19th September 2020

Evening folks, I wrote 234 words on the vampire book over the course of about an hour this morning around about 1:30am and 3am.

There is a story to me writing at that time of the morning. I had an early work start, so I had everything shut off by 9:30pm and a book in my hands that I planned to read till 10pm. At ten, I wasn’t feeling sleepy so I read for another half an hour. Then I got my head down. And when I did eventually drift off to sleep, I kept drifting in and out of sleep for a few hours. Which, let’s face it, is not a good form of sleep. I woke up at about 1:15am and I don’t know if other people find this, but thee are times when I know I’m not going back to sleep. This was one of those times. At 1am I grabbed my laptop and started writing. I’ve got a feeling it’s a load of shite, because I really wasn’t with it when I was writing. That’s what editing is for though!

After a busy day at work, I’m absolutely wiped out. I’m gonna watch the end of this movie (Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle) and then get to bed. I’ve got a lot I’d like to get done tomorrow, so a decent nights sleep is needed.

So, have a good one folks!

Today’s random picture is of, me! I was having a little downtime in the garden as Max the dog ran around, the other week. Rocking my NaNoWriMo 2015 winners Tee.

18th September 2020

2068 words today. Another day where I’m doing what I consider NaNoWriMo numbers. When I was getting back into writing a few months ago I was scared I’d never get back to where I was. The thought of doing NaNo terrifies me because I know what it takes. I’m not feeling that now. I’m feeling confident, in a way I’ve not felt before. It’s not the false confidence I’ve had before. This feels, right. Like I’m capable of achieving my goals.

A month and a half until NaNoWriMo begins. Despite what I said in the last paragraph about hitting goals, there’s some I’m just not gonna hit that I set to have done by NaNo. This isn’t me being negative, it’s me being realistic. If I keep at this sort of pace, I could do it. But life is life. I can write everyday, but some days it’ll be a few hundred words and not the 2k like today. I’m in the position at this stage of my writing career where I haven’t got deadlines, and the ones I have are open submission calls. So if I miss them, I’m not faulting on a contract.

Today’s random picture 😉

I’m feeling focused and motivated. I need to step up in other areas of life as well. I’ve faltered a little recently so I need to get back on track, and find the right balance for everything.

It’s one step at a time. One hurdle at a time. Even if I go back a step, I’m aiming to move forward two steps tomorrow.

15th of September 2020

Good evening, folks! I have edited 2128 words on a short story and written 1314 on the vampire book.

The writing on the vampire era took a little getting into today but after a minor interruption I managed to get rolling damn well on it. At one point I was about five hundred words in and the next thing I was nearing a thousand so I thought I’ll hit the 1k and the next thing I knew, 1314 was written.

It’s feeling good, the writing. I’m getting into the zone quite well, I feel like some of it is some of my best work. I’m getting more and more ideas and feel like I can go somewhere with them.

I feel like I can coordinate what I’m doing and can achieve the goals I’m setting. I’m making progress on the pieces I’m working and can see that my process seems to be working at the moment.

It feels good to be making progress, and not just knocking words out. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo more than a few times, so I know I can produce words. It’s well past time that I stepped up and started producing stories for the world to see.

Good Morning, Sunday 13th September 2020

Good morning, folks. I hope you’re all well?

Yesterday morning I wrote 2149 on the vampire book in about two and a half hours, and then 173 words on the fan fiction piece later on in the day.

So, damn productive day yesterday. That was the sort of number I’d be pushing for early NaNoWriMo. It’s also something I was worrying a little over. I’m still not having many days where I’m hitting a thousand words, which when you have to be hitting about 1667 a day for NaNo, you’re a ways off. I know NaNo is still, what six weeks off? but it’ll be here before we know it. Which means I’m going to have to dive into preparation for it. Unlike the last couple of years I’m going to write a novel. The last two years I’ve written short story collections, but this time I’m going to write a novel. I know what I’m going to work on, and I hope I can pull it off. I’ve got to do some planning and thinking on it before I get stuck in, but even as I’m writing this ideas are popping into my head. So hopefully I’ll be able to have a novel written by the end of NaNo, or at least a big part of it.

