Good Morning, Sunday March 15th 2020

Good Morning, folks! This will be a slightly different post to what I normally put up simply because it’s not going to have much about writing in it.

We’re in a state of uncertainty at the moment with the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Now, I’ve not been directly affected by it. Aside from some silly memes on social media and a few conversations I’ve not been affected by it. I have loved ones who fall into the high risk category and this concerns me. What happens if we have to go on a lockdown also worries me. There are few people I know who don’t live pay packet to pay packet. What happens to our finances if that happens?

I look at what’s going to happen to the emergency services, which in the UK is already a part of government that is understaffed and overworked. They’ll be pushed even harder and for much longer.

What happens to getting food to people? Will a lockdown allow people to leave to shop? Will the shops have to have police or even military presence to make sure things stay under control. Are they contingencies to ration? (like seriously people, the first sign of an emergency situation and we start hoarding? we did a shop the other day and just did a normal shop and I know other people are doing the same. We don’t need to panic buy, just be sensible) Sorry, I’ll try not to rant any more this post.

It is something that I feel like we as individuals needs to start thinking about. Both rationing of things like food and of money. I don’t need to go out and spend anything today. All I’ll be doing is using a little fuel from my car and thats about it. That said, it could all be over in a few weeks. We might not have to go on lockdown, but I’d like to be hearing from governments what’s going to happen if we have to, and I’d like to hear more about how they’re going to make sure we as a society don’t fall apart in the meantime.

Lots of food for thought at the moment, on the plus side I am getting a few words down and this story I’ve been working on this year is nearing completion of the first draft.

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I’ve just finished The First Cut by Chuck Buda. If you like your horror with blood and sex then I’d recommend looking this one up 🙂 

I’ll end this post with yes, it says good morning but I posted in the afternoon. And that I’m not an expert with anything I’ve said today. These were just some thoughts that I’ve been having the last few days.

10th March 2019

So, today didn’t go to plan. I finished the post I wrote this morning, just about to start writing and power cut. It came back on early evening but throughout the day we had nothing. I did get 922 words on the vampire story done as my laptop had a decent charge on it. I did some of the out loud read through on the zombie story and read Judge Dredd: Origins.

I’d hoped to get more done on the vampire story but that sidetracked me. Aside from that it’s been a decent day. It was nice just chilling out a little. I don’t do that enough.

 

Book Review: Skinzz by Wrath James White

Skinzz is a brutal ride that doesn’t let up and builds to an ending I really didn’t see coming.

Wrath James White crafts this story with these characters with a stunning amount of skill that puts you into this world and makes you feel what the characters are fighting their way through.

This is one of those stories that isn’t going to fade away with time, it’s going to sit with me and I’ll be thinking it through for some time to come yet.

Good Morning Sunday 30th December 2018

I’ve had a few days off from blogging. Mainly due to Christmas to be honest. I have written a bit over the festive period but not as much as I’d have liked. I was off Christmas Day and Boxing Day but back to work on the 27th. I have done a bit of writing but not as much as I’d like. At the start of the month I set myself a target of about 30k but I’m sitting at about 16k at the moment. So I’m going to aim for two 2k days and hit the 20k. I do have yesterdays word count to add into the spreadsheet so its a little under 4k that I need but I’m still aiming for 4k in two days.

Books I got for Christmas

On Boxing Day I did have quite a productive day. I wrote about a thousand words during the course of the day but also did some work on a blog post listing my top ten reads of 2018. I was probably working from about 10am till 10pm, just slowly with the odd break for food or things like washing the dishes.

 

Graphic Novels I got for Christmas

I am looking at the next year, but not making any 2019 goals or resolutions. It’s just these are the next projects I want to be working on and trying to improve my focus and discipline. I’m not a believer in New Year resolutions as when I’ve made them I’ve failed by the end of January. What I’m looking at for next year both with writing and what I want to do to improve myself and my life next year are all things that I’ve been working on for months, and for years. Making resolutions for the coming year work for some, for me they don’t.

Movies I got for Christmas

It’s time for me to get the day up and running. Have a good day, everyone.

23th of December 2018

I’ve had a few busy days between work, our works Christmas Party and a few bits and pieces that needed to get done today.

I have written a few words in the last few days though, not many but a few. Friday I didn’t write anything, but I did watch Bird Box on Netflix which is based on the book by Josh Malerman. I listened to the book a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, and I think the film is a good adaptation of the book. The odd change felt a little unnecessary but it still worked overall, and it stayed loyal to the ending of the book.

Yesterday I managed to get 260 words written, god knows when because it was a damn busy day and then the Christmas Party. I’m not much of a drinker but did have a fair few last night, but no hangover today! So that’s a win if you ask me.

Today I had a bit of running around to do so didn’t really have a lot of time to spend at the keyboard but have managed 386 words for the day. I probably added another hundred or so but did some editing which meant a few words were deleted but I’m happy with what I did today.

