14th of December 2020

Good evening, folks!

I’ve not written today, mainly because I was planning a heavy writing day tomorrow. I’ll be doing an afternoon shift at work now so I won’t be getting as much done as I planned, but I’m going to (try) and get up nice and early and get some words done before work.

I haven’t just been sitting on my arse all evening though. I’ve tweaked a few things here my blog and worked on my goals for next year. Mainly because I want to know what I’m working on next year, I’m feeling capable and organised, and I want my goals ready for the 2021 Mando Method listener goals episode. (I might be doing a Buda with next years goals, Armand and Chuck!). I might have also started on my goals for 2022 as well….

Had a fuss break this afternoon while working on this site 😊

I’m off to watch a movie now, maybe Dead Snow I think.

Rock on folks!

11th of December 2020

It’s mid afternoon, and I’m done for the day. I’ve edited the zombie book and written 1105 words on Penal Earth.

Penal Earth is definitely nearing its end now. I’ve got a few loose threads to tie up and a couple little doors to leave open and then this draft should be done. This is the last draft I’m doing. Yes, I’ll be going through and doing an edit but no more re-writing of this one.

I’ve ticked off the zombie edit on my whiteboard. I’d really like to be ticking off Penal Earth as well by Wednesday. If I do that it’s half my writing goals ticked off for the month, but I’m tempted to leave Black Blood for another week or two and see how letting it rest will let the ending evolve. I’m not entirely sure how I want to end it and I’m hoping a little break will help me flesh it all out.

Raven playing with a plastic spider on my desk.

When I was making the changes on the zombie book and found that I’m not always agreeing with what I’ve red penned. If this isn’t a case for leaving something for a little while then I don’t know what is. I’ve always said when asked for advice about what to do when a story is finished to put it away for a while but I always fail at that, myself. Today is further proof that I need to do better at sticking to that advice and not being as impatient.

Ever feel like you’re being watched?

I’m feeling a little burnt out at the moment and am going to spend the rest of the day chilling out. I’ve got an early tomorrow at work so I’ll be writing a little after that. Hopefully I don’t need to crash out like I did yesterday, but we’ll see.

Tuesday, 8th of December 2020 Roundup

Yep, another early roundup post as I likely won’t be blogging when I get home tonight.

I have written 1896 words this morning, in about two hours. Which I am super chuffed with! I got up in good time, and made the most of my time. When I have the time to write I have to make it almost sacred. This I am getting better at. I’m to getting distracted, (with the exception of the cats) and I’m getting on with writing. I’m setting up sprints in my NaNo regions Discord and even though I’ve been sprinting alone today, it seems to be firing me on.

Dizzy chilling in the warmest place in the room!

This all reinforces to me that I can do this. That the only person holding me back is, can you guess it? Me. I said yesterday (I think), that aside from one element of my life, the most important, that I am in probably the best place I’ve been in for years. I think that is started to bear fruit.

I’ve always had self-doubt, a lack of confidence in all aspects of my life. After this year and hitting rock bottom and with the help I’ve had and addressing my problems it feels like it’s beginning to come together. Not perfect, but I am a better me than I was just a few months ago and people are noticing which is great.

Right, I’m pretty sure I just repeated a lot of what I wrote yesterday, but hey, a little repetition never hurts!

I’m off to get ready for work. I know I’ve got a challenge there today, which I’m looking forward to diving into.

Day off tomorrow but I’ve got a few things to do so writing time will be limited, but if I can get almost two thousand words down in two hours today, I can find time to try for that again tomorrow!

Have a great one, folks! And remember, be kind. It’s not hard.

6th of December 2020

Good evening folks, just a quick update tonight.

I wrote a little over 1700 words today on Penal Earth. I’m grateful for the break I’ve had with this story as I like what I’ve done today and direction it looks like it’s taking.

I was going to edit this afternoon but did a little work with my dad and then chilled out.

I’ll have a few hours tomorrow before work where I’ll get some writing done and then a couple of days off.

Dizzy keeping warm 😊

3rd of December 2020

All my plans for yesterday went right out the window when I fell asleep while writing and came within an inch of face planting my keyboard!

I did get a few words written, but a little less than half or what I’d planned to and I didn’t get any of the other half a dozen items I’d planned to do done.

Much of it is where I’m nearing the second week of my early’s at work, and it’s my fault because I need to be getting to bed a little earlier each night and as I said yesterday, I need to look at my work rota and adjust it to how tired I might be. Then even if I exceed what I’ve set a target for I’m not going to get annoyed for having not hit goals. Like I’m feeling a little at the moment.

