12th of April 2021

Good evening, folks. 720 words on a short story today. I set aside half an hour and ended up writing for forty minutes, which I like because it shows I got into the flow and didn’t stop when my timer went.

With this story I think I might go whole hog with it and just write it how it feels, which might be over the top in the worst kind of way. Or it could be over the top in the best possible way. Only time will tell!

Right, a short and sweet post tonight. It’s very freeing having got the Black Blood draft done. No guilt for working on something else.

Good night, folks! Be safe and be kind!

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!

Good Morning, 11th of April 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today? It is a rather gorgeous day here in my part of the UK and I’ve got a great view from my office window of fields and the farm my Dad worked at for most of his working life. It’s a sight that I will always adore.

But, to writing! I do have some bits and pieces in the garden to do with my folks today, which I’m looking forward to. Be good to get my hands dirty. I will have loads of time to write though. I feel like I’m so damn close to wrapping up this draft of Black Blood and I’d really like to bring it home today.

I also have to map out next week’s writing rota. Something I’ve learnt this week is that I can’t load up my days off if I’ve had three of four work days between them. I am just too wiped out to have a good crack at a heavily productive day. What I’m tempted to do is to line up just a couple of items to do for days in those instances. You how, make easy to achieve goals, which once I’ve done might be enough to to of got me rolling and I end up massively surpassing the small goals I set for the day. Worth a try I think.

Right folks, time to get stuck into Black Blood. Have a great day, everyone!

Dizzy having cuddles last night ☺️

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

April 7th 2021

Good morning, folks!

How are we all doing today? I managed to write 1012 words yesterday on Black Blood. They were good words as well. I wrote a little snippet for this story the other week before work while I was sitting in my car in silence. What I wrote then was really good. So yesterday I wrote in silence. Normally I have YouTube playing in the background and this has worked for me for years, but now not so much. So I’m going to go back to silence while writing for a while and see how I get along with it. The two recent occasions might have just been me in the flow but it’s not going to hurt to find out.

Right, no time to waste today. Time to wrangle some words!

Have a random picture of Raven snoozing

Good Morning, 6th April 2021

Morning folks! How are we all doing today?

I’m a little tired but focussed. I have work later today so simple goals today. Basically a blog post and 500 words on Black Blood. As always I’m not going to stop at 500 if I’m rolling, but if its like pulling teeth then I will.

My head feels pretty straight again now. I feel I’m back on the right track again, and honestly I feel more focussed and capable then in a very long time. It’s nice having this week mapped out so I can just look at my planner and I know what I’ve got going on. It’s helped setting modest goals once more and I can even see an end in sight for Black Blood!

Right! That’s enough procrastination. Words don’t wrangle themselves.

Always inspiring

Saturday 3rd April 2021

Hey folks, I focused on non-writing life yesterday after posting. So I didn’t get anything I mentioned done. Today I’ve got limited time before work so once I’ve written this short post I’m going to do a half hours work and then get ready for work.

It’s going to be Black Blood I’m working on. Then when I’m on my break later on I’m going to do a little brainstorming or a little writing on a short story.

I’ve just posted my April goals to my Buy Me A Coffee page. Aside from the odd post everything post there is free to view. I have no objection to paywalls but I’m not sure that’s where I am at the moment. I mention it now because I’m starting to post my goals for each month there and they are exclusive to Buy Me A Coffee but are free to read. The way I’m viewing Buy Me A Coffee at the moment is it if someone would like to give me a tip. I’m not going to ram it down people throats, although I may add a link to a few blog posts. Every penny I get from there goes into writing.

Right, time to write. Have an awesome day folks! Don’t let people take your dreams as aspirations away.

Good Morning, 2nd of April 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today? I am awake, I have tea, and I’m even dressed! So I’m all but ready for a productive day. I’ve got non-writing bits and bobs to see to during the course of the day.

I’m going to be working on Black Blood mainly today, but I also have to set myself up for the month. I’ve got to sit down and map out my goals for the month. I am going to scale them back a little as I’ve not hit every goal I’ve set out for a month once this year. Going into April, that really isn’t where I want to be. So I’ll be having a hard think about what I’d like to have done by the end of the month.

Just realised I’ve tripled down on Gears Of War gear today 🤣

Last night I watched a documentary called Seaspiracy which was quite eyeopening and gave me a load of ideas for a story I’m working on brainstorming. I also watched a horror movie called Beneath. This was a film that once a certain character died I was bored. All the other characters were so repulsive I couldn’t wait for them to die! It helps though because it works to build what I don’t want to do in my own work. I always struggle to slam someone else’s art but I’ll try and be honest about it and it’ll inform my own art.

Right, time to get stuck into some work, if Dizzy will let me!

Good Morning, 31st of March 2021

Good morning, folks. For the second day in a row I’m up by 7am. I’m pretty sure this is because the clocks changed so my body thinks 7am is 8am. Anyway, I’m up, have a cuppa tea and I’m almost ready for the day.

I’ve got work this afternoon, so I’m looking at what I can get done this morning. I’ve got a little googling for non-writing reasons but that’s just a quick look at something before I do a deeper dive later in the week when I have more time.

Yesterday I got a lot off my to-do list for the day but didn’t get any words worked. This morning I’m going to be working on Black Blood and get a little closer to the ending of that story. I’m itching to get back into the next draft of Penal Earth but I’d like to get this draft of Black Blood done first.

Dizzy rolling around in the dust ☺️

I do need to look at my goals for next month as well, and decide what I want done by May. So I’ll have a little think about that. I think I’ll lower my goals as the last two months I’ve not really hit the targets I’ve set out.

Right! I’m off to get some words done. I don’t want to be in a position where I’m pushing to hit my target for the day at the last minute.

Have an awesome day folks! It looks like it’s going to be another beautiful day here in my part of the UK, but lets not let the weather decide for us, lets make it an awesome day come rain or shine.

The supervisors making sure I cleaned their filter out properly!