Good Evening, 12th of NaNoWriMo 2021

A quick little NaNoWriMo update tonight. I’m at 17180 words at the moment, which is about 3k less than where I should be. But I’m confident of getting back on track, despite being back at work soon.

I’m adjusting my writing patterns a little to see if that helps me. The pieces I’m working on have my attention and I can feel the stories building in my head. It’s just a case of sitting my butt down and getting those words out.

Below is a video of me reading my story ‘Ghost’ from the anthology 84 Stories 84 Words please give it a look and if you like it then check out the whole book.

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day 2

Howdy folks, just a short little post tonight.

I wrote 1754 words today and had some great conversations with members of my NaNo region, both friends and a person I hadn’t spoke to before today.

Not as many words as I’d have liked but I’m still very happy with where I am and the story is moving nicely, although I think what I did today will need a solid editing when the time comes. At the moment it feels more like a transition long scene and I don’t like it when a scene feels like that. It needs to be gripping and not just something to move the story along.

Day three tomorrow, and I’m feeling pretty good for it!

Serial Pensioner

Hey folks, here it is. The animated adaptation of my short story ‘Serial Pensioner’ by the fantastic Leah Solmaz.

Here are Leah’s links, please check them out and show her some love! Instagram – https://instagram.com/leahsolmaz Website – https://www.leahsolmaz.com

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day One

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing?

I was planning on starting at midnight but after such a demanding day at work yesterday I decided to give it a miss, and didn’t start writing until about 10ish this morning. The first 700 words were like pulling teeth! At that point I was thinking I’ll get to the 1667 words and then give it up for the day. The next 500 words flowed really well though and in that 500 I found some flow and before I new it I was passing the 2000 words mark and deciding to push onto 2500, but I passed that and was at 2700 words and decided to double the 1667 for the day. At about 2900 words though I began to wane and I thought I’ll not push that bit further. My back was killing me and it had been very uncomfortable for about an hour at that point. I wanted to finish the scene, but it ended up taking a few more words than I’d anticipated, and before I knew it I was at 3334 words.

That did wipe me out a little, but I]m glad I got ahead a little and when I go into it tomorrow it’s nice knowing I’m ahead and I know what the next scene is.

How are all your NaNo’s going?

NaNoWriMo 2021……

Good evening, folks! NaNoWriMo 2021 is. Just a few hours away and I am pumped! Despite having a very demanding day at. Work was so busy! And I feel a little like my body needs to go. In for some repairs! But NaNo is here!

I am doing short stories this year. A little bit of lobbing ideas at the wall and see what sticks.

We’re still not allowed to have any in person write-ins, so it’s all online again this year. My region, Kent, are utilising Discord again this year. It’s not the same but it is what it is.

Most of my words will be written at home in my office, definitely so for the first two weeks as I’m off work and then after that I’ll be getting a few words written during breaks at work. I am planing on getting to a couple of coffee shops to get some words done for a change of scenery, but mostly I’ll be at home for this years NaNo.

I’m going to smash the word count this year. These first two weeks I’m going to try and get to 30k and give me a good head of steam for when I go back to work.

Right, time for a little dinner. Good luck everyone who’s about to embrace NaNo. We’ve got this!

Good Afternoon, 29/10/21

Good afternoon, folks! I hope everyones day is going well?

I’ve spent the last half an hour or so looking through files for an early draft of Penal Earth, which I found and printed out as I’m going to mine it for book two. I also printed off three short stories from that universe as since my mum read Penal Earth and The North Side, she’s been asking me for more of that world. That is part of the push behind bumping the second book up. Penal Earth is my most completed novel length piece as of this moment (just gotta save up for an editor to look it over) and I’m itching to get back into that world and play with some of the story lines that were in that original draft that I wrote for NaNo 2015.

Now, I’m not going to dive in and start writing right now (it’s tempting but no). I want to read it through a couple of times, make a few notes and kinda scribble out what I don’t want and then copy and paste it into a new file and then start connecting those all together and tying it into book one.

