Good Morning 25th September 2020

Hey Folks, how are we all doing today? Yesterday I wrote 874 words on the vampire book before a chill out and then work in the evening.

I’m going to get into some work this morning, but I’ve got to be honest I’m not feeling it today. I didn’t sleep well and I’m resisting the urge to just flake out for the day.

It’s the first what I think of as chilly day of autumn today. (yes, I’m in jogging bottoms and a hoodie!). This sort of grey weather doesn’t get me down. I adore wind and rain. I love listening to it and watching it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to go out and stand in pouring rain, but I love it. I’m someone that loves getting wrapped up and settling in with a good movie (or even a bad one) or a book and just being cozy. When it’s too warm my body is not happy about it.

Max liking the cooler weather as it means the heater got put on 🙄😂

Back to writing though, I’m going to try and crack out a thousand words today. Looking at my numbers for the last week or so I’m pushing that 1k per day most days, so it’ll be nice to get over that today. That will be a push, but if I don’t try it I won’t know whether I can punch through when I need to.

When I am finished writing for the day I may get back into some of the filling I need to do. I’m getting tired of my bedroom looking like a tip. When I’m not at work or writing this is where I spend most of my time so it’s beginning to bother me that it’s all up in the air in there at the moment.

Right, I’m off to start writing. Have a good one folks! I’ll check back in at the end of the day.

Good Morning 24th September 2020

How are we doing folks?

Yesterday I wrote just shy of 600 words on the vampire book. I wasn’t really in the mood to write yesterday. Work was good in the morning then I got home and chilled out for a few hours before I had a phone appointment. Then I still wasn’t feeling the urge to write. I had dinner and then played some Hollow Knight for a little while.

The problem yesterday was that where I’d got stuck on the two projects I’ve been working on I’d lost some oomph with them. So, I skipped to the next story of the vampire one and cracked those words out in about half an hour before I watched The Devil’s Rock (seriously worth a watch, folks!).

We’re getting into hoodie season, folks! 😎

Right, folks. I’m off, I’ve got an errand to run and then I’ve got an appointment to prepare for and to take and then I’ll be doing a little writing before work tonight.

22/9/2020

971 words today, and a lot of non-writing items done.

I’m finding it a little hard to write at the moment. I think it’s the scenes I’m working on aren’t exciting me enough, which means I need to cut them and try a different approach because if I find them boring then the reader will.

Only a short post tonight, because I’m very drained and have work tomorrow. So a little reading before bed.

Have a good one folks, and always be kind.

A random note book picture. I do love a good notebook 🙂

Good Morning 21st September 2020

On this day in 2000 I started work in the car trade. That journey came to an end in April. Almost twenty years working at second hand car sales. Now, I’m working in a supermarket and loving it!

Anyway, that wasn’t writing related really. I just noticed the date that was all.

Yesterday was a hards days work. I have till about 10:30am to write today, so I’m hoping the words flow a little easier. We will see.

Have a good day, folks.

20th September 2020

I wrote 190 words on the vampire book, then hit a wall with it. So I moved onto Penal Earth, and wrote 968. That 968 words were hard work.

Today I wrote 1158 words and I dragged each one onto the page kicking and screaming.

I slept badly overnight. Yesterday I was up for about twenty hours. This afternoon I was doing something that I knew would drain me (that part of my life which I’m not talking about). It drained me but made me smile as well. As did a video chat with my best friend as well.

I’ve a lot to be grateful for. Tomorrow I’ll get up and get cracking again.

Sometimes the words are torture, sometimes the words are our own blood. Sometimes they are our souls.

Good Morning, Sunday 20th September 2020

Good morning, folks! It’s just gone 9am here in the UK. I’m almost awake after a night of unsettled sleep. But no day job for me today, we do have family coming over to see us today (don’t worry, not exceeding the six person rule), and I have a number if things I need to do around the house, but I will also have a lot of time to dedicate to writing.

I’m behind in editing, and will be for another few days at least. I’ve had a head cold/cough and reading out loud isn’t something I’m going to be able to do at the moment. I think I’m over the worst of it, but where I spent a lot of time talking to customers in my day job yesterday my voice is feeling a bit knackered today. But there is plenty to write to make up for it. What I wrote in the early hours of yesterday morning is likely a load of rubbish as I was half asleep but it’ll also be something I can work with. At worst I’ll have to cut it and start again, but at less than three hundred words, it’s not the end of the world if I do have to do that.

I do need a solid few hours down time today as well. I am pretty beat at the moment, but I do have the day. I do have a lot I want to get down, but if I get my head down and crack on it’s achievable. It would be nice if I did a little more of that filling as well. That I can be a little more laidback with.

