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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 🙂

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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 🙂

The Christmas Tag

I got this tag from my lovely friend Tiffany and it was a really kind and loving gesture. Thank your Tiffany I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Here are the rules for this award:

    Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog 

    Add the picture in your blog 

    Copy these rules into your post 

    Add a link to this original post Original Christmas Tag

    Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas – related questions if you want) 

    Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs 

    Have fun! 
These are the questions Tiffany left me:

What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?

It’s generally a cheerful time and people are nicer than normal.
What´s your favorite Christmas memory?

 When I was a kid way back when and the excitement of it all.
Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

Not really… I would like something less traditional myself.
What’s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

I wish Christmas was led commercial.
What´s your favorite Christmas dish?

Mice pies and brandy butter!
What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?

Nice soft white lights.
What´s your favorite Christmas song?

The Greg Lake one.
Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

At home

What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?

Peace and goodwill to all.
Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

Dunno… 

Additional question for my interest: If you could make Christmas different next year what would you choose to do? 

Spend it at the beach.
And who are my nominees for Christmas Tag

There are always loads of people I could tag on these, but I’ll keep it to a few:

Lennon

Kelly

Trina

Here are the questions for my nominees, I’ve kept them the same as Tiffany’s as things are busy:
What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?

What´s your favorite Christmas memory?

Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

What´s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

What´s your favorite Christmas dish?

What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?

What´s your favorite Christmas song?

Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?

 Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

  Additional question for my interest: If you could make Christmas different next year what would you choose to do? 
Happy Christmas to friends near and far. Tiffany and Family and thanks darling Ben for asking me to take part. Love to You and Yours!

Happy Christmas to all my 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

 

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 and writing!

Simon 🙂

30 Things You Can Still Do Before 2018 (Part 1) 

As part of a series of blog takeovers, Marquessa Matthews has got a list of things we can be doing before the new years strikes!

30 Things You Can Still Do Before 2018 (Part 1)

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Can someone please tell me where 2017 went?

In 2018, I need to stop treating my writing as a hobby (I know, I know that I’ve said that plenty of times before). In order to find more time in the New Year between my 9 to 5, eldercare responsibilities and my own day-to-day to manage, I have made a list of 30 things I’m doing before 2018 hits that should streamline my life in the New Year.

I hope this list provides you with some value. And THANK YOU SIMON for the opportunity to “take over” your blog!

  1. Reduce the number of blogs followed: How many blogs do you follow and how many do you actually read? Up to recently, I had 1508 blogs in my “Blogs I Follow” on WordPress, which was surely a sign of madness on my part and an impossible number to manage, even in rotation. This is the formula I used to trim my 1508 blogs down to 804: if a blog has had no activity within 6 months OR if 100% of its content is related to fashion, make-up, parenthood, gaming or business = Unsubscribe/Unfollow (though I kept a few exceptions with the hope that certain bloggers return one day). With fewer blogs in my feed, I’ve already started rediscovering some of my old favorites.
  2. Create a short list of bloggers: I regularly correspond with a number of bloggers outside of WP and I finally took time to create a “short list”. With all of them in one easily accessible “special” list, I can easily get to their blogs and social media accounts at the click of a button.
  3. Sign up for Audible.com: My preference will always be the feel of a “physical” book but the only time I enjoy real books is on vacation while away from home. Since it’s a battle I can’t win, I signed up for Audible again and have been happily “reading” as I putter around the house (this mention is not an endorsement for Audible).
  4. Get rid of unused apps: If you barely use them, why are leaving them to clog up space on your cell?
  5. Don’t unsubscribe, just trash it: Someone somewhere said something about sending junk emails and newsletters to “Trash” instead of wasting time “unsubscribing”. Now that I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks, my inbox is definitely less spammy.
  6. Back up all electronic files: My laptop is on its last legs so I’m backing up on an external device and a USB key every week to avoid the “oh my God I lost everything on my laptop” heart attack. Whether it be on an external drive, a USB key or in the cloud, just do it sooner than later.
  7. Donate to charities online: Don’t waste time writing cheques and finding stamps to mail your end of year donations. Do it online and receive your tax receipts within minutes by email.
  8. Sign up for electronic billing: I still had a few bills in paper format by mail and this wasn’t an issue until an emergency came up a few weeks ago and I had zero energy to deal with them at the end of some very long days. It was the final push I needed to finally convert everything to electronic billing.
  9. Charge all recurring bill payments to one credit card: If I ever forget my credit card in the thingamabob at the grocery store again (don’t ask ’cause I won’t tell you), I’ll only need to deal with ONE credit card company as opposed to two or three. Let’s just say…yikes.
  10. Automate credit card payments: My preference was to keep control of my credit card by paying off my manually, as a way to force myself t sit down and reconcile my receipts. Now, I’m having my bill paid automatically which will be convenient when I’m away or busy. Of course, I will still reconcile my purchases after the fact.
  11. Dedicate a credit card with a low limit for online purchases: Being a victim of online fraud years ago taught me to sign up for a credit card with a very low limit. Low limit = limited worries. Every year, the credit card company increases my limit without asking me and every year I call them to request that they lower it back to where it was.
  12. Start a savings fund for a “rainy” project: I opened a new bank account and set up a monthly automatic transfer to it that is equivalent to what I often waste per month when I don’t bring my lunch to work (which I plan on not doing in 2018). I’m not sure what I will use that “savings” for, but it could be a weekend trip, an emergency fund or tickets to a day at a spa.
  13. Double up on important items: Over the past few months, I fell out of my habit of “doubling up” on certain essentials to avoid unplanned errands to the store. I made a list of my important “back-ups” and then went to the store for back-ups of coffee, toilet paper, soap, MAC foundation, hand sanitizer (yes, I’ve got germ issues)…Now, when I find myself using a “back up”, I’ll add the item to my errands list. Decide what is important to you and double up.
  14. Stockpile for emergencies: The 1998 ice storm freaked Montrealers out, including little old me. For years after that, everyone I knew had emergency supplies at hand. But memories fade and I stopped doing it. Well, after seeing all the horrible natural disasters in 2017 and what my adopted island of Puerto Rico is still suffering through, I’ve started replenishing my “emergency” essentials: water, batteries, flashlights, matches, candles, canned goods with a manual can opener… Think about what you would do if you were snowed in for a week and couldn’t order take-out delivery to your door?
  15. Keep a running list of errands on your cell (see #13): Don’t you hate it when you lose your paper errands/to-do lists? I sat down, created a new “Errands” category in my Evernote and have been consistently adding my errands list. I always have my cell which means that I always have my list.