With NaNo just a few days away I’m tempted to say I’ll do it for next NaNo 2022, but I’m not quite ready to commit to next years project just yet. After this years NaNoWriMo I’ll have a lot of editing to do and I’d like to get Zombie, Black Blood, and Vampire done and dusted. Or at least to the point where I can have them off to an editor once I’ve got the cash together. Zombie is still my priority. The cover art is all but done, and once I’ve gone through and done what needs to be done I’m probably going to send it off to the editor again just to make sure I’ve not cocked it up even more!

I’ve mentioned that Leah Solmaz has adapted a short story of mine(Serial Pensioner) into an animated short. Well it’s now done and will be out on Sunday! Below is a video Leah posted on her YouTube where she talks about that and what she’s been up to the last few months and what she’s got going on in the near future. Please have a watch and check out her work. She’s not only a talented actor, writer, producer, director but she’s a fantastic person as well.

Right folks, be kind and rock on!

Good Morning! 29/10/21

Good morning folks! How are we all doing today?

I did not get much done yesterday. I had a few bits at home to do before meeting a friend in the evening. So no writing done at all. I did do some thinking about a couple of different projects though, which has helped me progress them somewhat.

A few notes on a future blog post while I was waiting for my buddy.

With NaNo very close now I’m definitely not going to jump into anything new or that will wash over into November. I’m not quite got my head into where I want it to be but I’m getting there. I’ve got a few ML(municipal liaison) bits to do that I think’ll get me into the mindset a little more.

Right, I’m off! Have an awesome day folks!

Good Morning, 25th of October 2021

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing today?

I didn’t get much done yesterday. When I work on Sunday’s it’s normally a long shift which leaves little time before work to write and not a lot of time after as it’s quite a busy day working in a supermarket on a Sunday. Plus last night I was playing GTAV with my dear friend Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming till 1am (we had far too much fun!).

Today I have a work shift which doesn’t leave much time either side to write but I have the next few days off. So I’m going to try and make the most of those days. Mainly because I want to work through the edits on Zombie before NaNo begins in SEVEN DAYS!!! and I want to have a clear plate before starting on NaNo.

I also want to do a little more prep for NaNo both as a writer and as an ML. My regions ML’s have had a natter and have a few ideas we’re playing with to build engagement for another year of not being able to meet in-person.

Right, I need to get off and get ready for my day.

Rock on, folks! Make life what you want it to be!

Third year ML ☺️

23rd Of October 2021

Good evening, Folks!

I edited 3691 words on the Zombie book. There is a lot of work to go into it to get it right and it’s a little intimidating. I know what I need to do and I’m pretty sure how to do it. It’s just the thought of working through it line by line to get it there.

I’m only on the first if the three parts and I know the last one needs the most work, but strangely enough I think that will be easier than this first part of the book.

As I slept badly I took a small nap and then chilled out with some GTAV.

Met this non-playable character today, it took a lot of mini-gun fire and I decided to leave him where he was! 🤣

This evening I’m gonna watch a movie and then get an early night.

Have an awesome one, folks!

Good Morning, 23rd of October 2021

Howdy folks! how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I managed to do an edit pass on Sweet Danny before starting work. I had an evening shift and didn’t get home till after ten, so I didn’t do anything after work really. (although I forgot myself and had a can of coke on the drive home so ended up awake and watching The Simpsons till gone 3am).

I did make a couple of notes for NaNoWriMo as well but not many. It is going to be with us before we know it and I’m not especially prepared for it, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m opting for short stories again as they won’t require as much planning and in some cases I can just wing it.

As for today, I’m going to get stuck into the edits from the editor on the zombie book.

Here’s a little teaser of Serial Pensioner that the fantastic Leah Solmaz is working on! So ridiculously excited about this!

Right folks, I hope you al have an epic day!