NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Eleven

Wow, it’s hard to believe we’re at day eleven already. In some ways the last eleven days have flown by but in others it feels like its dragged out. I’ve been off from work as well, which I think plays a part in that weird time displacement that’s been going on the last eleven days.

One of my guest appearances on Stefan’s Daily Gaming 🙂

I’ve written 2002 words for a total of 21423 words. I was aiming for 1667 words every day, regardless of what I wrote the day before. I’ve failed at that. I’ve had three days where I got under that target, and that’s not good enough when I look at the why I haven’t written 1667 each day. I know the why, and I’ve got to figure out how to stop it from happening again. I’m looking at trying a few things in the next few weeks to see to it that it doesn’t happen again. My biggest hindrance is I’m not as disciplined as I could be. That’s what I need to get a handle of. I can’t let my wondering mind destroy my concentration. I need to focus better and make the most of the resources that I have in place to get these stories done.

Today, I feel like I did good. I wrote those 2002 words and then made some red pen edits on a short story (only a couple of thousand words), and I prepared for a Zoom appointment this evening and did a little gaming.

Dizzy wasn’t interested in gaming, but made herself comfy.

After the Zoom call I’ve put my feet up, had some dinner and am now watching Daybreak on Netflix. Tomorrow I’m going to (try) to get up at about 8am like I did today, and get some words done nice and early because you know what? I’ve had a productive day. I’ve felt more relaxed today than I have done in a few weeks. I know that’s not just the writing, but that is a good percentage of it. If I can keep being productive, I have better days.

29th October 2020

Hey folks! 772 words today and planning for NaNo, as well as tidying up my office so it’s ready for Sunday evening when I get home from work.

In other news I can reveal what the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times is. It’s an anthology called Beneath The Leaves from Burdizzo Books to celebrate the birthday (I’m not saying which birthday but it’s a milestone one) for Em Dehaney. Here’s the link:

It was a massive honour to be included in Beneath The Leaves as Em is a fantastic human being and I think the work everyone has put into this shows that.

Horror movie and research 😊

I’ve not felt this capable for a very long time. I’ve got one element in my life which isn’t how I wish it was, but that’s not just something that I can fix with a flick of a switch.

Right, another busy day tomorrow. So I’m going to read a little of Beneath The Leaves and then bed.

Night folks!

25th October 2020

Good evening folks! Although today didn’t go quite as planned, I had some family come over, I still managed to get 2152 words done. But no editing or planning. Obviously, I’m darn happy with that!

Raven being sweet for a change 🙂

I knew yesterday I wanted a 2k day and knew I’d get it done. Maybe it was a case those few days off from writing recharged me, add in a couple of other little bits and pieces and it all may have contributed to being in the right place today. The trick I’ve got to learn is to always be able to write despite where my head is at.

Had a couple of anthologies I was asked to sign today 😊

That said, it’s likely not a trick. I probably just need more discipline.

Right, I’m wiped! So I’m off to bed.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning 25th of October 2020

Good morning folks! I hope all reading this are well.

I’ve enjoyed the extra hour in bed that the clocks going back have given me. On the downside it means a later start to writing today than I had planned, but I’ll still get a few hours done. I’m hoping for a mix of writing, editing, and planning. This time next week, NaNoWriMo will have started and I’d like to be a little more prepared than I am at the moment.

Dizzy looking grumpy but purring away 😊

I have had pretty much the whole week off. I needed to ease off in one area of my life and writing is the easiest to do that with. But the silver lining to that is it’s helped me solve a couple of little hiccups I’ve had on projects. I can see how to improve a short story in my vampire book now, and my war child story. With the war child story it was a moment where if I was in a cartoon I’d have a lightbulb appear above my head. The problem is I’m now itching to write it! But it’s got to wait which is torture!

I can’t remember where I heard this but apparently someone once said “a non-writing writer is someone courting madness” I may not have the quote word for word spot on but it’s something that does apply to me. When I’m not writing I’m finding it harder to deal with the everyday. So I’m never going to for more than A few days not writing. I’ve suffered from that mistake and I won’t let it happen again.

