30/10/2020

Good evening, folks!

I have had a decent enough day. Spent a few hours this morning helping my parents close up their caravan for the winter. On the journey there and back I did a little prep work for NaNo and continued once I got home.

I’m in a much better position for NaNo now I’ve done some work for it, although it is far from mapped out.

Leysdown

No new words today. I’m going to try and get some down tomorrow before work.

A short and sweet one tonight, I’m wiped out.

Have a good one, folks!

30th October 2020

Morning folks! Another busy day ahead, but today will be helping ,my folks out more than anything else.

I’ll make a little time to write later on in the day but it won’t be much. I am hyped for NaNo, we’re so close now and I’m a little gutted I can’t dive in for a midnight sprint as I have work on Sunday, but I’ll write during my break and then when I get home.

Right, I’m off to start my day. I hope y’all have a pukka day!

A little picture of Raven the other day when I was writing 😊

29th October 2020

Hey folks! 772 words today and planning for NaNo, as well as tidying up my office so it’s ready for Sunday evening when I get home from work.

In other news I can reveal what the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times is. It’s an anthology called Beneath The Leaves from Burdizzo Books to celebrate the birthday (I’m not saying which birthday but it’s a milestone one) for Em Dehaney. Here’s the link:

It was a massive honour to be included in Beneath The Leaves as Em is a fantastic human being and I think the work everyone has put into this shows that.

Horror movie and research 😊

I’ve not felt this capable for a very long time. I’ve got one element in my life which isn’t how I wish it was, but that’s not just something that I can fix with a flick of a switch.

Right, another busy day tomorrow. So I’m going to read a little of Beneath The Leaves and then bed.

Night folks!

Good Morning, 29th October 2020

Morning, folks! How’s everyone this morning?

I am good. I’ve got a couple of days off, then a couple of days at work then two weeks leave. I enjoy my day job a lot, but I’m looking forward to a break. Plus, it’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month. AKA NaNoWriMo. I’m proper excited for it this year, it’s great being back in my NaNo community and we can see each other getting fired up for it. Albeit online because there will be no in person meets.

I may be helping my folks with a few bits over the next couple days with a few things and I need to get my office tidied up and get the last few big bits sorted out that I’ve been needing to do. So there won’t be a lot of words over the next couple of days.

I do still need to do some planning for NaNo, but I think I can make some time to do that. I’ve had a couple of revelations about how to tie elements together to get it where I think I can get it all how I want it.

Right, have a good one folks. I’m off to get a few bits and pieces done.

Have a good one, folks!

27/10/2020

Just a quick post, a couple of hundred words today and some notes for NaNo. This afternoon I had prep for tomorrow’s meeting and then this evening I spent a couple of hours catching up with a friend who’s also a writer (a very talented one). It was great catching up with her and working on some ideas. If we can’t go to writing events we need to do things like this.

Right, that’s it for tonight. Have a good one folks and tomorrow I’ll hopefully have few more words written and ideas noted down.

Today’s random picture

26th of October 2020

Good evening folks! 547 (I think) words tonight. It’s definitely in that region but I haven’t got my data in front of me.

I could have written more, but I fell asleep this afternoon. I was a little down and that seems to be a coping mechanism for me: sleep!

Another minor hindrance to the writing process!

NaNoWriMo is less than a week away! Who’s excited? I know I am! I’ve got a little more prep work to do and then I’m ready to go. I can’t wait!

I think she was cold! But I don’t mind. And with her tucked up there I can still have my laptop on my lap 🙂

A bit of a short and swift post tonight. I’m pooped and have an early start tomorrow. But have fun, remember, it’s not hard to be kind.

Good Morning 25th of October 2020

Good morning folks! I hope all reading this are well.

I’ve enjoyed the extra hour in bed that the clocks going back have given me. On the downside it means a later start to writing today than I had planned, but I’ll still get a few hours done. I’m hoping for a mix of writing, editing, and planning. This time next week, NaNoWriMo will have started and I’d like to be a little more prepared than I am at the moment.

Dizzy looking grumpy but purring away 😊

I have had pretty much the whole week off. I needed to ease off in one area of my life and writing is the easiest to do that with. But the silver lining to that is it’s helped me solve a couple of little hiccups I’ve had on projects. I can see how to improve a short story in my vampire book now, and my war child story. With the war child story it was a moment where if I was in a cartoon I’d have a lightbulb appear above my head. The problem is I’m now itching to write it! But it’s got to wait which is torture!

