State Of Play (6th Of January 2022)

Here are my numbers from last year: I wrote 134,896 words in total. I edited 337,630 words. And finally I read through 154 A4 pages of fiction (I started counting that in May). I’ll admit, not the numbers I was hoping for. And when I look at the two year plan I’d mapped out later 2020 I’m well behind. But I’m in a good place in a lot of respects. I’ve got one story ready for an editor to look at it once I have the money. I’ve got two more that will need at least another pass. My Alpha reader has had a look at them and said they’re not as polished as the first one.

The zombie book is also nearing completion. I’m going to be working on that and trying to get it to where it needs to be towards the end of the month.

As I said, I’m very behind. Some of the next few months will be squirrelling away a few quid here and there so when I’m ready I can send work off to be professionally edited and have formatting and covers sorted.

First up is the Zombie book.

NaNoWriMo 2021: Days 6 and 7

Good morning folks, just a quick little update here on the last couple of days.

On the 6th I wrote 2101 words and on the 7th I wrote 1974 words.

I’m getting back closer to that 2k a day, which was my aim at the start of the month.

The first story I was working on has fallen a little flat so I’ve switch to the next one. This one is a rewrite of an older story I was working on and I wasn’t planning on working on it but it’s been speaking to me so it’s been bumped up.

Happy NaNoering folks!

14th August 2021

My aim to write a blog post every day this month have well and truthfully gone out the window! But hey ho, there’s always next month!

Aside from yesterday I’ve written each day. With a lovely 1895 words today which took me over the 10k mark. I like the way the mermaid story is coming together. It’s still all over the place but connecting the scenes later will be fun (I hope).

I’m working on more self care than I have lately. The more content and settled I am the more I get done the happier I am in myself. Today’s been a great example of that. I was able to do something I’ve always seemed to hold off from doing. I’ve wanted to sit out in my garden and write for years. Today I did it, I sat out there for a couple of hours. Earphones in, words being wrangled. It was nice and peaceful. I’m going to try and do it more often. I like my office, but a change in scenery was much needed.

Right folks, time to wrap for the night. I watched the 2009 remake of Friday The 13th last night, and am currently watching Freddy Vs Jason. After that, another slasher one I think.

Good night folks, rock on and make those dreams reality.

9th 0f July 2022

Good evening, folks. I’ve edited 7740 words of the vampire book today, and then sorted through some non-writing paperwork. Then a fair bit of tidying and sorting in my office. Then I chilled out and this evening after dinner I wrote a post on my Buy Me A Coffee page. You can read it for free, here. Please click the link and have a read. As I said, it’s free to read. So please hit the link and check it out.

Even though I’ve been productive I am not sticking to my day plans, so I need to do that better. Well, I’m probably doing better than I realise. I’ve just got to do better at looking at the week plan and ticking things off as I go. I go into this a little in the Buy Me A Coffee post, in that I want to stop bouncing around so much. I feel like I can do that, but I take a little time to make these tweaks to lifestyle and working habits. I do get there in the end but it can take a little time

The highlight of the day has to be when Raven decided to bring her lunch into my office and I turned around to see her munching down on a vole. That’s why we can’t have our windows wide open!

From today’s editing.

I have invested in a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad. I had one years ago until it got destroyed in my work bag. I’m rally impressed with this new one. It’s pretty much the size of the keyboard that I have with my iMac, but was only like £10. For that price, I thought it’s worth a punt and it’s really damn good so far.

Right, time to wrap this post up. I hope you’ve all had a super day!

14th June 2021

Good evening, folks.

Writing has been a struggle of late, and I’ve realised I can’t do anything with my Homestead story for the time being. So I’ve put that aside and started the next edit of Black Blood, as well as working on a short story idea I had some time ago.

I forced time at the desk today, I don’t like doing that but it was needed to get myself going again.

I edited 4600 words on Black Blood, and have set myself a goal of November to have that, and edit passes of Penal Earth and the vampire book done. I’m also going to try and work on some new short stories as well. I don’t want to start another big project until November. I’ve got plenty to work on until then.

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Right, I’m going to leave it there for the evening. I hope you are all well and managing to crack on with your art and lives in ways that bring at least a little happiness to you.

7th of May 2021

Good morning, folks!

How are we all doing today? I overlaid and instead of having three and half hours to write, I had an hour and a half. I managed 698 words in that time, which I’m happy about. I’m liking focussing just on this part of the story. It’s making it feel a lot less intimidating than addressing the whole story. It’s nice being able to scroll up and add and adjust elements to the sequence as I’m writing, it’s just a lot easier to navigate. Scrivener does a good job of making it easy as a rule, but I’ve got to get better at organising and remembering what is where.

