Good Morning 1st of March 2021

A very groggy good morning from me. Another night of unsettled sleep, desktop not working, and Dizzy spilling a little of my tea means I’m really not feeling it this morning. I could have easily gone back to bed or popped a streaming service on for a few hours until I go to work, but I’ve force myself outta bed and to my desk, and with a purring Dizzy on my lap, I’m almost ready to go.

Today, I’m going to keep it simple, work on the vampire book. That’s what I’m most familiar with so I won’t have to dive into something I haven’t worked on for a while. I’ve got to list down what I want to achieve this month in the next couple of days as well. I’ll be rolling a few over from last month, but not too many. There’s one on there, the bounty hunter story, that I think I’m going to end up rewriting. I like the characters, I like the concept, but it feels a little weak at the moment.

I’ve got mainly lates this week, and I’m finding I’m more productive when I have a few hours in the morning before work, and it’s a great vibe to go to work with, having been productive before I get to work. It sets a good mindset that I like.

Right, that said, I really want to get stuck in, hopefully it’ll wake me up a bit more and I can stop fighting the urge to get back to bed!

Oh, and somehow I’ve managed to pass 2000 posts here. I can’t remember when I started blogging, it was around 2010 I suppose, and I’d imagine those early posts were awful! but I’m still going, and a big thank you to everyone who reads my posts. It means a lot to me and I hope it’s helpful.

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 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 Evening, 19th February 2021

659 words this evening, and then I hit the wall! So, I’m gonna watch this weeks episode of WandaVision and then maybe a movie.

Working after an early shift does sap the energy more than I’d like to admit, and I’ve got to make sure I’m not burning myself out. I’ve got another early shift tomorrow and then two days off. I almost pushed through to try and hit that 1000 word mark, but I was struggling with the story, I know what I want to say with this scene but I wasn’t able to get the words right. Come tomorrow I’m sure I’ll be able to hit the mark, at worse, I’ll do it Sunday before getting out for that socially distanced walk with a friend I mentioned earlier.

I’ve had a period of heavy fatigue where I wasn’t able to get much writing done. I feel like I’ve come out the other side of that and am getting back on track again.

Right, time for dinner and feet up (jarred my ankle this morning so should really rest it up a bit before tomorrow).

*edit: dinners been demolished, now watching a movie 😁

Good Afternoon, 19th February 2021

Hey Folks, how are we all doing?

I’ve not written yet. After I finished work at 1pm I did some shopping and then have managed to faff about for the last couple of hours so am only now sitting down to work. I’m planning on working until about 6pm and then it’ll be feet up with a bit of TV I think tonight, maybe a movie. I’ll see how I feel. I’m in work early again tomorrow but then have two days off!

Sunday I’m going for a socially distanced walk with a friend, so I might not get a lot done then. On Monday I’ll crack on and get some progress made.

I’m feeling pretty darn good today. I had a good nights sleep and even though I’m feeling tired now, I still feel like I’ve got a real good mindset at the moment and I’m eager to get cracking.

With that in mind, time to get to work! If Dizzy’ll let me!

Good Evening, 17th February 2021

Hey folks, I’ve written 1231 words today on the vampire book and added some notes to Black Blood character files before I felt wiped out and decided on a nap.

After the nap I was going to do a little more but due to a car issue I took my parents to get their vaccine jabs. I made a few notes while I was waiting for them.

I did finish the episode of the vampire book I’ve been working on. The next one has me scratching my head a little, I’m not really sure how I’m going to tell the story I want to tell. I’m going to think it over a little and see what I can think out. I like this story, but it definitely needs rewriting and bringing onto track with how I want the story to be.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been struggling a little with my mental health. Nothing drastic, but enough to make me notice it. I’m taking steps, using what I’ve learnt from the help I’ve received to get back on track. Getting up early is part of that. The last two days I’ve been up around 8am and writing by 9am. Tomorrow I’m going to get up at about 7am and get cracking again before work. It worked well for me on Tuesday, and has worked well in the past. I get a good start to the day and I have a good day.

I feel like I’m on the right path again. Being productive helps, especially first thing of a morning. It means I’ve achieved something already that day.

A selfie a day keeps the black dog away…

Mental health is something that is still stigmatised. It’s still a dirty subject that people don’t want to hear about. I’m lucky, I’ve got loved ones who will listen when I need them. I’ve gotten great help, but I will fall at times. It’s how quickly I get back I that matters.

