Changes


Hi there,

it’s been a while since I’ve been on here and it’s simply because my life at the moment is going through a variety of changes. By that I don’t mean that during a full moon I grow hair and fangs and run around on all fours, or that I turn green and huge muscles when I get angry. What I do mean is that things at work and in my private life are changing, and I’m not sure if they are all for the better.

What I am sure of is that the changes to my private life are all good, I’m not going to say too much just yet but just say that for the next couple of months things will be in a state of flux and when they’ve settled they will be fantastic so watch this space.

What I’m not sure of are the changes at work. The company I work for has gone from being a family run enterprise to a limited company and the boss, who was part owner of the company has gone from that to being an employee and I don’t think he’s managing very well. This is a guy who has grown up in a wealthy family, never wanted for anything, never had to work for anyone so has gotten used to being the man who called the shots and now, well now he has to answer to the holding company or bankers or whoever it is who holds the purse strings and justify spending and basically do the job properley instead of fumbling through it like he has done these past few years. He has a good crew working for him and in part it’s down to their hard work and experience that the company is where it is now although there are some who clearly are not pulling as much weight as others but that’s another story. My point is that during this settling in period all of us are a little nervous at what will happen in the next few months, the economic climate being what it is can only lead to more uncertainty.

As always one has to take the rough with the smooth and I’m just hoping that the rough won’t be too rough because I know the smooth will be fantastic.

Whatever the outcome you can feel sure that I’ll keep you informed,

by for now

Jan.

Floods


Hi there,

it’s been a while since visiting you all because of work commitments and such but now that I have time I thought I’d say a few words.

During the past week I’ve been watching the news of the floods in Australia and land slips in Brazil and my heart goes out to all those suffering at this time.

It is so easy for us to bemoan our lot in this life, to complain about our mortage increasing, or the price of fuel to heat our homes or the petrol to fuel our cars and to think we’ve been hard put to. In fact I was in that position earlier in the week until I saw the news reports. Seeing all the hardship and suffering these people were going through put my trifling troubles clearly into perspective.

Clearly my problems are inconsequential in the grand scheme of things and knowing that helped me to find solutions.

It’s so easy to blame others for our misfortunes or to say that fate was against us but if we instead use the example of those in Australia, Brazil and over a year ago in Haiti then we’ll have the strength of character to carry on and face anything that this journey called life can throw at us.

That is my thought for today

see you soon

Jan

Beautiful morning.


Hi there,

it’s Sunday morning and the skies overhead are clear and as blue as you would ever want. Birds have been telling the world just how great this morning is for a while now and I tend to agree whole heartedly with them.

The streets are quiet outside so far, no one is around, no kids are playing yet on the green opposite where I live but all that will change pretty soon.

Peace and quiet reign supreme on this, most beautiful of mornings. How many mornings like this do we get to see in a lifetime, I wonder?

In an earlier post I wrote about our time on Earth being a finite experience and something I watched on tv the other night brought this home in a rather unusual way.

I was watching a sci fi movie from 1983 or thereabouts called Spacehunter, adventures in the Forbidden Zone, a typical ‘B’ movie type but entertaining none the less. It was set in 2021 and we’d travelled to the stars, colonised planets and so on. The point is, back in ’83 we probably thought 2021 was far enough in the future for some of those things to happen, but now in 2011, just a decade from when it was set and we’re as far away from it happening as we were in ’83  AND it’s just around the corner.

Time has a habit of passing without us really taking notice, we just carry on with our lives thinking that we have all the time in the world and we haven’t. We have NO idea what’s around the next corner or what we’ll get up to in the morning so please people, appreciate everything you have in this life. Cherish relationships, don’t leave off telling someone you love them until tomorrow because they may not be here.

Anyway, enough of my preaching, go out and enjoy,

see you soon

Jan.

Life is for living.


Hi there,

well this is the first weekend of the new year after the work begun in earnest. The Christmas and new year festivities well and truly behind us as we face this first of many weekends off. The sun is shining and there’s a little breeze and the snow from the previous day is all but a memory.

On a day like today we should get out there and enjoy nature’s bounty. Take a walk in the park, visit friends anything really that get’s us out of the house.

How many days are there like this?

Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today. Life is not infinite, we are on this Earth for a finite period and when that period is over it’s too late to wish we could have done the things that we’ve put off until tomorrow.

There is no excuse for lethargy, life is for living, so live it. I know times are hard and it’s easy to blame not being able to afford doing the stuff you want to but is that the real reason?

