After finishing work I was exhausted so I decided to chill out for the rest of the day and maybe do some writing in the evening. But while I was running an errand and listening to Elements of Horror Book Three:Fire I had an idea that I wished I’d had when the submission period for this anthology was open (that said where I am in life right now is adding a depth to it I’m not sure I’d have been able to pull off before), but anyway. I knocked out 880 words on it yesterday including what I think is one of the best, most subtly Brent all scenes I’ve ever written.

So I’m going to slide that one into my projects but making sure I’m prioritising the short story which is for an anthology I’d like to submit to.

Today (Sunday 23rd) will likely be a day with not a lot worked on. I’m at work for the bulk of it then we have a lot of family over, including all but one of the most important relatives I have, for a social distancing get together. This will be the first time we’ve all been together since February and I cannot wait. This is going to be great for the soul after the few months I’ve had, and everyone because Covid alone has made it tough but then our family has had a lot to contend with with just what’s been happening in my life the last six months.

Right folks, I’m going to leave it there. I hope you all have a good day. To my Mando Mafia family good luck with Mando Sunday (search #MandoMethod and @mandomethod on Twitter to find out what I’m talking about about), I’ve got my Pom poms ready and will be cheering from the sidelines. I’ll try and join in for a couple, but I’m not expecting to I’m afraid.

17th of July, 2019

Good evening all. Yesterday I wrote 576 words on the vampire book. Today I haven’t written up until just over an hour ago. Since then I’ve written 1112 words on what I think will be a short story, but we’ll see. I was going to work on the vampire book but seem to have written myself into a dark corner. So a couple of days off from that one which I hope will let my brain figure out how to get outta the damn corner!

That’s it for tonight. Today has been warm and muggy and its drained a lot of energy out of me. I’d recommend checking out this weeks episode of the Mando Method podcast. I get a small mention as Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda discuss their listeners goals for the year and how we’re all doing. Oh Armand, I’m born and bred British and I live in the UK just outside a small town called Gravesend which is near London. I also don’t know the origin of my surname 😀

I went to the zoo at the weekend with my girlfriend, so here’s a random picture of an elephant.

20th of June 2019

Good evening, folks. I have written 1037 words today, all of which were before work and during my lunch break.

Today I was listening to this weeks Mando Method podcast which was a Chuck’s Mailbag episode. They answered a question I’d sent in about project and time management. A couple of things Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda said stuck with me. Chuck suggested doing a rolling three day goal, which I kinda like the sound of. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of setting weekly goals, but have been struggling to keep on track with it. The last couple of days I’ve had more focus, so I’m going to give Chuck’s method of a three day rolling targets a go. Armand suggested monthly goals. I think I might find this a bit more difficult as I can struggle with planning forward at times, but I’m going to give it a go. He also said to post them here. That way it’ll keep me honest and give a level of accountability I think will help.

With that in mind, I’ve got a couple of targets I’m going to share. These aren’t monthly ones, but project ones. The first is to have the first draft of my vampire book done by November (NaNoWriMo). The second is to have the first draft of CS1 done by the end of the year.

One of my goals for the year was to write 20,000 words a month, which is 240,000 words for the year. I’m well off target of that. My stretch goal was 30,000 a month (360,000 words for the year), but that’s now my goal for the final half of the year. I need about 31,000 words a month for the second part of the year to hit the 240k. I think it’s doable, about a thousand words a day. I do have NaNoWriMo as well, which’ll help massively.

So, it’s time to get into NaNoWriMo mode earlier than normal. If I have a few minutes spare, write. It works for me. Tomorrow I will also get my three day goals rolling.