In this blog post area I shall be sharing some interesting locations and objects that I come across, some of which may turn up in my writing. I hope that you enjoy them?
Pistols and How to Carry Them
Now, there’s no good having a hero style protagonist in a thriller without them being well versed in weaponry is there? So I’ve been busy researching the different type of pistols. While I have lots of experience having carried one for some years, I still wanted to see what is out there today.
One of my favourites is the Glock and with that comes the decision as to how my character carries his. Should he carry his Glock in a belt holster like this?
Or should he use a thigh strapped holster like this?
Now have you seen one of those elastic waistband holsters that even accommodates your mobile phone?
I’m not so sure that my character would feel comfortable with this on? What do you think? Or should he just gauge it by the activity he’s going to be involved in?
That’s it, I think that he should have a Glock holster for all occasions. Problem solved!
Drones and Motorcycles
During the course of writing my latest project, a thriller I have some interesting objects to tell you about. Firstly, I’ve been looking at adopting some modernistic products into the series. One area of my research has been Drone Technology. Now without giving away too much of the plot, I want to share with you how exciting this technology is, and how much it has developed in recent years.
It has amazed me how much drones can actually lift and what their range is? For example one Drone the DJI Matrice 600 can handle a maximum payload of 6kg and has a range of 5km. There are numerous models, and they each have their own characteristics. They are truly amazing. To learn more about this types of drones click here.
Then there’s the micro-drones and one, in particular, the Lilly, looked impressive but failed to get funding for manufacture. But there are plenty of others around and their uses are astounding.
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Now if you’ve seen the movie ‘Eye in The Sky’ with Helen Mirren you will have seen the drone disguised as an insect. Yes, an insect. They can be that small, and they’re getting smaller all of the time. Of course, when written into a thriller plot they can be put to great use.
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Silent Motorcycles (Stealth Bikes)
I was moseying around for something pretty snazzy for my character to ride upon and I came across some fantastic motorcycles that are electric but with a difference. One of which has been developed for special forces it is silent and has a a multi fuel capability.
Check these out:
Zero Bikes: Electric Motorcycles | SciTech Now
This first bike is being adopted by many law enforcement agencies and for good reason, it’s capabilities and it’s running costs.
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Logos Technologies SilentHawk Hybrid-Electric Military Motorcycle (Flex-Fuel Motocross-Type)
This motorcycle has been specifically designed for the US Special Forces and the concept is fascinating.
An Island Castle – St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, UK is a place that features in my Tacrem Adventure Series. It’s an island with a castle that is separated from the mainland by a tidal causeway. When the tide is out, you can walk over to the island over large cobbled stones and when the tide is in you can cross by small boat.
It’s an interesting place that conjures up all sorts of ideas.
It is full of history and fascinating to wander around. I have many times, and it never ceases to amaze me. I believe that some films and TV channels have used it as a location, films such as Dracula, The Adventurer, and Twelfth Night. The decor, displays, defences, and views are spectacular.
You can see a small collection of photos from my last visit here courtesy of my good lady wife. Click here for more details regarding St Michael’s Mount
Do You Remember the Moomins?
I remember reading and loving the Moomins by Tove Jansson when I was a kid. And I must admit I hadn’t come across this beautiful little shop in Covent Garden before.
It was a very nostalgic visit, one to be recommended. If happen to be in the area, it’s located in the centre of the market. Enjoy 🙂
Thrombolites – Lake Clifton, Western Australia
I just returned from a trip to Australia, and I’m busy sorting out the photographs into categories so that I can use them in my writing. I tend to use photographs in this way as they provide an excellent source of reference. On this particular journey, we had a fantastic opportunity to visit the Thrombolites (Living Stones). Evidently, this is the only place on the planet where they can be found, and I can already see where they might feature in a future story. They are situated in a 20 km long lake at a place called Lake Clifton. Lake Clifton is in the Yalgorup Lakes National Park, less than half an hour’s drive south of Mandurah along Old Coast Road. The Thrombolites sit in shallow water along a 6km-long section of Lake Clifton’s eastern shoreline. They appear like giant stone footballs in the water where they multiply and attach to one another. By the way, if you do get the chance to visit the Thrombolites, there’s a beautiful winery complete with restaurant and music nearby. You can see more photos for my trip here.