How much does it cost to go for a walk in the park or to visit friends or family? Weigh the cost against how you’d feel if you suddenly realised they were no longer around and there were so many things left unsaid.

Don’t let that chance slip by, do the things you want to, see the things you want to see and visit those places you’ve always dreamed of for tomorrow never comes.

And above all, have fun.

See you soon

Jan

Star Wars rip off


Hi there,

I’m sitting on the sofa with lap top at hand trying to think of something awe inspiring to write for my blog post today and so far nothing much comes to mind.

Trying to get inspiration I’m watching an absolutely wonderful film on the Horror channel, it’s an old (I think) Italian made sci fi star wars rip off. You know when some things are so bad they become good, take Plan 9 From Outer Space? well this is in the same vein. The effects aren’t quite as bad as the old Doctor Who but not quite as good as Blakes 7 which should give you some idea of the calibre.

As a writer it’s sometimes good to watch pieces like this, especially if we have doubts about how good our writing is, for no matter how bad we think we are we aren’t as bad as stuff like this, at least I hope not.

In closing, it’s good to know that inspiration can come from anywhere, even the most unexpected places.

See you soon

Jan

 

Holidays


Hi there,

now that Christmas is all but a memory what is the next on the agenda? That’s right, where to go on holiday.

If I was the type of writer who writes contemporary thrillers then I would use my holiday, or part of it to use research on a location for a story I was writing. Seeing as how I’ve set my stories in the twenty fifth century and in part in deep space then the research section of my holiday seems out of the question, for a few years yet anyhow.

In that case I’ll just have to pick somewhere on Earth, like everyone else, how normal is that!

Soon as I know where, I’ll probably tell all of you, until then,

see you soon

Jan

Heartbeat


Hi there,

my daughter informed me today that she and her partner both listened to the baby’s heartbeat when they visited the mid wife. Listening to her tell me this brought back memories of listening to her’s when she was in her mum’s womb all those years ago, what an amazing moment, the beauty of child birth.

Sometimes I actually envy my daughter, going through that wonderful time, waiting for your child to be born, the excitement, the trepidation and worry then the joy when the child finally arrives. Then I remember the five o’clock feeds, the smelly nappies and the teething and I realise that I’m happy with how my life turned out. I have two wonderful kids and I’m about to be a grandfather, again. The circle of life turns, I’ve done my bit and I’m happy to turn over those chores I mentioned to those who are next in line. I know they’ll do a great job because they’ll love their kids at least as much as I love mine.

And that is my thought for the day,

see you soon,

Jan

There you go.


Hi there,

well that’s that done, the first day back at work done and dusted, wasn’t so bad after all was it?

Couldn’t sleep last night, after days of staying up late and sleeping in I had to get back into the routine of going to bed at a decent hour and getting up ungodly early, just not good. Tossed and turned most of the night and then when the alarm went off, as you’d expect I could’ve slept and slept and slept, well you get the picture. Now though that’s all behind me, I’ve broken it’s back, I’m back on the horse and all those other metaphors that mean I did it.

Well I just thought I’d share my thoughts on it with anyone who cared, or dared to read my blog, bye for now

See you soon

Jan

Start of the year, proper!


Hi there,

tues 3rd Jan, and my last day of the Christmas holidays and my last chance to relax before the year starts properly with me returning to work, probably with a groan.

This is my lasy chance to do all the things I like to do in my spare time; like relaxing, writing, watching some tv, going for a walk and endless other things but with work starting tomorrow I’ll probably do only a few of those things as preparations for the start of said work have to be done.

Having said that it is like the start to the new year, a proper start, the actual start where things get back to their usual pace. We get back to work, the kids go back to school and the Christmas and new year’s festivities are resigned to just memories to be mulled over with friends and work colleagues.

Where I work change will be evident for a few days at least as we’ve gone from a small family owned business to a limited company so it’s a new start there for everyone too.

At the start of this post I mentioned I’d be starting work tomorrow with a groan, that’s not strictly true, I’ll be looking forward to the return as a challenge. To see what changes are thrown at us and to face them, as always the only way we can, head on, or will it simply be more of the same only time will tell. You can guarantee though I will be reporting it on here if for nothing else for something to write about.

Well that’s it for now, my initial thoughts for the day are here for everyone to peruse at their leisure. If anything else comes to mind you can be sure I’ll put it down here later, for now though I’ll bid you adieu

See you soon,

Jan