Today’s random picture Is of Max sleeping very soundly 😊

I really enjoy writing a post first of a morning like this. It’s a nice way to start the day and it was what I used to do a lot on Sunday’s. With shift work I’m not restricted to only writing them on a Sunday now, and I find I’ll have a decent writing session after I’ve written a post. It definitely does get me in the right mindset.

Right, that’s it for now folks. I hope you all have a fantastic day ahead.

19th September 2020

Evening folks, I wrote 234 words on the vampire book over the course of about an hour this morning around about 1:30am and 3am.

There is a story to me writing at that time of the morning. I had an early work start, so I had everything shut off by 9:30pm and a book in my hands that I planned to read till 10pm. At ten, I wasn’t feeling sleepy so I read for another half an hour. Then I got my head down. And when I did eventually drift off to sleep, I kept drifting in and out of sleep for a few hours. Which, let’s face it, is not a good form of sleep. I woke up at about 1:15am and I don’t know if other people find this, but thee are times when I know I’m not going back to sleep. This was one of those times. At 1am I grabbed my laptop and started writing. I’ve got a feeling it’s a load of shite, because I really wasn’t with it when I was writing. That’s what editing is for though!

After a busy day at work, I’m absolutely wiped out. I’m gonna watch the end of this movie (Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle) and then get to bed. I’ve got a lot I’d like to get done tomorrow, so a decent nights sleep is needed.

So, have a good one folks!

Today’s random picture is of, me! I was having a little downtime in the garden as Max the dog ran around, the other week. Rocking my NaNoWriMo 2015 winners Tee.

18th September 2020

2068 words today. Another day where I’m doing what I consider NaNoWriMo numbers. When I was getting back into writing a few months ago I was scared I’d never get back to where I was. The thought of doing NaNo terrifies me because I know what it takes. I’m not feeling that now. I’m feeling confident, in a way I’ve not felt before. It’s not the false confidence I’ve had before. This feels, right. Like I’m capable of achieving my goals.

A month and a half until NaNoWriMo begins. Despite what I said in the last paragraph about hitting goals, there’s some I’m just not gonna hit that I set to have done by NaNo. This isn’t me being negative, it’s me being realistic. If I keep at this sort of pace, I could do it. But life is life. I can write everyday, but some days it’ll be a few hundred words and not the 2k like today. I’m in the position at this stage of my writing career where I haven’t got deadlines, and the ones I have are open submission calls. So if I miss them, I’m not faulting on a contract.

Today’s random picture 😉

I’m feeling focused and motivated. I need to step up in other areas of life as well. I’ve faltered a little recently so I need to get back on track, and find the right balance for everything.

It’s one step at a time. One hurdle at a time. Even if I go back a step, I’m aiming to move forward two steps tomorrow.

Good Morning, Friday the 18th of September 2020

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I am up and getting ready for a productive day. I’m off to see a dear friend this morning and then this afternoon I’m going to do a little writing and tidying.

I’m working on getting he various elements of my life balanced properly. I’m making adjustments to suit on because I was beginning to falter in it, hopefully I’ve figured out how to do that and I just need to put it into practice.

Yesterday I wrote 1200 words in about ninety minutes. Needless to say I’m super happy about that, and I’d love to get that sort of word count this morning before visiting my friend, but I’m not going to stress if I don’t. I’m still aiming for about 500/half an hours work per day. Writer and Podcaster Paul E. Cooley said on an episode of The Dead Robots Society that he set a target of, I think it was 250 a day, because that was easily doable. And more often than not he’d surpass that quickly. If I remember right he said it was because that by the time he hit 250 he’d got into his rhythm. Since then that’s something I’ve found can work for me as well.

Today’s random image is of Raven, being Raven!

That’s it for this morning, folks. I’m going to have some breakfast and a shower and then get a few words done before shooting out.

Have a good one folks.

And remember, it costs nothing to be kind.

15th of September 2020

Good evening, folks! I have edited 2128 words on a short story and written 1314 on the vampire book.

The writing on the vampire era took a little getting into today but after a minor interruption I managed to get rolling damn well on it. At one point I was about five hundred words in and the next thing I was nearing a thousand so I thought I’ll hit the 1k and the next thing I knew, 1314 was written.

It’s feeling good, the writing. I’m getting into the zone quite well, I feel like some of it is some of my best work. I’m getting more and more ideas and feel like I can go somewhere with them.

I feel like I can coordinate what I’m doing and can achieve the goals I’m setting. I’m making progress on the pieces I’m working and can see that my process seems to be working at the moment.

It feels good to be making progress, and not just knocking words out. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo more than a few times, so I know I can produce words. It’s well past time that I stepped up and started producing stories for the world to see.