18th October 2019

Good morning folks. I’m having a play with the scheduling feature, so if this doesn’t go live at 11am I made a booboo somewhere!

Today, or yesterday as it were I wrote about 500 words but I did a lot of editing in the time I had available to me. I’m now at the point of CS1 where I’ve got to decide what direction to take the story in. I’ve got two choices, but I’m kinda tempted to try and merge the two and see what happens.

Where I’m thinking about this years NaNo I’ve realised I’ve still not gone through and edited what I done last year. I’ve done a couple but that’s about it. I’ve got ten short stories in various stages of first drafts and I need to get them tidied up. Which is making me think that next year is going to be a heavy editing year. I’m considering dropping my word count target to something like 10k a month and going heavy on editing.

That’s the lot for now, I’ll end with a cute picture of a cat that I’ve just taken.

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17th October 2019

Good evening, folks. It’s been a busy week so far, but I have got a few words written. Granted it’s not as many as I’d have liked but it’s still words down. It’s not that many words as much of it is editing. Today is a good example. I wrote 334 on CS1 over yesterday and today, but edited three or four chapters. So words were taken out while others were added.

I do have to keep reminding myself that even if I don’t hit a 1000 words a day I’m still making progress as I’m editing. It’s a key part of the process that I know a lot of writers despise, but it’s something I don’t mind. It’s all part of getting a book from start to finish. It needs to be done.

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with the ending of CS1 just yet. I’ve got two options I can go in, I just have no idea at the moment which way to go with it. At the moment I think I’ll do what I’ve done in the pass and see where it goes while I’m working on it.

NaNoWriMo preparation is moving slowly but I’ve got enough to get me going and then rolling if I get stuck. I’m going for the same method last year of short stories and novellas. So when I do get stuck on one, which will happen, I can hop over onto another one. This worked well for me last year, and I think it’ll work for me nicely this year. Although I’m not planning for NaNoWriMo 2020 just yet I think I will go back to a single story then. I’ve got a few ideas in mind for what I’m going to have a go at.

Right, it’s almost my bedtime so I’m calling it a night. Have a good one folks!

9th of October 2019

Evening, folks. I am super knackered tonight. It’s been a long but decent day where I wrote 1472 words on the fan fiction piece.

I was planning on getting back to CS1 but I just needed to write today. Going to the Write-In tonight was good. It was low-key tonight but still good. I got a good few words written then and during my lunch break. I also did some minor NaNo planning this evening as well. I’ve got a couple of ideas that have really tickled my fancy so far, but until I start writing them it’s hard to know which ones will take off.

Audiobook wise I listened to Armand Rosamilia’s Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer today. This is a rare occasion where I’d forgotten that I’d read this one already. Within ten minutes or so I’d realised that I knew the story, but it was still damn good listening to it. I recall liking the way it was put together. I hadn’t come across anything like it before and it serves as a real nice little taster for what Armand Rosamilia has in store for this series (it’s one of his Dying Days books). I am looking forward to checking out more of these in the coming months.

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Although I’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks recently I really need to get my head into a book again soon. I’ve got Appetite by Anita Cassidy that I started recently that I’m going to dive into. This isn’t my normal genre but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been to numerous Write-in’s with Anita and she is a fantastic human being who has been good to me over the years and I’m so pleased to see her doing well.

Right folks, time to call it a night. I’m going to read a little of Appetite and then get to bed. Have an awesome one, everybody!

Good Afternoon, 6th of October 2019

I managed to write just over 1200 words today, but didn’t get as much sorting out done as I was hoping.

I did struggle to get started today. (I was hindered a little by a cat, which I allowed!) I looked at my two most active pieces and couldn’t find a way to get rolling. So with one I skipped ahead to a part where it’s further along in the story and got cracking. It had some action in that helped but it’s also given me a target to aim at. I remember doing this when I first started writing. I’d jump ahead and then connect the dots later on. I’m going to have to do that more often as it’s something that works pretty well for me.

Righty-o. I’m pretty much done for the day. I might do a little NaNo prep work later, but mostly I’m going to be chilling out.

The cat that held up the words!

4th of October 2019

Good evening folks. I have been writing this week but my word counts have been up and down a little. On Monday I wrote 1426 words. Tuesday was 1044, Wednesday was 1065, Thursday was 261, and today I’ve written 510.

I’ve got to admit yesterday and today those numbers are a little fluffy as I didn’t track my words yesterday before I started writing today.

I’m happy with the fact that I am writing every day, but I need to get consistent with that 1000 words a day, then pick it up until I’m hitting about 1500 words a day. Then when NaNoWriMo starts I’ve not got far to go to hit the daily goal.

For NaNo I’m going to go for a short story collection like I did last year. I found this works well as when I get stuck on one story, I can just hop over to another one. The only thing different I might do is aim more for novella length pieces. I’m even thinking about rewriting some of my older short stories. I’ve got one in particular that is speaking very loudly to me. As always though, we’ll see how it goes. Last year stories that I had a lot of expectation for fizzled out while others surprised me with how deeply I got stuck into them.

Talking about those stories from last year, I really need to work on getting them tidied up. Only two of them have grown into something that is near complete. I need to work on my organisation skills.

Right, that’s it for the night. I’m going to chill out for a little while and then bed. Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning 2nd of October 2019

Good morning folks! Probably just a quick post this morning as the day job is calling.

I have been writing over the last couple of days, not necessarily hitting the 1000 words though. Yesterday and Monday I did, with Monday passing 1800 if I remember right. I’ve switched to another project as I got a bit bogged down in CS1 and the words have really been flowing. This new project is a lot darker than CS1 and seems to be flowing more easily, but I will be swinging back into CS1 soon as well.

Working on multiple projects is something I really need to get back into. I find I write better when I can jump between projects and it’s something I’ve not done enough of recently.

I’m not neglecting the fact that NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. I’ve started some brief notes on that and will be picking that up more over the next couple of weeks.

That’s it for now, folks! Have a great day all!

It begins!!!

23rd of September 2019

I was listening to the Armcast podcast today, I had a few episodes backed up, and aside from there being some damn fine episodes recently (it’s always good, but Armand Rosamilia has had a string of really good interviews recently), but as I was listening today it’s made me realise I’ve been slacking big time recently. I’ve got into my head that I haven’t had time to write. That I’m editing and need time to sit down and just focus on that. So, in other word I’ve been making bullshit excuses for myself.

So today I’ve put a boot up my own butt and am going to get back on track. From here on out I’m aiming for a 1000 words a day. Because of how I’ve slacked off I’m not going to be able to hit my minimum target for words this year. I can do that while editing, CS1 needs a lot of edits and rewrites and scenes added so I’ll be able to get those words added easily.

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Just over 500 words during my lunch break.

With the fanfic piece, well that’s going to be my reward when I hit the 1000 words. I haven’t done anything on it tonight because I’m wiped out. I’m going to watch another episode or two of Disenchantment and then read a little and then bed.

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I listened to Solo on audiobook last week. Mur Lafferty did a fantastic job with this novel.

I do have NaNoWriMo coming up as well, and I need to pick up my pace for November.

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And today I started The Big Head by Edward Lee once I’d caught up on Arm Cast.