Status Update 13th October 2021

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve got a lot I want to get through tonight, so let’s get cracking!

The anthology K is for Kidnap came out featuring my story ‘Mother is God’ and is available in ebook and paperback. Please hit the link and check it out!

Love this cover!

The fantastic Leah Solmaz is working on an adaptation of one of my short stories! (squeeeeee!!!!!) Please go and check out Leah’s Instagram page, where you can see the intro!!! I’m super excited about this. Not only because something I’ve written is being adapted into a short animated movie, but also because its working with Leah who is a fantastic human being and damn talented as well. If you haven’t watched Theosight please check it out, I’ll add it to this post.

I have started on reading through and making notes based on the editors read of ‘Is that a zombie?’ I started then got hit with a head cold that knocked me off my feet. I focused my energy on work and matters away from writing. I’m going to get back on track with it by the weekend.

I’ve had a beta reader look at some of my longer pieces and got some excellent feedback, including that one wasn’t as polished as the other, so I need to go back and put my editing head back on to look it over.

Something I’m going to do in the next day or so is sit down and get my bearings on the different projects again. I’ve got a few which are at different stages and I’m just going to write them all down and figure where they all are.

On top of all of that we’ve got NaNoWriMo just around the corner…..

I am struggling to get back in the flow, much more then I thought I would. But it’s there, and I know NaNo will give me a massive boost and help get the words wrangled.

Good evening, 4th of October 2021

So far I’ve written a little over a 1000 words this month. It’s been harder to get rolling then I thought it was going to be.

The ideas are there, but I’m struggling to find the right hook for this next part of the mermaid story.

Today did feel better, but I still seemed to blow myself out quite quickly. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have more of that.

Good Morning, 21st of September 2021

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing this morning? I am knackered. The short of it is I’ve not slept properly for over a week now. When I do sleep its not good sleep. I more often than not wake up feeling like I’ve been in a street fight.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to take the rest of the month off from writing. I’m not writing at the moment, so this kind of feels like one of those things where I’m making an announcement that’s not going to change anything. It is though. I will guilt trip myself till the cows come how if I don’t do any writing, which just adds to my anxiety levels (which are always worse when I’m tired).

So, the vague plan is to not do any writing work till October. I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment and this’ll let me refocus my attention properly. It’ll give me time to try and catch up on sleep via naps, and not slamming myself for napping and not writing will help.

Sometimes we all need to take some pressure off ourselves. This is me doing that. I do have a lot going on, and the next ten days or so I’ve got a lot I need to focus on.

I have got a couple fantastic little irons in the fire at the moment with writing, so this isn’t because I’m feeling down about writing. It’s just something needed to give, and writing is the most flexible part of my DNA.

When I dit down again in October I’ve got NaNoWriMo to think about (YAY!!!!!), and a couple of short stories I’ll be looking to get drafts of done.

So, lots going on with writing. The passion is still there and strong, I just need a breather from it to focus on other areas of life. And not for nothing, when I get back to it in October I’ll be very reenergised.

Good Morning, Sunday 19th of September 2021

Good morning, folks!

I am awake and sat in my works parking lot just before going in to start my shift today. So thought I’d shoot out a quick post.

I’ve just been looking through my files and realised I’m not following through with my drafts. I’ll use a story called isolation as an example. I finished this in early August I think but I still haven’t done the next draft. I should of had the next draft done and then the final one done and reached out to my beta readers to see if they can look it over.

I need to sit down and make a list of what is at what stage and start getting these stories finished.

Right, I’d better get in and make a start for the day. I hope you all have an awesome day.

7th of August 2021

Good evening, folks!

I didn’t get much writing done, well any writing done. I set my goals for this month and my plan for the week and then prepped for an appointment I had this afternoon.

I can announce that my short story Mother Is God is being published in the K is for Kidnap anthology from Red Cape Publishing.

This is the short story I mentioned the other day and I’m super excited to be a part of this anthology and the series overall.

Right, I’m gonna wrap it there. I’ve got a few things on but I will be finding time to write.

Rock on, Folks!

Settling in to watch The Descent last night 😊

3rd of August 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we doing today?

I’ve not got much to report tonight as I’ve been working on non-writing bits and bobs today.

The big news of the day is I’ve sold a short story! Super happy to have sold this story. I can’t give any details yet but once I can I’ll let you all know!

Right, time for dinner.

Keep plugging away folks!

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Good Evening, 1/9/21

I set out in my post this morning to try and hit 250 words. In the end I wrote 511, and after the first 50 or so they flowed pretty damn smoothly. It’s a new story that isn’t one I’ve been thinking about it was just shot from the hip. I don’t know where it’s going, and I don’t need to know. I’m going to try not to think about it too much and just le the words carry me along.

I also began a little prep work for NaNo, as in I created the file and made some notes on a story idea I had Monday. I’m kind of tempted to go for the short story collection again. I like that format for NaNo and the story I was going to write for NaNo I’ve already started and the one I was thinking about doing I’m not sure it’s the right time to be doing it. I was going to do a rewrite but I’ve GOT TO STOP with the rewrites! I’ve got first drafts done of a few stories and I need to just go through and edit the crap out of them. There’s some good stories there and they deserve to get some proper attention. I’m a big believer in not truly growing as a writer unless others are reading your work. Well I’ve got maybe half a dozen stories of novella length that have never had another pair of eyes look at them. Time to change that.

Maybe focus on writing short stories for a while, and learn more about honing those skills while also working on these edits.

This is my problem, I’m all over the place when it comes to things like this! I think some of the problem is I’ve got three novels that I think I’ve done all I can but can’t afford to send them to an editor at the moment and I’m not sure I want to lumber my beta readers with in excess of 150,000 words of fiction in the next few months. I know if I ask them they would, but I get that anxiety hit and back off.

Speaking of which, I will just take a moment to mention my Buy Me A Coffee page. I am occasionally able to take money from my day job income to fund my writing aspirations but anything would be grateful. I don’t really post much different to Buy Me A Coffee then I do here, I use it at the moment as a way people can easily tip me if they so wish.

And I’d just like to thank everyone who takes the time to read, comment, and share my posts. I am obsessed with numbers (even though they are my nemesis!!!!!) and seeing how many people do stop by always makes me smile!

Rock on you awesome people!

Good Morning! 23/8/21

Hoody folks, I wrote 764 words on two different projects this morning. I’ve realised I’m struggling with Mermaid and where to go now that I’m past where the short story ended. So a little break from it for a day or two.

The two pieces I worked on today, one was just a fragment of something and nothing. I’m not sure what it is or where it’s going but I might just play with it. Or I’ll never touch it again. We’ll see. The other one was the start of the lovers rewrite. This one has been brewing for a while and I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

Im going to try and get back into some focused work this week and not just ploughing through. I’ve got a few bits and pieces I want to get back on track with and I think this week is going to be the time to do it.

Right, that’s it for now. Have an epically great week, folks!

The first scene of lovers ended dead on 500 words ☺️

18th August 2021

Good evening folks! How are we all doing?

I wrote 300 and something words on the mermaid story today, and did a little brainstorming for my NaNoWriMo project. I really need to ramp up work on that to be in a position to write it in November.

I’m off tomorrow, so I’m going to try and get stuck into more of the mermaid story and I’d like to get Sweet Danny edited as well.

I hope you’re all cracking on with your projects! And if you’re struggling, take a step back and have a brother.

Watched this fantastic movie this evening.