31st July 2021

Good afternoon, folks!

416 words today, but I also edited my kidnap story and have submitted it! The publisher for the anthology it’s for are pretty good and I should know by the end of August if it’s successful.

It’s always humbling reading through Beta reader’s notes. I’m not fooling myself, I know I’m still learning how to write. But seeing some of the basic mistakes I make it grounds me and makes me want to push harder to improve. The only thing holding me back from improving is myself as I’m not getting enough of my work read by others. It’ something that I drastically need to change. I’m not even talking about publishing. I’m talking about Beta readers. It’s these people who’ll show me what works and what doesn’t, and dear god just how bad my grammar is! A lot of these things I think are the basics and I definitely don’t want to making too many basic mistakes in my work before send them out to editors and for submissions.

Right, I’ve got a few things to do tonight before a little gaming with friends. Then tomorrow, a lot to do!

Good Morning! 21st of July 2021

Howdy Folks! How is everybody this morning?

I’ve written 1048 words on the short story I started yesterday. It’s titled Robert at the moment but that might change. This one is flowing quite well at the moment and I’m going for two POV characters and see how it works out. I’ve not done a lot of this so I’m hoping it works out well.

I do love a good start to the day. It sets a good tone for the rest of the day having already achieved something.

Tomorrow I’m off from the day job but have a few errands to run early on. I’m going to try and get into the reading of Penal Earth tomorrow after I’ve done all the other bits and pieces that are needed. I’d also like to continue on Robert as I don’t want to loose my momentum.

Right, I need to get ready for work! Have an epic day, all! Make it a good one!

Good Morning, 19th July 2021

Good Morning Folks, how are you all doing? I’ve been up about fifteen minutes and am hoping a blog post will help me wake up a little quicker. Plus tea, tea is a gift from all the gods!

I am waking up a little easier now. I was going through a period where I was struggling to get up, I know this is a marker of mental health concerns, but the last few weeks I’ve been setting an alarm, generally for 8am and I’m finding that I’m waking up about 7:30am most mornings. It’s a little different when I’m working an early as I have to be up at 4am for those, but I’m finding it easier to get up for those as well. I’m just not waking up thirty minutes beforehand!

Writing wise, I’m going to add a few more words to the short story I’ve been working on. I think it’s taking shape nicely and although yesterday I was thinking I’ve nearly finished this draft I think I may be a little further off than I thought.

Last night I had a thought and realised that this story I’m kind of letting loose a little and I think there’s an icky factor to it that I like, and I realised last night that is what I should be doing. Finding that element of boundary pushing. I’m a horror writer, the stories are meant to be uncomfortable.

It really got me thinking about the writing I’ve been doing lately and how I need to go down that more uncomfortable path. Art isn’t just meant to be beautiful. It’s allowed to make you think as well, it’s allowed to trigger things that make you feel uncomfortable. So I’m going to try and embrace that.

Right, I’ve work in a bit and would like to get a little bit done or writing work done before leaving. I also need tea! and something to eat.

Rock on folks! It’s the start of a new week, so lets all hit the ground running and make a difference.

Good Evening, 17th of July 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I wrote 700 and something words and edited maybe 500 on a low writing day. Tomorrow will be another low writing day as I’ve got a long work day.

This next two weeks or so. Well to the end of the month I know exactly what I want to do. Basically doing an out loud read through of three stories which are all but done. Then I’ll get them sent off to beta readers and then off to editors when I’ve got the money.

Cute Doggo!

Speaking of money, this is the link to my Buy Me A Coffee page. Here you can make a contribution to my writing fund. Any funds I receive go straight to my editing and cover art fund. I do work and put money from my day job into writing, but any additional funds I get I’m super happy for. I understand times are tough, and I’m not going to put this in every post. But a little reminder once in a while doesn’t hurt.

And you know what, all my posts there are free to read! So go and have a look. I do post different content there than I do here. So, it’s worth a look I think.

Right, I’m off! I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

Good Morning, 16th July 2021

Good morning, Folks! How’s everyone doing today?

I’ve written 885 words on a new short story today. And damn boy did those words fly out! And they’re pretty disturbing as well. If it reads as uncomfortable as they were to write then iv done the job right! I managed to get a characters voice feeling pretty damn genuine as well.

It felt good just letting myself go, I’ve not done that in a long time.

But right, just a quickie this morning. I’m off to Rochester with a friend for a wander and cake!

Good Afternoon, 15th July 2021

Hey folks, I ended up writing 1038 words today, and I dived into research for a book I’m preparing for.

After listening to this weeks Mando Method podcast and hearing Armand and Chuck discussing my half year progress, I’ve realised that I am editing too much. It’s time to send my stuff out to beta readers and then editors. I keep striving for perfection but I’m probably too close to it now.