My favourite pen, a Parker Cartridge one, that I manage to misplace at least three times a week, but only ever for a few moments 🤣

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Good Morning, 17th February 2021

Good Morning, Folks!

I am up, have been for about half an hour now. I have tea, a kitty on my lap (which doesn’t make typing at difficult!), and I’m almost ready to go. It’s my day off so I’m aiming for a productive morning.

Yesterday’s plans changed as I was asked to go into work a couple of hours early, so I didn’t get much worked on. I think I wrote just over 500 words. Today I will get more done. I’ll be writing words but I’m also going to add more notes to my Black Blood master file and I might do a little brainstorming on one of the story rewrites I’m looking at.

I still feel odd about these rewrites. I hate the thought that I’m going to become that writer who works on one story for a decade and never finishes it as they strive for perfection. Nor do I want to become the writer that has twenty stories they’re jumping between looking for that one that will be a silver bullet that everyone will love.

*quick disclaimer, i started writing this post about 8:30am but something came up so i’m finishing it at 10:30am*

I understand there isn’t a silver bullet. There are times where something will look like it’ll come from nowhere but it’s very rare for a writing to hit instant success. It’s a marathon, that has no finishing line. We write and submit/self-pub, and repeat. I can do the writing bit. Now’s the time to finish and submit/self-pub.

Good Morning, 16th Of February 2021

Good morning, folks!

I’ve been awake about an hour and I’m just about to get going on my mornings writing before I go to work. I’m pulling myself kicking and screaming to the laptop today though. I slept, but I don’t feel like I had a settled night. I know I just need to wake up fully, and getting some work done will help.

Something I realised about myself a long time ago was that if I get a good start to the day then the day is almost always better. It gives me a positive mindset and a sense of accomplishment. So that no matter what else happens that day I’ve already been productive and that puts me in a fantastic mood for the rest of the day.

Raven’s cold

It was a struggle to get out of bed when I did today. I had an internal battle with going back to bed for a couple of hours. I don’t have to be at work until this afternoon, so I could have had a few more hours but that felt like a surrender. I preach about being productive and I do that a lot to try and trick myself into doing it. Sometimes it’s easier to just roll over, but then nothing would have got done. I’ve got a few hours where I can just sit and work. I can sleep after work.

First song on a YouTube playlist this morning 🙂

12th February 2021

Good evening folks!

Just a quick little post for the day. I pulled a few extra hours at work so am wiped out but I will get a little writing work done this evening. What I’d planned to do today I’ll roll over and do it tomorrow. I’m working Sunday, so I’m not expecting to get a lot done then as it’s an all day shift essentially.

If I fits, I sits! And yes, I knew my picture was being taking so I do a cute! 🤣

I’ve mainly early shifts for the next week or so, so what I’m going to do is try and make sure I’m in bed by ten each night. Then when I finish my shift at about midday I get home, lunch, shower and then work for two hours. Then chill out until 10pm when I get my head down.

Part of chilling out will be reading. So I might stretch lights out till 10:30pm, if I’m reading.

Right, I’m going to get some work done, not sure what project yet but probably on Vampire Era.

I likely won’t blog again tonight, so I hope you’re all good and I’ll be back soon!

Good Morning 10th of February 2021

Good morning folks! I managed to get up at about 8am like I planned. I’ve had breakfast, a cuppa tea and eased into my morning nicely. So now it’s time to get cracking.

I’m taking a relative from my household to an appointment mid-morning so I won’t be doing any writing after we return as there’s bits and pieces around home that need doing. Also, not for nothing, I want a little chill out today as well.

Something I need to do for the next couple of weeks is write down what projects I’m working on and a brief summary of what I need to do with each. That way when I sit down to work I can look at this list and I know where to start. Sometimes that’s the hardest part for me, getting going. But once I’m going I’m always good. Even if I’m not feeling it I can normally make a little progress on something. So I’m hoping this’ll help.

That all said, I’m off to get some work done. I think this month will prove to be a low word count month, both in new words and edited. A lot of what needs to be done is prep work for future drafts. So I need to accept that although it won’t feel like I’m making progress, I am.

Right, have a good day folks!

Another video from yesterday 🙂