Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Sleeping Prince (Welsh History)

The Welsh are often depicted as always looking for a fight, but as I have studied Welsh history, I have found that so often, Welsh rebellions were provoked by the English.


Richard II (Wikimedia)

At the end of Richard II's reign tensions increased between the Welsh and the English. An Englishman called Lord Grey of Ruthun [pronounced Rithin] took some land from Owain Glyndŵr and he took him to court. The response Glyndŵr got was, 'What care we for barefoot Welsh dogs.'

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 9.2

This week we see the fight between Darrow and his attacker. To read this book from the beginning, go here. My picture of Darrow is the actor Michael Sheen.


Intruders chapter 9 scene 2

In the abandoned opencast workings, Darrow’s assailant pushed him away and desperately scrambled for the entrance to the cave.  Darrow recovered his balance and pursued.  At the entrance, where the attacker had scrambled out, he emerged cautiously, on the lookout for another attack, but there was no sign of the man.  Darrow stood up, and a large rock landed on the top of his helmet.  The force drove him to his knees and sent a shock through his spine and shoulders.  His heart leaped in fear.  If his helmet was damaged, he could run out of air before he reached the airlock, but to his relief, his helmet was undamaged.  The man was above him now, scrambling up the face of the cliff. 

Monday, 21 December 2015

Wales is Full of Castles (Welsh History)

In my series on Welsh history, we have reached Edward I, the king who conquered Wales. To make sure the Welsh stayed conquered, he built castles, many of which remain today, in various states of grandeur. So I thought it would be a good place to refer you back to some of my posts on castles.

Castle-building in Wales by King Edward I 

Why visit a castle?

How to visit a castle

Swansea Castle past & present

Inside #Swansea Castle - organised tour, with photos!

Loughor Castle 

Penrice Castle

Oystermouth Castle

Weobley Castle, Visit to Weobley 

Oxwich Castle

Pennard Castle

Kidwelly Castle Outing

King John's Castle at Limerick, Ireland

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 9.1

This week we get an update on the trapped miners. To read this book from the beginning, go here. My idea of Sam Ryan is the actor Leonardo de Caprio when he was younger.


Intruders chapter 9 scene 1

On Level Two all work on the cave-in had stopped as they concentrated on digging to the trapped miners.  Using the camera they had lowered through the pilot hole to survey the shape of the void, the miners had determined the best route to enlarge the hole.  As the hole was enlarged, dressings, fluids and pain killers had been lowered. Under Ryan’s instructions Huw Thomas had treated both himself and John Rees.  Now the hole was big enough to pass down thinly rolled blankets to put across the quartz crystals to make them more comfortable.  The next plan was to get an armoured blanket and roof supports down there to protect them and try to prevent another collapse as work proceeded.  As it was, they couldn’t prevent pieces of rock and crystal falling on the men as the hole was enlarged, however carefully they worked.

Monday, 14 December 2015

The Conquering of the Welsh (Welsh History)

In 1277 Llewelyn ap Gruffudd (the last Prince of Wales) was defeated by Edward I. He was forced to pay homage and come to terms in the Treaty of Aberconwy; but the peace did not last long. His brother Dafydd had made peace with Llewelyn and been settled on territory in North Wales. They both became unhappy with the officials of the king, who overreached their authority and caused much hardship.


Llywelyn the Last at Cardiff City Hall

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 8.3

This week Tabitha talks to Chambers and swaps news. To read the book from the beginning go here. My idea of Chambers is actor Chris Pine.





Intruders chapters 8 scene 4 (last week was scenes 2&3)

Tabitha crept through the bridge door.

Psst! Andrew! Can I come in? There’s no one here.’

‘What about me?’ said Chambers.  ‘Am I “no one”? You know you’re not allowed on the bridge.’

She hesitated and decided to take her chance.  ‘So report me!’

Monday, 7 December 2015

Gwenllian, Llywelyn’s Daughter (Welsh History)

In my scoot through Welsh history, last week I got to Llywelyn ap Gryffudd, known as Llywelyn the Last, The Last Prince of Wales. In his story I mentioned that his daughter was shut away in a convent.