This was taken Friday while I was having a break. Just thought it was very pretty.

I will admit to being dead tired this morning. I didn’t sleep too well, but with everything that has happened this year, I’m slowly getting used to this feeling. I also know once I get up and about properly I’ll be alright. I just need to wake up properly. My body is awake, unfortunately my brain hasn’t caught up yet.

It’s time for me to get some words down. I’ve got a lot to do today so not much writing time, so I’m going to get a drink and make the most of what time I do have.

Have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, Thursday 10th of September 2020

Good morning folks! I have a day where I’m waiting in for workers from our gas supplier to finish working outside our house so they can come in and check it.

I’m not complaining though. It’s my day off anyway and I was planning to get plenty done (I’m sure I can endure the drilling right outside my office window! that’s what music is for).

Raven’s obviously had a hard night! 🙄😂

I have overlaid a little this morning. I got up about 8am when I was planning to get up around 7am. Honestly though, I think when I set the alarm I knew it’ll be more eight than seven that I woke.

Max joining me this morning. He’s not normally allowed in this part of the house so he’s been exploring! And yes, he had to bring his ducky!

I’ve got a couple of appointments to prepare for, and I’m hoping I get a phone call returned that is pretty darn important but we’ll see on that one.

Writing wise, I’m going to spend a good few hours editing. I’ve got a story that I want to have have the final part of my editing phase done, which is making the changes after red penning it. Then I’ve got two digital edits to do, which I’ll look to red pen next week. No, three red pend edits. I forgot about one I finished this week.

I also had a red pen edit on the zombie book to get done. That’s, as it stands, 22,000 words so that’ll take a little longer and I know there’s a lot I want to change with it. It’s something I’ve been thinking about since my last edit of it and there are things I want to change that I think will make it a damn site stronger. Also, not for nothing, the lady I’m going to send it off to edit is known for being brutal, but in a lovely way, so I want it in as good a shape as possibly before I send it to her.

I’ve barely put a dent in sorting my old writing files. There’s eight box files, and after a little look I think only one of the tubs has writing in it, but I’ve not checked the top left one properly yet. When I started I knew this wasn’t going to be a one day job. It could take a few weeks but I’ll make the time and it’s been a lot of fun so far. Some good memories and a few sad ones.

Right, I’m going to start prepping for my appointments today. Then I can get into editing. I’ve not mentioned writing really, but I am going to try and get some words written at some point today. I know what I’m going to be working on now, Vampire book, and I know how the first two stories are going to go. So, I know what I’m doing when not editing. My aim is to have the vampire book done by NaNoWriMo (November).

Have a good day, folks! I’ll touch base before the end of the day.

25th of August 2020

I wrote a 1093 words this morning. I also printed off the zombie novella, and a short story I’ve just finished. I’m getting back to doing a paper and red pen edit, which is me reading it out loud as well. When editing if you take the time to read a draft out loud you pick up on a lot that you don’t when you’re not reading aloud. Hearing what you’ve written you pick up on what sentences read smoothly, while also finding the ones that sound awkward. This is especially good for dialogue as when we’re talking it’s different to how we write descriptive elements of the story.

I’ve figured out I need to write 56498 words to hit a 100k this year. Which I can do, especially with NaNoWriMo just around the corner. I am rethinking how I’m looking at goals for the next eighteen months, but aside from the big ones I’ve not settled on what I’m going to set for myself.

Not a cat bearing structure 🙄😂

Right, I’m going to leave it there. I’m dead tired and my bed is luring me in. Good night all!

Good Evening, 18th August 2020

A slower day today, 363 words. That’s more than I started the day with and it’s my fourth day in a row writing. I haven’t written four days in a row since late March! That’s not good enough. I know it’s better than I’ve been doing at times this year, but I still need to do better. To achieve what I want to achieve I need to do better.

