23rd of June, 2021

Good morning, folks!

I have edited 4475 words today on Black Blood, which wraps up this draft! I’ve edited something like 65000 words since about the 14th of June, which I’m super happy about. I’ll now put this one to one side but will be making notes for it while it’s resting. I feel pretty good about it and already know some of the changes I need to make on the next draft.

I’m tweaking my process all the time and this edit pass of Black Blood seems to have shown me a few new tricks while working through a draft which’ll hopefully stick and be of use as I go forward.

Today I’m going to be working on a short story for an anthology submission call. This’ll be a last edit pass and then It’ll be ready for submitting and I’ve got to look at my goals for next month.

Have a great day folks!

15th June 2021

Although it was somewhat of a slog, I edited 6666 words of Black Blood and added about 700 words to it as well.

Just a short post tonight, I hope you’re all well and cracking on ☺️

Raven watching me tidying up

Morning! 10th of June 2021

Good morning! How are we all doing today?

Something that I am is an olympic level procrastinator, and finding reasons to sit on my arse. The last few days have not been for writing, but I found myself having a little time before bed last night (mainly because I knew I wasn’t going to sleep quickly) so I got a little writing done. It helped in that half an hour later I was very ready for sleep, but I also got some words down. And, this morning I woke up with a major breakthrough on Homestead.

I’ve started from scratch with it, and have been taking it nice and steady, you know scene setting and so on. But it’s given me a little time for my impressively slow grey matter to process the feel I had for this story. It’s far from ground breaking, nor epic. I just know the story I’m going to tell. I’ve gone through two rough characters and a setting to two less rough characters, a setting, and now a story.

Giving myself time to allow this happen is something I know I need to do more.

Right, I’m gonna leave it there. I’ve got work today so I’m gonna get a few words cracked out before I have to think about getting ready.

I keep telling her, printers are not cat bearing structures…

Good Morning, Sunday 6th of June 2021

Good morning! Yesterday I wrote 1105 words on my bounty hunter story. It’s nice having a 1st draft of this story done, and hopefully I’ve now got a fantastic feel for it and come the second draft I can get the theme and tone set throughout the whole of the story.

Something I’ve found, and I think I’ve said here before, is that I always have a better day when I get some word wrangling done before I start my day properly. Not very easy when I have an early like I do today, but we have to adjust to life as it comes.

As a rule if I’m working on a Sunday it’s a nine to ten hour day, and I’m not likely to get much done on those days. But that’s on me to figure out how I can do that. Today is going to be a test of that.

Right, that’s enough jabbering today. I hope you all have an awesome day.

Another awesome notebook 😎

3am thoughts (1/6/21)

I’m awake, very awake. That doesn’t mean I’m not tired, I’m beyond tired. Sleep isn’t coming though. Luckily I’ve not got the day job tomorrow, so I’m not having to worry about that.

The thing about be awake at this time of the night is very few people are. I don’t mean globally, and thanks to the internet there is always someone I can chat to as I’m blessed to have made friends all over the planet thanks to writing, and the internet. Where it gets strange is there are no, or very few, cars driving up and down my road. Yeah it’s a little country lane, but we’d still get vehicles coming up and down. There’s always tractors and other farm machinery moving around. We get people walking up and down, some with dogs, others without. Cyclists use the road as well. We get a lot of groups of cyclists that I’m guessing are from local organisations (all seem to forget the rule of riding single file, but that’s a rant for another day).

If someone walks this road tonight they might glance up at the single window illuminated and wonder who is awake, and why they are. They might even seen me (my desk is at my window). Will they have the same thoughts I am? How the hours between midnight and say, 5am, are strange and almost alien. Or are they thinking, ‘look at that muppet’.

I know for some the nighttime hours are not weird. They’re not an alien concept. For them it’s their profession. How many jobs now exist where people work all hours. I don’t just mean the emergency services but I’m thinking about hauliers, taxi drivers, workers fixing roads because at night it’s easier as it’s less impactful on the traffic, Supermarket workers. There’s a whole host of people going to or still at work while the majority of us sleep.

I’m not a city boy, but I’d imagine even the cities and towns which are people say never sleep, still see a drop in activity in these early hours of the morning. We as a species aren’t nocturnal. Some people are, they feel at home when the sun is giving light to the other side of the planet, but for most people their days start when the sun is rising or risen, and end when it takes it’s light away for another day.

Unlike Raven, I’m not nocturnal.

