Good Afternoon, 3rd of May 2022

Howdy folks! How are we all doing?

Not much to report in the way of word counts today, just 97 on a non-fiction piece before work and 2159 edited on Penal Earth this afternoon.

I’m listening to my body and the lessons of the last couple of years. If I have an early, don’t go too mad with writing when the day job is done. That’s why I’ve only done a small slice of editing. Also, looking at the next two chapters (I’m aiming for one chapter a day) I think it’s better to do this one today, the next chapter is about 3000 words, but the one after that is over 5000 words. Tomorrow I have a longer shift at the day job so a 3k chapter is more manageable than a 5k one.

As I’ve said previously, this isn’t a deep edit. It’s one where I’m working from a beta readers notes, but as I’m going I’m finding places where I’ve said the same thing but with different words. I don’t need these redundant sentences and words, and my editor will tell me off if I do leave them there!

I am really seeing the benefit of leaving something for a few months and then looking back at it again. I’ve got a new insight into what I’ve written and I feel like I know the arcs a lot better.

Right, that’s me done with this writing malarky today.

I hope you’re all having a great day, and always try and be kind.

2nd May 2022

Good afternoon, folks! How are we all doing?

This’ll likely be a quick post as I’ve had quite a busy day and I’m knackered (and it’s almost time to feed two cats and they’re both glaring at me……..).

I had no work today, so had decided to get up at about eight, but ended up waking after nine (was gaming till late). So I got cracking with the edit of Penal Earth. I got through 8557 words and was then done. After smashing out the edit on the zombie book a few weeks ago I’ve decided I’m not going to exceed 10k words during an edit a day. It’s just a little too draining on me when I have heavy edit days.

This afternoon I’ve done a lot of organising and getting my writing space how I want it. The room that was my officer has another use now but I can still use it as a space to work. I’ve spent the afternoon getting it laid out in a way that gets the most out of the space.

My brother bought me that Bart Simpson banner in 2001!

Now, I’m going to feed the cats (they’re still glaring at me…….) and then spend some more time sorting other bits and pieces out.

I’d definitely like more productive days like this!

Good Evening, 30th April 2022

Hey everybody! how are we all doing?

I managed to get a very early start today and got 6384 words edited on Penal Earth, and then typed up 344 words on a short story I wrote by hand earlier this year. I had an hour, and I just got stuck in. The edit isn’t a deep one, Penal Earth has had a lot of work on it and it’s quite polished. So I don’t need to go deep, but I also don’t think I’m capable of going for another thorough edit. This pass is to make a few tweaks that a beta reader suggested and to make sure there’s no daft mistakes that my editor will tell me off for! (Okay there will be, but I’d like to limit as much of that as I can!).

My desk needs tidying

Last night while I was watching YouTube videos I was struck by the idea of a character, so I wrote another 368 words by hand before I went to bed. I don’t yet have a story for this character, but it struck me last night that I don’t need a story for him. Even if I never find a story for him it was still a lot I learned last night about building a character quickly and organically. I might also be able to put him in another story one day as well. It’s one of those things where it doesn’t feel like he is strong enough (at the moment anyway) to carry a story, but I think he’d make a great element in an ensemble cast.

I’ve got a long day tomorrow, so I’m not expecting to get much written and I’m going to chill out and get an early night.

Raven says hi!

29/4/2022 – Flash Post

Evening folks! Just a quick post tonight. I wrote 731 words of fiction this morning, and 695 non-fiction this evening. I got an early start as I knew I was going to be having a busy day. (Most of the day was spent gardening).

I’m feeling more back on it today than I have been for a few days so I’m going to try and get back some momentum.

Right, have an awesome weekend folks!

25th April 2022 – Flash Post

I’ve written a quick 442 words tonight on a non-fiction project. I’ve slacked off a lot the last couple of days with writing, but I’m going to try and get cracking on it all again this week. I’ve got a little time off this week so I’ll have the time to properly get stuck into some work.

I did email off the final draft of the zombie book for my editor to have one last look over it. I’m scared I’ve cocked it up, but I’ll just have to wait and see what she thinks.

Right, I’m off for the night. I’m going to watch a couple episodes of Pacific Rim:The Black and then get off to bed.

Flash Post – 24th April 2022

Howdy folks! how are we all doing?

I’m struggling a little to write at the moment, but I’ve managed to get 651 words down today. Although I don’t have to be in the mood to write, I can generally write when I want, it does help if I am in the mood. I’ll get a lot more done when I am feeling the flow.

