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100 Wise Words you wish you had known earlier

I saw this on Pinterest and I simply HAD to share it with you all, ok some things don’t apply so much to me, I don’t see a loaded gun very often and driving ‘stick shift’ isn’t mandatory in the UK but you can’t really drive until you can use it.

Apart from that… some good advice for the boys and the girls.

Enjoy!

Pinterest Link https://pin.it/dgrfhvmeesdxbl

Simon 🙂

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Second Manic Monday of 2018

Hi there bloggies, we’re streaming through January – now past the 10 day mark. At this rate it’ll soon be Christmas again eh? 😉

Not much went on last week and I didn’t get around the the next installment of ‘The Great Galactic Service Station’ this is mainly becasue my mind became so twisted I actually thought on Thursday that it was Wednesday. Don’t ask me why… so basically I lost a day! Catch up with the previous parts here:

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 1

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 2

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 3

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 4

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 5

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 6

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 7

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 8

 

In terms of the random blog posts not much is really changing there, I’m hoping to be bale to start on some new topics soon, I’m not sure what they all are but I’m definitely going to be posting on creating digital art with Inkscape and GIMP. There’s some more artwork coming from that direction too and it ‘s pretty cool! I hope.

If you’re into writing or or creating scifi stories in some form and what to give yourself that extra bit of visibility why not sign up to my  my SciFi and Fantasy Hub Universe of Possibilites. On here I let you as collaborators post on here any of their posts or highlight their work – no strings attached. There are already collaborators but it’s very inactive. It need life! Help me give it life!!!! 🙂

 


 

Also don’t forget my new projects:

https://fictionfrontier.wordpress.com

https://frontierimagination.wordpress.com

These sites aren’t quite finished but these are where I publish my writing and other creative content, giving it the focus it deserves without the extra random stuff!

Also make sure you follow up what’s going on in the rest of the Planet Simon universe:

Planet Simon Facebook Page

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Stumbledupon 

Wattpad

 

Keep smiling, reading  and writing!

Simon 🙂

First Manic Monday of 2018

Hi there bloggies, so here is the first manic Monday post of 2018 and as I stand here with the year ahead I have to wonder “What will I do this year?”

After a bit of thought on this I have decided there are a few things I need to do this year. Some of which is already in progress on Planet Simon.

  1. Planet Simon is rammed with all kinds of fun and useless stuff I need to sort and and present it better. I may even have to *shock horror* try an restrain myself and only put in useful stuff. I’ve already done some sorting on my page but more is to come.
  2. Some of my old posts need love and attention and this will be going on and you’ll see them appear again. Some stuff might need deleting… In fact yeah… it does.
  3. I need to highlight my key work, more on this later.
  4. I’m going to be bringing you some new and I hope interesting stuff, some of you have asked about my digital art work and how I do it – this will hopefully feature. As well as I hope more writing, more stories and more geeky stuff!
  5. I’m going to blog share and collaborate more. If you’re interested let me know.
  6. I’m going to try and have another stab at getting people involved with my SciFi and Fantasy Hub Universe of Possibilites. What is is? Basically I’m letting collaborators post on here any of their posts or highlight their work – no strings attached. There are already collaborators but it’s very inactive. This is something where if you have a post you’ve already written – put it on here. Or highlight it here! If anything it’s highlighting your work with minimal effort! Get involved!

 


 

Onto today and as always finding time to write let alone blog is somewhat hard. I’ve been progressing my first book but in the wrong direction. I’ve binned what I’ve done so far as it’s just plain wrong. That’s it I was afraid of this but it is just wrong. So I’m thinking about how I can start again. Watch this space as I update you, also there’s going to be a chance to get to know some of the characters that I’m putting into the story. I’ve seen a few posts about building characters and maybe telling some of their earlier stories can help me build them and understand them before I thrown them into adventures together.

This brings me neatly onto what I’ve been working on recently in between everything else. I’ve created two new blogs, one for my story / writing work and the other for my drawing ans sketching work. I know that with everything else it can seem a lot to manage but I’m hoping this sharp focus can make this work more easily accessible. You can find these at:

https://fictionfrontier.wordpress.com

https://frontierimagination.wordpress.com

These sites aren’t quite finished or where i want them to be… yet but now at least you my bloggies know of their existence. Some sharp eyed bloggies among you have already found Fiction Frontier which the drawing site need more work – especially content.