I’m going to try and sleep. Writing this post might have pushed me over that tipping point where exhaustion will win out over the reasons why I’m awake.

Peace out, Folks!

Good Morning, 31st of May 2021

I wrote 1600 words yesterday and have kind of finished off the sequence of Black Blood I’ve been working on. I still think I need to do more with it, and well just make it stronger with more impact. I’m pretty sure I’m capable of that, but I want to put it down for maybe a month or so and then look at the story as a whole and start editing it again from scratch.

For the next few days I’m going to be working on a couple of stories connected to my Penal Earth universe. Of the two that I’ve got started, one is nearly a full story while the second one is more at the concept stage. The second one really does need a lot of work. I’ve got an idea for the setting, but not an actual story for it yet. I’ve got a few ideas but nothing has settle hard for it.

Right, I’m going to make a start on one of those stories.

Have an awesome day, folks!

Dizzy is purring away ☺️

Good Morning, 24th 2021

Hey folks, been a busy couple of weeks, so little writing but lots of brainstorming. I’ve got four or five projects that I’m beginning to get a really good idea of what I want to do with them. I also re-edited my kidnapping story, despite the date for its anthology submission being long past, I can submit it elsewhere or self-publish it (I have plans).

I am very stuck on Black Blood at the moment. I’ve been trying to write a sequence which is vital to the story and I’m not feeling it. Maybe I need to think it out a little more, I don’t know, but at the moment it’s just not clicking. I think I’ve got a good basis for it, that it’ll work, but I’ve just got to suss it out. I honestly don’t think I’m far away from it, I think I just need one little element to slot into place and then it’ll come together.

I will also be looking at the two short stories I’ve been working on that take place in the Penal Earth world. One of them I think I’ve got a good core for the story, whereas the other one is a lot more bare bones and I haven’t found the real story to it yet. I don’t think I’m far off, it’s tickling the periphery of my conscious but it isn’t revealing itself just yet. I’m going to read what I’ve written of these two and then brainstorm.

I’ve not done this sort of brainstorming for years, and I’m really enjoying it.

Right, I’m off. I hope y’all have a fantastic day and week ahead.

Dizzy enjoying the sun and watching the world go by ☺️

Good Morning, Saturday 8th Of May 2021

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing today?

I’m up and ready to get some words wrangled. I don’t have a lot of time before getting off to work today so I’m going to try and make the most of it.

I added a few more words to Black Blood last night because I was laying in bed watching Predator and then Doom and this part of the sequence I’m working on kept popping up. So I did a little work with it and will continue this morning.

Short and sweet this morning, I’ve got a couple of hours to play so let’s see what I can get done.

5th of May 2021

Howdy folks, how are we all doing today?

I’ve had a busy week or so, so I’ve not done any writing this month really. Okay, I’ve done no writing this month at all. I have watched some sea life documentaries, though. I’ve kinda falling into a black hole of these but in a good way. It’s all prep for the mermaid rewrite story thats in the preparation stage. It’s spurred on a lot of ideas and I’m sure I’m picking up knowledge of things that I haven’t realised now but will make it into the story. Even as I’m writing this post I’ve had to stop and make notes on it!

To today though, I’m going to be working on Black Blood. I’m going to be editing this one soon but I’ve got to rewrite a sequence that I think will give the story a nice kick.

Which is what I’m off to do! Have an awesome day, folks!

Good Afternoon, Sunday 25th April 2021

Hey folks, How are we all doing?

I have edited 10464 words on Penal Earth today. At the moment it’s more continuity, grammar and spelling, and searching for plot holes that I’m working on, but I think come the next edit of this one it’s going to be more about making the writing better, and getting depth of story and character into it. I know there are scenes where I can do better and as a general element I can make the writing better. There is still the odd scene that was written almost a decade ago, and I’ve come a long way since then.

I didn’t get anything done on Black Blood. I burnt myself out with Penal Earth today. I worked, then took a few hours off and when I sat back down, I just didn’t have the oomph.

For the rest of the day I’ve got a stack of bits and pieces to do. I’m going to sit down and write a to-do list of lots of little bits and pieces I’ve been meaning to do for a while and still haven’t got around to them. The problem is they’re nothing vitally important, mainly just filling a few bits and tidying up a wall unit. Nothing that’s going to take a lot of time, and will tidy the place up. I just need to remember to do it and make a little time to get it done.

Right, I’m wrapping this up now. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

Although this little lady is becoming quite an affectionate kitty, she still has to sit right in the way!