Good Morning, 26th March 2021

Howdy folks, I hope we’re all well. I am knackered. I had a bad nights sleep and I am feeling it! But I’m not letting it stop me this morning.

Yesterday I wrote 512 on Black Blood and 191 on a Penal Earth story that has the working title of Homestead. I have a lot of non-writing matters I’m working on at the moment so writing time is limited, especially on work days. Once this post is published I’ll not be diving into fiction I’ll be seeing to one of those personal matters. Those are the priority but I have the time to work on both before work.

Writing wise, I am struggling with getting this Black Blood ending done. It needs to be epic and I’m not quite sure how to pull it off at the moment. I keep trying to write it from the hip as it were, and I don’t think I’m capable of pulling it off that way. I really do think I need to start mapping out what needs to happen.

My assistant!

That’s the one that is bugging me at the moment. Ashes is with my fantastic beta readers and I’m not quite ready to start the digital edit on Penal Earth yet. I’ve got another Penal Earth short story that is half done, and I’m very tempted to start a second draft as I want to take the story in a different direction.

Okay, I’m going to get into some work now. I hope you all have a fantastic day, folks!

A Little Ramble (24/3/21)

I’ve got no idea what I want to blog about, I just had the urge to have a little ramble .

Firstly, it really freaks me out when I get a message request on FB from someone using a nickname I had a few years ago. Very few people know me by that now, and those people are very close to me. Part of my inner circle. So when a spammer uses it, it’s an immediate ‘fuck no’. Also, not for nothing, I’m not German. Sending me a message in German is even more likely to get no response at all. To be fair I don’t reply to message requests anyway, but that’s just gonna make me less likely to acknowledge you.

I’ve also had a shit load of people adding me on Facebook (hi folks!) I don’t mind this, the more the merrier, but please don’t immediately send me the link to your page or group, same goes if I sent you a request. At least let’s have a conversation first!

Okay, so those were a little ranty, here’s something good. I got mentioned in a review recently! Not going to say by who or where, but needless to say it made me smile. As did a friend responding to my story, The Wank Diaries, which is in the Corona-nation St anthology from Burdizzo Books. This story is one of my most personal and hearing someone, especially someone who I consider a dear friend saying positive things about it puts a smile on my face. Both of these help to reinforce that I can write, and it’s super humbling to know people are enjoying my word wrangling.

Spot Raven!

Even though I’ve had my attention focused on personal matters that take priority, I am still thinking about writing. But not the actual writing but the business side of things. If all goes to plan my first novella will be out this year, which means I’ll need to do something to promote it. Only a couple of ideas, and hopefully I’ll have the confidence to try them and then use them when the time comes.

Okay, enough rambling! I need sleep. So good night folks!

Be kind, you don’t know how that little bit of kindness may help someone out.

Good Morning, 17th March 2021 (2)

That is 695 words written this morning, and one character killed off!

It was a pretty straight forward session this morning. I managed to get rolling quite well, despite kitty interference, and the next scene my characters will really get thrown in at the deep end.

I’d like to be able to channel some of the bleakness I put into a story late last year, but where I’ve got through that part of my life I don’t seem to be able to draw from it at the moment. Obviously I don’t want to return to living with the sense of desolation I had back then, I work each day to prevent that. But I wrote some good pieces then and I think this story would work well with some of that vibe added to it. That said though, would it work for this story? This story has never had that depth of emotion to it, so it may screw up the vibe it has now.

But anyway! I’m at work and will be starting shortly. I always have a productive day at my day job when I’ve been able to get some words wrangled beforehand.

16th March 2021

It’s not good morning. I slept shite after a tough day all around yesterday, but despite the tiredness I’m ready for the day and what may come.

I’ve got at least one phone call I’ll be on today, maybe two but we’ll see.

On a plus note, my desktop is working! Not sure how long it’ll be working but let’s make the most of it for as long as the screen decides to play nice.

To writing though, I’ve done very little the last few days as I’ve had more pressing matters to see to. Today though, I’m going to get stuck into Black Blood and get moving on that again. I do need to work through the Ashes notes and see if my beta readers will be able to look at it before I send it off. My head’s saying I need to get word written right now though. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Have a fun day, folks!

My writing companion, who’s now wondered off!

Good Evening, 11th of March 2021

Howdy folks! I’ve hd a busy afternoon. I’ve edited 4000 words on Ashes, 3652 words on the vampire book and written 1826 words on the vampire book, and I’m knackered!

I did (finally) finish the vampire episode I’ve been working on, and got the next episode done and dusted. I think It’ll need something to connect the two but I’ll see to that once the draft is transferred into Scrivener.

I’m going to have a shower, and put my feet up for the evening. I’d like an early start so I can get some words written before work so a chill out evening sounds good.

A glaring Dizzy!

This has been my most productive day of the month. If I can get one day a week like this, I’m going to be a happy wordsmith.

Good Morning 9th of March 2021

Gooooooood morning, folks! How are we all doing this morning?

I am awake, dressed and have had tea! So I am ready for the day. One which I am planning to wash my car, do stuff in the garden, and get some writing done. Oh, and I need to do some tidying as well.

I haven’t written much this last seven days or so, so I need to get back on the horse again. I don’t feel I’m too far off where I would have been but I’d like to get that momentum back on track. I’ve done small amounts the last couple of days but nothing spectacular. I am nearing the end of this episode of the vampire era though, although I think it’ll need a lot of editing when I get to the next draft as I fear it’s going to be very disjointed. Part of me thinks I should have just rewritten it, but I can’t just keep rewriting. I’m hoping these edits with a little rewriting will prove fruitful. But until it’s done I’m not going to know.

Right, time for me to get cracking! I’ve got an errand to run first of all and then it’s getting stuck in!

Have an awesome day, folks!

Any type of writing is challenging when Raven is demanding to be let out!

2nd of March 2021

Hey folks!

596 today on the vampire book, but I also deleted 2466 words today. Before I deleted those words the overall word count was 48,800 words. At this rate I think this book will end up about 70,000 words. There’s a lot of story to go, but I can see the ending in sight.

I’ve got another late shift tomorrow, and where I’ve left this story today I will be getting stuck into a chunk where we discover a lot and there’s some good friction to it as well. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that tomorrow! I’m hoping it’ll flow like the scenes I wrote yesterday. What I did today was more connecting the last scene and the next one together. It’s not a bridging scene as it opens up the next section of the story, it’s a small but key part of the mystery of a couple of characters deaths. But the next scene will be, hopefully, page turning!

Right, time to grab something to eat and then get ready for work! Rock on folks!

Goofing around 🤪

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.