Good Morning, Thursday 10th of September 2020

Good morning folks! I have a day where I’m waiting in for workers from our gas supplier to finish working outside our house so they can come in and check it.

I’m not complaining though. It’s my day off anyway and I was planning to get plenty done (I’m sure I can endure the drilling right outside my office window! that’s what music is for).

Raven’s obviously had a hard night! 🙄😂

I have overlaid a little this morning. I got up about 8am when I was planning to get up around 7am. Honestly though, I think when I set the alarm I knew it’ll be more eight than seven that I woke.

Max joining me this morning. He’s not normally allowed in this part of the house so he’s been exploring! And yes, he had to bring his ducky!

I’ve got a couple of appointments to prepare for, and I’m hoping I get a phone call returned that is pretty darn important but we’ll see on that one.

Writing wise, I’m going to spend a good few hours editing. I’ve got a story that I want to have have the final part of my editing phase done, which is making the changes after red penning it. Then I’ve got two digital edits to do, which I’ll look to red pen next week. No, three red pend edits. I forgot about one I finished this week.

I also had a red pen edit on the zombie book to get done. That’s, as it stands, 22,000 words so that’ll take a little longer and I know there’s a lot I want to change with it. It’s something I’ve been thinking about since my last edit of it and there are things I want to change that I think will make it a damn site stronger. Also, not for nothing, the lady I’m going to send it off to edit is known for being brutal, but in a lovely way, so I want it in as good a shape as possibly before I send it to her.

I’ve barely put a dent in sorting my old writing files. There’s eight box files, and after a little look I think only one of the tubs has writing in it, but I’ve not checked the top left one properly yet. When I started I knew this wasn’t going to be a one day job. It could take a few weeks but I’ll make the time and it’s been a lot of fun so far. Some good memories and a few sad ones.

Right, I’m going to start prepping for my appointments today. Then I can get into editing. I’ve not mentioned writing really, but I am going to try and get some words written at some point today. I know what I’m going to be working on now, Vampire book, and I know how the first two stories are going to go. So, I know what I’m doing when not editing. My aim is to have the vampire book done by NaNoWriMo (November).

Have a good day, folks! I’ll touch base before the end of the day.

4th September 2020

Good evening, Folks. I have had a day where I’ve not done much writing. Which I’m feeling shite about. I had time to get more done than I did, but I chilled out. I wrote 338 words on a short story, but that was it. I wanted to get nearing a 1000 words, despite not having a lot of time, but I just crashed out.

Running errands 😎

I ran errands this morning, including getting a couple of bookcases for my office, and then gave my parents car a quick once over (I gave mine an even quicker wash, I really need to get some bits and pieces and give it a damn good once over). I haven’t put the bookcases up. Partly because I’ve pulled something in my elbow and need to save it for work over the next couple of days, and I crashed out because I’m beat. I’ve been working my backside off over the last few weeks and I’m feeling it. I’m really enjoying my job, and the last few weeks have been a lot of fun there but I need some down time. One of the aspects of my job that I love is it being shift work. So I’m getting a nice chunk of time even when I am at work to get some words done.

Next week I’ve got to dive into something non-writing related. Something that I can’t go into here, but it’s the most important part of my life and it’s time for me to dive in and get rolling.

I will make time to get the spaces clear for the bookcases, and get them built. Then I’ve got to get the books onto the shelves, which I’m going to do properly……….

But I will be getting words written and edited. I’m feeling goof about this short story I’m working on, I think it’s going to be a nice piece once it’s done.

I do need to get back on track, I know this. The next week will be one where I’m getting back on track. I’ll have the time, I’ve got the work to do. I’m going to write a to-do list and try and do my best to start ticking the bits off it. I’m gonna do the list just after I’ve put this post up.

I’m going to end this post with giving a mention for the Elements Of Horror series from Red Cape Publishing. Four books in the series, I’ve got a story in book two: Air. All three books deserve checking out though. I’ve listened to the first three and am currently on book four: Water, and I’ve got to say these stories in these four books are damn good. I know I’m biased, I’m in one. So I get it, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it. Please check them out, they’re all out in audio as well as ebook and paperback.

