6th February 2023

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

I’ve had a good weekend with family. But I did manage to get a little writing down first thing yesterday and a little tonight. About 4500 words edited in about an hour or so altogether.

It’s been a good start to the writing month, I’m nearing 8000 words edited with around 500 new words down. Most of those are on a non-fiction piece.

I did also, finally, find a way to get my iMac up and running. It’s been out of acton for a while. What happened was the screen just up and stopped working. Well, it was like someone turned off the screen’s light. You hold a torch to it, you could still see the display. Now, I did do a little googling at the time, and here and there I’d look into it. Although I didn’t go into Apple and speak to someone I did speak to a couple of computer repair shops and they were quite clear in that it just wasn’t cost effective to repair it. The annoying thing was, it would work for a bit and then nothing for months. Eventually I just stored it, having given up on it.

Then, a few weeks ago I got thinking about it again, like could I just not connect it to another screen? Well, back to the googling, and yes. I was searching for the problem previously. This time I was searching for the solution, can I connect my iMac to another screen? After a little digging, all I needed was a thunderbolt connector plugged into a HDMI adaptor. I plugged it into my tv and boom! it worked! I planned to connect it to my old tv which had lost its sound, but the tv had completely died. So I hopped online and ordered a monitor and I’m up and running. The annoying thing is, the damn iMac screen is working perfectly well, at the moment………

Until it does, I’ll run it as a multiscreen set up. It’s strange, a lot of the changes I’ve been making the last couple of years all seem to be coming together. I’ve got better concentration, I’m more at peace in myself. I don’t have so much of the self-hatred running around my head like I used to. It feels good.

Right, I’m off to watch a bit of Orange Is The New Black. Have a good one, folks.

January 2023 Reflections

January wasn’t a bad month, I wrote 5448 words, and edited 51758 words.

I realised I needed a lot more background work on War Child before I can move forward with it. So I decided to go back to Black Blood while I start building what I need to progress on War Child. Because I’ve had a somewhat busy and interesting month I’ve not done as much on War Child, or writing work in general, as I’d have liked. But it’s not been disappointing though, it’s given me time to let War Child simmer nicely, let ideas grow naturally. I think that element has been very helpful in that I haven’t just rushed through it and made a pigs ear out of it all.

The edit on Black Blood is not overly taxing. For the most part it is just going through and taking out any little spelling and grammar errors. This will be my final pass on Black Blood before it’s shelved until I have the money to get it edited. It’s behind Penal Earth in that queue.

Not quite what I was hoping for, but still enjoyed it.

On a personal note, I had some good news which came near the end of the month. I broke out of my fear-built cocoon and got away for a couple of days, I’ll have a post about that soon. I feel like I’ve had some good mental and emotional growth, and have made some interesting self-realised revelations about myself. Which, honestly, I’m still working on figuring out.

Selfie while in Brighton

But I tell you what, it feels good.

29/1/23 -Flash Post

Just a quick tonight, I’ve had a good but busy weekend. Add in a growing head cold I didn’t get a lot of time to write ( mainly cause I fell asleep this afternoon after dropping my little one off). But I managed a quick 2000 words of editing on Black Blood.

This coming week is not especially busy but I’m worried as I’ve struggled with an after work writing routine. So I’m gonna try and correct that this coming week.

26th January 2023

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I had an off day from writing yesterday. Aside from a couple of notes I made for War Child I didn’t get any writing work done.

Tonight I’ve done a little work on Black Blood and earlier in the day I managed to get some work done on War Child. I’ve really bitten off a lot with War Child, but it’s a weird feeling I’ve got at the moment because I feel like I can pull it off. I’ve never really had much confidence in any aspect, so it’s strange for me to be sitting here feeling like this. Like I can do this. It’s kinda scary.

But, it needs that work done. I was thinking I’d smash that draft out and boom, get cracking with book two. But no, it’s going to take a lot of planning. This isn’t like what I’ve worked on before, there’s a lot of moving parts.

Crap, that’s the time. I need to wrap this up and get settled in for the night.

Have a good one, folks!

24th January 2023

Good evening folks, how are we all doing tonight?

I’ve hit a bit of a wall with the short story I was working on, it’s a good idea. But I don’t have a hook for it. I don’t have a story there. It’s an idea and that’s it. This is something I’m beginning to recognise; when an idea is just that. An Idea.

With War Child I’ve taken a small step back with it so I can map out an important part of the story. I can’t screw this up. This story is a lot more complicated than I normally create, as such I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a lot with it. So I need to get it right.

That said, I’ve dived into the final pass of Black Blood. This one is nearly done. I’m not sure there’s much more I can do with it and I imagine most of what I’m going to end up doing with this pass is tidying things up.

This one ain’t too bad ☺️

Right, I’ve got an early start tomorrow and a lot on. So I’m gonna get settled in and start winding down for the night.

Asleep on the job, again 🙄☺️

22/1/23 – Flash Post

I’ve written very little since my last post. I knew I wouldn’t work on anything this weekend but I was planning to get some editing done Friday afternoon once I’d finished work. Unfortunately a non-writing matter cropped up that had to be dealt with. Nothing major, it just took that writing time.

This coming week is a heavy workload one, but I’m looking at my rota and seeing where I ca get some writing done.

I’ve not done bad this month, but have had more off days then I should have done. That’s something to improve on next month.

17th January 2023

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?

Today I’ve edited 7427 words on War Child. I feel like I’m getting my head around what I need to do with this story, structurally but definitely a long way off still.

I will be typing up my thoughts from my recent trip to Brighton soon. It’s had quite an effect on me. First time I really got out on my own for a couple of days. I know it was a step in overcoming fear I’ve let dominate me for a long time, but it’s flicked something in my head that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m working on it though.

The ten day’s I’ve had off come to an end tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine of family, working, friends, and writing. I say routine, but this is me. It’ll likely be all over the place.

Right, I’m gonna watch the end of this movie and then its bed for me.

Have a good one, folks!

Apparently there’s enough room here for her too 🙄

21/1/23 – Flash Post

Good evening all!

Sorry, another flash post today. I’ve got back in the editing swing the last couple of days. Having worked through about 12k words. War child really is going to be a slow burn project. There’s a lot of moving parts I need to pull off so I’m not going to rush it.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie then bed.

Be awesome, everyone!

12/1/23 – Flash Post

I’ve had a good couple of days away, a post about it will be coming soon. I didn’t write a lot, did some prep for continuing with War Child. I think not working on it too much has helped because it’s let some of it simmer a little. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it in the next couple of days.

Right, short and sweet tonight. I need to get to bed. Have a good one, folks!