Good Evening, 17th Of January 2022

Good Evening, folks! How are we all doing?

I scratched out 120 words today during my break. I was going to do more whenI got home but I found I had a lot of little bits and pieces to sort out. Some of that was quite therapeutic though. Especially so furniture dismantling I was doing. I’m realising doing practical things is really good for my soul.

Tomorrow, there will be more practical things, but also writing. I’m off tomorrow so there will be plenty of time to be cracking on with all the bits and pieces I need to and get some words written or edited. I’m going to be looking at getting this final draft of Zombie done. I’ve had the editors notes for a long time and I need to get cracking with them. I finally have the time and the mental capacity to get those down.

I have set up a Ko-fi page. I still have my Buy Me A Coffee account, but I’ve had a few minor problems with it and wanted to set up another crowd sourcing account in case I decided to move away from BMAC some where down the line. It’s a never leave your eggs in one basket sorta thing.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie. Have an awesome evening, folks!

Good Afternoon, 14th January 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

I’ve taken a couple of days off from writing. I needed a little bit of a breather to let a few ideas on the current WIP settle a little.

I’m going to get cracking again today now I’ve seen to a few non-writing writing bits, (don’t ask!) and have done a little grinding on GTAV. I’m gearing up to get the next edit of the zombie book done, that should be towards the end of next week and early next month.

Something I’ve noticed is the last couple of days where I’ve not been writing have been good for ideas. Nothing grand but some nice little detail elements for ongoing works.

Right, I’m of to get some words written.

State Of Play (6th Of January 2022)

Here are my numbers from last year: I wrote 134,896 words in total. I edited 337,630 words. And finally I read through 154 A4 pages of fiction (I started counting that in May). I’ll admit, not the numbers I was hoping for. And when I look at the two year plan I’d mapped out later 2020 I’m well behind. But I’m in a good place in a lot of respects. I’ve got one story ready for an editor to look at it once I have the money. I’ve got two more that will need at least another pass. My Alpha reader has had a look at them and said they’re not as polished as the first one.

The zombie book is also nearing completion. I’m going to be working on that and trying to get it to where it needs to be towards the end of the month.

As I said, I’m very behind. Some of the next few months will be squirrelling away a few quid here and there so when I’m ready I can send work off to be professionally edited and have formatting and covers sorted.

First up is the Zombie book.

Good Evening 5th Of January 2022

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?

I am shattered! Had my first early start this morning since New Years Eve and boy am I feeling it. Once this post is written I’ll be getting settled for the night and watch then watch a movie and let myself wind down for the night.

I have written today, I got a nice 541 on a short story that feels like it’s expanding well. I’ve got no idea where it’s going but I’m enjoying the mystery as I’m writing it.

I’ve been meaning to watch Blade Runner 2049 again, but still haven’t got around to it. I will in the next few days hopefully. It’s a film that I’m keen to revisit and see how I feel about on, I think this’ll be my third viewing. It’s one I want to sit down and focus on and let myself be absorbed into it.

Right, I’m going to wrap for the night. I’ve got a couple of little bits to do before I can properly settle down for the night. I’m aiming to be in bed and asleep by ten! Wish me luck!

Good Evening, 4th of January 2022

Good evening folks, how are we all doing?

It’s been a pretty good day, I’ve written 424 words and (finally) worked through my emails that had been building up. I’ve spent a bit of time on GTAV, particularly grinding today. That’s basically just earning money. I did spend some money modding a car and I managed to recoup that and then took my balance above where it had been when I started the session.

I’ve got an early start, so I’m going to do the dishes and then watch Ready Player One.

Have an awesome evening, folks!

Good Morning, January 3rd 2022

*so, I wrote this at like 9am and then forgot to post it! 🤭

Howdy Folks! How are we all doing this morning?

Yesterday I wrote 399 words. I had a few other things to do and because of that I knew I wouldn’t get a lot written, but I’m quite happy I go at much done as I did.

I think I mentioned it in yesterdays post that I’ve been struggling to get the words down, which is why I’ve switched to pen and paper writing again. I’m hoping this change in how I’m getting the words out will help get over this wall I’ve been running into since mid November. I should have tried this weeks ago, but I’m doing it now.

I’ve got another two days before I’m back at work so I’m going to be writing, but I’ve other bits I want to get done that I’ve been putting off. I’m going to ease my way back in a little and I need to get my arse into gear and get zombie edited. That needs to be a priority. I have some time towards the end of the month where I’m not going to be in work and will hopefully be able to get my head into it fully.

Right, I’m off to make a start. I hope you all have an awesome day, folks!

