Imagine: you're a little boy, about ten years old. You're sitting at home with your little brother. Your parents have had a fight and are getting divorced. Your mother wants you and your brother to live with her. Maybe you know that it's because she's afraid of what your father would do... or maybe you have no clue.
Suddenly your father comes in and tells you to get in the car. You don't know what's going on, but you do as he says. After all, he's your father. You and your little brother get in the car, your father starts driving... you don't know where you are going. You don't know why your father wants you to come with you... An maybe you don't know that some weeks later, your body will be found somewhere. That people will be shocked, maybe even angry, about what your father has done to you.
I can't help but wonder what those two little boys thought of when this happened to them. Where they scared? Did they know that their father was going to kill them?
I don't know. I first heard about this on the news: a man had been found dead. He had killed himself. The police knew he had taken his two sons with him without a warning. The boys were missing, nobody knew what happened. They just knew that the mother already had this bad feeling about her husband... that's why she wanted her sons to live with her, and not with him. She was afraid he would do something horrible... and he did.
I heard the news today: the two little boys were found, murdered by their own father.
I don't understand how someone can do something this inhuman... I almost wish the father hadn't killed himself afterwards, so that he could face what he had done.
The most horrible thing is perhaps that he killed his sons because he loved them, and he would do anything to prevent them being taken away from them. How can someone do something that horrible?
You have no idea how much sympathy I feel for the mother of the two sons. It's bad enough that they are dead, but it's not just that: they were murdered by their own father. I hope she doesn't blame herself for this... but I think she might be. Maybe if she hadn't insisted on taking the children away from him, the father wouldn't have done this. But how could she know? She couldn't have predicted this. Nobody could.
As you can probably tell, I'm shocked. Socked, and sad... I just can't believe anyone could ever do something this horrible.
Okay, I feel really bad for having to end this journal with a reminder of the contest... it seems disrespectful...
But okay, I'll do it anyway.
Create a character contest.
This contest is based on my comic 'The story of Puck or Peter Maelwine, so please don't join if you're not familiar with it.
For the contest, I want you to create a female weasel character
here are the rules:
>Because I'm not comfortable with random strangers joining my first contest, you can only join if you're one of my watchers.
>The character you create has to be a young female weasel, other than that it's completely up to you. (With 'young' I mean late teen or young adult.)
>Please draw the character in a character sheet or just a simple drawing like this one: [link]
>The drawing must be coloured, and the character's full body must be on it.
>Only one entry per person.
>Please let me know you joined the contest before you send me your drawing.
>No bases or stolen pictures, the drawing must be completely yours.
>No screen shots from movies, recoloured or otherwise.
> The contest deadline is at Monday, June 3.
If you refuse to follow these rules, you won't be allowed to be in the contest anymore.
When you send in your character, make clear it's for the contest.
The character will mostly be judged on the originality of their design, and if they fit in the story. Prizes:
One request, for a coloured drawing. (No shadows.) Example: [link]
Plus your character will make a small appearance in the comic.
One request, lineart only. Example: [link]
One request, sketch only. Example: [link]
Hope that's fair enough.
All entries will be featured in my journal.
Now.... I hope all the people who voted for the contest theme will also join.
If not more than three people join, I'm, afraid we'll have to drop the idea...