24th January 2023

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve hit a bit of a wall with the short story I was working on, it’s a good idea. But I don’t have a hook for it. I don’t have a story there. It’s an idea and that’s it. This is something I’m beginning to recognise; when an idea is just that. An Idea.

With War Child I’ve taken a small step back with it so I can map out an important part of the story. I can’t screw this up. This story is a lot more complicated than I normally create, as such I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a lot with it. So I need to get it right.

That said, I’ve dived into the final pass of Black Blood. This one is nearly done. I’m not sure there’s much more I can do with it and I imagine most of what I’m going to end up doing with this pass is tidying things up.

This one ain’t too bad ☺️

Right, I’ve got an early start tomorrow and a lot on. So I’m gonna get settled in and start winding down for the night.

Asleep on the job, again 🙄☺️

17th January 2023

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?

Today I’ve edited 7427 words on War Child. I feel like I’m getting my head around what I need to do with this story, structurally but definitely a long way off still.

I will be typing up my thoughts from my recent trip to Brighton soon. It’s had quite an effect on me. First time I really got out on my own for a couple of days. I know it was a step in overcoming fear I’ve let dominate me for a long time, but it’s flicked something in my head that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m working on it though.

The ten day’s I’ve had off come to an end tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine of family, working, friends, and writing. I say routine, but this is me. It’ll likely be all over the place.

Right, I’m gonna watch the end of this movie and then its bed for me.

Have a good one, folks!

Apparently there’s enough room here for her too 🙄

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Hey folks, how are we all doing? I’ve had a busy start to the year outside of writing but have still been squeezing in time to get the words wrangled.

I’ve finished an initial read through of what I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year, and boy do I have my work cut out. I’ve got a lot of material to work with, but most importantly I’ve got a decent handle on what I need to do to get a first draft of the first book in this, what’s looking to be, a multiple book series.

I’ve got some time off coming up, and I’m going to try and get working on mapping out what I need to do to connect the dots in this first instalment. It’s feeling pretty good, i’m excited to get stuck into it.

Right, shorter post today. I’ve got an early tomorrow so I should really think about getting to bed.

Night all!

The editor is sleeping on the job again 😂

Good Evening, 27th December 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing? Are people having a good festive period? Mine has been pretty darn good, but it’s back to work tomorrow. Which I am looking forward to, I enjoy my day job a lot and I like the routine (if shift-work has such a thing), and as most of my shifts are early’s I tend to have the rest of the day to get stuck into what I need to.

In the week before Christmas I had very little time to focus on writing, but I did manage to squeeze writing time in. This years NaNo project is still in process and I didn’t want to go too many days without working on it. I’ve had seven days this month where I haven’t done any writing at all, and likely a few days where I haven’t worked on NaNo ’22, but I’ve not let too many days in a row where I’ve not worked on it. Something I’ve talked about a lot on here is momentum, and I think it’s something that’s very important. I’ve lost momentum before and it’s very hard to get it back. I’m worried it’s going to happen again, so I’m hoping I’ve done enough so far with this story to stop me from hitting a roadblock that stops me dead like has happened in the past.

I don’t want this year to end with a bang, and I definitely don’t want it to end with a whimper. I want it to end with a nice steady pace, similar to where I am at the moment which rolls right into 2023 and continues.

I haven’t spoken much about my mental health publicly of late, that’s simply because I’m feeling better than I have done in a long time. Okay, then I’ve ever felt. Yes, there’s a long way to go. There are still things which really eat away at me, and as I kinda tick one thing off another three crop up. But I’m working on it all. I have less bad days now then I used to and the good ones are more frequent. I don’t believe it’s one or the other. I think some days are a mix of both, while others are neither. Those are the days I have most of, but even those days tend to be more towards the positive side of life.

The biggest lesson I feel I’ve learnt of late is to get a decent amount of sleep. Life is a lot more settled when I’m more rested.

We all have that one co-worker that don’t do much 😉🤣

Good Evening, Sunday 18th 2022

Howdy folks, how are we all doing today?

I have edited 6000 words on this years NaNoWriMo story. I’m getting stuck into the story, mostly tidying it up but also trying to get a decent picture of how the story is going to play out.

I’ve started on a couple of short stories, one feels like it’s fizzled out while the other might end up being a novelette, but we’ll see.