It turns out that I discovered the story of his daughter way back in March 2014. I blogged about it as Gwenllian, Princess of Wales. So I recommend you go and read it, because in the history of Wales, her story goes here!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 8.2

This week, Hoy and Tabitha return to the Kestrel from the mine, and Captain Darrow’s mayday is received. To read this book from the beginning, go here. My idea of Tabitha, is Olympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.

Tabitha Enns (swimmer Ellie Simmonds)

Intruders chapter 8 scenes 2 & 3

Hoy and Tabitha returned to the Kestrel from the mine and met Stubbs on his way back to the bridge.  Tabitha stood back in silence as Stubbs saluted Hoy and offered a quick update.

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Last Prince of Wales (Welsh History)

Edward I conquered Wales and when his fourth son and eventual successor, Edward, was born in Caernarvon castle, he named him Prince of Wales. This has been a common practice ever since among the kings of Britain. Today, the heir to the throne is Prince Charles, and he was invested as Prince of Wales in Caernarvon Castle in 1969.
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But these princes had no right to the title, except the power of the king to bestow it. The last rightful Prince of Wales was Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1258.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 8.1

This week, Dr Robinson gets rescued. To read from the beginning, go here. My idea of Quentin Robinson is an old-fashioned Stephen Fry.
Robinson (Stephen Fry)
Intruders chapter 8 scene 1

Dr Thomas and Reuel arrived at the airlock, put the stretcher beside the stasis chamber and lowered the stand.  Thomas turned to Reuel.

‘Don't close the outer door, Ensign. I'll keep the gravity low when the airlock pressurises, so I can transfer Elwyn to the stasis chamber on my own.  Will you return to Dr Robinson?’

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Welsh History: Pause for Recap

This series began when I heard a report on the Welsh News that a government report had found that Welsh children are not taught enough of their own history. So I have been blogging some highlights. I thought it would be good to pause and recap what we have covered, and add in some previous posts which also fit in to what we have covered so far.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 7.3

This week Captain Darrow goes to the abandoned opencast mineworkings as part of his investigation of the missing quartz. To read the book from the beginning go here. Darrow looks a bit like actor Michael Sheen.
Darrow (Michael Sheen)
Intruders chapter 7 scene 4 [last week had scenes 2&3 together]

Following his interviews, Darrow called in on Wil Jones, the Base Administrator.

‘Mr Jones, I’m going out to the old opencast mine workings.  Is there a map?’

Jones crossed his arms.‘I don’t see what you expect to find.  They were searched.  There’s nothing there.’

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 7.2

This week Dr Robinson helps Dr Thomas take his casualty to the Kestrel via the asteroid surface, and gets into trouble. If you want to read from the beginning, start here. My picture of Dr Robinson is this picture of Stephen Fry.
Robinson (Stephen Fry)
Intruders chapter 7 scenes 2&3

Robinson contacted the Kestrel from the pithead and arranged for Stubbs to deliver the supplies Ryan needed. When Robinson got back to the stores airlock, he found Thomas had been busy.  He had brought an old airtight stretcher from the opencast days and fitted a new oxygen supply.

‘Ah, Doctor, give me a hand to transfer Elwyn into the stretcher.  How are the men in the mine?’

Monday, 9 November 2015

Llewelyn the Great, part 2, & the Scandalous Affair (Welsh History)

The next major figure in Welsh history after the Lord Rhys, was Llewelyn ab Iorwerth, known later as Llewelyn the Great. I wrote about him before in detail, which you can find here.
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There is also a whole chapter devoted to him in my book Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John. My interest in Llewelyn is because of his links to King John and the de Braose family: He married King John’s illegitimate and much-loved daughter Joan (known as Siwan in Wales); in return for his help in their battle with John for their ancestral lands, both Reginald de Braose and his nephew John married Llewelyn’s daughters.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 7.1

This week we see what’s happening in the mine, on Level Two where they’re trying to reach the trapped miners. If you want to read from the beginning, start here. My picture of Sam Ryan is a young Leonardo de Caprio.

