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Artemis 1 is on its way to the Moon

This video starts just before launch

We rise together to the Moon and beyond! We are all USA with Nasa!

Earlier today, the SLS – space launch system – the most powerful rocket in the world, took off from Cape Canaveral starting the Artemis 1 mission to test all the equipment on a trip to the Moon and back on December 11th.

It has been so long since Apollo and, for my generation, it has been too long. But it is this mission that has inspired me to begin creating my trilogy – GENERATION MOON – with the ambition of inspiring kids of today who will become the population of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Somewhere, right now, there is a kid playing soccer in the school playground. In a few months time, they will get hold of a copy of the first book in the trilogy and and idea will form in their head. A small voice inside their head will say “Maybe I could be the first kid on the Moon!”

That gets me excited and makes me want to keep working on my project. However daunting a self-published trilogy might be, it’s nothing compared to the effort of thousands that have brought us to this historic day.

My New Book Project – Generation Moon

Artemis 1 was due to launch as I am writing this, having been delayed many times. It is now due to go in two days time – Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Returning to the moon has brought back memories of the excitement I felt as a kid, as The Apollo missions headed out towards the Moon. Apollo 8 was my most favourite mission – It was so bold, so new, so intrepid and all wrapped up with the magic of Christmas.

My generation of Moonies were really let down with the ending of Apollo. But soon, it seems, there really will be humans established on the moon – the future we imagined was ours when we were kids.

So I am now writing a middle-grade, adventure trilogy called GENERATION MOON to inspire the new generation of kids who, one day – quite soon, will populate the Moon and will maybe go even further, to Mars and beyond.

I feel there is a need to get on with this project – time is of the essence and regular publishing schedules are too slow. So, I will be-self publishing over the next year to 18 months, launching the project as limited signed editions on Kickstarter soon.

Sign up to my YouTube Channel when I will be regularly posting news, hints and tips about the whole self-publishing process, writing – editing – illustrating – launching – publishing and, most importantly – marketing.

As well as inspiring a new generation of moonies and astronauts, I hope to help other along with their self-publishing projects.

Stay tuned!