Good Morning, Sunday 9th of May 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I ended up with a little over 1000 words, but as I was driving to work I’ve realised I need to put more tension and suspense into it. I think it’s a good foundation so far but I need that sense of uncertainty unknown into it. I think I can write the logistics of a scene well, but I need to add in that fear element. This sequence is one of the characters not knowing what is going on, and I need to make sure the reader gets that, and the risk factor in this part of the story.

That is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, working on the atmospherics of a story. I think some of my writing is a little too clinical and I’m not happy about that. I’m not sure how I can do this, but it’s something I’m thinking out.

Today, I’m going to have a busy one. No work, and I’ve got my great aunt coming over for dinner (we’re her bubble) and I’m looking forward to seeing her. I do want to get a good thousand words written well.

So, time to get cracking! Have a good one, folks!

I watched The Running Man the other night ☺️

Good Morning 14th April, 2021 (Make Art Uncomfortable)

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I wrote 336 words on a short story but also did a lot of research for the same short story, and I’ve come to the decision that I’m just gonna go balls to the walls and yet loose. I’m not going to worry about grounding it in reality. I’m just gonna try and make it batshit crazy.

I’m having trouble letting go when I write recently. Stephen King said in On Writing that you have to write like an orphan, or words to that effect. I was reminded of this when watching the film M.F.A. recently. At the end of the film there’s a line where it basically says art shouldn’t just preserve the beauty of life, but also the brutality. Make art uncomfortable. I love this message. So many of us grow up listening to music about good love, or films where everyone lives happily ever after.

Art is different for everyone. Some people thrive on the uncomfortable while others thrive on a good old romcom. Everyone is different and we embrace different things. For me, what I write, people will find uncomfortable. But some will find it fun. I can watch Saw movies with barely a flinch at the content, but watched The VVitch and The Ritual, made me squirm in my seat. But there are different degrees of being uncomfortable. Listening to the audiobooks of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum and What Good Girls Do by Jonathan Butcher made me very uncomfortable. Even to the point where I had to stop listening to them. M.F.A. falls into that grouping. Although not as extreme as I Spit On Your Grave, it’s still a content matter that is not pleasant and when done wrong, without the respect the topic deserves it just makes a whole other level of horrific.

For films like The Vvitch and The Ritual, these made me uncomfortable because there’s a witchcraft/cult elements to them. An unknown factor that made me uncomfortable in a way I’d yet to experience. It’s something I’m still trying to put my finger on exactly why I find it uncomfortable.

Another book that made me uncomfortable is The Silence by Tim Lebbon. This one I had to stop listening to three times. It’s got a quiet brutality to it, one which I can see happening. There’s three distinct moments in The Silence which I could see myself being in that situation. Having to make an uncomfortable decision.

Not being scared to write things which people will be uncomfortable with or offended by is something I need to be better with. I’m not going to write something just because it’s shocking. I don’t think that works and people tend to see through things like that. I’ll strive to write what the story is asking for.

Right, speaking of writing it’s time to get a few hours done.

Rock on folks, never give up on that dream. Never let someone take it away or belittle it or you. Just keep going.

Good Afternoon 11th March 2021 & Filling The Well

Good afternoon, folks. Yes, I overslept till gone ten and then had personal correspondence to write. But now I am ready to work!

First up is a read through of Ashes with a red pen and then I’m going to dive into the Vampire book and get this episode done! Then I’ll paste the next episode into the drafting file and read through it so I’m going through as blindly as I did the last chapter.

I also want to get cracking on the ending to Black Blood, and figure out exactly how I want it to end. I’ve got ideas but I think those could change as I write. But we’ll see.

My desk is Still messy!

I did get some good ideas from the Netflix series, Pacific Rim: The Black. Overall it was a good seven episodes and I’m looking forward to see what they do in the future with it, but from a creative point of view it gave me some good ideas, which leads me on to talking about keeping the creative well filled up.

One of the things I do is rewatch what I’ve seen many times before. Sometimes it’s a comfort thing, other times its laziness. Sometimes I’ll watch something new like Superstore, which is good but doesn’t add much to my creative well. That needs filling to keep the ideas growing. I think when we’re young it gets a lot of ideas thrown into it, and it gets more filled the longer we don’t start pulling from it. I watched Pacific Rim: The Black yesterday and it gave me a ton of ideas, then I watched a movie called Surrounded about a group of YouTube type content adventurers whose seaplane crashes and leaves them in shark “infested” waters. (There’s only three sharks) and they have to survive being adrift and getting to this small island station thingy. Firstly, I don’t know why I watched this as anything with Big Water freaks me out! I hate the thought of being stranded in the middle of a huge late, or ocean, sea. Anything like that, which is probably why I like watching that stuff, but anyway. It was something new that I hadn’t seen before and aside from a number of eye rolling moments (I doubt sharks swim in an attack formation, or dead straight; and there was a few cliche moments and plot details there just to add conflict), it wasn’t too bad. I can always live with cheaper CGI if the story and actors grab me, and for the most part they did. I didn’t get a huge amount of inspiration from it, but it was enjoyable.