For the next 16 to 30 items, you can click here . 

Marquessa

Marquessa Matthews about.me/simplymarquessa

 

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! 

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 and writing!

Simon 🙂

Shut Out – Lennon Blog Take Over

Lennon of Fabulous with Glitches and I have been friends for ages, I love the sassy and quite honestly hilarious posts she brings to my feed. We’re going to be working together on each other’s blog’s over the near future to collaborate and write something different. If you don’t already know Lennon go over and have a look at here blog, say hi and say I sent you!

Lennon beat me to it first and this is a muse from her called Shut Out:
Your addiction was self-indulgent.
You were stained from the beginning.
Slaughtering anyone that gained passage.
No shortage on corruption.
Dependency weakening your impaired mind.
Twisting your words to tyrannize.
Shattering the ones that loved you the most.
The lacerations you left scarred all of us.
Look who’s damaged now.
Revel in your desperation and suffocate in your deceit.
Dispose of any hope or future circling your contorted mind.
Erase my face, words, and love from your polluted heart.
You’re expiring and disintegrating day by day.
To think I couldn’t get enough of you in the beginning.
Your pure existence is toxic and vile.
You’ll no longer gnaw at my soul, you’re shut out.

Make sure you pop over and see Lennon… great mind!
If anyone else feels that want to take over my blog sometime, let me know!
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

 

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 and writing!

Simon 🙂

What do you do with so much baggage?

So the thing is that I’m carrying a lot of baggage on this blog. An awful lot. You know how your house gets really, really messy and you need to clear up so that you and others can get to what’s useful.

Well I’m thinking I must the hoarder that’s got piles of crap all over the place and that no one can find anything. The thing is like the typical hoarder I don’t want to bin anything.

So – what does one do?

Well, unlike the physical hoarder my baggage is not cluttering up physical space. But with all these posts, many, many of them are long forgotten and never to see daylight again. So it’s time I think to clear up the Planet Simon page and get it back to some kind of sensible relevance and stuff the rest in the metaphorical barn with a notice on the door saying “For fuck’s sake don’t open the tidal wave will crush you!”

I feeling a tidy up coming along and a shuffle around maybe as well. I’ve got big plans and no time – bugger! I need to invent a time machine I think!

Simon 🙂

What am I doing and where am I going with all of this?!?

I have no idea why I’m writing this, which is interesting becasue it raises the question in point here – why do I write this blog? Where am I going with it and what’s the point of it all?

This could possibly be the question in my life bubbling over into the blogoshpere. But I’ve been thinking about this and lately more than usual – what am I trying to do with my blog? In terms of what I post here, I am the king of random, from scfi-fi to kids books, cooking and back out into space with the Voyager probes.

What is Planet Simon as a brand? Writer? Artist? Cook? Thinker is a weird kind of way? I’m all of those things and yet is that what I want to be seen to be?

I’m not sure…

Maybe I’m over thinking this? This is a place of expression and interest for me and for my bloggies. I like putting all kinds of stuff up here, some of it I’ve written, some of it is junk I’ve swiped from the internet with the disclaimer of “Don’t sue my furry bottom, this isn’t mine!”

I’m at a point where I need to change this about, I need to put my stuff out there more, maybe post less, but then I’m not posting much original stuff anyway. I guess what I feel is that it’s not coming together how I would like and my mind has thrown it’s toys out of the pram.

So what now? Do I stick with one site and make some material more accessible? Do I break it out? What do I want to say from now on? What do I want to be?

What do do?!?!

I don’t know…. arghhhh!!!

Simon :-/

P.S. HEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!