Distractions

This last ten days or so I’ve had a non-writing, non-family or work issue that’s been on my plate. It’s resolved now but I hate how it knocks me off my pace. I feel like I’ve got to re-orientate myself with War Child and get back on track with it.

Maybe I need to try something like setting a timer for half an hour for example and just look at the project I’m working on. Even if I don’t get anywhere it’s still installing that world into my head a little which can open up ideas.

Okay, I feel like I’m gonna go off into a ramble in a minute so I’m gonna wrap up. Tomorrow is gonna be a ‘get shit done’ day.

9th of February 2023

I’ve got a nice little bit of momentum going the last few days. It’s nice having my desktop set up. The laptop (which I’m working on now) is good and a darn good work horse, but having a decent sized screen, a little closer to eye height it making it a damn site easier. I’m getting more done in a smaller slot of time, despite kitty interference, and it’s feeling good and energised.

At this rate Black Blood will be wrapped up soon and then it’ll be onto the next project, which’ll likely be getting a first draft of the serial killer collection done.

I’ve not done much practical work on War Child, but its been popping in and out of my head. I’m slowly wrapping my hands around what I need to do, I just need to sit down and get some of these thoughts scribbled down.

Right, I need to get my head down. An early start tomorrow.

Have a good one, folks!

7/2/23 – Flash Post

Good evening all, just a quick post tonight.

I’ve edited almost 10000 words on Black Blood over the last couple of days. This was despite work today, and a lot of errands yesterday morning.

I’m rewatching Orange Is The New Black, I’ve not seen it in a year or so. It’s easy to forget how good a show is. This is one of the best tv shoe out there in my opinion. Definitely worth a watch.

Right folks, have an awesome evening all ☺️

6th February 2023

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

I’ve had a good weekend with family. But I did manage to get a little writing down first thing yesterday and a little tonight. About 4500 words edited in about an hour or so altogether.

It’s been a good start to the writing month, I’m nearing 8000 words edited with around 500 new words down. Most of those are on a non-fiction piece.

I did also, finally, find a way to get my iMac up and running. It’s been out of acton for a while. What happened was the screen just up and stopped working. Well, it was like someone turned off the screen’s light. You hold a torch to it, you could still see the display. Now, I did do a little googling at the time, and here and there I’d look into it. Although I didn’t go into Apple and speak to someone I did speak to a couple of computer repair shops and they were quite clear in that it just wasn’t cost effective to repair it. The annoying thing was, it would work for a bit and then nothing for months. Eventually I just stored it, having given up on it.

Then, a few weeks ago I got thinking about it again, like could I just not connect it to another screen? Well, back to the googling, and yes. I was searching for the problem previously. This time I was searching for the solution, can I connect my iMac to another screen? After a little digging, all I needed was a thunderbolt connector plugged into a HDMI adaptor. I plugged it into my tv and boom! it worked! I planned to connect it to my old tv which had lost its sound, but the tv had completely died. So I hopped online and ordered a monitor and I’m up and running. The annoying thing is, the damn iMac screen is working perfectly well, at the moment………

Until it does, I’ll run it as a multiscreen set up. It’s strange, a lot of the changes I’ve been making the last couple of years all seem to be coming together. I’ve got better concentration, I’m more at peace in myself. I don’t have so much of the self-hatred running around my head like I used to. It feels good.

Right, I’m off to watch a bit of Orange Is The New Black. Have a good one, folks.

January 2023 Reflections

January wasn’t a bad month, I wrote 5448 words, and edited 51758 words.

I realised I needed a lot more background work on War Child before I can move forward with it. So I decided to go back to Black Blood while I start building what I need to progress on War Child. Because I’ve had a somewhat busy and interesting month I’ve not done as much on War Child, or writing work in general, as I’d have liked. But it’s not been disappointing though, it’s given me time to let War Child simmer nicely, let ideas grow naturally. I think that element has been very helpful in that I haven’t just rushed through it and made a pigs ear out of it all.

The edit on Black Blood is not overly taxing. For the most part it is just going through and taking out any little spelling and grammar errors. This will be my final pass on Black Blood before it’s shelved until I have the money to get it edited. It’s behind Penal Earth in that queue.

Not quite what I was hoping for, but still enjoyed it.

On a personal note, I had some good news which came near the end of the month. I broke out of my fear-built cocoon and got away for a couple of days, I’ll have a post about that soon. I feel like I’ve had some good mental and emotional growth, and have made some interesting self-realised revelations about myself. Which, honestly, I’m still working on figuring out.

Selfie while in Brighton

But I tell you what, it feels good.

29/1/23 -Flash Post

Just a quick tonight, I’ve had a good but busy weekend. Add in a growing head cold I didn’t get a lot of time to write ( mainly cause I fell asleep this afternoon after dropping my little one off). But I managed a quick 2000 words of editing on Black Blood.

This coming week is not especially busy but I’m worried as I’ve struggled with an after work writing routine. So I’m gonna try and correct that this coming week.

26th January 2023

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I had an off day from writing yesterday. Aside from a couple of notes I made for War Child I didn’t get any writing work done.

Tonight I’ve done a little work on Black Blood and earlier in the day I managed to get some work done on War Child. I’ve really bitten off a lot with War Child, but it’s a weird feeling I’ve got at the moment because I feel like I can pull it off. I’ve never really had much confidence in any aspect, so it’s strange for me to be sitting here feeling like this. Like I can do this. It’s kinda scary.

But, it needs that work done. I was thinking I’d smash that draft out and boom, get cracking with book two. But no, it’s going to take a lot of planning. This isn’t like what I’ve worked on before, there’s a lot of moving parts.

Crap, that’s the time. I need to wrap this up and get settled in for the night.

Have a good one, folks!

24th January 2023

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve hit a bit of a wall with the short story I was working on, it’s a good idea. But I don’t have a hook for it. I don’t have a story there. It’s an idea and that’s it. This is something I’m beginning to recognise; when an idea is just that. An Idea.

With War Child I’ve taken a small step back with it so I can map out an important part of the story. I can’t screw this up. This story is a lot more complicated than I normally create, as such I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a lot with it. So I need to get it right.

That said, I’ve dived into the final pass of Black Blood. This one is nearly done. I’m not sure there’s much more I can do with it and I imagine most of what I’m going to end up doing with this pass is tidying things up.

This one ain’t too bad ☺️

Right, I’ve got an early start tomorrow and a lot on. So I’m gonna get settled in and start winding down for the night.

Asleep on the job, again 🙄☺️

22/1/23 – Flash Post

I’ve written very little since my last post. I knew I wouldn’t work on anything this weekend but I was planning to get some editing done Friday afternoon once I’d finished work. Unfortunately a non-writing matter cropped up that had to be dealt with. Nothing major, it just took that writing time.

This coming week is a heavy workload one, but I’m looking at my rota and seeing where I ca get some writing done.

I’ve not done bad this month, but have had more off days then I should have done. That’s something to improve on next month.