Sunday 22nd October 2017

This last week has been great, Sparks An Electric Anthology came out from Burdizzo Books. It’s got my story ‘The Last Charge’ in it, and all of the proceeds go to Resources for Autism. You can find it on Amazon here. Yesterday we had the first of two launch parties, you can see the readings from some of the stories at the Burdizzo Books Facebook page. The second launch party is on the 3rd of November, here’s the details. If it’s half as much fun as yesterday’s then it’ll be a lot of fun.

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I’ve been up and down with writing this week. I’ve not got a whole lot of words done but I haven’t done bad. Today I’ve knocked out about two thousand words, despite feeling extremely wiped out.

Life does settle down a little from here on out, I think. I’ll no doubt be off to the cinema one night this week, a NaNoWriMo prep Write-In on Wednesday. This weekend is pretty clear though, I have friends over on Saturday but that’ll be nice and chilled out.

As I wrap this up, I’ll end by asking that everyone please check out Sparks. I’m really proud of this story, and happy to be in this anthology with some fantastic writers.

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Myself, Pippa Bailey, Matthew Cash and David Court.
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Sparks Anthology

On Monday Burdizzo Books announced their next charity Anthology ‘Sparks’. Which includes my story ‘The Last Charge’,  my first published story. This anthology focuses on stories of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and bizarro with the theme of electricity.

Obviously I am over the moon at finally being published, but even more so that it’s in an anthology that is raising money for a good cause, in this case Resources for Autism, and the awesome people involved in the anthology. From Editors Matthew Cash and Em Dehaney through to the other writers in the collection. There are some really cool people involved and I can’t wait to see what they’ve all written.

Sparks is coming soon, please like their Facebook page and Instagram for updates, I will obviously be posting here when the book is out, but please feel free to follow me on social media, the links are on the right hand side of the screen.

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Cover by Matt Hill
The authors in the collection are: Ash Hartwell, Calum Chalmers, Em Dehaney, Betty Breen, Peter Germany, Lex Jones, Christopher Law, Dani Brown, Matthew Cash, Mark Cassell, Samantha Hill, CH Baum, Pippa Bailey, GH Finn and David Court.

Sunday 25th June

This last week I had a good start to the week. On Sunday I did only write 605 words, but I got 1204 on Monday, Tuesday was 1057. Then it went out of the window a little. Wednesday was only 350, Thursday 426, Friday 265, and yesterday was 476. That’s a total of 4383 words for the week.

I’ve been working on this first draft for thirteen days (not including today) and I’ve written 11123 words of it. I think part of the reason I’ve had a slow up is I’ve almost got to the end of the story. I was aiming/guessing this story to be around 30k and at the moment if I keep writing as I am then I’ll be lucky to get to 20k. I think the reason I’m in this position is that I’ve been sticking to the barest of elements with my outline. I’ve not explored much of the characters, despite having a fair amount of character details for them written down. That I am changing, and I’m getting a better feel for the characters as I’m going. It does mean I’ll have to go back and add to the earlier sections but I’ll cover that on the second draft. I don’t want to stop where I am, and then work through those early chapters now because I do feel I’m getting into the swing of the story. I also think I’ll find it easy enough to flesh out the earlier sections.

I do think I was too stuck on the outline. I have only just let myself loose with this story. The scene I’m writing at the moment isn’t in the outline, and neither are three or four other scenes I’ve got in mind. They’ll fit into the story well, and expand it and I hope will make it a more tense ending. It does mean I’m going to have to do some chopping and changing with the outline’s order but it’s going to make it a stronger story and hopefully more satisfying.

I did submit a story to one of the anthologies I was looking at. I won’t know whether it got in for a few weeks yet. The other anthology, I still have no idea for and I’m not going to try. I’ve not got enough time now before the submission deadline to get a story done.

Last week Owen and I discussed the final tweaks to The Space Watch, or tweak I should say. The one last detail that Owen felt needed changing is a minor point in The Space Watch, and is something that I think will be more relevant when we explore certain elements of this universe more.