We’re nearing the end of the year and I’m thinking hard about my goals for next year. This past year has felt like it’s been a preparation year, with the aim of getting a few pieces lined up for either publishing or submitting in the next two years. The zombie book will be published next year. Penal Earth will be pitched to publishers or submitted in open calls. Black Blood needs one more pass I think, and then it’ll be ready to go. The vampire book will be released in a serialised form on my Ko-Fi page, with the first story being released early on Christmas day. What is being posted on Ko-Fi is likely not the final draft, I’ll have it edited and then self-publish it in maybe 2024. I’m not sure yet.

I do have my goals for next year written out, but I’m not sure if I want to share them here just yet.

Right, that’s all for the night. Have an awesome time, folks!

15th November 2022

Good evening, folks!

Today I wrote 3870 words in about seven hours. I’m not caught up, but I’m at 20503 words. I’m not trying to get caught up, I’m just trying to get some consistency, and discipline. I wrote 3870 words today doing 20 minute sprints. I NEED to sit my butt in the chair and bloody well write!

Anyway, enough kicking myself in the arse. I’ve had a slow start to NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve had a lot of work commitments as well as family ones that are obviously the priority. I’ve written every day though, and this story that I’m working on that I’ve always felt like I’m not ready to tackle is feeling like it’s coming together. I’ve realised there’s a lot more moving parts in it than I’d originally envisioned and I think this is going to turn into a bigger tale than I was expecting. It’s been hard, and it’s very disjointed but I keep telling myself that it’s all going to be sorted in edit. I’m still not a hundred percent sure I’m going to be able to pull it off, but I’m going to ignore those doubts and keep going.

Right, I’m off for the night. Have an awesome one, folks!

20th October 2022

Good evening, folks. How are we all doing?

I’ve had two productive days, well the whole week has been productive to be honest. Although today got off to a later start as I had shopping and some errands to run.

I am making progress with my goals for this month. I’ve typed up the short story I recently wrote and will be looking to do the next edit pass before the end of the month.

The read through of the vampire book is moving nicely. I’m finding more little errors and continuity issues than I was expecting, but nothing major.

I’ve also started digging into the planning for Penal Earth book 2. I’m hoping to have this as a major project for 2023. I’ve got a number of stories that are either ready to go (zombie and Penal Earth) or very ready to go (vampire and Black Blood), and I really want to push to get those published or submitted one way or another in the next two years.

I still need to be writing though. Yes, I’ve got those four pieces to get out into the world, but I also want to get ready for what’s going to be published after those.

This surge of productivity, I’ve had it before and it drifts away. I’m tired of letting it wonder off when it sees fit. I’m working on figuring out what causes me to loose this drive I’ve currently got. I know it’s anxiety, self-esteem. Confidence. I’m better prepared for working it all out than I’ve ever been. It’s still not always easy, and it’s something that’ll take time. But I’m getting there.

Rock on, Folks!

13th October 2022

Just a short post tonight. I’ve had a few days where I’ve been fighting off a cold that I’ve been working to shift before the weekend. Thankfully I’ve made good progress with it. The unfortunate side of things is that I’ve not done a lot of writing. After work and stuff around home I’v not had a lot of energy to focus on writing. Now I’m feeling better I’m going to get back on track.

I’ve got some time off before NaNo starts so I think I’ll be able to get all the bits and pieces that I need to get sorted done before NaNo Starts.

Flash Post – 9/10/22

A lot of work hours the last few days so not much writing work done. I did wrap up the Black Blood pass I was working on, and have now started the next stage of the vampire book. Although I’m one state behind where I should be.

Some hindrances are cuter that others.

Pushed Through

Today, I’ve felt pretty off all day. I don’t want to say ill, it’s more like I’ve felt off-centre than normal. Work this morning was good, and productive but also very full on. Which is great, I love it. It makes me feel like I’ve earn’t my wages, and working somewhere that I enjoy my job really makes me happy. On the downside was that it wiped me out as I wasn’t feeling a 100%.

My plan was to come home and get a good chunk of a monster chapter (11k words) of Black Blood edited. After I had a shower and some lunch though I really felt off. So I crashed for a couple of hours, and I still feel off but I’ve forced through some editing.

It wasn’t as productive as I was planning, but I cracked out a few words of this edit of this huge chapter (I need to break it up, because and 11k chapter is quite a chunky segment), and tomorrow I’m going to really dive in deep and try and get this chapter sorted.

Kitty company ☺️

I’ve got a couple of days off, so I’m aiming to get a big dent made in this edit and try and get some more of the recent short story I wrote done.

Yesterday I posted a short story to my Ko-Fi page that is available to all supporters, and there should be a new never before seen one on the Welcome To My Nightmare tier tomorrow as well.