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.

Sunday 13th September 2020

Evening folks, how are we doing tonight?

This morning I wrote 862 on the vampire book before getting to work. I finished writing maybe half an hour before I was planning to. I just hit a wall. I would have loved to of hit that 1000 words for the day but, yeah. I hit that wall. It’s a strange feeling because I haven’t hit a wall like that for a while now.

Come tomorrow, I’m tempted to give myself a rest day. I’ve written for the last eighteen days straight and I’m thinking a day off from the words will be good for me. I’ve got a few hours at work tomorrow but I think having a break from writing will do me a little good (that said, I’ll probably still do a few words).

This was the other day, surprisingly she didn’t pounce on me.

Speaking of rest, time for me to get my head down.

You all have a good one, folks!

Good Morning, 8th of August 2020

It is 8:37am and I am up and have had breakfast and have a cup of tea by my side. I am tired, I have a really bad back, and I’m still feeling down. I’m not going into why I’m feeling down, although I’m generally quite honest here there are some things I just don’t want to share here.

I’m feeling down, but I’m also feeling strangely okay. I can’t let the hard parts of my life get to me, I can’t. And this morning it feels like I’ve got enough to keep my mind occupied so I’m not just sitting feeling sorry for myself.

As I said yesterday, I’ve got a story that I’ll be submitting to an anthology by the end of the month. I’m going to get back onto Penal Earth, I know I should be working on the zombie book but I don’t have the cash for cover art and editing at the moment so I’ve still got a little more time for it. This is one that will be affected by Covid, not by much but I can integrate this pandemic into it in a way that it’s there but doesn’t change the story I’m telling. I’m not going to make it about the pandemic because that’s not what it was about.

I’ve got a list of pieces that I need to work on. Unless I see a submission call for something that tickles my attention I’m going to focus on what needs doing with what is already written.

Another picture of Raven ‘helping’ me yesterday 😂

Over today and tomorrow I’m going to look at my work schedule and see what time I can commit to writing and then map out the next week of writing. See how well I can do with planning and executing it.

Have a good weekend, folks!

28/7/2020

Gooooooood evening, folks! I’ve slowly edited two chapters over the last few hours. Concentration is still something I’m struggling with. I’ve got busy week coming up but I’ve two clear days next week and I’m going to try and get rolling nice and early those days and get a mornings worth of work done each day.

Today’s edits weren’t bad. Some of it is just bog standard stuff where I’m tightening sentences up. I think the story is okay at the moment but this project is one that I’m going to go hard on in the next few months and make sure it’s as clean as I can get it.

With CL Raven. This is one of my favourite pictures. These two ladies have become great friends and supporters of me and my work.

I’m going to try and change a few things when it comes to sleep. I need more of it, after months of getting very little it’s time I did something to change it. So I’m going to make sure I’m done with writing by 9pm, and TV off by ten. Then read for half an hour and then head down. Especially on a work night. I love my day job and want to make sure I’m on top of my game with it.

I’m wrapping it up for the night. Time to chill out a little before bed.

Have a good one folks!

24-7-2020

My plans to do a chunk of editing today crashed and burned before they started this morning when my desktop decide to faff about. So I retreated to my laptop and didn’t get as much done this morning as I’d planned.

This afternoon I tried to nap and catch up on some of the sleep I’ve lost recently. I know I’m never going to catch up on that sleep, but I needed to get a little rest. I didn’t though. It was very unsettled with lots of waking up throughout. Mainly thanks to Raven wanting attention.

When I gave up trying to nap I watched some Friday Night Dinner while editing. A brief stop for dinner and then I watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World while editing. At the end of play I’d worked through one chapter, which was about five or six thousand words.

I know I said I was going to focus on one project but my head really isn’t cooperating with that. So I think I’m going to try and jump between projects depending on where my head is telling me to go. Until I’ve built up some discipline I think I’ve just got to write whatever my brain is leaning towards.

Not distracting at all 🙄😂

I’m not expecting to get much done tomorrow, between work and a few calls I’ve got to make I can’t see me having a lot of time till later in the evening. So I’m going to try then.

My War With Sleep

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have seen the odd post where I talk- okay Rant- about my troubles getting asleep, and then staying asleep. Now though, I think I’ve found something that’s working. I’m going to bed later than I was, and I’m dropping off easier and not waking up as much during the night.

When I decided to give this a try I was worried that I’d be (even more) grumpy in the morning, but surprisinly I wasn’t 🙂

Not As Productive As I’d Planned

My aim of having a productive day yesterday was quickly scuppered. Firstly I had to go and assist in fixing a gate, then some family showed up and then the football kicked off.
After the football finished I dived into a couple of sprints with a fellow writer on my local NaNo Facebook group. Those sprints took me up to almost 2000 words for the day in about two hours. At that point it felt like I was loosing my rhythm and what I was writing was feeling rather strained. I have all but beaten this damned head cold but it’s still there a little and I could feel a headache growing so I called it a night for the writing.

