NaNoWriMo 2021 Day 2

Howdy folks, just a short little post tonight.

I wrote 1754 words today and had some great conversations with members of my NaNo region, both friends and a person I hadn’t spoke to before today.

Not as many words as I’d have liked but I’m still very happy with where I am and the story is moving nicely, although I think what I did today will need a solid editing when the time comes. At the moment it feels more like a transition long scene and I don’t like it when a scene feels like that. It needs to be gripping and not just something to move the story along.

Day three tomorrow, and I’m feeling pretty good for it!

Good Afternoon, 29/10/21

Good afternoon, folks! I hope everyones day is going well?

I’ve spent the last half an hour or so looking through files for an early draft of Penal Earth, which I found and printed out as I’m going to mine it for book two. I also printed off three short stories from that universe as since my mum read Penal Earth and The North Side, she’s been asking me for more of that world. That is part of the push behind bumping the second book up. Penal Earth is my most completed novel length piece as of this moment (just gotta save up for an editor to look it over) and I’m itching to get back into that world and play with some of the story lines that were in that original draft that I wrote for NaNo 2015.

Now, I’m not going to dive in and start writing right now (it’s tempting but no). I want to read it through a couple of times, make a few notes and kinda scribble out what I don’t want and then copy and paste it into a new file and then start connecting those all together and tying it into book one.

With NaNo just a few days away I’m tempted to say I’ll do it for next NaNo 2022, but I’m not quite ready to commit to next years project just yet. After this years NaNoWriMo I’ll have a lot of editing to do and I’d like to get Zombie, Black Blood, and Vampire done and dusted. Or at least to the point where I can have them off to an editor once I’ve got the cash together. Zombie is still my priority. The cover art is all but done, and once I’ve gone through and done what needs to be done I’m probably going to send it off to the editor again just to make sure I’ve not cocked it up even more!

I’ve mentioned that Leah Solmaz has adapted a short story of mine(Serial Pensioner) into an animated short. Well it’s now done and will be out on Sunday! Below is a video Leah posted on her YouTube where she talks about that and what she’s been up to the last few months and what she’s got going on in the near future. Please have a watch and check out her work. She’s not only a talented actor, writer, producer, director but she’s a fantastic person as well.

Right folks, be kind and rock on!

Good Morning! 29/10/21

Good morning folks! How are we all doing today?

I did not get much done yesterday. I had a few bits at home to do before meeting a friend in the evening. So no writing done at all. I did do some thinking about a couple of different projects though, which has helped me progress them somewhat.

A few notes on a future blog post while I was waiting for my buddy.

With NaNo very close now I’m definitely not going to jump into anything new or that will wash over into November. I’m not quite got my head into where I want it to be but I’m getting there. I’ve got a few ML(municipal liaison) bits to do that I think’ll get me into the mindset a little more.

Right, I’m off! Have an awesome day folks!

27th October 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?

I worked through my editors notes on the zombie book today. I have a lot more to do yet, but I’m feeling good about it. I can see what and where I need to change and I think I’ve got a good idea of how I’m going to do it.

I’m going to get working on that in December I think, because we are almost in NaNoWriMo season! Whoop Whoop!!! I’m not as ready as I’d like to be but I’ve got a few ideas that I can work from that’ll get me started nicely. I’m realising when I do short stories for NaNo its me basically throwing ideas against the wall and see what sticks. A lot of the ideas I’m thinking about are ones where they’ve been mooching around my head for a while and I never seem to get to them. Part of me thinks that if they were more important then I’d have written them by now, but I think I get a sort of get out of jail free card doing short stories in November. If one doesn’t take off then I can crack on with another one. If I get stuck I can hop straight into the next one.

I am planning to do a daily blog post during November with my progress again.

Now that the zombie edits are done I’m at a little bit of a loose end as I’m not sure what I can work on in the next few days. I might have another look at the Mermaid story and see if I can make that work, but I also desperately need to assess all the projects I’ve got ongoing and what stages they’re in.

Right, time for a movie. I hope y’all are doing okay!

And remember, be kind and have fun!

If you’d like to contribute to editing, cover art, server etc. costs please click the link to my Buy Me A Coffee page. It’s nice and easy to support someone through Buy me A Coffee. You don’t need to be a member, you can just go in and chip in!

Good Morning, 25th of October 2021

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing today?

I didn’t get much done yesterday. When I work on Sunday’s it’s normally a long shift which leaves little time before work to write and not a lot of time after as it’s quite a busy day working in a supermarket on a Sunday. Plus last night I was playing GTAV with my dear friend Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming till 1am (we had far too much fun!).