Earth – https://mybook.to/BookOneEarth

Air – https://mybook.to/BookTwoAir

Fire – https://mybook.to/BookThreeFire

Water – https://mybook.to/BookFourWater

Very proud to be in this anthology 😊

Right folks, I’m off to get that list done and then I’ll be getting my head down.

Have a good one, folks 😊

Good Morning, 3rd September 2020

Good morning folks! Yesterday I wrote 764 words on a new short story, that I’m going to scrap and start again. I’m not liking the format of the story and I need to add something to it which I think will make it work better and be a little easier to write.

This is a good time to make this decision because the story is only 1319 words long and I can easily sacrifice that many words to make the story stronger. If I had been further along I think I would have been reluctant to do so.

Where I’m standing on projects at the moment seem good. I’m behind on edits(busy at work), but thats worked out quite well because I’ve been thinking about the zombie book for example and how I can improve it. I think it’s doable with small tweaks here and there. I’ve got a paper copy here that I’m going to go through and red pen the tweaks in.

Notebook porn 😊

The August stats are: 14641 words written, which is an average of 472 per day. 55323 words edited, which averages out to 1784 words per day. I’d like to get the average words written up over 500, as for words edited I’m not sure what’s a good target to hit on that yet. So I’m going to take the average for the next few months and see how that works out.

I’m listening to the last in the Elements of Horror series Water, from RedCape Publishing.

24/8/2020

Good evening, Folks! 436 words written tonight and 6808 words edited, and I’m knackered!

So only a short post tonight. A busy week with work and a few other things but I’ll crack on and write and edit in the time I do have. It’s not a case of if I have the time, it’s a case of making the time. It’s not hard, granted I’m in a privileged position where I do have the time to make for writing. I’m not going to waste that this time.

Good Evening, 18th August 2020

A slower day today, 363 words. That’s more than I started the day with and it’s my fourth day in a row writing. I haven’t written four days in a row since late March! That’s not good enough. I know it’s better than I’ve been doing at times this year, but I still need to do better. To achieve what I want to achieve I need to do better.

I think I’m progressing well. It isn’t that long ago that I was posting here that I’m going slowly and I know it’s going to take time to get going again. That seems like a long time ago, but I know it wasn’t. I’m a little surprised by how quickly I’ve progressed, and yet I’m disappointed that I haven’t got moe done. I feel like I’ve failed today because the news I had yesterday has hit me a little today. Nothing harsh but just didn’t have any oomph. I felt like I was trying to chip the words into a rock with a piece of celery. I tried to stick it out though, and although I’m not happy with what I’ve written, I think it’s something I can work with when I came to edit.

The morning sky the other day.

I’ve given myself the task of some decorating by the weekend. I’ve got a space that’ll primarily be my office, but it needs pulling into shape. (I’m going to document it I think). So writing will likely be on the back burner but I’m still planning on getting words down. The idea at the moment is to build up some consistency. Working everyday to get myself into both the mindset and habit of writing being work. If I want to achieve what I need to then I need to treat this as more than something to pass the time.

And not for nothing, I need some consistency because before we know it…..NaNoWriMo 😉

31-7-2020

I got 2674 words edited before going to work today, which was one chapter. Tomorrow I’ll aim to get another chapter done.

I’m trying to keep it as simple as that at the moment. And aim of one chapter at a time doesn’t feel overwhelming, and if I get rolling then I might get more done.

I am trying to figure out a plan, but I’m in the early stages of that right now

Short and sweet tonight. I’m exhausted and my bed is calling.

Have a great weekend, folks!

27/7/2020

Good evening, folks. A very quick post tonight as it’s getting late and I have an early start.

I’ve had a busy day. A morning of phone calls and reading and doing work for a personal matter that doesn’t need to be talked about here in detail. This afternoon, through evening I did slowly edit three chapters of a novel. From here on out I’m going to aim for a chapter edited a day, with a stretch goal of three chapters a day.

I’m gonna wrap it there. I’d like to do a little reading before bed and get back into the habit of reading before lights off.

Have fun, everyone!

13th August 2018

Just a really quick little post before I get off to sleep. I’ve written 540 words today. A few words here, a few there and boom! A decent word count for a busy day.