I didn’t get as much done as I had wanted. At the start of the day I’d wanted to get some writing done but I also wanted to get some brainstorming done and write up some notes I have both on my phone and a notebook. That didn’t get done. I also wanted to write a couple of blog posts, which I was going to do as I was watching series five of Futurama, again this did not happen. I used to be able to multi-task a lot better than I am at the moment, I can only guess that its fatigue that is hindering me. I’ve been feeling extremely tired of late and I didn’t sleep to well Saturday night either. So last night I spent most of the evening watching Futurama and when that finished I made sure I took just a little time to read before I went to bed. I did sleep a little better last night, but it took a bit of doing. I have a love/hate relationship with sleep and at the moment its definitely in the hate camp.

What’s going on this week? Well, I’m aiming to get a little consistency with writing. Since Christmas I haven’t written more than two days on the spin and that isn’t anywhere near good enough. I’m about on target with my WIP (1000 words a day) but I’m off target with that minimum for this year. I’m ahead simply because I managed to get ahead in December.

That’s my plan for the week, let’s see how it goes.

Have a great day and week everyone 🙂

Writing While Tired

For reasons I may talk about in another post someday, although I think I’ve talked about them here before, this time of year is not one where I sleep well. As a general rule I don’t sleep well and this time of the year is worse but words still need to be written. I didn’t write yesterday but I’ve written 1405 words in an hour this evening. Okay, those words are pretty bad but I still got them down and when it comes to the edit I can fix it then.

I think it was important that I did write tonight. I am getting more and more convinced there is a connection between my writing output and my mood. When I’m writing I’m happier, much happier. Life seems to make a lot more sense when I am writing than when I’m not, and even though I don’t feel great at the moment that’s because I’m tired. WE had a really good day yesterday and although today didn’t go quite to plan it’s not been a bad day. A lot of resting was done, which I think myself and my parents needed.

Tomorrow I’m back to work, and a little bit of normality until New Years Eve. We’re planning to demolish a shed on Sunday and put up the new henhouse. That I’m quite looking forward too as it’s something I’ve not really done before and it’ll be a lot of fun working with my Dad. I’ll still have plenty of time to get in my 1000 words a day minimum over the next couple of days and once the New Year is here then the real work will begin. I’m on course to hit my 30,000 words by the end of the month so coming into 2015 on target will be a great start to the year.

Right, I’ve rambled enough for one night. I’m fairly sure I’ve not made a lot of sense, but made lots of typos. I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas 🙂

Erratic Sleeping Pattens

I would not say that I’m an insomniac but I do have a few issues with sleep. Normally it’s a case that I just struggle to drop off when I get my head down. Some nights I’ll lay for what seems like hours before sleeping, and that is normally something I’m okay with. I’ve lived with it for so long I’m use to it. Waking up 3, 4, 5 times a night is something that I am not as used to and it’s what I’m getting at the moment, and it takes it out of me a lot.
This is a time thing though. I’ve been here before and I’m sure that either in a couple of days, a week or two at the most then I’ll be back to normal. Until then I’ll muddle through and adjust as I need to.

A little trick that I have learnt about falling asleep is that I need to relax my mind a little before I try to sleep. Normally a movie or a chapter or two of a book does the trick.

😊

Good Morning

It’s Tuesday, no it’s actually Wednesday isn’t it….. You can see how this post is going to go just from that really.

It’s been a few days since I’ve rambled along on here so I thought I’d better sling out a post. Writing wise I’ll admit I haven’t done much aside from making a few notes for Earth, After Liberation and yesterday I realised theres a potentially a huge plot hole in Project Apollo, that felt like I’d been hit by a tank. On a plus side I had thoughts from one of my fabulous Beta readers on a story I’m planning to release next year, that’s what I’ll be looking at over the next few days. I’m not sending it out to anyone else so I’m going to look over all of the notes I have and see what’s what. I haven’t read all of the notes for it that I got last night, simply because it came through near my bed time, but like a little kid waiting for Christmas I’m itching to read through and see what notes there are.

During NaNoWriMo I really lost my rhythm with reading, it didn’t help either that the book I had started reading I just couldn’t get into. Now I’m reading Shadows Of The Realm by Dionne Lister, and so far I’m enjoying it but I’m out of the habit of reading do my progress is not all that. During the next few days I’m going to try and get into the rhythm that I had a couple of months ago.
That ties into trying to sleep better, I’ve found that reading before I go to sleep often relaxes me and I’m one of those people that has really bizarre sleeping habits. I’ve never been one to just drop off as soon as I shut my eyes, I often lay in bed trying to sleep before I drift off but reading before bed seems to help me drop off a little quicker.

Right that’s enough electronic mumbling for one morning and I need to start thinking about work. Have a productive day everyone 🙂