It’s Been A While

I’ve neglected my blog for far too long. A combination of a nasty cough, busy workload at the day job, a personal distraction that has taken a lot of time over this last couple of weeks.

I’ve not got as much done in that time as I would have liked. I have finished the red-pen edit of last years NaNo novel. I am making progress on the outline for the next piece that Owen and I will be working on. We had a sit down on Sunday and made a lot of progress, I think I’m nearly done with the initial outline.

A few weeks ago I did have an idea for a story that I hope will become something good and that I can get my teeth stuck into. I’m quite pleased  with myself in that I haven’t dived into it head first like I have done so in the past (partly because I’ve got other pieces that I’m working on). I’m trying to let the idea develop and grow naturally.

That’s the short version of what I’ve been up to the last few weeks (exciting ain’t it lol). I’ll be posting more regularly again from now on.

Good Morning, Sunday

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I got hit with a really heavy cough/cold that lingers and between the fuzzy head and the sheer tiredness this brought with it I have done next to nothing outside of work, eating, and sleeping. I’ve pretty much been doing just enough to get by and then resting the best I can.

This has all resulted in the WIP not having been red-penned. I’ve not read through two separate sets of notes from Owen, and I’ve got a back log of nigh on two hundred emails to read through. I’m also going to Beta read a fantastic short story for a friend.

So today I’m planning on getting back on track a little. I’ve definitely got to get through these emails and get those details that Owen has sent me read through and incorporated into the Bible for that universe that I’m putting together. And I’d like to get cracking on this WIP again.

Good Morning, Sunday!

I have had a very quiet week with writing. Essentially I’ve kind of had a week off to be honest. I’ve done some work on the fan fiction piece (which is nearing an ending now) but I’ve done nothing on the editing of last years NaNoWriMo novel that I recently finished. I’m not going to make any excuses as to why I haven’t done any of it this week, it’s just been a case I’ve not been able to get into it. I will try again this week, I’m planning on doing a little chunk of it today.

Without reading through it I can see a lot of things that do need changing, like overall details and so forth but I’m still of the mindset that there might just be too much to fix to make it into a cohesive story. But I’ll hold my thoughts on that until after I’ve finished my drafts on it and have sent it off to beta readers.

That’s all from me, I want to get stuck in. Have a great day everyone.

Still Tired

Yep, still tired but not as drained as I was feeling yesterday.

I wrote on Sunday that I was starting the editing the second draft of last years NaNoWriMo novel which I finished recently. I’m reading it out loud as I go because I’ve heard so many writers stating that it’s a great way to pick out mistakes as the story will sound different when read aloud, especially dialogue.

My plan was to do thrity pages on Sunday, but twenty pages in I was getting quite a bad headache so I stopped for the day. I had a little break after that and then did some work on the fanfic piece. The only thing I didn’t do any work on was the brainstorming for what’ll probably be my next big project.

Last night I did a few pages of the read through but not many. It’s surprising how much time it does take, and I think I’ll be aiming to do five pages a night and maybe double that at the weekend. I expect I’ll get quicker at it as time passes but I’m happy to spend the time at the moment as I’m trying to be thorough and do a decent job of it. 

I didn’t do any other writing yesterday, so today I’m going to make sure I do some fanfic today so I keep that momentum of writing (almost) everyday going. 

Have a good day, everybody! 

Tired

Last Sunday I got home around about 1:30am and was in bed by 2am at the latest, but I didn’t drop off to sleep for a good hour, hour and a half; and was then up at about 6am. I figured I had, at most, about three hours sleep. Then I wrote 2200 words in about three hours, finishing the draft in the process. Then I was out Monday evening for a meal with friends. Tuesday I was at the cinema to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (it was like the first one, not very memorable. The original two films I recall from the nineties were more memorable). Wednesday night I was at a Write-In with some members of my local NaNoWriMo group. Let’s add in the day job as well, we’re as busy there as we always are. So that’s taking energy. So on Thursday I decided I needed a quiet weekend in. I work Saturday’s till 3pm and then I’d have the weekend to chill out. Yesterday I woke up at 4:11am….. and today I woke up at 4:04am. Really body, really?

So, I’m feeling tired, and I promise not to whine about it anymore, today.

