18th of May 2022

Good Evening, folks! How are we all doing?

This morning I edited 8510 of a short story that will be posted on my Ko-Fi next month. It wasn’t something that needed a deep edit, just a once over to make sure there wasn’t anything that I’d missed and I needed to make a couple of tweaks that’ll bring it in line with something else I’m working on 😉

This is becoming Dizzy’s spot. She’s gonna be annoyed once that bits done and new flowers are planted!

After that I went out and cracked on with a job in the garden that took a fair chunk of time, I was going to do a little more writing work afterwards but I had a nap!

Raven found me taking an old shed down very interesting.

I felt a little bad for not doing more writing, but not as bad as I used to feel when this sort of thing had happened in the past. Something I’m thinking about a lot is balance. Tomorrow I’ve got an early and I know I’m not going to sleep great tonight. So the nap this afternoon will hopefully balance out any sleep I don’t get later on.

Always time to punt the ball for this great doggo

Right, you lovely people. I’m off to watch Alien Vs. Predator while I nod off. Night all!

I Had A Plan!!!!

My plan was to get up at about 8am. I don’t need to be in work for an early today and I had no other reasons to get up early. So I set an alarm for 8am, which is a lay in for me, and settled in for what I was hoping would be a good nights sleep. It didn’t start well when Max did his guard dog duties and after I checked the house, garden and so forth I decided to let him sleep upstairs for the night. That did the trick and he settled down, and only tried to get on the bed once.

Then, at 5am Raven woke me up by trying to knock items out of my window (could you be any more cliched, Raven?). I removed her from the window and put her on the bed with a “really?” that she paid no attention to.

She jumped off and Max decided to it was time to play with Raven. She wasn’t interested and smacked him on the nose and jumped back in the window. Can you guess what she was doing? I repeated the earlier removal method and this time she ran off down the landing.

Flash forward to a little after 6:30am and I heard something that broke me out of my slumber to find Max with his head on my bed, he had the look that all people with a dog knows. So I let him out. It was this moment that I knew it was time to get up because I was awake.

So y’all get a blog post! 😀 It’s been an amusing morning with Dizzy being the only one of the furry family that didn’t wake me (although she tried to sit on the keyboard as I’m writing this post).

Have an absolutely awesome day, everyone! Here in my part of the UK the sun is shining and I’m going to go out and do some garden work in a bit, I might even sit out there and do some writing.

17th may 2022

Howdy Folks, I edited 5329 words on Penal Earth today, and wrapped up that final edit pass! Now It’ll be put in a draw while I squirrel some cash away so I can get it out to my editor.

I’d like to get a lot of bits and pieces done tomorrow, from stuff around the house and in the garden to getting words written and edited. I’m going to look through next months Ko-Fi story for members, and make sure there’s no obvious screw ups. And then I’ll get it scheduled.

I have posted a bonus flash fiction piece there tonight as well.

Check out the graphic for the Membership tier my friend S did 🙂

Next big edit is Black Blood. I’m getting a good idea of what some of the areas I need to strengthen are, and the rest I’ll find (hopefully) as I go.

Right you lovely people, I’m off for the night. I will just end by thanking everyone who takes the time to read my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you 🙂

Good Evening, 16th of May 2022

Good evening, folks. How are we all?

Today I’ve written 611 words on a short story I’ve recently started during my break and while I was waiting for something this afternoon. I was hoping to have got a good chunk of Penal Earth worked today but a few things came up that I had to see to and although I had time to write it was with pen and paper as I didn’t have access to my laptop.

I liked what I wrote though, and although I’ve got no idea where this story is going I’m enjoying the discovery aspect of it.

I spent an hour or so this afternoon after work in the garden. Partly to play ball with Max as he hasn’t had much playtime due to a lot going on the last few weeks (needless to say he loved it!) but I also needed to top up the bird feeders, do the poopa scooping; both of which I can do while still punting the football up the garden for Max to chase. I also done the cat litter, sorted the bins out for collection tomorrow, and got a load of washing done.

My Ball!

Now, I get this may not seem like much. It’s not really worth noting, everyone does these things. But considering how tired I was I could have easily just got home, let Max out and have a nap. And I feel so much better for it.

