Good Afternoon, 16th April 2021

Gooooooooood afternoon, folks! How are we all doing?

Yesterday I edited 10379 words on Penal Earth, and today I’ve got 9728 words edited.

I was going to hold off till next month to start on this edit and focus on three unfinished short stories the rest of this month, but when I started struggling to write I knew I had to do something to get myself back on track. I made a small start on Wednesday with 563 words edited. If I can do 10k or so a day, I’ll be done a week today. I’m not gonna bust my guts to get it done by then, I’m going to aim to have it done by the end of the month.

I did get in a situation where I was stuck on what to write. I couldn’t get my head around any of the three short stories that I wanted to work on and the story that is talking to me I’m not sure if I’m ready to work on it yet. I don’t want to just dive in and hope it works out, I think I’ve got a decent tale to tell in a setting that I think is going to be one I can play in for a few stories. So I want to think things out a little more before I just dive in.

Right, I’m going to wrap it up there. Good day’s process. I’m working a lot of making changes in my life so I’m happier in myself, and I think the changes are going to be a good start in moving forward.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, 15th April, 2021

Good Morning! How are we all doing today?

Yesterday was not a good writing day. I felt a little down and normally writing can snap me outta it, but nada. I looked at three different short stories that I’m working on and nothing. I tried writing something new, but nothing came forth. So after about half an hour of trying I gave up. So I napped and watched The Simpsons.

After I’d showered and eaten though, a scene came to mind for a short story that I wrote years ago and am planning on rewriting. It was a piece of dialogue between two characters and it just kept growing. So I grabbed my laptop and wrote it out, 609 words. Then, although it was getting a little late I wanted to get some editing done on Penal Earth. I was going to wait till May to get started on this but that urge to do something was still there. I also think there was a little guilt as well at not being able to get anything done earlier in the day.

I always feel better when I’ve got work done. Okay, I still slept crappy but that’s just my life at the moment. But I woke up feeling ready to get a shit tonne done today. I’m not gonna go mad, and I’m gonna try something later that I haven’t done in ages and see how that goes but I do feel good right now. So I’m gonna work till about 10am and then get a few pieces around the house done and then I’ll see about doing a bit more with the words.

Raven watching the dust particles in the sunlight (and yes, she’s been bouncing around trying to catch them!)

Right, I’m going to start with some editing. I’m not sure what I want to write that’s new this morning, so I’ll start with editing and see how I go.

Have a great day, folks!

11th April 2021 (Draft Done!)

This draft of Black Blood is DONE!!!!!! 1711 words its taken, and yes a ton of editing later on but it’s a completed draft!

I’ve also got my next weeks writing mapped out. So, happy writer here!

Onto the next project!

10th of April 2021 (2)

Hey folks! Although I didn’t wrap up this draft of Black Blood I did add another 1500 or so words to the 500+ that I wrote this morning for a total of 2110 words for the day. Hopefully come tomorrow I’ll be able to wrap this sod up! I am so ready to be done with this draft.

Once it’s done I can move onto the next stage of Penal Earth, which will be a digital read through. I’m tempted to change things a little with my process and do two read throughs. Do the first one where I’ll make the changes as I go, and then a few weeks later go through it again to see what else I pick up. I’ll still do a red pen edit because I find an out loud read always finds bits and pieces that other edit passes don’t.

I had to get into proper game mode today!

With Penal Earth, I’m going to submit it to publishers. I’ve got my dream ones I’ll send it to first and see how well I do. I’m not expecting to get it accepted, and I can always self pub it if it doesn’t, but it’s not going to hurt to send it out to editors and smaller presses that I respect. That’s why I’m determined to do a good job with it. The zombie will be my first step into putting my work out there, and it has to be good. But Penal Earth is a full length novel that is part one of a trilogy. Now, part of me thinks I should just get something written which is a one and done, but with a few threads that I could pick up if it does well, but Penal Earth I’ve got a lot of confidence in, and if it doesn’t do well I can always self pub the rest of the trilogy when the rights revert to me or I manage to work it so I can publish them sooner. That’s a bridge I’ll cross when the time comes though.

Right, seeing is I’ve exhausted my creative wells today I’m going to watched sitcoms and tidy up before dinner.

Have a super day, folks!

I finished First and Only the other day, so now onto book two of the Gaunts Ghosts series, Ghostmaker.

10th April 2021

Good afternoon, folks! I’ve had a change of plans for today which resulted in no day job today. I’ve already written this morning as I thought I was working but will I’m going to do a little more now this afternoon.

I think I’m actually in the endgame of Black Blood now, I can see the ducks I need to line up, although I’ll need to do more to connect them when I come to the editing phases.

Right, no more procrastinating. Time to get some words wrangled.

A grumpy Dizzy

29th of March 2021

Goooooooooooooooooooooood Morning, Internet! (channeling Robin Williams right there).

How are we all doing today? My week of crappy sleep continued into last night, but despite that I’m okay! I have a purring Dizzy on my lap, a cup of tea, and a few hours at work to think this pm and then a day off tomorrow! Oh yeah!

I thought this last week had been crap writing wise. I feel like I’d not got anywhere with it, but when I look at my numbers I can see it wasn’t. I’ve had productive days, even if they’re only a few words written and nothing edited I can look at what I worked on those days and its set me up so I’m thinking through what I’ve written and where to go with the story the next time I work on it.

