Good Morning, 11th of April 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today? It is a rather gorgeous day here in my part of the UK and I’ve got a great view from my office window of fields and the farm my Dad worked at for most of his working life. It’s a sight that I will always adore.

But, to writing! I do have some bits and pieces in the garden to do with my folks today, which I’m looking forward to. Be good to get my hands dirty. I will have loads of time to write though. I feel like I’m so damn close to wrapping up this draft of Black Blood and I’d really like to bring it home today.

I also have to map out next week’s writing rota. Something I’ve learnt this week is that I can’t load up my days off if I’ve had three of four work days between them. I am just too wiped out to have a good crack at a heavily productive day. What I’m tempted to do is to line up just a couple of items to do for days in those instances. You how, make easy to achieve goals, which once I’ve done might be enough to to of got me rolling and I end up massively surpassing the small goals I set for the day. Worth a try I think.

Right folks, time to get stuck into Black Blood. Have a great day, everyone!

Dizzy having cuddles last night ☺️

10th of April 2021 (2)

Hey folks! Although I didn’t wrap up this draft of Black Blood I did add another 1500 or so words to the 500+ that I wrote this morning for a total of 2110 words for the day. Hopefully come tomorrow I’ll be able to wrap this sod up! I am so ready to be done with this draft.

Once it’s done I can move onto the next stage of Penal Earth, which will be a digital read through. I’m tempted to change things a little with my process and do two read throughs. Do the first one where I’ll make the changes as I go, and then a few weeks later go through it again to see what else I pick up. I’ll still do a red pen edit because I find an out loud read always finds bits and pieces that other edit passes don’t.

I had to get into proper game mode today!

With Penal Earth, I’m going to submit it to publishers. I’ve got my dream ones I’ll send it to first and see how well I do. I’m not expecting to get it accepted, and I can always self pub it if it doesn’t, but it’s not going to hurt to send it out to editors and smaller presses that I respect. That’s why I’m determined to do a good job with it. The zombie will be my first step into putting my work out there, and it has to be good. But Penal Earth is a full length novel that is part one of a trilogy. Now, part of me thinks I should just get something written which is a one and done, but with a few threads that I could pick up if it does well, but Penal Earth I’ve got a lot of confidence in, and if it doesn’t do well I can always self pub the rest of the trilogy when the rights revert to me or I manage to work it so I can publish them sooner. That’s a bridge I’ll cross when the time comes though.

Right, seeing is I’ve exhausted my creative wells today I’m going to watched sitcoms and tidy up before dinner.

Have a super day, folks!

I finished First and Only the other day, so now onto book two of the Gaunts Ghosts series, Ghostmaker.

10th April 2021

Good afternoon, folks! I’ve had a change of plans for today which resulted in no day job today. I’ve already written this morning as I thought I was working but will I’m going to do a little more now this afternoon.

I think I’m actually in the endgame of Black Blood now, I can see the ducks I need to line up, although I’ll need to do more to connect them when I come to the editing phases.

Right, no more procrastinating. Time to get some words wrangled.

A grumpy Dizzy

Good Morning, 6th April 2021

Morning folks! How are we all doing today?

I’m a little tired but focussed. I have work later today so simple goals today. Basically a blog post and 500 words on Black Blood. As always I’m not going to stop at 500 if I’m rolling, but if its like pulling teeth then I will.

My head feels pretty straight again now. I feel I’m back on the right track again, and honestly I feel more focussed and capable then in a very long time. It’s nice having this week mapped out so I can just look at my planner and I know what I’ve got going on. It’s helped setting modest goals once more and I can even see an end in sight for Black Blood!

Right! That’s enough procrastination. Words don’t wrangle themselves.

Always inspiring

5th of April 2021 (2)

Hey Folks! How are we all doing?

I’ve been having a tough time recently, I’ve felt very down but now I’m pulling myself out of it, with the help of my loved ones.

So, today after work I’ve written 500 words, planned out my coming week. Fitted a noticed board in my office, and had a rearrange, tidy, and a little file organisation. That was all after a morning at work as well. I’m feeling like now I was two months ago, and ready to get back on track!

I’ve got matters in my personal life that will be my primary attention, but when I’m feeling like this it’s going to be something that I know I can do!

Good Morning, 2nd of April 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today? I am awake, I have tea, and I’m even dressed! So I’m all but ready for a productive day. I’ve got non-writing bits and bobs to see to during the course of the day.

