Good Morning, Sunday 5th of may 2019

I’d like to say this’ll be a short post because I’ve got a lot I want to get done today, but this is me talking and every time I saw this’ll be a short post, it isn’t!

I do have a lot I want to get done today and tomorrow (we have a bank holiday here in the UK tomorrow). April was very quiet writing wise for me. That bad news did knock the wind out of me and the last thing I was thinking about was writing. I did do some writing and a fair bit of editing though. The editing included looking through beta readers notes on Penal Earth, and I’ve realised it’s not ready. I can do so much better with it. I think the story is pretty solid but I want to add more to the world building and maybe tweak a couple of characters a little.

Penal Earth is the first book in what will be a trilogy. So I’m going to write all three before releasing any of them. I’d like to have the complete overall arc done as well as the individual arcs of each novel.

So that’s on the back burner a little and it means I’ve had to adjust what my plans are. So the zombie booked has been bumped up (that’s almost ready for Beta Readers to be honest), and then its the vampire book. Although that one I’m not really sure how much I need to do until I get into the individual components. The next one is CS1. That one I have a first for and will be looking at what exactly I need and want to add and then get stuck into it.

Today, my aim is to finish the episode of the vampire book I’ve been playing with for far too long now. I’ve cut the original ending and am working the conclusion into a scene which takes place earlier. I think this will serve to streamline the story and I think it works better.

Right folks! have a great Sunday all 🙂


1st Of May 2019

Last month I wrote just over 5000 words and got the edit notes on Penal Earth worked through and all but finished the zombie book.

As I said in my previous post, I had some bad news at the start of the month and that did knock the wind out of my sails somewhat. I had begun making short term goals. I’d sat down that first Sunday and written what I wanted to do over the next seven days.

The goals for that first week in April

This worked really well for me, so I’m going to do it again. I’m tempted to start on Monday with it and have it as a weekly/daily thing. This week has been busy so far and I’m odd. I don’t like started something like that when half the week’s already gone.

Right, a quick update on the projects. Penal Earth is now officially on the back burner. After going through it again with the beta readers notes something dawned on me; its not good enough. I can do so much better with this story than I have already done. I’m not going to rewrite it(again) but I know I can go back and rewrite scenes and add more character depth. There’s a lot of world building that I realised  I left out that I need to put in as well. Part of this revelation came when I was working on the zombie book. I think that one has a very distinct voice with colourful characters and some (if I do say so myself) damn good dialogue. Penal Earth is also a trilogy. So I’m going to do a Lord of the Rings and write all three as one story and then break it down into it’s smaller parts. So it’s going to be quite some time before this is ready for the world.

Which bumps everything else up. The zombie book is almost ready to go to Betas. I had another pass with it on Sunday (beta’s picked up a recurring grammar issue with Penal Earth so I went through on the zombie book fixing that), but while I was skimming through I saw a few other little typos etc. So tomorrow night I’m going to work my way through that one more time and make sure there’s nothing that jumps out at me. I know there will be stuff, but it’s not going to hurt to do one last sweep before sending it to Beta’s.

I should be further along with the vampire book, but I’ve started rewriting the first story(again) and am much happier with it now. I think a couple of good writing days and I’ll be getting near done with it. Then I’ll move onto the third story (second ones been rewritten already) and see what that needs doing with it.

CS1 will get a read through in the next week or so. I need to start thinking in a little more detail what needs to be added to that to make it what I know it can be.

There are a few other projects that I’ll need to get into researching and start some simple planning on, but those aren’t ready to be talked about. Penal Earth drops into that bracket. With Penal Earth on the back burner, and the zombie book about to be sent off to betas it’s time to fully dive into the vampire story.

Good Friday, 2019 (State Of Play)

I had some bad news last week which knocked the wind out of my sails. I’m not going to talk about here, not yet anyway.

