Good Morning May 7th 2020

Good morning! It sounds like the birds are singing happily outside today, I’ve ventured out yet but have work later on.

There’s not much for me to report writing wise. Few words have been written, but a short story has been submitted, had notes back and then sent back to the publisher. This is for an anthology I was invited to submit to.

I can’t remember if I mentioned but I did have a rejection a few weeks ago. It was disappointing but the story is one I love and takes place in my Penal Earth universe so I can always put it in a collection of stories from that setting.

A pretty cloud formation

Living in this locked down world is both strange and interesting. I changed jobs at the start of April (was in the process of before the lockdown was even spoken of) and am now working in a supermarket. So I’ve been going to work as normal, to a degree. But it’s both interesting and frustrating seeing how some people adhere to guild lines on social distancing and how others blatantly disregard those rules. We haven’t got a full lockdown here in the Uk, and I think more people should appreciate that.

That’s all for this morning. I had more I wanted to write but my brain’s decided to misfile they rest of it!

Stay safe everyone, if we keep our heads we can start getting back to a life without restrictions sooner. I’m not going to say back to normal because I’m honestly not sure that’ll happen. Not for some time anyhow.

Good Morning, Sunday March 15th 2020

Good Morning, folks! This will be a slightly different post to what I normally put up simply because it’s not going to have much about writing in it.

We’re in a state of uncertainty at the moment with the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Now, I’ve not been directly affected by it. Aside from some silly memes on social media and a few conversations I’ve not been affected by it. I have loved ones who fall into the high risk category and this concerns me. What happens if we have to go on a lockdown also worries me. There are few people I know who don’t live pay packet to pay packet. What happens to our finances if that happens?

I look at what’s going to happen to the emergency services, which in the UK is already a part of government that is understaffed and overworked. They’ll be pushed even harder and for much longer.

What happens to getting food to people? Will a lockdown allow people to leave to shop? Will the shops have to have police or even military presence to make sure things stay under control. Are they contingencies to ration? (like seriously people, the first sign of an emergency situation and we start hoarding? we did a shop the other day and just did a normal shop and I know other people are doing the same. We don’t need to panic buy, just be sensible) Sorry, I’ll try not to rant any more this post.

It is something that I feel like we as individuals needs to start thinking about. Both rationing of things like food and of money. I don’t need to go out and spend anything today. All I’ll be doing is using a little fuel from my car and thats about it. That said, it could all be over in a few weeks. We might not have to go on lockdown, but I’d like to be hearing from governments what’s going to happen if we have to, and I’d like to hear more about how they’re going to make sure we as a society don’t fall apart in the meantime.

Lots of food for thought at the moment, on the plus side I am getting a few words down and this story I’ve been working on this year is nearing completion of the first draft.

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I’ve just finished The First Cut by Chuck Buda. If you like your horror with blood and sex then I’d recommend looking this one up 🙂 

I’ll end this post with yes, it says good morning but I posted in the afternoon. And that I’m not an expert with anything I’ve said today. These were just some thoughts that I’ve been having the last few days.

Flash post! ( 17/1/2020)

Hi folks! Just a quick post to say I’ve done no writing since last week. I’ve been off from the day job and been spending time with my partner. It’s been good and I’m enjoying it.

This little break has also helped open up a few ideas for the project I’m writing at the moment. I wasn’t sure where I wanted it to go but I’ve got a few ideas for it now.

I am getting a touch twitchy having not written for like five days, but I think it’s going to be good for the long term.

Here’s a random picture of a Water Vole I took in a country park my partner and I went to.

5th of January 2020

Good evening on this first Sunday of the new year. Also, my first list of the new year which will be a quick little update.

I’ve finished the first drafts of two short stories in the last couple of weeks. I’ve done one edit pass of one and will start on the second tomorrow.

It’s been a bit of a slow start to writing this year, well that’s how it feels. I’ve got a lot going on in life at the moment and writing is getting done as and when I have a few moments. That said, I’ve managed to get words down the last few days and I’d like to think my word count for this year isn’t too bad so far.

I think the trick for the next few months is going to be getting words in when I can.

That’s it for now though. I am going to try and get into some sort of a routine with blogging again but we’ll see how the next few weeks go.

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Hey folks! I just wanted to shoot out a quick post and give an update to where I’m at. I’ve got a major NaNoWriMo hangover. I crashed and burned this past November. With prepping for some changes in my personal life I didn’t do well at NaNo at all. I got a personal worse word count wise, but I have a few threads I can work with. So it’s not a total loss.

There was a couple of other writing problems I had last month that I’m not ready to discuss here, but they’re having an effect on the fact that writing has been very hard for me the past few weeks. I think I’m coming out of it now but I’m going to have to fully re-evaluate my goals going forward and make them more attainable.

That’s me done for the night. I’m feeling back to the onwards and upwards mindset and hope I’ll get back into the rhythm of it all soon.

25th November 2019

Today I’ve written 700 words. All of which were done during my lunch break. I’ve passed 12k now and am not even going to hit 20k. I’m not happy about this, but I can live with it.

The last few months have been super busy but for all the right reasons. The biggest, and only, downside is that I haven’t been able to keep up with writing. I’ve had a couple of big failures (okay, not that big but they suck) where I’ve felt pretty desolate. One thing in particular recently dented me pretty hard as I realised I’m not capable, or maybe ready, to be a person in my writing community where I can be somewhat of a leader. After I had that revelation I came the closes to quitting writing that I’ve ever been. Even to the point where I had two major writing related commitments that I was going to complete and then quit.

I’m past that feeling of desolation though. I’m feeling energised and I’m having ideas again. I need to find a better way to make the most of my time though. That’s something I’ll be working on in the near future.

I often find listening to podcasts quite inspiring. Especially when they’re talking to someone who is working their arse off to get to their goals. An episode of The Horror Show with Brian Keene featured writer and musician Matt Hayward and each time I hear this episode I can’t help but be inspired. Please clicky the link and see what I mean.

Good Morning, Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Good morning folks. Today is what I’m thinking of a ‘get shit done week’. I have got a lot of general sorting out to do that needs to be done soon due to a few changes that’s going on. Some of it is things I should of had done ages ago but I’ve this bad habit of putting things off. I can’t do that this week.

So I’m not expecting a whole lot of writing to be done but I am going to do what I can and when. Most of this sorting out involves working through my old writing files. I’ve been writing since I was about twenty one (although have only been serious about it for a few years now). So I have many years worth of files to sort out. I’ll admit, a lot of it will be destroyed but I’ll keep a draft of everything I’ve written. Especially those that I don’t have digital copies of. When I switched over to Apple a few years ago I might have lost some of my older work (I don’t think I did) but I still want to keep at least one hard copy of what may be in that chaos of filing.

In addition to all the writing stuff I’ve got to work through I’ve got non writing paper work to clear through and just have a general sort through and tidy this coming week.

So I’ve got a busy one coming this week. I’m going to do a software update and then get a few hours of work done on CS1 this morning. After that the big tidy starts, as I’m watching the new series of Disenchantment.