31-7-2020

I got 2674 words edited before going to work today, which was one chapter. Tomorrow I’ll aim to get another chapter done.

I’m trying to keep it as simple as that at the moment. And aim of one chapter at a time doesn’t feel overwhelming, and if I get rolling then I might get more done.

I am trying to figure out a plan, but I’m in the early stages of that right now

Short and sweet tonight. I’m exhausted and my bed is calling.

Have a great weekend, folks!

Good Morning, 31st of July 2020

It is 7:46am and I’m up and have a cup of tea and a laptop on my lap. I had planned to have a lay in but my back decided to scupper that idea, yeah….. I’m getting old!

But anyway, nothing worked on yesterday. After work I had errands to run and a couple of phone calls to make and then, and yeah I’m gonna say it, I binge watch the new Transformers series on Netflix. I needed a little downtime as well if I’m honest. I needed to shut down for a few hours, and although I didn’t get lost into the series as I’d have liked to of done I did a little, and that took a little pressure off me. Even if it was just for a few moments it helped.

I’m feeling pumped at the moment. I feel like I’m getting back into the rhythm of getting writing done. I still need some more focus and start thinking forward a little. I vaguely know what I’m going to be doing in the next few months but I need to start trying to figure out a plan going forward. What do I want from the next eighteen months? How the hell do I even figure out how to plan that out? It’s something I’ve been thinking on, and will until I have an answer.

This next few months are very vital to where I want my writing to be. I need to figure my track out and get on it and know where I want to be and what I’ve accomplished in, say eighteen months time. I need to work out what I’m capable of achieving in that time.

I have no idea how to do that, I’m taking to a few people. Seeing what guidance I can get and formulating a plan from there.

That’s a wrap, folks. I’m going to get cracking with my day. Have a good one folks.

(If you want an idea of how my mind is a little scattered at the moment, how I’m struggling to keep focus then look at the time stamp at the start of the post, and it’s now 9:28am).

29/7/2020

Good evening folks! Today has been one which started early and in some respects flew by. At other times it’s dragged on, but not by much. Overall it’s been a good day.

I edited two chapters, which works out at 2770 words. I think I’m getting in the swing of it now. It feels like I’m getting the words a lot tighter and hopefully more smooth to read.

I also figured out how to track how much I’m editing as well. And it’s a really simple solution I should have figured out a long time ago. It’s honestly as simple as adding keeping track of how many words I’ve edited. So today is the first day I’m tracking it but I’ve gone back and looked at what I’ve edited this month already and have added it to my records.

Yes, I know the 21st is missing, it’s not now. This is the template I was updating.

I still feel like I’m going slow, but I’d rather it be quality than just okay. I know it can be better, an editor will tear it apart but it’s a learning process for me. The more I do it, the quicker and more efficient it’ll be.

Without going into details, life isn’t fun at the moment. I’m not saying this for sympathy or excuses. I’m saying it because it affects writing. Writing is what I’m doing outside of work to focus my attention on something that I can control. I can dictate my direction. Yes, there are things outside of my control but I can control more of that then much else in my life at the moment. Work is good, writing is getting better day by day.

28/7/2020

Gooooooood evening, folks! I’ve slowly edited two chapters over the last few hours. Concentration is still something I’m struggling with. I’ve got busy week coming up but I’ve two clear days next week and I’m going to try and get rolling nice and early those days and get a mornings worth of work done each day.

Today’s edits weren’t bad. Some of it is just bog standard stuff where I’m tightening sentences up. I think the story is okay at the moment but this project is one that I’m going to go hard on in the next few months and make sure it’s as clean as I can get it.

With CL Raven. This is one of my favourite pictures. These two ladies have become great friends and supporters of me and my work.

I’m going to try and change a few things when it comes to sleep. I need more of it, after months of getting very little it’s time I did something to change it. So I’m going to make sure I’m done with writing by 9pm, and TV off by ten. Then read for half an hour and then head down. Especially on a work night. I love my day job and want to make sure I’m on top of my game with it.

