Blog Orbit – Blog Date June 2020

Hello there bloggies. I can’t believe it’s June – what the hell happened to May? It feels like March the 123rd or something to me. Some bright spark the other day put up the weeks remaining until Christmas – I won’t put it here for inducing the same anger in anyone that reads it. But crap this year is flying by and just when it can’t get more insane – it does.

With everything that’s been going on news that UFO’s actually exist have gone fairly unnoticed, the fact that evidence of a parallel universe that runs backwards barely lifted an eyelid, increasing seismic activity in Yellow Stone park and something about Killer Wasps has got some to ask what is going on.

The launch of the first manned Dragon rocket drew some positive attention and it was good to see it a success.




By far (and rightly so) the biggest and saddest event are going on right now in the US – George Floyd killed in an act of needless Police brutality and the continuing racism and brutalising of Black people. It staggers me that humans are capable of such great things can also be capable of such hatred. Over the days, protests have turned to violence which have led to more black lives being lost and the cycle of hatred isn’t being broken. I very much hope that a way through this can be found so that this never – ever has to happen ever again and we can all get on with living equally with each other.

Black lives matter!




Literally nothing has gone on here in the last month and with all that’s going on there’s not much I can really add to it all.

I hope you all keep well, I hope to be about a bit more than I have been but if I’m honest motivation has left me a little – let’s see what this month brings. I hope the end is better than the start.

Keep well.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date May 2020

Hello there bloggies. These interesting times keep going on and despite the fact that many are currently not able to work – I find that I’ve never been busier. Hence that’s why this blog orbit is late in arriving. Very late in fact, I like to get these out on day 1 or at least in the first few days – however time has crept up on me and here we are mid May!

Just as last month – I promise I won’t mention the virus.

What’s been going on though? Have I done anything since the last Blog Orbit. Actually yes.

I even managed to write something original – this month’s Blog Battle story was brooch. I will admit this this had me thinking for quite some time. But I came up with what I think was something quite different with some people being kind enough to say they wanted to read more:

Larissa’s Stone – A Blog Battle Story


Off the back of the ending of Star Trek Picard, I had a thought. Of course it’s at least at this time in humanity’s development pretty pointless but noneless I asked the question of where consciousness resides in our brain and can it be duplicated?

Sci-fi Concepts – Where does Consciousness reside and can it be cloned?

I also had some thought son the latest film in the Alien series. Something that seems to prevail in the SciFi films coming out right now is trying to capitalise on classic films with badly done sequels / prequels and this unfortunately very much the same.

After Prometheus and what I thought was a good film that could have led to something really interesting Covenant could have been so much more.
Alien Covenant – A Sci-Fi film that could have been more


There were one or two others, I’ve been creating a little but not a lot and it’s really bothering me now. But have a look at this. Image overlays from some of my sunet images with some NASA images to create something.

Image Overlays – Saturn at Sunset


I hope you’re all keeping well though, summer is pretty much here in the UK and it’s been nice to see. What’s it like where you are? Are you keeping good with it all?

I’m trying to keep up with as many of you good people as I can. If you think you’re being missed give us a wave and if you’re not coping don’t suffer alone. I hope that maybe I can be about in the following weeks but that’s not certain and I have so many things to do that are on hold right now.

When I get to them I promise I’ll share them.

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date April 2020

Hello there bloggies. Well isn’t this interesting, only four weeks ago it seemed like I was a free person and indeed many of us still were. Now most of the world is on lockdown and we’re… oh you know I don’t need to bore you with it you know it.

I promise I won’t mention the virus.

With all of this going on I’m still kept away from the blog with work. More in fact as becasue of the virus (long story for another time) I’ve had to take on more. So I’m in it over my head… drowning. I’m being bad and taking some time out to write this.

I have managed to get some posts out this month just gone – one was poignant (click on the image):

I really hope I can get some down time in soon and get some writing in, it feels like it’s been forever that I weaved my magic with the keyboard. So much has changed in a few weeks…

Oh yes… Star Trek Picard – who’s been watching this? Who has seen it? I would like a friend to talk to about this becasue it was pretty awesome – what did you think if you saw it?


In a nice touch, Lacey from Big and Pinky Toes mentioned my post in her post hereWhat’s the Energy with Matter? in her post here. So I’m mentioning her post for mentioning my post in her post. Get it?

Hmm… I think I might have mentioned the virus but I think I got away with it.


Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date March 2020

Looking out of the window on the day I wrote this post I had but one thought – it was the first day of spring. The daffs are out as well as the crocuses poking their colourful little heads up out of the ground. Then I realised I’ve hardly posted at all in the last month… this is bothering me.

Work and life and all that is keeping me from writing anything and I’m struggling to see and end to it all. So I have to say thank you to all you bloggies for keeping up with me and checking in every so often, I do see your likes and comments and I will get around to answering them soon.

They say the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and that the thing isn’t it? Getting all philosophical about life now I can see how my blogging has changed over time and circumstances and yet I’m still here and posting away when I can, spreading the message spewed out by my deranged mind to the hope that maybe someone likes to read it. Some of you do that’s the thing!