I tried to read a DC Rebirth comic the other day, and I just couldn’t get into it. I was only a few pages in but it just didn’t hook me. I’m a comic book latecomer and I’ve liked some of the Marvel and DC stuff  I’ve read but the last few pieces I’ve not been gripped by. This is something I’ve been thinking for a while, that Marvel and DC comics really aren’t for me. I’ve got a few on my to-read shelf so I will check those out, and I really want to re-read DCs Hush again next year.

I’m not giving up on comics though, I’ve really enjoyed the 2000AD ones I’ve read, mainly Judge Dredd ones so far but I’ve begun Insurrection by Dan Abnett and Colin MacNeil. I’m a huge fan of Dan Abnett and I like that this one is set in the Judge Dredd universe but I don’t believe he appears in it. So far I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to really getting stuck in over the next couple of days.

Book Review: King’s Justice by Maurice Broaddus

I’m liking this world that Maurice Broaddus has created here. I like how he’s weaving the myth into this world, it’s very finely done which works well and is nice to see.

The characters have some good depth to them, you get the feeling that each one really does have an agenda they’re trying to push.

I’ll definitely be checking out the final book in the trilogy in the near future.

Book Review: Dark Hollow by Brian Keene

Wow, Dark Hollow blew me away! My favourite Brian Keene story so far. I liked the characters, they felt very real and like they really were friends. The way Keene fleshed them all out was really impressive, even Big Steve the dog had an amazing character and story arch.

Having the characters so well fleshed out made it a hard listen when it all hit the fan. The ending had me chocked up with teary eyes.

Chet Williamson’s narration only added to making these characters real.

New Release Coming: Under The Weather

Under the Weather from Burdizzo Books and Back Road Books will be released on the 26th of August 2018.

Featured in this anthology are: C.H. Baum, David Court, Paul M. Feeney, Peter Germany, Paul Hiscock, Kitty Kane, Dave Jeffery, James Jobling, Lex H. Jones, Christopher Law, Adam Millard, Dale Robertson, Nathan Robinson, Phil Sloman, and Mark Woods.

It is compiled and edited by Matthew Cash, Em Dehaney, James Jobling, and Jeremy Peterson.

All the proceeds go to Resources for Autism.

Please look out for my story ‘The Snow’ in this anthology. I’m really excited about this anthology, it has such an amazing line-up and I can’t wait to see what stories they’ve crafted for this weather-themed anthology.

Under The Weather is available for Pre-Order so please pop over to Amazon and check it out.

May 3rd 2018

Not much to report today. I’ve written 426 words tonight on a short story but haven’t done much else. I had errands to run during my lunch break so got nothing done then.

I did start listening to Never Forget by Lisa Cutts. I’m really loving this book so far. I’m a good 60% of the way through and it’s pretty much hooked me and I’ll be getting the rest of Cutts’ books over the next few months.

Reading wise I am trying to up my game a bit. I’ve got such a big ‘to-read’ list I’m never gonna get though a fraction of them if I don’t start now.

Speaking of which, I’m off to do some reading. My main book I’m reading is Bleeding Empire by CL Raven, I’m also still reading the Bug Hunt anthology as well as a couple of other books.

 

Horror That’s Getting Under My Skin

Up until recently I’ve rarely seen a horror movie that got under my skin. I say movie because I’ve only started delving into horror novels recently.

Aside from being grossed out by the odd scene here and there I’ve never really felt uncomfortable in a way that I now know horror should do. The first I noticed this was last year when I saw The Ritual. This is a film that was based on the novel by Adam Nevill. When I watched that film in the cinema I remember feeling a long way out of my comfort zone, but I still got through it and really enjoyed the movie (I’m looking forward to reading the book itself soon as well).

This week I’ve started listening to The Silence by Tim Lebbon. Tim Lebbon is a name I keep seeing pop up, and after meeting him at Bristol horror con last year and hearing him on a couple of podcasts (Three Guys With Beards & The Horror Show With Brian Keene) I knew I needed to check out some of his stuff. At the con I brought off him his book After The War, but knowing what a slow reader I was and that The Silence will be released as a movie sometime this year I believe, I wanted to read that one. So I got it on audiobook and although I’m only half way through it, it’s got under my skin. I thought The Ritual had an unsettling affect on me, but The Silence has gone deep. I almost stopped listening to it a quarter of the way through. It is so carefully crafted to trigger the readers own fears, even to the point where it feels like Lebbon’s written it just for me. Some of the elements here feel personal in a way I’ve not felt from a book before. That’s not to say books haven’t had an effect on me, because they have. Hell, a few have had me chocking up while others I’ve been punching them air in triumph and celebration.

As I was listening today I was thinking I’ll be finished it by the time I finished work at 3pm tomorrow, but I had to leave a day between the quarter way point of it and where I got to today, so I might resume it Monday and let the events in it sink in a little.

This book is really getting under my skin, and although it’s making me feel this way that’s what I feel is good horror. For horror to really work it has to make you feel how this is feeling. If I had to give this a rating right now it’ll easily be five stars.

I don’t have any ideas how this book will end, but I’ll be going in headfirst to find out.