18th Of July 2021

Howdy folks!

It is a scorcher here in the UK today, so I haven’t even thought about flicking on my laptop. I’m glad I bought this Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad recently. I managed to get 800 words writing on a short story today with it.

I’ve spent most of the day at work, so I wrote before work and during my break. It really is sweltering here today, so I haven’t done a lot this evening after work.

Tomorrow I’ve got a little time to play with around work. So more work will be done. I think this short story isn’t too far from being wrapped up, but we’ll see.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend!

Last nights movie; Alien

Good Morning Sunday 20th June 2021

Almost 11,000 words edited on Black Blood yesterday after work.

It was a slog if I’m honest. I’ve got focus at the moment but it’s because of a lot of stress I’ve got at the moment, which is why I’ve not blogged much recently, and the posts I have done are likely to have not had a great vibe to them.

But, time to snap myself outta this shit show that is my head. After editing yesterday I started reading up about dyspraxia again and learnt a fair bit about the condition which I’m hoping will help me understand myself better and be able to overcome at least some of the problems I have that I’m now learning stem from being dyspraxic.

While was reading up about dyspraxia I watched a movie called An Innocent Man staring Tom Selleck and F. Murray Abraham. I remember watching this when I was younger and haven’t seen it in a long time, but it was the first film that I’d watched where there was this brutal prison life and not what Ronnie Barker endured in Porridge.

Right, I’ve got to get to work now. Am currently sitting in the staff room before starting the days work.

Have an epic day, all!

Raven all tucked in while I was researching last night

Good Morning, Monday, 7th June 2021

Howdy folks! How are we all doing this morning?

Yesterday after work I didn’t do any word wrangling but I did get my goals for June written down, my next week schedule sorted, and a couple of posts done on my Buy Me A Coffee page. I did brainstorm while on my break at work, and made a compute of notes for other projects when I got home.

At the moment I’ve got a few bits and pieces going on behind the scenes so my focus has been on those a little, but what’s going on there will be of great help going forward.

I’ve got my first Covid jab today, so I’m not planning much after that just in case it wipes me out. I’ve heard people have had differing reactions so I’m just going to wait and see if I have one or any at all.

Something I really need to do is find more places to submit work too. That is something I’ve severely failed at this year and I need to step it up.

Right, time for a little breakfast and then I’m going to get some words written before I have to leave.

Have an awesome day, Folks!

Last nights movie. Loved this in my teens and it stands up well ☺️

Good Morning, Sunday 9th of May 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I ended up with a little over 1000 words, but as I was driving to work I’ve realised I need to put more tension and suspense into it. I think it’s a good foundation so far but I need that sense of uncertainty unknown into it. I think I can write the logistics of a scene well, but I need to add in that fear element. This sequence is one of the characters not knowing what is going on, and I need to make sure the reader gets that, and the risk factor in this part of the story.

That is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, working on the atmospherics of a story. I think some of my writing is a little too clinical and I’m not happy about that. I’m not sure how I can do this, but it’s something I’m thinking out.

Today, I’m going to have a busy one. No work, and I’ve got my great aunt coming over for dinner (we’re her bubble) and I’m looking forward to seeing her. I do want to get a good thousand words written well.

So, time to get cracking! Have a good one, folks!

I watched The Running Man the other night ☺️

Good Morning, 18th March, 2021

Howdy, folks! I had a mixed nights sleep. I woke up a couple of times but overall I think it was okay. I don’t feel knackered like I do some mornings.

I finished work a lot earlier than I was expecting to yesterday, which was lucky as I had an important phone call I needed to take. I didn’t do any writing after that but I did watch the movie Night Watch, and damn that was good. (please check it out). Something I’ve been noticing lately is Hollywood films aren’t doing it for me anymore, especially horror. When you look at the more mainstream ones like IT (which I did enjoy), they’re good but not really horror. They’re a commercialised horror designed to appeal to as many people as possible to pull people into the cinemas and spend their money. A lot of people don’t want to have real horror hitting them, and if you’re not a horror person I respect that. If a friend who wasn’t a horror fan watched IT and said they loved it and wanted to watch more horror I wouldn’t immediately recommend The Ritual, VVitch, (both movies I love but each one freaked me out), or Saw. If someone likes a commercialised horror enough to start exploring the rest of the genre then recommending the harder stuff (and yes, I know the films I’ve just mentioned are tame compared to some horror out there), probably isn’t the best of ideas.

