Reality realm

I spend a lot of time floating around in my imagination, history, parallel universes, and work, that I start to see them as my own personal reality.

I spend hours fantasising about the tropical island that I want to own, or the huge house that I want to live in, or the vast sums of money that are displayed when I check my bank balance on the cash machine. I imagine the book that I keep promising to write being an international best seller, and doing something that is inspirational to others.

There are lots of things that I think I want to do. I need to be realistic. I need to be centered, and focused on what I want to do. I need some set questions to ask for my dreams to start to become more real. And the answers to the questions need to be positive too!

Can I do what I want to do? If I put my mind to it, yes!

Do I mind doing a little work to do what I want to do? If I really want to do it, then yes, I’ll do the work.

Are my goals achievable? Yes, very achievable.

Are you stopping yourself from moving forwards? If I haven’t started to see any changes in any of the areas that I want to improve, then yes I am stopping myself.

Are you ready to start to bring changes in to the areas that you think need improving? Yes, I am ready.

Here’s the reality realm: NOW! Make the changes yourself. Slowly, but surely. Take small steps. As soon as you start to see that one area of your life is improving, another will follow. And another. And another. Start now. Live your dream life tomorrow.

Just call me Ack…

Or Tom. In fact, you can call me whatever you want to! 😀

I wanted a different title to this post to the one that I was originally going to use, which was “The World According To Ack”. Basically, it is another of my random ramblings on things in my life that have a common connection. The common connection this time, is that all of these things are a part of my life, and have “Ack” in them. So, without further ado, I present to the world my Ack connections:

My username. Aquatom1968. Mysterious ultra powered blogger by day – and night – and a mild mannered computer type – but not made the geek grade yet – person in works time. Part dreamer, part fantasist, partist (that’s an arty way of saying part artist), part thinker, and most part observer of things in my own unique way. More often than not wrong, but who’s counting? And also, my home… Aquatom Mansion.

My back. I’m not unique here – most people have a back. All have a background. Mine seems to go way back into the depths of history… and beyond. More later, or before, depending on how you view things.

A crackpot… dictionary definition “An eccentric person, especially one with bizarre ideas” would definitely not be used to describe me. I’m far too sane. Yes I am.

My cackle when I’m experiencing laughing Sunday all over again – it is contagious. Please don’t make me laugh. You won’t like me when I laugh.

Fallback – Blog posts I have at one side in case I can’t think of anything to write. I haven’t had to use one of these for a long time now, well, since last May.

Flapjacks – yum!

Flashbacks – 1642 and all that! I seem to have these quite regularly.

Gack! A noise I shout when I’m suddenly surprised.

A computer hack – which I am not, but you would think I was in work with what I have to do! Not moaning…!

Jack – which I may or may not have in my car. If I do have one I still couldn’t use it properly!

Jackpot – sometimes I think that I really want to win it, and other times I think that I already have!

Knackered – just sometimes…

Lack – something I am moving away from (intentionally), the opposite being abundance which I am surrounded by.

Mack. No, not the coat, Allison Mack from Smallville. I’m closely connected to Smallville. Being called Tom and being a mystery man are part of that connection.

Pack. I thought this was the collective name for a group of vampires but now I’m not too sure. I read somewhere that ‘bleed’ is more suited… a bleed of vampires appeared out of the darkness and within a split second I was surrounded. “Gack!” I managed to shout as one of them sank his sharp teeth deep into my neck…

Quack. When I walk around the lake I meet lots of ducks, and this is what they say.

Rack. This is what I do to my brains when I can’t think of what it is that I am trying to think of. This sounds like it should hurt, but it doesn’t, although it kind of does at the same time.

Snacks… yum!

Tracks. Favourite pieces of music.

Wacky – please refer to crackpot.

Yack. What I tend to do, but try not to do, on my blog. As in yackety yack. Talking nonsense. No, I backtrack! Try is not in my vocabulary.

Zack. I think I do not know any Zacks. But a thought is a part of me, so there’s the (slightly tenuous) link.