I need to watch more new content. I retreat onto what I know far too often and I need to change that. I’m not going to make a grand declaration that I’m only going to watch new things for the rest of the year because that’s crap! But What I am going to do is make more effort to watch new, or thing I’ve not seen in a long time or only once from here on out. I’ll talk more about them here as well, even if it’s just a passing mention.

I also have series to continue with as well. The Last Kingdom, The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Jack Ryan, Altered Carbon, Game of Thrones, and no doubt a few more. I want to rewatch a couple as well. In particular Sense8 and Battlestar Galactica (the reboot). I’ve not sat down and watched Battlestar from start to finish in one go and feel it’s nearing time to do so. As for Sense8, it is my belief that Sense8 is the best TV show of the last thirty years. It’s years ahead of its time, and doesn’t hold back in so many areas and would never have been made if it wasn’t on somewhere like Netflix. It’s so ahead of its time in my opinion that it suffered for it and was cancelled after only two seasons, but due to fan demand Netflix gave them a two hour special to wrap the loose ends up. It’s not a series for the faint hearted, but I think it’s very much worth a watch.

Right, I’m off to get to work! Have a fun day, folks!

Good Evening, Folks! 15-2-21

I’ve not done a whole lot of writing these last few days. A couple of manic days at work takes its toll, but I am trying to make the most of my breaks and do a little writing work while on them. The last two days for example I’ve worked on notes for a mermaid story rewrite that I’m planning, and already got more depth for two characters in it.

Lunchtime notes 🙂

Aside from yesterday I’ve written everyday since the 10th. I’m pleased with that, even if the word counts weren’t high I still worked (partly editing as well on the story the words got added to).

I won’t get a lot done tonight as I pulled a few extra hours at work but due to shift changes I might have a bit more time tomorrow than I was expecting to get some work done.

I really need to touch base with the projects I’m working on at the moment. I’ve lost momentum (mainly my fault), which means I feel a little lost. I don’t think I’m miles away from where I was, it may just be a case of sitting down and looking over what I’ve got. So that’s something I’d like to get done before Wednesday (my next day off), so I’m able to get stuck in and have a productive day.

One of my favourite shorts of the last few years. I really hope they get funding to make a complete season 🙂

Something I’m going to try and do from here on out is watch more horror movies. I came to horror late, and there’s a lot I haven’t seen. So I’m going to start checking movies off and get into the depth of the genre I’m in. There’s countless books I want to read as well, but that’s a task which might be beyond me. I’m far too slow a reader to read it all.

Right, I’m going to get a little work done. I’m not planning on getting a lot done tonight. Just a bit to keep my momentum rolling. I am a little stuck with the story I’m working on, but there are other things I can work on if I don’t make progress with it tonight.

Lesbian Bed Death are one of my favourite bands to listen to in general as well as writing music.

Good Morning, Sunday 6th of December 2020

Good morning all. It feels like ages since I did one of this Sunday morning posts. I love working shift work now but when I wasn’t I’d get up on a Sunday, sit with my laptop and a cup of tea and write a post that’ll get the day started off. I have tea, but am in my office and not the living room and as my desktop is working this morning I’m writing on that.

Yesterday was a zero word day, which I hate, but I’m not beating myself up about. I had a long work shift that Started with the rooster and by the time I got home, had a bath and dinner, I was beyond wiped out. Although I did more hours when I was working in the second hand car trade I work harder in a supermarket. I knew it would be hard, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as demanding on my body as I was expecting. That is something I love about it though, it means I have to push myself that bit harder and at the end of my shift, I feel like I’ve earn’t my wage each day. When I have a long shift though, it’ll be a zero word count day and as my week progresses I have got to adjust my goals for that week accordingly, and take into consideration when my shift is each day. It’s a whole new way of balancing my life which I’ve never had to contend with, but I’m looking forward to working it all out as it’ll give me a whole load of new skills that I either haven’t had before of have been dormant.

Not only one of my favourite scenes from Terminator 2 but one of my favourite scenes of all time!

I am off today, a rare Sunday for me. So I’m going to get some work done. I’m tempted to leave Black Blood for the day and work on Penal Earth. I’ve have over a month working almost exclusively on Black Blood, and in the past I’ve noticed that when I work exclusively on one project like that I can get into a little bit of a rut. So I’m going to look at Penal Earth and get some work done on that one. I’m nearing the endgame with that one now, I’d like to say I’m close to having it wrapped up but I can’t say that just yet.

I’d like to get rolling with my final changes on the Zombie book as well. Having seen the latest update on the artwork I’m keen to get it ready for the editor, who is booked for early next year. So I have time but I’d like to have it done by Christmas.

