Good Evening, 16th of May 2022

Good evening, folks. How are we all?

Today I’ve written 611 words on a short story I’ve recently started during my break and while I was waiting for something this afternoon. I was hoping to have got a good chunk of Penal Earth worked today but a few things came up that I had to see to and although I had time to write it was with pen and paper as I didn’t have access to my laptop.

I liked what I wrote though, and although I’ve got no idea where this story is going I’m enjoying the discovery aspect of it.

I spent an hour or so this afternoon after work in the garden. Partly to play ball with Max as he hasn’t had much playtime due to a lot going on the last few weeks (needless to say he loved it!) but I also needed to top up the bird feeders, do the poopa scooping; both of which I can do while still punting the football up the garden for Max to chase. I also done the cat litter, sorted the bins out for collection tomorrow, and got a load of washing done.

My Ball!

Now, I get this may not seem like much. It’s not really worth noting, everyone does these things. But considering how tired I was I could have easily just got home, let Max out and have a nap. And I feel so much better for it.

It also means once I’ve finished work tomorrow and ran a couple of errands I’ll have a nice chunk of time to get some words edited and then on Wednesday when its my day off I’ll be able to dedicate a bigger slot of time to writing.

This is a level of organisation I’ve only dreamt of for many years!

Have a great evening, folks!

Flash Post – 14/5/22

Good morning, knowing I’d have little time to write today I got up earlier than normally for a day off from work and got everything around home that I needed to do done and left myself about 40 minutes to do writery stuff. I managed about 3800 words on the Penal Earth and I dit and have time to write this post. Yay!

But that’s about it!

Have an awesome weekend, folks!

13th Of May 2022

Good evening folks! How are we all doing today?

Today has been one of those “What The Hell” days. Nothing seriously drastic happened, but there was a lot of small things which were made to test the resolve. Some of the things were out of my control and I tried to laugh them off. Some of them were things that I could have averted and have learnt that lesson.

Dizzy taking refuge after a surprise attack from Raven.

Like I said, it was nothing drastic. Although the one this afternoon scuppered plans I had with a friend, and involved a little running around to get it sorted. But it was sorted and after a little GTAV and something to eat I sat down to get some work done.

Raven trying to figure out if she could get out the window (she couldn’t).

I’d written during my break this morning and added a few more words this evening to give me 319 words on that short story for the day. Then I got stuck into the edit of Penal Earth and did one chapter which was 2717 words.

I’m in the home straight of Penal Earth right now. I seem to have progressed quicker than I was expecting. Partly because the draft is all but done and I’ve been tidying parts of it up, but also because I’ve worked on it all but three days of this month, and I’ve not had a day where I haven’t written or edited at all. It’s nice having some momentum.

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And yours truly while writing this post 😀

Good afternoon, 12th May 2022

Howdy, folks!

Yesterday I edited about 6300 words and today I’ve written 347 words on a short story.

I’m quite close to the ending of Penal Earth so hopefully two more sittings and that’ll be done! Like Done Done.

How is your creative projects going?

Good Afternoon, 10th of April 2022

Good afternoon Folks, how are we all?

Today I’ve edited 3127 words on Penal Earth and did a quick edit of an old short story called Jonathan’s Not Quite Epic Adventure. I did this because I wanted it to be the first story on my Ko-Fi for anyone who wants to become a member! Yes, I’ve finally got that going! I’ve only got one Tier, and that’s £1 a month. Anyone who becomes a member will get access to an unpublished short story or a chapter of a longer story each month. I’ll also try and add in bonus content throughout the month as well such as previously published work, flash fiction and essays.

I did attempt to write during my break, but spilt cola scuppered me!

Moments after this the cola was sent flying and I stared in shock! 🙈🤣😝

Tomorrow I’ve got the day off and am planning to have a heavy edit day. I’m well past the halfway point of Penal Earth now, and I’ve like to get a good 8k edited on it tomorrow.

Be kind and have fun.

Good Afternoon, 9th of May 2022

Howdy, Folks! How are we all?

Yesterday I wrote 286 words on a short story during my break and before I started work. It was a long workday and then I went out to celebrate a close friends fortieth. So little to no time to write.