And there they are – my A to Z of Acks.

Quickly! Quietly!


Very nearly forgot to post my Postaday2011 post today. I think I’ve gotten away with it though…! I’ll just add this short post in under cover of darkness, and while no-one is looking.

Sneaking around is fun. Well, it used to be when I was six. I used to quickly and quietly hide wherever I could, and jump out and surprise whoever was there. Unfortunately, I was always spotted. Maybe I wasn’t as quick or as quiet as I thought when I was six. I couldn’t sneak around now though, I am definitely not quick or quiet.

Although having said that, I am considerably quicker and quieter than I was last year… due to losing a little bit of weight.

Last year, I procrastinated about going swimming. I know that swimming is the best form of exercise for me, and I really lose weight in a matter of weeks when I set my mind to it, but I always put off going. Eventually I go and wish afterwards that I had gone sooner. I started a little too late last year for summer, but this year, I am prepared.

I still need to lose some weight – not as much as last year, but I still need to tone up a little. I now have a few months until summer arrives, but before summer I will be visiting a Mind, Body and Spirit exhibition, and meeting up with a friend who I last saw at the last exhibition. Last year, I had only just started going swimming the week before the exhibition, but my friend said that I looked good for it. I want to look even better for this year, so there’s a bit of something to spur me on. I’m going to do it, but keep quiet about it. I like doing things for myself.

On Friday night, I saw someone who used to serve me in a sandwich shop, who I hadn’t seen for a couple of years. She quickly came over to me and shook my hand. She quietly said “Well done on the weight that you have lost. You look good.”

I felt good after that!

So, the moral to this post? If you want to do something, do it! Do it quickly so you don’t talk yourself out of it, and quietly, so others don’t talk you out of it either. Why put off until tomorrow what can be done today? Reach for the stars! Grab hold of the dream! Just do it!

I wonder… can I do it in time this year?

Dots on a map and other random snippets

Thankfully, I have had a really busy day in work today, and it looks set to continue to be busy tomorrow too! I enjoy being busy as it passes the time, and I can’t complain about anything if I’m enjoying it! Which I would never do on this blog now anyway!

The weather today has been a little misleading. Bright and sunny looking out, but quite cool actually outside in it. Still, it is January, and it generally is a cool time of the year. Particularly in my country.

I’ve been listening to the local radio in my car recently. Usually I just drive with the sound of the engine purring and the wheels rolling along the ground, but lately I’ve had the radio on. The radio in my car is slightly strange in the fact that it doesn’t remember the radio station I last had it tuned to when I was last in the car. Well, it does, but I have to press a couple of buttons for it to tune in correctly. No big task. Only tonight, I noticed that I appeared to be going through a poor reception area (I’ve never gone through this poor reception area before, although I drive the same route nearly every day). The music was distorted with crackles, whistles, whines and then it went completely, just for a second or two, and then it was back. As clear as it was before. Only it wasn’t back – the radio had tuned itself into a completely different radio station which was playing music the likes of which I have never heard before, and don’t think I want to hear again. Awful. The crackles, whistles and whines were much better. I quickly pressed the usual buttons and got my radio station back. With decent music. I sound really old saying that… music these days is nothing like it used to be.

Although in all fairness some of it is good. Almost everyday now I listen to Katy Perry singing “Firework” and I really like it. One part in particular, that goes something like:

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

I enjoy switching on the radio, the TV or walk into a shop and this song is playing, as I like it, I feel as though it is being played everywhere for me! Apart from that radio station that I accidentally tuned into this evening. If the DJ hadn’t started speaking, I would have been convinced that the sounds were coming from an alien race trying to make contact with us on Earth. Although, I don’t think they would choose me to communicate with given there are a few other people who would probably be higher on their list. If they did communicate with me, I would play them Katy Perry’s “Firework” to show them a better way of producing sounds.

The dot isn't really this big!

In other developments, I’ve still been looking for new blogs for my recommendations page, and think I have found some more that I will try to add soon. I’ve rearranged the widgets on the main page a little as I thought they seemed a little out of balance – but they may be rearranged again soon – I seem to have a little problem finding the perfect balance. Still, practice makes perfect.

