14th June 2021

Good evening, folks.

Writing has been a struggle of late, and I’ve realised I can’t do anything with my Homestead story for the time being. So I’ve put that aside and started the next edit of Black Blood, as well as working on a short story idea I had some time ago.

I forced time at the desk today, I don’t like doing that but it was needed to get myself going again.

I edited 4600 words on Black Blood, and have set myself a goal of November to have that, and edit passes of Penal Earth and the vampire book done. I’m also going to try and work on some new short stories as well. I don’t want to start another big project until November. I’ve got plenty to work on until then.

😉

Right, I’m going to leave it there for the evening. I hope you are all well and managing to crack on with your art and lives in ways that bring at least a little happiness to you.

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 🙂