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 ☺️

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Seven

1103 today. I was aiming for 2000 but I hit the wall and I’m trying to listen to my body more and instead of pushing that bit further I called it a day.

I have to understand my limitations better, understand just how much I can push myself and when I do need to back off.

I need about 8000 words by midnight on Monday. Can I do it? Honestly, I don’t know but I’m going to try!

Max this morning 😊

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Nineteen

Today was a good day. I got some good sleep, first time in ten days or so. I wrote 1781 on NaNo and then 231 on a short story I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2019 for a total of 2012 for the day.

The short story I worked on in 2019 was one that I was done with. I’d not had any urge to edit it because I wasn’t happy with it and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. Then today when I wasn’t even thinking about writing and BANG!!! The solution hit me and I had to write some of it down. Not much, just those few hundred words to serve ad a reminder when I come back to it.

Max acting hard done by 🙄🤣

I am now on par for NaNo. The last two days have wiped out my banked words. I still don’t need to write 1667 a day, but I’m going to try to as I’d like to get some more words banked when I can.

I also did some rearranging in my office today, and am a lot happier with it. I just need to find somewhere for my bin to go and then most bits and pieces have a home.

I also prepped for an appointment and then had the Zoom appointment. It was after that that I got the words down.

Out and about, running an errand this morning 😊

I cracked on and worked. That is something I need to push myself harder and be more consistent. Arse in chair and work! Simple as that. When I can’t get my arse in the chair, write when I have time. I’ve got Apple devices that are all synchronised, so no reason why I can’t write at any opportunity I have.

Time to get my head where it needs to be. I definitely have more than enough time.

Elements of Horror Book Two: Air from Red Cape Publishing is the fourth book I’ve had a story published in. Walking was a story that had a few twists and turns in it but I’m very happy with how it ended up. I was skimming through it earlier as I looked for a detail and I found myself smiling as I looked through. I’m not at the stage where I’ve discovered who I am as a writer, or what my style is. Sometimes I think I’m not quite self-aware enough to know that yet. Or I’ve not read enough of the genre I’m working in. Whatever the reason is, I’ve not found who I am as a writer yet. Each thing I write is more often then not coming from the gut, especially short fiction, I think Walking is a prime example of that. So, please hit the link and check it out.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Three

Good evening folks! How are we all doing tonight?

I haven’t written as much today, 1848 words for a total of 5968 words for the month. I had a chill out this afternoon and then this evening Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming came over and we played Worms W.M.D. for the best part of four hours. You can see the video here.

Tomorrow I’ve got an appointment to prepare for, and some ML work I’ll be doing after I’ve hit my word count for the day.

Max using my leg as a pillow. He wasn’t overly engaged with the gaming.

I’m feeling good, energised a little. I’m going to have a little stress soon, but it’s stress which will hopefully lead to something good.

In the meantime, I’ve got words to wrangle and tomorrow I’m aiming to wrangle a lot.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Two

Good evening folks! Just a quick post tonight. I’ve written 2074 on this years NaNo project and after a couple of false starts feel like I’ve found a nice rhythm to it now.

My total is 4120 for the month. I’m ahead and I’m aiming to get a day in lieu word count wise as something is bound to come along and try to derail me!

If you’re doing NaNo and want to add me then just search my name.

Took Max for a walk through the farm today. It made him a happy doggo!

Good night, Folks!

19/10/2020

Good evening, folks. I wrote 751 on the vampire book this morning before work and during my break. It was nice getting some words down before I started the day job, it always is. I find it sets me up nicely for the day that way.

I have also been making notes on my NaNo project. Not many so far, but I’ve got the ball rolling.

I’ve got a lot I want to get done by the end of the month, tomorrow will be looking at the vampire story I’m on to see what I can cannibalise from it. That’s what I’ve got to do with all the stories in this book going forward.

Today’s random picture is of the one and only Max!

Good Morning 5 October 2020

Good morning, folks!

I got a few words down yesterday, but can’t remember how many right now. Those words were on the fan fiction piece I’ve been playing with. The two main pieces I’m working on at the moment are at places where I need to be in the right headspace for the scenes I’m approaching, which I’m about to work on.

I’ve got the day job this evening but am off tomorrow so I’m going to try and get caught up with me editing as well as getting a few words down.

The one I need to get back on track with is the zombie one. I should have my final edits in it done by now and be gearing up to get it to an independent editor. I’ve spoken to the cover artist and he’ll be getting back on the cover soon. I’ve already approached someone to format it and I know overall what the rough outlay is, and it’s doable. I’m still aiming to have it out by the end of the year, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t have it out by the end of the year.

Right, I’m going to hold fire with writing until this afternoon now. I’m hanging out with my folks and just enjoying it. So, writing can wait can wait a few minutes.

Max isn’t happy with me, I’m sitting in “his” seat 🙄😂

Good Morning 25th September 2020

Hey Folks, how are we all doing today? Yesterday I wrote 874 words on the vampire book before a chill out and then work in the evening.

