Psych Part II: Did you know that …

I loved this post from Ana – I had to share it with you all!

Simon 🙂

Ana Calin's Penny Dreadful

Psych: Did you know that …

  1. The human brain forgets 80% of what it’s learned in a day?
  2. The music you listen to influences the way you view the world?
  3. Romantic love is only slightly different from the obsessive-compulsive disorder (the purpose of which is to reduce anxiety, and not obtaining pleasure)?
  4. There’s a gene for pessimists that makes them see everything in a bad light?
  5. Spending money on others brings more satisfaction than spending it on yourself?
  6. Communication makes us more intelligent, and enhances memory?
  7. According to the more recent studies, genetics doesn’t really influence the IQ?

Enjoyed this? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the Personality Tests section and have a great time discovering the darkest corners of your personality. I’m always happy to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in a comment, and don’t shy from making suggestions for further posts.

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NASA — Solar System: Things to Know This Week

I’ve not posted a NASA update for a while, but with a breakdown of the Cassini mission which is due to end next year, more on New Horizons and a little snippet on Mars I thought now would be a good time:





via NASA — Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Simon 🙂

Esther’s Monday Motivation Challenge – Stop what you’re doing now!

Despite the rise of life to prevent me writing I feel i still need to take part in Esther Monday motivation challenge. This week the challenge is to include
Stop what you’re doing now! he yelled
In to a story of between 50 & 100 words. This is what I came up with:

It was only one damn component and Oliver couldn’t solder it down. Brian had given him this task to test him and Oliver was struggling. Gently gripping it in his tweezers his hand seemed to shake so much he couldn’t hold it in place.Taking the soldering iron he was just going to solder the part when Brian make him jump.

“Stop what you’re doing now” he yelled.

With Oliver’s heart beating hard he asked “why?”

“That circuit is live and will kill you I told you circuit C3 not E3!”

Oliver felt himself calming, Brian had done him a favour – he had saved him.

Simon 😀

Torrents of memories 

I stand absorbed by the falling water. Like moments in time they coomr and go so fast. Lost to the pool below, mixed together in an inseparable mix. 

Yet my pool of thoughts can be separated, in mixed from the rest to bring g back moments in a drop, feelings lost to be rediscovered. 

Soon I’m lost to every falling drop, memories crash over me in a crescendo and the moments lost in the torrent until I can feel them again. 

Simon ☺

Author Interview – Lucy Brazier – Secret Diary of PorterGirl: The Everyday Adventures of the Students and Staff of Old College & PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys

A great author interview with Lucy Brazier – The Porter girl.

I hope you guys are all great, I’ve not got much time to blog right now – but I’m still about and hope to get things on track a bit soon.

Simon 🙂

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Hey there everyone.

Tonight we have a very eclectic, witty, stylish and fun guest for you to get to know better.

I’d like to introduce you all to author Lucy Brazier aka PorterGirl, as she throws her hat into the ring to chat about taking her real life experiences and channeling them into her writing.

Hi there Lucy, thank you ever so much for agreeing to being a guest here today.

It is an absolute pleasure, thank you for having me!

Let’s start with your latest release of “PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys”, which was just released at the start of this month. This is a sequel to your debut novel “Secret Diary of PorterGirl: The Everyday Adventures of the Students and Staff of Old College”. The setting and sensibilities are very British in nature. What sort of genre(s) would you classify your books as sitting in while politely sipping…

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Esther’s Monday Motivation – It was over. 

I’ve been busy this week, but I still had to check Esther’s Monday motivation. This week is an interesting one, the phrase to use in a 50 – 100 word story is “it was over” 

Here’s my piece on it:

Surviving the end:

They had been waiting for weeks for it to come. Now Adams and the rest couldn’t take it in. The massive rock slammed into the Earth, carving it’s destruction over the surface as they watched in stunned silence from orbit. Every last vistage of human existence either turned to ash or washed away. Finally…  It was over. 

After a few hours it struck them all. What now? If they stayed they would certainly die as there was no one to resupply them. If they left…  Could Earth still support human life? 

I wrote this on my phone so I’ve no idea of the word count. 

Thanks as always to Esther. 

Simon 🙂

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Lise for nominating me, i appreciate it! Her blog is a real treasure trove of different things, from games to books to girly lush things there’s is something for anyone. So go and look up her blog and give her a follow!



The Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
– Write a post to show your award
– Attach the award to the post
– Give a brief story of how your blog started
– Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
– Select 5 other blogs you want to give the award to

My Journey as a Blogger

My journey in blogging has so far been a slow and gentle one, I didn’t go at it with gutso. In recent months I’ve been blogging less as time has become pressured, but I’ve made sure that what I’m giving my fellow bloggies is something of me, or what I find interesting and slowly this has built my blog a following.

I’ve found some amazing people on here that have helped me with me, my writing and my soul. I’ve even met some and I’m hoping to meet them again. What I’ve found here is a caring and supportive community and it’s great!

Advice to Bloggers

Be you – always. It doesn’t hurt to pick up ideas of course but always make sure you’re being you. I’ve found in my blogging journey that blogging can turn into a chore if you’re not careful. Try and stop this, make sure it’s fun and don’t be afraid to take a break from it if you need to.



JR Handley





I hope you’ll all join in, there’s no pressure to but it’s good fun! Thanks again to Lise.

Simon 🙂

The Titan Mystery – Part 15

Tranquility lifted slowly from the landing deck, the extra weight of the mechanoids making the thruster motors strain under the weight. In a few seconds the vessel had lifted  and pushed itself gently through the  opening out into space.

“We nearly didn’t make that!” Collins complained. “We’re too heavy! What’s that robot doing on top?” He asked McKinley.

