16th June 2022

Howdy folks, It’s the first really blistering warm day of the year here in the UK. So obviously I’ve spent a fair chunk of it at my desk. I did spend about four hours in the garden sorting something out, and have now got a sunburnt bald spot. Lovely.

But writing wise, I’ve written 2356 words on a non-fiction piece that I needed to type up, and it’s done now. This is one of those pieces that is acting a little about self-therapy. Analysing elements of life while I try and figure myself out better. This one was about the car trade of which I spent nineteen and a half years in. I’d love to publish it, but I think I’ll hold off for a while, if ever. It’s something I’ll have to see how I feel with it.

I’ve also done one of these on confidence, well my lack of confidence. That’ll be typed up next. Before that though I’m going to start working through Black Blood again. I’ve got a lot of notes that need to be transferred into it, and hopefully this’ll be my second to last post before sending it off to beta readers.

Right, I’m off for the evening. I’ve got work tomorrow then I’m off kayaking with my brother and his partner.

Have a great one, folks!

Good Afternoon, 31st of May 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

Today I have edited 7408 words of Black Blood, adding 87 to the overall word count. That was a little bit of a slog but I got in done in about two hours or so.

I’ve also set up a few posts to go on my Ko-Fi page, including one flash piece which has gone live today. I was feeling a little behind with this so I got a few posts set up so I don’t have to worry about it too much for the next week or two. I do offer a membership in addition to one-time tips. Here I post an original short story each month in addition to bonus content. All for £1 a month!

Something I do want to touch on is that this month is the first that I have worked everyday in a very long time. For those of you who don’t know I have anxiety and depression, amongst a few other mental health bits and pieces, but my medications dosage was recently upped and I’m very much feeling it. Two months ago if I wasn’t feeling like working, I’d not. (when I say working here I mean writing. With the day job I haven’t missed a shift in a little over two years). At the moment I am working each day even if it’s just a few words while on my day job’s break. On days when I’m not at the day job I’m getting stuck into editing and making sure I get a decent start early in the morning and am normally done by midday. I’m making sure I have breakfast on these days and am getting a lot of little bits and pieces done that I’ve been putting off.

When I’m at the day job it’s a little different but I’ve found I’ve still been coming home (after a morning shift) and getting at least a little editing done. That’s normally in addition to writing something before work while sitting in my car, and during my break.

Max is waiting for me to finish so we can go play ball.

I’m feeling much more organised as well. I’m making notes on Black Blood on things like building a chapter to a conclusion to character motivations. I’m also listing what I’ve posted to Ko-Fi because knowing me I’d end up putting up the same story twice! I’m sure most people will be okay with a slight hiccup like that but people are giving me their money so I’m trying to be as efficient as possible.

I have had a hit to my self-esteem recently (I look hideous etc.) but I know how to rebuild that. I’ve done it, with help, recently and I know I can do it again.

Raven helping with editing this morning.

Life is moving in the right direction and I feel like I’m getting to the point where I can able do the things in life that I’ve always dreamt of.

24th May 2022

Good evening, folks! How are we all?

I have edited 5294 on Black Blood, adding 61 words. I’ve typed up 804 words on a short story and 777 words on a non-fiction piece.

I did this over three sittings and feel pretty darn good. Black Blood really does need a lot of work, but I’m getting a good feel of what I’ve got to do to get it where I want it to be.

My boss is done with my shit for the day 🤣

I was gonna write a longer post tonight, but tiredness has just smacked me upside the head so I’m gonna call it a night.

Been a while since I’ve needed a third A5 page for my monthly word counts (April 2021 being the last).

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18th of May 2022

Good Evening, folks! How are we all doing?

This morning I edited 8510 of a short story that will be posted on my Ko-Fi next month. It wasn’t something that needed a deep edit, just a once over to make sure there wasn’t anything that I’d missed and I needed to make a couple of tweaks that’ll bring it in line with something else I’m working on 😉

This is becoming Dizzy’s spot. She’s gonna be annoyed once that bits done and new flowers are planted!

After that I went out and cracked on with a job in the garden that took a fair chunk of time, I was going to do a little more writing work afterwards but I had a nap!

Raven found me taking an old shed down very interesting.

