12th October 2020

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve finished the red-penning part of the zombie novella that I started yesterday. I didn’t get any words down yesterday but I got 1403 done today.

I was at about 800 words, and about done for the day. But pushed myself as it was only another 200 words to go till I hit the 1000 word mark, and Armand Rosamilia popped into my head. He is someone I do look up to and it struck me that if he was in my position he’d push through and hit that 1000 word mark. And I got over 1400 words. Yeah, I’m happy with that. Very happy with that. That’s pushing NaNo numbers, which is just around the corner. So hitting a number like that at this point is probably a good idea.

Raven sitting on my lap and not the paper I was trying to make notes on.

I had hoped to get some prep work for NaNo done today, but it’s late now and I’ve got an early start tomorrow. So I’m going to read a little and then call it a night.

10th October 2020

Good evening folks! I am just about to go to bed, but needed to get this post written first.

I have been slacking off too much recently. I’ve been sitting on the path as opposed to walking along it. That’s not just writing. Outside of work I’ve stagnated a little this last couple of weeks. I’ve written all but one day this month, so that’s a positive. I’ve been able to my hand in but I’ve got frustrated at myself for not pushing harder. Today, I did that. I did a red pen edit on two short stories that make up a big part of my zombie book, one more to go. I also wrote 1101 words and finished off the rewrite of a vampire story.

I want to maximise my time in the next week. So I’m going to try again to get a to-do list made up, well more of a plan for the week. I know what hours I’m working for the day job, and I know I haven’t got much planned for when I’m not at work (aside from some gaming with Stefan at Stefan’s Daily Gaming). Which means I will have a lot of time to get caught up on what I need to get done. I will be setting some time aside to prepare for an appointment next week, and will be doing a couple of non-writing related tasks that need doing, but I will still have plenty of time to write in the next seven days. I might even post what my writing plans are for the week on here so I’ve got some accountability come the end of the week when I post next Sunday.

I love it when I notice I hit a milestone number dead on 😊

For now, it is my bed time. I had an early start and I am very ready for my bed.

Good night, all! And remember, being kind isn’t a weakness. It’s one of the finest strengths you can have.

9th of October 2020

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I have written 889 words today, and wrote almost 500 yesterday. I think I could have pushed a bit more to get that 1k hit but at gone nine it’s time to start winding down for the night.

I wrote yesterday about failing each day, and it’s a post I stand by. I was feeling a little down, but not massively. I did feel like I wasn’t hitting targets I should be hitting, and I do still feel that. But I am winning each day as well. Every day that I write, I’m winning. Every day I’m thinking about the stories I’m working on. Figuring out where I’ve gone wrong and how to fix that, it’s a win.

I was trying to take a semi-professional selfie and got pounced on by our mini-panther.

Stepping up is something I need to do. I’ve got three short stories being released in three different anthologies by the end of the year, and at the risk of getting some grief from fellow writers, I haven’t tried that hard to find places to submit. Two of the anthologies were invite only from publishers I’ve worked with before, and the third story is from also from a publisher I’ve had the pleasure of working with before. So, I really need to step up finding places to submit too. I am where I am because I’ve written pieces that editors have liked. Now, it’s hard for me to write that because there’s still a part of me that thinks I suck, but my friends yell at me if I say that. And with some of what has gone on this year I’ve had help snapping my head out of the mindset that I am nothing.

I made the mistake in placing these blankets on my printer, which Dizzy decided was worthy of being her throne. (that’s a printer, not a throne!)

This next year I’ve got a lot planned, I hope I can pull it all off. My biggest problem is discipline. I get easily distracted and need to get better at sitting in the chair and just getting the work done.

I’ve got everything I need to progress. The only thing holding me back, is me.

Failing Each Day

I fail at writing each day. Literally, I don’t hit the goals I know I can hit. I struggle to not just pop Netflix on and fall into movies or TV series I’ve seen a hundred times before.

I fail daily.

But I endure daily as well. When I don’t write I feel guilt which then pushes me through. Some times it takes a couple of days to get over a slump but I always do.

Each day, no matter how hard the words are fighting me I will get the words out one way or another.

Keep. Fighting. For. That. Dream.