I will be making that tweak today, as well as doing a very quick skim through of The Space Watch and then it’ll be off to Beta readers. This story is about five years in the making and has had various drafts and versions of it. I am so very pleased we’ve done all we can and I’m looking forward to seeing what our fantastic beta readers have to say on it.

Once that is done I’m back onto the zombie story. I’d like to get caught up on it, I’m a couple of thousand words behind where I want to be so hopefully I can do a 2k day and get close to being back on track.

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I’ve had a couple of busy days this week so I haven’t got much done, but I did get stuck into The Space Watch again last night and I’ve now got two chapters fully edited. I’m hoping I can get into this now a little bit because I haven’t got much planned socially in the next week, so there’s no reason for me not to.

I had some really good little ideas yesterday which I quickly wrote down before I forgot them. I’ve been working in the mornings, during my lunch breaks, and then in the evenings at the moment. If I can get into the habit of doing this each day I’ll be a very happy man. I am feeling more productive although it’s a little frustrating that I’m not writing fresh words at the moment but I understand all of this prep work is aimed at helping me when I’m getting stuck into future first drafts.

Short story submission-wise, I’ll be sending the first of the two I was told about off to my Beta readers next week. The other story, I still don’t have a solid idea for. I’m going to have a look at the guidelines for it again in the next couple of days to see if it shakes anything loose.

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323 words this evening on the fan fiction piece and something I’ve really got to do is stop second guessing myself when I’m writing! Especially on a first draft. I’ve just got to go with my gut, and if what has made me second guess myself still jumps out when I’m editing it, then I look at it. Over-analysing is seriously hindering my pace and my self-confidence with what I’m writing. I know some of it is lack of knowledge but when it comes to these things I just need to write it and then do any additional research when I come to the second draft. I do want to get to the point where I’m doing the research before I do the writing but there’s always going to be those times when the writing goes off in a direction that I hadn’t expected and that’ll quite often lead to having to do research after the words have been written.

I am not picking up the pace as I would have liked to, I’m distracted and am struggling to get stuck into a piece. Everything I seem to be writing at the moment seems to be in small instalments, normally around the 300 words mark. I need to pick that up.

1st of May 2017

Just a quick post to wrap up the day. I wrote 828 on the short story I’ve been working on, and I wrapped it up this morning. Boy did it end darkly. I got 446 words on the fanfic piece. That gave me a total of 1274 for the day.

Despite the ending of the short story being quite dark I’m pleased with it and will get on with editing tomorrow. I’m reserving judgement on the fanfic piece until I’m getting closer to the end of it as I’m still in the early stages of it really.

Not a great day, but a good one I think.

Good Morning 1-5-17

It’s a bank holiday here in the UK so that means we get an extra day off. So instead of rushing around getting ready for work I’m sitting in my pjs and dressing gown drinking tea and faffing about on the internet.

What am I going to do with my extra day off? I am going to do a little writing, and then play some video games. I want to get back in the habit of doing about a 1000 words a day and as I’m working on a short story at the moment and this fanfic edit I think I’ll be able to do that.

I’ve got a quick update on The Space Watch: Owen has been through it, and we sat down yesterday and went through his points. His two biggest are things I don’t necessarily agree with, one being the ending. He’s working on rewriting that and the other is a world building detail for an alien species that he has created and done a lot of work on developing. This species is kind of his baby and he’s got very specific concepts for how this species is. So once I’ve finished this short story I’m going to get into making the changes and then hopefully we’ll be nearing a point where we can get it off to Beta readers. That said, Owen did bring up a few continuity issues. This mainly stems from where we’ve changed characters ranks to suit their positions in the story better. As Owen brought this up I’m going to be a little more fine toothed when I go through it with these changes and hopefully I’ll catch most of those irregularities.

Right, my laptop battery is down to 5% so I’m wrapping this and firing up my desktop. I’ll check back in this evening. I’m going to try and get back in the habit of blogging daily with my progress.