I’m Sheila Hollingworth, a writer and cartoonist who lives in Daylesford, Australia. I have been creating cartoons for probably 20+ years, initially just for family and friends. In recent years I have been a bit more serious about trying to get my work out there in the ‘real world’ and have had more than 500 cartoons published in a range of newspapers, magazines, special interest newsletters and greeting cards.
In 2003 I produced a collection of the first 80 of my pet hates cartoons in a limited edition book titled (funnily enough) ‘Pet Hates’ . It was launched as part of my first cartoon exhibition, which was part of the second Words in Winter Festival in Daylesford.
I’m a self-confessed technological Luddite who needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the ever-changing world of cyber space. But I do have a website (www.cartoonsbysheila.com), which has examples of some of my other work, and more information about me (in case you’re interested).
And now I have my blog, which I initially set up as a self-imposed challenge to make sure I had 365 pet hates cartoons by the end of 2010. Not only did I succeed in my initial goal, but I maintained the pace through the first half of 2011 before taking a break. Who knows – one day I might achieve the oft-touted goal of ‘1001 things that annoy us’.
Not all of the topics in my pet hates (or pet peeves) series are things I personally hate, although many of them are. Rather, I hope they reflect the many little things that can get under our collective skins. But in case you’re interested in what I do personally hate, here are my top three – I hate cooking, shopping and politics!
But I love making people laugh and I hope I manage to do that for you!