Doughnut Today – Holiday Tomorrow.

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So today I want to talk about…

I thought about going with ‘Money’ by Pink Floyd – but decided on Shania Twain on the grounds that I actually own this album and mixed up Pink Floyd with Supertramp.

On Thursday I wrote in my journal about how I misspend my money. Then later in the day I went on to misspend my money. Yes. I started the day saying I need to spend less and ended the day spending £50. I bought shower gel, from Lush, a Thermos, and some food.

…thermos, meaning hot, if you don’t drop it…

Michael Flanders (Introduction to First and Second Law)

The shower gel is a luxury item as I could pick up something cheaper. I like Lush, not sponsored, but I could save on that. The Thermos is more of a necessary item. It means that I can take a hot meal to work. I have another one but it never held heat between making the meal and eating the meal. I now realise that that might have been due to my lack of understanding of thermodynamics and having insufficient liquid. The last part of the £50 was spent on food and this is my Achilles heal.

Ah, beer, my one weakness. My Achilles heal if you will.

Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

The problem with food is that it is nice. I admit it might also fill a void but I don’t want to talk about my mental state. So having a treat of one sort or another seems like such a small thing. It is individual but have you ever sat and thought about it collectively?

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If I spend £20 a week on unnecessary food that is £1040 over the year. When you are standing at the pretzel shop, about to spend £3ish, that figure seems so far away. It is true though if I ditch the teats I could save enough to go on holiday. Travel is going to make up the vast majority of my bucket list. I could practically list every county in the world on that list. So why don’t I do it? Why don’t more people do it?

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…because it is such a nebulous future. Incidentally the picture above isn’t a nebular but look pretty lights. The pretzel, doughnut, chai, or milkshake can be in my mouth now. The holiday will be a year away and it is difficult not to equate the deprivation of a treat now to seeing something amazing in the future. On Thursday I failed to follow through. Will tomorrow, my next day off, be any better? I can’t say. It may only result in me eating the same stuff only this time feeling guilty about it. Only time will tell. Perhaps I just need a budget.

I am obviously not the first person to put forward this idea. Some people, I am sure, spend a lot more than I do. For the time being I will probably just be feeling guilty. Still I hold this fact in my mind. Even spending just £0.30 a day on a doughnut or some such thing would be £109 over the year. That could be put towards a flight to somewhere. So can I avoid temptation no doughnuts and a trip instead? Well not so far. I need to work on it though.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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I Have Been, and Always Shall Be, Your Friend

Using those words for this post might be a bit on the heavy handed but they are also appropriate. Today I said ‘Goodbye’ to a friend of mine. She and her boyfriend are moving to Denmark and it may be some time before I see her again.

As I was heading to her place I wasn’t entirely sure I remembered the route. I only took the one wrong turn. As I got back on track I was thinking how I would remover it for next time. I also passed a bike hire station so I could have cycled. I thought about how I would remember that too. Except I don’t need to remember as on Saturday she will be off.

Goodbyes are always difficult. The first major time it happens is in high school. The school is the glue that holds you together. In the absence of that you drift apart like two lifeboats with the tether cut.

My friend and I, I think, will keep in touch. After all your friends in school are determined by the alphabet and in adulthood it is other factors. Ironically had we been at the same high school we would have been in the same class given our surnames. I wonder if we would have been friends then too.

So I will miss her. Given how busy our lives were, and my working weekends, we might only have met once or twice a month. Quantity is irrelevant for friendship. We always had fun conversations and she was good to be around.

The good news is that now I have extra motivation to travel. So in a few months, maybe a year, when she and her boyfriend are established I will go and see them. I have only ever seen an airport in Denmark and I would love to experience the country proper.

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What is it?

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I don’t know what this blog post will be about. My mind is a bit on the blank side at the moment. It probably doesn’t help that I am doing three things at once at the moment, this, a YouTube video, and texting.

Multitasking simply doesn’t work. Yet I keep doing it. Why? Probably because I have all the focus of a cat in a field of catnip.

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…or it could be that there are so many things I want to accomplish that I am trying to do all of them. Even though none of those things I mentioned are really accomplishments. And all that happens is each thing edges forward at a very slow rate – and this takes far too long – I need help.

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My novel seems to be going well. Reading chapters out, almost, weekly is useful as it means the chapter’s are expected and I am, sort of, accountable to someone else. There may have been a few too many conditional clauses in that statement.

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I’ll give you a little titbit of information. Consider your character’s history. I am writing a section with centaurs and kelpies. It is so easy to put human characteristics to this beings. However a nod may not be a ‘Yes’, a shake of the head may not mean ‘No.’ and a thumbs up is not possible if the beings don’t have thumbs. Even those examples mean a completely different thing in different parts of the world before we even get in to a fictional world So in closing remember…

The Truth Resists Simplicity.

John Green.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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Holiday

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Packing for a holiday is a strange thing – especially for one like me who could make worrying a sport. As I leave the house I always feel concerned that I have forgotten this or forgotten that. In my mind it is a big issue. In reality if I have forgotten something it can always be acquired. There are only three things you need to have: money, mobile, and your house keys.

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Naturally that assumes that you are going on a regular holiday and are not planing to climb a mountain or something else of that sort.

Yes. I have just come back from my summer holiday in Tenby. It was a lovely trip and the weather was beautiful. The choppy sea meant that boat trips to Caldey couldn’t run but that didn’t matter as there were other things to do such as visiting Barafundle Bay – most importantly just stopping for a bit. Tenby is the one place I can truly say I relax. There is something magical about a beach.

Unfortunately I was ill for the trip so I didn’t get any writing done but that is okay as it mean I completely stopped. And my parents were in the area too. It was nice to spend time with them.

