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.




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

ESA1 - Road_to_the_stars_fullwidth



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.

Circuit Mechanix Jun 2016

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 πŸ™‚


32 thoughts on “Letter to Myself: A year on…

  1. I wish i had thought of it first. But it is a good idea, I only started doing it last year but i found it not only interesting but a useful measure of my life.


  2. Wow, you did it! I’d nearly forgotten about that challenge. πŸ™‚

    2016 was a rough year with Brexit, Trump, and so many deaths, wasn’t it? I feel that if this were a film trilogy, 2016 would’ve definitely been part 2… where everything turns into bleak chaos before resolving in part 3. 2016 was the Empire Strikes Back, I guess.

    Congratulations on starting a magazine! That’s very exciting. I hope your 2017 goes well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Erin. 2016 was a troubled year. It would be the bleak one. That’s why we have to make 2017 much better. I’m glad you remembered this. I’m going to do it again for this year too ☺

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  3. This is a great idea! 2016 really was quite a year, let’s hope we can all do better with 2017. And I was so saddened by the death of Terry Wogan too… I can’t remember why, but I was obsessed with his chat show when I was a kid! It’s one of my earliest TV memories. Go figure…


    1. Terry was a legend and for you a fellow Irishman, i saw him once at Heathrow he was on the same plane coming back from Sweden.
      I’m going to write a letter for this year and I’ll tag you to it. I’m looking forward to chatting lots more with you over the year! ☺

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      1. Thanks! I’ll try and join in before work hijacks my life again… I’ve been meaning to sit down and review how I did last year, and see how I can be better this year! Looking forward to keeping up with you in 2017, especially since I now know that you once shared a plane with Terry Wogan πŸ˜€

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