With the publication of Shadow Selves, The Loch Ewe Mystery and now The Sparrow Conundrum all around the same time (thanks to some poor management on my part), Stanley has been getting a raw deal (which, of course, suits him perfectly because it confirms that the universe and everything in it is only there to perpetuate his misery). His next story, Stanley In Love, is ready for publication, beautifully illustrated and formatted by Melanie Chadwick again. Only problems with getting it printed in Europe as well as the USA are holding it back.
So, when I saw an advert for free mugs, t-shirts etc., I thought if I got one made on which he was the star, he'd be pleased. (He wasn't.) I told him that, when he's famous, he'll have to put up with such artefacts being in homes throughout the civilised and uncivilised worlds, as well as (probably) being the motifs on dresses worn by Lady Gaga and others at the Oscars. It would need a better writer than I am to describe the conflicting emotions which crossed his features as he realised he might some day achieve the pre-eminence which he thinks is his due, the consequent happiness it would make him feel and the misery that feeling happiness would provoke.
Life is hard for a 3 inch high superstar.