Good Afternoon, 31st of May 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

Today I have edited 7408 words of Black Blood, adding 87 to the overall word count. That was a little bit of a slog but I got in done in about two hours or so.

I’ve also set up a few posts to go on my Ko-Fi page, including one flash piece which has gone live today. I was feeling a little behind with this so I got a few posts set up so I don’t have to worry about it too much for the next week or two. I do offer a membership in addition to one-time tips. Here I post an original short story each month in addition to bonus content. All for £1 a month!

Something I do want to touch on is that this month is the first that I have worked everyday in a very long time. For those of you who don’t know I have anxiety and depression, amongst a few other mental health bits and pieces, but my medications dosage was recently upped and I’m very much feeling it. Two months ago if I wasn’t feeling like working, I’d not. (when I say working here I mean writing. With the day job I haven’t missed a shift in a little over two years). At the moment I am working each day even if it’s just a few words while on my day job’s break. On days when I’m not at the day job I’m getting stuck into editing and making sure I get a decent start early in the morning and am normally done by midday. I’m making sure I have breakfast on these days and am getting a lot of little bits and pieces done that I’ve been putting off.

When I’m at the day job it’s a little different but I’ve found I’ve still been coming home (after a morning shift) and getting at least a little editing done. That’s normally in addition to writing something before work while sitting in my car, and during my break.

Max is waiting for me to finish so we can go play ball.

I’m feeling much more organised as well. I’m making notes on Black Blood on things like building a chapter to a conclusion to character motivations. I’m also listing what I’ve posted to Ko-Fi because knowing me I’d end up putting up the same story twice! I’m sure most people will be okay with a slight hiccup like that but people are giving me their money so I’m trying to be as efficient as possible.

I have had a hit to my self-esteem recently (I look hideous etc.) but I know how to rebuild that. I’ve done it, with help, recently and I know I can do it again.

Raven helping with editing this morning.

Life is moving in the right direction and I feel like I’m getting to the point where I can able do the things in life that I’ve always dreamt of.

29th May 2022

Good evening folks. This morning I edited 3800 words on Black Blood. After the poor nights sleep Friday I decided to have an easy day. After editing I did a lot of gaming.

I’ve got a busy work week coming but I’d really like to get closer to the end of this pass of Black Blood.

I’ve tried to be a plotter but it doesn’t work for me. Most of the time my first draft is me plotting it out. This is what I’m finding with Black Blood. I’ve got a lot of good content but I need to flush out the crap and build on what I have. One example is a large battle scene and I’ve found that it’s a little bit of a hodgepodge. I want to get it so it builds to a certain moment, which I didn’t realise until I’d got stuck into it. It’s like I can see the scope of the scene now. So I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that chapter and getting it right.

Right, I’m off to bed. Early start tomorrow.

Have an awesome week, folks 🙂

28/5/22- Flash Post

About 2400 words edited first thing this morning. I got cracking early as working with words always sets me up for a good day when I get some done early, and I had plans today.

I’m wiped out now though, simply because I had the worst nights sleep I’ve had in a good two months. So it’ll be an early one for me.

Rock on, folks!

Good Morning, 27th May 2022

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

Yesterday I had A light day, I knew I was going to be gaming with Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming so I was up and editing by 8am and got a little over 8300 words worked through.

Today will be another busy day away from writing so I’m going to be cracking on with some word wrangling later on today.

How are your creative endeavours progressing?

Good Evening, May 25th 2022

Hey folks, how are we all doing tonight?

Today I got up nice and early, made a cuppa. Put the dishes away and then got editing. I worked through 9431 words on Black blood, adding 103 in the process.

This pass feels more like an exploratory expedition. I’m reminding myself of the story and world I’m playing in. When I come to the next pass it’ll be a lot deeper and there will be a lot more changes going on. I think the story itself is good, but I need to tweak a few characters and some of the world building. It is feeling good, but a lot of work to do on it.

I cracked on with some garden work, and then got a couple more hours of writing done, typing up a short story I wrote earlier this year. I got 1622 words down of that story. I’ve found a couple of plot holes in it, that I’ve tried to fix but some will need a little more thought to get them right.

I’ve got to be honest with myself, I don’t think I’m going to get much long fiction written this year. Much of what I need to do is get what I’ve already written cleaned up and sent to beta readers and then editors. These aren’t trunk novels. These are novels I’ve written and never done anything with. So many years thinking I’m not a good enough writer, or I didn’t deserve to put my work out there. So much time wasted.

No more.

Time to get this work out into the world.

24th May 2022

Good evening, folks! How are we all?

I have edited 5294 on Black Blood, adding 61 words. I’ve typed up 804 words on a short story and 777 words on a non-fiction piece.

I did this over three sittings and feel pretty darn good. Black Blood really does need a lot of work, but I’m getting a good feel of what I’ve got to do to get it where I want it to be.

My boss is done with my shit for the day 🤣

I was gonna write a longer post tonight, but tiredness has just smacked me upside the head so I’m gonna call it a night.

Been a while since I’ve needed a third A5 page for my monthly word counts (April 2021 being the last).

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Flash Post – 23/5/22

Evening folks, I managed to edit 1908 words of Black Blood, adding 91 in the process. I’ve also typed up 354 words of non-fiction as well.

A short one tonight. I’m planning on being up early to get cracking with my writing day.

22/5/22

About 400 words today on non-fiction. I did have a little more time as I finished work early but chose to rest a little after I got all the bits and bobs done I needed to.

Tomorrow is another longer shift so I’m not expecting to get much if anything done on Black Blood but I will be doing some more of this non-fiction piece I’m handwriting.

I have another non-fiction piece that needs to be finished typing up, in addition to a short story I need to get typed up. I’m gonna try and do them this coming week as I have a little time off.

Right, have an awesome week folks!

Good Evening, 21st May 2022

Hello!!! How are we all doing this evening?

I knew I had a busy day, but I decided to get up about eight am and get cracking. My body had other ideas and I ended up being up and about a little after six am. So I got cracking.

I wrote 321 on a non-fiction piece. This was done slowly as I woke myself up a little, and then I got cracking with getting the house tidied. Getting up early meant I was done with the chores a lot sooner than I would have been and it gave me time to get some work on Black Blood edited. I did one chapter that was 1952 words and added 641 words to it. This one is really going to take a lot more editing than I thought. I’d given myself a false sense of how easy it would be after flying through that final pass of Penal Earth.

I posted my first published story to my Ko-Fi this evening. It’s available to monthly subscribers and folks who give a one time donation.

Tomorrow will offer little time to write, but I’ll try and get some words wrangled at some point during the day. Next week I’ve got a little time off so I’m hoping to put some decent time to Black Blood and put a good dent in it.

Right, I’m off for the night. I hope you’re all having an awesome weekend.