solitary intrusion

my light is solitary I carry it alone your light should not shine where I can see it how can I be solitary alone alone alone how can I when your light shines where I must see it you are vexatious to me you seek to be alone right there yet you shine so close … Continue reading solitary intrusion

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Before Black Saturday #01. The bushfires of 2003

and now it is Mount Buffalo in the air I can taste it I'm currently working to bring to life a collection of Bushfire poetry called Devil in the Wind - stories and voices - arising from our disastrous Black Saturday fires of 2009. February 2019 will see the 10th year commemoration. I'll talk and … Continue reading Before Black Saturday #01. The bushfires of 2003

Binary star systems

A. C. Flory figures out the way a star system works. With precision and diagrams.

I am blown away. Amazing work, Andrea.

Meeka's Mind

Since starting to write the Suns of Vokhtah series again, I’ve tripped up on some unexpected hurdles, one of which is the effect the binary star system has on the day/night and seasonal changes as experienced on the planet.

I thought I’d worked it all out over five years ago, and I do have graphics to prove it, but as I looked at those graphics I realised that I couldn’t remember the thinking behind them:

Was it actually right? I no longer knew. And it niggled so much I knew I had to go back and reinvent the wheel. So these are the earliest of the new graphics:

Creating the day/night cycle in Corel Draw 8 stage 1:

As you can see, the planet obits the G2 [yellow] star in an elliptical orbit which makes EVERYTHING so much harder. The lines connecting the centre of the star to the centre…

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Rainforest Writing Retreat – 2019

Just a little shout out for the Rainforest Writing Retreat, which I attended last May (2018). It's a live-in retreat in a simply magnificent setting, with a series of masterclasses and around 50 attendees maximum. I'm informed there are only a few places left so I thought I'd give a plug here, because I owe … Continue reading Rainforest Writing Retreat – 2019