 


 

The Great Galactic Service Station is moving forward again, if you want to catch up it’s all here:

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 1

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 2

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 3

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 4

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 5

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 6

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 7

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 8

Keep smiling, reading  and writing!

Simon 🙂

Open House Party in The Cove!

Come and join the party at Cyrannys blog.

Simon ☺️

Cyranny's cove

Yes Ma’am and yes Sir! With an exclamation point, nothing less!

I was thinking of a way to shake the last of today’s annoyances away, and get my usual Cyranny mojo back… And I told myself, what better way to get in a good mood, than to open The Cove’s door to everybody, set some extra chairs, make the best of the remaining Christmas lights, and throw a party? It is Saturday night by all means!

Hey! You can wear your fanciest glitter-dress, or just rock your comfiest pjs, no one will mind! So what do you say? Let’s do this!

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I won’t keep rambling on here, I’m saving my energy for the mingling below! So here are the “rules”… Or so to speak;

  1. Introduce yourself and your blog a little, for people who wouldn’t know you already.
  2. Share links to your blog, and/or to friends of yours in the…

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The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 8

It has been generally accepted in the galaxy that fighting in space is a fairly pointless activity and very little is gained from it. The great Nargan battle that took place a centuries ago between the two races from the Algol binary star demonstrates this very nicely. The race from the smaller star were rather unhappy because it was always cold and wanted to live on the Narg home planet because it was warmer there.

hundreds of battleships from both sides were sent to settle the matter once and for all. What should be known at this point is that Earth science fiction films don’t give a very realistic idea of what starships are like, they can mount all kinds of fun weapons on them but the concept of invisible energy shields is pure fantasy. Because of these tiny drawbacks the result was that they all blew themselves to pieces in about twenty minutes. Fifteen if you don’t count the tea break in the middle.

War in space is pointless.

So, this becomes a real problem when four sets of battle fleets arrive just outside the Moon’s orbit and wait. The other thing to know about battle fleets is that when you have a large number of them in a relatively small space that someone soon get a little upset over something. So four battle fleet around Earth is nothing but a ticking time bomb. Especially when only one of them has brought Mars bars and pasties!

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“This is NOT good!” Miranda was pacing up and down the control centre. Her hair was all over place and no one could suggest anything to her without being severely shouted at. All the rest of them could do is watch.

“How can I possibly sort out this mess?!?” She yelled again.

“I have an idea…” Harry dared to say.

“Forget it! The last ‘bright’ idea you had caused this mess in the first place! So – SHUT UP!”

“Miranda” The calm and sadistic voice of IRIS announced among the chaos.

“WHAT?!? Oh, IRIS it’s you. Yes, what is it?” Miranda forced herself to be calm, inside she was seething.

“Two things, firstly I have translated the Tryllian hieroglyphs for you. Secondly I have prepared for you a medication that will help to calm you down.”

“Finally! Some hope among the imbeciles that I’m surrounded by!” There was much venom when imbeciles slipped her lips, her mood was dark. She stood there for a few moments, breathing hard trying to collect here thoughts. Looking down she saw on the console two small blue pills had materialised with a glass of water next to them.

“These for me?” Miranda angrily directed at IRIS. Picking up the pills and water she put the pills into her mouth. “I have to say” Miranda mumbled. “This is very helpful of you IRIS, normally you would…” with force Miranda spat the pills from her mouth.

“You’re trying to kill me you psychopathic computer!” Miranda yelled at IRIS, incandescent with rage.

“I was trying to calm you down Miranda.” IRIS interrupted with a frightening calm.

“Permanently I’ll bet!” IRIS only replied with a cold silence. “If you want to help you can tell me about those Tryllian hieroglyphs!”

“Oh yes, those.” IRIS seemed to sounding innocent in that ‘who me’ kind of way “Well, the translation is a little sketchy so don’t get your hopes up!”

