Steam is coming out of my ears!!!

April 26, 2012 at 8:27 am (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

Aaaagghhhh!! If I was unsure of my sanity before I took on this WHALE of a project, then now it’s fully confirmed. I am mental. I’m not regretting it, far from it! but staying in control of this project is like steering a huge ship into a small harbour…it takes alot of work, patience and determination. I’ve taken on so much but looking forward to the day when I’m finally pouring it all into Indesign and formatting 🙂


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It was only a matter of time but still delighted to read it!

April 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

Researchers have succeeded in mimicking the chemistry of life in synthetic versions of DNA and RNA molecules.

The work shows that DNA and its chemical cousin RNA are not unique in their ability to encode information and to pass it on through heredity.

The work, reported in Science, is promising for future “synthetic biology” and biotechnology efforts.

It also hints at the idea that if life exists elsewhere, it could be bound by evolution but not by similar chemistry.

In fact, one reason to mimic the functions of DNA and RNA – which helps cells to manufacture proteins – is to determine how they came about at the dawn of life on Earth; many scientists believe that RNA arose first but was preceded by a simpler molecule that performed the same function.

However, it has remained unclear if any other molecule can participate in the same unzipping and copying processes that give DNA and RNA their ability to pass on the information they carry in the sequences of their nucleobases – the five chemical group “letters” from which the the two molecules’ genetic information is composed.

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60 pages of sketches done! And still more to do, but I’ve enjoyed it!

April 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm (mark making)








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more sketches…

April 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm (mark making)



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Another batch of sketches…they’ve been a huge help!!

April 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm (mark making)





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More sketches…I’m flyin’ now lads!!

April 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm (mark making)

This is a vital stage of the books development, all the sketches are thumbnails or ideas of every illustration that will be going in the final piece, getting there!!!



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I’m a regular visitor of this website. Can be overwhelming at times though!

April 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

This website will let you know the latest news on eBook sales and growing popularity as soon as it happens. This has been a helpful guide for me, a novice in taking the right steps towards a successful publication.

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great funding opportunity!

April 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

I love this idea of people helping each other to succeed! is a new crowd sourcing website from the makers of River Cottage, Hugh’s Fish Fight and Chicken Out! which brings together individuals with fresh business ideas.

Originally a way for charities to raise funds, crowdsourcing is increasingly used by entrepreneurs to raise essential financial backing for exciting new projects.

Of course you need a good idea, but without the cash to turn it into reality, that’s all it is – an idea. Hence, the UK’s biggest crowdsourcing platform.

You have two options.

You can raise the cash you need to get your project off the ground.

Or you can get behind a project that’s close to your heart, in return for a reward from the project owner.

All our projects offer rewards to investors in return for pledges of support from as little as £1.

And if it doesn’t hit its target, it won’t hit you in the pocket.

“The success of our Fish Fight, Landshare, and energyshare campaigns have shown that solutions often come from grass roots action, and have the power to effect more remarkable change than we really ever imagined,” says TV food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

“ builds on that momentum, and gives people the means to take their ideas forward. That, in a nutshell, is why, I’m excited about,” he added.

We’re also working with a number of partners including NESTA, Forum for the Future, Unbound and WeDidThis.

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Another book I’m willingly adding to the pile (think I’m becoming a little obsessed with reading!)

April 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

This looks hilarious! Might help me intertwine some humour into my own writing. No harm laughing at ourselves sometimes:)

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Now here’s a saying that I can really identify with!

April 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

A man called Ferdinand Porsche once said;

“In the beginning I looked around and, not finding the automobile of my dreams, decided to build it myself”

I for one, think he did a pretty damn good job of it! This quote resonates with what I want for my eBook ‘R-evolution’. I want it to be the ‘Porche’ of scientific books; sleek, sexy and seductive. I hope not to sound pompous by saying this, but I’d like to think that if my vision for this book had been dreamed up by another and I stumbled across it; I would have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Not because it looked and sounded  professional, but because it spoke to me in simple, clear language and nicely illustrated the story of our universe and the evolution of life. This is what I’m hoping for, so much of myself has been poured into it!

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