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.

8th Of December 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing?

Twenty-one pages on the Penal Earth book 2 read through. I’m now going to start brainstorming some ideas while I transfer the parts I want to keep to a main file, probably in Scrivener. Then I’ll start connecting the dots and building the rest of the story.

I am thinking about my goals for next year, and I’m thinking I’m going to keep them simple. Penal Earth book two will likely be one of those that will be a major part of my writing year.

I’ve got a few other projects that are simmering, but mostly they are either short stories or completed pieces that need editing.

I just need to get my arse into gear. Strangely enough I’m finding doing an hour or so work at this sorta time of night is working out quite well. At the moment.

Right, I’m going to log out here. Finish watching Die Hard (first Christmas movie of the year for me), and then try and get some sleep.

Rock on, folks!

My supervisor isn’t very helpful!

7th of December 2021

Evening Folks, I hope we’re all well?

This evening I’ve read through eight more pages of my source file for Penal Earth book two. I’m getting ideas and thoughts on how I want to proceed with it as I’m reading, and I’m realising there’s not going to be a lot I will be able to carry over into the next book. Some of it will be used further down the line but right now A lot of that will be put to one side while I craft a story around what I will be taking from it.

Right, I’m off for the night. I’ve got an early start tomorrow and despite feeling very wide awake, I’m going to try and sleep.

It doesn’t cost anything to be kind. That is one thing the world needs more of.

I’m going to leave you with a video by the fantastic Leah Solmaz where she talks about boosting your moods. It’s really helped me tonight and I think it’s worth a little of everyones time.

3rd of December 2021

Good evening folks! How are we doing?

No writing work today. First day since NaNo that I’ve not done any physical work but have been thinking a few things over.

With Penal Earth I’ve got a lot of story I can play with, and I think part of the storyline I’m looking at from the original draft won’t fit in with what I’ve got at the moment, so I think once I’ve done the current story arc I’ll get into it then. But we’ll see.

Right; I’m off to bed! Have an awesome weekend folks!

Random Raven picture 🙂

1st of December 2021

Good evening folks, I’ve worked on book 2 of Penal Earth. At the moment I’m in the planning stages of this one, and I’ve been reading through what was my original draft of Penal Earth. Ten pages read through, twenty-one so far and It’s going t look very different when I come to starting it, but I’ve got a lot I can work with.

What basically happened was when I rewrote it into what is now Penal Earth I told a different story with one of the main characters that I feel has worked better. I think it’s also a better introduction into this universe, book two will explore the universe more.

I’m not sure when I’ll be writing this, but it feels good working on it.

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day Thirty

The last day of the month is being wrapped up with 414 words, and a lack of satisfaction. Next year, I won’t let this happen again.

I do have some bits and pieces to work with, but it’s not been how I’d have liked it.

Signing off on NaNoWriMo 2021 with a whimper and not an explosive end.

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day 25

Good evening, Folks. Only 569 words today. But some nice growth in the story I was working on. There’s a couple I’ve been working on that are beginning to take shape nicely.

I did find it hard to get my head into writing today. I just couldn’t really get rolling nicely. I did like what I wrote, but it too a lot of work to get to where I wanted to today.

The problem is I’m eager to get stuck into editing on preexisting projects. I think that’s where I’m needing to spend my creative energies.

Right, short and sweet tonight. I’ve got an early tomorrow so I’m going to do a little popcorn, watch a movie and then call it a night.

Rock On, folks!

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day 17

I managed to knock out 1171 words today! Damn chuffed with that! I am behind, but I’m not worrying about that. I’m just trying to keep that momentum going.

Another short post today as I’ve got another early tomorrow.

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day Thirteen!

How yah doing folks! I only wrote 1300 words today, and all of them were snatched here and there. That’s one of the benefits to having the files accessible to all my devices is I can just jump in as and when I need to! Especially getting back into the day job as well. I’m going to try and make good use of that.

I am behind, but stories are still progressing and frankly, I just need to pull my finger out and focus better!

Good Evening, 12th of NaNoWriMo 2021

A quick little NaNoWriMo update tonight. I’m at 17180 words at the moment, which is about 3k less than where I should be. But I’m confident of getting back on track, despite being back at work soon.

I’m adjusting my writing patterns a little to see if that helps me. The pieces I’m working on have my attention and I can feel the stories building in my head. It’s just a case of sitting my butt down and getting those words out.

Below is a video of me reading my story ‘Ghost’ from the anthology 84 Stories 84 Words please give it a look and if you like it then check out the whole book.