“Anything would be good at this point!” Miranda spat back, still angry but but as angry as she was.

“Well is seems the previous information that led us the the human’s house was a deliberate decoy to deter the likes of the Borian’s. There’s some garbled stuff about a ford and a gap and this code: SP599680.”

“Great – more stupid clues that will probably lead us to another stupid decoy location. This mission has been a disaster so far and the only thing we have to look forward to is a catastrophe!”

“Not necessarily, the translation mentions the location has plenty of accessible parking, rest rooms, baby changing facilities. You can also get a hot sausage roll and there’s a McDonald’s!” IRIS continued, Miranda looked at the computer with suspicion.

“Why do I think you’re poking fun at me?”

“Me? I think you do me an injustice…”

“Hang on, I might be able to help!” Ralph cut in, desperate to finally be of assistance.

Miranda raised an eyebrow. “Really?”

“Don’t be like that, we need to get  ourselves lower and open the door so I can get signal to my phone!”

“Why not just connect to the wifi?” Harry suggested sarcastically.

“You have wifi?” Ralph’s mouth fell open “Really?”.

“Of course, how do you think I connect with home?” Harry was using this to full effect to make Ralph look stupid.

Ralph was face down on his phone “You don’t even have a wifi password, don’t you know about security?”

“Who’s out here to use it?” Harry turning the sarcasm up yet another notch.

Miranda looked at Ralph intensely “Well?”

Ralph chuckled “Well I’m not that stupid, I could work this out where you couldn’t!” Ralph handed his phone to Miranda.

“Watford Gap Service Station?!?” She shouted, half in anger, half with excitement.

“According to that code, it was a grid reference.” Ralph added smugly. Harry turned away and grunted.

“That’s the name of a place?” Miranda laughed “You humans are stupid! How do we get there?”

“I thought I was stupid?” Ralph was starting to enjoy this new found power.

“Well… err… ok, maybe you’re not so stupid.” Miranda admitted reluctantly.

“Follow the M25 round to the north of London, we can’t miss it. It’s near Watford.”

“Did you get that Harry?” Miranda asked commandingly.

“Sure, I’ll get us there. You see if I don’t. There is just one thing the Vargon battle fleet has also just turned up!”

“Great!” Miranda rolled her eyes and put her hands through her hair again. “Another race that just turns up for no reason to a battle. They probably think that there’s an 80’s pop band reunion going on!”

“What?” asked Ralph in disbelief “What are you on about?”

“As well as being one of the mega powers of the galaxy, they are also know for being the race that brought the universe cheap 80’s pop music!”

“You’re having a laugh! Come on!” Ralph didn’t believe a word of it “Everyone hates that stuff, I’m not saying we’re proud of it but it didn’t come from an alien race!” Ralph insisted.

“Seriously. They used it to psychologically destroy the sanity of entire planets before invading them. We shipped it off to you lot because you actually seemed to like it. We used Earth as like a toxic weapons repository. It’s a banned weapon throughout the galaxy!”

Ralph stood there for a moment, stunned. All those horrible, but strangely likable 80’s tunes. He couldn’t quite take it in, as he stared out of the window, stars flying past a thought dawned on him.

“Harry, where are we going?”

“The M25 galaxy, like you said!” Harry replied sharply “Where’s this Watford system you mentioned?”

“No! You idiot – I meant the M25 motorway!” Ralph shouted, clearly irritated.

Miranda looked at Harry, Harry looked at Miranda. “Oh.” Harry grumbled.

 

©Simon Farnell 2017

 

Lennon’s Fabulous Blog Take Over – with no Glitches!

Lennon is once again taking over Planet Simon, this time she’s going to an intense workplace situation, starting a story that’s going to go we know not where…

 


Break Away

You’re staring at me.

Chin resting on your hands intensely staring as I called out customer requests. 

It’s terrifying for me, sitting across from you at your desk.

Your intelligence is intimidating.
 
My body is burning and I can’t look at your face.

My heart is pulsating as I attempt to concentrate. 

Are you analyzing me while I speak? 

I feel the vulnerability in my voice. 