Today I used my break to write 183 words on the same short story and edited 7866 in about fifty minutes this afternoon after work.

Being honest, I really wasn’t feeling it today. I’m tired after over eighteen hours of the day job in two days, yesterday of which was a non-stop day, but I told myself to do an hour. Sixty minutes. In the course of the day, that’s not a lot and I can now chill out for a little bit before thinking about something to eat. Then somewhat of an early night as I suspect tomorrows shift is going to be another busy one.

Pushing through and still getting some writing done regardless of how I’m feeling is important. With the changes I’ve made and a recent increase in my medication I feel like I’m capable of maintaining momentum I’ve built up in the past but let slip through my fingers. Obviously time will tell, there may be the need for adjustments with meds in the future but I’m going to try and make the most of it while feeling as capable as I am and hope it’s something that does last a long time.

Right, I’m off. I hope everyones week has started off well.

Good Morning! 7/5/22

Good morning!

This morning I was up a little after eight and got cracking with this Penal Earth edit. I managed 9300 words worked though, which now puts me over the half way point.

Something I’m liking is that I’m not making a lot of changes outside of the tweaks my beta reader had notes on. Outside of those it’s mainly been deleting redundant words and sentences.

I’m definitely moving with an efficiency I’ve not really felt before.

Right, that’s all for today. I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Editorial Assistant Dizzy wasn’t very helpful to be honest.

6/5/22- Flash Post

Good morning! 4788 words edited on Penal Earth today. Im off to work soon, so haven’t had a lot of time but managed to squeeze in that time to edit. I’ll also be writing during my break at work.

Have an awesome day, folks!

5th of May 2022

Good evening, this morning I got cracking about 9am and got about 8100 words edited of Penal Earth.

I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t particularly feeling it this morning. The first chapter I edited today was a little over 5000 words and I figured I’ll get that one done and then I’ll be done for the day. I’ve got plans to meet a friend this afternoon (am literally sitting in a Costa Coffee waiting for him as I write this), and wanted a little slack off if I’m honest. There was a few bits and pieces I wanted to do that needed to get done today, but once I was done with the first chapter I looked at the next one and saw that it was about 1500 words, so I thought I might as well get that one done as well. Then once I done that I saw that the next one was 1200 or so, and got that cracked out as well.

That took me up to about 11am and then I cracked on with a few writing related bits I needed to do. All stuff that is not writing or editing but more admin that I had to address. Nothing major but once it was done the better, and one in particular has a deadline of the end of the month and I know me, if I’d left it with the intention of doing it another day I’d have forgotten about it.

As of today I have edited just over 22000 words for the month, I’m rather pleased with this. The nice thing about this pass of Penal Earth is that where it’s quite polished there’s not much I’m finding, and what I am are mostly the bits a Beta reader had picked up on. I’d really like this Final pass done by the end of the month, and with 50000 words to go that’s very doable. Once this pass is done, that’s it. I won’t be able to do anything else with it. Then it’s saving up for an editor to have a go at it.

Once I am done I’m going to dive back into Black Blood (still not happy with that title), and get that just a little more polished. One of my Beta readers irked it and had some great feedback, the biggest of which thought was that it’s not as polished as Penal Earth.

The zombie book is with the editor as they go over the changes I’ve made. I spoke with them on Saturday and so far so good, but they haven’t got to the ending (which was rewritten) yet. Once it’s come back to me and I’ve been over those final few changes then it’s formatting, cover, and then published. It feels like the end is in sight! Finally!

That’s about it really. My Ko-Fi will be open to membership soon. I’m not expecting big waves with it just yet, it’s a small step to build from but I’m quite excited to get it up and running and putting short stories up there.

Right, my buddy will be here soon. I’ve just seen how long this post is, I don’t think I’ve done one like this for a while. But it feels good to be able to focus and get a sort of update out there.

Have a great evening, folks!

4/5/22

Hey folks. I was at the day job a little longer then I was expecting so I ended up flaking out a little when I got home, having decided not to edit today. But by early evening I’d changed my mind and edited about 4000 words of Penal Earth.

I also wrote on a new short story before work and during my break but I haven’t counted those words yet.

Tomorrow, I’ve set aside a couple of hours where I can edit and hopefully will make some good headway.