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Today we have Neville Lansdowne with us from Doodling written by Jonathan Gould.
Welcome! Please come in and make yourself comfortable Neville, and then tell us about the book you star in!
Hello, my name is Neville. Neville Lansdowne to be precise. Apparently I’m meant to be describing what happens to me in this really odd little book that Jonathan Gould has written about my adventures.
Yep, that is exactly what I'd like you to do for our readers!
To be honest, from what I remember it’s all a bit confusing. It all started quite gradually I suppose. I mean the world wasn’t always moving so quickly. But it seemed to happen so gradually. Suddenly everything was moving so much faster. Everything seemed to be racing past. The more I tried, the harder I found it to keep up. Even when I was running as fast as I could, the world just kept on moving faster. I tried my best, I really did. I tried to hold on with all my might. But it was no good. In the end, I just had to let go. And then I fell off the world completely.
Wow... I hope you aren't talking literally. Or where you?
At first I was terrified. There I was, out in the middle of space, watching the world spinning away from me.
Holy Cow! You were being literal! Sorry - Ok go on!
Then I realized that maybe it wasn’t so bad. It was quiet out in the inky blackness of space, and peaceful. Then I noticed a vast field of asteroids orbiting around me. That’s when I had an idea. Maybe I could find a nice asteroid and make a new home for myself out here, away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
Interesting thought, how'd that work out for you?
Well, this seemed like a good idea for a while. But even when I found myself what seemed like the perfect asteroid, it just wasn’t quite right. I decided that maybe I should have a bit of a wander, to see if there was anybody else out here. It didn’t seem like a particularly likely prospect, but I guess when you’ve just fallen off the world, anything can seem possible.
ummmm... Yeah I think so.
And so it was that I did succeed.
Really? There were other people out there?
I actually managed to find an asteroid where a whole tribe of people had settled. At first I was ecstatic. Had I finally found a place I could stay? But just when it all seemed so perfect, I made a sad discovery. The people were all completely bonkers. Don’t want to say too much about why, but it does revolve around toasters. I really had to leave as quickly as it could.
Toasters? ummmm okay....
And so my journey continued. I managed to find quite a few more people. I even found one that was relatively sane. Only, what she told me hardly made things better. She knew an awful lot about the world. And she knew that if it kept on moving faster and faster, we were all in a lot of trouble.
Wow... I must say your story sounds so very creative! I have never heard of anything else like it! How cool!
Neville, we all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
I wish he’d just left me alone for a bit. I really enjoy the quiet life. No rushing around. No hurrying. And definitely no major crises. So what does he do to me? He sticks me on a crazy world that’s going faster and faster (puff, puff). And then, after I fall off (and who wouldn’t), I’m stuck in an asteroid field with a bunch of lunatics and a world careering out of control. You know what. Next time please leave the heroics to Tom Cruise or Bruce Willis. I’ll stay home and watch it on TV. Actually, to be honest, I think I’ll skip the TV and read a book.
I agree with you there!
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
I would have liked the asteroids to have been a bit more comfortable – I kept on grazing my knees and stubbing my toes climbing on and off. I would have loved a few chances to take a bit of a break, maybe for a light snack or some soft drinks. And I think it was really irresponsible of Jonathan Gould to have me riding a bicycle in outer space without a helmet.
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
What I like about myself? I think I’m pretty sensible. No matter how silly the people get around me, I think I’m pretty good at keeping my cool. Sure, I’m as confused about stuff as anyone. But I’m confused in a kind of sensible way.
What do I like least? Sometimes I find that, on some occasions, and in certain situations, which can depend on who I’m with and what I’m doing, and whether I’m feeling a little bit nervous and stressed, especially if things are hanging over my head, I can, it seems, take quite a long time, maybe not hours but certainly minutes, to get to the point. Also, I get frustrated when I can’t get other people to be as sensible as I am. To be honest, I have a hard time getting people to pay any attention to me in the first place. Even when I shout and holler (and I only shout and holler in an extremely sensible way), most of the people I meet just keep on being totally and utterly silly
Sounds a bit frustrating.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
I think we both struggled to work out how to bring it all together at the end. I totally blame Jonathan Gould for that. If he thinks he can throw me off the world and into the middle of a bunch of nutcases, then expect me to bring all of those nutcases together in such a way that each one of them has a role to play in saving the world (and the asteroid field), then he must be the biggest nutcase of all.
I sure hope he's not watching this interview right now, lol....
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
I feel bad saying this but I do believe there is one in the works. This time it involves somebody messing around with the shape of the world. All right, maybe I’m the one who did that, but I tried to do it in a totally sensible way. Since then, all hell has broken lose, and as usual I’m going to be the one who has to fix it. Oh yes, and I do believe there’s a bunch of brand new crazy people. Just what I didn’t need.
lol... anything else you would like to talk about?
Yes, I’d just like to say that Jonathan Gould is a threat to my sanity. Every time he puts me into one of his books, you wouldn’t believe the discomfort and indignity I have to go through. I wish he would just stop writing right now and…
Thank you Neville for joining us today! Your story sounds like a bunch of laughs! I hope the readers here today take a few moments to check out your story!
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