Status Update 13th October 2021

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve got a lot I want to get through tonight, so let’s get cracking!

The anthology K is for Kidnap came out featuring my story ‘Mother is God’ and is available in ebook and paperback. Please hit the link and check it out!

Love this cover!

The fantastic Leah Solmaz is working on an adaptation of one of my short stories! (squeeeeee!!!!!) Please go and check out Leah’s Instagram page, where you can see the intro!!! I’m super excited about this. Not only because something I’ve written is being adapted into a short animated movie, but also because its working with Leah who is a fantastic human being and damn talented as well. If you haven’t watched Theosight please check it out, I’ll add it to this post.

I have started on reading through and making notes based on the editors read of ‘Is that a zombie?’ I started then got hit with a head cold that knocked me off my feet. I focused my energy on work and matters away from writing. I’m going to get back on track with it by the weekend.

I’ve had a beta reader look at some of my longer pieces and got some excellent feedback, including that one wasn’t as polished as the other, so I need to go back and put my editing head back on to look it over.

Something I’m going to do in the next day or so is sit down and get my bearings on the different projects again. I’ve got a few which are at different stages and I’m just going to write them all down and figure where they all are.

On top of all of that we’ve got NaNoWriMo just around the corner…..

I am struggling to get back in the flow, much more then I thought I would. But it’s there, and I know NaNo will give me a massive boost and help get the words wrangled.

Good evening, 4th of October 2021

So far I’ve written a little over a 1000 words this month. It’s been harder to get rolling then I thought it was going to be.

The ideas are there, but I’m struggling to find the right hook for this next part of the mermaid story.

Today did feel better, but I still seemed to blow myself out quite quickly. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have more of that.

2nd of October 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing?

I write a few words before work, but not many. I knew today wouldn’t be a high productivity day due to my shift at the day job.

I’ll do a check on how many words I wrote tomorrow.

I knew the start of this month would be slow getting going but I feel good about the direction of mermaid that I’m working on.

1st of October, 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing?

My first day back writing was a slow start but I got 500 words of the Mermaid story done.

The break was good, but I’m pleased to be back at it.

Only a short post tonight, had a late shift at work so I’m a little wiped out. So a movie and then bed!

Rock on, folks!

Love this notebook. Quality paper, novel put together and it looks awesome 🙂

Good Morning, 21st of September 2021

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing this morning? I am knackered. The short of it is I’ve not slept properly for over a week now. When I do sleep its not good sleep. I more often than not wake up feeling like I’ve been in a street fight.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to take the rest of the month off from writing. I’m not writing at the moment, so this kind of feels like one of those things where I’m making an announcement that’s not going to change anything. It is though. I will guilt trip myself till the cows come how if I don’t do any writing, which just adds to my anxiety levels (which are always worse when I’m tired).

So, the vague plan is to not do any writing work till October. I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment and this’ll let me refocus my attention properly. It’ll give me time to try and catch up on sleep via naps, and not slamming myself for napping and not writing will help.

Sometimes we all need to take some pressure off ourselves. This is me doing that. I do have a lot going on, and the next ten days or so I’ve got a lot I need to focus on.

I have got a couple fantastic little irons in the fire at the moment with writing, so this isn’t because I’m feeling down about writing. It’s just something needed to give, and writing is the most flexible part of my DNA.

When I dit down again in October I’ve got NaNoWriMo to think about (YAY!!!!!), and a couple of short stories I’ll be looking to get drafts of done.

So, lots going on with writing. The passion is still there and strong, I just need a breather from it to focus on other areas of life. And not for nothing, when I get back to it in October I’ll be very reenergised.

Good Morning, Sunday 19th of September 2021

Good morning, folks!

I am awake and sat in my works parking lot just before going in to start my shift today. So thought I’d shoot out a quick post.

I’ve just been looking through my files and realised I’m not following through with my drafts. I’ll use a story called isolation as an example. I finished this in early August I think but I still haven’t done the next draft. I should of had the next draft done and then the final one done and reached out to my beta readers to see if they can look it over.

I need to sit down and make a list of what is at what stage and start getting these stories finished.

Right, I’d better get in and make a start for the day. I hope you all have an awesome day.

Good Evening, 18th of September 2021

Good evening! How’s everyone doing?

No writing today, long shift at the day job. I’ve got another one tomorrow as well, so not a lot go writing this weekend.

I have had some amazing feedback on my story that is in the K is for Kidnap anthology from another one of the contributors which has made my day! I had a lot of anxiety about this story. I didn’t think it was good enough, which is a testament to the old saying ‘never judge your own work’. That feels so apt at the moment. I’ve got to get over my anxieties about my own work.

Right, I’m wiped out. So I’m going to finish this episode of Sex Education and then get my head down. After a little reading maybe.

I will pimp out my Buy Me A Coffee page quickly. If you like what you read here, or have read and enjoyed my fiction and would like to chip in for editing, cover art, website hosting fees. Then I will be very grateful. I understand times are tough, folks. I do. But anything I’m grateful for.

Be kind, folks. Life’s better being kind.

17th September 2021

Good evening, folks!

I edited 9694 words today on a story called Robert. Yes, I’m still holding off editing on Sweet Danny. Just need to get my head around it more.

I like Robert. I think it’s a good story and is part of a bigger universe that I’m enjoying working on.

At the moment I feel like my head is being pulled in twenty different directions when it comes to writing. And I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere at the moment. I know I am, but it feels like I’m not.

I need to change that, I’m making progress but it’s just not as quick as I’ve convinced myself it needs to be.

16/9/21

Good evening folks! How are we all doing tonight?

After work I ended up having a bit of a busy afternoon with some errands that needed to be ran that I wasn’t expecting today. They’re done and dusted and out of the way now though. It did mean I didn’t get any writing done. By the time they were done, combined with the early start and the lack of sleep that early starts treat me too, I’m wiped out.

Tomorrow I want to edit Sweet Danny. I’m pretty sure I know what changes I want to make with it to get it where it needs to be.

I would love to get some words in as well, but I’m kind of on a position where I’ve got more editing to do. Not the kind where I’m editing the same story a billion times, but short stories that I’ve written over the last few months that need a little tidying up before I shoot them off to beta readers.

Right, I’m going to try and sleep. Wish me luck!

Raven ‘helping’ yesterday! 🤣

15th September 2021

Good evening, folks!

I didn’t do any editing on Sweet Danny, I think I want to have a little more time while I process a few of the suggestions from beta readers and what I want to do with it.

It wasn’t a no work day though, I got 8021 words edited on a story set in the Penal Earth world after the day job. I still need to do a lot of work on it but I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do with it now and I don’t think it’s going to take too much to get it there.

I do want to get Sweet Danny and the zombie book edited this month. I just need to get myself psyched up to get stuck into the zombie one. It needs a lot of work and is rather daunting, but with the format of the book I can break it down into three parts and tackle it that way.

This little impromptu break from writing this las week or so has proved quite beneficial in that the creative gears are beginning to turn on a few stories that I’ve been struggling to get a handle on. Most of these stories are short stories and I’m aiming to have a couple of of these done, well drafts at least.

Right, I’m off to maybe watch a movie. Then bed.

Rock on, folks!

Yes, I know style! 🤣🤣🤣