Welcome to the Observatory.
Before I go any further, I have three announcements to make. The first is the publication of my fifth book A Face Like Glass (you can read more about it here). The second is the launch of my brand new website, complete with a “Twisted City” theme and a hidden story. And the third… is my first ever venture into the world of blogging.
To be honest, it’s the last of the three that’s making me a bit nervous.
Oh, I know that blogging is supposed to be easy for me. After all, I’m a writer. I regularly send big, fat parcels of my words out into the world, without knowing whether people will like them or use them as kindling.
That’s rather different, though. When you’re writing a book, you can always hide behind your characters. Mosca, Hathin and the rest may be quite short, but if I duck low enough I can still conceal myself behind them, so that not even the tip of my hat is visible. The problem with blogging is that you have to do it as yourself.
Oh well, here goes.
I’m going to imagine myself in an observatory tower, surrounded by my charts, scribbled notes and brass globes of imaginary worlds. I peer out through a rounded window at a dark and misty vista. Is there anybody out there? I have no idea. I raise a lantern and swing it in front of the window a few times, sending my Morse Code message out to the void.
Then I wait and watch, feeling a bit silly. Will anybody signal back? Have I just accidentally misdirected ships at sea, causing them to crash on distant rocks? Or will my tower now be battered by the wings of giant moths?
Needless to say, any giant moths who are passing are welcome to leave a comment…