Good Morning! 4th January 2021

2000 plus words worked through yesterday. I’m pretty happy with that. It was a slow burn day but a good day as progress was made.

The part of the story I was editing was one I knew from November that would need a full rewrite. I’m happy about this as it means I can do something really good with it. I’ve got the idea of what I want to do and how I think I can pull it off. It’s one of those sequences that is making me smile just thinking about writing it!

Today, I’m not expecting to do any real writing. I’ve got a shift which I don’t normally work which starts late morning and doesn’t end till early evening. So little time after work and as I didn’t get up as early as I was planning (my bad!) I haven’t got anything done before work. I will try and do some writing during my break and at any few moments I have before work or after, but I’m not expecting any large numbers today. Which is okay! Something I can be guilty of is putting too much pressure on myself to not only write each day but to get big numbers. Which I inevitably fail at and don’t even try to get anything done. So a day like today, I’ll be happy if I break three figures.

I’ll be reaching out to the editor in the next couple of days and hopefully have the zombie book sent off to her. I’m getting itchy with this one now! I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to hold off till may once the story is done, the artwork is finalised and the book is formatted. I’m just not that patient!

I need to work on my character profiles a little more 🤣

Right! I need to be thinking about getting ready for work, the weather’s a little meet and windy here today so I need to take that into consideration but in don’t think it’ll be too much of a problem.

Don’t hope for a good day, make it a good day!

Good Afternoon, 3rd of January 2021

Hey folks!

So today has been a slow one in starting. I dragged myself outta bed at 10am and I’ve felt tired, I’ve only just warmed up but am still feeling dead tired. I slept but I slept really badly, I think it was a very unsettled night for me. I’m trying to pinpoint why I didn’t sleep well, but haven’t been able to.

Needless to say, I’ve not got any writing done today. I’m set up to get cracking, but have looked at the next scene to look at and it’s one that’ll pretty much be the start of an entire sequence that will need all but a whole rewrite. So, I’m bloody grateful I’m not navigating that today. It’s just a read through and note taking. I’ll make edits, even though I’m not going to keep these scenes I think it’s a good idea to keep this editing mind on and it’s all experience at the end of the day.

Today’s work space.

I have written a few words today. Just a few though, for a project for a publisher that I’m looking forward to participating in. I’m still not sure how I’m going to get this story done just yet. I’ve got a good idea of the feel of the story, but it’s executing it and I haven’t really figured out the story yet either. This is the story I was talking about recently where I was saying I need to sit down and do some brainstorming.

I’m sure Raven will try and sit on my notes when I start working

Something I did forget to mention the other day was that I have submitted a couple of stories to an anthology. I had a mild panic when I thought I’d screwed up by not adhering to the submission guidelines, but after emailing the editor they clarified that I haven’t. So I’m relieved by that and I’m now eagerly waiting to find out how they’ve done.

Right, I’m going to crack on with this Black Blood read through!

2nd of January 2021

Good evening folks, I’ve edited about 3000 words this afternoon/evening on Black Blood and I’m at the end of the first block of scenes. A problem I have when working a first draft is that I don’t do chapters, just a collection of scenes. So I need to make sure I do better with first drafts as it’ll make the editing process easier.

I’ve also done some further work on the map of the area and have made changes to the story according to that. One big change which will mean a lot of rewriting when I get to a later point in the story but it’s a change that makes sense.

I am dead tired right now, so I’m going to drift off to bed now. So have a good one folks, and I’ll speak to y’all tomorrow.

Raven under the throw on the bottle of my bed.

January 1st, 2021…Up and Running!

Good evening! 3964 words edited on Black Blood this afternoon. I think it’s going to be a slow process, but if I’d done the note taking as I was writing it in the first place then I wouldn’t have to do it now.

I am also going to try and step up in my preparation for writing a story. I mentioned the other day that I’ve sketched a little of the location in a story I’m working on. Well, today I’ve printed maps out of the area and will be making notes on them and sketching out details for the story. It takes place in the future in a real town, so that’s helped a lot.

The way I’m seeing this developing I think it’s going to pay off really well all the background work I’m doing. I’ve had a lot of these thoughts for stories 8n the past but have failed at including them because I forget about them as I’m writing. So all these notes I’m taking I’m going to add them to the scene notes tab in Scrivener and hope I don’t forget them!

Right! That’s me done for the night. I’m going to watch the end of this movie (Spirited Away), and then call it a night. I’ve got an early start tomorrow so a good nights sleep is important.

Good night, and rock on!

A cold Dizzy!

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January 1st, 2021…. Here We Go!

Here it is, 2021!

I can’t describe how hard 2020 was for me, and not just because of Covid. If I took Covid out of it I still had the worst year of my life, but it was also the best year. And it’s the good that is driving me forward.

