#2 Boats - Mr Griffs might have a Northern English accent but he was actually born on a boat on international waters. His favourite thing about boats is catching the breeze through his tousled white hair and even through his baggy shirt. According to Mr Griffs you just don't get this when you're travelling on an airplane.
'We're supposed to be taking care of these kids - not leading them towards a life of crime!' Mr Griffs swiftly retorted, 'Well, at least it's a job. You know about the high unemployment rates at the moment. Besides, we have to stand up to bullies. Just like that man with the feather.' |
A line from Never Assume - the first story in The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs series.
In this scene Mrs Griffs catches her husband, Mr Griffs, throwing nuts all over the living room. He was busy teaching Ruby and Lucy, two young girls who they often babysit, to throw nuts and hit a target.
Any guesses as to who Mr Griffs is talking about?
'The world through the eyes of Mr Griffs' showcases Mr Griffs' perspective on some of the world's most pressing matters. They will be random, thought provoking and funny. Well...at least we hope.
#1 Escalators ~ Mr Griffs has never been a fan of escalators. Mainly because he likes to wear oversized flip flops and he's always worried that the excess rubber will get caught at the top of the escalators. As Mr Griffs always says, 'Give me stairs any day'.
Never Assume & Coffee
A line from Never Assume - the first story in The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs series. In this scene Steve Moran, a sales executive at an advertising firm, is forced to wash his fancy dressing gown following a run-in with the neighborhood's local newspaper delivery girl, Sophia.
Never Assume - The back story
In everyday life, we tend to make assumptions about things. We are quick to notice when other people make them but seldom recognise when we ourselves are assuming. This contradiction inspired Never Assume. We wanted to write a story where several characters would jump to conclusions about something or other and explore the consequences of this.
The other main focus of the story had to be on the relationship between Mr Griffs and Steve Moran. The two characters have many differences but at their core, they are quite similar to each other. This story had to subtlety expresses this.
At the time we were also trying to define Mr Griffs’ character and some of his idiosyncrasies. For such a complex and quirky person, he is actually quite simple. For instance, his love for food and routine.
These three elements framed the story. For example, Steve accused Mr Griffs of digging holes in his garden. This then paved the way for Mr Griffs to get back at his neighbour by using a batch of his wife’s spiced nuts. But, in doing so, Mr Griffs makes key assumptions.
Even as multiple characters make assumptions as well, Mr Griffs and Steve’s contentious relationship is brought forward.
Never Assume - Official Release
We are a Go For Griffs! Never Assume is now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at iBooks, Amazon, Smashwords and other popular online retailers. This is the first story in The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs series. For more information - please check out 'Stories' in the top navigation tab.
A special thanks to Kim @tramik_ for the cover page title, John @johnmartinezart for the cover page illustration, to Arthur Dunderdale for the cover page formatting, and to Emily Paget for her wonderful proofreading. You guys are amazing!
Mr Griffs Launch
Mr Griffs is arriving TOMORROW - FREE eBook will be available for download via www.mrgriffs.com as well as through iBooks, Amazon, Smashwords and other popular online retailers.
JOIN US for the launch of our series - The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs
Mr Griffs's first official public appearance. He couldn't wait to get in front of the camera to promote his short stories (apparently he does all the work) - The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs. A special thanks to the very talented @johnmartinezart
Mr Griffs Logo
Mr Griffs is in his early sixties and is set in his ways. That being said, the only thing predictable about Mr Griffs is that he is unpredictable. Thanks Tramik Design
Mr Griffs and tea
Mr Griffs loves a good cup of tea. Especially when it's extra hot.
Thanks to John Martinez for the sketch!
The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs
The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs is a series of short stories. The stories address some of life's greatest ironies and quirks through the lens of our main character - Mr Griffs. Thanks Tramik Design
Who is Mr Griffs?
Mr Griffs is an eccentric man in his early sixties and can be very grumpy, although he does have a very cheeky smile. He has wild white hair and a wrinkled face. He enjoys drinking tea, eating cake and nuts, and loves the peace and quiet. He wears baggy clothes as he relishes the airiness and the freedom of movement that they give him. Mr Griffs is set in his ways and sees things differently to other people. He always manages to find himself at the centre of controversy.
What's Mr Griffs up to right now?
He's busy sorting through a bag of mixed nuts, looking for pistachios. His wife just asked him why he didn't buy a bag of pistachios in the first place. That's Mr Griffs for you.
The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs - a series of short stories that follows the life and escapades of Mr Griffs - COMING SOON.
Mr Griffs' likes and dislikes
Mr Griffs likes his routine and privacy. Almost as much as he loves a cup of tea. And biscuits. And cake. And nuts. And ice cream. But if there's one thing he doesn't like, it's his arch-nemesis and neighbour, Steve Moran. Mr Griffs considers himself to be the everyday person. A man of the people. Indeed, there's a Mr Griffs in all of us. Mr Griffs is as quirky as we all wish we could be.
Mr Griffs and cake
One thing for certain is Mr Griffs' weakness for cake. You can often spot him at Cornville's local cake shop, Simple Delights. After all, Mr Griffs considers himself to be the shop's chief taste tester. Don't we all?
All Things Griffs
Mr Griffs leads a peaceful life. Or so he claims to. He lives on a quiet street, Pickle Mouse Crescent, in the idyllic town of Cornville. Yet for some reason, Mr Griffs always manages to find trouble. Or does trouble find him?