In November I’m going to have more time to write than I ever have done and I cannot wait. I will be blowing each day (hopefully) and I am 100% going to write a novel this year. I’ve done short story collections for the last two NaNo’s, which worked well the first year but not so much last year.

Fills my heart when friends and family send me things like this! 😊❤️😊

I’m super excited for NaNo this year. I’m going to miss the in-person meets, but we’ve worked on ways to do online events and hopefully have one that’s going to work out well.

Okay folks, I’m off to start word wrangling! Have a good day one and all!

23/10/2020

Hi folks!

So, I e not done a lot of writing this last week or so. I was feeling low but I’m coming out of it again now and I’m feeling pretty good and ready to do anything.

Part of what’s helped that is tidy my main living space. A big part of which is my DVD/Blu-Ray collection. Although it’s not in the exact order I want it in, I’ve at least got it broken down into the sections I want it in.

A little sign for my office door 🤓

I need another few hours to get the rest of the space tidied, so I should have that done before My plans tomorrow evening.

I am planning to write in Sunday. I do need to spend a bit of time organising and tidying the office as well but I may use time next week for that. Sunday, I want to get some words written!

Right, that’s it for now. Have a great weekend everyone!

19/10/2020

Good evening, folks. I wrote 751 on the vampire book this morning before work and during my break. It was nice getting some words down before I started the day job, it always is. I find it sets me up nicely for the day that way.

I have also been making notes on my NaNo project. Not many so far, but I’ve got the ball rolling.

I’ve got a lot I want to get done by the end of the month, tomorrow will be looking at the vampire story I’m on to see what I can cannibalise from it. That’s what I’ve got to do with all the stories in this book going forward.

Today’s random picture is of the one and only Max!

18th October 2020

Good evening, folks! I wrote 300 something words tonight and did a little editing. I was working on the vampire stuff and I’ve got to remember I’m not just rewriting it. If I can work elements of the previous draft in, then I need to work them in. I’m going to loose some good content if I don’t do so.

I have began thinking about my NaNo project for this year. I am going to go for the novel and not another short story collection. In preparation I’ve put a list together of movies and tv shows that I think will help (with a little help from friends on Facebook).

Now, that list may seem to have a lot of variation on it but for the project I’ve got in mind I think this list, as well as some of my established influences like Alien, Aliens, Predator, and others, will aid in bringing this story together.

I’ve had a strange day. One which I did something that I need to do more of that emotionally drains me. I am going to be vague about it, but I will say it’s something that has a flip side to. It’s a driving force for me to be better. I hid mental health problems for a long time, and had them longer than I realise. Now I’m dealing with them. Some days are harder than others, but I’m learning how to recognise when I’m slipping into a downer and I’m getting better at stopping it and figuring out why I started slipping.

I will not let my mental health dictate my life.

I’m still a little reluctant to speak about this. Mental health is still a topic people don’t want to discuss but so many people have it, and it’s something that me are encouraged to ignore by society. It shouldn’t be ignored. I got help, and I’m better for it.

Don’t be scared of asking for help.

Good Morning 16th October 2020

I’ve had a strange couple of days. I’ve not had work today and yesterday but had an urgent matter to see to yesterday that was unexpected but that took up the morning. Then in the afternoon I prepped for a weekly appointment. I’ve been trying to do this the right way, which means its a couple of hours at the least I dedicate to it, and I think it’s really beginning to pay off. And yes, I’m going to be vague about it.

