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.

Base Touch

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.

Failed Already

My alarm was set for 6am, 7:15am I got out of bed. No time for words to be written. No time to maybe read a little. Just enough time to get ready for work, and drink a cup of tea(writing this while waiting for tea to cool to drinking temperature).

Yesterday was extremely frustrating. Today hasn’t started how I envisioned it but I can’t see why it should change anything when it comes to the rest of the day. Once work is done I’ll clean the henhouse out. Then have a bath and then, editing! I want to have this pass done tonight so tomorrow I can get some new words written.

Right, the tea should be just right now. Have a great day and weekend, folks!

Good Friday, 2019 (State Of Play)

I had some bad news last week which knocked the wind out of my sails. I’m not going to talk about here, not yet anyway.

I’ve barely written since then but will be getting back on the horse in the next few days. We’ve got a long weekend here in the UK. For many it’s a four day weekend, for me its a three day weekend because I work Saturdays (one year I will remember to book the damn Saturday off and have that four day weekend). My plan for the weekend was to get into Penal Earth beta notes (which I got on Monday), but my plans have changed as my folks have new furniture being delivered and the old stuff needs taking out, the area decorated and then on Monday the new stuff put together. So I’m not expecting to get Penal Earth edited this weekend. That was my goal, now the goal for having that done is next weekend.

I have done a little prep work for CS1. I’ve got a semi-decent idea of what needs to be done with that story to get it to where I want it to be and I think that’ll be the next one after the vampire collection is done.

Speaking of the vampire collection, that I’ll be trying to get back in the swing of in the next few days. I’m hoping once this first story is rewritten then the rest will mainly be edits with sections being rewritten as opposed to a whole story having to be done again from scratch.

I think I know what I’m going to be working on for the next year or so. I do have a submission call that I’m trying to think about a story to write for but although I love the theme I can’t get an idea to take shape. I can feel something there, but it’s just out of reach. Which tells me I’ve got a good idea but maybe now isn’t the right time for it. I do think the next eighteen months or so I’m going to focus on getting what I’ve got on the board done. The two projects after CS1 I’m really excited about but will need a lot of research for. I might start that soon and kind of drip-feed myself with it. Research isn’t something I’m that good at so I don’t want to just dive in full speed ahead as I know I’ll hit a brick wall!

Life has its ups and its downs. The trick is enjoying the ups and with the downs, shrug your shoulders and work your way through them.

Have a great easter weekend, folks.