If you scroll down my feed you’ll see a post I reblogged from The Horror Show With Brian Keene where the guest was Matt Hayward. Hearing his story was really fucking eye opening and inspiring. It really got me thinking and I really need to up my game. I need more determination and focus. I do get these things but I loose them easily so I’m going to focus on keeping them. The way I’m going to start is with a simple and small list of five things I want to do this week. I won’t list them here, simply because it’s late and I’ve not got it to hand, but these five things are very achievable if I keep my head.

So that’s what I’m doing.

Half Year Review

Over the last couple of months I’ve found my writing Mojo and the words have come a lot easier then they have been over the last couple of years. March was the turning point and hopefully this momentum I’ve found will stay with me for a good long while yet. I haven’t found the holy grail or anything like that though, it’s not that simple. I had a two year long relationship end and I started to interact with my local NaNoWriMo comrades. I also, finally, committed to buying an iMac and Scrivener.  All of these together has helped me get my arse in the chair and get the words written, the sprints with the Wrimos have been especially helpful.

So what have I got done in that time? I finally have a completed 1st draft of my vampire collection (I literally wrote the last words of it two hours ago). About 25,000 words of which was written about five years ago and I’ve now more then doubled that number and have something that I think is pretty good. The next stage for this is to re-pen it, make those changes and then it’s off to Beta readers.

Here’s a break down of my word counts for the last six months:

January: 3176

February: 4315

March: 8023

April: 4671

May: 10,115

June: 28,013

Total: 58,313

As you can see June was a mammoth month for me, my best non-NaNoWriMo month I’ve had so far. One day in particular I knocked out about 7500 words.

This is what I’ve been trying to do for a couple of years now, finding the momentum and determination to get these things done, get these stories out of my head. Now it feels like the cloud that was suppressing my ability to write is gone. So I’m going to take advantage of it and try to get as much done as I can.

As for the next six months, well I’m just going to try and keep doing what I’ve been doing. Word count wise I would like to beat 105,000 words I wrote last year, but if I don’t I won’t loose any sleep over it. Aside from NaNoWriMo I won’t be doing any new fiction this year. Once this Vampire series is done I’ll move onto and clean up two short stories I’ve got. There’s another short story I’ve got that I want to look at and see what I can do with it. Then it’s the turn of Earth, After Liberation. These plans may get changed depending on Owen’s (Project Apollo) and Chrystalyn’s (The Residents) schedules.

Now I’m off to write and research a blog post or two 🙂

Finding My Focus Again

Writing of late has not been easy. I’m struggling to get the words down and when I do I’m not happy with them. For a while now I’ve felt that I have lost something, something that was allowing me to put a story together seems to have been lost and I don’t know how I can get it back. I don’t know if it’s where I’m writing stories which are more complicated then I’m able to write or if it’s a case that my head isn’t in the right place to concentrate enough to put the words together in the right order and have a good story there once I’ve written the final word.

Maybe its even how I’m sitting and the environment around me. On Sunday  (30-3-12) I was sitting at my desk all day and the words just would not come, and when they did they were really badly put together (probably much like how this blog post is). The last two nights (around a family meal out and a cinema trip) I’ve been writing with the laptop on my lap as I sit on my bed and the words have flowed a little easier.

I don’t know if its a lack of preparation that isn’t helping. When Chrystalyn and I are brainstorming for The Residents we’re going into a new level of detail that I have not even come close to thinking of till now. This is something that I need to transfer over to when Owen and I are working because knowing the details will help make putting the story together a whole lot easier I think.

With short stories I think I can get away with just writing and not having much of a plan but with anything over the 15k mark I think I need to learn how to plan it out and do all the research I may need to fill in the details that may come up in the story before I start writing.

I’m hoping that all of this will help in getting to a point where I can put a story together. I don’t know why over the last year or so I’ve been unable to get a story completed properly, it has felt like something in my head has broken or a skill been lost somewhere and I need to rediscover it. I’ll have time to try and find it though, Tracie and I ended our relationship last month, so I’m going to properly throw myself into my writing over the next few months. I’ve got Project Apollo with Owen and The Residents with Chrystalyn as my main focus points at the moment and maybe ten short stories that just need tidying up. I’d like to get back on Earth, After Liberation by the end of the year as well, but I’m not going to try and load myself up to much. I’m going to take each story as I go.

It feels like its been a long time since I’ve had the focus that I need to have for this. No more letting Facebook or Twitter distract me, it’s time to find my focus again.