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TV Interviews outside Gran Telescopio Canarias, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma

An exhausting, productive day

Yesterday I left home at 8 am for the observatory. The first group was routine, including overrunning by 10 minutes so I only just had time to eat a banana before the next group. I’d just started the second group when a car pulled up and the driver said, “We’re the crew from Canary TV that the island council organised.” Excuse me, WHAT? One frantic phone call later, I did…

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Santa Cruz’s New Beach is Open

Santa Cruz has been building a new beach for ages. This morning it was finally opened. I got to hear at lunchtime, and immediately went for a paddle. Of course a big wave came along and now I have damp trousers, but it was well worth it. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to be eight years old for a while.

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Guest post by my friend Hank Quense: Creating Stories

Recently I’ve been reading “Creating Stories” by my friend Hank Quense. It covers slightly different, more advanced ground than -“From Story -idea to Reader. I think they’re both excellent books. Take it away, Hank!   My recently published Creating Stories has everything I’ve leaned about writing stories over the last twenty years. Below is an extract on plotting. Learn more at Amazon. From Chapter 6: Constructing a plot A plot…

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I did it!

I did it! I typed the magic words THE END I still have to process the feedback from my beta readers for the last 10 (short) chapters, but I got to the end. Just in time too. La Palma is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the starlight declaration and I’m going to be very busy indeed from now until Friday.

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No Squee Sunday because…

I’m very, very close to the end of the second draft of my novel, “Murder by Starlight”. 99,000 words down, about 2,000 to go. I can’t bear to stop. When I get to THE END I will have a coherent novel. There will still be things to fix, but unlike the first draft I won’t have things like: [Write a scene here in which they quarrel and stop speaking] People…

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