Okay, time to get to the words. I hope everyone has a fantastic day! I’ll let you all know how I did.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Five

Just 470 words today. Im under target properly for the first time this month.

After work I got home and was hit with a nasty headache which wiped me out for most the afternoon. So I watched Spirited Away, then had an appointment and then wrote a pep talk for NaNo and then, finally got some words out.

I set myself a couple of small additional goals for NaNo this year, one of them was writing everyday. So far, I’ve kept that up.

Love those little Soot dudes 🙂

I’m going to wrap up here. I’ve still got a touch of that headache, although it’s slowly eased off as the afternoon and evening have progressed. But I’m also falling asleep as I type this.

So good night all, and rock on!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Four: Part 2

1793 in total today, and just over 40,000 words in total!

I was struggling with tired this afternoon when I sat down to write. I really wasn’t feeling it, so I put a shout out on my NaNo group that I was gonna do three sprints, which would get me that word count. I got two sprints done, then pizza interrupted me, then a shower and boom, got that final sprint done and had my word count for the day.

Do I feel as elated as I did yesterday? No, simply because I’m knackered! But I put my butt in the chair and wrote. Music on, and write. That’s what I need to do.

Now, I’m gonna sit down and want a movie, then bed. I’m beat and ready to chill out for a few hours.

Tonight’s movie 😊

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twelve

1185 words written today. I’m at the point with NaNo where the urge to edit is kicking in! So I might try and do some editing on a short story and see if that quells that urge.

I didn’t write as much as I wanted to, today. I had a phone call just after midday and then a friend who is a very skilled writer text me asking if had five minutes to brainstorm a problem she had with a story she’s gearing up to write. That five minutes ended up being three hours, it a damn good three hours. It was good working ideas out and just letter her talk out her ideas. The story itself sounds damn good and I’m kinda itching to read it. So I’m gonna start bugging her to make sure she’s writing, because that’s what friends do!

The first story I ever had published was in Sparks, from Burdizzo Books. I still can’t quite believe that I’m a published author, but I have proof of it, even if I have to pinch myself once in a while. My story, ‘The Last Charge’ is one that was very easy to write. I wrote from the hip, no real idea where I was going with it. Looking back, I’d have done a few things differently, but I don’t look at it and cringe. It’s still something that I am still very proud of.

Imposter syndrome is real, very real. But I don’t feel as bad about having it hitting me once in a while when I hear of well established authors suffering from it. What beats over that feeling is the buzz you get from having a story published. I’ve only encountered two things that have given me a better high (no, not narcotics!).

Right, folks! I’m settling in for a movie (The Cave), and then a busy day tomorrow.

Have a good one folks!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Nine

Good morning. It is 4:39am here in the UK and my body has decided I should be awake. So, I am. I can only lay in bed for so long before I realise that I’m not getting back to sleep.

To the numbers! Yesterday I wrote 1849 on this years NaNo project and 339 on Penal Earth. I’m at 18052 for NaNo, which isn’t quite where I was hoping to be at this point but I’m not unhappy with it. I’m still ahead of the minimum target and if I can keep that up when I get back to work I’ll be happy. A bad mindset I’ve found I keep falling into is thinking that I just have to hit the minimum to make it to 50k by the end of the month. Where I’m a little ahead I don’t have to write 1667 words a day to finish on 50k, I see that minimum on the NaNo site and I think that’s what I need to do. I definitely need to stop thinking like that. Regardless of how many words I have or don’t, I need to aim for the 1667 a day.

Speaking of words, seeing as I’m awake I might as well make a start.

Last nights movie: The Warriors

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Eight

1617 words today over the course of five Starship Troopers movies. That’s day three where I’ve done both a movie marathon and writing at the same time. Not the best for productivity, (let’s ignore the 3k I wrote Friday) but I still got words down and am still ahead of the NaNo target. I’m not quite where I’d like to have been, but I need to balance my time off and writing so I actually get some down time. I can find that balance.

Such an awesome series, and one that I’ve found very inspirational over the years.

Tomorrow I need to get some editing done, it’s only a short story. Very short, so it won’t take long. I’d also like to get some work done on Penal Earth as well. I’m not the most gifted at sticking to one project so it’s time to dive into another one and get some words done on that one.

I am about to sit down and review my works in progress and set myself a little plan of action for the next week and try to stick to it! Which has always been my failing but I’ll persist and try and stick to what I list.

Something I am very guilty of is rewatching the same movies and shows, yes I’ve spent the last three days doing that but that was a special occasion. Time off work and a desire to watch some movies I’ve not watched in quite some time. So I’m trying to watch more that I haven’t seen before. I know I run back to old favourites when I’m not doing too well, it’s a comfort thing. But I need new input. I need to check mow out. Right now I’m watching Dead Space Downfall, never played these games but the film sounded interesting. So far I’m not disappointed.

With that said, I’m going to wrap this up now. Touch base with where I am with projects and make a small list of work for this coming week.

Have a good one folks!