Sometimes I Sit….

Sometimes I sit to write a blog post which isn’t my normal journal entry style that I tend to do. I like to give a little more once in a while, and I’m trying to get better at expressing my opinions. But more often than not I’m sitting looking at a blank screen while I wait for a subject, or even just s few words, to grab me. This post is a prime example. I had a good few minutes of thinking ‘fuck, I’ve got nothing’ but that also happens when I’m writing as well. I’ll look at that blank screen and my mind goes blank.

It’s both bizarre and frustrating at the same time. I know I’ve got the words there but so often they just do not want to play ball. This is where being in a good state of mind helps. If I’m feeling pretty good about myself then I can normally get rolling nicely. It’s when I’m having a bad head day that I struggle.

Thankfully those days and moments are few and far between now. I’ve got enough I can work on that it one idea is flowing well I can dive into another, and I’m finding that brainstorming is really beginning to help when I’ve got nothing coming out when I’m trying to write.

This doesn’t always work, sometimes it’s editing that I can get stuck into, other times nothing helps. But the key is I’m finding more ways to be productive when I’m not able to write.

Good Morning, 11th June 2021

Good morning, folks. Just a quick post this morning.

I managed just shy of 700 words yesterday. Today I’m not planning on getting much aside from maybe 20 minutes or so done. Lots to see to as well as work. But 20-30 minutes a day is doable.

Right, that all for this morning. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. (Told yah it’ll be a short one! 😜)

Morning! 10th of June 2021

Good morning! How are we all doing today?

Something that I am is an olympic level procrastinator, and finding reasons to sit on my arse. The last few days have not been for writing, but I found myself having a little time before bed last night (mainly because I knew I wasn’t going to sleep quickly) so I got a little writing done. It helped in that half an hour later I was very ready for sleep, but I also got some words down. And, this morning I woke up with a major breakthrough on Homestead.

I’ve started from scratch with it, and have been taking it nice and steady, you know scene setting and so on. But it’s given me a little time for my impressively slow grey matter to process the feel I had for this story. It’s far from ground breaking, nor epic. I just know the story I’m going to tell. I’ve gone through two rough characters and a setting to two less rough characters, a setting, and now a story.

Giving myself time to allow this happen is something I know I need to do more.

Right, I’m gonna leave it there. I’ve got work today so I’m gonna get a few words cracked out before I have to think about getting ready.

I keep telling her, printers are not cat bearing structures…

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Good Morning, Monday, 7th June 2021

Howdy folks! How are we all doing this morning?

Yesterday after work I didn’t do any word wrangling but I did get my goals for June written down, my next week schedule sorted, and a couple of posts done on my Buy Me A Coffee page. I did brainstorm while on my break at work, and made a compute of notes for other projects when I got home.

At the moment I’ve got a few bits and pieces going on behind the scenes so my focus has been on those a little, but what’s going on there will be of great help going forward.

I’ve got my first Covid jab today, so I’m not planning much after that just in case it wipes me out. I’ve heard people have had differing reactions so I’m just going to wait and see if I have one or any at all.

Something I really need to do is find more places to submit work too. That is something I’ve severely failed at this year and I need to step it up.

Right, time for a little breakfast and then I’m going to get some words written before I have to leave.

Have an awesome day, Folks!

Last nights movie. Loved this in my teens and it stands up well ☺️

Good Morning, Sunday 6th of June 2021

Good morning! Yesterday I wrote 1105 words on my bounty hunter story. It’s nice having a 1st draft of this story done, and hopefully I’ve now got a fantastic feel for it and come the second draft I can get the theme and tone set throughout the whole of the story.

Something I’ve found, and I think I’ve said here before, is that I always have a better day when I get some word wrangling done before I start my day properly. Not very easy when I have an early like I do today, but we have to adjust to life as it comes.

As a rule if I’m working on a Sunday it’s a nine to ten hour day, and I’m not likely to get much done on those days. But that’s on me to figure out how I can do that. Today is going to be a test of that.

Right, that’s enough jabbering today. I hope you all have an awesome day.

Another awesome notebook 😎

Morning, 5th June, 2021

Hey folks,

I’m close to wrapping up a draft of the bounty hunter story I’ve been working on. I think I’ve found the theme for it now which will help when I come to edit it. I added a lot more detail in the last sitting I had with it. I’ve got a few inconsistencies and plot holes I need to work out, but I don’t think there is anything there that I can’t fix. I won’t know that properly until I’ve gone back through it.

With the other story that is set in the Penal Earth world I’ve not done any work on it this week. I’m going to get the bounty hunter one done first and then look at that one. The big difference between the two is the second one, is not even bare bones. It’s just the confused beginnings of a story.

Right, I’ve not got much time before I have to think about work. So, I’m gonna wrap this up here and get onto bounty hunter and see if I can get this first draft done.

Have a great weekend, folks!

A picture from late last year, love this notebook 🙂

3am thoughts (1/6/21)

I’m awake, very awake. That doesn’t mean I’m not tired, I’m beyond tired. Sleep isn’t coming though. Luckily I’ve not got the day job tomorrow, so I’m not having to worry about that.

The thing about be awake at this time of the night is very few people are. I don’t mean globally, and thanks to the internet there is always someone I can chat to as I’m blessed to have made friends all over the planet thanks to writing, and the internet. Where it gets strange is there are no, or very few, cars driving up and down my road. Yeah it’s a little country lane, but we’d still get vehicles coming up and down. There’s always tractors and other farm machinery moving around. We get people walking up and down, some with dogs, others without. Cyclists use the road as well. We get a lot of groups of cyclists that I’m guessing are from local organisations (all seem to forget the rule of riding single file, but that’s a rant for another day).

If someone walks this road tonight they might glance up at the single window illuminated and wonder who is awake, and why they are. They might even seen me (my desk is at my window). Will they have the same thoughts I am? How the hours between midnight and say, 5am, are strange and almost alien. Or are they thinking, ‘look at that muppet’.

I know for some the nighttime hours are not weird. They’re not an alien concept. For them it’s their profession. How many jobs now exist where people work all hours. I don’t just mean the emergency services but I’m thinking about hauliers, taxi drivers, workers fixing roads because at night it’s easier as it’s less impactful on the traffic, Supermarket workers. There’s a whole host of people going to or still at work while the majority of us sleep.

I’m not a city boy, but I’d imagine even the cities and towns which are people say never sleep, still see a drop in activity in these early hours of the morning. We as a species aren’t nocturnal. Some people are, they feel at home when the sun is giving light to the other side of the planet, but for most people their days start when the sun is rising or risen, and end when it takes it’s light away for another day.

Unlike Raven, I’m not nocturnal.

I’m going to try and sleep. Writing this post might have pushed me over that tipping point where exhaustion will win out over the reasons why I’m awake.

Peace out, Folks!