I am a very stressed person and I think I would find a new place stressful. If I had paid a lot of money to go somewhere there is pressure to get out and do things. Going to the same place every year is nice. You can do nothing and it not feel wasteful. I didn’t want to come home – but reality beckons.

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday planned for this year. See you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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What about our many Fans?

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We seem to live in a creative lull at the moment. That is not to say that we don’t have great TV and films to watch but consider this question: How many films and TV shows can you think of released in the last few years that have no connection to anything that has gone before? Maybe I am just out of touch but what I see is a saturation of reboots, remakes, prequels, sequels, adaptations, and based on real events.

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Star Trek: Discovery is technically a prequel and not a reboot. However so much has been changed and retconned it might as well be a new show. My question is why isn’t it a new show? Answer: Money.

Dollar signs! Money! I didn’t build this ship to usher in a new era for humanity. You think I wanna go to the stars? I don’t even like to fly. I take trains. I built this ship so that I could retire to some tropical island filled with …naked women. That’s Zefram Cochrane. That’s his vision. 

Zefram Cochrane (Star Trek: First Contact)

I look at any work of fiction from a writing and creative standpoint. I am however aware that they are also a business. If a series is being created, and millions spent on it, then it will need to have views. In order to have viewers they need to make it as accessible as possible. And a connection to something that has gone before is as easy a way as any. However I think that that attitude is in danger of alienating the established fans. That is certainly how I feel when looking at Star Trek: Discovery.

…it… it wasn’t our world anymore. They made it theirs.

Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Prophecy Girl)

The problem with science-fiction is the speed at which technology marches on. Discovery needs to look superior to today’s technology while looking interior to a 1960’s version of the future. This is, of course, impossible.

…well mostly.

I still think Enterprise had many issues but the look of the show, particularly the internal sets, was well done. It really gave the feel of a ship that was more advanced than today but still less advanced than the 1701. There are, naturally, a few compromises but it is never going to be completely cohesive.

Discovery doesn’t seem to have the same care and attention. Having touch screen controls makes sense but the series didn’t need holograms to work. I like continuity and a cohesive universe. In my view if a writer doesn’t want to be concerned with continuity why not begin again… well I have the answer to that above… Discovery has given me an appreciation of Enterprise as now I see the good and can ignore the facepalmingly bad.

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Well ignore might be too strong a word.

Many people are enjoying Star Trek: Discovery and that is wonderful. I truly mean that but it is not for me. One of my friends who likes it said you have to forget about the other shows. Again why not make something new?

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In other news the BBC is adapting His Dark Materials.

Doesn’t it look good?

And I can’t wait! I know that this contradicts all I have been saying above. I am not against books and TV shows based on other things. I would just like to see lots of new things coming out along side them. Said the man who hasn’t been to the cinema in ages and will probably next see Star Wars: Episode IX.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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Time is Annoying – and so is my WiFi!

This is the most last minute post I have ever done. It is 1740 and you will probably not be getting this on time. Sorry about that.

Also my WiFi has been on the fritz today so I am writing this on my iPad instead of my laptop so there will be no pictures today as I am not sure how to add them on this thing – yes I have the technical expertise of a goldfish sometimes.

It is funny how we have come to relay on all this technology. That might be a redundant statement considering this is a blog – a word which has only been in existent since 1999. And it is scary to me just how long ago that was.

I remember having one laptop for the whole family and having to go off line if someone wanted to use the phone! It seems like such a long time ago now. That might be because it was but it also seems almost impossible that that is the way things once were.

I have had a reasonably productive week but I am not sure I have been productive with the right stuff. After finishing up here I am going to get some dinner and finish (hopefully) a chapter of my novel to read out at my writing group.

Have I mentioned the writing group before? I think I did. I go every Monday that I possibly can and it is important to me. Reading out every possible week is helpful and it holds me accountable as people will be (again hopefully) interested in the next instalment; rather than it just being a sad lonely guy writing in his untidy flat. Well it doesn’t stop either of those things from being true.

Next week is my last week before my holiday and I cannot wait. I may only be away for three full days but it should be amazing. I am going down to Tenby and I certainly need to relax – for me that is a challenge.

I still have six days in work but hopefully they will pass quickly.

I’ll see you all next time where hopefully I will be a bit more with it. Bye for now!

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The Long Road

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We are at the end of another week. We are at the beginning of another week. Both of these contradictory statements hold a degree of truth for me. I have always thought of Sunday as being the last day of the week – but, for where I work, Sunday is the first day of the week. And because I like a degree of consistency I tend to mark my time in that way too. And the reason you are getting this short post today is because I ran out of time.

If I can quote a show I love and have it make some as semblance of sense I will.

The other day, when I might otherwise have been blogging, I was prepping for a job interview. I have had the interview now and I think it went well. It is always hard to tell being interviewed is like being on the most awkward date ever. So since I won’t know anything about the job for a little over a week I am trying to put it out of my mind.

Not the best quality but it is hear for the dialogue.

Paul Darrow died on Monday. I know him from Blake’s 7 playing Avon. Avon was a wonderful character and easily my favourite. Here are some of his best bits. Blake’s 7 was a most enjoyable show. It was made on a shoestring budged but had a good cast and some fun stories – following the adventures of a group of criminals as they fight the evil Federation.

Don’t you just love TV theme tunes.

I couldn’t substantiate the quote but I remember one of the creators of Blake’s 7 saying they had the budget for each episode that Star Trek had for its tea break.

So while this is a short post this week I have at least given you a show to watch (or re-watch) and next time the post that is currently in draft will be up. I hope you have a great week ahead.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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