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.
I have had a good day, well aside from waking to see I had to do a forth coat of paint this morning. That green really was a bastard to paint over. If I could go back and slap myself sixteen, seventeen years ago I would do. That said, I think it looks good. I ran out of the paint I was originally using, so used some my parents had left which I actually like a lot more.
It felt good though, best part of two days of moving furniture and painting. It was nice to do something practical. The news I had Monday hit me harder than I realised and having something I was able to get physically stuck into that is something I needed. I’ve been doing something that will aide my long term goals with writing. I know how lucky I am having this space and I’m going to make the most of it.
As you can see from the pictures the original colour was very patchy after two coats. I’m okay decorating, but it’s not something I’m skilled at. That said, the fourth coat went on well this morning (sorry I forgot to take pictures), and I gave it a couple of hours to dry. I literally had just enough to do that fourth coat and two in the wall cupboard.
Once the paint had dried it was time to get the furniture in place. Although an office I need to have my wardrobe and a chest of draws in there. The wardrobe was the hardest to move just because of the weight but I got it where it’s going. Then slid the desk against the chimney stack and then a plastic unit by the chest of draws.
I had shelves in one of the alcoves which I couldn’t get to go back in, so my dad is going to get some wood and make me three more shelves to replace the ones that didn’t fit back in. After probably twenty years, they’d warped and it just wasn’t going to work. Having those shelves there will be handy, so I’m glad I’ll still have some there.
The layout was easy, one of the things I like is a nice bit of floor space. I don’t like feeling boxed in too much and how it’s laid out now I like.
I like the basics of this set up. Desk in the middle, printer to my left. You can see the brackets for the shelves on the left hand side alcove. That will pretty much stay like that. I’ll probably get a new unit for the printer to go on one day but it’s not a priority. The shelves I’m going to use for file storage.
On the right hand side in the other alcove you can see containers of paperwork. That is mainly old drafts that I almost threw out when I moved out, I’m glad I didn’t. I’ll find storage for them now I’m back here. That’s my history as a writer. I’m not going to just toss it aside. The sad part is there’s a lot more and when I was planning to toss it, a lot got mixed up. So I’ve got a lot to sort out at some point. eventually there will be a book case in that alcove.
I really like this layout. I’ve got plenty of room to move and pace when I’m stuck. Once I finished getting it all sorted (the wall cupboard is still a bit of a mess but that’ll have to be sorted properly later on), I had a shower and got a little bit of writing done. Only 487 words but good words.
This evening I’ve also edited 16357 words this evening after I ate. This gets my zombie novella done with this stage. Tomorrow I’ll print it out and red pen it in the next few days.
I’m thinking about what’s going to be handy to have in here, I think one of the first things will be a dry/erase board, which I think I’ll put on the wall above my desk. I don’t really need much, but there’s things I’ll add to the space over the next few years that’ll be both for decoration/inspiration but also practical things that’ll aide with the writing process. I’ve got a few items to decorate the space already, which are things I have in my room. I’ve just got to choose which ones.
So, it’s a been a very productive day. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the space and upping my productivity. I know how lucky I am having this space, I really do. I’m not going to squander it.
How about you? Do you have a space to write in, or is it a case of writing wherever you can.
Forest Underground was very interesting and gripped my attention pretty quickly. Some books can take some time for me to really get committed to them, but this one had me within five minutes.
I liked how Lydian Faust teased a lot of the world but stopped short of really revealing what was going on. I think that may have broken the pace of this novella up too much if there’d been a lot of scene setting.
The story is really interesting and splits into telling the story of the two main characters, and you end up feeling a little for each one and the trials that life has thrown at them.
Pippa Bailey’s narration is on point and works well for the story. She brings an energy that adds to the story incredibly well.
Definitely worth a read/listen, and left me wanting to know more about this setting.
I just wanted to post real quickly. I’m roughly sticking to my target of 500 words a day. Some days is a little higher, some days it’s a lot lower. The average is about that 500 a day goal though. I have written everyday this year so far though. Even a couple of nights like tonight where I’ve been writing much later than I normally would.
I got stuck on the story I was working on so I’ve switched to another one and the words have been flowing easier. I was writing a short story for an anthology I was going to submit to but I’ve got seriously stuck with it. I’m planning to look that over again and see what I can do with it.
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Today was not the best for writing. I managed two hundred words on a story that’s set in the universe Owen and I have created. This story is fun, but rather challenging as it’s a more dialogue piece than an action sort of piece that I tend to steer towards.
I did have a brief conversation with Owen today, and I think we’re getting pretty close with the next major project from this universe. We’re meeting Sunday, so hopefully we’ll get the outline locked down.
That’s all for now. I’m going to try and update my progress each day, I’m hoping this helps me get back into a decent writing routine again.
I finally finished the second (might technically be third) draft of last years NaNoWriMo novella. I’m pretty much going to dive straight into the next draft as I want to try and have it done in decent time.
There’s three main points that I’ve got to work on. Adding a new character to the mix; continuing a storyline that kinda of got forgotten about; and adding some more depth to my protagonist. There’s a couple of seeds I want to plant in the story for storylines down the line, and a couple of other tweaks that need to be added. I’m sure I’ll find more to work on while I’m working my way through.
