22nd of August 2019

Good evening all, not a bad days writing. I wrote 1046 on a story for a submission. That date is getting very close very quickly. The old me would have given up as it is so close, but I’m finding it’s just pushing me harder. The trouble I’ve had this week is a lack of time to get the words down. Work has been busy and I’ve had edits on other stories to look at but I’m still working on it. Come Monday (Bank Holiday here in the UK!) I’m going to try and smash it out.

I do still have the zombie edits to do but I can hold off on that a little until this story is done.

Next week things will settle back to normal at work and I’ll have a little more energy to get writing done.

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21st of August 2019

So, this weeks plan went right out the window. I got a story accepted on Monday and had edit notes to look at before signing the contract (I’ll share details when it’s been announced). Then last night I was at my partners, but I got words written during the day. In all I got 1050 words written over three different pieces.

Tonight, I’ve just chilled out. It’s been a busy week and I needed a breather. Tomorrow night I’ll get stuck into the zombie novella edits and try and get the next stage of that done.

Today’s a zero word day, tomorrow won’t be.

18th of August 2019

Good afternoon. I’ve written 1377 words this morning, finishing the short story I’ve been working on this last week. I’m a little worried that now its done I won’t have this flow of words I’ve had for the last couple of days. I’m not really sure what I’m going to be working on when it comes to writing this week, but I’ve got a couple of things floating that I’ll have a look at.

I did edit, but I had a desktop problem so had to work from my laptop. It’s doable, but I find it easier to edit with the bigger screen. I only got one segment of the novella done, but I’ll be working on the other two this coming week.

I’m going to try and do some planning for NaNo or other projects this afternoon, but I’m not going to work too hard. I’ll be off to see my partner in a bit and, well it’s my day off. I can’t work all the time.

Senior kitty Dizzy, helping me edit. Well she wasn’t much help but the company was nice 🙂 

Good Morning 6th Of June 2019

Good morning! I’ve not done a whole lot of writing this week. I edited and did a little writing on Tuesday. The Zombie book is very close to being done! Which is awesome but scary too!

I’ve got a bit lost with the vampire book and need to try and get back on track with that. I’ve had a few days off from it so hopefully the story I’m working on will come along a little easier now I’ve had a few days off from it. I have started working on connecting the dots of CS1 as well. In the past working on multiple pieces has helped as when I get stuck on one I can switch to another. So hopefully that’ll work this time.

I also want to do some outlining for another project that I’ll like to be getting stuck into in the next eighteen months.

Something I’ve realised recently is I’m not ready to be writing pieces that are more than say 30k words. Anything longer then I need to be doing more outlining. The vampire book does fall into this somewhat so I’m adjusting the timeline for when I want that done by because of it. That means CS1 will be bumped up as I don’t think that needs as much to get it where I want it.

Right, I’m going to stop rambling now. Because that’s what it feels like I’m doing, and get some words written.

Good Morning, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Good morning all. I am off from the day job for the next week. This break is a little overdue (my fault) and much needed. I’ve got a few plans but overall it’ll be a bit of a chilled out week. I will be trying to get on track with projects.

Something that has really struck me this last week is for my longer projects, I need to take more time with. I need to think them out better, build the characters more and plot them out. I’ve one where its all jumbled up in my head and I’ve got to just sit down and map out how I want the story arc and the character arcs to go. This means I need to figure out how to do all of that! But those skills will come with trial and error.

With what I’ve been working on this last few days, it’s been the vampire book and after loving the story I wrote last for it, I’m not as in love with this one. I think this book will go into what I was just talking about with mapping projects out better. There’s a lot going on that I think I may have to rethink my goal of having this out next year some time. I also think I’m struggling with it because I don’t have another project I can jump into when I am getting stuck. So I’m going to bump up CS1 and read through that and the notes I already have for it so I can get stuck into getting it wrapped up.

My first task next week will be to get the beta notes on the zombie book done.

Have a super day, all!

19th of May 2019

It’s been a slower week than I would have liked. I’ve not had much time to write, but I also didn’t make the most of the time I did have. Part of the problem has been I’ve not been familiar enough with where I am with the vampire book. Last night I read through what I’m thinking of as the next episode. These stories are like a serialised TV show where there’s an overall story arc but many of the individual stories can stand on their own. I’m onto episode three now, and I was hoping that I could just do a heavy edit, but as I was reading it last night I realised I need to rewrite it. In doing that though, it means I know what I’m doing for the next week, and yes I am setting myself a goal of having it done by this time next week. There’s another seven stories after this one and I need to pull my finger out and get this one done!

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I did get the zombie book off to beta readers. I’m had a touch of feedback already and I’m looking forward to seeing what the thoughts on the whole novella are.

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I have been listening to Scott Sigler’s Galactic Football League books again this week. I’ve got up to the third and I’d kind of forgotten how damn good they are. I have the hardbacks of these books but for me I have to listen to them. Sigler narrates them himself and believe me, it’s worth a listen! I’m up to book three, The All-Pro now and have had a rollercoaster of emotions. From choking up and elation but through out I’m laughing. If I remember right Sigler pitches these books as Any Given Sunday meets The Godfather meets Star Wars. He’s not wrong. These books really are fantastic and the character arc of the protagonist, Quentin Barnes is damn well done.

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It’s a little scary how quickly I zip through these books, but they are very addictive and it’s very easy to listen to them back-to-back.

I’m going to get stuck into this vampire story. I just need to skim through the original a little and key some key points for the rewrite and then off I go.

 

 

11th Of May 2019

This isn’t really a post about today, I did do some editing today but that’s about it. To be fair that’s more than I normally do on a Saturday, but this is more about the the last week.

Last weekend was a lot of fun. I had a night out with friends for a good friends Birthday. Then Sunday I had a Write-In during part of the day, which is always fun. Then in the evening I was out again and on Monday, a bank holiday here in the UK, I did some editing on the vampire and got the first draft of one of the episodes done.

That bank holiday weekend was a good one, I had a lot of fun with good people and it set me up for a decent week. I think I’m in the 3k words for the week area and I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things.

I’ve really slacked with reading the six weeks. I have got stuck into a couple of comics though. Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth was really damn good! I’ve not yet read a Judge Dredd story I haven’t liked. I’ll move into some of the other 2000AD characters in the future as everything I’ve read of theirs is Judge Dredd or the Insurrection story, which takes place in the Judge Dredd universe.

I’ve also read the second Rat Queens Volume as well. The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth was a lot of fun. I’m not a big swords and sorcery person. I don’t mind it but it doesn’t easily hook me. Rat Queens, in these first two volumes I’ve read has. I’ve got the next three volumes to check out as well as more Judge Dredd.

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What I do need to do is get stuck into Anarch by Dan Abnett again. I’m enjoying it but need to get back in the habit of reading again.

I am going to get back to my daily and weekly to do lists. This has worked briefly before so I’m hoping it’ll be something I can build on and make part of my regular routine. That’s first job tomorrow. Now, I’m off to bed.

Have fun, everyone!