The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon

The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon
Shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Happy Earthday to You, You Live in a Zoo...

Here in Fergus we started Earth Day with a power outage.  It's a day of litterless lunches and walks to school.

Here's my Earth Day gift to you (courtesy of the National Geographic Society)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

I'm putting all my money in airships.

There's been a lot of talk about air travel and volcanoes this week.  Apparently our jets have a problem with volcanic ash building up in the engines.  Apparently something called "catastrophic engine failure" may occur.  Now, I'm no aeronautical engineer but I assume catastrophic engine failure is a bad thing.

With tens of thousands stranded in Europe and predictions saying Icelandic volcanoes and their resulting ash could be a jet plane nightmare for years to come, I got to thinking...

Zeppelins - blimps - airships.  Why not?  Sure they're slow, but slow is infinitely better than stationary.

Think about it.  Massive, helium supported, solar powered platforms.  Propeller driven by enclosed electrical engines.  Able to cross the Atlantic in three to five days.

Why the hell not?

Just something to ponder on a Tuesday morning.

Monday, 19 April 2010

A Giant

Today I have been writing about 2 giants.

The first is Gerry.  Gerry is the story about a young giant boy who finds himself without his parents.  Initially raised by a family of bears, Gerry feels a need to find others of his own kind.  After falling in with a bad crowd of Rock Giants, Gerry befriends a human girl who helps him on quest to find his parents.

I started Gerry when my daughter was very little.  Although I've told the story aloud a few times, I've never put it down on paper.  I figure I should get on that before my daughter is too old to enjoy it.

The other Giant is this one.  The park being built by our local Heritage Committee pays tribute to this key Industrial family which contributed to the success of our town.  I've been cobbling together the information plaques for the park.  I'll be passing along the info I put together for the plaques onto other members of the committee and the folks at our local Archives for checking.  The last thing I want is some amateur historian pointing out inaccurate information after the plaques are printed.

Man, give me fiction any day.