13th October 2019

Evening folks, just a quick post tonight. I’ve not been writing as consistently as I’d like, but have written 1086 tonight on CS1.

From this coming week on I’m going to focus on getting words down and build myself up to about 1500 words a day, so when NaNo starts it’s not too much of a push to get the 1667 a day.

Right, I’m going to get off here. Tomorrow’s a new day and time for new words

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9th of October 2019

Evening, folks. I am super knackered tonight. It’s been a long but decent day where I wrote 1472 words on the fan fiction piece.

I was planning on getting back to CS1 but I just needed to write today. Going to the Write-In tonight was good. It was low-key tonight but still good. I got a good few words written then and during my lunch break. I also did some minor NaNo planning this evening as well. I’ve got a couple of ideas that have really tickled my fancy so far, but until I start writing them it’s hard to know which ones will take off.

Audiobook wise I listened to Armand Rosamilia’s Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer today. This is a rare occasion where I’d forgotten that I’d read this one already. Within ten minutes or so I’d realised that I knew the story, but it was still damn good listening to it. I recall liking the way it was put together. I hadn’t come across anything like it before and it serves as a real nice little taster for what Armand Rosamilia has in store for this series (it’s one of his Dying Days books). I am looking forward to checking out more of these in the coming months.

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Although I’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks recently I really need to get my head into a book again soon. I’ve got Appetite by Anita Cassidy that I started recently that I’m going to dive into. This isn’t my normal genre but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been to numerous Write-in’s with Anita and she is a fantastic human being who has been good to me over the years and I’m so pleased to see her doing well.

Right folks, time to call it a night. I’m going to read a little of Appetite and then get to bed. Have an awesome one, everybody!

8th of October 2019

Hi folks! I don’t know what I’ve written today because I haven’t had time to count the numbers, and I can say the same for yesterday.

But I am writing. I’m getting words down and trying to build that consistency. I’d like to get back into CS1 and get back on track with that, though. What I’ve worked on the last two days had been the fanfic piece. Tomorrow I am at a write-in so I’m hoping I can have a look to see where I am on that and get stuck in again.

I had planned to get some writing done this evening before picking my partner up, but something out of my control stopped that. It’s something doesn’t affect me aside from the fact it made my journey three times longer than normal. I don’t get pissed off at these things. Especially in this case someone has reportedly died. But I saw instances of other drivers getting frustrated and tempers flared. Not many years ago I might have fallen into that category. Now though, life is far too short to be angry over things which are out of our control. Especially when there’s tragedy involved.

I’m going to wrap it there, folks. I need food and some chill out time.

Good Afternoon, 6th of October 2019

I managed to write just over 1200 words today, but didn’t get as much sorting out done as I was hoping.

I did struggle to get started today. (I was hindered a little by a cat, which I allowed!) I looked at my two most active pieces and couldn’t find a way to get rolling. So with one I skipped ahead to a part where it’s further along in the story and got cracking. It had some action in that helped but it’s also given me a target to aim at. I remember doing this when I first started writing. I’d jump ahead and then connect the dots later on. I’m going to have to do that more often as it’s something that works pretty well for me.

Righty-o. I’m pretty much done for the day. I might do a little NaNo prep work later, but mostly I’m going to be chilling out.

The cat that held up the words!

Good Morning, Sunday 6th of October 2019

Good morning folks.  A later start to the writing day for me this week. I’m going to be interspersing writing with general tidying up. I’ve got a lot going on in the next few weeks and squeezing writing into that is going to be a fun challenge, especially seeing as NaNoWriMo is right around the corner.

I did get my contributor copy of Elements Of Horror:Air this week. It came out on Tuesday and I loved writing this story. It was one of those stories that kind of wrote itself when I knew how the story was going to end. This is book two of four, each one focused on an element. The book is from Red Cape Publishing and the contributors are: Jaq D. Hawkins, Daren Callow, Dale Parnell, Theresa Jacobs, Peter Germany, P.J. Blakey-Novis, Nils Visser & Jovannah Bär, Ann Fox, R.C. Rumple.

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I did listen to Highway To Hell by Armand Rosamilia, which is the first book in his Dying Days series. I loved this book. I felt for the protagonist, he spoke to me a lot. I saw myself in him a lot. There’s some damn good gore in it, the characters are fantastic (I was particularly fond of a character who owned a car sales). Highway to Hell is a damn fun zombie story with depth along with the vile zombies and the humans who deserve to be zombies.

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That’s it for now. I’m going to get some writing down, and some tidying around it.

4th of October 2019

Good evening folks. I have been writing this week but my word counts have been up and down a little. On Monday I wrote 1426 words. Tuesday was 1044, Wednesday was 1065, Thursday was 261, and today I’ve written 510.

I’ve got to admit yesterday and today those numbers are a little fluffy as I didn’t track my words yesterday before I started writing today.

I’m happy with the fact that I am writing every day, but I need to get consistent with that 1000 words a day, then pick it up until I’m hitting about 1500 words a day. Then when NaNoWriMo starts I’ve not got far to go to hit the daily goal.

For NaNo I’m going to go for a short story collection like I did last year. I found this works well as when I get stuck on one story, I can just hop over to another one. The only thing different I might do is aim more for novella length pieces. I’m even thinking about rewriting some of my older short stories. I’ve got one in particular that is speaking very loudly to me. As always though, we’ll see how it goes. Last year stories that I had a lot of expectation for fizzled out while others surprised me with how deeply I got stuck into them.

Talking about those stories from last year, I really need to work on getting them tidied up. Only two of them have grown into something that is near complete. I need to work on my organisation skills.

Right, that’s it for the night. I’m going to chill out for a little while and then bed. Have a good one, folks!

Arm Cast Podcast: Episode 299 – Wiley — PROJECT ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK

On this week’s Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Podcast, host Armand Rosamilia is joined by noir fiction author Michael Wiley Michael’s most recent novel is Trouble in Mind, the first book in a series featuring Chicago PI Sam Kelson. He is the author of the Shamus Award-nominated Monument Road, about an exonerated death-row inmate investigating the…

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