Good Morning Sunday

Everything is typed up for the first draft of Project Apollo, so technically it’s now done and not a couple weeks ago like I said but its all done now. It’s now off to Owen for his thoughts and adjustments, I will admit I am expecting to do a lot of work on the end of the novel, although I think it’s not quite long enough to deemed a novel but any way I think it will need a bit of work. I have spoken to Owen about how I feel about the ending and he said type it up and to let him have a look. This may be one of those times I’ve got a bit of unfounded doubt with it but ill wait and see what he says.

While I’m waiting for Owen to get back to me with it I’m going to do some minor edits on a flash piece and then do an Out Loud read through of a short story I’ve had written for a while then I’m going to have my grammar reader look it over because that’s not my strongest point. Then I’ll do the alterations that will be needed and then I’ll be sending it to the magazines to try and sell it. Am I nervous about this? Hell yes! But I’m also looking forward to getting that first rejection too. I’m going to do what Stephen King did and knock a nail into my bedroom wall and each rejection email I get I’m going to print it off and pin it to the wall.

If I don’t sell it I’m going to self-publish it as an ebook, I’m not sure how long I’m going to be submitting it before I give up and do it myself, that’ll be a decision I make when the time comes.

Off topic a bit I want to mention an app I have on my iPhone. It’s called WriteChain. Basically it’s an app where you get a link each day that you write. You enter how many words you’ve written and it adds it all up. You can set a target word count for each day (mines only a 100 words) and you can set it up so that you can have a day off, or two or three depending on how you feel, I’ve only got it set to one day. Well the longest I’d ever got it was about three weeks, until recently. I was over thirty days of writing almost every day. On Friday I wrote 1281 words, and forgot to add it to WriteChain so I’m back to square one again. This is only a silly little thing that has no real consequence but I was gutted! Lol.

And there’s a picture of Owen, that was when we were supposed to be working but had digressed like we often do 😀

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Going Apple……

With my PC dying and my laptop playing up I am obviously thinking about what to replace them with and getting an Apple Mac keeps popping into my head.  A friend of mine has been bleating on about how good they are for a while now and Owen has one himself, so I may go and nick his for a few hours to see how I get along with it.  Seeing as I love my iPhone and I REALLY would like an iPad I cant see why I wouldn’t want to go the whole hog and convert fully to apple.  Thankfully though despite my laptop playing up it is still working well so I am in no need to replace it just yet so I have a little time before the decision needs to be made.  Maybe a trip up to my local Apple shop to interrogate the staff 😀

Not That Normal Monday Feeling

Normally Mondays are not the most popular day of the week, but despite an irritating start to the day it has turned out pretty good.  I’m really getting stuck into Scott Sigler’s The All-Pro ( http://scottsigler.com/ ) and I’ve started reading an e-book on my iPhone’s Kindle app (the first time that I’m trying this) The book is J.J. Harkin’s Angels Of Apocalypse,  (https://twitter.com/#!/authorjjharkin ) which after only a few pages I’m enjoying so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in it.  I also listened to Michael Chrichton’s Jurassic Park, which is always a fascinating listen.

I’ve done some quite serious thinking today aswell, some of the changes that I want to make in the next few years look rather difficult, but more than achievable.  I’ve also been thinking about what I wrote last night and how I can elaborate on it.  Its one of those stories that I do not think that will ever see the light of day, but it could be something that I can exercise my writing ability on.  It is a very emotional piece which I think will be good to explore 🙂

Project Phoenix has also popped into my head a little as well and one major thought was crawling around my head until I had a proper revelation for a piece of the stories history.  I’m going to write a couple of little stories for Phoenix as well because I need to find a proper feel for one of the main characters.  So I’m going to throw him into a couple of demanding situations to see what he does.

I’m not going to declare a word count target to his this week, but I am going to have a couple of evenings where I will just be punching the keyboard 🙂