Good Evening, 24th February 2021

Hey Folks!

9508 words edited on Black Blood today, 205 words written also on Black Blood. I also recorded and posted a video for my YouTube channel, well I did that twice because the first one had too much background noise, but anyway. It’s posted, I’ll link it in here as well.

I think I did about four hours all in all, including the video. I mentioned earlier that I was going to try and do ten hours a week, and I’ll do the ten hours from Monday to Monday.

I lost some oomph after that though. I think tiredness caught up with me. Even though I slept well, I’m still wiped out. I’ve got four early starts this week, earlier than normal, and one late. Then a week off! I cannot wait!

I’m going to leave you lovely people to your evenings. Have fun, and rock it this coming week!

Good Morning, Sunday 24th of January!

Okay, so I overslept by two and half hours and am only just getting on with the day. I have tea, I have background noise and I’m raring to go!

I’m aiming for 5000 words edited and a 1000 written (although with overlaying I may sacrifice the 1000 words written).

I am behind where I want to be this month, in reality I’d like to have been done with this read through of Black Blood (still not wild about that title), and I think I would have been if I hadn’t of been unwell at the start of the week. This is where I’m aiming to be able to be fluid with goals. At the start of the month I was aiming to have Black Blood done by February, and as the month progressed I adjust to having it done mid-way, but life does get in the way which means adjustment adapting as we go. I think I can do that, but I need to have a little further mapped out so if I do get ahead then I can see what I have lined up next. So instead of just having the month I’m in mapped out I need to aim to have the next three planned. My white board is big enough for it, so let’s make use of it.

Right, time to stop procrastinating (although I always find starting the day off with a blog post is a nice way to mentally stretch before getting suck in).

So have an awesome day, folks! And I’ll check in this afternoon.

Yesterday Max decided he wanted a cuddle, but doesn’t know how to sit still!

23rd January 2021

Good evening, folks!

Yesterday I edited a little over 1300 words on Black Blood. I wasn’t going heavy with it, just a few words worked through.

Today I’ve written 1831 words on a one off scene that flowed beautifully and isn’t a sort of scene that I write often. I was going to edit but that scene was speaking too loud and needed to be expressed.

Come the end of the month I should be done with this pass of Black blood, when I checked the other day I had about 14k words to work through and that was likely closer to last weekend than this weekend.

This week has been physically demanding but today was the first day where I felt well throughout the day, and I feel like I’ve got a lot done. I had a heavy workload at the day job and this afternoon I’ve got words written, a video recorded and have sent a few messages I’ve needed to send and spent time talking to my best friend which we haven’t done for far too long.

Tomorrow, I’m going to have a productive day. I’ve got an early start on Monday so will likely wrap up the work for the day mid afternoon. So I’m aiming for an early start and get words wrangled!

I have posted a video on YouTube where I talk about todays words.

When I’m being productive, life is so much better.

22nd January 2021

Good afternoon, folks!

It’s been a quiet week writing wise. A little ill health(nothing to worry about) took me off game for the best part of the week. Yesterday, although I was still feeling rough, I was planning to get some work done but pulled a few extra hours at work. So when I got home I was totalled and chilled out.

Today, I’ve finished an hour early but am only now getting the laptop out. I’m not planning on getting a lot done today, to a degree this week is a write off, but come Sunday I’m intending to get stuck in. Today is going to be a nice and steady few hours of work, no ball busting effort to get a big count in. I’m just going to edit until I’m beat and then, feet up!

Werewolf, the fantastic prequel to Matthew Cash’s Fur!

Something that frustrates me is I’m guilt tripping myself for not having done enough this past week, but I realise I’ve not done nothing. I have got a few words edited, not many but more than I’m giving myself credit for. Would I like to have more? Yeah, of course. But I’ve only got two days this week I haven’t worked on writing. It will be a low number week, but it’s still words done.

Dizzy helping me write this post…she didn’t contribute much!

17th January 2021

I have edited 4807 words on Black Blood and written 1151 on a short story for a publisher.

It was a good day’s writing. The short story I got stuck into today was one I’ve been thinking over for a couple of weeks and I’m glad I’ve finally got rolling with it. I had a decent idea of what I was aiming for, but it’s always been a feel for it with a few details coming in. What I’ve done today, I think it works and I hope I’ve got a good foundation to work from.

Senior kitty Dizzy using me to get a better look out of the window!

The editing went well, I’ve got about 15k to go now, but boy have I got a lot of work to do with just the notes I’ve made. I’ve not thought about the ending much either. I do need to sit down and map it out, and I’ve got to raise the stakes from what I’ve already written. I’m pretty sure I can, but that’s something that I’m honestly not too worried about at the moment. What I need to focus on is getting all the notes I’ve made into it and getting the feel of the setting right. I think the feel is good, but I think I need to still do more.

I did read one scene in Black Blood today that made me squirm! Which is always a good sign!

