Road closures

This morning I’m working from the residencia at the observatory. Why? Because I’m tour guiding at 11:30, but the Santa Cruz road is closed for road works from 9 am – 1 pm (and again from 4 pm – 8 pm, although that won’t affect me.) I chose to leave home very early and work on my laptop rather than drive for an extra hour.

As I drove through them this morning, it looked like the idea was to stop the top of the mountain falling onto the road, and to stop the road falling down to the sea, 7,000 ft below. I have to say I approve of these aims, although of course it’s a pain while they actually do it. Still, there’s quite a bit to be said for a couple of hours with almost no distractions, and I count myself lucky that I got the two important emails sent before the Wi-Fi went off for maintenance too.

In other news, I’ve sold a story! Mr Pock Pock was originally written for my anthology The Seer’s Stone. Now it’s going to appear in another anthology of SF for children, The Young Explorer’s Guide, from Dreaming Robot Press which should be out later this year. One of those important emails was discussing the final edits with the editor.

Since 2012 I’ve mostly been working on books, and I’ve missed the buzz of short story sales and publications, so I’m really looking forward to getting into print again.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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