The Talking Shop


Last week, as you may recall, I visited Llanberis. During the first trip there, I had cause to visit the Electric Mountain. This is the visitor centre for the Dinorwic, from where visitors can take a tour of the power station themselves. It’s rather an imposing-looking building, cladded with purple slates and an attractive frontage. Inside, there is a good shop, a nice little cafe (from which we purchased two very nice baked spuds!), some interpretational boards and a collection point for the tour. The interpretational panels could do with some improvement, but overall it is worth a visit. I bought a very good book on Survival (which was reduced, and is useful background for the novel). I also found out some information about projected climate change for Snowdonia, in that snow cover is likely to decrease, rainfall will become more intense (especially during the winter) and that there will be major flooding. Again, quite useful. We also went on the tour of Dinorwic, but I’ll save that for another post!

Why the interest in the visitor centre? I intend that it will be featured as a location, just the same as the hotel. In the case of this place, it becomes a meeting place, a ‘talking shop’. I’ve just been working on a scene where the main character is invited to one such meeting as a guest of honour. He doesn’t know why. He’s just about to find out. He’s as bewildered as you no doubt might be reading this post. The point is that he’s now reaching the stage of finding out a little more about himself that he wasn’t aware of, or what other people perceive him as. He’s bound to be very uncertain and sceptical about this. Who wouldn’t be? However, for him it is merely yet another milestone on the path to truth.

Until the next post….

http://www.fhc.co.uk/electric_mountain.htm

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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