I got some Beta notes back in the week on a story that Owen and I have put together, and finally had a look at them today. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into them in the next week or so.
Reading wise I’m about halfway through Wool by Hugh Howey. I’m enjoying this novel, and have been surprised by some of the twists and turns in the story. Sometimes I’ll think I’ve got it sussed out, and then Howey takes it in a direction that I didn’t see coming.
The comic I’m reading is volume one of Wilds End by Dan Abnett (writer) and I.N.J. Culbard (illustration). This is a comic with anthropomorphic animals in the countryside of 1930’s Britain. So far the story is pretty captivating, and growing at a nice and steady pace. The artwork has got a beautiful look to it. At my first glance I found it beautiful for its simplicity but as I’ve looked more at it I’m really admiring how well Culbard has managed to put so much heart and character into these characters.
I’ve just started listening to No Worse Enemy by Christopher G. Nuttall. This is the second book in Nuttall’s The Empire’s Corps series. I’m about ninety minutes into it so I’m not fully engaged into it yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and I’ve got high expectations for No Worse Enemy.
In three sittings I’ve managed to knock out 1200 words today, all in longhand. I’m well chuffed by this. It feels like I’m slowly getting back into a groove a little bit, even if writing with a pen is killing my hand.
This rewrite of Avoiding The Game is coming along well and I think it is taking shape well. Last week I was a little worried about how the middle of the novella would work out but I think I’ve found where I want it to go now. I am a little torn about when I should start typing it up though. Part of me wants to wait until I’ve got a complete draft but another side of me says to start typing it up now, just in case something happens to the paper draft. If I start typing it up though I’ll start editing it and I’m not sure I want to start looking at it with a critical eye until I have a completed draft. I think I’m more inclined to hold off until the draft is done, that feels like the right thing to do and I’m trying to follow my gut instinct a little better at the moment.
That is me done for the night now though, I’m going to dive back into Game Of Thrones series four 🙂
I’ll just mention my words from the last two days. Yesterday I managed 933 but it was a struggle, today I’ve gotten 1321 words done and it felt a lot easier and much lees of a struggle.
Now, to what I’d like to achieve this coming year. I think my first priority is to get Earth, After Liberation and it’s sequel, Oppression, finished. I’m 33,000 words into the Earth, After Liberation re-write. I’d like to say I’m half-way through it but my 60,000 word target is a soft one and very flexible as the story will be as long as it needs to be. With Oppression I’ve all but decided to re-write it as well. I think it’s pretty good but I’m going to need to change a lot so it fits into the world I’m building with Earth, After Liberation. I could go and retro-fit it all but I’ve tried to do that before and it really doesn’t work for me, I’m finding re-writing is a much more efficient way for me to work. Now, depending on how the second book comes out in the re-write will decide on whether I make this into a trilogy or not. That was my original plan but as I was trying to get words for the 50k that is NaNoWriMo I found the story came to an end. Now if I can work the re-write out so that I have between 45,000-60,000 words without wrapping up the details then I’ll look to write a third, and final book that focuses on these core characters. I’ll only do that though if I have enough story for a third book, I’m not going to write three books with these characters just so I can say it’s a trilogy.
Earth, After Liberation should hopefully be done by February, hopefully. Then I’m tempted to jump straight into the re-write of Oppression. Owen and I were hoping to start the re-write of Project Apollo on February 1st but I’ve got a feeling that may not be a realistic ambition. Apollo is a big and complicated story and I’m not sure we can outline two thirds of the story in a month.
Owen and I have talked about more stories in this universe and I think we’ll be writing a few synopsis’ for these so we can make sure they tie in together when and where we need them too.
Another goal for the early part of this year is to get my vampire collection tidied up. I’ve had one Beta Reader’s notes back. Another is still looking at it, and i have one other person I really want to look at it, but they’ve just moved house and got their hands full getting settled in. I’ve got a date in mind that I want to release it, but again, thats a soft target. This collection has been five years in the making, holding it off a little longer isn’t going to make much difference to the book.
Brainstorming of The Residents is pretty thorough at the moment, and I think the next stage will be to start working on a timeline. There’s a few things that we’re waiting to sort out before that, but the story is looking pretty good 😉 I’d like to write more about what we’ve got planned, but that’ll be spoiling it 😛
I’ve got a zombie novella that I’d like to write this year as well. I’m thinking it’ll be about 30,000 word or so. I’ll write that for NaNoWriMo if I don’t write that third book I mentioned earlier in the post. The zombie story is roughly thought out but needs outlining and character work. The story is quite simply but the rest of the setting needs building up some before I make a start. If I don’t write it for NaNo I’ll try and squeeze it in at some stage.
Getting a few short stories written and submitted is also a goal for the year, but those will be more of a back burner item. I want to focus on getting some longer pieces completed.
There it is, my rough goals for the year. I deliberately didn’t mention much about publications. I am hoping to have my vampire collection out this year, I’d like to think Earth, After Liberation and Oppression will be close to being ready too, but I’ve made promises to self-publish before now and I’ve failed in those promises. Before I even think about announcing any dates, I’m going to have the story in mind edited, cover art done and formatted. So I’m not rushing to get everything together in a time frame.