27th February 2021

I’ve started editing 7843 words and written 1181, but also deleted about 3000 words. This means I’ve moved onto the next story in the vampire book and boy is there a lot of changes to make. I’ve got a feeling this will be more rewrite than edit, but we’ll see how it goes.

I’m just about to get ready for work, and despite feeling dead tired I’m feeling good. It always helps getting words wrangled early on in the day. I get to work and I’m energised (despite the fatigue), because I’ve already accomplished something. I’ll take a notebook with me to try and do a little during my break but I’m not expecting to get more done today. I’m trying to push harder, get more done, but until I sit down and look back at the month I’m not going to judge it too much. I can’t guilt trip myself on days like yesterday when I didn’t write. I need to get in the habit of looking what I’ve done over the month and then set myself a target for the next month to try and better that.

Right, I’m off to get my butt into gear. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and be kind and good. It makes a difference even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Good Morning, 27th February 2021

A very groggy but good morning folks. I’ve had two nights where I haven’t slept well, including one that was before a 4am wake up. I still slept, but it was the unsettled sleep that I tend t suffer when sleep won’t come smoothly. It’s not on the level of half an hour a night like it was at points last year, but it’s very restless and I wake up feeling more tired then when I went to sleep. Until I get the day going though.

With that in mind, I didn’t do any writing yesterday. After work I took Max for a walk and had every intention of doing a little writing while watching a movie or two, but after WandaVision I fell asleep.

Today, I’m going to look at this damn vampire story again and see if I can get the ending done (finally!) I’ve got a good few hours before when I need to leave for work, so I hope I can get closer to having it done.

I have had an update from the editor regarding the zombie novella, she’s made one pass and is making her second. So I’ll be getting that back soon (!!!).

With the end of he month right here I need to think about what I want to get done next month. I’m not going to hit a lot of my targets for this month, but that’s something I can accept. I had a few ups and downs, non-writing matters that needed my attention more than writing, but I still got a fair bit done. I think I overreached, but I also didn’t have anything regarding the vampire book on this months targets.

So looking forward to what I’d like to achieve next month I think most of it will be rolled over from this month.

Time for me to get cracking. I hope everyone has a good weekend!

A little more fun I’ve had for my buddy Nick from Next Step Nick 🙂

Good Morning, 25th February 2021

Good morning, folks!

How are we all doing this morning?

I have edited 4196 words this morning and just printed off the draft of that short story ready for my pen and paper edit where I will be reading it out loud. This is the story for an anthology that I love the sound of and I really hope the publisher likes it.

Love it! This draft ended dead on 4000 words 😁

I’m not going to get much else done today. Once I’ve written this post I’m going to go out and make a start on sorting the garden out with my folks, and then after that I’m going to put me feet up for a few hours. I have an early start tomorrow, so I’d like to get a good nights sleep before hand.

Yesterday I got to work early as I needed to do a bit of shopping and thankfully the queues weren’t long so I had a nice twenty minutes to kill before work. So I made some notes on a short story that I wrote a long time ago that I’d like to expand into an novella. I’m getting some good thoughts on this one. I’ve not reread it yet, I want to make as many notes as I can before looking back through it. I’m liking this as I’m hoping it’ll give me an insight to the story I think I’ve written and I’ll see how my memory serves when I start reading it properly.

Right, time to get dressed and get started on the garden. I am out of shape and this will likely point out just how unfit I!

Have a great day, folks!

24th February 2021 (2)

Hey folks! Only about 400 words this morning. I had a few non-writing matters to see to, and I had a morning where I’m reminded of how good I can be at procrastination!

I have left the vampire story (that I’m still working on!) in a good place for when I look at it tomorrow.

I’m off work tomorrow but have a garden to start sorting out so I won’t be doing a lot of writing, but there will be time for word wrangling.

Right, off to work in a bit, have an awesome day folks!

I still love this poster from last years NaNoWriMo. I’ve got it above my desk so I just have to look up and get a touch of inspiration ☺️

Good Morning, 24th February 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I’m not feeling as energised as I have been, and I’m writing this much later than yesterday for example. Something I do when I’m at work when customers ask me how I am I’d say ‘I’m good thanks, I’m always good me,’ It gets some laughs and it generally is true. Even when I’m feeling down I’ll try and snap myself out of it, because it doesn’t help anybody. I know it’s easier said than done. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I was finding things very difficult last summer, and it’s been a journey and a half to get to where I am now, and its a journey that will never have a destination. Because I learn and grow with each day, each challenge. I’m not letting myself hold me back any longer.

We have the potential to be great. Both on an individual level and as a species. Now, with the state of humanity in this day and age I think it’s going to be difficult for us to achieve that greatness, but as individuals. There’s nothing stopping us. Even when we get knocked down, we get up, and brush ourselves off.

On a recent episode of the Mando Method Armand Rosamilia said about me that I’m always moving forward, even when I’m taking steps back I’m moving forward. That’s what we all need to be trying to do. If we have to take a few steps back, its not a defeat, its a way of moving forward because we might not be quite ready for that next step. It’s like the timing of a pass in a football game. If you play it too early the recipient might not be in a prime position to take a shot. Sometimes stepping back is about being patient.