I should have gone for a nice little target yesterday, but I was feeling overly confident from the day before.

Anyway! Today is a new day. I did get an early night last night, and I read for a second night running. Reading is something that I’ve not been able to pick up again after what this year has been, but I felt inspired by a friend and I’m making an active effort to read again.

I am not going to repeat yesterday’s mistakes. I do have a list of work I was planning to do yesterday, but I’m now going to aim to have that all done by the end of Sunday. I’ve got to stop being overly ambitious and be more realistic in my targets.

Dizzy sulking because I was reading and not worshiping her!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Nine

Good evening. Only 209 tonight, but then I wasn’t expecting to get much more. My aim was simply to pass the 43000 word mark which I did. Tomorrow I’m aiming for a big day of words, but will not push myself to exhaustion. When I hit the wall, I hit the wall. What I’m not going to do is try to push through because that rarely works out for me.

Looking at it now, I’ll be happy with another 2000 words.

I won’t stop writing come Tuesday. This story still needs to be finished, I still have other projects to work on. So I’ll be cracking on, but I will maybe look at other types of targets to hit.

Right, that’s me done for the night.

Good night all, and don’t forget to be awesome!


NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Eight

I really don’t want to give you folks a summery of yesterday’s word count, because it was rubbish! But here it is….171 words for the day.

I know, that’s more than I had at the start at the day, but I’m disappointed in myself. I know I was tired, but I had times when I could have got a few more words down. I really need to sit down and plot out my days better. When I’ve got a busy week I need to pick out when I can write and make the most of the time I’ve got. I know I’ve said that before, I just need to pull my head out of the sand and do it.

The cats in harmony, which lasted a few minutes but better than nothing!

To hit 50,000 words for the month I need to write 7,204 by midnight tomorrow. This is not me being pessimistic, but I’m not going to hit the 50k. I have written that in a day, but I don’t want to be comatose afterwards. I’ve got tomorrow off, and I’m going to give it a good go, but I’m not going to burn myself out over it.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty

Only 902 words before work today and now after that. I need to pick up my word counts but I can’t expect to be hitting 1500 words a day when I have an afternoon/evening shift. How do I compensate for that? Check my rota and plan ahead.

Super short post tonight as I am knackered. Back at it again in the morning!

Dizzy using my printer as a bed.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Seventeen

Less than 900 words today. I overlaid so couldn’t get much written before work, and finishing late meant not a lot of time to write once I’d eaten.

I am still ahead, but if I have another day like today then I won’t be ahead.

Right, I’m going to get my head down and see if I can have a better nights sleep than I have done the last week or so.

A picture of Raven cuddling her pink mouse 😊

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Fifteen

Wow, halfway through the month already. I’ve had a chill out day today, which I need to stop doing. I need to get up on a day off, have breakfast, get dressed, get writing. Simple as that. No thinking I’ll watch an episode of this or that (today it was The Queen’s Gambit, which was lethal as I’ve all but watched it now). I still got 2317 today, but I could have got 3000 words done, if not 3500. I know I have the ability to do that when I’ve got a day off and I should be doing it. For the speed I can write at and the time I have, it is easily doable.

I was on a Facebook live event tonight with the Mando Method Podcast folks. It was a lot of fun and in the hour before it I managed to crack out about a 1300 words to add to the 1000 or so I’d already written throughout the course of the day. We talked about NaNoWriMo at the halfway point and how we were all progressing. We touched a few other topics as well. It was a lot of fun, its been a while since I laughed that hard. It was really good to talk to these folks in real time as well. Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have been very supportive to myself and many other writers. Please give it a watch 😊

Grumpy cat stare!

I’ve got one more days leave before getting back to my normal working week, so writing time will be cut down. But I can still get all the words done I need to, and more. I’m going to set myself a target of an hour at my desk a day. That’s head down and writing/editing. I’m not going to set word count goals at the moment, I want to get in the habit of spending that hour a day at the desk. My biggest enemy is myself and in particular my lack of discipline. That is something I need to overcome.

Under The Weather is the third book I’ve been published in. With my story, The Snow, I knew roughly what I wanted to do with it but it took a few little twists and turns along the way, but it was never a difficult write. One major element did change in the story which changed the entire theme of the tale. I still think it works, and it’s one that I’m really happy with.

Well folks, that’s me wrapping it for the night. I’m gonna watch a bit of tv and then read a little before bed. I’m aiming for an early start tomorrow.