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.

18/02/21 (2)

Just a quick post while I’m sitting in my car before walking into work. I wrote a little over a 1000 words this morning. I’d planned to write till 8:30am which would give me plenty of time to get ready for work before I had to leave. When it hit that time I saw I was at about 800 words and change for the day. So I pushed through another few minutes and got over that 1000 word mark.

That’s where I want to be, hitting a thousand words in a little over an hour. And I want to be at the point where if I’m close to hitting a 1000 words in a small window of time then I can push through and pass it.

That drive is essential! If I can capture that mentality then I can hit my goals, and there is no reason except myself for that not to happen!

Ready for work, having been productive already means I’m feeling good and raring to go!

Good Morning, 17th February 2021

Good Morning, Folks!

I am up, have been for about half an hour now. I have tea, a kitty on my lap (which doesn’t make typing at difficult!), and I’m almost ready to go. It’s my day off so I’m aiming for a productive morning.

Yesterday’s plans changed as I was asked to go into work a couple of hours early, so I didn’t get much worked on. I think I wrote just over 500 words. Today I will get more done. I’ll be writing words but I’m also going to add more notes to my Black Blood master file and I might do a little brainstorming on one of the story rewrites I’m looking at.

I still feel odd about these rewrites. I hate the thought that I’m going to become that writer who works on one story for a decade and never finishes it as they strive for perfection. Nor do I want to become the writer that has twenty stories they’re jumping between looking for that one that will be a silver bullet that everyone will love.

*quick disclaimer, i started writing this post about 8:30am but something came up so i’m finishing it at 10:30am*

I understand there isn’t a silver bullet. There are times where something will look like it’ll come from nowhere but it’s very rare for a writing to hit instant success. It’s a marathon, that has no finishing line. We write and submit/self-pub, and repeat. I can do the writing bit. Now’s the time to finish and submit/self-pub.

Good Afternoon, 3rd of February 2021

Hi folks, I’ve had somewhat of a slower start to my week off than I was hoping for. A little ill health has stopped me a little, but so has mental health. I’m learning to get a handle on my mental health but some days it rules the roost. That’s been a big part of this week. I also made a big change that needed to be done.

But, to writing. I’ve written about 1300 words this week and have a target of 5000 by the end of the week. I can hit that, if I get my head focused. Which at the moment it is. I’ve got other goals to hit this week as well: Getting started on the notes for Black Blood, blog posts, videos for YouTube, Buy Me A Coffee post, details for my mum so she can do some sketches for me.

That’s al very much achievable if I allow myself to do it. I woke up late, spent most of what was left of the morning and lunch time prepping for an appointment tonight. Just had a shower and am planning on getting stuck into some work, despite fatigue hitting me now.

I am more than capable of working through tiredness. I am more than capable of working when I’m not well. I just have to suck it up. I always feel better when I’m being productive. Always. So I need to be better at not letting me get to me.

Right, time to work!

Good Morning, Sunday 24th of January!

Okay, so I overslept by two and half hours and am only just getting on with the day. I have tea, I have background noise and I’m raring to go!

I’m aiming for 5000 words edited and a 1000 written (although with overlaying I may sacrifice the 1000 words written).

I am behind where I want to be this month, in reality I’d like to have been done with this read through of Black Blood (still not wild about that title), and I think I would have been if I hadn’t of been unwell at the start of the week. This is where I’m aiming to be able to be fluid with goals. At the start of the month I was aiming to have Black Blood done by February, and as the month progressed I adjust to having it done mid-way, but life does get in the way which means adjustment adapting as we go. I think I can do that, but I need to have a little further mapped out so if I do get ahead then I can see what I have lined up next. So instead of just having the month I’m in mapped out I need to aim to have the next three planned. My white board is big enough for it, so let’s make use of it.

Right, time to stop procrastinating (although I always find starting the day off with a blog post is a nice way to mentally stretch before getting suck in).

So have an awesome day, folks! And I’ll check in this afternoon.

Yesterday Max decided he wanted a cuddle, but doesn’t know how to sit still!

Good Morning, Sunday 17th of January 2021

Good morning folks!

I was going to write an end of day post on Friday(15th) but I was working on a post for my Buy Me A Coffee page and accidentally wiped out two hours work on it! Yes, I almost cried. So I gave up for the night.

Aside from that, I had a productive day. I wrote 1176 on a new short story in my Penal Earth universe, and edited 3204 words on Black Blood.

I’m still some way off finishing this edit on Black Blood. It’s not like an epic mess, but there’s a lot of work to do on it to get it where I need it to be. The ending is still eluding me. I kinda know what I want it to be, but I think I’ve got to map it out better. Figure out the beats of it and make the pay off worth it.

I had Dizzy’s company for all of two minutes this morning!

The A4 pad I’m using has pages of notes I’ve got to put in and I’ve got a lot of details to put into the character profiles as well. I made notes for Penal Earth in the middle of last year, but I’m not sure where they are. So I’m going to need to have a search for them.

Horror Drabble Anthologies from Kevin J. Kennedy that I won in an online event ☺️

Today, is going to be productive. I’ve got today and tomorrow off and I want to make a good use of that time. I’ve a personal matter to spend time on tomorrow so I expect I’ve get more done today. I’ve had a good nights sleep, I’m in an exceptionally good place in life, aside from that one part that I don’t talk about.

Time to rock and roll!

Sunday, 10th of January 2021

Good Afternoon, folks!

Despite not getting outta bed much before 11am I’ve edited 6802 words on Black Blood and written 835 on a new short story set in my Penal Earth universe. That setting has been nipping away at me for a few days now, and the fact I’ve done a lot of editing so far this year meant I needed to get some new words down.

I’ve got a rough idea of the story I want to tell, but as normal, I don’t know what’s going to happen as the words are coming out. I can’t even tell you yet how long I think it’ll be as I don’t know. I’m just letting my gut go with it and see what happens. I think where I’ve not really done anything new since NaNo, and even then it wasn’t really new ground, I’m getting a little twitchy and need to get some fresh words out.

My priority is the Black Blood edit, but in the past I have found I can be very productive when working on two projects, or more, at a time. So I’m hoping to see how well I do with balancing these two this next week or so. I also have another project that is due by, April I think, that I can dive into if I need a little more variation. I think I’ll be aiming to have a first draft of that done by the end of February.

This Master Chief was a present from my dear friend Stefan (from Stefan’s Daily Gaming).

That leads into something I need to do better with, planning out the next few weeks of work. I need to consider deadlines, both self-imposed and from editors, and plan out my time. If I’ve got something written down I think it might lead to me being more organised.

I’ve got a week of earlies for the most part this next week, so I’m not sure how my writing week will be, but I’m aiming to do a little each day. Getting enough sleep is something I’m beginning to appreciate, and will be getting earlier nights, especially when I’ve got an early to contend with.

It’s the little details that make a story.

Reading is something I really need to be pulling my finger out with as well. That was the something that I stopped doing in the last eighteen months and I’m desperate to get myself back in the habit of reading. I’ve got so many great books to read and it’s time I force myself to get back onto that wagon.

Right, folks! I’m going to leave it there. Have an awesome day and good week ahead!