So even though I’m not about much right now I will be popping in and posting I will try and read your posts and who knows maybe soon I’ll be posting some more… fingers crossed eh bloggies?


Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date February 2020

We made it bloggies! We made it out of January – damn that felt like a long year! Up here in the UK it’s been cold and damp and dark and only now are we starting to see spring starting to arrive and I have to say it feels good to see a little daylight at 4.30pm.

As I have been trying to do I will give you all a little catch up on what’s been going on over January, there’s been a bit more going on however for some reason I’m finding myself not up to speed yet. Let’s see if that will change over February.

So- what happened last month?

First up was my thoughts on what it means for our existence when you realise that an atom is pretty much mostly empty space.

In Universe made up of Empty Space – What are we?

Was a realisation that you and I and everything around us is made up of mostly empty space. Knowing this does the possibility that we live in a dream world seem so far fetched?

This month I got back into the Blog Battle seat with Poseidon. I’m not claiming a masterpiece here but I wrote it.

I also had a bit to say about Captain Marvel, why is it that a film that I and many thought was so well put together attracting so much hatred? No spoilers here but I don’t know.

I also had a look at Alien Megastructures – how real could they be and what are they?

Along with this I’m squeezing in time to write my book. I’m not as far ahead as I want to be but I’m still proceeding and it’s doing ok, when it’s done I will have editing to look forward to.


Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date January 2020

Hello bloggies, happy new year to all of you! I hope you had a good Christmas break and are back doing whatever it is that you do. As it’s been pointed out we’re not only in a new year but in a new decade. Looking back on many levels things are nowhere near the same as they were and looking around the world the planet is also a very different place.

I hasten to add in my view not all good.

So what am I to do with this new year? A whole new year of possibilities and of things to think about, talk about and to show you all. I hope that this year will be a great year generally but also the most creative year for me and find out more about what I can do. I hope it’s going to be exciting and I hope you’ll all stay with me!

What is coming in the immediate future – hmm.. I’m not sure yet. I am going to try and keep a better writing schedule and try and blog so I’ll likely be blogging less but who knows? Like every year I’ll just go with it and see what happens and what works. I will be posting my 2020 letter to myself sometime soon, if you don’t know what that is keep an eye out and maybe it’s something you’ll take on?

The other thing to remember is that this new year will undoubtedly have it’s challenges and dips, I hope they’re few but they are likely to come. As I look back on last years posts I’m reminded that people come and people go, sometimes only here for a short time and sometimes people that have been around a while are suddenly gone.

It seems to be the ebb and flow of life and particularly in the blogging world and it can be for many reasons. We need to cherish those around us for as long as they’re around.


Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date December 2019

Hello bloggies, happy December! I cannot believe that we’re now racing towards Christmas. It seems like only a few days ago that I last wrote and was looking forward to the challenge of NaNoWriMo.

I only got two posts out this month, there was no blog battle and they were literally NaNo updates:

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/nanowrimo-progress-day-11/

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2019/11/18/nanowrimo-progress-day-18/

The finally as December was breathing down my neck and I passed the 50K words barrier I posted this:
https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/nanowrimo-and-the-52107-reasons-ive-not-been-about/

So yeah… I won! I did it and wrote a novel (albeit a small one) in a month! I’m really pleased about this and right onw I’m actually feeling great but also tired, it took a lot of juggling and late nights to get the daily word count in.

But for me it’s not the numbers that was important it was the getting into the habit of writing something. I went into it thinking that if I got to 20K that would be great. So if anyone else out there reading this did NaNoWriMo I would like to hear your story, how you did you do and what did you learn?


Also make sure you look up my other blog Syborg’s Site. After the November hiatus more stuff will be on there soon!


Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date November 2019

Hello bloggies, happy November! I cannot believe that we’re now racing towards Christmas. Halloween is done, this is now guy Fawkes Day / night and it’s insane how quickly this year has gone.

So – what’s going on?

Well… a bit of insanity actually. I decided I was going to take part in NaNoWriMo, long story on this but I was signing up to support a fellow blogger in their NaNo project and I got sucked in. But wow am I glad I did, I can’t say the word count is massive but I’m doing ok.

This leads me onto the second point about this – blogging wise this is likely to be a quiet month… I’ll see if I can post updates and all that but I’ll be busy trying to get 50k words done. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo look me up: SciFi_Simon

Last month some of you will have noticed a few ink sketches. I was kind of taking part in Inktober as and when I could and this is some of the drawings. Go and have look if you wank to see more.

I’ve continued (to a point) posting short word prompt stories, there are one or two bloggies that take part but I would really like more… have a look and have a go!


Octobers Blog Battle was called The Clone Soldier, based on the word prompt clone, this is what I came up with. Let me know what you think.


Enigmatic Episodes has continued, an updated and refreshed version of the Sci-Fi files there’s enough here to scare and confuse.