I thought I hadn’t hit many targets this month. Word count is definitely one I haven’t hit, but as I look at my board I can see that I’ve not only hit three of the six goals, I’ve surpassed them. I need to get my head out of the word count is the only goal that matters, it doesn’t. I know I can write 200k plus words a year, what I don’t know is if I can produce a finished story. Yes, I’ve had stories published but I need something where I’m standing on my own two feet. That’s what the zombie book is going to be. Me, out there on my own. No other writers to be amongst, just my words. Yeah, scary. But I’m not scared of the world anymore, yeah I might have a moment where I reach out to my closets friends and have them shout at me to hit that big ‘ol PUBLISH button, but it will be published.

Not taking today, but sums up Dizzy this morning ☺️

Right Folks, I’ve got to be at work soon. Today I likely won’t get anything written, but the gears are always turning.

Good Morning, 26th March 2021

Howdy folks, I hope we’re all well. I am knackered. I had a bad nights sleep and I am feeling it! But I’m not letting it stop me this morning.

Yesterday I wrote 512 on Black Blood and 191 on a Penal Earth story that has the working title of Homestead. I have a lot of non-writing matters I’m working on at the moment so writing time is limited, especially on work days. Once this post is published I’ll not be diving into fiction I’ll be seeing to one of those personal matters. Those are the priority but I have the time to work on both before work.

Writing wise, I am struggling with getting this Black Blood ending done. It needs to be epic and I’m not quite sure how to pull it off at the moment. I keep trying to write it from the hip as it were, and I don’t think I’m capable of pulling it off that way. I really do think I need to start mapping out what needs to happen.

My assistant!

That’s the one that is bugging me at the moment. Ashes is with my fantastic beta readers and I’m not quite ready to start the digital edit on Penal Earth yet. I’ve got another Penal Earth short story that is half done, and I’m very tempted to start a second draft as I want to take the story in a different direction.

Okay, I’m going to get into some work now. I hope you all have a fantastic day, folks!

21st of March 2021

Hey folks, I’ve not written today but have transferred the vampire 1st draft over to Scrivener.

Short post today, I’m wiped out. I’ve posted a video on my YouTube today which is embedded into this post where I talk more about how the last few days have gone and why I’m so tired.

Good Evening, Saturday 20th March 2021

Hey folks, how’s everyone doing this evening? I blogged last on Thursday and to update you folks on how I did then. I got Ashes edited (have only just messaged my betas to see if they can look it over), and I edited 6046 words on the vampire book. I did this either side of a phone call. If I hadn’t of realised how close I was to the end of this story I think I would have held off with the last few pages. I’m glad I didn’t and I’ve got it wrapped up now. I fear it’s a bit of a mess, but that’s something I’ll see too when I come to edit it.

I haven’t felt like writing much the last couple of days. I’ve not been feeling well this last week (been to the doctor, it’s nothing to worry about but it’s drained my energy levels a lot more than I’d like to admit), so I’ve not felt like writing. I’ve had important personal matters to see to, as well as being at work. I’ve had mornings this last week as well, which wipe me out quite a lot (my body does not like early mornings, but I also need to get to bed earlier those nights). This coming week though, I’ve got lates so I’m looking forward to having a few hours each morning to get stuck into some words before going to work. I am going to be trying to get to bed earlier each night as well, if I can depending on time I finish work and eat etc.

Trying to use this more, but often forget but I’m getting better with it.

Right, I’ve got an early again tomorrow. So I’m going to watch a movie and then get an early night.

Rock on, Folks!

Good Morning, 18th March, 2021

Howdy, folks! I had a mixed nights sleep. I woke up a couple of times but overall I think it was okay. I don’t feel knackered like I do some mornings.

I finished work a lot earlier than I was expecting to yesterday, which was lucky as I had an important phone call I needed to take. I didn’t do any writing after that but I did watch the movie Night Watch, and damn that was good. (please check it out). Something I’ve been noticing lately is Hollywood films aren’t doing it for me anymore, especially horror. When you look at the more mainstream ones like IT (which I did enjoy), they’re good but not really horror. They’re a commercialised horror designed to appeal to as many people as possible to pull people into the cinemas and spend their money. A lot of people don’t want to have real horror hitting them, and if you’re not a horror person I respect that. If a friend who wasn’t a horror fan watched IT and said they loved it and wanted to watch more horror I wouldn’t immediately recommend The Ritual, VVitch, (both movies I love but each one freaked me out), or Saw. If someone likes a commercialised horror enough to start exploring the rest of the genre then recommending the harder stuff (and yes, I know the films I’ve just mentioned are tame compared to some horror out there), probably isn’t the best of ideas.

Right, I’m digressing too much. Back to word wrangling. Today I’m going to work on Ashes, there’s just a few edits to do on it, and then see if my beta readers are available to have a little look at it. After that I’m going to get back into Black Blood and get the next episode of the vampire book prepped.

And yes, I still haven’t tidied my desk yet!

I have two phone appointments today, one of which will be a longer call. That one I know will be at midday but the other one will come whenever it comes.

I’m setting myself a lot to do today, but I’m feeling fired up and I’m looking forward to reporting back a productive day.

Here’s the link to my BuyMeACoffee page. If you like what I’m doing here and would like to contribute to m writing fund then please hit the link.

Disposable gloves and sharpies, so why not? 😎