Wiped Out

Since Wednesday night I have been absolutely wiped out with a dental infection.  I got treatment for it on Thursday night but it has really knocked me sideways so I havent written anything what so ever.  I do often get ill, yes I ge the odd cold here and there but never anything that knocks me off my feet like this.  I have not had a decent nights sleep since Tuesday and have not eaten anything solid since Wednesday also.  So when I have not been at work I have been home resting trying to let my body fight this minor infection, yes I am a total wimp!  But as I said I don’t often get ill, in maybe 12 years of full-time employment I have had 10, maybe 12 days off sick.  I am back at work tomorrow though so even though its wiped me out I’m holding enough strength to keep going to work, the writing will wait until I am back to normal.  okay lets say healthy, im sure many people will say that I’ve never been ‘Normal’ lol.  writing wise I had started off very I was hitting my daily targets with ease so I will get back running with that once I’m better.

Believe me when I say I’m not whining or trying to get sympathy.  Especially when there are people out there that have truly severe health problems.  Which brings me to sending a very big ‘Get well Soon’ to the one and only Neil Clarke who suffered a heart attack last week.  Heres the link to the Clarkesworld Website http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ Thankfully Mr Clarke looks like he’s recovering well and my best wishes are with him and his family and friends at this tough time.

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End Of Week Update

The fiction front has been rather lax this week.  I’ve written I guess at most 500 words but aside from 2 days I have written almost everyday this week.  My Girlfriend Tracie is off to visit her sister in Wales for a couple of weeks so I’m going to focus on work and my writing in that time.  Seeing as my car has died and I don’t have the cash to fix it I will have plenty of time at home to watch Futurama and procrastinate on Facebook write.  I do still have edits to do and I am still in between projects so I still feel like I’m in a little limbo.

Owen has not got back to me on the project we’ve been working on for almost a year now.  We’re in the editing stage but I havent started writing my notes because Owen wanted to read through it before I did, I’m still waiting…………………

A couple of other projects are progressing slowly but mainly these are little ideas which are popping into my head.  I think I have solved a major minor problem on Project Phoenix, but I don’t think that we’ll be doing any serious work on that for at least eighteen months, more likely two years.  Me and Owen have Project Apollo in the early stages and I have my own projects that I want to dive into as well.  There is also NaNoWriMo to start thinking about, it’s not far away now people, better start thinking about some of the research that I need to do.

On Sunday I am going to get stuck into finishing that story I’ve had edits on, I am determined to finish this edit Sunday so if you see me on Twitter or Facebook feel free to tell me to go and do some editing 🙂

A Lot Of Progress Made

Me and Owen have had a long chat and a brainstorm today and we’ve made a lot of progress in the current project we’re working on, and we’ve made some good ground on another project which we’re calling ‘Project Apollo’ this story is tied into the one we’ve put a lot of work into this year and we now have a basic plot line for it.  So we have another project that we are now starting to put some focussed thought into.  Although this short story that me and Owen have been working on I don’t think we can call it a ‘short’ story anymore, seeing as it’s over 18,000 words now.

A lot of what we talked about was some of the technical and world building aspects of the Project Apollo world, but looking back there is still a lot more that we need to look at.  There is a film by Guillermo del Toro called Hellboy II : The Golden Army, In this film there is a scene in a place called The Troll Market. In this scene the attention to detail is beyond impressive and it makes this scene so rich and even more believable then it already is and that is the detail that we, as writers, need to put into our work.  I’m not talking about listing every single thing down to the way a character ties their laces, unless it is of importance.

Project Apollo is a project that I have mentioned before.  Its one of mine and Owen’s oldest ideas and it feels good that we’re getting some traction on it once more.  We are still in the very early stages of this one but we have a feel for the universe now and with the main plot now roughly decided we can start looking at putting a plan together and see if we stick to it.

 

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Never Say Never

If you know me you will know that I almost never, say never.  The word ‘Never’ is not one that I favour and I don’t think that it deserves to belong in any language.  The only time that I use the word is in reference to actual impossible things, like “I will never go for a stroll on the surface of the sun” So despite this very real rough patch that I am in the middle off I know that it will come to an end.  Not once have I felt the urge to say  “I’m never going to be able to get over this mountain that I have before me”  But now I will actually use the word, and like its strength.  I will NEVER give up writing, despite the struggle it is at the moment I will NEVER give up.  I am still fairly positive that it is just a case that I need a few days rest, which I will have in just a weeks time.

