Good Morning, Sunday 6th of October 2019

Good morning folks.  A later start to the writing day for me this week. I’m going to be interspersing writing with general tidying up. I’ve got a lot going on in the next few weeks and squeezing writing into that is going to be a fun challenge, especially seeing as NaNoWriMo is right around the corner.

I did get my contributor copy of Elements Of Horror:Air this week. It came out on Tuesday and I loved writing this story. It was one of those stories that kind of wrote itself when I knew how the story was going to end. This is book two of four, each one focused on an element. The book is from Red Cape Publishing and the contributors are: Jaq D. Hawkins, Daren Callow, Dale Parnell, Theresa Jacobs, Peter Germany, P.J. Blakey-Novis, Nils Visser & Jovannah Bär, Ann Fox, R.C. Rumple.

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I did listen to Highway To Hell by Armand Rosamilia, which is the first book in his Dying Days series. I loved this book. I felt for the protagonist, he spoke to me a lot. I saw myself in him a lot. There’s some damn good gore in it, the characters are fantastic (I was particularly fond of a character who owned a car sales). Highway to Hell is a damn fun zombie story with depth along with the vile zombies and the humans who deserve to be zombies.

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That’s it for now. I’m going to get some writing down, and some tidying around it.

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23rd of September 2019

I was listening to the Armcast podcast today, I had a few episodes backed up, and aside from there being some damn fine episodes recently (it’s always good, but Armand Rosamilia has had a string of really good interviews recently), but as I was listening today it’s made me realise I’ve been slacking big time recently. I’ve got into my head that I haven’t had time to write. That I’m editing and need time to sit down and just focus on that. So, in other word I’ve been making bullshit excuses for myself.

So today I’ve put a boot up my own butt and am going to get back on track. From here on out I’m aiming for a 1000 words a day. Because of how I’ve slacked off I’m not going to be able to hit my minimum target for words this year. I can do that while editing, CS1 needs a lot of edits and rewrites and scenes added so I’ll be able to get those words added easily.

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Just over 500 words during my lunch break.

With the fanfic piece, well that’s going to be my reward when I hit the 1000 words. I haven’t done anything on it tonight because I’m wiped out. I’m going to watch another episode or two of Disenchantment and then read a little and then bed.

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I listened to Solo on audiobook last week. Mur Lafferty did a fantastic job with this novel.

I do have NaNoWriMo coming up as well, and I need to pick up my pace for November.

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And today I started The Big Head by Edward Lee once I’d caught up on Arm Cast.

 

16th Of September 2019

Hi folks, the weekend was as I expected and busy. I didn’t get much done at the write-in but I wasn’t expecting to. Come November it’ll be a different story.

I did read through more of CS1 at the write-in and now just have to collect all my notes and start mapping out what needs to be added. I probably won’t be working on it too much this week, simply because I won’t have the time. I think that’s a good thing though. It’ll give me time to think it over and see how it feels seeing as I’m able to let it rest a little.

Onto today though. I wrote about 600 words on the fanfic piece and I’m pretty happy with that. This is my fourth of fifth attempt at getting this done and I like to think I’ve got a good feel for it this time. I was a little stuck the last time I looked at it but did find a way through when I was working on it today.

Reading wise, I’m still reading Christopher Law’s Chaos Tales Vol. 1. I listened to Dirty Deeds 2 by Armand Rosamilia last week and loved it! This series has me hooked well and truthfully now.

I’m gonna wrap it up here. I’m going to aim to get closer to that 1000 words tomorrow.

28th of August 2019

Good evening folks. Today I’ve written 510 words on a new short story, and have worked on another section of the zombie book. Yesterday I wrote 851 words on what was going to be a submission but I’m not going to get it done before the deadline hits.

I’ve done the editing on my desktop this evening as it’s working but I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

I did finish a lot earlier than I was expecting tonight. It’s almost 9pm now and I’ve been finished for a while but I like working in sections when editing and if I’d started the next section it would be gone 10pm by the time I would be done. So I’m going to do that one Friday night.

A lot of this weekend is going to be ‘get shit done’. I’ve got a lot of stuff that has been backing up or things I want to be getting done so I’m just going to get stuck in and see how much I manage to get through.

I did finally finish Anarch by Dan Abnett. This was a highly anticipated book for me and it didn’t let me down. There was a couple of things in it that I found frustrating but over all it was a really good read.

Audiobook wise I’m halfway through Summoner of Souls by Chuck Buda. This is his third Son of Earp supernatural western series which I’m enjoying a lot.

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I’m absolutely loving this cover!

Thats it for now. I’m going to watch a movie and then might read a little.

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Tonights movie, Deliver Us From Evil.

Sunday 28th July 2019

Good afternoon folks. I’ve been trying to write for a couple of hours and have got about twenty words written. I’m back to being a little stuck on the story I’m working on for the vampire book which isn’t helping. I also don’t have another active story I’m working on either. So I need to figure out a short story idea to get cracking with.

I have been doing some social media stuff today as well. A little promotional stuff mainly. It’s something I’ve not really sussed out yet but I’m getting there. The reason I’ve been doing some pimping is because tomorrow we have the launch party for an anthology of stories that are 84 words long. This is from one of the writing groups I am in, and this book is now live on Amazon. So if you can’t make the launch(check my social media for the details please) then please check out the book here.

One of the anthologies I’ve been published in, Under The Weather, is also now available as an audiobook. I’ve not read this yet, but I was lucky enough to read a couple of stories from other contributors and those are very good, and when you look at the table of contents its an impressive list of fine writers Burdizzo Books and Back Road Books gathered for this collection. So please, check it out.

That’s all for now. I’m hoping writing this will open my brain up a little and let me get some fiction sorted.

Book Review: Forever and Ever, Armageddon: A collection of 24 short stories

This is a fantastic collection from David Court. I’ve read some of his short fiction before and knew I liked his work and this collection has confirmed that.

There is a good variety of stories here. There’s a few that made me think, one of which made me stop what I was doing and say “oh sh*t”, and a couple that are just the written version of a gut punch. There was a couple of the stories that had me grinning like a kid!

Kristina Fitzgerald does a fantastic job of narration. Great range and delivery.

This one is definitely worth checking out.

Book Review: The Other Side Of The Mirror by Lex H. Jones

The Other of the Mirror tells the story of Carl Duggan as he tried to piece together a series of homicides in a city split by a river with wealth on one side, and poverty on the other. Duggan’s world is that of poverty and death.

This is a crime noir story that just feels dirty. With the characters and their depth and individuality, the city (which is itself a character), the story that has a pace that is beautifully executed and is well crafted to deliver what the reader needs at just the right time, we have a story that quickly hooked me and left me wanting more from these characters and this city.

Lex H. Jones has smashed it with this one. Definitely one of my reads of the year so far.