I’m going to get into some work this morning, but I’ve got to be honest I’m not feeling it today. I didn’t sleep well and I’m resisting the urge to just flake out for the day.

It’s the first what I think of as chilly day of autumn today. (yes, I’m in jogging bottoms and a hoodie!). This sort of grey weather doesn’t get me down. I adore wind and rain. I love listening to it and watching it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to go out and stand in pouring rain, but I love it. I’m someone that loves getting wrapped up and settling in with a good movie (or even a bad one) or a book and just being cozy. When it’s too warm my body is not happy about it.

Max liking the cooler weather as it means the heater got put on 🙄😂

Back to writing though, I’m going to try and crack out a thousand words today. Looking at my numbers for the last week or so I’m pushing that 1k per day most days, so it’ll be nice to get over that today. That will be a push, but if I don’t try it I won’t know whether I can punch through when I need to.

When I am finished writing for the day I may get back into some of the filling I need to do. I’m getting tired of my bedroom looking like a tip. When I’m not at work or writing this is where I spend most of my time so it’s beginning to bother me that it’s all up in the air in there at the moment.

Right, I’m off to start writing. Have a good one folks! I’ll check back in at the end of the day.

Good Morning, Sunday 20th September 2020

Good morning, folks! It’s just gone 9am here in the UK. I’m almost awake after a night of unsettled sleep. But no day job for me today, we do have family coming over to see us today (don’t worry, not exceeding the six person rule), and I have a number if things I need to do around the house, but I will also have a lot of time to dedicate to writing.

I’m behind in editing, and will be for another few days at least. I’ve had a head cold/cough and reading out loud isn’t something I’m going to be able to do at the moment. I think I’m over the worst of it, but where I spent a lot of time talking to customers in my day job yesterday my voice is feeling a bit knackered today. But there is plenty to write to make up for it. What I wrote in the early hours of yesterday morning is likely a load of rubbish as I was half asleep but it’ll also be something I can work with. At worst I’ll have to cut it and start again, but at less than three hundred words, it’s not the end of the world if I do have to do that.

I do need a solid few hours down time today as well. I am pretty beat at the moment, but I do have the day. I do have a lot I want to get down, but if I get my head down and crack on it’s achievable. It would be nice if I did a little more of that filling as well. That I can be a little more laidback with.

Today’s random picture Is of Max sleeping very soundly 😊

I really enjoy writing a post first of a morning like this. It’s a nice way to start the day and it was what I used to do a lot on Sunday’s. With shift work I’m not restricted to only writing them on a Sunday now, and I find I’ll have a decent writing session after I’ve written a post. It definitely does get me in the right mindset.

Right, that’s it for now folks. I hope you all have a fantastic day ahead.

Good Morning, Thursday 10th of September 2020

Good morning folks! I have a day where I’m waiting in for workers from our gas supplier to finish working outside our house so they can come in and check it.

I’m not complaining though. It’s my day off anyway and I was planning to get plenty done (I’m sure I can endure the drilling right outside my office window! that’s what music is for).

Raven’s obviously had a hard night! 🙄😂

I have overlaid a little this morning. I got up about 8am when I was planning to get up around 7am. Honestly though, I think when I set the alarm I knew it’ll be more eight than seven that I woke.

Max joining me this morning. He’s not normally allowed in this part of the house so he’s been exploring! And yes, he had to bring his ducky!

I’ve got a couple of appointments to prepare for, and I’m hoping I get a phone call returned that is pretty darn important but we’ll see on that one.

Writing wise, I’m going to spend a good few hours editing. I’ve got a story that I want to have have the final part of my editing phase done, which is making the changes after red penning it. Then I’ve got two digital edits to do, which I’ll look to red pen next week. No, three red pend edits. I forgot about one I finished this week.

I also had a red pen edit on the zombie book to get done. That’s, as it stands, 22,000 words so that’ll take a little longer and I know there’s a lot I want to change with it. It’s something I’ve been thinking about since my last edit of it and there are things I want to change that I think will make it a damn site stronger. Also, not for nothing, the lady I’m going to send it off to edit is known for being brutal, but in a lovely way, so I want it in as good a shape as possibly before I send it to her.

I’ve barely put a dent in sorting my old writing files. There’s eight box files, and after a little look I think only one of the tubs has writing in it, but I’ve not checked the top left one properly yet. When I started I knew this wasn’t going to be a one day job. It could take a few weeks but I’ll make the time and it’s been a lot of fun so far. Some good memories and a few sad ones.

Right, I’m going to start prepping for my appointments today. Then I can get into editing. I’ve not mentioned writing really, but I am going to try and get some words written at some point today. I know what I’m going to be working on now, Vampire book, and I know how the first two stories are going to go. So, I know what I’m doing when not editing. My aim is to have the vampire book done by NaNoWriMo (November).

Have a good day, folks! I’ll touch base before the end of the day.