Following Tim Peake’s adventures in space there seems to be a pent up demand for space adventure stories with realism. Two of my books are on AmazonKindle although it is difficult to publicise them effectively. I am a writer, nearly full-time worker not a publicist! It is disappointing to receive a rejection from an agent for my latest story, about Planet Earth. Need to have a deep think…
My talk about the history of the Norman Lockyer Observatory and a brief biography of Norman himself was very well received by an audience of about 15 in my local library. I also gave them some astronomy highlights such as the flyby of Jupiter, sizes of stars and some info about the Moon. One member of the audience actually put the Lockyer telescope back together in the 1990s and has a box of minutes relating to the period. I encouraged him to take these to John Ponsford. He said he would bring them to the Astronomy Fair on 13 August. Many friendly faces were in the audience – a nice lady from church and who sees me at the Mint in my Reception role plus two others from U3A, Sue from Tuesday Fellowship (who would like me to give a talk), Iryna from Stella Maris Trio and Roy with Gareth and Amy. Plus Dad and a Daughter from church who is a space enthusiast. Great time. Exhausted….
Well, life imitates art, is that what they say? A couple of weeks’ ago I sent off my new adventure story containing an episode with a creature who had an enormous eye…and my daughter produced a delightful painting of a giant squid to accompany the text. The characters had an interlude in Iceland and I used my own photograph of the geysir Strokkur about to erupt…and Iceland is all over the place having won a football game. Now, it just needs those pesky publishers to see the potential… 🙂
Still in shock at the result of last week’s referendum. So sad. Especially sad following the global excitment at Tim Peake’s adventures in space. And seeing those photos of the beauty of the Earth. Hope the politicians can untangle the mess.