I haven’t done a whole lot of writing this week. Mainly it’s been little bits I’ve added to the FanFiction piece I’ve been working on. I did try and get stuck into the outline for the piece Owen and I will be working on but I’m waiting on something from him before I can continue. I’m going to start a red-pen edit of the piece I finished last Sunday. That’s last years NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m pretty sure it’s far from my best work but it’s taught me quite a lot and it has inspired so many more ideas that I’d like to explore in the future. I am half tempted to leave it as it is and move onto the next thing, but the next thing isn’t ready to go yet, and I’ve got to learn how to take a story from the original idea to a somewhat finished book, regardless of whether I think it’s any good or not. I haven’t really done that on this scale for a long time. Mostly it’s been short story length pieces that I’ve done it on and I think there are going to be a number of lessons to be learned from this next stage of the process.

So I’ll be looking to get stuck into that today. I will also do some work on the fan fiction piece, mainly because I want to write everyday. I didn’t write yesterday and it feels weird; it was probably the first time that I haven’t written in a good four, maybe five weeks. I feel like I’m getting into a habit of it now and I really don’t want to lose that, even if it’s only a handful of words I’m putting down. I’m going to try and get into some serious brainstorming for what I think may be quite a big story I’ll be working on, possibly early next year. I had an idea recently and it’s been rolling around in my brain an little and I’d like to sit down and get some more bits down on paper.

Right, that’s enough of talking about what I want to to, time to actually do some of it.

Have a good Sunday, everybody.

Nearing An End

Good Morning!

Yeah, I’m not feeling as energetic as I’m trying to make myself feel. I seem to have only managed about three hours of sleep overnight and I’m really not feeling much ‘oomph’ right now. Which is annoying because I am on the home straight of the WIP! I added a few words yesterday to it and just as I was getting to work I realised I was very close to putting an ending to it. With that in mind I had a strong belief that I’d be hitting those final words today, but now I’m not so sure. Hopefully once I get my desktop fired up and the file open I’ll be able to smash out these last few scenes.

Writing this last week has felt very scatter-gun. I’ve written first thing in the morning a couple of times, and in the evening at least once. It’s been a week where I’ve gotten home, and before I know it, it’s eight-thirty and I’m thinking it’s time I should be looking to wind down for the night. Time has just ran away from me a little this week and I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a whole lot done.

I am close to wrapping this draft though, very close. So I’m going to go off and focus on that. Once it’s done I haven’t got anything ready to go, so I’ll probably focus on this FanFic piece I’ve been working on. I’ve also got a chapter outline to get wrapped for Owen and mine’s next story. There’s also some editing I need to work on as well.

The Monster Hunter by Kit Cox

The Monster Hunter is the story of Benjamin Gaul, who shortly after his mother is killed by a mysterious creature in his home of Ceylon has to travel to Victorian England, the birthplace of a father he’s never known. So as a boy barely in his teens at the start of the story he has to travel around the globe whilst dealing with the death of his mother and the prospect of an unknown future. When he arrives in England life doesn’t much easier as he travels to an orphanage in Kent where he is to live until he is older.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from The Monster Hunter. I met the author, Kit Cox, at DemonCon in February and I only had his description of it to go on, and seeing as a few months had passed before I got around to reading this I’d all but forgotten what Mr Cox had said of the story. So as I began to read it I found I was delving into a world that I had no knowledge of and it was a lot of fun discovering it as I went through the story.

Benjamin Gaul is quite an innocent protagonist in a lot of ways who has to adapt to the world around him and the mysteries of this world he’s living in that is opened up by his mothers death.

The book does move along at a good pace, I especially found the chapter lengths really appealing. It felt like they were just about the right length for my personal reading pace and reading a chapter at a time was incredibly easy.

The story as a whole was engaging and I liked how some of the details about the monsters were revealed and how Benjamin comes across them. The details that Benjamin discovers is very nicely done and quite thorough but without it sounding like a textbook. It wasn’t too heavily thrown into my face and kind of drip fed as Benjamin is trying to find his place in the world.

The story is more about Benjamin though, and this new world he is in and the difficulties he’s having just dealing with other human beings. That’s something that the author does well; showing how Benjamin is adjusting to his new life and I felt for the lad at times.

Overall The Monster Hunter is a fun book that I found engaging and enjoyable to read.

As I said, I met Kit Cox at DemonCon down in Maidstone, in February and he comes across as a genuinely nice fella and was quite engaging.

 

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