Hi it is me again Ruby. I have just had a chat with the very talented Zozo and Jools and here is what they had to say.
What is your blog about?
Usual Muttwits follows the misadventures of a diverse community of dogs inhabiting the fictitious Thameside town of Westley Piddle. The blog features stories on the various muttwit characters and is experienced through their own particular dogs’-eye point of view.
How are the stories told
Each story (which is serialized weekly) focuses on one particular muttwit from the pack, forced off his furry butt to do something extraordinary to help out his best mates. What should be a simple enough ask mostly ends up in pure doggerel, lots of ear-flapping, and a quick bite or two of both friend and foe.
The blog is presented in the style of a graphic diary with the manga-inspired illustrations drawn or doodled beside the text which [‘”wot’] is written in a colloquial London voice.
So where do the Muttwits live?
We have created a universe for the muttwits to live and breath.
Accompanying the stories the site also features a detailed map of Westley Piddle, an A-Z of illustrated muttwit characters, and a snifz colour chart on how they use their snouts to understand the world around them, and the emotions of humans (called hindlegs throughout). We even have a pub-chat corner (Quick Pint down the Pig&Ferret) where the human companions can vent their frustrations over a pint or two of best bitter.
So who are Zozo and Jools
A brief word about Zozo&Jools:
Zeynep Arpaözü (Zozo) is a blogger cartoonist from Istanbul in her early twenties who currently attends university studying languages; Julian Boyce (Jools) is a copywriter from South London in his early sixties. Collectively, we call ourselves Zozo&Jools. We are two people from different generations, cultures, religions and political ideologies who agree on almost nothing, except for one thing: creating ridiculous doggy stories stuffed with insane characters. It helps that we have both grown up surrounded by a motley crew of dogs and cats. We speak their language – they speak ours!
Why a blog and not a book?
In fact, we had just started submitting to literary agents when Covid-19 hit. It seemed pointless to continue (as unknown writers) in present circumstances, so we converted the first three completed books into serialised stories online.
Thems Usual Muttwits’ is our singular take on the 4x leg vs. 2x leg modern world, as experienced through the sights, sounds and sniffs of a right tight pack of muttwits.
Thank you so much for joining me today Zozo & Jools it’s been so much fun having you here. willow and I (guide dog retired) are looking forward to you visiting soon.
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and
hopefully in to light ??
I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well.
I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.
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Oh! Thank you Ani and Sue of course…it is fun this blogging 💙💙
I thought you would enjoy it, Ruby 🙂
I really do , Ani I shall bring some tennis balls 💙💙
Sue, you are such a star…we’re gonna name our next West Pid. coffee shop after yuz (or maybe a town square if we ever round to building one) 😊🐾
Love that idea , you could even put up statue of her and Ani 😀💜
Just plant a tree … I’m sure Henry and co will ‘christen it for me 😉
Lol I am sure they would, a bronze statue would be good though 😀💜
They’d ‘christen’ that too 😉
Lol yes the wood 🤣🤣🤣🤣
You’re a talented dog, Ruby!!
Why thank you miss Ritu may I call you Sis like my willow does 💜 💙
You can… Or even Aunty Ritu 🥰
Oh! Yes I like that Aunty Ritu 💙💙
Yay. Another must-follow blog! Going over there now. Puppy Cody will be so pleased.
Oh! My goodness yes Puppy Cody you will love it be sure to say hi to them all 💙💙
looking forward to welcoming you to West Pid Cordeliasmom and inviting you to bump snoutz with all the muttwits 😊🐾
Looking forward to meeting everyone and bump snoutz love Ruby! 💜💜
Thanks! Looking forward to joining you. I assume Puppy Cody is invited, too? She loves collaborating with other bloggers. In fact, she has a whole series of collaborated posts over on my site. Perhaps it’s time to bring those back.
Yes indeed, perhaps you could host the Muttwits 😜 and yes Puppy Cody would fit right in 💜
I think they should have still submitted to publishers. This is a great idea.
Yes indeed I agree with you they are a very talented couple! You should tell them that Robbie . As a talented and published author they would value your advice 💜💜
We did…we tried Robertawrites, but that wicked-sniffy Covid-19 got in the way and all the agents went offline 🙄 So…we started up the blog instead. But maybe one day tho…😉🐾
Darn Covid19 nasty nasty thing 💜
Holding thumbs for yo.
Thank you 💜
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looking forward to introducing all our new hindlegs friends to the muttwits of Westley Piddle…soon 🐶🐾
Dearest Willow (and that lovable fourlegs Ruby), Thank you!!! What a great start of the day for all the West Pid. muttwits 😍🐶🐾🐾🐾 Cheers Zozo&Jools
It’s a real pleasure, I shall be sending Ruby’s muttshot be and info over soon 💜
Yu knows that yu and Ruby have got a home in West Pid for always. The muttwits can’t wait to bump snoutz with Ruby in Herdwick ‘pooping’ Park (‘cept Mary-A and Sasha, coz Ruby should stay clear of thems saucy muttwits as they don’t like competition) 😁🐾
Ruby can rise above saucy Muttwits, she never barks unless really pushed, then she turns around and just harks once. It usually works even for Great Danes and Rotties.. But she likes a quiet life so she will take your advice 💙💙💜💜🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