5th August 2020

Nothing was written yesterday, or edited. I had a bad day and it wasn’t on the cards at all.

Today, I know I haven’t much time but I’ll try and get some words written at some point. No editing though. I want to get some words down. Just write. Even if I only have ten minutes, I want to get some words down.

Right folks, I need to sort myself out. Have a good day all. And remember, if you want something bad enough, try your hardest to get it. Even if you don’t succeed you can say you you put your heart into it!

31-7-2020

I got 2674 words edited before going to work today, which was one chapter. Tomorrow I’ll aim to get another chapter done.

I’m trying to keep it as simple as that at the moment. And aim of one chapter at a time doesn’t feel overwhelming, and if I get rolling then I might get more done.

I am trying to figure out a plan, but I’m in the early stages of that right now

Short and sweet tonight. I’m exhausted and my bed is calling.

Have a great weekend, folks!

29/7/2020

Good evening folks! Today has been one which started early and in some respects flew by. At other times it’s dragged on, but not by much. Overall it’s been a good day.

I edited two chapters, which works out at 2770 words. I think I’m getting in the swing of it now. It feels like I’m getting the words a lot tighter and hopefully more smooth to read.

I also figured out how to track how much I’m editing as well. And it’s a really simple solution I should have figured out a long time ago. It’s honestly as simple as adding keeping track of how many words I’ve edited. So today is the first day I’m tracking it but I’ve gone back and looked at what I’ve edited this month already and have added it to my records.

Yes, I know the 21st is missing, it’s not now. This is the template I was updating.

I still feel like I’m going slow, but I’d rather it be quality than just okay. I know it can be better, an editor will tear it apart but it’s a learning process for me. The more I do it, the quicker and more efficient it’ll be.

Without going into details, life isn’t fun at the moment. I’m not saying this for sympathy or excuses. I’m saying it because it affects writing. Writing is what I’m doing outside of work to focus my attention on something that I can control. I can dictate my direction. Yes, there are things outside of my control but I can control more of that then much else in my life at the moment. Work is good, writing is getting better day by day.

24-7-2020

My plans to do a chunk of editing today crashed and burned before they started this morning when my desktop decide to faff about. So I retreated to my laptop and didn’t get as much done this morning as I’d planned.

This afternoon I tried to nap and catch up on some of the sleep I’ve lost recently. I know I’m never going to catch up on that sleep, but I needed to get a little rest. I didn’t though. It was very unsettled with lots of waking up throughout. Mainly thanks to Raven wanting attention.

When I gave up trying to nap I watched some Friday Night Dinner while editing. A brief stop for dinner and then I watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World while editing. At the end of play I’d worked through one chapter, which was about five or six thousand words.

I know I said I was going to focus on one project but my head really isn’t cooperating with that. So I think I’m going to try and jump between projects depending on where my head is telling me to go. Until I’ve built up some discipline I think I’ve just got to write whatever my brain is leaning towards.

Not distracting at all 🙄😂

I’m not expecting to get much done tomorrow, between work and a few calls I’ve got to make I can’t see me having a lot of time till later in the evening. So I’m going to try then.

22-7-2020

Good evening folks. Well, it was a busy day but not with writing. I got a little editing done this evening. I’m liking this story. It’s the first in the vampire series and one I hope is a strong start.

I am getting a bit of an itch to write something new, I might look up some submission calls and see what’s out there, maybe something will spark an idea. The editing is still my priority though.

Yeah I did a little editing tonight, but I spent most the evening watching movies.

First up was Waterworld with Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dennis Hopper. This movie gets a lot of shit, but It’s a fun one. Beautifully shot with a simple, but engaging storyline. It’s one I’d have liked to of seen more from that world as I find it really interesting to see how people survive in that world and the different cultures that have grown from that world.

Then, it’s an old favourite. Total Recall with a Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, and Michael Ironside based off a Philip K. Dick story and directed by Paul Verhoeven. This movie is just awesome! The story works, the actors are all on point, the gore is nice but not over the top (I don’t mind over the top gore, but it wouldn’t work here). It’s another beautifully shot movie as well. Definitely one that makes me smile.