I’ve barely written since then but will be getting back on the horse in the next few days. We’ve got a long weekend here in the UK. For many it’s a four day weekend, for me its a three day weekend because I work Saturdays (one year I will remember to book the damn Saturday off and have that four day weekend). My plan for the weekend was to get into Penal Earth beta notes (which I got on Monday), but my plans have changed as my folks have new furniture being delivered and the old stuff needs taking out, the area decorated and then on Monday the new stuff put together. So I’m not expecting to get Penal Earth edited this weekend. That was my goal, now the goal for having that done is next weekend.

I have done a little prep work for CS1. I’ve got a semi-decent idea of what needs to be done with that story to get it to where I want it to be and I think that’ll be the next one after the vampire collection is done.

Speaking of the vampire collection, that I’ll be trying to get back in the swing of in the next few days. I’m hoping once this first story is rewritten then the rest will mainly be edits with sections being rewritten as opposed to a whole story having to be done again from scratch.

I think I know what I’m going to be working on for the next year or so. I do have a submission call that I’m trying to think about a story to write for but although I love the theme I can’t get an idea to take shape. I can feel something there, but it’s just out of reach. Which tells me I’ve got a good idea but maybe now isn’t the right time for it. I do think the next eighteen months or so I’m going to focus on getting what I’ve got on the board done. The two projects after CS1 I’m really excited about but will need a lot of research for. I might start that soon and kind of drip-feed myself with it. Research isn’t something I’m that good at so I don’t want to just dive in full speed ahead as I know I’ll hit a brick wall!

Life has its ups and its downs. The trick is enjoying the ups and with the downs, shrug your shoulders and work your way through them.

Have a great easter weekend, folks.


7th Of April 2019

Today I finished reading through CS1. I’ve made a few changes as I’ve read through but this wasn’t an edit pass. I wanted to refresh my memory of what I had written and see what I needed to do to get the story to where I want it to be.

I also wrote 504 words on the vampire book and went to a write-in, which was fun as they always are.

Looking at the targets I set last week I haven’t done too bad. I’ve written an average of 521 words a day. My target was 500 words a day. I got the zombie novella passed my final edit pass and that’ll be off to beta readers in the near future. I started the editing process of CS1 and finished the comic I was reading. The only thing I really didn’t do was read every day.

I haven’t put together this weeks target list yet but I’ve got a few ideas so I’ll have a look at that tomorrow. For now, bed time!

6th Of April 2019

Today’s been much better. I wrote 396 on the vampire book and started reading through CS1. I’d hoped to get all the way through the almost 15,000 words but I’m wiped out. This week I’ve pretty much worked on writing stuff each night except last night and I’m feeling beat.

With CS1 its not an edit pass like what I’ve done before. I feel like it’s preparation for a 2nd draft, but I don’t want to do a pure rewrite. I think it’ll end up being a case of figuring out what I need to add to complete the story. I’ve got an idea of some of what’s needed already but I’ll come across a lot more as I go when I get stuck into it.

Tomorrow I’ve got a write-in which I’m looking forward to. For the rest of the night though, I’m chilling out.

Have a good one, everyone!

5th Of April 2019

Yeah, I did sod all today. I didn’t do any writing and due to a couple of technical problems and things outside of my control I didn’t do anything tonight. I could have done, but I’m wiped out if I’m honest. I’ve edited a 22,000 word novella this last week and have written 2748 words this week. I’ve also had a meeting about a project that’s really exciting and cracked on with the day job as normal.

I feel guilty because I know I should have at least read through CS1, but I’m exhausted. Tomorrow night I will read through CS1 and begin the editing process on that properly next week. Sunday I’ve got a write-in that I’m looking forward to so that’ll be a writing day as opposed to an editing one.

Now though, I’m off to bed. Tomorrow’s a new day.

4th Of April 2019

Just a quick post tonight. I wrote 571 on the vampire book and this evening had a meeting with a couple of writers about a future project.

I am knackered! I’ve done a lot this week and I think it’s caught up with me a touch. Come tomorrow night though I’ll be getting into the first edit pass on CS1.

Right, I’m off to bed. Have a good one all!