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Manic Monday Number 7 :-D

Right bloggies – listen up becasue there’s a lot to get through this week! After the blog split with escribble I now  have to re-sort out Planet Simon and tidy up how it looks when a casual browser or blogger find it. Up until now it’s been a bit messy with all the categories and different features that it’s been hard to identify what it’s all about. To be honest it’s still going to have a lot in it but I’m hoping this will be a much better way to present my creative works to the world.

From this is going to come a series up new and updated posts, I’m wanting to re-run the Solar System Exploration Series, Scifi files and new posts on Digital art and how to get started.

On top of this too there are hyperspace plans for Universe of Possibilities which is going to become a personal hub of  Science Fiction fun!

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I’m going to be especially looking at concepts in Science Fiction and how they’re important and on classic scifi moments.

So there’s much to come!


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on Sunday night British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing weekly and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers!

Apart from that… that’s it. What have you guys been up to?

 

 

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Simon 🙂

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Manic Monday Number 6 :-)))

I don’t know why I get excited about this every year, but I do. The days are getting longer, I wake in the morning to more light and when I leave work (at a decent time) it’s light.


 

So what’s been going on this week? Well apart from a few posts on the rather epic rocket launch not a lot.

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I didn’t get the next part of the great galactic service station out like I wanted to, but there are more things going on

 

Last week I launched my new blog, after having a little think I have changed the name to something a bit more catchy escribble. There’s a bit more stuff on there, a lot of it will be the re-hash of a lot of old posts that I’ve had tucked away for years now and giving it all new life.

Also if you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on Sunday night British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing weekly and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers!

Apart from that… that’s it. What have you guys been up to?


 

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Keep smiling, and blogging!

Simon 🙂

Manic Monday Number 5 :-)

So here we are firmly planted in February and the gloom of January is firmly behind us! This is where we get the first brighter peeks of 2018, we can now believe that Spring is coming and that it’s not far off now.

What’s been going on in the last week. Much the same as normal, lots of stuff going on, not had any writing time etc etc…

I was interviewed by Kate and she’s published the interview on her Meet the Bloggers site: Planet Simon Interview. I’ll probably be re-blogging this in the next day or so as well!


 

Last week I talked about changes…I keep changing things I know and I’ve changed them again. I used to be indecisive but really I’m not sure about that now! lol

So what have I done now? Well, late last year I created two new sites to highlight my creative work. I realised that this was crap – If I want to highlight that work it needs to be here. But I also feel like I wanted to be able to say things that maybe weren’t in the spirit of Planet Simon (nothing bad, just random stuff) and perhaps express some more personal things. So – frontier imagination and Creation will be defunct and deleted soon. Instead welcome to My Virtual Whiteboard. This blog will go over a lot of my old work, which is not so relevant on this blog anymore, it’s going to have new stuff on there and it’s going to be a more of what it says. A virtual scribble board of thoughts and ideas where this blog will move more towards my creative side, include more valuable content and it will mean I can make it easier to find for everyone which has been my main headache.

Anyways, go and have a look at the new place, There’s not too much to see yet much of it is carry overs from this blog but the structure of the site should get you to some of the fun stuff that was previously hidden on Planet Simon.

 


 

There are some things that have been held up by creating the new site, new and fun stuff is on the way on digital art, more writing, more stories and I’m hopefully going to add some character creation ino the mix as well!

Part 10 of the Great Galactic Service Station wis on it’s way later this week I hope. So watch out for that!

 

What have you guys been up to?


 

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Simon 🙂

Manic Monday Number 4 :-P

Seriously… what a fucking week!

But let’s not dwell on this, between all the bits and pieces of my life they conspired against me – hence my relative absence last week.

But back to this week, a week I’m hoping will be a bit more fun and more progress in it. I’ve already made a giant leap forward this weekend as I managed to get some blogging and writing time in. More on this soon as I want to post some updates on writing as it progresses more.

The other thing to note is that the Scifi / Fantasy Hub is going to become more active but will become a personal space again. I was hoping to make this a more vibrant community project but this hasn’t had much interest so I’m going to bring it in and geek it out.


 

Keep your eyes peeled for changes, here on Planet Simon and on new upcoming projects. After last week I decided to throw everything back into the mix again, some things are decided and somethings are still no settled in my mind so who knows what will happen.

Part 9 of the Great Galactic Service Station will be published on Wednesday so make sure you catch it and will the previous 8 parts as well!


 

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I am going seriously nuts over this!!!

Nearly five years ago I created this blog. At first it was called rather unimaginatively sfarnell. After some time and after realising my love of all things science fiction and space the blog name was changed to Planet Simon.

It was appropriate.

Even though I didn’t know it at the time I had created a brand. This is the kind of thing bloggers forget when they create a blog, they’re creating a brand and every post is meant to represent that brand.

Except I didn’t do that. I’ve got lost on cooking, general stuff, bit of this, bit of that. Any random shit that came to mind was getting put onto Planet Simon and I feel like I’ve created a monster that really is out of control and too big to manage. I know that I’ve created the two other sites for my creative stuff but I’ve been thinking I did wrong here.

When my bloggies think of Planet Simon they almost always think SciFi and Spacey geek. So I really need to be mindful of how I’m diluting what it is that Planet Simon is about. But that’s not really the issue, what the issue is really is that I have a load of posts and trying to organise the front page to give you my bloggie readers easy access is turning me into some kind of crazy man.