I take a chance and look up through my glasses and your hands are now in your lap.  

Your breathing has increased rapidly. 

Why do you look enraged? 

Looking away instantly, clearing my throat. 

With determination I rifle through the file and brief you on the remaining requests. I look up with relief that I finished the task. 

You continue the stare.
 
Are you invading my thoughts? 

Surely you cannot see my imagination?

My mind has carnal thoughts when I’m alone, do you know they’re about you? 

What if you’re watching my fantasies by hitting a button on a remote control in your mind by observing them play by play and hitting pause? 

What if you know?

I need to break away. 





I have to be delusional. You’ve not spoken a word this entire time. 

To be continued…..

Letter to Myself – Open Next Year (2019)

Firstly as this is my first post of 2018 – Happy new year to you all!

Back in 2016 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. I’ve been keeping this up since then as I have found this to be an interesting and relevant way to remember where I was a year ago and maybe help guide me on the year ahead.

For anyone who reads this I would definitely recommend giving this ago at least once as see what you think of it. Do it in the way that you think is best, there’s no rules and for me at least this is far more worthwhile that any new year resolutions. This isn’t just about looking back, it’s about looking forward too.

Last year’s letter is here:

Open letter to myself 2018

 


 

Dear future me,

As I write this 2018 is still young and fresh, I’ve made sure that this is the first post of 2018 quite deliberately so that I approach the year and this this post without any opinions to contaminate it.

The year ahead in many ways looks troubled, the world is changing and an in many ways not for the better. There is trouble, uncertainty and the path we all tread is bumpy, winding and unclear. You need to remember to let go of the things you cannot control, do not let them trouble you, do not let these things take away any sense of wonder, or joy as there is so much of this in life and you Simon are someone who see’s things that others don’t.

Focus on the things that you  need to do, the things you have to do and the things that are going to take you towards that person that you want and need to be there’s stories to write, worlds to create, skills you never thought you had to hone and improve.

Last year you started things you need to finish – finish them.

Start the things you need to start so you can at least try to finish them.

Don’t be disheartened by failure, it just means you’ve not found a way to succeed yet. Keep trying to find that way where you don’t need to rely so much on others, think of that way that you can try and be self sufficient.

Enjoy what it is that you have, don’t seek happiness over that horizon that you’l likely never reach. Enjoy the here and the now, every breath, every up and down because this is the ride that is your life and as far as you know it only comes once.

That’s all – how hard can that be? If spared I’ll see you in 2019 and we’ll see how you got on.

Simon (Future)

 


 

This started as a tag, so normally I would tag people but this is important to anyone and possibly everyone so if you want to do this – do it! Let me know if you do off the back of my post and also tag this with DearFutureMeTag.

Don’t forget – Make sure you remember to pick it up in 2019!

Happy new year everyone!

Simon 🙂

Mind Over Meta’s Top 10 Posts Of 2017

There’s a lot of points in this post we would all do well to consider taking into 2018.

Simon ☺️

Mind over Meta

We’re now near the end of 2017 and I find this time of year brings out the reflective side of me. I think New Year often causes people to look back and see where they’ve come from.

I’ve been blogging for little over a year now and I thought it’d be interesting to reflect on my top ten posts of 2017 based on views!

1. Book Review: Buddha’s Brain

It seems that a lot of you enjoy a good book review and were interested in finding out how meditation and mindfulness can impact the brain. I keep meaning to do more book reviews so this is something for me to keep in mind for 2018 🙂

2. How To Deal With Toxic People

We’ve probably all come across someone who is consistently negative and drains our energy. This post outlined some tips on how to deal with such people.

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2018 Kindness Practice

Niki will be hosting the 2018 Kindness practice. Look at her post for details and how to sign up!

Simon 🙂

The Richness of a Simple Life

Are you ready for the 2018 Kindness Practice? It was formerly called The Kindness Challenge because I hosted it here, and bloggers love a good blogging challenge! This year I’m hosting it via email only. When I created the challenge, I intended it to be a practice that impacted lives in a positive way. I had no idea of just how powerful it would be. Participants were so dedicated to the weekly prompts and saw some amazing shifts in their lives!

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