Good Morning, Sunday 9th of May 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

Yesterday I ended up with a little over 1000 words, but as I was driving to work I’ve realised I need to put more tension and suspense into it. I think it’s a good foundation so far but I need that sense of uncertainty unknown into it. I think I can write the logistics of a scene well, but I need to add in that fear element. This sequence is one of the characters not knowing what is going on, and I need to make sure the reader gets that, and the risk factor in this part of the story.

That is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, working on the atmospherics of a story. I think some of my writing is a little too clinical and I’m not happy about that. I’m not sure how I can do this, but it’s something I’m thinking out.

Today, I’m going to have a busy one. No work, and I’ve got my great aunt coming over for dinner (we’re her bubble) and I’m looking forward to seeing her. I do want to get a good thousand words written well.

So, time to get cracking! Have a good one, folks!

I watched The Running Man the other night ☺️

Good Morning, Saturday 8th Of May 2021

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing today?

I’m up and ready to get some words wrangled. I don’t have a lot of time before getting off to work today so I’m going to try and make the most of it.

I added a few more words to Black Blood last night because I was laying in bed watching Predator and then Doom and this part of the sequence I’m working on kept popping up. So I did a little work with it and will continue this morning.

Short and sweet this morning, I’ve got a couple of hours to play so let’s see what I can get done.

7th of May 2021

Good morning, folks!

How are we all doing today? I overlaid and instead of having three and half hours to write, I had an hour and a half. I managed 698 words in that time, which I’m happy about. I’m liking focussing just on this part of the story. It’s making it feel a lot less intimidating than addressing the whole story. It’s nice being able to scroll up and add and adjust elements to the sequence as I’m writing, it’s just a lot easier to navigate. Scrivener does a good job of making it easy as a rule, but I’ve got to get better at organising and remembering what is where.

Although I haven’t written much this month I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming. As of this moment I’ve got four different stories that I’ve thrashing ideas out on. This feels a little excessive, but these four stories are the ones taking to me, so they’re the ones that are getting a little bit of time here and there.

Right, I’m out of time. So I’m gonna wrap it here.

I hope y’all are all doing well and keep pushing towards your goals!

Note books and The Running Man

5th of May 2021

Howdy folks, how are we all doing today?

I’ve had a busy week or so, so I’ve not done any writing this month really. Okay, I’ve done no writing this month at all. I have watched some sea life documentaries, though. I’ve kinda falling into a black hole of these but in a good way. It’s all prep for the mermaid rewrite story thats in the preparation stage. It’s spurred on a lot of ideas and I’m sure I’m picking up knowledge of things that I haven’t realised now but will make it into the story. Even as I’m writing this post I’ve had to stop and make notes on it!

To today though, I’m going to be working on Black Blood. I’m going to be editing this one soon but I’ve got to rewrite a sequence that I think will give the story a nice kick.

Which is what I’m off to do! Have an awesome day, folks!

Good Morning 29th April, 2021

Good morning folks, how are we all doing today?

I’ve had a couple of writing off days this week but am back on it today. I think I can get this edit off Penal Earth wrapped up today, which’ll be super is I can as I’ve got Black Blood scenes that I know I need to add clawing at my brain for attention.

I’m still getting used to my new desk set up. It’s nice having that extra space to have my laptop but I need to get used to it. I do like having the space to just push my laptop backwards when I’m not using it and not off to one side so I can write with a pen etc. I still make a lot of notes by hand, and am getting back into the habit of brainstorming with pen and paper.

Speaking of brainstorming, I’ve been working on a rewrite for a short story I wrote years ago. At first I thought it would be a few elements added to fill it out a little, but now it’s growing and I think it’s more novella/novel length story. So I’m seriously considering this being my NaNoWriMo project for this year. Yeah I said it, NaNoWriMo! (You ready for it this year *Chuck?). It’s never too early for me to start preparing for NaNoWriMo. I’ve found when I’ve got a novel for NaNo I need to be prepared for it. So that’s what I’m doing. (side note, I’m out of tea!!!!!!!!!).

I am going to get some words wrangled now. I’d like to have my writing done by midday as I’ve got bits and pieces to do in the garden with my dad and then a few other non-writing bits like tidying and so forth. I do have an appointment via phone this morning so it may be more 1pm that I aim to be finished with the words for the day.