Tomorrow I’ll be working again, but I won’t have as much time as I’ve got other matters to see to. If I can get 3k edited on Black Blood, I’ll be happy.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, Sunday 17th of January 2021

Good morning folks!

I was going to write an end of day post on Friday(15th) but I was working on a post for my Buy Me A Coffee page and accidentally wiped out two hours work on it! Yes, I almost cried. So I gave up for the night.

Aside from that, I had a productive day. I wrote 1176 on a new short story in my Penal Earth universe, and edited 3204 words on Black Blood.

I’m still some way off finishing this edit on Black Blood. It’s not like an epic mess, but there’s a lot of work to do on it to get it where I need it to be. The ending is still eluding me. I kinda know what I want it to be, but I think I’ve got to map it out better. Figure out the beats of it and make the pay off worth it.

I had Dizzy’s company for all of two minutes this morning!

The A4 pad I’m using has pages of notes I’ve got to put in and I’ve got a lot of details to put into the character profiles as well. I made notes for Penal Earth in the middle of last year, but I’m not sure where they are. So I’m going to need to have a search for them.

Horror Drabble Anthologies from Kevin J. Kennedy that I won in an online event ☺️

Today, is going to be productive. I’ve got today and tomorrow off and I want to make a good use of that time. I’ve a personal matter to spend time on tomorrow so I expect I’ve get more done today. I’ve had a good nights sleep, I’m in an exceptionally good place in life, aside from that one part that I don’t talk about.

Time to rock and roll!

Good Evening, 14th January 2021

Good evening, folks!

I’ve had a few quiet days writing wise, but I’ve managed to edit about 3000 words in the last couple of days.

I do find it harder to get a lot done when I’m on early’s but it’s something I’m getting better at. It’s definitely something I need to get better at as I do a lot of early starts, but I can do that by getting to bed earlier.

I’ve got a week off early February, so I’m going to start thinking about what I’m going to achieve in those seven days. I won’t be off out anywhere as we’ll most likely still in a lockdown. I’d like to be done with this read through of Black Blood and have an idea of what I’m doing with the ending by the end of that week.

I’ve got tomorrow off, but I have work to do on a non-writing matter that could take up a fair part of the day, but I’d still like to get about 3000 words worked through. I’d really like to get some fresh words written as well. I’m getting an itch to properly write as well. It’ll be great if I could put an hour aside and just knock out some words. Music on, and write! Simple as that.

Raven exploring the space under the stairs as I was putting the Christmas decks away last week.

I am really going to try and get myself organised better in the next month. I’ve got a dry/erase board and a diary. So I should be making better use of them. I need to write weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Adjusting as I go depending on what comes my way.

I’ll wrap this post up by pimping out my Buy Me A Coffee page, where if people have liked my work they can contribute to the costs of writing. I’m working as an independent author at the moment, and any funds I receive go straight back into the writing pot. I’m going to be searching for paying markets for short stories and I have the funds in place already to self-publish my first release. I’m waiting on the editor to be free, I’ve got formatting arranged (although I’d like to learn how to do that myself in future), and the artwork looks amazing! I do understand times are tough, and I’ll never push hard and start bugging people about this.

I meant to post these weeks ago, the Christmas lights from my hometown of Gravesend.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie and then an early night. Although no work tomorrow I’d like to get an early start for the day. I’ve a lot I’d like to get done and getting an early start will set the day up nicely.

12th January 2021

Good evening, folks!

1486 words edited after I did my prep work for an appointment tomorrow. I should have taken into account the prep work as it is always something I need to dedicate a few hours to each week and I need to be more conscious of that going forward.

So not a big day of writing work, but I edited those words and added a fair few notes for the sections I worked through. When I’ve finished this read through I’ve got a lot of work I need to do before I can start a proper edit, in addition to writing an ending!

Okay folks! My brain is a little mushed and I’ve an early start tomorrow so I’m going to get me feet up for a few hours before I need to sleep.

I’ll leave you with the latest video I posted on my YouTube channel.

Good Morning! 12th January 2021

Hey folks! A nice early one today.

I edited yesterday, but can’t remember how many words I did. It was over a 1000 but less than 2000.

Something that struck me yesterday was that maybe I need to try and have a schedule so that when I’m at work I do one light day writing, and then one heavy day writing. Especially when I’m doing early shifts and I’m not getting as much sleep as I’d like this is something that’s worth a try.

Sitting here writing that and I can’t help but think that none of these little things I’m doing are going to really change the way I work. Even though I’m trying not to sit on my bed and work while watching this or that, I’m still doing it. Mostly on work days, which are more often then not an early shift, and I do get work done. Yesterday I would have got more done if I’d started earlier in the afternoon after work. But I was wiped out so I laid down with a movie on in the hope I’d drift off and have a nap, which didn’t happen. But I find I need that downtime after work sometimes. I just need to let my brain wind down from the day job and slide into a mental space that’s a little more favourable to some form of creativity.

Right, time for me to get into work and think about getting cracking.

Let’s make today a good one, folks!

Spot the hunting kitty!