Goals - week ending 3 November 2017

Here are my creative goals for this week: rig my art-nouveau door (i.e. make it so that it can open and shut) start the texture process on the doorway finish reviewing and editing my short story “Restored” Identify possible buyers for my short story Identify next most viable short story idea It’s not actually going to be my busiest week on creative tasks. I start work next Monday and want

Goals - week ending 27 October 2017

Here are my creative goals for this week: Put in place a design document for an art-nouveau doorway model. Finish the first draft of Night Terrors, my latest short story. Singing practice with my mate Jon (Thursday) Try one new muffin recipe (I’m thinking apple and oatmeal) In respect of the singing practice, I’m really trying to think of where I want to go with that. Back in 1988, I

On weekly to-do lists

Several years ago one of my bosses asked me to send him a planning email each Friday. The email would contain: a list of all accomplishments over the past week a list of outstanding pieces of work a list of all work to be attempted in the subsequent week. To begin with, I hated it with a passion. After all, I had always managed to fulfill my commitments without doing such

The Museum in the Doge's Palace, Venice  #TrafalgarTours

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series European Cavalcade

The Museum in the Doge’s Palace (itself a living museum!) is a tribute to the history of this city. It is not a massive museum, compared to the likes of the British Museum, but comparable to that you would find in many a castle in Europe. As you can tell from the following photos that I took, I was mostly enamored by the weaponry on display. The museum was the

#Nutella Muffins - on overcoming mental blocks

I love to cook and always have. However, one aspect of cooking that I have always avoided is cake baking. For some reason, it has always scared me.  The few times that I have made attempts, the results have been woeful. So I ended up developing a huge mental block where cakes were concerned. At the moment, I am yet to start my new job. However, Nicole has spent much

Personal update

Hi folks (being any of you who still remember me), After about 21 months of unemployment, it appears that I may be getting work. I cannot express the delight (and relief) that I feel. I still don’t have a start date because they are performing the normal background checks on me to make sure that I am who I say I am. It’s strange feeling that this dystopian paradise called

My response to the Liebster Award

Jeni over at Skyscapes for the Soul, has nominated me for the Liebster Award. So this will be my response. Before I give these responses, however, let me encourage you to visit Jeni’s blog. Jeni produces these surreal paintings that are at once serene and intriguing. All are for sale. Jeni also runs art workshops. Anyway, here are my responses to the questions she asks as part of this Leibster

Catching up and a few laughs from the world of unemployment

As of the beginning of July I have been unemployed for 18 months. In more recent times I have temporarily abandoned social media and my art/writing projects so as to put even my leisure time into activities that will help me find a job. So this is just a check-in to let you all know that I am still alive and also to share a few funny stories. I will

A quick catch up on the past few weeks #SeekingWork #EuroPCR

As some of you may be aware, I’ve been unemployed since January 2016: the result of an unexpected downsizing and an equally unexpected eye-operation for my Keratoconus. In respect to the Keratoconus, I saw my eye specialist a week ago and he reckons I’m as good as it will now get, and so I don’t need to see him for another year. Yippee! Albeit, I still have fifty stitches in

29 years together - what made a good relationship

Today my wife and I celebrate 29 years of being a couple. Not married, mind you. That’s only been the last 19 years (as at 11 July). But we first started going out in 17 April 1988. To be honest, to this day I am still amazed that Nicole chose me. Twenty-three year old Greg was a bit of a mess. I was very much the geeky guy (I would

Rhiannon's holiday project is my garden shame

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The garden project

In 2008 my wife and I bought a little cottage on a large block of land in Sydney’s far south. We had dreams of a great garden in which our daughter Rhiannon could play to her heart’s content. We bought a wooden play centre with swings and a slippery dip. We bought a trampoline. But we neglected to consider a few facts about ourselves. The biggest of these was that

Inside the Doge's Palace, Venice     #Venice #Costsaver #Trafalgar

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series European Cavalcade

    This is the next part of my (long overdue) series on my Trafalgar Costsaver European Cavalcade tour. In my last post I spoke about the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace. Now we are entering the building itself. The path from the courtyard and into the Doge’s Palace is via a spectacular sixteenth century staircase – Scala d’Oro (“golden staircase). You can see my daughter Rhiannon sitting on the steps smirking at silly

A bit of whinging and then even more plans. LOL

Hope this finds you all well. So here I am again looking at WordPress and thinking about the way forward. No success so far in job hunting. Nicole may be starting at a Public Service job next week, but we keep having issues with her and the Police Check. This is where she signs a document to give them permission to check her criminal history. Twice we have sent in

Update

Hi all, I am still spending my days and nights applying for jobs. No luck yet, though plenty of close calls. I get the impression that I am either vastly overqualified or vastly underqualified – depending upon the job. As of today I am also re-learning programming. Some of you may be aware that I was a software engineer a long, long time ago. Unfortunately around the time that .NET

Perks for Politicians and Public Servants

Hi all, Today’s post a fairly parochial, so please forgive me. In recent times Australian news has been filled with stories about politicians and public servants getting “freebies”. Some of these may be from lobbyists. Some may be from commercial interests. The general consensus seems to be “It’s not fair that they get such freebies.” Such freebies include overseas trips, dinners, attendance at sporting events and so on. I wish

Egyptian Mummies at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum #PowerhouseMuseum #EgyptianMummies

If you are visiting Sydney at the moment then you should visit the Egyptian Mummy exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. This is especially true if you are visiting from elsewhere in Australia because this is probably the best local exhibition of Mummies that I have seen in a while. Sure, not nearly as large or impressive as the British Museum (I was only over there in 2015 looking at some of their

2016: Personal lessons learned

2016 in summary 2016 has been a shocker for me. It started off when my workplace decided to restructure and my position was among those that vanished. So I left at the end of January only be told three working days later that I needed an eye operation to stop me losing my sight. The best (sarcasm) thing about that was that it would take around 12 to 18 months

Changing the front page of my WordPress site again

Hi, Just a brief one for my regular readers.  I have changed the layout of the front page of my WordPress site. As some of you may remember, earlier this year I examined the idea of running my own business. The idea revolved around bespoke reporting for small businesses in my region. Hence I redesigned the front page of this site to support the concept. Alas I made some small

“Success” is a buzzword, nothing more. True or False?

My wonderful and insightful friend Mustakettu85 (please visit her page) recently commented on one of my posts the statement ““Success” is a buzzword, nothing more”. It made me think, and I love anything that makes me think. This is a response. I am going to admit from the very beginning that I do not know in detail the thoughts that underlie this comment. Knowing Mustakettu85  they are probably very deep. So

My growing appreciation of Roger Cross (@theRogerCross , #DarkMatter #Continuum)

OK – I know it’s probably daggy (is this word used outside of Australia) to tag the subject of my blog post in the heading so that it will appear on his Twitter feed, but what the heck. I am only just learning all this Twitter stuff (WordPress and Instagram are my normal scenes). Thing is, I am really starting to enjoy seeing Roger Cross in television series and I am happy