Good Morning, Monday 20th of July 2020

Good morning, all! I’m faking enthusiasm this morning because it’s the start of a new week. Forget all those negative connotations about hating Monday’s, it’s just another day of the week. In a world where I’d be interested to know how many people still work a 9 to 5 compared to people who work shift work because people who tend to work shifts don’t have a normal working week. That’s something I’ve learnt since working a in a supermarket since April. Each week is different. So Monday isn’t furthest away from not being at work for me anymore. This weeks a prime example, I’m off today.

Now, what am I doing with my day off? I’ve got a lot of phone calls to make…..yay….. I’m not a fan of making calls to companies to chase up this and that. Or change personal information. I hate being on hold and there’s always a chance you end up having to deal with an idiot. But they need doing so I’ll be doing them. Most of my day will be spent doing this. The rest of the day will be spent doing similar but online. Updating details about this and that. Hopefully I’ll have this done by about 6pm then I can do a little editing and watch a movie.

At the start of the post I said about faking enthusiasm, and I am. I am dead tired and a little down at the moment. I’m absolutely not going into details but life’s a little challenging at the moment and I’m trying to drag myself onto the right track again. I’m getting there, but today is a day of sorting things because of that. So come the end of the day I’m going to be a touch drained by it all.

That’s enough rambling from me. I need some breakfast then off to do some prep for today.

Have fun, folks!

Flash post! ( 17/1/2020)

Hi folks! Just a quick post to say I’ve done no writing since last week. I’ve been off from the day job and been spending time with my partner. It’s been good and I’m enjoying it.

This little break has also helped open up a few ideas for the project I’m writing at the moment. I wasn’t sure where I wanted it to go but I’ve got a few ideas for it now.

I am getting a touch twitchy having not written for like five days, but I think it’s going to be good for the long term.

Here’s a random picture of a Water Vole I took in a country park my partner and I went to.

Base Touch

Hey folks! I just wanted to shoot out a quick post and give an update to where I’m at. I’ve got a major NaNoWriMo hangover. I crashed and burned this past November. With prepping for some changes in my personal life I didn’t do well at NaNo at all. I got a personal worse word count wise, but I have a few threads I can work with. So it’s not a total loss.

There was a couple of other writing problems I had last month that I’m not ready to discuss here, but they’re having an effect on the fact that writing has been very hard for me the past few weeks. I think I’m coming out of it now but I’m going to have to fully re-evaluate my goals going forward and make them more attainable.

That’s me done for the night. I’m feeling back to the onwards and upwards mindset and hope I’ll get back into the rhythm of it all soon.

13th November 2019

Today I’ve written 813 words for a total of 7318 words for the month. I know I should be at about 21000 but I’m not. I’ve had a lot going on this month away from writing but hopefully from here on out I can get back on track, well I can get back into writing regularly again.

I am still working on the short stories for my NaNoWriMo this year. Pretty much doing the same thing as I did last year which worked well for me. I think I’d have had similar success this year but just so much has been going on having the time has been challenging. I’ve not been hooked on one yet. I still feel like I’m finding my rhythm, but that said the one I’ve been focused on the last few days seems to be showing potential.

I am all at sea a little at the moment. I’m going to have realign myself a little over the next few days so I can get back on track properly.

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Picture of the day is of Raven on my wardrobe.

8th of October 2019

Hi folks! I don’t know what I’ve written today because I haven’t had time to count the numbers, and I can say the same for yesterday.

But I am writing. I’m getting words down and trying to build that consistency. I’d like to get back into CS1 and get back on track with that, though. What I’ve worked on the last two days had been the fanfic piece. Tomorrow I am at a write-in so I’m hoping I can have a look to see where I am on that and get stuck in again.

I had planned to get some writing done this evening before picking my partner up, but something out of my control stopped that. It’s something doesn’t affect me aside from the fact it made my journey three times longer than normal. I don’t get pissed off at these things. Especially in this case someone has reportedly died. But I saw instances of other drivers getting frustrated and tempers flared. Not many years ago I might have fallen into that category. Now though, life is far too short to be angry over things which are out of our control. Especially when there’s tragedy involved.

I’m going to wrap it there, folks. I need food and some chill out time.