Preview of brand new story…

Extract 1

His eyes kept being drawn to the terrible eyeball at the window…what a size the creature must be to have an eye that size.  He prepared himself for the long slow haul up to the surface.  Hopefully, he would see other, less terrible, creatures on the way back up.  He had no wish to go any further down – it was claustrophobic apart from him not wishing to be a meal for some odd creature who relished the dark depths of this mysterious abyss.  He had no wish to return empty handed though and prepared his camera for the work ahead.

Extract 2

The silence hit Lucy as she stepped outside the little Research Station.  Total silence.  Total whiteness.  Total isolation.  There was nowhere to go outside of the comfort zone of the confines of the base for the research scientists.  Nowhere that is except for more snow covered land.  Lucy hugged herself in excitement as she caught a glimpse of movement in the distance.  Penguins!   All sorts of types and shapes and sizes.  There were thousands of them.  Peter shouted over to her to join them on the sled.  There was no sound of huskies barking excitedly in these days of motorised sleds.  She trudged as quickly as she could in her thick boots over to where Peter was waiting.  Grinning in excitement, Peter helped her onto the sled and they sped over the lumpy snow towards the penguins.  Slowing down as they neared them, they stopped the machines and edged their way forward on foot scarcely daring to breathe.  Peter slowly and carefully lifted his camera to his eyes and took a long distance view of the spectacular scene in front of them.  He then adjusted the lens and continued moving towards the incredibly noisy, increasingly smelly, and unbelievably exciting crowd of creatures huddled in groups ahead of them.  It was just before the time when the young ones would waddle to the sea, arms akimbo for balance, and swim for their lives.  They had enjoyed a precious few weeks being fed before it was time for them to fend for themselves.

Giant Squid

Looking forward to completing my third book tomorrow and inserting all sorts of pictures – some of my photos, some from the internet and, best of all, the picture my daughter has painted of the giant creature Peter encounters in the Deep Marianas Trench!

Local library wants to know more about my talk…aargh. Panic. Not ready yet. Will respond tomorrow…

Planet stories

‘Beyond the Horizon’ is available in hard copy as well as AmazonKindle thanks to my publisher Peglets in Honiton.   Please contact me if you would like one  (£4.99 plus £1.50 pp).   Window to the Stars is a little story about my favourite historic telescope, the Lockyer, which has been well received by a group of adult literacy learners.

Planet Earth

Tim Peake’s glorious photographs of Planet Earth are being lapped up by everyone who sees them. My next book ‘Meet the Aliens’ is due out this Summer and takes the characters to Earth in the same manner that they visited the other planets in the Solar System.

Oh to be a child again…

What lucky schoolchildren to be able to present their projects to a science conference and, possibly, Tim Peake.  How different my life would have been had I had such opportunities.  Our careers advice was to visit the local job centre!  And as for Tim operating a prototype Mars rover from the ISS, well, I am beside myself with excitement.

Never mind, today is Friday and off to the young observers’ group after a busy day at work.   Today the Police Commissioner is holding fort in one of the rooms while the Society for the Blind are having a handbell ringing concert…




I have read the Letter to a Spaceman penned by astronaut Tim Peake and drafted a letter to Puffin and European Space Agency in the hope they may be able to guide me to an agent to handle my books.  It is so frustrating as I know there is a market for my little stories.

…..and back to work.

For auld lang syne.  A friend has gone; we’ve said our goodbyes.  Spring is here, the future lies waiting.  Bright pink blooms the camelia.  Bulbs are planted, seeds are scattered.  Great Tits are busy, on eggs they must be sitting…now we must wait and leave them in peace and pick up our pens our books to finish…




Nearly Writing Wednesday…

Getting prepared for a full yes full day of writing tomorrow. It is so exciting to read the posts about our own planet on Tim Peake’s Facebook page that I really need to finish my book about our planet. The three characters are exploring Earth just as they did the planets in the solar system on their epic journey.