Today I have a work shift which doesn’t leave much time either side to write but I have the next few days off. So I’m going to try and make the most of those days. Mainly because I want to work through the edits on Zombie before NaNo begins in SEVEN DAYS!!! and I want to have a clear plate before starting on NaNo.

I also want to do a little more prep for NaNo both as a writer and as an ML. My regions ML’s have had a natter and have a few ideas we’re playing with to build engagement for another year of not being able to meet in-person.

Right, I need to get off and get ready for my day.

Rock on, folks! Make life what you want it to be!

Third year ML ☺️

23rd Of October 2021

Good evening, Folks!

I edited 3691 words on the Zombie book. There is a lot of work to go into it to get it right and it’s a little intimidating. I know what I need to do and I’m pretty sure how to do it. It’s just the thought of working through it line by line to get it there.

I’m only on the first if the three parts and I know the last one needs the most work, but strangely enough I think that will be easier than this first part of the book.

As I slept badly I took a small nap and then chilled out with some GTAV.

Met this non-playable character today, it took a lot of mini-gun fire and I decided to leave him where he was! 🤣

This evening I’m gonna watch a movie and then get an early night.

Have an awesome one, folks!

Good Morning, 23rd of October 2021

Howdy folks! how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I managed to do an edit pass on Sweet Danny before starting work. I had an evening shift and didn’t get home till after ten, so I didn’t do anything after work really. (although I forgot myself and had a can of coke on the drive home so ended up awake and watching The Simpsons till gone 3am).

I did make a couple of notes for NaNoWriMo as well but not many. It is going to be with us before we know it and I’m not especially prepared for it, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m opting for short stories again as they won’t require as much planning and in some cases I can just wing it.

As for today, I’m going to get stuck into the edits from the editor on the zombie book.

Here’s a little teaser of Serial Pensioner that the fantastic Leah Solmaz is working on! So ridiculously excited about this!

Right folks, I hope you al have an epic day!

Good Evening, 19th of October 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing?

I have edited 6094 words on Robert and written 283 on a connected story (that was a section of dialogue between two characters that are in this story). I’ve also finished reading through the editors notes on the zombie book and I’m going to try and get that done by the end of the month. That’s a big goal, I know. But I want to try and push and get it done before NaNo.

It felt good getting something done. It’s been difficult to get back into this but today felt good.

I am ver conscious of the fact that NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. I’m feeling pretty good for it, I’m going to go for a short story collection again this year. I feel that’s going to be the best idea at the moment. I don’t really have a novel that is ready to be worked on just yet so I think this is the best path for me at the moment.

Right, that’s it for the night. I’m going to go and watch the rest of Squid Game and then get my head down.

Rock on, folks! You guys all rock!

Good Morning! 19th of October 2021

Good morning! How are we all doing today?

Yesterday I edited 3477 words on my story Robert. It felt damn good getting stuck into some writing again. It’s been a damn sight harder getting back into the flow of work wrangling than I was expecting when I took a break last month, but with NaNoWriMo just a few days away now it’s time I really pushed to get going again,

Today’s goal is quite straight forward, finish this edit pass of Robert.

Small steps at the moment.

A little picture of the rain in my car windscreen and the lights of my works car park ☺️

I’m other very exciting news, the wonderfully talented Leah Solmaz is adapting one of my short stories into an animated short!!!!! Super excited about this and can’t wait to see the final product! It’s going to come out on Halloween. So keep your eyes open.

Status Update 13th October 2021

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve got a lot I want to get through tonight, so let’s get cracking!

The anthology K is for Kidnap came out featuring my story ‘Mother is God’ and is available in ebook and paperback. Please hit the link and check it out!

Love this cover!

The fantastic Leah Solmaz is working on an adaptation of one of my short stories! (squeeeeee!!!!!) Please go and check out Leah’s Instagram page, where you can see the intro!!! I’m super excited about this. Not only because something I’ve written is being adapted into a short animated movie, but also because its working with Leah who is a fantastic human being and damn talented as well. If you haven’t watched Theosight please check it out, I’ll add it to this post.

I have started on reading through and making notes based on the editors read of ‘Is that a zombie?’ I started then got hit with a head cold that knocked me off my feet. I focused my energy on work and matters away from writing. I’m going to get back on track with it by the weekend.

I’ve had a beta reader look at some of my longer pieces and got some excellent feedback, including that one wasn’t as polished as the other, so I need to go back and put my editing head back on to look it over.

Something I’m going to do in the next day or so is sit down and get my bearings on the different projects again. I’ve got a few which are at different stages and I’m just going to write them all down and figure where they all are.

On top of all of that we’ve got NaNoWriMo just around the corner…..

I am struggling to get back in the flow, much more then I thought I would. But it’s there, and I know NaNo will give me a massive boost and help get the words wrangled.