Ryan (young Leonardo de Caprio)

Intruders chapter 7 scene 1

Dr Robinson went to contact Ryan about the casualty transfer, when the call came that Level Two had broken through to the trapped miners and established communications.  A doctor was needed urgently.  Since Dr Thomas was treating Elwyn, Robinson responded, thinking he could send Ryan back once he got there.  He fumbled his way to the pithead and carefully climbed down the rungs in the shaft, much to the miners’ impatience.  On Level Two he was met by Dai Williams who helped him over the rubble steps, across the slab, and up the other end to where Ryan crouched with a monitor and a microphone. Ryan covered the mike and reported.

 

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Sitting (Welsh History)

The Welsh word eistedd means 'to sit' so an eisteddfod (pronounced eyestethvod) is literally 'a sitting'. The purpose of the sitting is to listen to stories, songs and poetry, and later, to watch dancing. The people reciting the stories and poems and singing the songs were the bards. At a time before writing, history was oral. The bards' task was to keep the history alive by retelling it and praising the leader's great deeds.
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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 6.3

This week Captain Darrow goes to see Stefan Kozlik about what he saw. To read from the beginning go here. Captain Joseph Darrow looks like Michael Sheen.
Darrow (Michael Sheen)
Intruders chapter 6 scene 3

Before Darrow went outside he wanted to talk to Stefan Kozlik.  At his apartment, Kozlik’s wife opened the door.  She recognised Darrow's uniform.

‘You must be the Captain from the rescue ship.’

‘Yes, Mrs Kozlik, Captain Joseph Darrow.  May I speak to your husband?’

Monday, 26 October 2015

The Good Lawmaker (Welsh History)

Throughout Welsh history the separate Welsh kingdoms came together only rarely. Most of the time they were too busy fighting each other.
In the second half of the ninth century Rhodri Mawr (Rhodri the Great) united large portions of Wales for several years. When he died his lands were divided, as was Welsh custom, between his six sons. They were unable to survive alone, so, along with rulers of other small territories, they gave homage to the English kings.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 6.2

This week, Captain Darrow starts his investigations. To read from the beginning, go here. My idea of Joseph Darrow is the actor Michael Sheen.
Darrow (Michael Sheen)
Intruders chapter 6 scene 2

Captain Darrow went to see Sean Parry, the Stock Controller, in his office adjacent to the pithead.  He was not welcomed.

‘Wil Jones asked me to help you, but I don’t have to like it.  There’s none of us thieving here, Captain.’

Darrow withdrew his outstretched hand, since Parry was ignoring it.

Monday, 19 October 2015

The Celtic Saints (Welsh History)

Christianity was brought to Britain by the Romans, and when they left, it was preserved in Wales by the monks and reclusive holy men, even under attacks from pagan Anglo-Saxons.
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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Intruders:Blog the Book 6.1

This week we join the Kestrel’s Medical Officer Dr Robinson as he meets with the base doctor. To read from the beginning, go here. I found a photo of Stephen Fry, which reminds me of Quentin Robinson.
Robinson (Stephen Fry)
Intruders chapter 6, scene 1

Following directions to the medical centre, Robinson introduced himself to a young man and asked for the doctor.

‘I am the doctor!' the man laughed. 'Maybe I should grow a beard! I’m Dr Simon Thomas, and I’m really glad you’re here.’

They shook hands.

When the explosion went off, I rushed down to the pit, but they ordered everyone into suits in case the dome ruptured.  Only then could I do anything for the injured, and it’s hard in a suit.  I’ve treated the two miners from Level Two - they only had minor injuries, and we had two casualties outside the mine - little Rhi fell down the stairs in the rush, and landed on her Mum.  Rhi broke her arm, and Mum has concussion.  But then they got Elwyn out and he was badly hurt.  Really pushed me to my limits treating him.  I had to get creative, which is why I’d be grateful for your advice.  Come and see him, and I’ll explain on the way.’

Monday, 12 October 2015

Making History Fun With Lego

One of the main aims of my history books is to make history fun and more accessible to ordinary people. I’ve found a book that does that in a new way.

Medieval Lego

 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 5.2

This week we follow Tabitha and Hoy as they work in the mine on Level Three. To read from the beginning, go here. I imagine Hoy would be played by a youngish Jackie Chan.

