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!

11th September 2020

Evening folks, I am wiped out. I should be in bed drifting off to the land of nod, but I need to write a bog post for all you lovely people that take the time to read my little corner of the internet.

It’s something I really do appreciate. I’d still be writing these posts if nobody read them, it’s something I enjoy a lot and find therapeutic a lot of the time. So thank you all for taking the time to visit this space.

Right, today. I wrote 1189 on the vampire book. This came really easy and I’m feeling very good about it. Although I am trying to get away from rewriting every single thing I write repeatedly, this one seems to be working in its favour. So I’ll continue on this path and see how it comes out.

I’m going to have limited time to write over the next few days, but it won’t be any different to today, so there’s no reason why I can’t be pushing a 1000 words a day tomorrow and Sunday.

Max (and his duck) have been joining me this week as I work 😊

It will be mainly writing and little to no editing. I think I find it easier to edit when I can do it in one go. This works okay for short stories, not so sure how it’ll be for longer pieces when I get around to them, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Right, I’m going to call it a night.

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.

9th September 2020

Hey folks, just a quick post tonight.

I started to sort through my old writing files and boy is there a lot! I spent a fair chunk of the afternoon doing this and then this evening I’ve written a few words. 504 on the vampire book. And I must have written a little on the fanfic this morning before work(I was a little sleepy). Only 105 five but hell! It all counts!

I can barely keep my eyes open right now, so I’m off to bed. I’m going to be in editing mode tomorrow and try and get up to date with that.

Good night, all!

8th of September 2020

Good evening folks! I’ve just knocked out a quick 341 words on the rewrite of the fan fiction piece I’ve been messing about with over the last few years.

This was very much just playing. I’ll never publish this anywhere, it’s just for fun and a way to learn more about writing. I’m also not going to work on it over any of my own work. I don’t have story I can just work on for twenty minutes and that’s it. Everything I’ve got ongoing is in the editing process now. So, I had okay time.

#ItCameFromTheDarkness

If you didn’t see my post earlier, I’ve been accepted into a new anthology. You can find the details here.

Essentially I had a chill out after work today. I feel like I needed it and will try and get cracking again tomorrow.

For now though, I’m off to bed.

Have a good one, folks!

New Release Coming Soon!

Good evening folks! I have good news. I’ve had a story accepted for a charity anthology of drabbles (100 word stories).

Here is the blurb:

It Came From the Darkness is a unique collection of drabbles (stories of 100 words exactly) and artwork, compiled by Red Cape Publishing and Philip Rogers 101 PR in aid of the Max the Brave Fund. A huge number of horror writers, poets, artists, and film makers have come together to support the cause and offer the reader something special. Each piece of writing begins with the same five words, but the stories themselves are all wonderfully varied. So dig in, take each tale one bloody bite at a time, and beware of what comes from the darkness.

Includes stories from David Owain Hughes, Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Tim Lebbon, Lou Yardley, Cortney Palm, Lee Franklin, MJ Dixon, Singh Lall, and many, many more.

Cover artwork by David Paul Harris (www.davidpaulharris.com)

Please click this link for the announcement post.

I was very honoured and incredibly flattered to have been invited to submit to this one, and even more so when I got accepted. The Max The Brave Fund is very worthy and I hope we make a nice amount of money for them.

Seriously loving this cover!

The pre-order should be up on the 23rd of October, with a release scheduled for the 30th of October. So please keep an eye out for it, but if you miss it I will be posting about it here. Also, follow the hashtag #ItCameFromTheDarkness on social media to keep up to date as well.

7th September 2020

Evening folks. I’ve just written 490 words and finished the first draft of a short story.

I am absolutely beat after a day of putting furniture together and sorting a lot of the bits and pieces out. Which meant I really wasn’t feeling it but I’m glad I was able to. It tops the day off nicely.

Obviously Raven supervised (she jumped on me to get up there 🙄😂).

With that said, I’m off to bed. Have a good one, folks!

Reading (or lack thereof)

I mentioned my bookcases in my post this morning, and that’s something that I’m not doing well with. Reading.

It has been months since I properly sat down and read anything. Each time I’ve tried I’ve not had the attention span or been able to shut my mind off enough to get immersed properly.

Luckily I’ve had some audiobooks I’ve been listening to on my commute but I need to get back to a point where I’m reading before bed again. That was when I’d really enjoy the act. It would also put me in a good place to be able to sleep better.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

The two books I’ve been reading are Clickers Forever, which is the tribute anthology to J.F. Gonzalez. The other is Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.

I’m further into Clickers Forever than Six Wakes, which I’ve only just started.

Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J.F. Gonzalez

I’m going to dive in hard with these two this week and hopefully I’ll get through the rough and start getting back into the habit and routine of reading again.

Good Morning Monday 7th September 2020

Something I miss doing is writing a blog post first thing on a Sunday morning. I used to get up, make a cup of tea and sit down with my laptop and write a post about the coming day. That was when I had a six day week with set hours. I’d always have Sunday’s off and that was the day of the week where I’d attempt to get a good days work done. Mostly I’d write or edit till midday and then put my feet up for a few hours.

Now, I’m not going to be able to do that today. I’ve got two book cases to put together and another unit that my aunts given me. That’s more of a wall unit though, which I think is going to be really useful. Once those are up then I can start getting bits and pieces on them, in particular my books. Those are squashed onto one at the moment so it’ll be good to get them onto these two where I can get them properly organised (and then I can do the same with blu-rays/dvds.

Max being photogenic (and nosey 🤣)

I am going to be getting words worked on, but I’ve got a lot to be doing around it. So, a busy day ahead.