Murphy’s Law – Fixing things

Murphy’s law of probability or sod’s law is summarised by the saying “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” This is a new little series intended to be a numerous and light hearted look at the world of cock up. More often than anything it’s the small things in life that stress us out, I know this is the case with me. This is a kind of reverse psychology look at the fact that when things go wrong – it ain’t that bad really.

Situation:

Something needs fixing. Again. Something always needs fixing or is broken and the task of fixing it has befallen the poor victim. I have often been in this place and even though it’s just you and inanimate object here, the agent of Murphy is either circumstance or your own senses failing you.

In this situation a number of things can happen. If for example you’re replacing a wheel bearing it’s soon apparent that the wrong one has been replaced. Or perhaps in the process of fixing something electronic something else has been broken. Or even that you only realise your replacement part is wrong when the whole thing is in pieces around you.

You scream. Murphy’s Law has struck. Again.

What’s you view on Murphy’s Law? How has it struck you in the past… I hope you my fellow bloggies enjoy this little featurette.

Simon 🙂

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Hub on Planet Simon

As many of you will (and should) know by now I’m a bit of science fiction and fantasy nut. Whether it’s reading, watching or writing in this genre I love where it can take me. Journeys that one could never have imagined in the normal world are everyday in this world.

I’ve had a thought though, I’ve wanted for sometime to promote this work more, not just my own work but to have a place or blog where people can share their thought around things they’re written, read or watched. So I have the thought that I can use my old and currently unused Universe of possibility blog to be at the centre of this, or have a page on here where people who want to share and connect in this area can do so.

I do need people to join in with this and to help it grow, so let me know your thoughts, if you’re interested in the same genre would you be willing to join in, read, follow, help or participate. It can be as simple as letting me link to a post on your own blog, or if you really want putting something up personally. It’s so open it’s like space.

What are your thoughts bloggies?

Simon 🙂

An amazing year of Planet Simon

So, finally I’ve got around to saying goodbye to 2016 on this blog. It’s been a tough start to the year with one thing and another, but hopefully will get better personally and see it bloom into a good year.

Looking back on my 2016 blog and writing wise – it was a great year. Looking back I can’t believe some of the things I’ve written. I’ve had so much inspiration from you my fellow bloggies to write more, new different things that its shown me my passion for writing and a taste of what I can really do.

So let’s have a look:

First off let’s look at some of my writing achievements, the biggest piece I’ve written to date is a scifi adventure called The Titan Mystery about the crew of a spacecraft that gets trapped in a time bubble around a huge spacecraft it was surveying.

I’ve been writing a series on The Adventures of Minecraft Steve and it’s something I’ve loved doing and want to do more of. I still have a bit to finish off on a long running story – but I’m hoping to get around to that soon!

On the Brink of Midnight and The Enemy within the Rings are other shorter stories that came from the Blog Battles run by Rachel Ritchey.


 

A project that I was also pleased with was my series on Solar System Exploration, each post covered a planet or dwarf planet in the solar system, while I made sure there were some good fact in there I was keen to make sure it was more of a story about each object. It’s not finished yet and I’m hoping to go on with this series and then with more – there’s a whole universe out there!


 

Other things I’ve done have been:

Thoughts on SciFi Films

Minion Thoughts

Where my feet have been

Geeky Stuff

Waxing Poetic

And this is by no means all of it, there’s been pictures too with my magazine Circuit Mechanix and Numpty’z too and just life… the universe and a bit of everything really!

Stick around for the ride this year, I’m not going to be about as much as I was, but I’ve got so many good bloggy friends here and I’m going to try and keep up with you too! Let’s make 2017 a great year shall we?

Simon 🙂

Murphy’s Law – Lunch Prep

Murphy’s law of probability or sod’s law is summarised by the saying “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” This is a new little series intended to be a numerous and light hearted look at the world of cock up. More often than anything it’s the small things in life that stress us out, I know this is the case with me. This is a kind of reverse psychology look at the fact that when things go wrong – it ain’t that bad really.

Situation:

Making lunch in the morning before work is such a drag. One night you find yourself being prepared and making it early the night before, the feeling of happiness you feel from this enables you to sleep well.

In the morning your happiness vanishes in an instant when the lunch you prepared is no longer where you left it.its nowhere – it’s gone. Signs in the rubbish bin indicate that a servant of Murphy has decided you lunch would make a great late night feast.

You scream. Murphy’s Law has struck. Again.

What’s you view on Murphy’s Law, how has it struck you in the past… I hope you my fellow bloggies enjoy this little featurette.

Simon 🙂

Let’s Raise the Tide!

Have a look at this great post from Niki. Showing kindness to everyone around us is an amazing thing to do and until I read this I hadn’t thought about how fun it could be too!

Make sure you sign up to her kindness challenge too!

