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View from the Window: Zephyr’s Dance

I opened the window fully, sat down and looked out. The sky is bright, the day clear. A cool breeze circles, causing branches to sway gently. Zephyr flies in through the branches, breaking down into small swirls of individuality where the branches are touched. Some swirl toward me, through the open window, giggling as they caress my face and gently pull my hair. They bless my skin with the warmth of the Sun mixed with the cool freshness of a January morning. They hiss as they delicately whisper two words into my ear. “Feel Good!” they say, and I do.


Questioning Reality: Is 10 a Random Number?

Questioning Reality is an occasional series and is a complete work of fiction.

The views contained herein are nothing whatsoever to do with the author, and instead are based on the views of the character ‘Thom’. Thom is a seventeen-year-old spotty oik with a grudge against the world. Although, she may be a ninety-year-old grandmother who can pick up a stitch quicker than she drops one. Or perhaps he’s a 25 year old law graduate who likes listening to Pam Ayres.

Names, where necessary, have been changed, but also where necessary, they haven’t.

The oceans, the seas, the lakes, the rivers, and now the puddles are full. But just what constitutes full? The seas are full yet there is still enough room for fish and plastic. Puddles are full, yet they still have space for an Autumnal leaf to fall into, or a shoe with a hole or an irate driver to unexpectedly find, ruining new trousers. The rains still fall, and you can’t tell me that just because the oceans etcetera are already full of water the rains don’t fall there. So how full is full?

Space, on the other hand, is vastly empty. Although, that isn’t exactly true as it’s full of dark matter that we can’t see, feel, hear, taste or smell. This dark matter has recently been discovered by scientists, and may or may not be the same ‘stuff’ that exists or doesn’t exist inside Black Holes. Black Holes themselves have been known about for millennia but have only recently been photographed… and then it wasn’t the hole that was photographed, just the light around it. When you see the photo, you have to imagine that what looks like the hole in the middle isn’t there, even though it really is.

There’s a black hole in my washing machine. When its full of water and doing its thing, the black hole is shut off from the world, but when the cycle is done, and the water is drained away, the odd sock or two mysteriously vanishes along with it. Now I know that the water ends up flowing into the oceans, but we never hear about the oceans being full of odd socks, do we? So where do they go?

When you stop and think, even the most everyday of everyday objects can throw up a mystery, and it is those mysteries that make reality so interesting.

Look out for the next part of Questioning Reality. Coming soon.

Extra: The Warping of Time and Space – a behind the scenes disaster recovery analysis

This wasn’t my intended post for today, but as the intended post wasn’t ready, and this one was, this became the post for today. Maybe it shouldn’t have been, but that’s how it happened! Perhaps another question… answered. Well, actually no.

I had this post in my Live Writer, where I write the majority of my posts before sending them up to the internet to appear on my blog. Only this time, I’d written (over-written!) this post on the same page I had written the previous post, and, without saving it as a new draft in Live Writer, I published it instead… and much hilarity followed!

This post over-wrote the previous post on the blog, so the comments then wouldn’t have made sense. To make matters worse, the draft of the original ‘Introduction’ post hadn’t been saved, and when I tried to recover it in Live Writer this post appeared.

I had to search through time and space, and using Google’s cached-page search engine at I was able to retrieve the original post, and copy and paste the text back onto the original post. That issue sorted, I then had to get this post published… and horror of horrors! this text had then been overwritten by the ‘Introduction’ post. Sigh. Luckily for me, I’d opened the blog on my mobile phone’s browser whilst looking into the debacle above, so this post’s text was there, and all I had to do then was copy and paste that text into an email, and email it to myself from my mobile phone, and then copy it into the Live Writer for this post. Simple!

Is 10 a Random Number? Don’t ask me… I just write here!

Questioning Reality: Introduction

Questioning Reality is an occasional series and is a complete work of fiction.

The views contained herein are nothing whatsoever to do with the author, and instead are based on the views of the character ‘Thom’. Thom is a forty-year-old woman with an aversion to body hair. Although, he may be a nineteen-year-old army sergeant with immense experience of worldly affairs. Or perhaps he’s a 72 year old hermit who likes listening to Kate Bush.

Names, where necessary, have been changed, but also where necessary, they haven’t.

And as the author no longer keeps fully up-to-date with current affairs, the affairs mentioned herein may not be current. Or affairs for that matter.

Topics such as why is the sky always blue, which it isn’t, will be covered, as will the discovery of a blue-leaved plant and the search for a green-furred mammal. Important issues, such as the editing of television news prog

History will be visited to question today’s events as we will look to the future to predict just how current those events are likely to become. Quantum science will be looked into in minute detail, and major issues, such as just why is it that some people like the colour orange and not the fruit will be put under the microscope.

Why is some rain wetter than others?

How can it sometimes be warm when it snows?

How far can the truth be stretched?

And is reality really real? Is your reality mine? And mine yours? Can realities collide? What happens if they do? Do they co-exist? Overlap? Mirror? Explode? Is there anything beyond reality? Out there, for example, in space. If something isn’t known, is that reality because it isn’t known, or does it only become reality when it is?

See? Reality is already being questioned and we haven’t started yet.

Look out for the next part of Questioning Reality. Coming soon.

2019: Looking Back

2019 had the third lowest number of posts published on Beyond the Sphere since the blog began back in 2010. I only managed to publish 222 posts, which, considering I spent considerable time ‘away’ from the blog last year, isn’t too bad an achievement. On the flip side, the year had the fourth highest number of likes, averaging at 13.4 likes per post, which I’m eternally grateful for. I would, however be just as grateful for one like for the whole year, so to get 2,968 means I’m thrilled to bits.

I posted a total of 47,950 words last year – the lowest number since the blog began, even beaten by the first year, 2010, which only began in May. But hey! I did post a lot of short posts… and a few pictures which balances things out a little. That’s my excuse, anyway!

My top category for posts was Feel GOOD!, which it would be as I use this category for every post I write. That’s really the whole point of blogging, for me, so regardless of the content of the post, that is my main intention. That hasn’t changed since 2010. My top tag was Feeling Good, which is quite a new tag brought in for the ‘featured image’ item on a previous theme I used, but like the Feel GOOD! option I now use it for every post. It’s always good to have little reminders of these things, I feel!

I’ve managed to Feel GOOD! throughout all of 2019, even through the latter months of the year where things that would be considered a deviation from the norm occurred. A positive attitude helps with any situation, and I feel this helped me through as well.

It’s now 2020. As of yet, I don’t know if I’ll be posting daily, weekly or as often as I can, although I feel it will be the latter – which is probably the better option anyway for me. I’m planning on writing away from the blog, which may or may not appear on the blog during the year, we shall see. I’m also planning on getting more creative artistically, and I’ll probably share these creations either here or on my other blog Splodge and Splatter – but there’s a whole New Year ahead to see where these turn up.

So, I will say Happy New Year once again. Happy January. Happy New Decade. Happy Times.