Good Morning, Saturday 8th Of May 2021

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing today?

I’m up and ready to get some words wrangled. I don’t have a lot of time before getting off to work today so I’m going to try and make the most of it.

I added a few more words to Black Blood last night because I was laying in bed watching Predator and then Doom and this part of the sequence I’m working on kept popping up. So I did a little work with it and will continue this morning.

Short and sweet this morning, I’ve got a couple of hours to play so let’s see what I can get done.

5th of May 2021

Howdy folks, how are we all doing today?

I’ve had a busy week or so, so I’ve not done any writing this month really. Okay, I’ve done no writing this month at all. I have watched some sea life documentaries, though. I’ve kinda falling into a black hole of these but in a good way. It’s all prep for the mermaid rewrite story thats in the preparation stage. It’s spurred on a lot of ideas and I’m sure I’m picking up knowledge of things that I haven’t realised now but will make it into the story. Even as I’m writing this post I’ve had to stop and make notes on it!

To today though, I’m going to be working on Black Blood. I’m going to be editing this one soon but I’ve got to rewrite a sequence that I think will give the story a nice kick.

Which is what I’m off to do! Have an awesome day, folks!

Good Afternoon, Sunday 25th April 2021

Hey folks, How are we all doing?

I have edited 10464 words on Penal Earth today. At the moment it’s more continuity, grammar and spelling, and searching for plot holes that I’m working on, but I think come the next edit of this one it’s going to be more about making the writing better, and getting depth of story and character into it. I know there are scenes where I can do better and as a general element I can make the writing better. There is still the odd scene that was written almost a decade ago, and I’ve come a long way since then.

I didn’t get anything done on Black Blood. I burnt myself out with Penal Earth today. I worked, then took a few hours off and when I sat back down, I just didn’t have the oomph.

For the rest of the day I’ve got a stack of bits and pieces to do. I’m going to sit down and write a to-do list of lots of little bits and pieces I’ve been meaning to do for a while and still haven’t got around to them. The problem is they’re nothing vitally important, mainly just filling a few bits and tidying up a wall unit. Nothing that’s going to take a lot of time, and will tidy the place up. I just need to remember to do it and make a little time to get it done.

Right, I’m wrapping this up now. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

Although this little lady is becoming quite an affectionate kitty, she still has to sit right in the way!

Good Morning, Sunday 25th Of April, 2021

Howdy folks, how are we all doing this morning?

I was feeling groggy but motivated, and in a half decent mood. I watched Zach Snyder’s Justice League last night and I’m hyped about that, but then I opened up Twitter and saw anti-covid restriction protesters were comparing lockdown restrictions to that of the Holocaust. I’m pissed by this, but I’m not going to let such pathetic, ignorant, selfish people taint my day. I have a purring kitty on my lap, a cuppa tea, and some good music playing. I’m good.

To today! I’m going to get a load of editing done. I’m going to do a little writing on Black Blood (re-writing part that I want to expand on), set out my planner for the next week (hopefully sticking to it better next week), and then I’m not sure.

I’ve got a few days off next week so I’m tempted to push through and get Penal Earth edited and then let it sit for another few weeks before the next edit pass. I do want to look up some anthology calls and see if anything triggers ideas at all.

Right, to work! I hope y’all have an awesome day 🙂

Good Morning, Sunday 18th April 2021

Hey folks, I hope we’re all well today? I have had an epically bad nights sleep, so had a lay in to try and catch up on the lost sleep. I got a little but the extended time in bed has given me back aches, so, yeah.

But anyway, onto the words. As I didn’t get up early I’m behind where I was hoping to be but I’ve still got a nice few hours to work. It’ll likely be all editing today. I’ve got a little prep work to see to before I start editing but once that’s done it’s going to make things much easier with the story later on.

I’ve also got to prep for the next week’s writing as well. I’m going to have to be somewhat fluid with this though as if I have a couple of really good days editing I could be done with Penal Earth before the week ends, but that said I’m also kind of tempted to just stick to a daily target and not exceed that too much. That way I’m not blowing through my energy too early on in the week.

I’m realising I’m feeling very scatter-brained this morning. My thoughts are a little all over the shop, which is going to make editing fun! But I’m going to try. Even if it’s just a chapter I get done.

Right, I’m going to get started with the work for the day. I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Raven watching the world

17th April, 2021

5299 words edited this evening. I set out to do one chapter tonight and I’ve done that, although I’ve found a problem that took a little time tonight, tomorrow I’ve got a little work to do to sort it out, but hopefully it won’t take too long.

I’m planning a busy day tomorrow. I’d like to get well stuck into this edit on Penal Earth, and I’ve also gotta map out the next seven days.

I’m gonna leave it there. I’m gonna get my dinner sorted and chill out for the night, then get a good start tomorrow.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, 15th April, 2021

Good Morning! How are we all doing today?

