25th of October 2019

Good evening folks, the last couple of weeks have been busy to say the least but not with writing. Despite that I’ve still managed to get words written. Mostly on CS1, which I’ve decided to add an element to which changes the entire tone of the story, but I think it works. It just means I’ve got to go over and start the editing process again but I think it’s worth it.

This week I’ve managed to write about 2000 words but I’ve not kept up with tracking day by day.  I know how many words I’ve written on CS1 so that lets me figure it out. I still don’t think I’m going to hit the word count I’ve set for the year but NaNoWriMo is just a week away now (holy shit! how close is it!), so hopefully I’ll be close to getting the word count I had targeted.

Books wise I’ve not made as much progress as I’d have liked over the last few months but I’m trying to pick that up. With that in mind I’ve started reading The First Cut by Chuck Buda. I’ve read a few of Chuck Buda’s weird western Son of Earp series which I enjoyed but I’m loving The First Cut.

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Right folks, I’m gonna call it a night and spend the rest of the evening chilling out. Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, Sunday 8th of September 2019

Good morning folks. I’ve not done a lot of writing the last couple of days. I did write 668 on the fanfic I started last week but yesterday was just one of those days where I couldn’t find the time to get anything done.

Friday night I went with my girlfriend and my buddy Stefan (Stefan’s Daily Gaming) and his partner to see IT Chapter 2. It was really good. I think I liked the first of the two films a little better but as a whole its a good story and I like what they’ve tweaked from the book. I know with adaptations you’ll never be able to hit all the notes a book does but I think with this one they’ve got it spot on. For me these films aren’t scary, I like them but they don’t make me squirm in my seat, and there wasn’t any real jump scares that got me with this one. I’m not taking anything away from the two movies, horror is very subjective as we all fear different things and although I love these films, they don’t rattle me like The VVitch and The Ritual did. I think I’ve learnt with Horror movies in particular that if I re-watch them they don’t get to me, but if I don’t then they’ve had an impact on me.

Right, back to writing. I’m going to spend the bulk of the day editing on CS1 one with the odd dive into the fanfic piece. I’ve got a lot of work to do with the opening of CS1 which I think will follow through with the rest of the book, but we’ll see.

I just want to wrap up by talking about a couple of audiobooks I’ve been listening to. Firstly the first three books of Chuck Buda‘s Son of Earp series of supernatural westerns. I’ve really enjoyed these three books, and I never thought I’d say that about a western! but Buda has spun me around on them. They’re about the teenage son of the legendary Wyatt Earp and he’s life as he tried to become the man he wants to be. Well worth checking out.

The cover for book three of Chuck Buda’s Son of Earp series, Summoner of Souls.

The other one I want to talk about is Dirty Deeds by Armand Rosamilia. This one is a crime thriller about a man who is paid to kill children, but there’s a twist to what he does. I really liked this one. Rosamilia manages to craft a really deep story dealing with a really dark topic while keeping a good sense of humour in it. If you like your crime thrillers, please check it out.

The cover for Armand Rosamilia’s Dirty Deeds.

That’s it for now. I’m off to get some writing done.

28th of August 2019

Good evening folks. Today I’ve written 510 words on a new short story, and have worked on another section of the zombie book. Yesterday I wrote 851 words on what was going to be a submission but I’m not going to get it done before the deadline hits.

I’ve done the editing on my desktop this evening as it’s working but I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

I did finish a lot earlier than I was expecting tonight. It’s almost 9pm now and I’ve been finished for a while but I like working in sections when editing and if I’d started the next section it would be gone 10pm by the time I would be done. So I’m going to do that one Friday night.

A lot of this weekend is going to be ‘get shit done’. I’ve got a lot of stuff that has been backing up or things I want to be getting done so I’m just going to get stuck in and see how much I manage to get through.

I did finally finish Anarch by Dan Abnett. This was a highly anticipated book for me and it didn’t let me down. There was a couple of things in it that I found frustrating but over all it was a really good read.

Audiobook wise I’m halfway through Summoner of Souls by Chuck Buda. This is his third Son of Earp supernatural western series which I’m enjoying a lot.

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I’m absolutely loving this cover!

Thats it for now. I’m going to watch a movie and then might read a little.

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Tonights movie, Deliver Us From Evil.

17th of July, 2019

Good evening all. Yesterday I wrote 576 words on the vampire book. Today I haven’t written up until just over an hour ago. Since then I’ve written 1112 words on what I think will be a short story, but we’ll see. I was going to work on the vampire book but seem to have written myself into a dark corner. So a couple of days off from that one which I hope will let my brain figure out how to get outta the damn corner!

That’s it for tonight. Today has been warm and muggy and its drained a lot of energy out of me. I’d recommend checking out this weeks episode of the Mando Method podcast. I get a small mention as Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda discuss their listeners goals for the year and how we’re all doing. Oh Armand, I’m born and bred British and I live in the UK just outside a small town called Gravesend which is near London. I also don’t know the origin of my surname 😀

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I went to the zoo at the weekend with my girlfriend, so here’s a random picture of an elephant.

20th of June 2019

Good evening, folks. I have written 1037 words today, all of which were before work and during my lunch break.

Today I was listening to this weeks Mando Method podcast which was a Chuck’s Mailbag episode. They answered a question I’d sent in about project and time management. A couple of things Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda said stuck with me. Chuck suggested doing a rolling three day goal, which I kinda like the sound of. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of setting weekly goals, but have been struggling to keep on track with it. The last couple of days I’ve had more focus, so I’m going to give Chuck’s method of a three day rolling targets a go. Armand suggested monthly goals. I think I might find this a bit more difficult as I can struggle with planning forward at times, but I’m going to give it a go. He also said to post them here. That way it’ll keep me honest and give a level of accountability I think will help.

With that in mind, I’ve got a couple of targets I’m going to share. These aren’t monthly ones, but project ones. The first is to have the first draft of my vampire book done by November (NaNoWriMo). The second is to have the first draft of CS1 done by the end of the year.

One of my goals for the year was to write 20,000 words a month, which is 240,000 words for the year. I’m well off target of that. My stretch goal was 30,000 a month (360,000 words for the year), but that’s now my goal for the final half of the year. I need about 31,000 words a month for the second part of the year to hit the 240k. I think it’s doable, about a thousand words a day. I do have NaNoWriMo as well, which’ll help massively.

So, it’s time to get into NaNoWriMo mode earlier than normal. If I have a few minutes spare, write. It works for me. Tomorrow I will also get my three day goals rolling.

10th of January 2018

Good evening all. I’ve written 565 words toady on a zombie story during my lunch break and this evening I got another chapter edited for PE3.

On Monday I edited about 8000 words, out of just shy of 60k. So me being me thought, well! Ill be done by Monday! I won’t. But I’ve got a good start on it and would really like to shave about 10k off the total word count.

I listen to a few podcasts but one of my favourites is The Mando Method Podcast. This is a writing podcast hosted by Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda. The most recent post is really good, and I’m not just saying that because Armand and Chuck say some lovely things about me. I’ve been sharing this podcasts episodes for a long time now and recommending it to writers I know. It is by far one of the best writing podcasts out there and I’d recommend any writers at least check it out.

That’s me done for the night. I’m going to watch a movie and then bed.