2nd of July 2020

I’m not writing much at the moment. I sat down to write yesterday but I was trying to work on Penal Earth which is more outlining than writing at this moment and I just couldn’t get my head into it.

I need to write at the moment, I’ve not written properly for so long now I’m scared that I’ve lost the knack to just sit and write. I did a little during a break at work on pen and paper, but that was early rewrite for my vampire book. I’m tired of not being able to get this stories done. I’ve got both Penal Earth and Vampire book eating away at me to get them down. I love both universes and am eager to expand beyond what I’ve got at the moment.

There are a lot of things in my life going on at the moment that are priority over writing but I’ve got to make the time to write as I find that it’s always been something that helps me see the world and makes me feel better in myself.

On a different note, I’ve been blogging with WordPress for ten years. Although I have a blogger account I never really blogged there. So pretty much everything I’ve ever blogged is here on WordPress. Blogging has been incredibly rewarding and I’ve met some amazing people through it and made friends, including my best friend.

Time to wrap this post up. I’ve got a few bits and pieces to do today, not sure I’ll get time to write but I’ll see what I can do later on tonight maybe.

Good Morning May 7th 2020

Good morning! It sounds like the birds are singing happily outside today, I’ve ventured out yet but have work later on.

There’s not much for me to report writing wise. Few words have been written, but a short story has been submitted, had notes back and then sent back to the publisher. This is for an anthology I was invited to submit to.

I can’t remember if I mentioned but I did have a rejection a few weeks ago. It was disappointing but the story is one I love and takes place in my Penal Earth universe so I can always put it in a collection of stories from that setting.

A pretty cloud formation

Living in this locked down world is both strange and interesting. I changed jobs at the start of April (was in the process of before the lockdown was even spoken of) and am now working in a supermarket. So I’ve been going to work as normal, to a degree. But it’s both interesting and frustrating seeing how some people adhere to guild lines on social distancing and how others blatantly disregard those rules. We haven’t got a full lockdown here in the Uk, and I think more people should appreciate that.

That’s all for this morning. I had more I wanted to write but my brain’s decided to misfile they rest of it!

Stay safe everyone, if we keep our heads we can start getting back to a life without restrictions sooner. I’m not going to say back to normal because I’m honestly not sure that’ll happen. Not for some time anyhow.

January 2020

Evening folks! I just wanted to pop in and write a quick post to let you fine folks know what I got done in January.

I wrote 9011 words, which is almost 6500 words under my target (to be fair I had a whole week off from writing which didn’t help). I have lost a little writing time and I did edits on two short stories in January, one of which has been submitted for an anthology. The other is for a super-secret invite only anthology and is with beta readers as I type this.

My writing time is limited at the moment, but I’m cracking out words as and when I can. I think my target of 500 words a day is achievable. It is just on me to focus and make the most of the time I’m given.

I am also now on. Its a site where fans can buy people like myself a ‘coffee’. I do find it hard asking for contributions to help me fund my art, but friends have recommended this site and if it helps me reach my goals then it’s going to be worth it. I’m not going to throw it down your throats. I’m going to mention it here and I share it on social media a few times a week. If you do like my work or even just enjoy reading my blog and would like to contribute a little then please clicky the link.

Right, I’m going to leave it there for the night, folks. I hope everyone has had a good weekend and a good week ahead!

January 26th 2020

Good afternoon, folks!

I’m on about 7000 words for the month, which isn’t as high as I’d like but much better than having zero words for the month.

Today I wrote zilch! But I did edit two stories. One was an out loud read through which was then sent to my beta readers. The second one was me looking over notes from my beta readers. This was about three work at a guess. I was planning to squeeze in a quick Mando Method between the two but I was pushed for time and wasn’t able to. This sucks a little, but it’s not much good writing every day if I’m not finishing and submitting work.

The End Of All Things

Outside of writing I finished listening to John Scalzi’s The Human Division and listened to the final book in the Old Mans War series, The End Of All Things. Although not as good as The Human Division it’s still a damn fine book which wraps things up well.

Time to wrap this post up. Keep cracking on with those goals and ambitions, folks!

18th of January 2020

Good afternoon folks! I’ve just done my final edit pass of a short story and sent it off to beta readers. I’m hoping to have it submitted within a week of them returning it to me.

I’ve got another one tomorrow that I’m going to try and get done as well. Then next week it’s back to the day job.

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve shared a few posts linking to podcasts today, and in the past. These are all podcasts from The Project Entertainment Network. I listen to the ones I share and am a big believer in the network. They’re creating good content and when I’m enjoying something I’ll do my best to spread the word. The same goes for the other post I’ve Re-blogged today from my friends CL Raven. They are two of the finest human beings on the planet. I’m so glad I met them and they’ve become friends and it makes me happy seeing them doing well.

