Dreamer Chronicles

How Do You Do “No. 2s” In Space?

It’s a bit of a delicate question really, isn’t it?

But one I had to address due to certain scenes in the latest book of the Dreamer Chronicles, Moon Zero.

To explain why would be to spoil the story, so rather than do that, lets cut straight to the point: Astronauts do not have to “hold it”, nor have bizarre tubes leading from their suits at all times (eww!).

Two things people:

1. Giant nappies / diapers (or whatever you call them in your neck of the woods)
2. Cleverly designed toilets with … ahem … vacuum functionality to stop … “things” floating around.

Here’s a snippet I wrote in the Author’s Notes for Moon Zero.

Nappies In Space?

One of the most-asked questions of astronauts is apparently bathroom-related.

Just exactly how do you … ahem … use the little boy’s/girl’s room in zero-gravity, or when you are trapped in a spacesuit?

Obviously any liquids and … other things … need to be contained.

The answer is incredibly simple. They wear nappies (diapers for the Americans). Or more strictly speaking, a “Maximum Absorbency Garment”.

Giant astronaut-sized ones.

However, I’m being a little cheeky, since they only where these when they are involved in a long operation where the usual bathroom facilities are not available. In the ISS (see below), and even in the Space Shuttle, there are toilets, which use suction fittings to avoid any mishaps. The YouTube video shows the type of toilet used – and the special training needed, and the NASA link below has a good summary of “a day in the life of an astronaut”!






Gravity: Do you believe in it?

The next book in the Dreamer Chronicles Trilogy is well underway – with a tentative release date in the next 3 months.

(And no, it won’t be the last you will read of Sarina and Nathan. Just the last in this trilogy! :))

So what’s the story about?

Well if I told you that … you know how the saying goes.

Let’s just say there are gravitational implications. Which is the least of their problems.

But that got me thinking – as I researched ‘gravity’ – the physical force, not the movie – why haven’t scientists yet confirmed the existence of a ‘graviton’? And if they do, will they be able to find or create an ‘anti-graviton’?

What do you think? Does gravity help keep our feet on the ground? What would happen to us if there were no gravity? What do you think makes up gravity? Do you think we will ever discover how to manipulate it?

Let me know in the comments!

Try to buy James Patterson for 99c! (Or not)

NEWSFLASH: 24 hours remaining to get Sarina’s Nightmare and The Dream Killer for just 99c each!

Anyone think that paying $9.99+ for ebooks for is a bit rich?

The big publishers seem to think that ebooks should be the same price OR MORE than an ebook.

But us independent publishers know that the readers and buyers are not so easily fooled.

Which is why, we will occasionally offer special deals, just to entice new readers.

(Hence my week-long 99c Countdown Deal for both of my books – I & II – in the Dreamer Chronicles Series. Book III coming soon …)

But once the deal is over, for most ‘indies’, full-price is $2.99-$5.99 (most are $2.99).

Why pay $9.99 for an ebook, when there are now sooo many great books from indie publishers?

Your thoughts?


Sarina's NightmareThe Dream Killer

The Dream Killer 99c Countdown

Counting down in the US & UK … two books at bargain prices!

If you love a good tweens (middle-grade) thriller, throw in some sci-fi and some magic, a parallel world … the ‘Sarina’s Nightmare’ and ‘The Dream Killer’ might be just your thing!

Readers and reviewers have made favourable comparisons to Percy Jackson, Ranger’s Apprentice – even Harry Potter and the ‘His Dark Materials‘ books got a mention. *blush*

Anyway. Both books are featured in a ‘Kindle Countdown Deal’, which means if you live in the US or the UK (or can ‘arrange’ to live in the US or the UK for Amazon’s purposes hehe), then you can pick up the Kindle version of BOTH books for a mere 99c each.


From Feb 20 – Feb 26 (midnight US-time)

If you have any issues find the books, let me know – here are the links:


Sarina’s Nightmare: http://amzn.to/1eB5oiR

The Dream Killer: http://amzn.to/1eB4y5I


Sarina’s Nightmare: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EM8FMY0

The Dream Killer: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HGWKKCS

Creativity - can it be learned?

Where does creativity really come from?

In my latest novel, ‘The Dream Killer‘, Sarina and Nathan must battle to rescue the world from being doomed to a rapidly deteriorating ‘lack of intelligence’.

While you might think we already have that problem (I might just agree with you too!), it raises the question:

“Where does creativity really come from?”

Is it innate? (As in: We’re born with it, and you naturally have it … or not)

Or can creativity and innovation be learned? (In other words, our lives and mental abilities can be honed and shaped by our experiences, our teachers and other social influences)

I tend to side with the latter, with a nod of the head to the idea that some genetics could play a heavy role in the malleability and receptiveness to creativity training.

A great testimony to this idea is encapsulated in Matthew Syed’s wonderful book, “Bounce“.

In it, he deftly illustrates, with example after example, of where high performance stemmed from ‘purposeful practice’ and not as a ‘gift from birth’.

Though many of the examples are drawn from the world of sport (including Matthew’s own world-champion table-tennis story), one or two in particular demonstrate that our minds clearly benefit dramatically from purposeful practice (there’s a stunning story about the development of female chess champions!).

What is ‘Purposeful Practice’?

Purposeful practice is the frequent, routine application of skill development, coupled with close mentoring with someone who is able to coach the areas needing development.

There is little point in practicing mistakes over and over (which cautions us as to why any practice of a skill without purposeful intent is possibly worse than no practice at all!), but it’s not enough to know what to practice, you need to immerse yourself fully in the desired environment, along with closely-coupled mentors who can observe and advise with precision.

Put all of that into place – and yes, I believe anyone can ‘learn’ to be creative!

You’ll just need to find the hours in the day 🙂

What do YOU want to get better at?

What purposeful practice can you incorporate?

I’d love to hear your comments!


The Dream Killer Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway for The Dream Killer!

My latest novel (you know, for kids), entitled ‘The Dream Killer’, is running as a Goodreads Giveaway. Enter to win!


6 copies up for grabs – all you have to do is click that link above!

Good luck …


The Dream Killer – out now!

I am delighted to announce the next adventure in the Dreamer Chronicles, entitled “The Dream Killer”, is now available on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle.

To celebrate the launch, and for a limited time only, the Kindle version is only 99c!


432 pages of Children’s Science Fiction & Fantasy, also quite suitable for adults 🙂

The Dream Killer

sarina's Nightmare and Tandem Skateboarding

Can you REALLY have two people on one skateboard?

In Sarina’s Nightmare, there is one scene where two people (OK, kids!) ride a skateboard together.

One rather enterprising reader challenged this scenario; and scoffed at the idea that this was even physically possible.

Well it is, and I have proof.

Video proof! 😀

It even has an official name: Tandem Skateboarding.

Take a look at the videos below – doesn’t that look like amazing fun?!*

*No, the scene in the book is nothing like either of these. It is a fun getaway scene though! You’ll have to read it to find out won’t you!

Praise for Sarina’s Nightmare:

A fast-paced action fantasy with glorious characters, some nail-biting moments and a very satisfying ending…plus a hint that there will be more Dreamer Chronicles to come in the future. And that’s a very good thing! My 10-year-old daughter, an avid and discerning reader, likened this to the Percy Jackson series.

For adults who are reading this book out loud to their kids (and you’ll want to!) it is worth spending a few minutes on the mythical names that you’ll have to get your tongue around – lots of consonants and not quite enough vowels – but that’s standard procedure with this genre and all part of the fun. Highly recommended for boys and girls aged 10 and over.