Alpha Centauri

Day 9 Alpha Centauri is the star system nearest to Earth. Actually it’s a binary star system, Alpha Centauri A and B, which revolve around each other. We see it from the southern hemisphere, where it is one of the pointer stars to the Southern Cross. The following is an excerpt from my YA novel, […]

Boilerplates and Handcrafting

Writers Readers & Genre I’m talking about meeting genre expectations here, first with my writer’s hat on. Boilerplates and handcrafting, that is, which plot template should you use, are important considerations at the concept stage. As a reader, becoming a fan of Young Adult (YA) Dystopian, I’ve got stuck into the big names since His […]

Orion The Hunter

Day 6 In Greek mythology Orion the Hunter was placed in the heavens by Zeus, King of the Greek Gods, to honour him for dying in his last battle with a monstrous scorpion. Every true huntsman has a dog; Orion has two, Canis Minor and Canis Major in which you can find Sirius, the dog […]

The Greek Myths

Day 7 The Greek myths are one of the themes in the story. Saffron’s birthday is 8th December and her star sign is Sagittarius, which could account for her boldness and tendency to adventure. The tale of Andromeda, the maiden chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster, is a metaphor for […]