But, I’ve written today. So that’s a start!

I managed to type up a lot of words I didn’t need 🤦‍♂️

Good Morning, 20th April, 2022

Howdy folks! How are we all doing?

I didn’t get anything written yesterday but today I’ve written 2046 words, which wrapped up the 2nd draft of a short story I wrote a few months ago. I think it’s helped having it resting for that time and it feels like I’ve improved it as I’ve typed it up.

What’s next is doing these final few tweaks to Penal Earth before sending it off to an editor. I’ll also be typing up another of the short stories I’ve written this years as well as working on the one I’ve just started.

I did make a ‘day in the life of a writer’ video recently, but it’s a mess and I’ve lost my confidence with it, so it’s scrapped. I would like to give it another try in the future though and I’ve learnt a fair bit about the process.

Look at that smug little face. No guilt at all for just sticking a claw into my leg! 🙄🤣

Right, I’m done with writing for the day now, well I may do some little bits later on but I’m quite content with what I’ve done today.

Have an awesome day, folks!

Good Afternoon, 18th April 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing today?

I’ve written 353 words today. I didn’t do any writing earlier in the day so I’ve done a quick half an hour now that I’m home. I’ve got a long work day tomorrow so I’m not going to try and do too much writing today as I’ve got to think about that and the fact that I’ve slept badly recently.

I also broke my brain a little yesterday. I edited the zombie book, all 25,239 words of it. I should have stopped after the first two sections and then worked on the third one today, but I was being stubborn and wanted to get it done. I’m happy with it now. I’ve just got to go back and adjust chapter numbers and then it’s done! I’ll send it back to my editor to make sure I haven’t cocked anything up and then I’ll be pushing to publish it. It’s long over due and I’m so blooming done with it!

The next one for editing is Penal Earth. This isn’t a major edit. A dear friend read it recently and picked up on a couple of small bits and pieces, mainly grammar related stuff, that I’m going to go back in and fix. This friend has also worked with my editor and they pointed out that I’d be jumped on for one mistake in particular!

Before I broke my brain yesterday 🤣

Penal Earth is very polished and I honestly don’t think I can do anything else with it now. I need other eyes on it and then look at what thoughts they have before I think about submitting/self-publishing it.

Right folks, have an awesome day. Here’s the link to my Ko-Fi page if you’d like to support me. My social media links are on the right hand side of the screen.

Good Morning, Sunday 18th April 2022

It is a gorgeous sunny day out there, and I’m at my desk because I need to get some words wrangled!

My aim for today is to do my final pass on Zombie. I’ve added in the rewritten ending and have a load of notes to work through for it and then I’ll hopefully be done with it. The notes aren’t like massive rewrites or anything like that. A lot of them are notes from my editor that’ll help build the characters and the world, and have it make more sense.

I do have a video that I need to get some more work done on and I’d love to post it today, but I’m kind of bottling it at the moment. Just that self-doubt creeping in again.

My plans for my Ko-Fi page are moving along, albeit it a little slowly. I’ve almost got the first year’s worth of content lined up. I’m just going to go simple and have it as one short story a month and then with additional bits and pieces added in as and when I can. I’ll be open with what I want to do when it comes to memberships, in time I’d like to change it up a bit but for now I’m going to keep it simple.

I had a little waiting around time yesterday while I picked up a prescription, so I walked down to St.Georges church and sat in it’s grounds for a little while. It was pretty nice and calming down there. (managed to find a plot hole fix as well). It was nice just listening to the world for twenty minutes, letting my soul absorb the space.

I can be very critical of my hometown. I think it’s one of many towns that is slowly dying and one of the things keeping it alive is its proximity to London. As I walked through town yesterday I couldn’t help but look at all the flats being built. Some into every nook and cranny going, while others are being rammed into old buildings. Gravesend feels like its become a bed for the workers who travel to London each day. I don’t like this. We’re not a B&B. This town has some amazing history and I’d love to see it bloom.

Now, I don’t keep track of the politics of the town, or the mechanics of administrating a town, but I’d like to see more done to build this town that has some amazing people in it. There are so many empty shops, so much litter on the streets (the street cleaners do a great job but it’s a never ending battle for them). We need to change the mentality of those who call Gravesend home.

Right, I’m off to get some words edited. You all have a lovely day.