have to quite so market-conscious.

On cable, much more of the human spectrum is represented as a matter of course. You get many more main characters who happen to be non-white and non-male, villains who are also female, and in general a lot more human characters.

And sure, a lot of entertainment books are written for the market, but a lot of them aren’t. You can find alternatives to sparkly bland Twilight if you want to. Yes, I’m aware of the “Bechdel test” and while there aren’t many mainstream works that pass, there are a lot of non-mainstream works that pass effortlessly, not because they want to make a point of it, but because they are the kind of stories the writers want to tell. You can even find fantasy that is not based on Tolkien!

So don’t believe everything you see/read on mainstream news sites. Moving beneath the static, brittle ice of popular entertainment is a huge stream of variety. And you don’t have to do much to crack it! It’s like finding anything new and cool — just look beyond prime time slots, best sellers, top-tens, popular channels, etc.

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