If you go and have a look now (https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/) you’ll see what I mean. So, I think what I have to do is this.

  1. Delete a load of posts.
  2. Create a new site of general geeky bloggishness, kind of like a journal really.
  3. Keep Planet Simon for what it’s known for.
  4. Get rid of the other sites.
  5. Use my Universe of possibilities blog to be a general geeky outlet also.
  6. Tidy up and publish

This is something close to my heart, even though the new sites look ok, it’s not sat right with me and it’s felt a bit like leaving the kids out in the snow. This should bring some new life to my older stuff and free my mind up a bit more maybe.

I know there are those here who will tut at having more than one blog and how to manage it but I can’t manage the one and it’s doing my nut in!

Watch this space for more news bloggies!

Simon 🙂

 

Manic Monday…on time!

 

I thought after last week I had better write a manic Monday on time, the last couple of weeks have been insane and hopefully things will calm down a bit now. I keep saying that though and it keeps not happening so we’ll see!

Last week Marquessa Matthews took over my blog with her pair of posts on 30 Things you can still do before 2018 which of course is something that’s looming, it’s only a couple of weeks and the new year will be on us. With this will be the promise of new challenges, new opportunities and some warmer weather on the way.

I have one or two other bloggies I’m trying to encourage to take over my blog, so if you feel like taking over, let me know!

I’m getting ever closer to launching some new things, so keep your eyes peeled they’re on the way and hopefully sooner rather than later as I need them up and going… I’ll be keeping you guessing up until the end!

Before I go on too much Ellie Maloney has just published her first book 329 Years Awake and it need support from readers and scifi geeks the world over. So please do have a look and offer a amazing new author the support she deserves.

If you’re into crazy goofy Scifi why not catch up on The Great Galactic Service Station. The next part is in progress, but I’ve not yet managed to get it out. Here’s the first 7 parts for you:

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

 

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Simon 🙂

Manic Monday… a little late

 

Ahhhh! It’s been so busy that my Monday has slipped into Tuesday which had raced towards Wednesday evening! That’s how manic my Monday is lol.

I hope you’re all well and starting to feel all festive. Not much has been going on here but things are afoot so don’t abandon me yet! 

Last week my great friend Lennon from Fabulous with Glitches took over my blog with this post: Shut Out

I also have at least one other bloggie taking over my blog later this week – look out for it! It’s all a nice surprise for you my great bloggies.

If you’re into crazy goofy Scifi why not catch up on The Great Galactic Service Station. Here’s the first 7 parts for you:

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

 Along with this there are blog things going on behind the scenes which are kinda exciting… More when it happens! 

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Simon 🙂

Manic Monday Strikes Back!

Monday has struck back at Sunday and here we are again. I’ve been a bit quiet lately and for the time being that’s likely to continue. There’s not much of a reason for this just damn busy and in a funny kind of mood, maybe it’s because I can’t get much done or maybe it’s becasue life i manic right now and despite furious paddling I’m not getting very far.

I am still about though and trying to keep up with all that’s going on an failing I have to say.

One thing that is coming up is that my friend Lennon from Fabulous with Glitches is going to be taking over my blog from time to time and putting some of her awesomeness onto here. If there’s anyone else that wants to take part I’m more than happy to help out. The more the merrier I say!

That’s about it for now, I hope you guys can keep up with the Great Galactic Service Station. It’s a goofy and nerdy story line I’m able to take this into the really weird directions. I didn’t post a new part last week so let’s hope this week I can pull a rabbit out of the hat! Here’s the first 5 parts for you anyway.

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

 

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Simon 🙂

Planet Simon’s Manic Monday

Her we are again folks… another Manic Monday with a whole load of fun and challenges ahead. What challenges are lying ahead for you?

For me I’ve got something like:

  • Write a shed load for my story – I mean how hard can it be?
  • Complete the cover for one of my stories (surprise here to keep you guessing).
  • Blog some.
  • Catch up on posts.
  • Do a little thing called work

Not much to do then eh? Let’s see how far I get! I’ve also got the next part of The Great Galactic Service Station to compete – A few of you have been having a chuckle over it, if you’re into a bit of humerous scifi go have have a look:

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 1

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 2

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 3

Apart from that it’s all much the same. I hope you all have a good week and see you all out there! If you’re interested here’s more places to find me:

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Thanks guys – keep smiling and writing!

Simon 🙂

Another Manic Monday on Planet Simon

So here we are at the start of another week – another few days of challenges and to make a difference in the world. Or of course we could all get buried in work. So what’s been going on? Work basically, just when I thought I had time a second wave comes in to knock me for six.

But despite this I actually go somewhere. On Friday I posted the first of my artwork that I’m going to start using in my stories and on the blog.

There’s going to be more of this coming as soon as there is something to post and I’m excited to be introducing this. For me this is helping me bring stories and the people within them to life more in my mind.

I’m going to start writing a few more posts on what I’ve been reading recently. There’s been a bit of a mix and some of it has already been put into posts. Keep watching bookish people, there’s going to be something for you.

Anyways, I feel like I’ve been ignoring you guys too much – I would love to re-connect with my old bloggie pals and connect with new ones. What will you all be up to this week?

I’m going to to share some regular musings and from life as we know it, because you know – some things just have to be said! Also make sure you keep up in my other places on the interweb:

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Thanks guys – keep smiling and writing!

Simon 🙂