30th June 2022

Good afternoon folks, I hope we’re all well?

Today I’ve edited 3779 on Black Blood, 238 on a flash piece called Watermelon, and 171 on another flash story called Roommate Wanted. Roommate Wanted is now live on my Ko-Fi for all supporters.

I’ve been a little burnt out this last week or so, which means I haven’t written much. So I’m playing a little catchup with things like Ko-Fi and where I want to be with Black Blood. I think I might have to print Black Blood off before I go into the next stage. I’m working through the notes I made on my last pass and have a lot of work to get it where it needs to be. It’s been A slow start but I’ll build my momentum slowly and get back on target.

That’s my writing day done, I’m going to go and start unwinding a bit before an early night as I’ve got an early tomorrow.

Rock on folks!

I quite like this one ☺️

20th June 2022

Good evening folks. Not much to report from the last few days. I’ve been writing dribs and drabs here and there. Tomorrow I’m aiming to get stuck into the next pass through on Black Blood.

I have been working on a piece about my lack of confidence but I feel like I’ve crashed and burned with it. I feel a little like I went off in about a dozen different directions with it. I might give it a little time and see how it settles.

On Friday I went canoeing with my brother and his partner. We went to Herne Bay and stayed in a patch of water protected from the sea by a break water. We’ve been tried to do this last year but were rained off. To say I stepped out of my comfort zone is an understatement, but I stayed out for about ten minutes or so and I did enjoy it despite the anxieties it was stirring up. I didn’t go out again, instead sat and wrote my thoughts down and chatted with my brother and his partner.

Despite the slapped looking face I was enjoying myself

I love the coast and want to get down there more often. Maybe not hopping in an inflatable canoe that often but getting down and enjoying the sea air is going to be good for the soul.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie and then bed. Have an awesome one, folks!

Good Evening, 7th June 2022

Howdy folks, how are we all?

I had a later start to my working day than normal, starting at 10am and not 6am like most mornings. So I got up early and cracked out 837 words on typing up a short story I wrote a couple of months ago. I also wrote some words on a non-fiction piece during my break.

This evening I’ve updated some details on my Facebook Page and have a lot planned for tomorrow. Need to do a little spring cleaning and I really want to get a good dent in typing up this short story as well. I want to get that done before I go back to Black Blood.

Right, I’m going to watch a movie. I hope you all have a good night, folks 🙂

2/6/22 – Flash Post

Good evening folks, Sorry. I’ve got another flash post tonight.

I did a little editing this afternoon after I got home from work. Then did a little gaming and had a nap. When I’ve got an early I struggle to sleep so I find napping to be helpful in making up for that.

It bugged me that I hadn’t done more editing, when I’d first got home. So I cracked on this evening and got the last few thousand words done.

Max made himself comfy while I was working ☺️

7552 words edited, and I wrote 124 on a non-fiction piece.

The next stage is to let this sit for a couple of days and then I’ll get into making the changes that are needed.

(okay, not so much of a flash post!)

My Ko-Fi page:

Good Afternoon, 31st of May 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

Today I have edited 7408 words of Black Blood, adding 87 to the overall word count. That was a little bit of a slog but I got in done in about two hours or so.

I’ve also set up a few posts to go on my Ko-Fi page, including one flash piece which has gone live today. I was feeling a little behind with this so I got a few posts set up so I don’t have to worry about it too much for the next week or two. I do offer a membership in addition to one-time tips. Here I post an original short story each month in addition to bonus content. All for £1 a month!

Something I do want to touch on is that this month is the first that I have worked everyday in a very long time. For those of you who don’t know I have anxiety and depression, amongst a few other mental health bits and pieces, but my medications dosage was recently upped and I’m very much feeling it. Two months ago if I wasn’t feeling like working, I’d not. (when I say working here I mean writing. With the day job I haven’t missed a shift in a little over two years). At the moment I am working each day even if it’s just a few words while on my day job’s break. On days when I’m not at the day job I’m getting stuck into editing and making sure I get a decent start early in the morning and am normally done by midday. I’m making sure I have breakfast on these days and am getting a lot of little bits and pieces done that I’ve been putting off.

When I’m at the day job it’s a little different but I’ve found I’ve still been coming home (after a morning shift) and getting at least a little editing done. That’s normally in addition to writing something before work while sitting in my car, and during my break.

Max is waiting for me to finish so we can go play ball.

I’m feeling much more organised as well. I’m making notes on Black Blood on things like building a chapter to a conclusion to character motivations. I’m also listing what I’ve posted to Ko-Fi because knowing me I’d end up putting up the same story twice! I’m sure most people will be okay with a slight hiccup like that but people are giving me their money so I’m trying to be as efficient as possible.

I have had a hit to my self-esteem recently (I look hideous etc.) but I know how to rebuild that. I’ve done it, with help, recently and I know I can do it again.

Raven helping with editing this morning.

Life is moving in the right direction and I feel like I’m getting to the point where I can able do the things in life that I’ve always dreamt of.

29th May 2022

Good evening folks. This morning I edited 3800 words on Black Blood. After the poor nights sleep Friday I decided to have an easy day. After editing I did a lot of gaming.

I’ve got a busy work week coming but I’d really like to get closer to the end of this pass of Black Blood.

I’ve tried to be a plotter but it doesn’t work for me. Most of the time my first draft is me plotting it out. This is what I’m finding with Black Blood. I’ve got a lot of good content but I need to flush out the crap and build on what I have. One example is a large battle scene and I’ve found that it’s a little bit of a hodgepodge. I want to get it so it builds to a certain moment, which I didn’t realise until I’d got stuck into it. It’s like I can see the scope of the scene now. So I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that chapter and getting it right.

Right, I’m off to bed. Early start tomorrow.

Have an awesome week, folks 🙂

28/5/22- Flash Post

About 2400 words edited first thing this morning. I got cracking early as working with words always sets me up for a good day when I get some done early, and I had plans today.

I’m wiped out now though, simply because I had the worst nights sleep I’ve had in a good two months. So it’ll be an early one for me.

Rock on, folks!

Good Morning, 27th May 2022

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing today?

Yesterday I had A light day, I knew I was going to be gaming with Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming so I was up and editing by 8am and got a little over 8300 words worked through.

Today will be another busy day away from writing so I’m going to be cracking on with some word wrangling later on today.

How are your creative endeavours progressing?

Good Evening, May 25th 2022

Hey folks, how are we all doing tonight?

Today I got up nice and early, made a cuppa. Put the dishes away and then got editing. I worked through 9431 words on Black blood, adding 103 in the process.

This pass feels more like an exploratory expedition. I’m reminding myself of the story and world I’m playing in. When I come to the next pass it’ll be a lot deeper and there will be a lot more changes going on. I think the story itself is good, but I need to tweak a few characters and some of the world building. It is feeling good, but a lot of work to do on it.

I cracked on with some garden work, and then got a couple more hours of writing done, typing up a short story I wrote earlier this year. I got 1622 words down of that story. I’ve found a couple of plot holes in it, that I’ve tried to fix but some will need a little more thought to get them right.

I’ve got to be honest with myself, I don’t think I’m going to get much long fiction written this year. Much of what I need to do is get what I’ve already written cleaned up and sent to beta readers and then editors. These aren’t trunk novels. These are novels I’ve written and never done anything with. So many years thinking I’m not a good enough writer, or I didn’t deserve to put my work out there. So much time wasted.

No more.

Time to get this work out into the world.