No matter how much you may feel like giving up, don’t. I’ve been writing since my early twenties. At the moment I do feel like a failure because I haven’t achieved more. But I’m learning the reasons why I haven’t gotten more done. I’m also at the point where I feel like I’m ready to take the next step.

If I was true to myself, no matter how much of a failure I can feel at times, I still haven’t quit. If I was going to, o would have done a long time ago.

And I remind myself, I’ve got stories being published in three anthologies this last quarter of the year. It’s been a year where writing has been severely on the back burner at times, and I still have three pieces being released the last part of this year.

Even if you’re just getting rejections, keep going. You will get acceptances as long as you learn your trade, grow and improve.

Never. Give. Up.

7th October 2020

Good evening Folks. Long story short, I had a bad day yesterday. Just tired and a little down. So I watched a couple of movies, a few episodes of a TV series and chilled out for the majority of the day.

I feel shite for not getting anything done (aside from prepping for an appointment today). I had a whole to-do list set out for yesterday and aside from prepping for todays appointment, I knocked nothing off that list.

I haven’t got much from it knocked off today either. I finished work at midday and have written 577 words on the vampire book. I’ve also been working on sorting out my files. All those handwritten drafts, notes and printed drafts. I don’t have enough room in the units for what’s left, but I’ve found a lot of duplicates while working through. So hopefully I’ll have the space to put it all in. Even once I’ve done that I won’t be done. I’d like to go through it and get it organised properly.

Raven wasn’t interested in making the writing process easier today.

I’ll have a little time around work to get writing done. Then all day Friday. I’ve been off track for a few days now, so I’d like to kick myself in the arse and get back on track.

That’s my little gambit for the day. Back on track properly tomorrow.

Good Morning 5 October 2020

Good morning, folks!

I got a few words down yesterday, but can’t remember how many right now. Those words were on the fan fiction piece I’ve been playing with. The two main pieces I’m working on at the moment are at places where I need to be in the right headspace for the scenes I’m approaching, which I’m about to work on.

I’ve got the day job this evening but am off tomorrow so I’m going to try and get caught up with me editing as well as getting a few words down.

The one I need to get back on track with is the zombie one. I should have my final edits in it done by now and be gearing up to get it to an independent editor. I’ve spoken to the cover artist and he’ll be getting back on the cover soon. I’ve already approached someone to format it and I know overall what the rough outlay is, and it’s doable. I’m still aiming to have it out by the end of the year, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t have it out by the end of the year.

Right, I’m going to hold fire with writing until this afternoon now. I’m hanging out with my folks and just enjoying it. So, writing can wait can wait a few minutes.

Max isn’t happy with me, I’m sitting in “his” seat 🙄😂

3/10/20

Good evening folks!

My plan was to get up about 8am and get some words written before work. What really happened was I overslept till about 9:30am and quickly wrote 360 words before getting ready for work. Yeah, not even close to plan.

My sleeping has been all over the place of late, and I’m really hoping it settles down at some point.

Tomorrow I won’t get a lot of time to write but I’ll find some time to get some words down.

Tonight, I’m gonna watch a movie and then get to bed.

2/10/20

382 today. Technology faffed me about, I got distracted by TV and writing was hard.

Tomorrow, I’ll try again. Now, despite being tired I’m going to watch a movie. A part of me wants to go to bed but I need some input. I need something I have seen before. I’m still struggling to read, so a movie is the best bet. So I’m going to watch Death Trench.

Night all!

Good Morning 27th September 2020

Hey folks! I wrote 111 words on something new yesterday and have just written 467 on the vampire book. I’ve got a day at work and got up early to get some words cracked out before getting to the day job. This takes the pressure off as when I get home late afternoon I know I’ve got words down and if I don’t write, it’s not a zero word day.

Tomorrow I am off, I do have errands and non-writing bits and pieces to do but I should have a nice chunk of time to get some work done. If I can get the zombie book red-penned and maybe 500 words done tomorrow, I will be a very happy bunny!

Raven ‘helping’ me sort my old drafts the other day 😊

Right, time for me to get ready for work. Have a super day folks!

And as always, be kind.

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 🙂