Astrology and Astronomy

Day 5 As soon as humans became aware of the natural rhythms of the earth and seasonal changes they wanted to create calendars and clocks. Calendars were essential to be able to understand agricultural cycles. Food meant power and calendars were part of the armoury of kings and emperors, jealously guarded by the priests, in order […]

Plots and Patterns

Design Patterns In my IT degree course, we learned about Design Patterns. A design pattern for coding is like a template, evolved and shaped to solve a commonly recurring problem. Why reinvent the wheel? Clever software designers provide patterns for these, upon which to construct your specific solution. The same goes for plots and patterns, […]

In The Observatory

Day 4 This is where you look at the stars. In the observatory, it doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Actually, I think Saffron and Nate might have had a romantic moment. Dreams, Wishes and Star-Gazing He put his arm round her again and together they wandered along the display cases. His closeness filled […]

Crushing Scrivener

This is a shout-out to K. M. Weiland, author and writing coach, and Joseph Michael, Scrivener ninja, for hosting their live webinar, Learn Scrivener Fast, on July 13. They presented an amazing tutorial to help writers master Scrivener without tears. Are you  a writer under pressure?  Start crushing Scrivener here. The Writer’s Challenge Technology has revolutionised […]

Blogger Summer Circus Giveaway Hop

Star-Gazing Tent The idea of the Summer Circus was to pitch up with your tent. To represent Far Out, Nate and Saffron decided to run a star-gazing tent, since Cosmology is one of the themes of the book. During the day we’re running videos of sky-watching in different parts of the world and at night […]

In the Planetarium

Day 3 What is a planetarium? It’s a building with a domed roof onto which we can project a simulated display of the night sky, study the stars and learn the positions of the constellations. It’s a bit like a cinema, with comfy seats, but instead of looking at a flat screen, the viewer sees […]

Point Of View

Weaving the Strands of Plot I shouldn’t have relaxed so soon, thinking strands of plot were coming together, like barely visible wisps of moisture gathering into a cloud. I’m having a rethink about the point of view. I had thought my MC (main character) was the elderly physicist. He was the first to appear and […]