I can’t remember where I heard this but apparently someone once said “a non-writing writer is someone courting madness” I may not have the quote word for word spot on but it’s something that does apply to me. When I’m not writing I’m finding it harder to deal with the everyday. So I’m never going to for more than A few days not writing. I’ve suffered from that mistake and I won’t let it happen again.

In November I’m going to have more time to write than I ever have done and I cannot wait. I will be blowing each day (hopefully) and I am 100% going to write a novel this year. I’ve done short story collections for the last two NaNo’s, which worked well the first year but not so much last year.

Fills my heart when friends and family send me things like this! 😊❤️😊

I’m super excited for NaNo this year. I’m going to miss the in-person meets, but we’ve worked on ways to do online events and hopefully have one that’s going to work out well.

Okay folks, I’m off to start word wrangling! Have a good day one and all!

19/10/2020

Good evening, folks. I wrote 751 on the vampire book this morning before work and during my break. It was nice getting some words down before I started the day job, it always is. I find it sets me up nicely for the day that way.

I have also been making notes on my NaNo project. Not many so far, but I’ve got the ball rolling.

I’ve got a lot I want to get done by the end of the month, tomorrow will be looking at the vampire story I’m on to see what I can cannibalise from it. That’s what I’ve got to do with all the stories in this book going forward.

Today’s random picture is of the one and only Max!

18th October 2020

Good evening, folks! I wrote 300 something words tonight and did a little editing. I was working on the vampire stuff and I’ve got to remember I’m not just rewriting it. If I can work elements of the previous draft in, then I need to work them in. I’m going to loose some good content if I don’t do so.

I have began thinking about my NaNo project for this year. I am going to go for the novel and not another short story collection. In preparation I’ve put a list together of movies and tv shows that I think will help (with a little help from friends on Facebook).

Now, that list may seem to have a lot of variation on it but for the project I’ve got in mind I think this list, as well as some of my established influences like Alien, Aliens, Predator, and others, will aid in bringing this story together.

I’ve had a strange day. One which I did something that I need to do more of that emotionally drains me. I am going to be vague about it, but I will say it’s something that has a flip side to. It’s a driving force for me to be better. I hid mental health problems for a long time, and had them longer than I realise. Now I’m dealing with them. Some days are harder than others, but I’m learning how to recognise when I’m slipping into a downer and I’m getting better at stopping it and figuring out why I started slipping.

I will not let my mental health dictate my life.

I’m still a little reluctant to speak about this. Mental health is still a topic people don’t want to discuss but so many people have it, and it’s something that me are encouraged to ignore by society. It shouldn’t be ignored. I got help, and I’m better for it.

Don’t be scared of asking for help.

Good Evening 16th October 2020

Good afternoon/evening folks. I’m writing an end of day post a little earlier today as I mentioned earlier my buddy Stefan is coming over and I know I won’t write it later because it’ll probably be later on in the evening when I get the time.

Despite not having much time today I managed to get 1466 words on Penal Earth written in about 2 hours. I’m super happy about that. I think I’m on the right path with it, it feels right anyway.

Myself and Stefan playing Mario Kart Deluxe. This is video one.

Tomorrow I won’t have much time to write, nor will I Sunday, but I’ll try and find time to get words down. Having written so much today in not a lot of time is encouraging. I know I can get the words out, its just not letting my head defeat me when I sit down to write.

This is the second video in this series.

I’ve included a couple of the videos of me and Stefan playing Mario Kart. I hope you enjoy and consider giving Stefan’s Daily Gaming a follow on Facebook. He’s a bloody good friend that has gone above and beyond to be there for me this year and I couldn’t wish for a better friend.

I’m having a bit of a down day, so I’m looking forward to hanging out with him and beating his arse at Mario Kart 😀

Dizzy not in the way at all!

I am determined to sit down one day next week and get my NaNoWriMo project decided and prepped. I was going to write a novel, but I’m having second thoughts and might do another short story collection. I might even do prep work for both and see how I feel as we get closer to NaNo.

Right, I hope everyone has had a good day. I’m off to murder a pizza!