Right, I’m going to get a little writing/editing done before the day job. I hope you all have a great day, folks!

23rd of February 2021

Hey folks!

I’ve written 1155 words today. I’m not counting words edited as I counted those in yesterday’s count.

I have not finished this episode! 🤬🤬😝🤣🤣 I did get to a point where I could split it into two, and I might still do that at some point, but for the moment I’m going to progress as is and worry about whether it needs splitting when I do my first edit pass of the completed draft.

I am going to admit that I’m not super happy with how this episode is, and I might rewrite it when I come to the edit pass, but that is something I want to avoid doing if at all possible. I’ve got the short story for a publisher to look at tomorrow before work, so I might leave the vampire stuff for a day and go back to it Thursday when I’m off work and see what I can do with it then.

Right, I’m gonna start getting sorted for work. I’m feeling good with word wrangling at the moment. This is the most productive I’ve been for some time and it feels good ☺️

Good Morning, 23rd February 2021

Good morning, folks. I’ve been awake about an hour and have slowly eased into my day. I’ve got work later on this afternoon/evening but plenty of time before then to get some words wrangled.

My primary target this morning is to get the episode(I’m calling the individual stories episodes as I’m thinking of this book as a TV series in that the episodes all connect one way or another and build to a conclusion) I was stuck on last night finished. I’m still a little miffed that I didn’t get it done yesterday, but it is what it is. Sometimes we have to step back and try again tomorrow. That’s what I decided yesterday and I will be even more miffed if I have to roll it over to tomorrow. Honestly, I’m beginning to have a real love/hate relationship with this story. It’s a vital park of the book, it’s a turning point and points the story towards the conclusion of the book. So I need to get it right, and so far it’s just one part in the middle of this particular episode that I’m struggling with.

One of our garden visitors ☺️

I do also need to get a story edited that I’ve written for a book I’ve been invited to submit to. I’ve got the first draft done and the next stage is to get a digital edit done. I’d like to have it done by the end of the month so I might prioritise that one tomorrow.

Right, I’m off to get some work done.

Have a great day, folks!

Good Evening, 22nd February 2021

2029 words on Vampire Era, and 7914 words edited on Vampire Era as well. I’d like to of got the end of the episode I’ve spent the day on done, but it’s defeated me.

I did have a fantastic chat with two dear friends today. It’s been a long time since we’ve spoken and it was damn good to catch up.

I’m not going to ramble on too much tonight. I’m a little wiped out and I’m thinking a movie and then bed.

Good Morning, 22nd of February 2021

Howdy, folks!

I am still half asleep, I’ve already drank my tea and am feeling sad about that (but I can solve that by making another one!), but I’m almost ready to get cracking with the fiction today.

Yesterday was a very productive day, I feel like it’s got me back on track with the vampire book after being at sea with it for some time.

Today I’ll finish off the last episode I was working on and then copy and paste the next one over into my drafting file and get editing. I do need to get back onto Black Blood today as well. I’ve been away from that project for far too long now so I need to reconnect with it and get moving with it again. I need to get that ending mapped out and off the ground. Once I’ve got a completed story then I can start knocking it into shape. Don’t even get me started on Penal Earth!

Most of my work is done on laptop, but that’s only because my desktop only works when it want’s too. I’ve got to get it checked out once lockdown is over, hopefully it’s not a major fault. I can work easily enough from my laptop but sometimes its just easier to work from teh desktop as it’s got a bigger screen, especially for editing.

This was a few weeks ago when it worked last.

But hey ho! We work with what we’ve got. If it came to it I’ve got pens and paper, so I can always get the stories down.

I’m going to get started now. I hope you all have good days, I know times are tough at the moment but we can get through them.

Good Evening, 21st of February 2021

Hey Folks, I hope everyone is well?

Today I managed to write 1384 on the vampire book, finishing another chapter. I’ve also edited 7686 words on the next episode, which I thought I’d finished writing but I haven’t. So that may be tomorrow’s primary writing exercise. I don’t think it’ll take much, I think I just need to add a few lines and then more onto the next episode. I really do not want to keep rewriting and rewriting. I think I’ve got a good bases to work from with what I’ve already got and that it just needs some major edits and then I think I’m going to be in a good place to get the next draft done as only an edit draft. I’m feeling confident with this story over all, and I like the ideas I’ve got for book two. It’s a rich setting and I’m pretty sure I’ve got something good here.

I didn’t get any work done on Black Blood though. My writing energies were pulled to the vampire stories and when I’ve got that vibe I don’t see the point in forcing myself to work on another project as I don’t have any deadlines that are demanding my focus.

I forgot to mention earlier that my planned socially distanced walk with a friend was cancelled, so I made the most of the day. Tomorrow, I’ve got more time to work, which I’m planning on doing. I’ll be off to bed soon and aim to be up bright and early to get a good start.

Today’s random picture is of Max being a typical Doggo!