Right, I hope you all have a fantastic day!

*in joke.

Good Morning, 27th April 2021

Good morning, folks, how are we all doing?

After some busy days I’ve got a lot to get done this morning. I’m going to spend half an hour editing after I’ve written this post and then it’s to work on other bits and pieces before midday.

I’ve already got a lot done, so it’s been productive so far.

This morning I have finally taken my desktop off my desk. It’s barely been working for months now and until I’ve got the money to get it looked at (which will be some time), it’s just taking up space. So I’m going to pop it into a cupboard until then. It is frustrating as its a good desktop and when it is working I use it a lot, but its not and I do still have the laptop so it’s not like it’s stopping me from working.

Right, that’s it for now. I’m going to crack on and see how much I can get done.

I hope y’all have a great day 🙂

Good Afternoon, Sunday 25th April 2021

Hey folks, How are we all doing?

I have edited 10464 words on Penal Earth today. At the moment it’s more continuity, grammar and spelling, and searching for plot holes that I’m working on, but I think come the next edit of this one it’s going to be more about making the writing better, and getting depth of story and character into it. I know there are scenes where I can do better and as a general element I can make the writing better. There is still the odd scene that was written almost a decade ago, and I’ve come a long way since then.

I didn’t get anything done on Black Blood. I burnt myself out with Penal Earth today. I worked, then took a few hours off and when I sat back down, I just didn’t have the oomph.

For the rest of the day I’ve got a stack of bits and pieces to do. I’m going to sit down and write a to-do list of lots of little bits and pieces I’ve been meaning to do for a while and still haven’t got around to them. The problem is they’re nothing vitally important, mainly just filling a few bits and tidying up a wall unit. Nothing that’s going to take a lot of time, and will tidy the place up. I just need to remember to do it and make a little time to get it done.

Right, I’m wrapping this up now. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

Although this little lady is becoming quite an affectionate kitty, she still has to sit right in the way!

Good Morning, Sunday 25th Of April, 2021

Howdy folks, how are we all doing this morning?

I was feeling groggy but motivated, and in a half decent mood. I watched Zach Snyder’s Justice League last night and I’m hyped about that, but then I opened up Twitter and saw anti-covid restriction protesters were comparing lockdown restrictions to that of the Holocaust. I’m pissed by this, but I’m not going to let such pathetic, ignorant, selfish people taint my day. I have a purring kitty on my lap, a cuppa tea, and some good music playing. I’m good.

To today! I’m going to get a load of editing done. I’m going to do a little writing on Black Blood (re-writing part that I want to expand on), set out my planner for the next week (hopefully sticking to it better next week), and then I’m not sure.

I’ve got a few days off next week so I’m tempted to push through and get Penal Earth edited and then let it sit for another few weeks before the next edit pass. I do want to look up some anthology calls and see if anything triggers ideas at all.

Right, to work! I hope y’all have an awesome day 🙂

Good Afternoon, 23rd of April 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing?

I’ve had a quiet week writing, I didn’t get anything done the early part of the week and managed 633 on a scene for Black Blood. This afternoon, after running an errand this morning, I’ve edited 16539 on Penal Earth. I start at about 1pm and finished about twenty minutes ago at 3:30pm. I’d set myself a target to have writing stuff done by 4pm, so I think I’ve done well today.

This is a short post today, I’m finished writing for the day and have bits and pieces to do and then an early night I think.

Have an awesome one folks!

Toothless wasn’t like this last night, I have no evidence but Raven’s the main suspect!

Good Afternoon, 18th April 2021

Hey folks, 2770 edited on Penal Earth, the prep work I mentioned earlier is done, and next weeks writing writing rota is done. Now, I’m going to do some low impact bits and pieces and chill out a little.

I’ve not got a lot more I want to add for today. It’s just one of those days where I’ve got done what I wanted with writing and am looking forward to seeing how much of my targets I get done next week.

Today’s edits did include a scene that when I wrote it first time I had to walk around my garden for like half an hour, and each time I’ve edited it since I’ve had to take a moment. Today. It made me flinch and squirm a little but I didn’t need a break after that scene. I haven’t gutted the harshness from it, didn’t even change anything on it today, but I’ve read that scene so many times now I think I’ve become numbed to it!

Right, that said. I’m off. I hope you’re all having a pukka day!