17th January 2021

I have edited 4807 words on Black Blood and written 1151 on a short story for a publisher.

It was a good day’s writing. The short story I got stuck into today was one I’ve been thinking over for a couple of weeks and I’m glad I’ve finally got rolling with it. I had a decent idea of what I was aiming for, but it’s always been a feel for it with a few details coming in. What I’ve done today, I think it works and I hope I’ve got a good foundation to work from.

Senior kitty Dizzy using me to get a better look out of the window!

The editing went well, I’ve got about 15k to go now, but boy have I got a lot of work to do with just the notes I’ve made. I’ve not thought about the ending much either. I do need to sit down and map it out, and I’ve got to raise the stakes from what I’ve already written. I’m pretty sure I can, but that’s something that I’m honestly not too worried about at the moment. What I need to focus on is getting all the notes I’ve made into it and getting the feel of the setting right. I think the feel is good, but I think I need to still do more.

I did read one scene in Black Blood today that made me squirm! Which is always a good sign!

Tomorrow I’ll be working again, but I won’t have as much time as I’ve got other matters to see to. If I can get 3k edited on Black Blood, I’ll be happy.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, Sunday 17th of January 2021

Good morning folks!

I was going to write an end of day post on Friday(15th) but I was working on a post for my Buy Me A Coffee page and accidentally wiped out two hours work on it! Yes, I almost cried. So I gave up for the night.

Aside from that, I had a productive day. I wrote 1176 on a new short story in my Penal Earth universe, and edited 3204 words on Black Blood.

I’m still some way off finishing this edit on Black Blood. It’s not like an epic mess, but there’s a lot of work to do on it to get it where I need it to be. The ending is still eluding me. I kinda know what I want it to be, but I think I’ve got to map it out better. Figure out the beats of it and make the pay off worth it.

I had Dizzy’s company for all of two minutes this morning!

The A4 pad I’m using has pages of notes I’ve got to put in and I’ve got a lot of details to put into the character profiles as well. I made notes for Penal Earth in the middle of last year, but I’m not sure where they are. So I’m going to need to have a search for them.

Horror Drabble Anthologies from Kevin J. Kennedy that I won in an online event ☺️

Today, is going to be productive. I’ve got today and tomorrow off and I want to make a good use of that time. I’ve a personal matter to spend time on tomorrow so I expect I’ve get more done today. I’ve had a good nights sleep, I’m in an exceptionally good place in life, aside from that one part that I don’t talk about.

Time to rock and roll!

Good Evening, 14th January 2021

Good evening, folks!

I’ve had a few quiet days writing wise, but I’ve managed to edit about 3000 words in the last couple of days.

I do find it harder to get a lot done when I’m on early’s but it’s something I’m getting better at. It’s definitely something I need to get better at as I do a lot of early starts, but I can do that by getting to bed earlier.

I’ve got a week off early February, so I’m going to start thinking about what I’m going to achieve in those seven days. I won’t be off out anywhere as we’ll most likely still in a lockdown. I’d like to be done with this read through of Black Blood and have an idea of what I’m doing with the ending by the end of that week.

I’ve got tomorrow off, but I have work to do on a non-writing matter that could take up a fair part of the day, but I’d still like to get about 3000 words worked through. I’d really like to get some fresh words written as well. I’m getting an itch to properly write as well. It’ll be great if I could put an hour aside and just knock out some words. Music on, and write! Simple as that.

Raven exploring the space under the stairs as I was putting the Christmas decks away last week.

I am really going to try and get myself organised better in the next month. I’ve got a dry/erase board and a diary. So I should be making better use of them. I need to write weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Adjusting as I go depending on what comes my way.

I’ll wrap this post up by pimping out my Buy Me A Coffee page, where if people have liked my work they can contribute to the costs of writing. I’m working as an independent author at the moment, and any funds I receive go straight back into the writing pot. I’m going to be searching for paying markets for short stories and I have the funds in place already to self-publish my first release. I’m waiting on the editor to be free, I’ve got formatting arranged (although I’d like to learn how to do that myself in future), and the artwork looks amazing! I do understand times are tough, and I’ll never push hard and start bugging people about this.

I meant to post these weeks ago, the Christmas lights from my hometown of Gravesend.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie and then an early night. Although no work tomorrow I’d like to get an early start for the day. I’ve a lot I’d like to get done and getting an early start will set the day up nicely.

Good Morning! 12th January 2021

Hey folks! A nice early one today.