Also make sure you look up my other blog Syborg’s Site. There’s some good stuff going on here, a lot of great pictures going up that I’m loving taking. Have a look…


Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date October 2019

Hello bloggies, happy October to you all! Ok I know we’re already 7 days in but it has to be said as it’s October – nearly Halloween and the charge has started towards the big C I won’t mention (please don’t hate me).

So – what’s going on?

I’m continuing to play… I’ve not been able to get much big content out and I’ve been playing about with some different things.

Firstly I’ve been adding some of the daily pics and posts from the NASA website, becasue there’s some really cool stuff on there. It’s a bit of a cheat I know but some of it is really good.

I’ve also added some doodles recently, little sketches / drawings that I’ve made and I’ve been sharing with you.

The next thing I’ve started posting is a daily story snippet based around a word I’ve found. There’s a few of these now posted and I’m finding it an interesting way of keeping my hand in a little writing and blogging. I think it could wind up being too much to post and to read daily, but it think it will be frequent.


Last week saw September’s Blog Battle Story The Perseus Incident published. This month the story prompt is clone. Nothing sci-fi there at all to play with is there?

Remember to have a go too, let me know if you take part in the blog battle and I’ll make sure I read up.


Enigmatic Episodes started coming out last week too. Based on my old Scifi Files series I’m re-posting this set of posts and adding more new ones. These are stories about mysteries, conspiracies and the such that might have rational explanations. But also might not.

The first one out is here and if you love sea stories you’ll love this:
Enigmatic Episodes – Julia


Also make sure you look up my other blog Syborg’s Site. There’s some good stuff going on here, a lot of great pictures going up that I’m loving taking. Have a look…


I’m thinking that I need to find something that I can post about more frequently, any ideas on this are truly welcome as awesomeness takes time to create and I need to keep feeding nugget’s of awesomeness to the blogoshpere… any thoughts welcome.

Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Blog Orbit – Blog Date September 2019

Hello bloggies, happy new month, happy Autumn and happy new blog orbit! As you can see blog orbits are going to come monthly from now on as I didn’t want my blog completely filled with blog orbits – it was kinda embarrassing.

So – what’s going on?

I’m playing that’s what – I’m still getting to grips with beyond the infinite and making it into the creative and thought provoking place that I want it to be. I would like to have more sketches, doodles and ideas that will inspire and maybe polarise some of my thinking. Keep watching this kind of stuff will come and I hope it’s going to be pretty cool.


Over the last week or two I’ve had posts about:
30 years since Voyager 2’s historic flyby of Neptune

I can’t remember where I got to with the last orbit but I Blue Siren was August’s Blog battle story and a pretty inventive and mind blowing post on what’s the energy with matter?

More good stuff is in the pipeline with an old series getting a reboot too!


I’m going to shoutout a blogger in this orbit, just becasue and all that. Goldie is a fairly recent addition to my followers and is pretty interactive and has some great content. Go and see.

Also make sure you look up my other blog Syborg’s Site. Thanks to two fellow bloggers for helping me with my name here! My randomness still exists there and I’ve lately been posting loads of picture that I’ve been taking and collecting!


I’m thinking that I need to find something that I can post about more frequently, any ideas on this are truly welcome as awesomeness takes time to create and I need to keep feeding nugget’s of awesomeness to the blogoshpere… any thoughts welcome.

Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Weekly Orbit – Blog Date 32-2019

Hi there bloggies! I’m still here… I’m tempted to say don’t panic but it’s more likely I should say I’m afraid to that lol.

Taking time off is taking its toll on my blog posts that’s for sure. But I’m still about and I’m keeping up with many of you. I hope you’re enjoying the summer. To make sure I had something for you I posted the second part of my new serial story Extinction Protocol. Parts 1 & 2 are here:

Extinction Protocol Part 1
Extinction Protocol Part 2

I’m fully intending to get my Blog Battle Story out early this month too as I kinda just don’t want to leave it until the last minute… I’ve just not got there yet.


I’m going to make sure I mention a blogger friend Huntress, she mentioned me in a post about man bashing and about how she doesn’t man bash… I was quite touched by the compliment so I thought I would mention her.


I don’t have much else to say this week, hopefully there will be some more posts… Let me know what you’ve been up to! Are you on your holidays? Are you buried in trying to keep warm for winter?

Keep smiling and writing.



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Weekly Orbit – Blog Date 31-2019

Hi there bloggies! The orbit of the infinite is here again and spinning round without leaving much behind. Well not last week at least, it was all a blur last week with work and stuff but let’s not go there.

For a few days I was at home and trying to get all kinds of things done, managed most of it but you know how it goes you kind of lose the will after a while. I would have rather been writing / blogging.

I will get some more things out this week and maybe even get in my Blog Batlle early this month – I’m waiting for this month’s prompt.

Even if all I’ll be writing about is battling aliens.


As there’s not much else to talk about I’m making sure I mention another blogger Alexandra of Reader Witch wrote this thought provoking post on people watching. I enjoyed it and I thought it would be good to show off to you.


I hope you’re all well! Let me know what you’ve been up to! Are you on your holidays? Are you buried in trying to keep warm for winter?

Keep smiling and writing.



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