Right, I’m digressing too much. Back to word wrangling. Today I’m going to work on Ashes, there’s just a few edits to do on it, and then see if my beta readers are available to have a little look at it. After that I’m going to get back into Black Blood and get the next episode of the vampire book prepped.

And yes, I still haven’t tidied my desk yet!

I have two phone appointments today, one of which will be a longer call. That one I know will be at midday but the other one will come whenever it comes.

I’m setting myself a lot to do today, but I’m feeling fired up and I’m looking forward to reporting back a productive day.

Here’s the link to my BuyMeACoffee page. If you like what I’m doing here and would like to contribute to m writing fund then please hit the link.

Disposable gloves and sharpies, so why not? 😎

Good Afternoon 11th March 2021 & Filling The Well

Good afternoon, folks. Yes, I overslept till gone ten and then had personal correspondence to write. But now I am ready to work!

First up is a read through of Ashes with a red pen and then I’m going to dive into the Vampire book and get this episode done! Then I’ll paste the next episode into the drafting file and read through it so I’m going through as blindly as I did the last chapter.

I also want to get cracking on the ending to Black Blood, and figure out exactly how I want it to end. I’ve got ideas but I think those could change as I write. But we’ll see.

My desk is Still messy!

I did get some good ideas from the Netflix series, Pacific Rim: The Black. Overall it was a good seven episodes and I’m looking forward to see what they do in the future with it, but from a creative point of view it gave me some good ideas, which leads me on to talking about keeping the creative well filled up.

One of the things I do is rewatch what I’ve seen many times before. Sometimes it’s a comfort thing, other times its laziness. Sometimes I’ll watch something new like Superstore, which is good but doesn’t add much to my creative well. That needs filling to keep the ideas growing. I think when we’re young it gets a lot of ideas thrown into it, and it gets more filled the longer we don’t start pulling from it. I watched Pacific Rim: The Black yesterday and it gave me a ton of ideas, then I watched a movie called Surrounded about a group of YouTube type content adventurers whose seaplane crashes and leaves them in shark “infested” waters. (There’s only three sharks) and they have to survive being adrift and getting to this small island station thingy. Firstly, I don’t know why I watched this as anything with Big Water freaks me out! I hate the thought of being stranded in the middle of a huge late, or ocean, sea. Anything like that, which is probably why I like watching that stuff, but anyway. It was something new that I hadn’t seen before and aside from a number of eye rolling moments (I doubt sharks swim in an attack formation, or dead straight; and there was a few cliche moments and plot details there just to add conflict), it wasn’t too bad. I can always live with cheaper CGI if the story and actors grab me, and for the most part they did. I didn’t get a huge amount of inspiration from it, but it was enjoyable.

I need to watch more new content. I retreat onto what I know far too often and I need to change that. I’m not going to make a grand declaration that I’m only going to watch new things for the rest of the year because that’s crap! But What I am going to do is make more effort to watch new, or thing I’ve not seen in a long time or only once from here on out. I’ll talk more about them here as well, even if it’s just a passing mention.

I also have series to continue with as well. The Last Kingdom, The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Jack Ryan, Altered Carbon, Game of Thrones, and no doubt a few more. I want to rewatch a couple as well. In particular Sense8 and Battlestar Galactica (the reboot). I’ve not sat down and watched Battlestar from start to finish in one go and feel it’s nearing time to do so. As for Sense8, it is my belief that Sense8 is the best TV show of the last thirty years. It’s years ahead of its time, and doesn’t hold back in so many areas and would never have been made if it wasn’t on somewhere like Netflix. It’s so ahead of its time in my opinion that it suffered for it and was cancelled after only two seasons, but due to fan demand Netflix gave them a two hour special to wrap the loose ends up. It’s not a series for the faint hearted, but I think it’s very much worth a watch.

Right, I’m off to get to work! Have a fun day, folks!