Good Morning(Afternoon), 2nd January 2022

Good morning, folks!

After a late night of gaming I decided to have a lay in this morning, and I think it was needed.

Yesterday I wrote 567 words, I think. It was about that number anyway.

It was a decent session. I hand wrote for the first time in a good couple of years and found it to be quite therapeutic. Last year I was struggling with writing, particularly towards the end of the year so it was a relief to be able to get some words down. It’s a story that’s in a universe I’ve already got set up but I’m not sure just how much I’m going to cross over with the main storyline that I’ll be working on.

I’m quite happy with the scheme I gave this one ☺️

Today will be a little more of a low key day with writing. I’ve got some other bits to work on before I’m going to start writing.

Have an awesome day, folks!

Good Morning 1-1-22

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing this this morning? I’d imagine there are a few sore heads surfacing from their beds, sofas, or wherever they found themselves waking after seeing the New Year in. Me, I was in bed and well off to sleep as the clock brought 2021 to an end.

I’m not really one for making a fuss of new years. When I was in my early teens my step-grandad died on New Years Eve and since then I’ve only had a couple of new years that I’ve felt were good. It has become somewhat of a time of year that I can come to dread. Some have been pretty darn awful. So I don’t really pay too much attention to them.

Dizzy doesn’t seem that interested in the fact it’s a new year.

The same could be said of New Years Resolutions. I never really saw the point in them as most people give up on them after a few weeks, and if you really wanted to change something in your life you’d just start doing it, right? Well, this year something feels different. I’ve woken up with a new determination to get my arse into gear and change a few things in my life.

The last couple of years have had a lot of change and growth for me, and I’m getting better at recognising when I need to be more proactive with making changes. I’ve known a few of these changes I’ve been needing to make recently, but I’m not someone who can just snap my fingers and make those changes. I need to let things process a little before making a start.

One of the big ones is I used to be able to get up on my days off and make a start on writing. I think back to when I was in the car trade and my one day off a week would be a Sunday and I’d get up and be working on a blog post by about 8am. If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a few years you may remember my ‘Good Morning, Sunday’ posts. Those started because I liked getting up, having a cuppa tea and knocking out a post about what I wanted to get done that day. I felt good getting up and having a good start to the day, and that more often than not led to a decent day. I’ve found if I can get a blog post written early on, or get a few words written, then it gives me a boost for the day. I feel like I’ve already achieved something for the day, which gives me a good vibe going into whatever the day holds.

My last selfie of 2021

Over the last couple of years I’ve lost my way with that, and I need to get back on track with it. And I’m starting today. This is the first time I’ve sat down and ever tried to write a blog post at this time of the day in a long time.

So although I’m not going to make resolutions, I’ve got a list of things I’m looking at being a little more proactive with improving.

Happy New Year, folks! Make it a year to remember for the right reasons.

Good Morning! 14th December 2021

This blog post comes to you from a man who isn’t dead tired!

Where I’ve had lots going on recently I’ve not been getting much sleep, and the sleep I have been getting isn’t good sleep. Last night though I was gaming and crashed a car because I nodded off briefly (which in real life can be disastrous). And I decided to get an early night. I was in bed a little after eight with The Simpsons on (something that lets me shut off the constant stream of consciousness, but also something that if I miss any of it I’m not going to loose out on a plot point), and got me head down.

I’m not sure what time I nodded off but I woke up about ten or so and turned off the TV and the next time I woke up was when Max barked his head off and I went down to see what had alerted him (I think it was a fox or something). That was about three this morning. I went back to sleep for forty-five minutes or so and got up when my alarm went off at four.

And you know what, I feel pretty awake today. That’s the first time I’ve tried doing that and I’ve managed to sleep. When I’ve tried early nights before they just haven’t worked.

So today, let’s rock and roll!

Guard dog extraordinaire

8th Of December 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing?

Twenty-one pages on the Penal Earth book 2 read through. I’m now going to start brainstorming some ideas while I transfer the parts I want to keep to a main file, probably in Scrivener. Then I’ll start connecting the dots and building the rest of the story.

I am thinking about my goals for next year, and I’m thinking I’m going to keep them simple. Penal Earth book two will likely be one of those that will be a major part of my writing year.

I’ve got a few other projects that are simmering, but mostly they are either short stories or completed pieces that need editing.

I just need to get my arse into gear. Strangely enough I’m finding doing an hour or so work at this sorta time of night is working out quite well. At the moment.

Right, I’m going to log out here. Finish watching Die Hard (first Christmas movie of the year for me), and then try and get some sleep.

Rock on, folks!

My supervisor isn’t very helpful!