12/1/23 – Flash Post

I’ve had a good couple of days away, a post about it will be coming soon. I didn’t write a lot, did some prep for continuing with War Child. I think not working on it too much has helped because it’s let some of it simmer a little. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it in the next couple of days.

Right, short and sweet tonight. I need to get to bed. Have a good one, folks!

10/1/23 – Flash Post

Even folks, just a quick post tonight. I’ve made some progress on preparing for the next stage of last years NaNoWriMo story, the working title of which is War Child. At the moment I’m making some notes about character progression which has given me a nice bit of insight into a couple of the main characters.

Right, I’m gonna watch a movie and then call it a night. Got a busy day tomorrow.

Flash Post – 8/1/23

Evening folks! I’ve had a great weekend with loved ones, so no writing stuff until I did I little not taking this evening.

This coming week I’m off work but it’ll be a busy one when it comes to writing!

Have an awesome week, all!

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Hey folks, how are we all doing? I’ve had a busy start to the year outside of writing but have still been squeezing in time to get the words wrangled.

I’ve finished an initial read through of what I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year, and boy do I have my work cut out. I’ve got a lot of material to work with, but most importantly I’ve got a decent handle on what I need to do to get a first draft of the first book in this, what’s looking to be, a multiple book series.

I’ve got some time off coming up, and I’m going to try and get working on mapping out what I need to do to connect the dots in this first instalment. It’s feeling pretty good, i’m excited to get stuck into it.

Right, shorter post today. I’ve got an early tomorrow so I should really think about getting to bed.

Night all!

The editor is sleeping on the job again 😂

2023 Goals

So, here we are, 2023. I feel like the last few times I’ve tried getting goals scribbled down I end up loosing track of where I am on them. This time I’m hoping to be able to stick to them much better. I feel more focused, more capable at the moment and like I can actually follow through with these plans.

1 – Publish my zombie novella

2 – Publish one vampire era story to my ko-fi a month (this covers me till august)

3 – Continue writing War Child (2022’s NaNoWriMo project)

4 – Find publishers to submit Penal Earth to

5 – Complete Black Blood (just need to do the final edit)

6 – Continue planning for Penal Earth 2

7 – Spend no less than half an hour a day, for at least twenty-five days of the month working on writing projects

8 – Blog on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays

9 – Continue serial killer story

10 – Find anthologies to submit to

This feels like a big list, like there’s a lot I’ve lined up for myself. I do feel like I can do it though, I don’t feel like I’m fooling myself with what I want to achieve in this calendar year. A lot does rest on me continuing working on my life in general. I’m going to try and map out some personal growth goals as well, but I’m not sure where I want to start with that one.

Good Evening, 27th December 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing? Are people having a good festive period? Mine has been pretty darn good, but it’s back to work tomorrow. Which I am looking forward to, I enjoy my day job a lot and I like the routine (if shift-work has such a thing), and as most of my shifts are early’s I tend to have the rest of the day to get stuck into what I need to.

In the week before Christmas I had very little time to focus on writing, but I did manage to squeeze writing time in. This years NaNo project is still in process and I didn’t want to go too many days without working on it. I’ve had seven days this month where I haven’t done any writing at all, and likely a few days where I haven’t worked on NaNo ’22, but I’ve not let too many days in a row where I’ve not worked on it. Something I’ve talked about a lot on here is momentum, and I think it’s something that’s very important. I’ve lost momentum before and it’s very hard to get it back. I’m worried it’s going to happen again, so I’m hoping I’ve done enough so far with this story to stop me from hitting a roadblock that stops me dead like has happened in the past.

I don’t want this year to end with a bang, and I definitely don’t want it to end with a whimper. I want it to end with a nice steady pace, similar to where I am at the moment which rolls right into 2023 and continues.

I haven’t spoken much about my mental health publicly of late, that’s simply because I’m feeling better than I have done in a long time. Okay, then I’ve ever felt. Yes, there’s a long way to go. There are still things which really eat away at me, and as I kinda tick one thing off another three crop up. But I’m working on it all. I have less bad days now then I used to and the good ones are more frequent. I don’t believe it’s one or the other. I think some days are a mix of both, while others are neither. Those are the days I have most of, but even those days tend to be more towards the positive side of life.

The biggest lesson I feel I’ve learnt of late is to get a decent amount of sleep. Life is a lot more settled when I’m more rested.

We all have that one co-worker that don’t do much 😉🤣

20th of December 2022

Good evening folks, just a quick post tonight. I’ve managed about 10k words of editing in the last couple of days. I feel like this story (NaNo ‘22) has a lot of potential, I just need to wrangle it a little.

I’ve been looking back at the last twelve months of writing, and I’m pretty pleased with it. They’ll be a more focused list on that soon, that post will also look at 2023 a little.

Right I’m off to bed, retail at Christmas is a workout and a half. So a good nights sleep is a great place to start.

Good Evening, Sunday 18th 2022

Howdy folks, how are we all doing today?

I have edited 6000 words on this years NaNoWriMo story. I’m getting stuck into the story, mostly tidying it up but also trying to get a decent picture of how the story is going to play out.

I’ve started on a couple of short stories, one feels like it’s fizzled out while the other might end up being a novelette, but we’ll see.

We’re nearing the end of the year and I’m thinking hard about my goals for next year. This past year has felt like it’s been a preparation year, with the aim of getting a few pieces lined up for either publishing or submitting in the next two years. The zombie book will be published next year. Penal Earth will be pitched to publishers or submitted in open calls. Black Blood needs one more pass I think, and then it’ll be ready to go. The vampire book will be released in a serialised form on my Ko-Fi page, with the first story being released early on Christmas day. What is being posted on Ko-Fi is likely not the final draft, I’ll have it edited and then self-publish it in maybe 2024. I’m not sure yet.

I do have my goals for next year written out, but I’m not sure if I want to share them here just yet.

Right, that’s all for the night. Have an awesome time, folks!

14th of December 2022

Good evening, folks. How are we all doing?

I’ve been getting into a light edit of this years NaNoWriMo story. I say light edit, simply because I’m skimming through it to get rid of any excess scenes that I either rewrote or just didn’t need (you don’t delete nothing during NaNo!). I’m also making some tweaks that I changed later on in November that gave the story the mentality that I want.

I’m definitely more organised, I’ve got a lot of details written down and am adding other details that I need to be thoughtful of for later in my notes.

This month has, obviously, not been as consistent as November, but I’m rolling along nicely.

Right, I’m off to bed. Have a good one folks!

Writing with cats, always fun! 🙄🤣