Good Morning May 7th 2020

Good morning! It sounds like the birds are singing happily outside today, I’ve ventured out yet but have work later on.

There’s not much for me to report writing wise. Few words have been written, but a short story has been submitted, had notes back and then sent back to the publisher. This is for an anthology I was invited to submit to.

I can’t remember if I mentioned but I did have a rejection a few weeks ago. It was disappointing but the story is one I love and takes place in my Penal Earth universe so I can always put it in a collection of stories from that setting.

A pretty cloud formation

Living in this locked down world is both strange and interesting. I changed jobs at the start of April (was in the process of before the lockdown was even spoken of) and am now working in a supermarket. So I’ve been going to work as normal, to a degree. But it’s both interesting and frustrating seeing how some people adhere to guild lines on social distancing and how others blatantly disregard those rules. We haven’t got a full lockdown here in the Uk, and I think more people should appreciate that.

That’s all for this morning. I had more I wanted to write but my brain’s decided to misfile they rest of it!

Stay safe everyone, if we keep our heads we can start getting back to a life without restrictions sooner. I’m not going to say back to normal because I’m honestly not sure that’ll happen. Not for some time anyhow.

January 26th 2020

Good afternoon, folks!

I’m on about 7000 words for the month, which isn’t as high as I’d like but much better than having zero words for the month.

Today I wrote zilch! But I did edit two stories. One was an out loud read through which was then sent to my beta readers. The second one was me looking over notes from my beta readers. This was about three work at a guess. I was planning to squeeze in a quick Mando Method between the two but I was pushed for time and wasn’t able to. This sucks a little, but it’s not much good writing every day if I’m not finishing and submitting work.

The End Of All Things

Outside of writing I finished listening to John Scalzi’s The Human Division and listened to the final book in the Old Mans War series, The End Of All Things. Although not as good as The Human Division it’s still a damn fine book which wraps things up well.

Time to wrap this post up. Keep cracking on with those goals and ambitions, folks!

Good Morning Saturday 11th of January 2020

I got the date right first today! No typing in 2019 at all!

Anyway, I’m at 3652 for the month. That is below my target of 500 words a day but there has been editing in there as well. So I’m still putting the time in.

I’ve got two stories I’ve written for submissions. One of which was an invite only anthology which I’m super stoked about and hope my contribution is accepted. The other is for what will be the third book in a horror anthology series. Like with the other story I’m super excited about this one and hope the editors accept it.

Both those stories still need another edit pass and I might have just thought about rewriting the ending to one of them……. Anyway, I’m working on another piece at the moment but I’m not sure where I’m going with it. Unlike the last two stories I wrote I have no idea where this one is going. Which is both fun and a little scary.

I’m listening to The Human Division by John Scalzi again. This is such a fantastic book and I love the formula he uses of interconnected short stories! It’s something I’m trying myself with a couple of projects.

Right, time to crack on with the day. Have fun, folks!

Good Morning! 8th January 2020

Good morning! How many people are still writing 2019? I did on the title for this post, twice. I’m using the excuse of its earlier than normal for me to be writing a blog post for the second one. That first one was all on me though.

Yesterday was the first day since the first of the month where I haven’t written. Unlike the first though, I did get editing done. That’s now two short stories at the point where I need to print them off and do an out-loud read before that final edit pass.

I listened to The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum last week and damn that’s a good book. Incredibly well written and incredibly hard to listen to. Definitely one I’d recommend and already one that’s going to be hard to top for best reads of the year.

I’ve got to get to work now. So I hope everyone has an awesome day!

5th of January 2020

Good evening on this first Sunday of the new year. Also, my first list of the new year which will be a quick little update.

I’ve finished the first drafts of two short stories in the last couple of weeks. I’ve done one edit pass of one and will start on the second tomorrow.

It’s been a bit of a slow start to writing this year, well that’s how it feels. I’ve got a lot going on in life at the moment and writing is getting done as and when I have a few moments. That said, I’ve managed to get words down the last few days and I’d like to think my word count for this year isn’t too bad so far.

I think the trick for the next few months is going to be getting words in when I can.

