Ugh. How long has it been since my last post?
Let us not go there. Instead, let there be sunshine and positivity and yes, a quick update!
I’ve been following the arrival and flypast of the New Horizons probe at Pluto, in the last couple of weeks. The new discoveries and photos have been astonishing. What we once thought of as a cold grey dead rock on the edge of the Solar System has greatly exceeded expectations. You probably know that the data will be feeding back from New Horizons at a rate of 1kb/s which means it will take 16 months for everything to download. There will be more amazing stuff to see. I can barely contain myself!
|On 30th June, we had the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the night sky. I read about it online about ten days beforehand and began to check the early evening sky on a nightly basis. The sky was solid with cloud cover on the first few nights but eventually there came an evening of clear sky. I remember it was a Sunday and I think it might’ve been the night of the second episode of Humans which is currently running on Channel 4. I went out into the garden during the commercial break as it was near sunset, and there they were. I continued to observe them when I could for the next few nights. Sadly, we didn’t get to see the actual conjunction this far East in the UK. The photo on the right shows how close together they appeared to get for us. Despite not seeing them actually conjunct, it was still quite something to see these mighty planets as they slowly took each other by the hand and swung around each other in the sky.|
Creatively, I seem to have quietly ventured out of the brain fog that addled my inspiration. As a result, I’ve got a handful of short story ideas bouncing around. I’d like to go through all my old short stories and see what else I can find, and possibly put together a collection. I can’t really go forward with Seven Worlds until my editor is ready, so this is something to do in the meantime. Something to sharpen the wits and clear out the dross in my head, if you’ll indulge me.
I’m also about to embark on a FutureLearn.com course called “Reading Macondo”, discussing the Macondo novels and stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have a fascination with South America and I’ve long loved Marquez’ works. I link my creative renaissance to re-reading One Hundred Years of Solitude and the other novels in that collective. Such imagination was always going to lead me home from the barren wastelands of my creative drought. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner!
It’s been raining since 9am here. It’s now about to tip over into 4pm and it hasn’t stopped once. I like rain but this is ridiculous. I won’t need to water the garden tonight but my poor courgette plant and tomato plant are both pretty sodden. We had two lovely courgettes from the plant but all the tiny vegetables that have attempted to grow since those two have gone rotten. They became horribly waterlogged after a torrential downpour, several nights ago. We’ve had a couple of those, lately. It was like the freaking Exorcist poltergeist got up there and threw down, bigstyle. I was half afraid the Isle of Ely would become a proper island again and the sea would rise, and the rest of East Anglia would flood and they’d install a customs point at the south entrance to the city and only let through anyone who knew someone on the island and OH MY BOB my imagination went wild!
Thankfully it didn’t come to anything so much as that. Just tiny rotten courgettes. Dammit. I could go into a massive rant about how this is July and we were promised a hot summer by the press, but I won’t.
Instead I’ll end it here, post this now and get my ass back to Mars. And I don’t mean the chocolate bar.