So after all that, I was a bit beat. So I didn’t write yesterday. The day before I didn’t write much either because I fell asleep. I did have a productive meeting via Discord with fella ML’s from the Kent region for NaNoWriMo. It was a lot of fun and I’ve not laughed that hard in a very long time. We did also get some bits and pieces sorted out for this years NaNoWriMo as well. It’s going to be a strange one as we won’t be having any write-ins at all. NaNo HQ have said that there will be none, so there will be none. It’s just not worth the risk, and I fully agree. If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time then you’ll know how much I love going to write-ins. I think they are one a great way of being reminded that even though writing is a solitary act, for the most of it, we’re not the only ones doing it. But, we don’t have them this year so we’re working on ways to make it a memorable year for people while doing it all virtually.

In other news from my little corner of the world, the paperback for Corona-Nation St is now out! I have my copy and I’m super happy with it. I’d given up on this story until after I’d moved back to my parents and started to get myself sorted. Matthew Cash, the ruler of Burdizzo Books, posted a reminder about the submission call and it spurred me to revisit my piece. I had a complete story but it just didn’t feel right. So I looked at it, and ended up rewriting the ending, which changed the entire tone of the story. I hope it works. I feel much happier with the story as it is now. I did bleed into the story, but that’s why I think it works. Although I didn’t literally do what the character does I channeled some of my feelings and emotions into it.

So pretty 😊

The pre-order for It Came From The Darkness is also available now! Like Corona-Nation St, this is a charity anthology full of flash fiction. This was an invite only and I am so proud to have been invited to it.

So, please check both of these out.

I’ve got an errand to run today before Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming comes over for a few hours to game. If you haven’t checked out his stuff, please do! He’s a great guy and a very dear friend.

So I’ve got a couple of hours this afternoon to write. So I am going to try and make the most of that time.

Good Morning 25th September 2020

Hey Folks, how are we all doing today? Yesterday I wrote 874 words on the vampire book before a chill out and then work in the evening.

I’m going to get into some work this morning, but I’ve got to be honest I’m not feeling it today. I didn’t sleep well and I’m resisting the urge to just flake out for the day.

It’s the first what I think of as chilly day of autumn today. (yes, I’m in jogging bottoms and a hoodie!). This sort of grey weather doesn’t get me down. I adore wind and rain. I love listening to it and watching it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to go out and stand in pouring rain, but I love it. I’m someone that loves getting wrapped up and settling in with a good movie (or even a bad one) or a book and just being cozy. When it’s too warm my body is not happy about it.

Max liking the cooler weather as it means the heater got put on 🙄😂

Back to writing though, I’m going to try and crack out a thousand words today. Looking at my numbers for the last week or so I’m pushing that 1k per day most days, so it’ll be nice to get over that today. That will be a push, but if I don’t try it I won’t know whether I can punch through when I need to.

When I am finished writing for the day I may get back into some of the filling I need to do. I’m getting tired of my bedroom looking like a tip. When I’m not at work or writing this is where I spend most of my time so it’s beginning to bother me that it’s all up in the air in there at the moment.

Right, I’m off to start writing. Have a good one folks! I’ll check back in at the end of the day.

Good Morning, Friday the 18th of September 2020

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I am up and getting ready for a productive day. I’m off to see a dear friend this morning and then this afternoon I’m going to do a little writing and tidying.

I’m working on getting he various elements of my life balanced properly. I’m making adjustments to suit on because I was beginning to falter in it, hopefully I’ve figured out how to do that and I just need to put it into practice.

Yesterday I wrote 1200 words in about ninety minutes. Needless to say I’m super happy about that, and I’d love to get that sort of word count this morning before visiting my friend, but I’m not going to stress if I don’t. I’m still aiming for about 500/half an hours work per day. Writer and Podcaster Paul E. Cooley said on an episode of The Dead Robots Society that he set a target of, I think it was 250 a day, because that was easily doable. And more often than not he’d surpass that quickly. If I remember right he said it was because that by the time he hit 250 he’d got into his rhythm. Since then that’s something I’ve found can work for me as well.

Today’s random image is of Raven, being Raven!

That’s it for this morning, folks. I’m going to have some breakfast and a shower and then get a few words done before shooting out.

Have a good one folks.

And remember, it costs nothing to be kind.