31st July 2021

Good afternoon, folks!

416 words today, but I also edited my kidnap story and have submitted it! The publisher for the anthology it’s for are pretty good and I should know by the end of August if it’s successful.

It’s always humbling reading through Beta reader’s notes. I’m not fooling myself, I know I’m still learning how to write. But seeing some of the basic mistakes I make it grounds me and makes me want to push harder to improve. The only thing holding me back from improving is myself as I’m not getting enough of my work read by others. It’ something that I drastically need to change. I’m not even talking about publishing. I’m talking about Beta readers. It’s these people who’ll show me what works and what doesn’t, and dear god just how bad my grammar is! A lot of these things I think are the basics and I definitely don’t want to making too many basic mistakes in my work before send them out to editors and for submissions.

Right, I’ve got a few things to do tonight before a little gaming with friends. Then tomorrow, a lot to do!

Good Morning! 21st of July 2021

Howdy Folks! How is everybody this morning?

I’ve written 1048 words on the short story I started yesterday. It’s titled Robert at the moment but that might change. This one is flowing quite well at the moment and I’m going for two POV characters and see how it works out. I’ve not done a lot of this so I’m hoping it works out well.

I do love a good start to the day. It sets a good tone for the rest of the day having already achieved something.

Tomorrow I’m off from the day job but have a few errands to run early on. I’m going to try and get into the reading of Penal Earth tomorrow after I’ve done all the other bits and pieces that are needed. I’d also like to continue on Robert as I don’t want to loose my momentum.

Right, I need to get ready for work! Have an epic day, all! Make it a good one!

Good Evening, 17th of July 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I wrote 700 and something words and edited maybe 500 on a low writing day. Tomorrow will be another low writing day as I’ve got a long work day.

This next two weeks or so. Well to the end of the month I know exactly what I want to do. Basically doing an out loud read through of three stories which are all but done. Then I’ll get them sent off to beta readers and then off to editors when I’ve got the money.

Cute Doggo!

Speaking of money, this is the link to my Buy Me A Coffee page. Here you can make a contribution to my writing fund. Any funds I receive go straight to my editing and cover art fund. I do work and put money from my day job into writing, but any additional funds I get I’m super happy for. I understand times are tough, and I’m not going to put this in every post. But a little reminder once in a while doesn’t hurt.

And you know what, all my posts there are free to read! So go and have a look. I do post different content there than I do here. So, it’s worth a look I think.

Right, I’m off! I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

Good Afternoon, 15th July 2021

Hey folks, I ended up writing 1038 words today, and I dived into research for a book I’m preparing for.

After listening to this weeks Mando Method podcast and hearing Armand and Chuck discussing my half year progress, I’ve realised that I am editing too much. It’s time to send my stuff out to beta readers and then editors. I keep striving for perfection but I’m probably too close to it now.

I’ve been editing a lot recently because my brain just isn’t putting the words together. I don’t believe in writers block, professional writers rarely get that from what I’ve heard so I’m not going to spurt it out.

Not at desk, but still doing some work, just not at the same pace! 😁

As I have been struggling with new words I’ve thrown myself into editing and aiming for perfection which will never be achieved, and I can’t improve if others aren’t reading it.

This weeks Mando Method really rammed home I need to get my arse back into the reading. I am struggling with it but I just need to force myself to.

Really hard typing around a cat!

I’m going to do one more pass on Penal Earth, simply because I want to add a couple of little world building details. Black Blood, I’m going to say its done. And not edit it again. With the vamp book, I want to do one more pass through with it. This one was the most messy of the three and I want to make sure I’ve got my continuity right in the story, but also in the writing. This book started off being told from a 1st person point of view and I want to make sure there aren’t any POV tags I’ve missed.

Black Blood will be off to Beta Readers now, and I’ll go from there.

Right, I’m off to do a little more work as I chill out before dinner! Have fun folks!

Good Morning! 5th of July 2021

Howdy Folks! How are we all doing today?

After I blogged yesterday I was going to get a little work done on an upcoming blog post but I had a nap instead. I was hoping to get it done so I could get it typed up and at least scheduled today, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case.

I am planning on getting the vampire edit done this week. It’s less than 60k so I think I can. I am being flexible in things like this though. I’m taking into consideration the day job as well as other non-writing elements of life (like the little ball of black chaos that is known as Raven!).