I’m wrapping it up for the night. Time to chill out a little before bed.

Have a good one folks!

27/7/2020

Good evening, folks. A very quick post tonight as it’s getting late and I have an early start.

I’ve had a busy day. A morning of phone calls and reading and doing work for a personal matter that doesn’t need to be talked about here in detail. This afternoon, through evening I did slowly edit three chapters of a novel. From here on out I’m going to aim for a chapter edited a day, with a stretch goal of three chapters a day.

I’m gonna wrap it there. I’d like to do a little reading before bed and get back into the habit of reading before lights off.

Have fun, everyone!

26-7-2020

No writing, no editing done today. I’m past tired. I’m going to watch a movie then bed. Tomorrow, I’m going to go for it. At least three chapters edited during a day where I’ve got calls to make, and a couple of appointments.

A short post tonight, so here’s a picture of senior kitty Dizzy playing like a kitten.

25-7-2020

Good evening, folks! How’s everyone’s Saturday been? I got a chapter edited this morning. It was close but I managed to get it all done by the time I was out of time.

The fact that I pushed myself through to get it done pleases me. The last few days, weeks, I would have stopped halfway through. I didn’t even realise I did that until this evening after I’d got home.

I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone that reads, likes, and comments on my blog. A thank you to everyone who had ‘Liked’ and shared from my Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who follows me on Twitter, and those who like and retweet my tweets. And a thank you to all my followers, and those who like my posts on Instagram. Links to all of those are on the right hand side of my blog.

Have a good evening, folks!

24-7-2020

My plans to do a chunk of editing today crashed and burned before they started this morning when my desktop decide to faff about. So I retreated to my laptop and didn’t get as much done this morning as I’d planned.

This afternoon I tried to nap and catch up on some of the sleep I’ve lost recently. I know I’m never going to catch up on that sleep, but I needed to get a little rest. I didn’t though. It was very unsettled with lots of waking up throughout. Mainly thanks to Raven wanting attention.

When I gave up trying to nap I watched some Friday Night Dinner while editing. A brief stop for dinner and then I watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World while editing. At the end of play I’d worked through one chapter, which was about five or six thousand words.

I know I said I was going to focus on one project but my head really isn’t cooperating with that. So I think I’m going to try and jump between projects depending on where my head is telling me to go. Until I’ve built up some discipline I think I’ve just got to write whatever my brain is leaning towards.

Not distracting at all 🙄😂

I’m not expecting to get much done tomorrow, between work and a few calls I’ve got to make I can’t see me having a lot of time till later in the evening. So I’m going to try then.

23-7-2020

Good evening, folks! How’s everyone doing tonight? I haven’t got a lot done today. I had a later shift at work so spent most this morning chilling out but did get some editing done. The first chapter of vampire book is done, but I’m going to go back through and give it another pass.

I’m off tomorrow, so I’m tempted to give a solid go of writing/editing. Even if it’s just the morning I think it’ll do me a little good to get solidly stuff into something.

Just a little post tonight. I’m ready to wind down for the night.

Have a good one, folks!

22-7-2020

Good evening folks. Well, it was a busy day but not with writing. I got a little editing done this evening. I’m liking this story. It’s the first in the vampire series and one I hope is a strong start.

I am getting a bit of an itch to write something new, I might look up some submission calls and see what’s out there, maybe something will spark an idea. The editing is still my priority though.

Yeah I did a little editing tonight, but I spent most the evening watching movies.

First up was Waterworld with Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dennis Hopper. This movie gets a lot of shit, but It’s a fun one. Beautifully shot with a simple, but engaging storyline. It’s one I’d have liked to of seen more from that world as I find it really interesting to see how people survive in that world and the different cultures that have grown from that world.

Then, it’s an old favourite. Total Recall with a Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, and Michael Ironside based off a Philip K. Dick story and directed by Paul Verhoeven. This movie is just awesome! The story works, the actors are all on point, the gore is nice but not over the top (I don’t mind over the top gore, but it wouldn’t work here). It’s another beautifully shot movie as well. Definitely one that makes me smile.