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Needs Dynamite To Blow A Hole In This Writers Block

I’m finding that ideas are flowing quite well at the moment but getting them down onto paper is a different story.  The grey matter is still working and the ideas that I am having are mainly world building ideas which are making two worlds that I write in feel like they will have more depth when I go back to working on them.  Another idea that I have is that I have is gaining some ground because a TV series that I am watching on DVD is of a similar idea (Thanks to my girlfriend for getting me that for my birthday 🙂 )

This lack of being able to write is getting to me now as I am even struggling to write blog posts! I have three blog posts partly written which I just cannot wrap up.  Add in a writing partner argument which has come close to ending the partnership and a number of non-writing life issues I am more than a little frustrated at the moment (including computer/laptop issues), but it is the lack of being able to write (and Edit) that is driving me crazy.

As I’ve said in previous posts I am still having ideas and the ideas are getting stronger which I think means the actual writers block is lifting and that I just need to beat the fatigue from a long working week before I am back to writing again.

In other areas I am still reading ESTRA Corp. by Christopher Stocking.  I thought I would have had this read by now, but falling asleep almost as soon as I get home has slowed my pace a little.  I have just got to a bit which has thrown a little surprise at me so I’m keen to see where Mr. Stocking is taking that little thread.  I’ll have a couple of hours where I can get stuck into the story today so hopefully I’ll have it wrapped up soon.

I recently saw The avengers or Avengers Assemble as its titled over here in the UK and I will just say “WOW” There will be a post about that in the next few days hopefully.

In the last week I’ve also re-listened to the audio books of The Caves Of Steel and I, Robot by the master that is Issac Asimov which has been very eye-opening.  I think where I’ve grown as a writer since I listened to them last I am finding much more appreciation for the skill with which they are written and the strength of content within them.  Asimov was truly a pioneer of the genre and I must discover more of his work.  I may readFoundationagain soon.

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So Far, So Good

I’m so far on target to hit my 2500 words by Sunday evening so I’m feeling pretty good about that.  I was really fired up by Aly Hughes blog (Which I re-blogged, for you all to read) and I managed to knock out a fair few words tonight when I did not really feel like writing.

I had a weird start to the day.  It was like I couldn’t get going, not only mentally but also my body just did not seem to want to wake up.  How I made it through till eleven,ish when I did start feeling myself again I have no idea but I did and managed to have a pretty decent day.

Something that I feel may be happening soon is that I have another rant about the Transformers movies.  I just watched the third one again and things need to be said! lol

Scott Sigler is really kicking arse with his book The All-Pro  which is getting better with each sentence.  Not only is the core story amazing but the world building that Sigler is doing is spectacular and I am sure that he is building to some huge events in the future of this universe.

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I’m off to crack on with The All-Pro so good night everyone 😀

Todays Update

I can’t really find a good reason why I have found it difficult to get some writing done recently, but today I did get some writing done.  Yes, I am very tired.  I have a very demanding day job, which I thoroughly enjoy but it does drain me.  I’ve had some really silly things crop up which put me off my stride, but tonight nothing did.  I got home, ate dinner, showered and then got cracking despite the day’s fatigue slowly setting in.  That’s what I need to do though, I need to be able to write when I am tired or stressed out and so on.  What I’ve written tonight might not be very good, or very many words but it does fill in a few details of the story that I am working on but most importantly its words written.  It doesnt matter if I delete them tomorrow when I look at the story again, saying that I doubt I’ll do that, my point is, its words written.  My mind has thought through aspects of this story and hopefully when I fire up this laptop tomorrow more words will flow.

Editing is something that I have a lot to do also at the moment.  My brilliant Beta readers have taken the time to read two of my stories so I need to get those edits done and then get them off for submission.  That’s something that I’m going to have a whack at on Friday after work.

I desperately need to catch up on the amazing blogs that I follow as well.

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Scott Sigler’s The All-Pro is really getting interesting and if I havent finished reading it by the end of the month then I will be very surprised, or I would have written and edited a lot 🙂