Good Morning, Sunday 6th of December 2020

Good morning all. It feels like ages since I did one of this Sunday morning posts. I love working shift work now but when I wasn’t I’d get up on a Sunday, sit with my laptop and a cup of tea and write a post that’ll get the day started off. I have tea, but am in my office and not the living room and as my desktop is working this morning I’m writing on that.

Yesterday was a zero word day, which I hate, but I’m not beating myself up about. I had a long work shift that Started with the rooster and by the time I got home, had a bath and dinner, I was beyond wiped out. Although I did more hours when I was working in the second hand car trade I work harder in a supermarket. I knew it would be hard, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as demanding on my body as I was expecting. That is something I love about it though, it means I have to push myself that bit harder and at the end of my shift, I feel like I’ve earn’t my wage each day. When I have a long shift though, it’ll be a zero word count day and as my week progresses I have got to adjust my goals for that week accordingly, and take into consideration when my shift is each day. It’s a whole new way of balancing my life which I’ve never had to contend with, but I’m looking forward to working it all out as it’ll give me a whole load of new skills that I either haven’t had before of have been dormant.

Not only one of my favourite scenes from Terminator 2 but one of my favourite scenes of all time!

I am off today, a rare Sunday for me. So I’m going to get some work done. I’m tempted to leave Black Blood for the day and work on Penal Earth. I’ve have over a month working almost exclusively on Black Blood, and in the past I’ve noticed that when I work exclusively on one project like that I can get into a little bit of a rut. So I’m going to look at Penal Earth and get some work done on that one. I’m nearing the endgame with that one now, I’d like to say I’m close to having it wrapped up but I can’t say that just yet.

I’d like to get rolling with my final changes on the Zombie book as well. Having seen the latest update on the artwork I’m keen to get it ready for the editor, who is booked for early next year. So I have time but I’d like to have it done by Christmas.

Okay, time to get to the words. I hope everyone has a fantastic day! I’ll let you all know how I did.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Five

Just 470 words today. Im under target properly for the first time this month.

After work I got home and was hit with a nasty headache which wiped me out for most the afternoon. So I watched Spirited Away, then had an appointment and then wrote a pep talk for NaNo and then, finally got some words out.

I set myself a couple of small additional goals for NaNo this year, one of them was writing everyday. So far, I’ve kept that up.

Love those little Soot dudes 🙂

I’m going to wrap up here. I’ve still got a touch of that headache, although it’s slowly eased off as the afternoon and evening have progressed. But I’m also falling asleep as I type this.

So good night all, and rock on!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Four: Part 2

1793 in total today, and just over 40,000 words in total!

I was struggling with tired this afternoon when I sat down to write. I really wasn’t feeling it, so I put a shout out on my NaNo group that I was gonna do three sprints, which would get me that word count. I got two sprints done, then pizza interrupted me, then a shower and boom, got that final sprint done and had my word count for the day.

Do I feel as elated as I did yesterday? No, simply because I’m knackered! But I put my butt in the chair and wrote. Music on, and write. That’s what I need to do.

Now, I’m gonna sit down and want a movie, then bed. I’m beat and ready to chill out for a few hours.

Tonight’s movie 😊

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Nine

Good morning. It is 4:39am here in the UK and my body has decided I should be awake. So, I am. I can only lay in bed for so long before I realise that I’m not getting back to sleep.

To the numbers! Yesterday I wrote 1849 on this years NaNo project and 339 on Penal Earth. I’m at 18052 for NaNo, which isn’t quite where I was hoping to be at this point but I’m not unhappy with it. I’m still ahead of the minimum target and if I can keep that up when I get back to work I’ll be happy. A bad mindset I’ve found I keep falling into is thinking that I just have to hit the minimum to make it to 50k by the end of the month. Where I’m a little ahead I don’t have to write 1667 words a day to finish on 50k, I see that minimum on the NaNo site and I think that’s what I need to do. I definitely need to stop thinking like that. Regardless of how many words I have or don’t, I need to aim for the 1667 a day.

Speaking of words, seeing as I’m awake I might as well make a start.

Last nights movie: The Warriors