There are some authors out there who are so good they only do authoring stuff – which isn’t just writing, by the way, but visiting their adoring public at schools, libraries and bookshops (fun – although some authors’ worst nightmare!), dealing with rejection letters (not so much fun and every author’s worst nightmare), or employing interns to answer their fan mail for them.
Unfortunately I’m not one of those authors and I have a day job which just happens to be the exact opposite to authoring. Instead of sitting in front of a keyboard or snuggled up in a comfy chair by myself with an exercise book for company, I stand in a room full of people, in the dark, and tell them all about space.
I show them pictures of space, too.
It’s quite fun!
A lot’s been happening in space lately. Just this week alone three reasonably sized asteroids cruised close by our planet, Jupiter and Venus had a conjunction (where they look really close together in the sky even though they’re hundreds of millions of kilometres away from each other), and results from last year’s resoundingly successful Double Asteroid Redirection Test were published in an important science journal.
In fact, I’m feeling so inspired by all this space stuff, I’ve had a really good idea for a book. I’d better get started on it straight away.
Watch this (pardon the pun) space…