Hoy (young Jackie Chan)

Intruders chapter 5 scene 3

As Hoy and Tabitha prepared to go down the shaft to Level Three, Hoy kept up a running commentary of advice.

‘Don’t make any sudden or extreme moves.  Do everything gently, and ensure you are braced before you push or lift anything.  Otherwise you’ll just push yourself backwards.’

Arwel Hughes, the miner they were with, grabbed one of the maintenance robots in one hand and stepped over the edge.  The other machines were fixed to the hoist and sent down. Tabitha was grateful that Hoy opted for using the rungs as a ladder. She followed him down, praying that she wouldn't make a fool of herself on her first mission. Despite there being fans drawing the air through filters, the dust hung in the air, reducing visibility.

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Power of the Druids (Welsh History)

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When Rev Rowan Williams was the Archbishop of Canterbury he became a Druid at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. Our Christian friends were astounded and horrified that a leader in the Christian Church would become part of a group dedicated to pagan worship. They couldn't understand it at all.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 5.1

This week, Reuel and Stubbs are on duty on the Kestrel, while Ryan and Chambers start work on Level Two in the mine. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Stubbs as a young Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Stubbs (young Nicholas Lyndhurst)
Intruders chapter 5 scenes 1 & 2

Once the rescue team had left the Kestrel, Reuel and Stubbs settled down together on the bridge, watching the external cameras. Reuel turned to the communications console.

Stubbs reached out and stopped him.  ‘What are you doing?’

‘I must have news of Balitoth.’  Reuel’s cranial spines quivered with his distress.  ‘I thought I would contact the Alphan medical facility myself to find out how he is.’

‘You’ll only get yourself into trouble.  Do you think Dr Robinson is hiding something?’

‘Oh no.  The doctor has been kind to me, but I cannot bear the waiting.’

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Welsh – The Original Britons (Welsh History)

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As Simon Weston writes in the foreword to Highlights of Welsh History,
'The Welsh have always been fighters. Always seemingly caught up in some battle or other. Often against one another! But throughout history, it is this tenacity of spirit that has ensured the survival of this great people against all odds. Thankfully, not all these battles have been ones of bloodshed: there are great tales of cultural, spiritual and moral courage to be told too, as men and women of Wales have sought to defend and promote those values and virtues that have distinguished them as a breed apart over the centuries.'

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 4.2

This week the Kestrel crew are taken to the mine. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Mike Holland as actor Tom Cruise, but taller (and younger)!
Holland (young Tom Cruse)
Intruders chapter 4 scene 3

As Gareth Davies led them to the mine, Tabitha looked him over. He was ruggedly built, a perfect specimen of the manual labour involved in mining, yet he moved with grace. On Alpha, the men were cumbersome and awkward.  She was fascinated and tried not to stare.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Welsh Pupils Deprived of Welsh History

A recent news item raised concerns that Welsh children are not being taught enough about their own history in school.

Teaching Welsh History

My own husband, born and raised in West Wales, only remembers being taught English history, and some Welsh folklore. Like mine in England, his history lessons were dull and boring, but much has improved since, with teachers using all sorts of ways to make the subject interesting. But only 10-15% of the GCSE History syllabus has content about Wales.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 4.1

This week the Kestrel arrives at Pallas to assist at the mine rescue and Captain Darrow talks to the base administrator Wil Jones. Get comfy, it’s a long one! To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Andrew Chambers as actor Chris Pine.
Chambers (Chris Pine)
Intruders chapter 4 scenes 1 & 2

Since Chambers had his own duties to take care of, Tabitha didn’t see him until they met at the airlock after landing at Pallas.  They were in the rear of the assembled crew.

Pulling the lip she’d been worrying from between her teeth, she looked up at Chambers beside her.  
‘The Captain said I could help,’ she whispered, 'but I, er, I’m not sure how useful I can be.’

‘Don’t worry,’ Chambers said quietly, offering a reassuring smile, ‘just stay alert and do as you’re told.’

‘I’m glad we don’t have to wear suits.’

‘As long as the dome is intact, they can control the atmosphere and gravity inside.  You’ll be fine.’
‘This is my first alien soil, you know.’ 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Will You Review My Books?

