Good Morning, Sunday 20th September 2020

Good morning, folks! It’s just gone 9am here in the UK. I’m almost awake after a night of unsettled sleep. But no day job for me today, we do have family coming over to see us today (don’t worry, not exceeding the six person rule), and I have a number if things I need to do around the house, but I will also have a lot of time to dedicate to writing.

I’m behind in editing, and will be for another few days at least. I’ve had a head cold/cough and reading out loud isn’t something I’m going to be able to do at the moment. I think I’m over the worst of it, but where I spent a lot of time talking to customers in my day job yesterday my voice is feeling a bit knackered today. But there is plenty to write to make up for it. What I wrote in the early hours of yesterday morning is likely a load of rubbish as I was half asleep but it’ll also be something I can work with. At worst I’ll have to cut it and start again, but at less than three hundred words, it’s not the end of the world if I do have to do that.

I do need a solid few hours down time today as well. I am pretty beat at the moment, but I do have the day. I do have a lot I want to get down, but if I get my head down and crack on it’s achievable. It would be nice if I did a little more of that filling as well. That I can be a little more laidback with.

Today’s random picture Is of Max sleeping very soundly 😊

I really enjoy writing a post first of a morning like this. It’s a nice way to start the day and it was what I used to do a lot on Sunday’s. With shift work I’m not restricted to only writing them on a Sunday now, and I find I’ll have a decent writing session after I’ve written a post. It definitely does get me in the right mindset.

Right, that’s it for now folks. I hope you all have a fantastic day ahead.

18th September 2020

2068 words today. Another day where I’m doing what I consider NaNoWriMo numbers. When I was getting back into writing a few months ago I was scared I’d never get back to where I was. The thought of doing NaNo terrifies me because I know what it takes. I’m not feeling that now. I’m feeling confident, in a way I’ve not felt before. It’s not the false confidence I’ve had before. This feels, right. Like I’m capable of achieving my goals.

A month and a half until NaNoWriMo begins. Despite what I said in the last paragraph about hitting goals, there’s some I’m just not gonna hit that I set to have done by NaNo. This isn’t me being negative, it’s me being realistic. If I keep at this sort of pace, I could do it. But life is life. I can write everyday, but some days it’ll be a few hundred words and not the 2k like today. I’m in the position at this stage of my writing career where I haven’t got deadlines, and the ones I have are open submission calls. So if I miss them, I’m not faulting on a contract.

Today’s random picture 😉

I’m feeling focused and motivated. I need to step up in other areas of life as well. I’ve faltered a little recently so I need to get back on track, and find the right balance for everything.

It’s one step at a time. One hurdle at a time. Even if I go back a step, I’m aiming to move forward two steps tomorrow.

15th of September 2020

Good evening, folks! I have edited 2128 words on a short story and written 1314 on the vampire book.

The writing on the vampire era took a little getting into today but after a minor interruption I managed to get rolling damn well on it. At one point I was about five hundred words in and the next thing I was nearing a thousand so I thought I’ll hit the 1k and the next thing I knew, 1314 was written.

It’s feeling good, the writing. I’m getting into the zone quite well, I feel like some of it is some of my best work. I’m getting more and more ideas and feel like I can go somewhere with them.

I feel like I can coordinate what I’m doing and can achieve the goals I’m setting. I’m making progress on the pieces I’m working and can see that my process seems to be working at the moment.

It feels good to be making progress, and not just knocking words out. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo more than a few times, so I know I can produce words. It’s well past time that I stepped up and started producing stories for the world to see.

6th of September 2020

Good evening folks, only 187 words today, that was before work. After work I’ve been sorting a few things and chilling out in preparation to add a few pieces of furniture to my office.

Although tomorrow will be busy with that I’ll still be finding time to write, and I’d really like to get some editing done as well. We’ll see though, although I’ve had a productive month (details here on my Buy Me A Coffee page, free to read folks). This is a little bit of a change of how I’m doing things. Buy Me A Coffee is a site that lets people support people whose work they enjoy, kinda like Patreon, but different. I’ve popped a few random posts up there (which later got shared here as well), but from here on out I’ll be writing a post that gives numbers and some insight into them for the previous month. Will this be the format from here on out? Who knows. I’m trying to keep open minded and fluid with things like this, so we’ll see how it goes. Any money I receive does go straight back into writing.

This blog though, will continue. I pretty much get views each day, but I always get a jump when a new post goes live. And It will never be behind a paywall. I’ve been blogging for over a decade now, I enjoy it and quite frankly I like the journal type format that this has evolved into.

Right, well I wasn’t expecting this post to be much more than a ‘hey I wrote a little bit today’ but there you go. I will just end by asking you all go over to Facebook and checkout Stefan’s Daily Gaming, this video in particular. I guested over there and Stefan and myself play some Mario Kart. It was a lot of fun and a great way to blow off some steam. While you’re on Facebook, maybe go over to my page and give me a like too 🙂

5th of September 2020

Good evening folks, I got 548 words written on a short story this morning before work. I didn’t have much time as I overslept but I think I’m getting close to having this story done, and I’m worried I’ve made the main character too much of an arsehole, but I’m gonna have to wait and see what Beta readers say.

With short stories beginning to get close to being wrapped up I’ve looked at an anthology listing and am trying to get the gears turning on it but I’m not getting anything yet. I’ll think it over for a couple of days and see if something sparks.

I know I need to get back on track. I’m looking at my work rota next week and looking at what I can do and when. I’m slowly getting my head round when I can write I’m regards to the hours I’m working each day and I think it’s slowly coming together.

For now, I’m off to bed. Have a good one folks, and never let someone crap on your dreams.

Today’s random photo is of Max as he anxious watched one of his toys being repaired.

