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.

17th October 2019

Good evening, folks. It’s been a busy week so far, but I have got a few words written. Granted it’s not as many as I’d have liked but it’s still words down. It’s not that many words as much of it is editing. Today is a good example. I wrote 334 on CS1 over yesterday and today, but edited three or four chapters. So words were taken out while others were added.

I do have to keep reminding myself that even if I don’t hit a 1000 words a day I’m still making progress as I’m editing. It’s a key part of the process that I know a lot of writers despise, but it’s something I don’t mind. It’s all part of getting a book from start to finish. It needs to be done.

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with the ending of CS1 just yet. I’ve got two options I can go in, I just have no idea at the moment which way to go with it. At the moment I think I’ll do what I’ve done in the pass and see where it goes while I’m working on it.

NaNoWriMo preparation is moving slowly but I’ve got enough to get me going and then rolling if I get stuck. I’m going for the same method last year of short stories and novellas. So when I do get stuck on one, which will happen, I can hop over onto another one. This worked well for me last year, and I think it’ll work for me nicely this year. Although I’m not planning for NaNoWriMo 2020 just yet I think I will go back to a single story then. I’ve got a few ideas in mind for what I’m going to have a go at.

Right, it’s almost my bedtime so I’m calling it a night. Have a good one folks!