30th October 2020

Morning folks! Another busy day ahead, but today will be helping ,my folks out more than anything else.

I’ll make a little time to write later on in the day but it won’t be much. I am hyped for NaNo, we’re so close now and I’m a little gutted I can’t dive in for a midnight sprint as I have work on Sunday, but I’ll write during my break and then when I get home.

Right, I’m off to start my day. I hope y’all have a pukka day!

A little picture of Raven the other day when I was writing 😊

26th of October 2020

Good evening folks! 547 (I think) words tonight. It’s definitely in that region but I haven’t got my data in front of me.

I could have written more, but I fell asleep this afternoon. I was a little down and that seems to be a coping mechanism for me: sleep!

Another minor hindrance to the writing process!

NaNoWriMo is less than a week away! Who’s excited? I know I am! I’ve got a little more prep work to do and then I’m ready to go. I can’t wait!

I think she was cold! But I don’t mind. And with her tucked up there I can still have my laptop on my lap 🙂

A bit of a short and swift post tonight. I’m pooped and have an early start tomorrow. But have fun, remember, it’s not hard to be kind.

25th October 2020

Good evening folks! Although today didn’t go quite as planned, I had some family come over, I still managed to get 2152 words done. But no editing or planning. Obviously, I’m darn happy with that!

Raven being sweet for a change 🙂

I knew yesterday I wanted a 2k day and knew I’d get it done. Maybe it was a case those few days off from writing recharged me, add in a couple of other little bits and pieces and it all may have contributed to being in the right place today. The trick I’ve got to learn is to always be able to write despite where my head is at.

Had a couple of anthologies I was asked to sign today 😊

That said, it’s likely not a trick. I probably just need more discipline.

Right, I’m wiped! So I’m off to bed.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning 25th of October 2020

Good morning folks! I hope all reading this are well.

I’ve enjoyed the extra hour in bed that the clocks going back have given me. On the downside it means a later start to writing today than I had planned, but I’ll still get a few hours done. I’m hoping for a mix of writing, editing, and planning. This time next week, NaNoWriMo will have started and I’d like to be a little more prepared than I am at the moment.

Dizzy looking grumpy but purring away 😊

I have had pretty much the whole week off. I needed to ease off in one area of my life and writing is the easiest to do that with. But the silver lining to that is it’s helped me solve a couple of little hiccups I’ve had on projects. I can see how to improve a short story in my vampire book now, and my war child story. With the war child story it was a moment where if I was in a cartoon I’d have a lightbulb appear above my head. The problem is I’m now itching to write it! But it’s got to wait which is torture!

I can’t remember where I heard this but apparently someone once said “a non-writing writer is someone courting madness” I may not have the quote word for word spot on but it’s something that does apply to me. When I’m not writing I’m finding it harder to deal with the everyday. So I’m never going to for more than A few days not writing. I’ve suffered from that mistake and I won’t let it happen again.

In November I’m going to have more time to write than I ever have done and I cannot wait. I will be blowing each day (hopefully) and I am 100% going to write a novel this year. I’ve done short story collections for the last two NaNo’s, which worked well the first year but not so much last year.

Fills my heart when friends and family send me things like this! 😊❤️😊

I’m super excited for NaNo this year. I’m going to miss the in-person meets, but we’ve worked on ways to do online events and hopefully have one that’s going to work out well.

Okay folks, I’m off to start word wrangling! Have a good day one and all!

Good Evening 16th October 2020

Good afternoon/evening folks. I’m writing an end of day post a little earlier today as I mentioned earlier my buddy Stefan is coming over and I know I won’t write it later because it’ll probably be later on in the evening when I get the time.

Despite not having much time today I managed to get 1466 words on Penal Earth written in about 2 hours. I’m super happy about that. I think I’m on the right path with it, it feels right anyway.

Myself and Stefan playing Mario Kart Deluxe. This is video one.

Tomorrow I won’t have much time to write, nor will I Sunday, but I’ll try and find time to get words down. Having written so much today in not a lot of time is encouraging. I know I can get the words out, its just not letting my head defeat me when I sit down to write.

This is the second video in this series.

I’ve included a couple of the videos of me and Stefan playing Mario Kart. I hope you enjoy and consider giving Stefan’s Daily Gaming a follow on Facebook. He’s a bloody good friend that has gone above and beyond to be there for me this year and I couldn’t wish for a better friend.

I’m having a bit of a down day, so I’m looking forward to hanging out with him and beating his arse at Mario Kart 😀

Dizzy not in the way at all!

I am determined to sit down one day next week and get my NaNoWriMo project decided and prepped. I was going to write a novel, but I’m having second thoughts and might do another short story collection. I might even do prep work for both and see how I feel as we get closer to NaNo.

Right, I hope everyone has had a good day. I’m off to murder a pizza!

12th October 2020

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve finished the red-penning part of the zombie novella that I started yesterday. I didn’t get any words down yesterday but I got 1403 done today.