I felt a little bad for not doing more writing, but not as bad as I used to feel when this sort of thing had happened in the past. Something I’m thinking about a lot is balance. Tomorrow I’ve got an early and I know I’m not going to sleep great tonight. So the nap this afternoon will hopefully balance out any sleep I don’t get later on.

Always time to punt the ball for this great doggo

Right, you lovely people. I’m off to watch Alien Vs. Predator while I nod off. Night all!

I Had A Plan!!!!

My plan was to get up at about 8am. I don’t need to be in work for an early today and I had no other reasons to get up early. So I set an alarm for 8am, which is a lay in for me, and settled in for what I was hoping would be a good nights sleep. It didn’t start well when Max did his guard dog duties and after I checked the house, garden and so forth I decided to let him sleep upstairs for the night. That did the trick and he settled down, and only tried to get on the bed once.

Then, at 5am Raven woke me up by trying to knock items out of my window (could you be any more cliched, Raven?). I removed her from the window and put her on the bed with a “really?” that she paid no attention to.

She jumped off and Max decided to it was time to play with Raven. She wasn’t interested and smacked him on the nose and jumped back in the window. Can you guess what she was doing? I repeated the earlier removal method and this time she ran off down the landing.

Flash forward to a little after 6:30am and I heard something that broke me out of my slumber to find Max with his head on my bed, he had the look that all people with a dog knows. So I let him out. It was this moment that I knew it was time to get up because I was awake.

So y’all get a blog post! 😀 It’s been an amusing morning with Dizzy being the only one of the furry family that didn’t wake me (although she tried to sit on the keyboard as I’m writing this post).

Have an absolutely awesome day, everyone! Here in my part of the UK the sun is shining and I’m going to go out and do some garden work in a bit, I might even sit out there and do some writing.

13th Of May 2022

Good evening folks! How are we all doing today?

Today has been one of those “What The Hell” days. Nothing seriously drastic happened, but there was a lot of small things which were made to test the resolve. Some of the things were out of my control and I tried to laugh them off. Some of them were things that I could have averted and have learnt that lesson.

Dizzy taking refuge after a surprise attack from Raven.

Like I said, it was nothing drastic. Although the one this afternoon scuppered plans I had with a friend, and involved a little running around to get it sorted. But it was sorted and after a little GTAV and something to eat I sat down to get some work done.

Raven trying to figure out if she could get out the window (she couldn’t).

I’d written during my break this morning and added a few more words this evening to give me 319 words on that short story for the day. Then I got stuck into the edit of Penal Earth and did one chapter which was 2717 words.

I’m in the home straight of Penal Earth right now. I seem to have progressed quicker than I was expecting. Partly because the draft is all but done and I’ve been tidying parts of it up, but also because I’ve worked on it all but three days of this month, and I’ve not had a day where I haven’t written or edited at all. It’s nice having some momentum.

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And yours truly while writing this post 😀

Good Morning! 7/5/22

Good morning!

This morning I was up a little after eight and got cracking with this Penal Earth edit. I managed 9300 words worked though, which now puts me over the half way point.

Something I’m liking is that I’m not making a lot of changes outside of the tweaks my beta reader had notes on. Outside of those it’s mainly been deleting redundant words and sentences.

I’m definitely moving with an efficiency I’ve not really felt before.

Right, that’s all for today. I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Editorial Assistant Dizzy wasn’t very helpful to be honest.

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!

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 Evening – 5th April 2022

Howdy folks, how are we all doing?

I’ve had a few days off from writing but got 596 words today as I begin typing up one of the short stories I wrote earlier this year. I was going to start the final pass on zombie book, I need to add the rewritten ending but I got intimidated by it but will get stuck in soon. Sometimes I need to let myself process something like this. It’s kind of like my brain needs to retrieve the information I’ve got stored about this project and I can start working out what I need to do before I dive in.

Majestic kitty!

I’ve not done much work on my Ko-Fi page but it’s still moving forward. I’ll be having membership open but it’s not quite ready yet.

I have been managing to read a little the last few days and hopefully that’s a good start to getting back into the swing of things with reading.

Right, I’ll leave you with the short film Serial Pensioner that the fantastic Leah Solmaz created that’s based on my short story of the same name.