After going out to get my tyre sorted on my car I got home and got cracking with some editing. I worked 2526 words on Black Blood, and 4045 on a story called Trapped. That one will be going up on my Ko-Fi in August on the Welcome To My Nightmare tier.
Black Blood is going to take a fair bit of work to get it where I want it. I feel like I’m slowly sussing out what works for me as a process. After years of fuck arsing about I hope I’m getting to the point where I can get a system where I’m not only writing but getting good words down, getting work completed, and most importantly published.
I have got so much work on hard drives that just need a decent edit. Stories that I was too scared to do anything more with, or not knowing what to do with them. Maybe I was too scared to search out what to do with them.
Stop rambling, Peter.
Anyway, I’d like to get this pass of Black Blood done (as I sit here watching Predator I realise Black Blood had a little bit of a love letter to this movie and Aliens in it), as Vamp Era is calling out to me. There’s one major plot point I want to change which will fix a weak plot point and then It’ll be near done. It’ll go in the ‘waiting for funds to edit’ file on my computer.
Anyway, this is me done for the night. An early tomorrow, but also a midday finish. So back into it when I get home.
I’ve had a few days off from writing but got 596 words today as I begin typing up one of the short stories I wrote earlier this year. I was going to start the final pass on zombie book, I need to add the rewritten ending but I got intimidated by it but will get stuck in soon. Sometimes I need to let myself process something like this. It’s kind of like my brain needs to retrieve the information I’ve got stored about this project and I can start working out what I need to do before I dive in.
I’ve not done much work on my Ko-Fi page but it’s still moving forward. I’ll be having membership open but it’s not quite ready yet.
I have been managing to read a little the last few days and hopefully that’s a good start to getting back into the swing of things with reading.
Right, I’ll leave you with the short film Serial Pensioner that the fantastic Leah Solmaz created that’s based on my short story of the same name.
Today I have written 447 words on the current short story. I think it’s getting near an end, but I’m still not sure. The scene I wrote tonight took it in a direction I wasn’t expecting and I think I might have to lay some ground work when I come to type it up.
I was at work this morning but most of this afternoon was spent sorting out non-writing paperwork (shock horror, I’m actually organised!), and now I’m having a The Thing double feature. Then bed to do it all again tomorrow.
My aim to write a blog post every day this month have well and truthfully gone out the window! But hey ho, there’s always next month!
Aside from yesterday I’ve written each day. With a lovely 1895 words today which took me over the 10k mark. I like the way the mermaid story is coming together. It’s still all over the place but connecting the scenes later will be fun (I hope).
I’m working on more self care than I have lately. The more content and settled I am the more I get done the happier I am in myself. Today’s been a great example of that. I was able to do something I’ve always seemed to hold off from doing. I’ve wanted to sit out in my garden and write for years. Today I did it, I sat out there for a couple of hours. Earphones in, words being wrangled. It was nice and peaceful. I’m going to try and do it more often. I like my office, but a change in scenery was much needed.
Right folks, time to wrap for the night. I watched the 2009 remake of Friday The 13th last night, and am currently watching Freddy Vs Jason. After that, another slasher one I think.
Good night folks, rock on and make those dreams reality.
It is a scorcher here in the UK today, so I haven’t even thought about flicking on my laptop. I’m glad I bought this Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad recently. I managed to get 800 words writing on a short story today with it.
I’ve spent most of the day at work, so I wrote before work and during my break. It really is sweltering here today, so I haven’t done a lot this evening after work.
Tomorrow I’ve got a little time to play with around work. So more work will be done. I think this short story isn’t too far from being wrapped up, but we’ll see.
Right, I’m off to watch a movie. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend!
Almost 11,000 words edited on Black Blood yesterday after work.
It was a slog if I’m honest. I’ve got focus at the moment but it’s because of a lot of stress I’ve got at the moment, which is why I’ve not blogged much recently, and the posts I have done are likely to have not had a great vibe to them.
But, time to snap myself outta this shit show that is my head. After editing yesterday I started reading up about dyspraxia again and learnt a fair bit about the condition which I’m hoping will help me understand myself better and be able to overcome at least some of the problems I have that I’m now learning stem from being dyspraxic.
While was reading up about dyspraxia I watched a movie called An Innocent Man staring Tom Selleck and F. Murray Abraham. I remember watching this when I was younger and haven’t seen it in a long time, but it was the first film that I’d watched where there was this brutal prison life and not what Ronnie Barker endured in Porridge.
Right, I’ve got to get to work now. Am currently sitting in the staff room before starting the days work.
Yesterday after work I didn’t do any word wrangling but I did get my goals for June written down, my next week schedule sorted, and a couple of posts done on my Buy Me A Coffee page. I did brainstorm while on my break at work, and made a compute of notes for other projects when I got home.
At the moment I’ve got a few bits and pieces going on behind the scenes so my focus has been on those a little, but what’s going on there will be of great help going forward.
I’ve got my first Covid jab today, so I’m not planning much after that just in case it wipes me out. I’ve heard people have had differing reactions so I’m just going to wait and see if I have one or any at all.
Something I really need to do is find more places to submit work too. That is something I’ve severely failed at this year and I need to step it up.
Right, time for a little breakfast and then I’m going to get some words written before I have to leave.
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.
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, 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.
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!