If you’ve been following my progress (or looked around this blog!) you’ll know I have self-published three popular history books.

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I sell a lot of print copies myself to tourists and locals, especially when I give talks. But I haven’t sold many ebooks or print books online. When people find my books, they use the reviews to guide their choice whether or not to buy – and there are very few reviews.

So my first request is to those who have already bought the books:
Will you please review the book on Amazon and anywhere else you can? Links below.

To those who haven’t bought my books:
I am giving away a free PDF copy of my books in exchange for reviews. Email me at amt(dot)tetelestai(at)gmail(dot)com with Review Copy in the subject line and say which book you want. Or ask in the comments below, but disguise your email address as I have done to prevent it being picked up by spammers. Links for reviews below.

It’s not a big task, the books are all about 10,000 words and have lovely illustrations. That’s compared to a novel with can be anything from 60,000 to over 100,000 words. And people do tell me they enjoyed them very much. I am encouraged when people who have bought and read one book come back for the others.

Links for reviews (or to buy of course!):

Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads
Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads
The Magna Carta Story on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads

Thank you in advance!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 3.3

This week First Officer Mike Holland discusses the crew deployment for the mine rescue with Captain Darrow. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Holland like actor Tom Cruise (but taller!).
Holland (young Tom Cruse)
Intruders chapter 3 scene 3

Holland came to see Darrow to discuss the initial crew assignments.

‘With no communication we don’t have the latest update, so I may have to make adjustments depending on what we find when we arrive,’ Holland said.  ‘I think we should leave someone on board Kestrel during the rescue.  If there is a saboteur, we have to protect the ship.’

Monday, 7 September 2015

How To Visit a Castle

Recently my husband found a copy of The Sutton Companion to Castles by Stephen Friar. This is an encyclopedia of every aspect of a castle and related subjects. At 344 pages, it will be a long time before I read it all, but it’s a great reference work.
Sutton Companion to Castles

In the Introduction, Stephen Friar gives very good advice on visiting a castle. It’s a good companion to the post I wrote sometime ago on Why Visit a Castle?

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 3.2

This week, Captain Darrow reviews his collection of mysteries. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Darrow like actor Michael Sheen.
Darrow (Michael Sheen)
Intruders, chapter 3 scene 2

With preparations for emergency aid underway, Darrow turned again to the mystery.  The details were sparse: The miners had reported two incidents of quartz missing from the stores.  The inventory was correct one day and out the next, with no sign of tampering.  Everyone was denying responsibility, the base had been searched and the men were angry.  They had put a guard on the stores who had foiled a third attempt, but there was no sign of the culprit.  The guard said the electronically-locked door opened on its own.  He claimed he saw a shimmering figure in the dim light, which disappeared when he shone a torch in its direction.  The mining company didn’t believe a word.  Quartz does not disappear on its own.

Monday, 31 August 2015

History Holiday

This week, I am on holiday. 

Although I never stop thinking about my writing, even authors need a break from work sometimes. But it seems I can't get away from history. We are in Yorkshire visiting friends, and surrounded by the legacy of the cotton and woolen mills.

Dean Clough Mill Complex, Halifax
So here's a picture, but no writing this time.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 3.1

Captain Darrow gets a Priority One call and the Kestrel goes into action. To read the book from the beginning go here.
Darrow (Michael Sheen)
The next day, Captain Darrow was alone on the bridge when a Priority One call came in.  There had been an accident at a razor quartz mine on Pallas, an asteroid, and Kestrel was the closest ship for emergency response.  The mission seemed straightforward, but the details were encoded, which puzzled him, so he decided to open it in his office. He changed course then called Lieutenant-Commander Hoy to take over the bridge. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

My Stroke of Inspiration

On Monday I normally post about history, and today we’re looking at some very recent history, five years ago, to be exact!
My Stroke of Inspiration cover
In May 2010 I had a stroke at my desk in work. It came out of the blue and turned my life upside down. It left my body paralysed down the right side, but luckily didn’t affect my mind. I was in hospital for seven and a half weeks, and sleeping downstairs in the living room until August, when I could finally climb the stairs.