I’ve been editing a lot recently because my brain just isn’t putting the words together. I don’t believe in writers block, professional writers rarely get that from what I’ve heard so I’m not going to spurt it out.

Not at desk, but still doing some work, just not at the same pace! 😁

As I have been struggling with new words I’ve thrown myself into editing and aiming for perfection which will never be achieved, and I can’t improve if others aren’t reading it.

This weeks Mando Method really rammed home I need to get my arse back into the reading. I am struggling with it but I just need to force myself to.

Really hard typing around a cat!

I’m going to do one more pass on Penal Earth, simply because I want to add a couple of little world building details. Black Blood, I’m going to say its done. And not edit it again. With the vamp book, I want to do one more pass through with it. This one was the most messy of the three and I want to make sure I’ve got my continuity right in the story, but also in the writing. This book started off being told from a 1st person point of view and I want to make sure there aren’t any POV tags I’ve missed.

Black Blood will be off to Beta Readers now, and I’ll go from there.

Right, I’m off to do a little more work as I chill out before dinner! Have fun folks!

Good Morning, 15th July 2021

Howdy folks, yesterday I wrote 534 words on the vampire book and the rest of the day I chilled out a little. A lot of early starts recently and I was feeling more than a little drained.

Today I’ve got a few things I’d like to do. One of which is reading through the notes from my editor on the zombie book. I’m not ready to start making changes yet, but I am going to be making my own notes as I go. I’d like to get some words written today on one of the short stories I’m working on as well. I’m tempted to do that first as that’ll give me plenty of time to read through the notes for zombie and I can get it (hopefully) read through today.

A video I did a couple of weeks ago 🙂

I’m doing pretty well on my goals for the month. Two have been ticked off now, and I feel confident that I can achieve each one. Even the video one!

Right, I’m going to get started now. I hope you all have a fantastic day!

9th 0f July 2022

Good evening, folks. I’ve edited 7740 words of the vampire book today, and then sorted through some non-writing paperwork. Then a fair bit of tidying and sorting in my office. Then I chilled out and this evening after dinner I wrote a post on my Buy Me A Coffee page. You can read it for free, here. Please click the link and have a read. As I said, it’s free to read. So please hit the link and check it out.

Even though I’ve been productive I am not sticking to my day plans, so I need to do that better. Well, I’m probably doing better than I realise. I’ve just got to do better at looking at the week plan and ticking things off as I go. I go into this a little in the Buy Me A Coffee post, in that I want to stop bouncing around so much. I feel like I can do that, but I take a little time to make these tweaks to lifestyle and working habits. I do get there in the end but it can take a little time

The highlight of the day has to be when Raven decided to bring her lunch into my office and I turned around to see her munching down on a vole. That’s why we can’t have our windows wide open!

From today’s editing.

I have invested in a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad. I had one years ago until it got destroyed in my work bag. I’m rally impressed with this new one. It’s pretty much the size of the keyboard that I have with my iMac, but was only like £10. For that price, I thought it’s worth a punt and it’s really damn good so far.

Right, time to wrap this post up. I hope you’ve all had a super day!

Good Evening, 6th of July 2021

Good evening, all!

Despite feeling super unwell throughout the day (nothing to worry about, I’m feeling much better now), I managed to knock out about 6500 words of editing on the vampire book.

I don’t think I’m going to have this edit by the end of the week, but it’s not the end of the world. I’ve not got a deadline at all, which does take the pressure off. My aim is to have this pass done by the end of the month. So I’m sure I’ll still get it done.

As I’m working through this I do have some big concerns, and I’m not sure how to fix the ones I’ve looked at so far. But I know If I let it simmer then I think I’ll find the solutions I need.

Right! I hope all you fine people have had a good day. Please check out my social media links on the right hand side of the screen, and the links to my published works above.

Tomorrow’s a new day with words to wrangle.

Good Morning! 5th of July 2021

Howdy Folks! How are we all doing today?

After I blogged yesterday I was going to get a little work done on an upcoming blog post but I had a nap instead. I was hoping to get it done so I could get it typed up and at least scheduled today, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case.

I am planning on getting the vampire edit done this week. It’s less than 60k so I think I can. I am being flexible in things like this though. I’m taking into consideration the day job as well as other non-writing elements of life (like the little ball of black chaos that is known as Raven!).

I’ve been brainstorming a lot recently and I’ve got to set about transferring all those handwritten notes to the appropriate project files. I think some of what I’m getting from brainstorming is installing an element of a story in my head and when it comes to writing the story that element won’t be forgotten (hopefully!). But I don’t want to rely on my brain solely, I’ve got so many notes on the mermaid book now that I can’t guarantee I’m going to be able to recall them when it comes time to write the story (this’ll likely be my NaNoWriMo story for this year!).

A busy week ahead, and I’m determined to hit the ground running!

And here’s the ball of chaos being cute ☺️