20th September 2020

I wrote 190 words on the vampire book, then hit a wall with it. So I moved onto Penal Earth, and wrote 968. That 968 words were hard work.

Today I wrote 1158 words and I dragged each one onto the page kicking and screaming.

I slept badly overnight. Yesterday I was up for about twenty hours. This afternoon I was doing something that I knew would drain me (that part of my life which I’m not talking about). It drained me but made me smile as well. As did a video chat with my best friend as well.

I’ve a lot to be grateful for. Tomorrow I’ll get up and get cracking again.

Sometimes the words are torture, sometimes the words are our own blood. Sometimes they are our souls.

Good Morning, Sunday 20th September 2020

Good morning, folks! It’s just gone 9am here in the UK. I’m almost awake after a night of unsettled sleep. But no day job for me today, we do have family coming over to see us today (don’t worry, not exceeding the six person rule), and I have a number if things I need to do around the house, but I will also have a lot of time to dedicate to writing.

I’m behind in editing, and will be for another few days at least. I’ve had a head cold/cough and reading out loud isn’t something I’m going to be able to do at the moment. I think I’m over the worst of it, but where I spent a lot of time talking to customers in my day job yesterday my voice is feeling a bit knackered today. But there is plenty to write to make up for it. What I wrote in the early hours of yesterday morning is likely a load of rubbish as I was half asleep but it’ll also be something I can work with. At worst I’ll have to cut it and start again, but at less than three hundred words, it’s not the end of the world if I do have to do that.

I do need a solid few hours down time today as well. I am pretty beat at the moment, but I do have the day. I do have a lot I want to get down, but if I get my head down and crack on it’s achievable. It would be nice if I did a little more of that filling as well. That I can be a little more laidback with.

Today’s random picture Is of Max sleeping very soundly 😊

I really enjoy writing a post first of a morning like this. It’s a nice way to start the day and it was what I used to do a lot on Sunday’s. With shift work I’m not restricted to only writing them on a Sunday now, and I find I’ll have a decent writing session after I’ve written a post. It definitely does get me in the right mindset.

Right, that’s it for now folks. I hope you all have a fantastic day ahead.

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.

Good Morning, Friday the 18th of September 2020

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I am up and getting ready for a productive day. I’m off to see a dear friend this morning and then this afternoon I’m going to do a little writing and tidying.

I’m working on getting he various elements of my life balanced properly. I’m making adjustments to suit on because I was beginning to falter in it, hopefully I’ve figured out how to do that and I just need to put it into practice.

Yesterday I wrote 1200 words in about ninety minutes. Needless to say I’m super happy about that, and I’d love to get that sort of word count this morning before visiting my friend, but I’m not going to stress if I don’t. I’m still aiming for about 500/half an hours work per day. Writer and Podcaster Paul E. Cooley said on an episode of The Dead Robots Society that he set a target of, I think it was 250 a day, because that was easily doable. And more often than not he’d surpass that quickly. If I remember right he said it was because that by the time he hit 250 he’d got into his rhythm. Since then that’s something I’ve found can work for me as well.

Today’s random image is of Raven, being Raven!

That’s it for this morning, folks. I’m going to have some breakfast and a shower and then get a few words done before shooting out.

Have a good one folks.

And remember, it costs nothing to be kind.

Good Morning, 17th of September 2020

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

I decided to take a me day yesterday after work. I did a few extra hours to cover a colleague who had a family emergency to see to, and then I had a non-writing appointment to attend to. Once that was done it was time for food, and then I honestly thought stuff it. Let’s chill out a little. So I spent a couple of hours just not doing a lot. The most I did was transfer the progress of my projects to a white board. I think I’ll probably still keep it on a paper pad as well. Mainly because I’d need a huge white board to keep it all on and I have a lot of ongoing projects that need editing or re-writing, and I don’t want to swamp myself with those until I’m ready to start working on them.

Having transferred the data over to the white board I can see that I’m going to struggle to meet a couple of targets. I’ve got two major projects that are both penned it to be completed by NaNoWriMo (November). One of which is the vampire book, and I’ve only just started the rewrite on that. The other is Penal Earth where I need to fill in a gap in the story. I don’t think that one will be too hard once I get going with it. I’m not making any predictions on the vampire one at the moment simply because although it’s going well now, doesn’t mean I won’t hit a wall somewhere along the path.

For a little while at least I’m going to be focusing on the vampire book. Unless I see an anthology submission call I’m going to crack on with that while it’s hot.

Right, I’m logging out now. I’ve got an hour to write today, so I’m going to try and make the most of it. I’ll be editing next week, I think. I’ve a few days off so will hopefully be able to make good use of the time.

Have a good one, folks!

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.

14th September 2020

Good evening folks. A zero word day from me. In the past I did just keep going until I burnt out and I don’t think that’ll happen if I have that day off once in a while.

I didn’t do nothing writing wise, I carried on sort through some of my files, finding some that brought up some damn good memories in the process. I’ve also realised just how much I’ve got and how long it’s going to take to get it all in order. What I think I’ll end up doing is getting it roughly in order and then filing each separate project one by one. It really is going to take some time but I think it’s something that is going to be really rewarding not only once it’s done by as I’m doing it.

Raven want much help, but nor was she a hindrance. For a change 😂

Right, I’m going to leave it there, I’m going to try and read a little and then get my head down.

Have a good one, folks!

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, 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!