23rd August 2020 (Oh Yeah!)

1698 words done, and a short story first draft done! Seriously happy with this. It follows a lovely afternoon with family. I’m really happy with the way the story has gone, and I’m looking forward to diving into the edits this coming week.

This story is for an anthology that I’ve seen the call for. So I’ll get it in as good a shape as I can before getting it to my beta readers and then off to the editor.

I already have the next story underway, as I’ve mentioned in the last couple of posts. It’s a way off being finished, but I’ve got a good feel for it. This is for an anthology as well, I’ve got to check the submission window and see what time I have to play with.

These two stories are for an anthology series and I’ve got a feeling that this one, that isn’t even a thousand words yet, has it’s deadline before the one I finished today. So I’ve got to look it up in a minute.

I’m really enjoying having my own little space to write. It was nice just going in, popping the window open, getting some music going and just writing. It’s a nice space with a good feel and even though it’s not nearly done yet I can see little things that I want to do to it as I go.

Dizzy hanging out in the office, okay not hanging out but asking for dinner! 🤣

Today has been good, a little emotional at times, but not bad emotionally. One part of my life is shite, and will be for a while I believe but I’m not letting anything defeat me. I’m fired up, and can see how (writing wise) the next eighteen months could go.

Tomorrow, I go again 😊

19th of August 2020

Hey folks! Over 800 words today. I did a little before work and just spent half an hour doing the rest. I think I know where I’m going with this story at the moment, and hope I’m getting the vibe of it just right.

As I said last night I’m going to be decorating what’s going to be my office over the next couple of days. I’m not going to go too mad. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just what I need it to be.

I was speaking to another writer about writing spaces and they had some great tips about how to set a home office up. This person is a established writer who has got themselves to the point where they can write full time. It’s also someone who I respect greatly so I take what they say seriously. It’s definitely given me a few things to think about that I hadn’t thought of.

So, the next couple of days are going to be busy. I’m gonna take pictures as I go and post them up here for all to see.

This is going to be good for both my writing and my soul. Its going to be something practical that I need to get stuck into and it’s groundwork for a project that’ll take some time. I’m not gonna have the office exactly how I want it but the end of the year, cash flow alone won’t allow that. But getting it cleaned and a fresh coat of paint on the walls is a good start and I can build slowly and steadily from there.

A new writing pad 😊

Time for me to log out now. I’m gonna drop my car off for a little maintenance first thing then straight back home to make a start.

Have a good one, folks 😊

Good Evening, 18th August 2020

A slower day today, 363 words. That’s more than I started the day with and it’s my fourth day in a row writing. I haven’t written four days in a row since late March! That’s not good enough. I know it’s better than I’ve been doing at times this year, but I still need to do better. To achieve what I want to achieve I need to do better.

I think I’m progressing well. It isn’t that long ago that I was posting here that I’m going slowly and I know it’s going to take time to get going again. That seems like a long time ago, but I know it wasn’t. I’m a little surprised by how quickly I’ve progressed, and yet I’m disappointed that I haven’t got moe done. I feel like I’ve failed today because the news I had yesterday has hit me a little today. Nothing harsh but just didn’t have any oomph. I felt like I was trying to chip the words into a rock with a piece of celery. I tried to stick it out though, and although I’m not happy with what I’ve written, I think it’s something I can work with when I came to edit.

The morning sky the other day.

I’ve given myself the task of some decorating by the weekend. I’ve got a space that’ll primarily be my office, but it needs pulling into shape. (I’m going to document it I think). So writing will likely be on the back burner but I’m still planning on getting words down. The idea at the moment is to build up some consistency. Working everyday to get myself into both the mindset and habit of writing being work. If I want to achieve what I need to then I need to treat this as more than something to pass the time.

And not for nothing, I need some consistency because before we know it…..NaNoWriMo 😉

17th of August 2020

Today, I took a hard hit in my personal life. You don’t need anymore details than that. How it affected my writing, that’s what I’m going to talk about.

I’d intended to try and crack on with some writing today after work, and this just fired me up more. I set myself four goals, and hit three of the four. One is private to me. The other three were simple: write a thousand words, start the edits on the zombie book. The final of the four goals was tidying up. I did all but the tidying up. My spaces aren’t pig styles but my room needs a little tidying while what will become my office needs a little straightening. It needs decorating, but that’s going to have to wait a little while.

Writing wise, I wrote 1085 words and editing I worked through 5542 words. This is generally my goals for the next two days. Writing a 1000 words and editing the next two parts of the zombie novella.

The words I worked on were for a short story that I’m hoping to submit to an anthology. I’m feeling this one out as I’m writing it. I’m trying for something different with this one. Something a little more subtle to what I’ve done before. So far I think it’s okay, but I think I need to rank up the tension in it. Give it an edge that I think it’s missing at the moment.

She wasn’t this quiet all afternoon…..

Overall, today sucked. But life rarely does what we want it to. So when it doesn’t we just crack on and do our thing. We hold our heads up high and we carry on. When I check in tomorrow, I’ll have written a thousand words and edited another section of the zombie book.

14th August 2020

I got 648 words on a short story I’ve been working on. I did this before I went to work.

It felt good to get some words down early on, especially as I knew I most likely wouldn’t have time to do anything after work. Tomorrow I have the day off and I have non-writing matters to address but I’ll make time to get words written or edited. Seeing as I’m hosting a virtual Write-In tomorrow that should help.

Getting words wrangled is great for me, I feel better in myself when I’m being productive. I engage with my writing communities much more and I’m making progress with reaching goals both with writing and with me as a person so I can be the best person I can be for my loved ones.

Good night folks, if you have a dream then just go for it. Unless something bad, then best not to!

Have a good one, folks!