I’m going to be working on Black Blood mainly today, but I also have to set myself up for the month. I’ve got to sit down and map out my goals for the month. I am going to scale them back a little as I’ve not hit every goal I’ve set out for a month once this year. Going into April, that really isn’t where I want to be. So I’ll be having a hard think about what I’d like to have done by the end of the month.

Just realised I’ve tripled down on Gears Of War gear today 🤣

Last night I watched a documentary called Seaspiracy which was quite eyeopening and gave me a load of ideas for a story I’m working on brainstorming. I also watched a horror movie called Beneath. This was a film that once a certain character died I was bored. All the other characters were so repulsive I couldn’t wait for them to die! It helps though because it works to build what I don’t want to do in my own work. I always struggle to slam someone else’s art but I’ll try and be honest about it and it’ll inform my own art.

Right, time to get stuck into some work, if Dizzy will let me!

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.

29th of March 2021

Goooooooooooooooooooooood Morning, Internet! (channeling Robin Williams right there).

How are we all doing today? My week of crappy sleep continued into last night, but despite that I’m okay! I have a purring Dizzy on my lap, a cup of tea, and a few hours at work to think this pm and then a day off tomorrow! Oh yeah!

I thought this last week had been crap writing wise. I feel like I’d not got anywhere with it, but when I look at my numbers I can see it wasn’t. I’ve had productive days, even if they’re only a few words written and nothing edited I can look at what I worked on those days and its set me up so I’m thinking through what I’ve written and where to go with the story the next time I work on it.

I thought I hadn’t hit many targets this month. Word count is definitely one I haven’t hit, but as I look at my board I can see that I’ve not only hit three of the six goals, I’ve surpassed them. I need to get my head out of the word count is the only goal that matters, it doesn’t. I know I can write 200k plus words a year, what I don’t know is if I can produce a finished story. Yes, I’ve had stories published but I need something where I’m standing on my own two feet. That’s what the zombie book is going to be. Me, out there on my own. No other writers to be amongst, just my words. Yeah, scary. But I’m not scared of the world anymore, yeah I might have a moment where I reach out to my closets friends and have them shout at me to hit that big ‘ol PUBLISH button, but it will be published.

Not taking today, but sums up Dizzy this morning ☺️

Right Folks, I’ve got to be at work soon. Today I likely won’t get anything written, but the gears are always turning.

Good Morning, 22nd of March 2021

Howdy folks, how are we all doing today?

I’m feeling better than I did last night. Despite one very strange dream I slept well and this morning have written 372 on Black Blood and 826 on a story set in the Penal Earth world.

I’d hope to knock out a nice 1000 words on Black Blood today, but I really wasn’t feeling it. I can’t get my head in the right place to write the ending how I want it to play out. But instead of sitting and stewing about it I got stuck into another story. One that I’ve rewritten the opening for and am a lot happier about it now. I’m still not sure where I’m going to take it but I hope I’ve got a good footing to build from and have opened up another element of that world.

This always helps pull me from a creative funk.

I didn’t watch Day Watch like I was planning to last night. I was exhausted and the thought of watching something new, with subtitles (i don’t mind subtitles but I need to be more awake than I was last night), was a little too much. So I dived into some YouTube and then got my head down.

This week I’m going to get back in the flow of things. I’ve got lates for most of the week, so I’m hoping with some earlier nights I can get some energy built up again.

Good Evening, Saturday 20th March 2021

Hey folks, how’s everyone doing this evening? I blogged last on Thursday and to update you folks on how I did then. I got Ashes edited (have only just messaged my betas to see if they can look it over), and I edited 6046 words on the vampire book. I did this either side of a phone call. If I hadn’t of realised how close I was to the end of this story I think I would have held off with the last few pages. I’m glad I didn’t and I’ve got it wrapped up now. I fear it’s a bit of a mess, but that’s something I’ll see too when I come to edit it.

I haven’t felt like writing much the last couple of days. I’ve not been feeling well this last week (been to the doctor, it’s nothing to worry about but it’s drained my energy levels a lot more than I’d like to admit), so I’ve not felt like writing. I’ve had important personal matters to see to, as well as being at work. I’ve had mornings this last week as well, which wipe me out quite a lot (my body does not like early mornings, but I also need to get to bed earlier those nights). This coming week though, I’ve got lates so I’m looking forward to having a few hours each morning to get stuck into some words before going to work. I am going to be trying to get to bed earlier each night as well, if I can depending on time I finish work and eat etc.

Trying to use this more, but often forget but I’m getting better with it.

Right, I’ve got an early again tomorrow. So I’m going to watch a movie and then get an early night.

Rock on, Folks!