I’ve also added one of those visitor map things that puts a dot on the map whenever someone visits the blog. At present, I am the only dot there. I looked very lonely being the only one in the world. The good thing is, the dot is that big (or rather the map is that small) it covers the whole of the UK – so I wouldn’t know if I was on my own or not. And I feel like that in Aquatom Mansion sometimes, especially when I have the feeling that the ghost is in visitation. I think I may nickname her Dot as I don’t know anything about her, and I think it is as good a name as any…

Theme for the evening… arrangements, rearrangements and possible visitations.

More to come tomorrow!


Postaday problem?

I thought I had hit a snag with my Postaday post for today. Try as I might to think of something different to add for today’s post, I just couldn’t. I have covered imagination, reality and parallel universes in the two other posts I have added today – which are my normal posts, not my Postaday ones – and they pretty much cover, well, everything really, so in reality that leaves nothing. And I’m not prepared to write another post on nothing at this present time.

Then it struck me. A quick moment of A-ha!

Write a list of ways to overcome what I like to refer to as ‘Blogger’s Block’! A quick cure to resolve any posting problems!

Listed below are ten suggestions that I use whenever I have a problem posting. Most of the time I just type away and see what turns up, but sometimes I have to use one of these…

1. Don’t panic!

Panicking causes your mind not to function as well as it can do. Move away from the computer, and relax. Read a book, watch a little TV, listen to some music, eat something, drink something… just do not think about your post. After a break away, return to the computer and try again. Repeat if necessary.

2. Have a list of topics to hand.

Write five or six topics onto an index card, piece of paper, or anything else that you can get your hands on, and keep it somewhere close to the computer. When inspiration strikes, you may be able to write about more than one of the topics, but if your mind is not opening up to any kind of inspiration at all, write a list of random words onto another piece of paper. These words will become key words, or triggers, and you should be able to expand on them. If still nothing, move onto another topic and try again. Add another topic to the list when you have used one, so you have a full list again for next time.

(I wasn’t sure whether number two should have been number one and vice versa, which made me panic a little, so number one won. I don’t think the order matters anyway…)

3. Type random words into a search engine.

Leave things up to the universe! What random things can you come across that will inspire you to write your post?

4. Look at yourself in the mirror.

Unless you are a vampire and have no reflection, look at yourself. Think about the great things you have acheived today, last week, last year or over the last few years. Smile as the memories start to fill your mind. And get typing! (Or adding things to your paper list for the future!)

5. Look at your clothes.

Really look at your clothes. The colours, the fabrics, the designs. What do they make you think of? Do you remember when you bought them? Or do you remember what you were thinking when you bought them?

6. Take yourself to another place.

Imagine yourself in your own place of peace and tranquility, or time that you enjoyed, or dream holiday destination. Think of the good feelings you are having while you are there, the things you are experiencing, and any other thoughts you may have.

7. Create something new.

Write a story, or the first part of a story. Introduce a character, a place, a situation. Make it as vivid as possible – imagine yourself in the story and see how the events unfold around you. Are you the hero? The storyteller? Or part of the crowd?

8. Make a list.

List anything you can think of. Your top ten favourite films. Your top fifty favourite books. Your top one hundred favourite movies. Your top one thousand favourite people. This is a list of items, and is different to the list of topics that I suggested in number two.

9. Read other blogs.

There are one or two other blogs that you can read and get inspiration from. You may find that you get engrossed in the blog though, so make sure you have plenty of time.

10. Analyse something.

A news event. A certain local, national or international event that simply needs your take on it. Your own opinion. Or analyse the number of times you see your favourite colour, and produce a chart showing how many times you see something of that colour over the week. OK, that last one was silly, but there is always something to analyse.

And that’s it really. You could always look at the WordPress help section, or type blogging tips into a search engine for other ideas. I do that from time to time too, but mostly I write about myself! I think I get it right…