I’m going to leave it there. It did feel good getting some work done this afternoon. Next week I’ll be getting back into the story I’ve been working on. It’s meant to be a short story but I’m not sure how long it’s going to stay in that category.

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Here’s the cover of the third anthology I was published in, Under The Weather. You can buy it in paperback, kindle and audio. There’s some great names in this anthology and its well worth checking out!

Good Morning Saturday 11th of January 2020

I got the date right first today! No typing in 2019 at all!

Anyway, I’m at 3652 for the month. That is below my target of 500 words a day but there has been editing in there as well. So I’m still putting the time in.

I’ve got two stories I’ve written for submissions. One of which was an invite only anthology which I’m super stoked about and hope my contribution is accepted. The other is for what will be the third book in a horror anthology series. Like with the other story I’m super excited about this one and hope the editors accept it.

Both those stories still need another edit pass and I might have just thought about rewriting the ending to one of them……. Anyway, I’m working on another piece at the moment but I’m not sure where I’m going with it. Unlike the last two stories I wrote I have no idea where this one is going. Which is both fun and a little scary.

I’m listening to The Human Division by John Scalzi again. This is such a fantastic book and I love the formula he uses of interconnected short stories! It’s something I’m trying myself with a couple of projects.

Right, time to crack on with the day. Have fun, folks!

Good Morning! 8th January 2020

Good morning! How many people are still writing 2019? I did on the title for this post, twice. I’m using the excuse of its earlier than normal for me to be writing a blog post for the second one. That first one was all on me though.

Yesterday was the first day since the first of the month where I haven’t written. Unlike the first though, I did get editing done. That’s now two short stories at the point where I need to print them off and do an out-loud read before that final edit pass.

I listened to The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum last week and damn that’s a good book. Incredibly well written and incredibly hard to listen to. Definitely one I’d recommend and already one that’s going to be hard to top for best reads of the year.

I’ve got to get to work now. So I hope everyone has an awesome day!

5th of January 2020

Good evening on this first Sunday of the new year. Also, my first list of the new year which will be a quick little update.

I’ve finished the first drafts of two short stories in the last couple of weeks. I’ve done one edit pass of one and will start on the second tomorrow.

It’s been a bit of a slow start to writing this year, well that’s how it feels. I’ve got a lot going on in life at the moment and writing is getting done as and when I have a few moments. That said, I’ve managed to get words down the last few days and I’d like to think my word count for this year isn’t too bad so far.

I think the trick for the next few months is going to be getting words in when I can.

That’s it for now though. I am going to try and get into some sort of a routine with blogging again but we’ll see how the next few weeks go.

21st of December 2019

Good evening folks. I just thought I’d post a progress update. I’ve been writing in small dribs and drabs, but I have got a first draft of a short story finished. This is one I started during NaNoWriMo which is for an anthology I was invited into. It’s gone longer than I expected but I’m pretty happy with it, although I imagine it’s a bit of a mess at the moment and needs a major edit (most of my stuff does). It’s been written over about seven weeks and I really would like to get to the point where I’m getting these short stories wrapped up a little quicker.

That leads me into touching on what I’m thinking about for the next twelve months. I’m going to change direction a little as what I was planning this time last year never quite got pulled off. My life is very different to what it was this time last year and that’ll continue to change going into 2020. So I’m reevaluating what my best path in publishing is. I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do but I need to think on it a bit. I am having ideas for my various projects, one I had today solved a major problem I was having with the plot, but that’s not the one I’m looking at for my main one next year.

As I’ve said, I’ve a good idea of what I want to do but not quite ready to share it yet.

If I don’t post again this year, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!

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18th October 2019

Good morning folks. I’m having a play with the scheduling feature, so if this doesn’t go live at 11am I made a booboo somewhere!

Today, or yesterday as it were I wrote about 500 words but I did a lot of editing in the time I had available to me. I’m now at the point of CS1 where I’ve got to decide what direction to take the story in. I’ve got two choices, but I’m kinda tempted to try and merge the two and see what happens.

Where I’m thinking about this years NaNo I’ve realised I’ve still not gone through and edited what I done last year. I’ve done a couple but that’s about it. I’ve got ten short stories in various stages of first drafts and I need to get them tidied up. Which is making me think that next year is going to be a heavy editing year. I’m considering dropping my word count target to something like 10k a month and going heavy on editing.

That’s the lot for now, I’ll end with a cute picture of a cat that I’ve just taken.