That’s it for now though. I am going to try and get into some sort of a routine with blogging again but we’ll see how the next few weeks go.

18th October 2019

Good morning folks. I’m having a play with the scheduling feature, so if this doesn’t go live at 11am I made a booboo somewhere!

Today, or yesterday as it were I wrote about 500 words but I did a lot of editing in the time I had available to me. I’m now at the point of CS1 where I’ve got to decide what direction to take the story in. I’ve got two choices, but I’m kinda tempted to try and merge the two and see what happens.

Where I’m thinking about this years NaNo I’ve realised I’ve still not gone through and edited what I done last year. I’ve done a couple but that’s about it. I’ve got ten short stories in various stages of first drafts and I need to get them tidied up. Which is making me think that next year is going to be a heavy editing year. I’m considering dropping my word count target to something like 10k a month and going heavy on editing.

That’s the lot for now, I’ll end with a cute picture of a cat that I’ve just taken.

Good Morning, Sunday 29th of September 2019

Good morning, Folks! Just a quick little post here today. The 1000 words a day mission crashed on Thursday, on Friday I knocked out about 500 and yesterday, nothing. A couple little life things got in the way, plus forgetting laptop and having a low battery on my phone didn’t help either.

Today though, I’m going to get back into it. I’m a little anxious about getting the 1000 today as a lot of what I’ll be doing today will be finding places to merge scenes in, but I’m hoping that’ll help fire up some fresh words for the day.

Right, time to get stuck in. Have a good day, folks!

16th Of September 2019

Hi folks, the weekend was as I expected and busy. I didn’t get much done at the write-in but I wasn’t expecting to. Come November it’ll be a different story.

I did read through more of CS1 at the write-in and now just have to collect all my notes and start mapping out what needs to be added. I probably won’t be working on it too much this week, simply because I won’t have the time. I think that’s a good thing though. It’ll give me time to think it over and see how it feels seeing as I’m able to let it rest a little.

Onto today though. I wrote about 600 words on the fanfic piece and I’m pretty happy with that. This is my fourth of fifth attempt at getting this done and I like to think I’ve got a good feel for it this time. I was a little stuck the last time I looked at it but did find a way through when I was working on it today.

Reading wise, I’m still reading Christopher Law’s Chaos Tales Vol. 1. I listened to Dirty Deeds 2 by Armand Rosamilia last week and loved it! This series has me hooked well and truthfully now.

I’m gonna wrap it up here. I’m going to aim to get closer to that 1000 words tomorrow.

Good Morning, Sunday 1st of September 2019

Wow, the 1st of September already. Two months till NaNoWriMo…..

Right, not thinking about NaNo just yet. Yesterday my plan didn’t quite go to, plan but I still got the core of what I wanted done, done. I learnt a lesson that I really need to have sink in. I don’t need to be in a perfect environment to edit. I cracked on with Zombie edits again last night and made some good progress with it. I do have an editor lined up to look it over but not the cash yet. But that gives me a little helping hand as it’ll give me time to let it sit for a couple more weeks and I’ll have another look at it before I send it off.

Today I’m going to look at CS1 and start getting that shaped up. I too often get preoccupied with hitting a word count for a day, but I need to learn how to balance things out and get what feels like a ton of editing done. I’ve still got short stories from last years NaNo that I haven’t polished.

That said, I’m at a write-in so I probably won’t get much done at all! Outside of November (NaNo season) we don’t write much during write-ins, but we have some great conversations.

With that said, I need to get my arse in gear. Have a great Sunday folks. If you’re working I hope it’s a productive one. If you’re chilling out, I hope it’s a peaceful one.

Failed Already

My alarm was set for 6am, 7:15am I got out of bed. No time for words to be written. No time to maybe read a little. Just enough time to get ready for work, and drink a cup of tea(writing this while waiting for tea to cool to drinking temperature).

Yesterday was extremely frustrating. Today hasn’t started how I envisioned it but I can’t see why it should change anything when it comes to the rest of the day. Once work is done I’ll clean the henhouse out. Then have a bath and then, editing! I want to have this pass done tonight so tomorrow I can get some new words written.

Right, the tea should be just right now. Have a great day and weekend, folks!