I think I’m progressing well. It isn’t that long ago that I was posting here that I’m going slowly and I know it’s going to take time to get going again. That seems like a long time ago, but I know it wasn’t. I’m a little surprised by how quickly I’ve progressed, and yet I’m disappointed that I haven’t got moe done. I feel like I’ve failed today because the news I had yesterday has hit me a little today. Nothing harsh but just didn’t have any oomph. I felt like I was trying to chip the words into a rock with a piece of celery. I tried to stick it out though, and although I’m not happy with what I’ve written, I think it’s something I can work with when I came to edit.

The morning sky the other day.

I’ve given myself the task of some decorating by the weekend. I’ve got a space that’ll primarily be my office, but it needs pulling into shape. (I’m going to document it I think). So writing will likely be on the back burner but I’m still planning on getting words down. The idea at the moment is to build up some consistency. Working everyday to get myself into both the mindset and habit of writing being work. If I want to achieve what I need to then I need to treat this as more than something to pass the time.

And not for nothing, I need some consistency because before we know it…..NaNoWriMo 😉

21st of December 2019

Good evening folks. I just thought I’d post a progress update. I’ve been writing in small dribs and drabs, but I have got a first draft of a short story finished. This is one I started during NaNoWriMo which is for an anthology I was invited into. It’s gone longer than I expected but I’m pretty happy with it, although I imagine it’s a bit of a mess at the moment and needs a major edit (most of my stuff does). It’s been written over about seven weeks and I really would like to get to the point where I’m getting these short stories wrapped up a little quicker.

That leads me into touching on what I’m thinking about for the next twelve months. I’m going to change direction a little as what I was planning this time last year never quite got pulled off. My life is very different to what it was this time last year and that’ll continue to change going into 2020. So I’m reevaluating what my best path in publishing is. I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do but I need to think on it a bit. I am having ideas for my various projects, one I had today solved a major problem I was having with the plot, but that’s not the one I’m looking at for my main one next year.

As I’ve said, I’ve a good idea of what I want to do but not quite ready to share it yet.

If I don’t post again this year, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!

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Hey folks! I just wanted to shoot out a quick post and give an update to where I’m at. I’ve got a major NaNoWriMo hangover. I crashed and burned this past November. With prepping for some changes in my personal life I didn’t do well at NaNo at all. I got a personal worse word count wise, but I have a few threads I can work with. So it’s not a total loss.

There was a couple of other writing problems I had last month that I’m not ready to discuss here, but they’re having an effect on the fact that writing has been very hard for me the past few weeks. I think I’m coming out of it now but I’m going to have to fully re-evaluate my goals going forward and make them more attainable.

That’s me done for the night. I’m feeling back to the onwards and upwards mindset and hope I’ll get back into the rhythm of it all soon.

25th November 2019

Today I’ve written 700 words. All of which were done during my lunch break. I’ve passed 12k now and am not even going to hit 20k. I’m not happy about this, but I can live with it.

The last few months have been super busy but for all the right reasons. The biggest, and only, downside is that I haven’t been able to keep up with writing. I’ve had a couple of big failures (okay, not that big but they suck) where I’ve felt pretty desolate. One thing in particular recently dented me pretty hard as I realised I’m not capable, or maybe ready, to be a person in my writing community where I can be somewhat of a leader. After I had that revelation I came the closes to quitting writing that I’ve ever been. Even to the point where I had two major writing related commitments that I was going to complete and then quit.

I’m past that feeling of desolation though. I’m feeling energised and I’m having ideas again. I need to find a better way to make the most of my time though. That’s something I’ll be working on in the near future.

I often find listening to podcasts quite inspiring. Especially when they’re talking to someone who is working their arse off to get to their goals. An episode of The Horror Show with Brian Keene featured writer and musician Matt Hayward and each time I hear this episode I can’t help but be inspired. Please clicky the link and see what I mean.