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.

13th November 2019

Today I’ve written 813 words for a total of 7318 words for the month. I know I should be at about 21000 but I’m not. I’ve had a lot going on this month away from writing but hopefully from here on out I can get back on track, well I can get back into writing regularly again.

I am still working on the short stories for my NaNoWriMo this year. Pretty much doing the same thing as I did last year which worked well for me. I think I’d have had similar success this year but just so much has been going on having the time has been challenging. I’ve not been hooked on one yet. I still feel like I’m finding my rhythm, but that said the one I’ve been focused on the last few days seems to be showing potential.

I am all at sea a little at the moment. I’m going to have realign myself a little over the next few days so I can get back on track properly.

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Picture of the day is of Raven on my wardrobe.

11th of November 2019

Hey folks! Most likely a quick little post tonight. Writing has been slow, which means I’m super behind on NaNoWriMo. Life has been incredibly busy of late and if I’m honest I’m not expecting to hit the 50k by the end of the month, but I’ll persist and see what I have when the 30th is drawing to a stop.

As I said, a quick post. I’ll just end with a mention that I’ve started listening to a complete works of H.P. Lovecraft audiobook. I’m not far in yet but it’s not bad. I still think of myself as a newbie with horror so felt that I needed to check out some of the history of the genre. Where else to start but the godfather of Cosmic horror.

25th of October 2019

Good evening folks, the last couple of weeks have been busy to say the least but not with writing. Despite that I’ve still managed to get words written. Mostly on CS1, which I’ve decided to add an element to which changes the entire tone of the story, but I think it works. It just means I’ve got to go over and start the editing process again but I think it’s worth it.

This week I’ve managed to write about 2000 words but I’ve not kept up with tracking day by day.  I know how many words I’ve written on CS1 so that lets me figure it out. I still don’t think I’m going to hit the word count I’ve set for the year but NaNoWriMo is just a week away now (holy shit! how close is it!), so hopefully I’ll be close to getting the word count I had targeted.

Books wise I’ve not made as much progress as I’d have liked over the last few months but I’m trying to pick that up. With that in mind I’ve started reading The First Cut by Chuck Buda. I’ve read a few of Chuck Buda’s weird western Son of Earp series which I enjoyed but I’m loving The First Cut.

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Right folks, I’m gonna call it a night and spend the rest of the evening chilling out. Have a good one, folks!

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.

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!