I edited yesterday, but can’t remember how many words I did. It was over a 1000 but less than 2000.

Something that struck me yesterday was that maybe I need to try and have a schedule so that when I’m at work I do one light day writing, and then one heavy day writing. Especially when I’m doing early shifts and I’m not getting as much sleep as I’d like this is something that’s worth a try.

Sitting here writing that and I can’t help but think that none of these little things I’m doing are going to really change the way I work. Even though I’m trying not to sit on my bed and work while watching this or that, I’m still doing it. Mostly on work days, which are more often then not an early shift, and I do get work done. Yesterday I would have got more done if I’d started earlier in the afternoon after work. But I was wiped out so I laid down with a movie on in the hope I’d drift off and have a nap, which didn’t happen. But I find I need that downtime after work sometimes. I just need to let my brain wind down from the day job and slide into a mental space that’s a little more favourable to some form of creativity.

Right, time for me to get into work and think about getting cracking.

Let’s make today a good one, folks!

Spot the hunting kitty!

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.

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 Morning, 28th of December 2020

I’ve kind of had a week off from writing. I was expecting to use it to get through the Christmas period but I didn’t need to in the end. Yes, it was still tough but thanks to all I’ve learnt, all the help and support I’ve had from the people I love in my life I was able to manage it better than I was expecting to.

Raven going for a majestic look 😊

I was also a little stuck with where I was taking Black Blood. I kept trying to add words but it was becoming very evident that I wasn’t prepared enough to finish this draft. So last night I began making notes. I didn’t start reading through the draft, I just copied some notes I’d scribbled down while writing the later stages of the story and did a few sketches. I’ve never really done the sketches, well not since Owen and I were working on From the Shadows a very long time ago. I found doing the couple I did last night really helpful, okay it brought a problem I hadn’t expected but I think I can find a way around that, or work it into the story.

I’m going to start the read through today, with the aim of having it done by the New Year. It’s a lick over 50k words and I think I can manage that. I’ve looked at my work rota and I definitely think it’s doable. Especially as I’m not going to be doing a full edit. This is a read through to figure out what I need to add and take away. What I need to do to get the ending how I want it, and to give it the depth and weight it deserves.

I think it’s also time to move this draft into Scrivener. It’s going to be helpful to be able to break it down into chapters and scenes and then I can insert or remove sections much easier. I can also have additional information that I’m compiling in there as well. I think that’s the way to go.

Right folks! I’ve got a little tidying before I can start working so I’m hopping off here. Have an awesome day!

December 24th 2020

Good evening folks, I’ve got a feeling this may end up being a really random post tonight. I’ve not done any writing today, or much thinking about writing. I was up at 4am for a 6am work start. I’ve had 5am, another 6am, and a 4am start this week. So I’ve spent a lot of the afternoons this week napping. I’ve also been trying not to think about writing for a few days. I’ve got a couple of stories where I am stuck with them, and I need to let the dust setting around them.

With Black Blood (still not wild about that title), I am really tempted to do a read through/edit and then write the ending once I’ve done the read through and have a stack of notes.

When I say read through/edit I mean I’ll work my way through what I’ve written and clearing up any grammar errors and more softer changes like how some sentences are structured. A lot of what I am going to do with the read through is write details down; character names, locations, personal quirks. This is a habit I need to get into better when I’m working on a first draft. Then I’m not going to have as many XXX’s as space fillers.

I’ve got a short story I want to get cracking on soon, I just need to think it through a little and have something to build from. Normally when I write I have an image in my head to start from, a foundation that I use to build those first few thousand words. Once I’ve got that, I’ve got a good idea of where I’m going. So I need to muse on that one a bit.

Penal Earth is still sitting. I’m probably going to do something similar to what I plan on doing with Black Blood, and do a read through and sort out the grammar edits and so on. I’m happy with the way the draft has gone, and I’m looking forward to looking through it again.

(yes, I know this post is going up a day after it was meant to be, but I had to stop halfway through the post and didn’t manage to get back to it again.)

There’s a few pics of our furry family members ☺️

15/12/2020

Hey folks! Just a quick wrap up post for my writing day.

After prepping for my meeting tomorrow I had a little over forty minutes to get some writing done. So I did a twenty minute sprint and got 430 words done.

I’m updating now as I might have the time, or be in the state of awake when I finish work.

I hope you’re all having a super day!

Writing with cats is challenging!