Yesterday was not a good writing day. I felt a little down and normally writing can snap me outta it, but nada. I looked at three different short stories that I’m working on and nothing. I tried writing something new, but nothing came forth. So after about half an hour of trying I gave up. So I napped and watched The Simpsons.

After I’d showered and eaten though, a scene came to mind for a short story that I wrote years ago and am planning on rewriting. It was a piece of dialogue between two characters and it just kept growing. So I grabbed my laptop and wrote it out, 609 words. Then, although it was getting a little late I wanted to get some editing done on Penal Earth. I was going to wait till May to get started on this but that urge to do something was still there. I also think there was a little guilt as well at not being able to get anything done earlier in the day.

I always feel better when I’ve got work done. Okay, I still slept crappy but that’s just my life at the moment. But I woke up feeling ready to get a shit tonne done today. I’m not gonna go mad, and I’m gonna try something later that I haven’t done in ages and see how that goes but I do feel good right now. So I’m gonna work till about 10am and then get a few pieces around the house done and then I’ll see about doing a bit more with the words.

Raven watching the dust particles in the sunlight (and yes, she’s been bouncing around trying to catch them!)

Right, I’m going to start with some editing. I’m not sure what I want to write that’s new this morning, so I’ll start with editing and see how I go.

Have a great day, folks!

Good Morning 14th April, 2021 (Make Art Uncomfortable)

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I wrote 336 words on a short story but also did a lot of research for the same short story, and I’ve come to the decision that I’m just gonna go balls to the walls and yet loose. I’m not going to worry about grounding it in reality. I’m just gonna try and make it batshit crazy.

I’m having trouble letting go when I write recently. Stephen King said in On Writing that you have to write like an orphan, or words to that effect. I was reminded of this when watching the film M.F.A. recently. At the end of the film there’s a line where it basically says art shouldn’t just preserve the beauty of life, but also the brutality. Make art uncomfortable. I love this message. So many of us grow up listening to music about good love, or films where everyone lives happily ever after.

Art is different for everyone. Some people thrive on the uncomfortable while others thrive on a good old romcom. Everyone is different and we embrace different things. For me, what I write, people will find uncomfortable. But some will find it fun. I can watch Saw movies with barely a flinch at the content, but watched The VVitch and The Ritual, made me squirm in my seat. But there are different degrees of being uncomfortable. Listening to the audiobooks of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum and What Good Girls Do by Jonathan Butcher made me very uncomfortable. Even to the point where I had to stop listening to them. M.F.A. falls into that grouping. Although not as extreme as I Spit On Your Grave, it’s still a content matter that is not pleasant and when done wrong, without the respect the topic deserves it just makes a whole other level of horrific.

For films like The Vvitch and The Ritual, these made me uncomfortable because there’s a witchcraft/cult elements to them. An unknown factor that made me uncomfortable in a way I’d yet to experience. It’s something I’m still trying to put my finger on exactly why I find it uncomfortable.

Another book that made me uncomfortable is The Silence by Tim Lebbon. This one I had to stop listening to three times. It’s got a quiet brutality to it, one which I can see happening. There’s three distinct moments in The Silence which I could see myself being in that situation. Having to make an uncomfortable decision.

Not being scared to write things which people will be uncomfortable with or offended by is something I need to be better with. I’m not going to write something just because it’s shocking. I don’t think that works and people tend to see through things like that. I’ll strive to write what the story is asking for.

Right, speaking of writing it’s time to get a few hours done.

Rock on folks, never give up on that dream. Never let someone take it away or belittle it or you. Just keep going.

Good Morning, 11th of April 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today? It is a rather gorgeous day here in my part of the UK and I’ve got a great view from my office window of fields and the farm my Dad worked at for most of his working life. It’s a sight that I will always adore.

But, to writing! I do have some bits and pieces in the garden to do with my folks today, which I’m looking forward to. Be good to get my hands dirty. I will have loads of time to write though. I feel like I’m so damn close to wrapping up this draft of Black Blood and I’d really like to bring it home today.

I also have to map out next week’s writing rota. Something I’ve learnt this week is that I can’t load up my days off if I’ve had three of four work days between them. I am just too wiped out to have a good crack at a heavily productive day. What I’m tempted to do is to line up just a couple of items to do for days in those instances. You how, make easy to achieve goals, which once I’ve done might be enough to to of got me rolling and I end up massively surpassing the small goals I set for the day. Worth a try I think.

Right folks, time to get stuck into Black Blood. Have a great day, everyone!

Dizzy having cuddles last night ☺️

10th April 2021

Good afternoon, folks! I’ve had a change of plans for today which resulted in no day job today. I’ve already written this morning as I thought I was working but will I’m going to do a little more now this afternoon.

I think I’m actually in the endgame of Black Blood now, I can see the ducks I need to line up, although I’ll need to do more to connect them when I come to the editing phases.

Right, no more procrastinating. Time to get some words wrangled.

A grumpy Dizzy