The changing of a calendar isn’t going to magically make life like it was pre-2020. It really doesn’t work like that. I know a lot of people don’t want to hear that, but it’s true. The reason why I got out of 2020 in the good place I am in now is because I’ve worked my arse off to get here. To make the best of the world around me and keep my head high, and my eyes focused on the next goal.

Do I fall down? Yes, I fell down over Christmas and it took its toll on me, but I get back up and moving forward again. I don’t dust myself off until I know I’m not at risk of being sucked back into that dark little corner of my soul again. I stop that from happening by talking to friends and family, being productive with writing, going to work. I defeat the negative elements of my mind by engaging with the people I love, the communities that have embraced me, and just being me. This last six months has taught me I don’t need to be scared to show who I am to the world. Because despite what I’ve thought for most of my life, I’m not worthless.

This year will see the release of my first novella. That’s the only release that I have scheduled for this year, at the moment. I’ve got to do better at finding markets to submit to. I’m not just going to focus on word counts and look at completing more projects, submitting more, and knocking items off my to-do list.

Last year I had stories published in three anthologies, which I think might be my best in a calendar year to date, don’t hold me to that though. So, I’m aiming for at least four pieces published this year.

Okay, on to today. I kinda overlaid, like till almost midday! So I’m a little behind where I wanted to be, but I needed the sleep and I feel pretty good for it. I’ve posted my first video of the year to my YouTube channel. It’s also the first one where I’m talking to the camera. A little nerve racking, and I know it’s not the best but it’s a new venture for me where I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, and like with everything else, the more I do the better I’ll get!

I will be getting into the Black Blood read through/edit shortly as well. I’ve edited about 2000 words a day over the last few days so I’m looking at doing about 3000 today.

I doubt I’ll be writing a lot of new words today. I’ve got a short story that I need to have written and off to the publisher by April but I need to think it out a bit, get some brainstorming done on it, before I can start writing. I’ve got a good idea of a major element of it, but I need more to it. At the moment it’s a few lines and an idea. Which isn’t enough.

Enough talking, time for action! Have a good day folks! No one is going to make this year good for you, people can help, but it’s You who will make this year, and your life, good or bad.

30th of December 2020

Good evening folks. I didn’t get anything done yesterday in the end. Real world came in and took priority.

Today I’ve got 2200 words edited. I won’t have this edit done by the end of the year now. Not a chance. I’ve got an errand to run after work tomorrow so that’ll limit my time then.

New Year’s day I may dive in and get a decent hit on it, see how I get along.

Okay folks, just a short and sweet one tonight. Early start in the morning, have a good one everyone!

A cold Dizzy

Good Afternoon, 29th of December 2020

Good afternoon folks, I am going to dive into the edit of Black Blood this after noon. I’d love to work my way through about 10,000 words this afternoon, but I’ll see how I get along.

I’ll be starting after some lunch.

Something I’ve been thinking about doing is a reflection of the last twelve months, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable bringing a lot of that up at this point. Some of it I’ll never blog about either as it’s not fair on others. I’m also of the mindset that, although I’m learning the lessons of the last twelve, eighteen months, I want to be looking forward. I’ve got a lot to look forward to in the next twelve months, both on a personal level and a professional one.

I will just say one part of my life is not good, and potentially won’t be for a long while. It’s a driving force though, and I’ll make sure when it changes I’m in the best possible position I can be.

New hat selfie!

Right, dinner has been eaten. I’ve chilled out a little and now I’m going to get to work before my body tells me its time for a nap!

28th December 2020

Good evening folks!

I didn’t get into working my way through Black Blood today. I spent a lot of it switching the file from Pages to Scrivener. I will one day figure out a quicker way to do this, I know there is but I’m also quite inpatient and today instead of have a play around I just wanted to dive in!

So I spent a lot of time doing that, and then I started working through some of the comments I had on the Pages file, transferring them to a paper pad.

Raven, exploring one of my bookcases.

In case you’re new to my blog what I’m going to do is read through an almost completed draft, making notes as I go and then hopefully by the time I’ve done this I’ll have a better idea to write the ending, which at the moment is unfinished.

I need to keep better details of what I’m writing because the amount of times I’ll forget place names, or character names and so on. If I’ve got all I need on paper next to me, or on the Scrivener file then I won’t have to stop and look and then loose my for flow. I loose a lot of time to that, so it’s something I really need to get my head around.

Tomorrow after work I’m going to start reading through and making those notes.

The rest of today has been playing with my blog. I’ve added a page with all my published works, and tweaked my About Me page. Please have a look at both. I am not skilled in this web stuff but I think they look okay and are clear.

Right, I’m off for the night now. An early start tomorrow, so I’m going for an early night.

Have a good one, folks!