The hours are long in hospital, especially as I suffered pain and muscle spasms which made it difficult to sleep, so I started writing poetry, laboriously, one letter at a time, on my mobile phone. To take more time, I punctuated it too! I had written poetry since I was a child, but only occasionally. Now, it poured out of me, 22 poems in all. I wrote verse, doggerel, and blank verse, whatever suited the topic.

I wrote about my stroke, my treatment, my faith, and totally random things like the rain outside my window. I needed to learn to write left-handed, so I copied them out into a notebook to get the practice and keep them safe. I gave copies to the nurses and the therapists.

The poems talk about suffering and patience, therapy and faith. When I came home, I typed them into my computer and formatted them into a booklet with a commentary, which I had printed. Many people have found them a comfort, an encouragement and an inspiration, so I have finally made them into an ebook.

It’s called My Stroke of Inspiration and it’s available on Amazon UK for £1.99 and Amazon US for $2.99. You will enjoy them if you like simple poetry, but if you are a stroke survivor or know someone who is, these poems will comfort, encourage and inspire you.

Even better, between Wednesday and Sunday (26-30 August) My Stroke of Inspiration will be FREE! I’d love for you to download it, read and leave a review.

And don’t forget, if you sign up to my mailing list you will get four free gifts, one of which is A Poetry Sampler.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 2.3

Tabitha has now settled in on board the Kestrel, and calls home and writes in her journal. If you want to read from the beginning go here.
Tabitha Enns (swimmer Ellie Simmonds) cropped
Intruders chapter 2 scene 3

At the end of the day, Tabitha was allowed to call home. Chambers showed her how to log on to the external communications system from the console in the cabin and pick up the designated channel. Then he left her to it. She waited for the call to be answered and one of her parents to appear on the screen. It was her mother, who immediately burst into tears.
‘Oh Tab,’ she said, ‘How could you?’

Monday, 17 August 2015

Alina Pictures by Children

As promised last week, here are some of the drawings done by the children from Oystermouth Primary School.
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This one says in part: Alina is the white lady. She lives in Oystermouth castle. She was 7 when she was married to a 12 year old boy. That was her big mistake! He never washed his socks.

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In this picture Alina’s ghost has her head under her arm!

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 2.2

We're still with Tabitha, but she's better now. If you want to start from the beginning, go here.
Tabitha is like Ellie Symonds
Intruders chapter 2 scene 2

After a good night’s sleep, Tabitha felt much better.  She was starting to get the hang of the gravity.  She was hungry, having missed food the day before, and breakfast in the mess hall gave her a chance to meet two more of the crew.  The Second Officer, Daniel Hoy, was the smallest man she had ever seen.  She hadn’t noticed his size when she saw him on the bridge.  About her height but slim, he had almond-shaped eyes and pale skin.  Chambers introduced them.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Thank You Letters

Back in March I wrote about giving a talk on Alina to a class in Oystermouth Primary School.
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The teacher contacted me later to say how much the children enjoyed it, and that they had written ‘thank you’ letters and drawn pictures. There have been some hiccups getting hold of them , but I finally picked them up on the last week of term.

As you may imagine, they are delightful. Here is just a taster:


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 2.1

To start from the beginning, go here. We’re still following Tabitha Enns as she joins the Kestrel as a trainee.
Tabitha Enns (swimmer Ellie Simmonds) cropped
Intruders Chapter 2 Scene 1

Tabitha was so relieved someone was going to fix her, she relaxed onto the arm the doctor offered her.  He yelped and flinched.

‘Sorry,’ she mumbled, taking her own weight.  ‘I’m not used to this gravity.  It’s so light.’
‘It’s all right,’ he said.  ‘I’m Dr Robinson.  Sit here.’

As she complied, she noted the MO was an older man with a large nose and shoulder-length black hair gathered at the nape of his neck.  He was slim and looked very fit.

‘Space sickness, undoubtedly,’ he said after examining her.  ‘It’s most likely the gravity difference.  What’s the gravity on Alpha? 2.5G? Come over here and lie down inside this pressure pod.’

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Who Am I?


There's a change in the air!

When I started out as a writer, I didn't know anything about self publishing or self promotion. I didn't know about marketing or branding. The internet is full of good advice, but a lot of it is conflicting advice.