4th of December 2018

A very quick post tonight. I’ve written 500ish words today, but did a little editing as well. Tomorrow I’m going to sit down and have a look at the last couple of chapters of PE3 and refresh my memory as to where I am and start pushing on to get to the end.

That’s all for now, I said it’ll be a short one!


3rd of December 2018

Good evening all. I’ve written 906 words today. Not the 1200 I wanted but I’m getting closer. I’m nearly done with the chapter of PE3 that I’ve been working on which means I’ll have to insert it into the main body of the file and delete the chapter it’ll replace.

In the next couple of days I will also be breaking up the file I had my NaNoWriMo stories in so I can work on each one individually in the future. Once I’ve done that, that file will be done. I’ll let it gather electronic dust on my hard drive.

I think I’m having a mini NaNo hangover but I’ll hopefully pick the pace back up again by the weekend.

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2nd of December 2018

A very low impact day again. 456 words written on PE3.

It was a busy day though. I got up and cleaned the henhouse out and then felt pretty rough for a few hours, I don’t know why I just felt pretty rough. Once I’d started feeling better I did some bits around the house. Then I’ve slowly written those words and watched The Cornetto Trilogy and did a few little bits and pieces that needed doing.

I think its been a bit of a low impact day because I’m tired if I’m honest. I was in bed by ten thirty last night, and I probably will be tonight as well. Just tonight will be with a book I’ve been excited about since I first heard about it.

Empty Graves by CL Raven is the third book in their Edinburgh trilogy that’s not a trilogy (They all take place in Edinburgh a long time ago; The Malignant Dead in 1645 during the Plague, and The Devils Servants in 1649 during the witch trials in the city). There’s a couple of characters that cross over in the first two books but I don’t know if any do in this one as I haven’t started it yet. All I know is it’s about grave robbers and as soon as I heard that I was sold. This is probably my most anticipated book of the year.

With that said, I’m off to get cracking with it.

1st of December 2018

Yesterday proved a little more difficult to find time to write than I’d anticipated. I managed a few words before work, and then after being at my regional TGIO (thank god it’s over) party for NaNoWriMo. So I only added a couple of hundred words to PE3.

The TGIO party was a lot of fun. I got to hang out in a pub with some damn fine people and have a laugh and compare war stories from this year and previous years NaNos. I saw people I hadn’t seen in quite some time and a new face which is always nice.

So it was a low impact start to December, but there’s. A lot of the month to go and lots of words to write.

NaNoWriMo 2018- Day Thirty

Well, here it is. My last NaNoWriMo diary entry of 2018. I’ve kind of finished the month with a bit of a whimper with 506 words for a total of 53080 but I’m happy with that. Today did prove to be one of those days where I found it difficult to make the time but I made the most of what time I did have.

I am really happy with what I’ve managed to get written this month, I’ve found my flow again and I’m really excited to be getting back to PE3 tomorrow and getting that wrapped up.

This NaNo has been a real eye opener for me outside of what I’ve written. I’ve hosted nine write-ins and tried to be a supportive member in my local region, which combined broke the seven million words written mark! So thrilled with that achievement. I hope I’ve been encouraging and helpful when asked. I do consider myself a NaNoWriMo veteran. This was my eighth year, and my fourth win so I think I can say that I do hold that veteran status now.

I’m going to sign off from NaNoWriMo this year by saying that it doesn’t matter if you hit the 50k, what matters is that you write and don’t edit. You can always edit after NaNo, you can always carry on until the story is finished. Just write the story you want to write, at the pace you want to write it.

NaNoWriMo 2018- Day Twenty Nine

Today was one of those days where the real world threw a small spanner into the works of NaNo, but it was only a small one and I ended the day with 1028 for a total of 52574 words. I’d love to hit the 55k but I’m not going to bust a gut to get there. If I was the other side of 53k right now I’d give it a go but I’m not.


I think something that I can be good at is making the most of time I have. Today was a little up in the air first thing this morning but I managed to find a small window and crack out some words. This is a skill I really need to nurture and make the most of it. Especially as we approach the holiday season when there are social events and time when writing will not be easy to make time for. So when I get a few minutes before work, write. When I go out I like to get to places early, but instead of going in, why not sit in my car and write for five or ten minutes beforehand. If I’m standing in a queue while Christmas shopping, write. We’ve all got smartphones, why not make the most of them?


This weekend for instance, we’ve got our regions TGIO party (Thank God Its Over). There’s no reason why I can’t write a few words before getting down there, or once I’ve got home. Surprising I seem to be able to write pretty well at this time of night. Then on Sunday give it a decent shot and see what I can get down.

Once NaNo is finished I will be returning to PE3 full time, but I’m going to break up the stories I’ve worked on for NaNo and work on them individually in the future. I’ve got a lot I can play with and when I do need a change of pace from PE3 then I have plenty I can play with. In fact I’ve got enough to be working on things for the next two years if not longer. This short story collection probably has more novellas in it than short stories, but I’ll deal with that in the future.

That’s all for now. I’m off to the land of nod.