Simon 🙂

The Richness of a Simple Life

There are some great prompts to spread random acts of kindness this week! This is to prepare us for the Kindness Challenge in May where we focus on specific aspects of kindness and write a reflection post at the end of the week.

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Letter to Myself – Open next year (2018)

Last year my friend Erin of Bubbles and Beebots tagged me on a great little idea to write a letter to myself to open in a year’s time. Well that year s up – 2017 and I’ve already posted about this letter. But I thought that this needs to be done yearly. I found this a good benchmark so I could see where I was then to where I am now.

Last year’s letter is here:

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Dear future me,

The start of this year didn’t go that well… But this is life, just because it started badly it doesn’t mean the whole year has to be bad.

As we speak the world is on the brink of some big changes, a new US president and Brexit are making the world seem a bit bleak. But you like everyone else must take heart. As Spock once said we need to have faith that the universe will unfold as it should.

Good things are going on too, Circuit Mechanix needs developing into a more viable project and planet simon needs taking to the next level along with your writing and who knows… Maybe a book?

Try and live through the problems in your life, try and enjoy life a bit. Try and be happy… You need it.

Try and find out more about the person you’re meant to be, but don’t forget who you are in the process.

When (if spared) you open this in 2018 the world will be different again and another new year will ahead with new problems and opportunities. Hopefull reading this will make you realise how far you’ve come.
Here are the rules:

  • Tag it under ‘DearFutureMeTag’
  • Write a letter to yourself to read again in a years time. You can answer if you would like.
  • Nominate Other Bloggers, as many as you like (at the end of this post)

My nominees are:

Ana

Helen

scientistswithoutglasses is a new blogger in need of blog support – go and have a look 🙂

Lennon

Acire

Samantha

JR Handley

I hope you guys all take part in this – anyone else that sees this and want to take part can too. I found it really interesting and useful to see what I had accomplished in a year!

Simon 🙂

ESA – A Year in Images

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Last year was a great year for discoveries and space exploration. Tim Peake’s mission to the international space station has inspired an entire generation, Mars another mission under way, Juno started it’s mission around Jupiter. we also said a sad farewell to Rosetta, crashed into it’s comet before it got too far from the sun to generate any power.

ESA has kindly created a year in pictures article and this is attached. Have a look…

via Year in images / Highlights / ESA

No ownership claimed on materials or images – Credit ESA

 

Changing Earth

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Planet Earth is changing all the time. Many changes are caused by us, humans and our ever growing activity.

The link below is a post from NASA showing how some parts of the Earth have changed over the years. These changes aren’t small either. It makes interesting and a bit scary reading.

via NASA — Images of Change

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on images or material – Credit NASA

Letter to Myself: A year on…

Last year my friend Erin of Bubbles and Beebots tagged me on a great little idea to write a letter to myself to open in a year’s time. Well that year s up – 2017 is here and it’s time to open that letter – you can all read it here:

via Letter to Myself: Open Next Year (2017) | Planet Simon

After reading this I couldn’t help thinking back and remembering how the world was back then. Move on 12 months and the world is a very different place. I think more so than usual, many of the problems we had back then haven’t changed. Wars, fighting, innocent people suffering and the world in general is not doing much to help. In fact the world is closing up. With Brexit and Trump to contend with there is much in this world that isn’t right.

Among this we lost many well known legends last year and we all share the sadness of this. For me personally Terry Wogan is a great man that will be sorely missed but of course he wasn’t the only one and many others passed away who were never mentioned.

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My regular followers will know that I like to write about space and what’s going on in it. A highlight for 2016 has to have been seeing Tim Peak’s mission on the international space station

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From a personal point of view things again have changed a lot. I’m now working at another company and working as hard as I can at it. I started my Circuit Mechanix magazine and I have four issues published.

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I have a few weeks to work out where I’m going to take Circuit Mechanix this year, it’s been hard work and I’ve learned a lot but there are other things demanding my attention too. I have stories to write and they won’t write themselves.


 

So what about this year? That’s a good question and I’m going to cover that in another post and with another letter. But for now I’m trying to think about what I’m going to do about many things. I’ve thought about another use for my universe of possibilities site, there are many great Sci Fi and fantasy writers out there who need a place to have fun and I’m hoping to give that.

This year has already started throwing some problems at me, but over time I’m hoping to overcome these to be able to be here more. So keep watching!

Simon 🙂

Creating Powerful Intentions

Some great thoughts from my friend Niki on how to plan what you’ll do with 2017!

Simon ☺

Niki Meadows

With a new year beginning, promises of starting over, fresh, and new are on the minds of many. If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions, there’s no rush! In fact, I’d like to encourage you to take your time. Consider what you want the New Year to bring you. Where do you want to see yourself at the end of 2017? How does that play into the bigger vision you have? What steps do you need to take over the next year to be closer to making that vision a reality?

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