“Follow his directions.” McKinley ordered.

“What ins… oh” the text readout gave Collins co-ordinates to follow. “ok.”

“What’s he doing up there?” Seanna asked McKinley quietly.

“He’s got an idea about releasing the core into space, this might save the lives on board.”

“Might?” Seanna questioned.

“Yes, might.” McKinley answered.

“Or if the core goes off early we might end up blown to pieces!” Seanna said a little too loudly, everyone looked round. McKinley stared at her with an icy stare. Seanna was silent, the whole cabin was.

“Tymon is asking what the hell is going on?” Jearo asked, breaking the silence “He thought you wanted an emergency docking!”

“I still do!” McKinley replied. “We have a little detour, that’s all!” McKinley watched as Collins guided the craft under Titan’s emmense hull, he watched as Dave fed the instructions through. Then there was the command.


The craft jolted slightly as Dave lept from Tranquility, McKinley switched a screen to view him leap from Tranquility and attach himelf to the hull of Titan.

“GO. NOW.”

For once Dave wasn’t giving lengthy instructions “Go Collins, Jearo tell Tymon to stand by – we’re coming in!”

Collins gave an engine burn and Tranquility leapt forward, the Titan going out of view as the craft swung round, McKinley fastened himself into a seat, Seanna fastened herself next to him, her hand brushing across his he thought. As Tycho came into view, McKinley couldn’t help but think of Dave, there was no way he was going to survive this he thought, then the four members of the crew that had been lost. These people should have been coming back, but they were gone forever and he was going to have to answer for their lives.

“We’re Coming in Tycho – Hang on everyone!” Collins shouted, bringing McKinley back with a snap. Tranquility suddenly seemed to slow as the breaking thrusters fired, but they were still moving forward at great speed. In  the small landing bay, the arrestor fields were lit up red and as Tranquility slid onto the landing bay the craft moved sideways and then with a sudden crash Tranquility was at a total stop.

For a moment all was still in the cabin as everyone looked round to see if anyone was injured. “Thank God we’re back!” Jearo cried out.

“Yes, but we’re not out of this yet!” McKinley unclipped and struggled out of his seat, equipment strewn everywhere, Seanna followed quickly after as McKinley blew the hatch open and stepped off the access ramp.

“What’s going on sir?” a troubled Tymon stood in front of McKinley asked.

“There’s no time!” McKinley replied with a sense of urgency. He looked around to Seanna, she had a cut to her head and blood was running over her face. “Get Seanna sorted out and anyone else in there that needs it! A medic appeared from behind Tymon and looked at Seanna while two others ran inot the Tranquility as the rest of them disembarked, all seemingly stunned except Blake who was taking charge of getting them all out.

“I’m coming with you!” Seanna barked at McKinley.

“You’ll be sorted in a few minutes, get into flight uniform then get to control!” McKinley told her. Nodding Seanna let her wound get attention while a deck hand brought her flight gear.

McKinley shouted over to the disembarking crew “Blake, keep the mechanoids there for now, The rest of you get into flight gear and get to your stations. If you’re not needed get to quarters now!”

“Sir?” Tymon was impatiently asking. McKinley struggled out of his suit into his flight uniform as he talked.

“The core of the Titan was breached” he said breathlessly as he climbed into the suit. “Dave is going to try and eject the core, when that happens we need to get out of here fast!”

“Dave?” Tymon asked.

“There’s no time. Sorry. Let’s go” turning towards the access shaft Tymon followed McKinley as he strode forward, still fastening his flight suit.



McKinley  walked into the control centre and looked around to see crew at their stations, those returning still had to make their way up. Tymon close behind him, Tymon manned his communications post.

“Prepare to depart on my command, put main engines into hot standby, we may need to get out of here fast Neila!”

“Sir!” Neila replied, tapping commands into her panel. The sounds of the engines powering up echoed though the Tycho reaching it’s subtle crescendo.

“See if you can find a signal coming from the centre of the Titan Tymon.”

“Why would there… hang on. I’ve got something. It’s… Dave?” Tymon handed McKinley an earpiece, McKinley clipped it onto his ear. He stood there, listening intently.

“Ok… right…” nodding at he instructions from Dave, Seanna walked onto the control deck, the filthy grey  body suit had gone and she was now in flight uniform. All signs of her head injury had gone. McKinley took the earpiece out and handed it back to Tymon. McKinley looked over at Seanna.

“It’s good to see you’ve found some clothes at last Lieutenant Commander!” Seanna walked up to McKinley’s side, making sure no one could hear her retort.

“Shut up you! You didn’t complain much at the time.” Seanna grinned “What’s going on?”

“We need to leave, it seems that Dave had had to speed things up!” McKinley turned to Tymon “Advise the crew to man alert stations.” Tymon’s message rang out through the ship  as McKinley turned to Neila and gave out more orders “Prepare the engines, we’re going to need to make a fast getaway as soon as the core goes critical. Don’t mess about, we’re going to have to run the engines into the wall!”

One of the crew turned from his station “Commander, I’m picking up signs that something is happening, I’m reading a massive energy spike!”

“Can we see what’s going on?” McKinley asked.

“Look on the screen 4, I’ll see what I can do.”

McKinley and Seanna turned to the four screens in from of them, standing at least 6ft tall each of them were showing data readouts for the entire spacecraft, the central isle of the  control centre meant anyone could see any of them at any time, turning to number 4, a close view of the Titan showed a capsule being ejected, in this view it was small, but in reality, it must have been at least as large as the Tycho.

“Standby everyone, this is it!” McKinley announced. In the seconds that passed, it seemed like an age. All the crew could do was watch and wait.


Copyright 2016 Simon Farnell