It also means once I’ve finished work tomorrow and ran a couple of errands I’ll have a nice chunk of time to get some words edited and then on Wednesday when its my day off I’ll be able to dedicate a bigger slot of time to writing.

This is a level of organisation I’ve only dreamt of for many years!

Have a great evening, folks!

Flash Post – 14/5/22

Good morning, knowing I’d have little time to write today I got up earlier than normally for a day off from work and got everything around home that I needed to do done and left myself about 40 minutes to do writery stuff. I managed about 3800 words on the Penal Earth and I dit and have time to write this post. Yay!

But that’s about it!

Have an awesome weekend, folks!

13th Of May 2022

Good evening folks! How are we all doing today?

Today has been one of those “What The Hell” days. Nothing seriously drastic happened, but there was a lot of small things which were made to test the resolve. Some of the things were out of my control and I tried to laugh them off. Some of them were things that I could have averted and have learnt that lesson.

Dizzy taking refuge after a surprise attack from Raven.

Like I said, it was nothing drastic. Although the one this afternoon scuppered plans I had with a friend, and involved a little running around to get it sorted. But it was sorted and after a little GTAV and something to eat I sat down to get some work done.

Raven trying to figure out if she could get out the window (she couldn’t).

I’d written during my break this morning and added a few more words this evening to give me 319 words on that short story for the day. Then I got stuck into the edit of Penal Earth and did one chapter which was 2717 words.

I’m in the home straight of Penal Earth right now. I seem to have progressed quicker than I was expecting. Partly because the draft is all but done and I’ve been tidying parts of it up, but also because I’ve worked on it all but three days of this month, and I’ve not had a day where I haven’t written or edited at all. It’s nice having some momentum.

If you’d like to support my work then please visit my Ko-Fi page. My various social media links are on the right hand side of the screen if you’d like to follow me on those platforms.

And yours truly while writing this post 😀

Good afternoon, 12th May 2022

Howdy, folks!

Yesterday I edited about 6300 words and today I’ve written 347 words on a short story.

I’m quite close to the ending of Penal Earth so hopefully two more sittings and that’ll be done! Like Done Done.

How is your creative projects going?

Good Afternoon, 10th of April 2022

Good afternoon Folks, how are we all?

Today I’ve edited 3127 words on Penal Earth and did a quick edit of an old short story called Jonathan’s Not Quite Epic Adventure. I did this because I wanted it to be the first story on my Ko-Fi for anyone who wants to become a member! Yes, I’ve finally got that going! I’ve only got one Tier, and that’s £1 a month. Anyone who becomes a member will get access to an unpublished short story or a chapter of a longer story each month. I’ll also try and add in bonus content throughout the month as well such as previously published work, flash fiction and essays.

I did attempt to write during my break, but spilt cola scuppered me!

Moments after this the cola was sent flying and I stared in shock! 🙈🤣😝

Tomorrow I’ve got the day off and am planning to have a heavy edit day. I’m well past the halfway point of Penal Earth now, and I’ve like to get a good 8k edited on it tomorrow.

Be kind and have fun.

Good Afternoon, 9th of May 2022

Howdy, Folks! How are we all?

Yesterday I wrote 286 words on a short story during my break and before I started work. It was a long workday and then I went out to celebrate a close friends fortieth. So little to no time to write.

Today I used my break to write 183 words on the same short story and edited 7866 in about fifty minutes this afternoon after work.

Being honest, I really wasn’t feeling it today. I’m tired after over eighteen hours of the day job in two days, yesterday of which was a non-stop day, but I told myself to do an hour. Sixty minutes. In the course of the day, that’s not a lot and I can now chill out for a little bit before thinking about something to eat. Then somewhat of an early night as I suspect tomorrows shift is going to be another busy one.

Pushing through and still getting some writing done regardless of how I’m feeling is important. With the changes I’ve made and a recent increase in my medication I feel like I’m capable of maintaining momentum I’ve built up in the past but let slip through my fingers. Obviously time will tell, there may be the need for adjustments with meds in the future but I’m going to try and make the most of it while feeling as capable as I am and hope it’s something that does last a long time.

Right, I’m off. I hope everyones week has started off well.