I was at about 800 words, and about done for the day. But pushed myself as it was only another 200 words to go till I hit the 1000 word mark, and Armand Rosamilia popped into my head. He is someone I do look up to and it struck me that if he was in my position he’d push through and hit that 1000 word mark. And I got over 1400 words. Yeah, I’m happy with that. Very happy with that. That’s pushing NaNo numbers, which is just around the corner. So hitting a number like that at this point is probably a good idea.

Raven sitting on my lap and not the paper I was trying to make notes on.

I had hoped to get some prep work for NaNo done today, but it’s late now and I’ve got an early start tomorrow. So I’m going to read a little and then call it a night.

9th of October 2020

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I have written 889 words today, and wrote almost 500 yesterday. I think I could have pushed a bit more to get that 1k hit but at gone nine it’s time to start winding down for the night.

I wrote yesterday about failing each day, and it’s a post I stand by. I was feeling a little down, but not massively. I did feel like I wasn’t hitting targets I should be hitting, and I do still feel that. But I am winning each day as well. Every day that I write, I’m winning. Every day I’m thinking about the stories I’m working on. Figuring out where I’ve gone wrong and how to fix that, it’s a win.

I was trying to take a semi-professional selfie and got pounced on by our mini-panther.

Stepping up is something I need to do. I’ve got three short stories being released in three different anthologies by the end of the year, and at the risk of getting some grief from fellow writers, I haven’t tried that hard to find places to submit. Two of the anthologies were invite only from publishers I’ve worked with before, and the third story is from also from a publisher I’ve had the pleasure of working with before. So, I really need to step up finding places to submit too. I am where I am because I’ve written pieces that editors have liked. Now, it’s hard for me to write that because there’s still a part of me that thinks I suck, but my friends yell at me if I say that. And with some of what has gone on this year I’ve had help snapping my head out of the mindset that I am nothing.

I made the mistake in placing these blankets on my printer, which Dizzy decided was worthy of being her throne. (that’s a printer, not a throne!)

This next year I’ve got a lot planned, I hope I can pull it all off. My biggest problem is discipline. I get easily distracted and need to get better at sitting in the chair and just getting the work done.

I’ve got everything I need to progress. The only thing holding me back, is me.

7th October 2020

Good evening Folks. Long story short, I had a bad day yesterday. Just tired and a little down. So I watched a couple of movies, a few episodes of a TV series and chilled out for the majority of the day.

I feel shite for not getting anything done (aside from prepping for an appointment today). I had a whole to-do list set out for yesterday and aside from prepping for todays appointment, I knocked nothing off that list.

I haven’t got much from it knocked off today either. I finished work at midday and have written 577 words on the vampire book. I’ve also been working on sorting out my files. All those handwritten drafts, notes and printed drafts. I don’t have enough room in the units for what’s left, but I’ve found a lot of duplicates while working through. So hopefully I’ll have the space to put it all in. Even once I’ve done that I won’t be done. I’d like to go through it and get it organised properly.

Raven wasn’t interested in making the writing process easier today.

I’ll have a little time around work to get writing done. Then all day Friday. I’ve been off track for a few days now, so I’d like to kick myself in the arse and get back on track.

That’s my little gambit for the day. Back on track properly tomorrow.

Good Morning 27th September 2020

Hey folks! I wrote 111 words on something new yesterday and have just written 467 on the vampire book. I’ve got a day at work and got up early to get some words cracked out before getting to the day job. This takes the pressure off as when I get home late afternoon I know I’ve got words down and if I don’t write, it’s not a zero word day.

Tomorrow I am off, I do have errands and non-writing bits and pieces to do but I should have a nice chunk of time to get some work done. If I can get the zombie book red-penned and maybe 500 words done tomorrow, I will be a very happy bunny!

Raven ‘helping’ me sort my old drafts the other day 😊

Right, time for me to get ready for work. Have a super day folks!

And as always, be kind.

Good Morning, Friday the 18th of September 2020

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I am up and getting ready for a productive day. I’m off to see a dear friend this morning and then this afternoon I’m going to do a little writing and tidying.

I’m working on getting he various elements of my life balanced properly. I’m making adjustments to suit on because I was beginning to falter in it, hopefully I’ve figured out how to do that and I just need to put it into practice.

Yesterday I wrote 1200 words in about ninety minutes. Needless to say I’m super happy about that, and I’d love to get that sort of word count this morning before visiting my friend, but I’m not going to stress if I don’t. I’m still aiming for about 500/half an hours work per day. Writer and Podcaster Paul E. Cooley said on an episode of The Dead Robots Society that he set a target of, I think it was 250 a day, because that was easily doable. And more often than not he’d surpass that quickly. If I remember right he said it was because that by the time he hit 250 he’d got into his rhythm. Since then that’s something I’ve found can work for me as well.

Today’s random image is of Raven, being Raven!

That’s it for this morning, folks. I’m going to have some breakfast and a shower and then get a few words done before shooting out.

Have a good one folks.

And remember, it costs nothing to be kind.