I broke my foot and wrote a book with James Hance called Goodnight, Pond

by Leila on June 16, 2012

Goodnight Pond - a parody book for the next hopeful companion

Last week James Hance, the brilliant mind behind Wookiee the Chew, and I announced that we co-authored a book called Goodnight, Pond – a parody book for the next hopeful companion. James, obviously, illustrates this mashup between Doctor Who and the adored children’s book Goodnight Moon. I’m genuinely amazed and impressed by his ability to take an idea and illustrate it in such a way that the image actually moves you.

If I tried to illustrate anything it would look like a series of decapitated and otherwise mangled stick figures surrounded by blobs. The blobs wouldn’t even be impressive.

James Hance is an artistic genius who causes geeky artistic viral waves of radness on Facebook and Tumblr... and I make toddler scribbles look good. I’m totally okay with this.

Neither of us really know how the idea unfolded but as soon as that spark lit we created something that seemed like it was meant to be. Something every Whovian out there would want to read to their children and create a generation of mini-Whovians who would rather put on a bowtie than a cape.

Okay, maybe not to that extent but we freaking think it would be brilliant! (I say that word now because of his British ways and watching too much BBC)

I’m not going to give you spoilers on Goodnight, Pond. I’m not even going to explain why I love using the word spoilers so much! Okay, maybe just a few…

I’m not going to try to give you a sales pitch on why it’s a must have (because you just HAVE to get it). I’m not even going to threaten to send my ninjas after you if you don’t buy it (though, I totally would). I’m not even going to explain what Doctor Who is (Netflix it, Start watching it, I’ll talk to you in a week my soon to be newbie Whovie).

I’m just going to say that it is truly brilliant (there that word is again) and the subtle little geek references that you may or may not catch the first reading made us squee actual squees while writing Goodnight, Pond.

I will also say that while the, Relentlessly Cheerful and absolutely adorable James “Wookiee the Chew” Hance paired with the somewhat scary Ninja Kicking Life’s Obstacles to happiness no matter what Leila “Don’t Speak Whinese” Miyamoto, duo of geekery creativity may seem like two polar opposite ends of the geek spectrum, we aren’t. Well, we are. But, collaborating on this project was a seamless process and the end result is something we hope you all love as much as we do.

And… there are many more projects already in the works. More books and collaborations and projects… No, no spoilers. Sorry!

After I announced the co-writting collaboration of radsauce lots of my friends reacted with, “OMG HOW AMAZING!” and “CONGRATS!”(I love my people)

But… there were a lot who said…

“When did you write a book?! Didn’t you break your ninja kicker foot?!”

I always try to turn a negative in to a positive.

At the very least I try to turn a negative or unavoidable self inflicted pain with something funny. This happens often.

After breaking my ninja kicker last month my creativity went in to sonic boom hyper drive. I couldn’t walk for weeks. I couldn’t do much physically. This was all very difficult for me… honestly, it was one of the most miserable experiences. Me not being able to take on the world, do everything and even NEED help was torture.

But, I started working on projects that have been on the back burner and I needed an excuse to take things easy. I decided to not focus on all the things I couldn’t do and focus on what I was going to accomplish… while needing to completely distract myself from the inability to walk so I didn’t go mad. It also had a lot to do with timing. It wasn’t planned but this idea was something we jumped on, rolled with it and are excited about.

So, there. I broke my foot and wrote a book. Seemed to be the thing to do.

My life is kind of strange. Having said that… I’m very thankful for this crazy whirlwind of geekery awesomeness. I’m thankful for every single person who has supported me and even those who have doubted because that just makes me try harder.

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About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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CK June 16, 2012 at 2:16 am

GAH! You just make me post, and it hurts.

This is awesome. As a long time fan of anything you write, I will be checking this out soon. When I read you’d broke your mighty foot of ninja kicking (whoops, almost wrote kinking), I thought ‘aww’ and now I think ‘Awww yeaaahhh!’. If breaking a foot is what it takes to bring out the creative brilliance, then may you break many feet (but not really, ’cause that sh** hurts). Go for a hand next time, it hurts less and you get to learn to type with one.

Many congratulations on this achievement, and my most sincere thumbs up. I know there’s a full-length novel or seven in you somewhere- let’s see it!


Kianwi June 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

This is so great! I am definitely getting this. I’ll even buy one for my brother, because although he annoys me, he is the one who introduced me to Dr. Who. :)


Upsidedownpour November 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

How do I get a copy?!


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