I’ve been brainstorming a lot recently and I’ve got to set about transferring all those handwritten notes to the appropriate project files. I think some of what I’m getting from brainstorming is installing an element of a story in my head and when it comes to writing the story that element won’t be forgotten (hopefully!). But I don’t want to rely on my brain solely, I’ve got so many notes on the mermaid book now that I can’t guarantee I’m going to be able to recall them when it comes time to write the story (this’ll likely be my NaNoWriMo story for this year!).

A busy week ahead, and I’m determined to hit the ground running!

And here’s the ball of chaos being cute ☺️

23rd of June, 2021

Good morning, folks!

I have edited 4475 words today on Black Blood, which wraps up this draft! I’ve edited something like 65000 words since about the 14th of June, which I’m super happy about. I’ll now put this one to one side but will be making notes for it while it’s resting. I feel pretty good about it and already know some of the changes I need to make on the next draft.

I’m tweaking my process all the time and this edit pass of Black Blood seems to have shown me a few new tricks while working through a draft which’ll hopefully stick and be of use as I go forward.

Today I’m going to be working on a short story for an anthology submission call. This’ll be a last edit pass and then It’ll be ready for submitting and I’ve got to look at my goals for next month.

Have a great day folks!

Good Morning Sunday 20th June 2021

Almost 11,000 words edited on Black Blood yesterday after work.

It was a slog if I’m honest. I’ve got focus at the moment but it’s because of a lot of stress I’ve got at the moment, which is why I’ve not blogged much recently, and the posts I have done are likely to have not had a great vibe to them.

But, time to snap myself outta this shit show that is my head. After editing yesterday I started reading up about dyspraxia again and learnt a fair bit about the condition which I’m hoping will help me understand myself better and be able to overcome at least some of the problems I have that I’m now learning stem from being dyspraxic.

While was reading up about dyspraxia I watched a movie called An Innocent Man staring Tom Selleck and F. Murray Abraham. I remember watching this when I was younger and haven’t seen it in a long time, but it was the first film that I’d watched where there was this brutal prison life and not what Ronnie Barker endured in Porridge.

Right, I’ve got to get to work now. Am currently sitting in the staff room before starting the days work.

Have an epic day, all!

Raven all tucked in while I was researching last night

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.

😉

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.

Sometimes I Sit….

Sometimes I sit to write a blog post which isn’t my normal journal entry style that I tend to do. I like to give a little more once in a while, and I’m trying to get better at expressing my opinions. But more often than not I’m sitting looking at a blank screen while I wait for a subject, or even just s few words, to grab me. This post is a prime example. I had a good few minutes of thinking ‘fuck, I’ve got nothing’ but that also happens when I’m writing as well. I’ll look at that blank screen and my mind goes blank.

It’s both bizarre and frustrating at the same time. I know I’ve got the words there but so often they just do not want to play ball. This is where being in a good state of mind helps. If I’m feeling pretty good about myself then I can normally get rolling nicely. It’s when I’m having a bad head day that I struggle.

Thankfully those days and moments are few and far between now. I’ve got enough I can work on that it one idea is flowing well I can dive into another, and I’m finding that brainstorming is really beginning to help when I’ve got nothing coming out when I’m trying to write.

This doesn’t always work, sometimes it’s editing that I can get stuck into, other times nothing helps. But the key is I’m finding more ways to be productive when I’m not able to write.

Morning! 10th of June 2021

Good morning! How are we all doing today?

Something that I am is an olympic level procrastinator, and finding reasons to sit on my arse. The last few days have not been for writing, but I found myself having a little time before bed last night (mainly because I knew I wasn’t going to sleep quickly) so I got a little writing done. It helped in that half an hour later I was very ready for sleep, but I also got some words down. And, this morning I woke up with a major breakthrough on Homestead.

I’ve started from scratch with it, and have been taking it nice and steady, you know scene setting and so on. But it’s given me a little time for my impressively slow grey matter to process the feel I had for this story. It’s far from ground breaking, nor epic. I just know the story I’m going to tell. I’ve gone through two rough characters and a setting to two less rough characters, a setting, and now a story.

Giving myself time to allow this happen is something I know I need to do more.

Right, I’m gonna leave it there. I’ve got work today so I’m gonna get a few words cracked out before I have to think about getting ready.

I keep telling her, printers are not cat bearing structures…