Although I haven’t written much this month I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming. As of this moment I’ve got four different stories that I’ve thrashing ideas out on. This feels a little excessive, but these four stories are the ones taking to me, so they’re the ones that are getting a little bit of time here and there.

Right, I’m out of time. So I’m gonna wrap it here.

I hope y’all are all doing well and keep pushing towards your goals!

Note books and The Running Man

11th April 2021 (Draft Done!)

This draft of Black Blood is DONE!!!!!! 1711 words its taken, and yes a ton of editing later on but it’s a completed draft!

I’ve also got my next weeks writing mapped out. So, happy writer here!

Onto the next project!

1st of April, 2021

Good morning! It is very, very morning here in the UK, about 5:30am when I start writing this post.

A couple of hundred words yesterday before work. I’d planned more but got sidetracked. I’d like to say I’m going to get a nice chunk of words done today, but I don’t think I will. After work I think I’m going to have a nap! I’m about 2 weeks into very bad sleep patterns and it’s really beginning to take a toll on me now. I’m okay, I will prevail! But a few more hours of sleep would be nice.

I’ve got to think about my goals for this month. I think finishing this draft of Black Blood should be one of them, probably the priority. I can feel it’s endgame building and I think I can bring it home.

Something I’ve been doing this last few weeks is listening to First and Only by Dan Abnett. This is the first book in the Gaunts Ghosts series, which is probably my favourite book series. It’s great catching up with the story and characters who are long dead. But it’s also a reminder of how other people write. I’ve not read much the last eighteen months and most of what I have is done in different ways to that of how Abnett writes these books. I’m loving the depth he’s putting into this story but also realising that I’m not that writer. Yes, I need to put mire depth into my work but I don’t think I’m the type of writer (at the moment anyway) that will build background for a setting that is a smaller scene in the scale of the book.

Obviously I don’t find anything wrong with this, it’s just different styles. With my work I’m a little more direct, I think is the best way to put it. I like a story that gives plenty to the reader but it’s not my style at the moment. I’d like to put more of that in. I look at something like Black Blood and I can see ways for me to fit those details in, and I want to. It just won’t be world building to the extent I’m seeing in Abnett’s work. That said, the Gaunts Ghosts books are Warhammer 40k novels and there’s a lot of world building to be done.

Right, i feel like I’m beginning to ramble, and I’ve got to think about getting into work.

So, have a great day folks! Go for that dream and stuff anyone who tries to take it away from you.

Good Morning, 2nd of March 2021

Howdy folks, I’m not feeling groggy this morning. I also didn’t have to drag myself out of bed kicking and screaming either.

I’ve spent the last hour or so on a personal matter and will be word wrangling until it’s time to get ready for work.

I should be doing some of the work for Black Blood this morning, but I feel like I’m rolling with the vampire stories so I’m going to continue on that. I haven’t written down my goals for the month on my white board but I think finishing that draft is going to be near the top of the list.

I have just realised I’ve missed a deadline for a short story submission though, I’ll go online and double check in a minute. It’s not the end of the world if I have missed it, I may find somewhere else for the story or put it in my own collection at some point.

Desk needs tidying, it’s beginning to annoy me

Doing afternoon/evening shifts is something I’m enjoying, partly because I feel like I’m getting more written when I’m on them but I need to maximise my time while doing them as well. But, then that’s true of when I’m on early shifts. I need to work out how to make the most of those days so I can be productive, or is that a target I’m being unrealistic with? Should I just be trying to get a bit of work done and then on my days off have a proper focused day? Or shale I just wing it like I normally do?

Anyway, I need to get cracking for the day.

Have an awesome day, folks!

27th February 2021

I’ve started editing 7843 words and written 1181, but also deleted about 3000 words. This means I’ve moved onto the next story in the vampire book and boy is there a lot of changes to make. I’ve got a feeling this will be more rewrite than edit, but we’ll see how it goes.

I’m just about to get ready for work, and despite feeling dead tired I’m feeling good. It always helps getting words wrangled early on in the day. I get to work and I’m energised (despite the fatigue), because I’ve already accomplished something. I’ll take a notebook with me to try and do a little during my break but I’m not expecting to get more done today. I’m trying to push harder, get more done, but until I sit down and look back at the month I’m not going to judge it too much. I can’t guilt trip myself on days like yesterday when I didn’t write. I need to get in the habit of looking what I’ve done over the month and then set myself a target for the next month to try and better that.

Right, I’m off to get my butt into gear. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and be kind and good. It makes a difference even if it doesn’t feel like it.