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.

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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

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Eight

1617 words today over the course of five Starship Troopers movies. That’s day three where I’ve done both a movie marathon and writing at the same time. Not the best for productivity, (let’s ignore the 3k I wrote Friday) but I still got words down and am still ahead of the NaNo target. I’m not quite where I’d like to have been, but I need to balance my time off and writing so I actually get some down time. I can find that balance.

Such an awesome series, and one that I’ve found very inspirational over the years.

Tomorrow I need to get some editing done, it’s only a short story. Very short, so it won’t take long. I’d also like to get some work done on Penal Earth as well. I’m not the most gifted at sticking to one project so it’s time to dive into another one and get some words done on that one.

I am about to sit down and review my works in progress and set myself a little plan of action for the next week and try to stick to it! Which has always been my failing but I’ll persist and try and stick to what I list.

Something I am very guilty of is rewatching the same movies and shows, yes I’ve spent the last three days doing that but that was a special occasion. Time off work and a desire to watch some movies I’ve not watched in quite some time. So I’m trying to watch more that I haven’t seen before. I know I run back to old favourites when I’m not doing too well, it’s a comfort thing. But I need new input. I need to check mow out. Right now I’m watching Dead Space Downfall, never played these games but the film sounded interesting. So far I’m not disappointed.

With that said, I’m going to wrap this up now. Touch base with where I am with projects and make a small list of work for this coming week.

Have a good one folks!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Six

3172 words today while watching movies all day. It’s been a while since I watched the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and it was good merging the two.

I am feeling somewhat braindead right now though. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I share a selfie a day to keep the black dog away. Today that damn black dog has been nipping at my heels again and writing really helped deal with that.

Seeing as my brain is mush, I’m wrapping it up here. I’m wiped and going to finish watching Beauty and the Beast (sometimes you just need Disney), and then bed.

3/10/20

Good evening folks!

My plan was to get up about 8am and get some words written before work. What really happened was I overslept till about 9:30am and quickly wrote 360 words before getting ready for work. Yeah, not even close to plan.

My sleeping has been all over the place of late, and I’m really hoping it settles down at some point.

Tomorrow I won’t get a lot of time to write but I’ll find some time to get some words down.

Tonight, I’m gonna watch a movie and then get to bed.

31st of August 2020

Good evening folks, only a couple of hundred words today. After work and a little shopping I had a bit of a chill out day. I feel like I needed it, but I still did a little bit of writing.

I’ve got edits to look at and want to have them done but Thursday, so I can get one story off to beta readers and bank the other one until I can get cover art and an editor to look it over. Both are lined up and I just need to give them both a shout to get them out into their schedules.

I’d have liked to end this month on a productive day, but I just couldn’t do it. A little bit too much fatigue and I did something for my personal life that is emotionally draining and it always knocks me a little. But tomorrow isn’t just a new day but it’s a new month, and I’d like to hit the ground running despite possibly not having much time. I’ve had a had a chill out today, so back at it tomorrow.

I’m chilling out I watched Birds Of Prey. It was okay, a few nice touches here and there but it did lack something for me. The story in part reminded me of Deadpool 2, and it was predictable. One thing that bugs me is there doesn’t seem to be any direction from DC for these movies. Like, are they rebooting it all? Or just going to keep going with what they have while doing stand alone films like Joker? I’ve not see that yet, so I don’t k ow if it fits in or not. And why can’t they get a solid design on Gotham? Batman Begins seem to get it right, but after that they just seem to film it where ever, in some generic downtrodden American city.

It was good to sit and watch something though, and something I’d not seen before as well. I almost fell into it and forgot the world around me.

Right, off to be I go. Tomorrow’s a new day, a new month. Let’s make the best of it!