Sunday 15th October 2017

I haven’t got my word counts close to hand so I can’t say what my numbers for the week are, but they aren’t great.

The last week has felt like it’s flown by; I can’t really recall much about Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday I was at a Write-In and got some good words written. Thursday I was at the cinema to see Blade Runner 2049. Friday evening most of it was getting bits and pieces done for going to Bristol Horror Con yesterday.

I’ve got a lot I’d like to get done today. Outside of writing I’ve got a chicken house to clean out, and I’d really like to swap my bookcase around with my movie library (the bookcase is closer to my TV stand), but I don’t think that’ll happen today. I do want to get a good 1000, 1500 words done today, and get stuck into the outlining for NaNo. I’ve changed my mind (again) and will be doing a second draft of my zombie piece I wrote a few months ago. I think that’s the right piece to be doing, and there will be less prep for it than one of the other options. That’ll give me more time to focus on the WIP and getting that done before NaNo starts.

I enjoyed Blade Runner 2049, but it was too long. If there was half an hour shaved off it then I think I would have enjoyed it more. I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Blade Runner but do have some moments in the film that I find really memorable. I’m not sure there’s much in Blade Runner 2049 that I’ll find iconic. The performances were good and it looked amazing. The sound didn’t work for me. I’ve also seen the storyline before, anyone who saw the Battlestar Galactica reboot has seen it. I will give a shoutout to Dave Bautista, he was really good and showed just how talented an actor he is. Mackenzie Cook was also very good. It was hard to take my eyes off of her when she was on screen. Ana de Armas as Joi was incredibly good as well. She put a lot of heart into the film.

Finally, just a quick few words on Bristol Horror Con. It was a lot of fun. Last year was good, but this one was better. It’s been expanded into a bigger hotel, and I caught a couple of panels and the readings which was so much fun. I caught up with my friends CL Raven, such awesome people. I had a chat with their friend David Davies (From The Shadows Ltd), again. He’s a great dude. I also had a chat with Adam Millard again, again another great fella. His wife is really nice as well. I got a couple of minutes chatting to Tim Lebbon as well, another really cool and nice dude. That’s something that has struck about the couple of Horror cons I’ve been to, everyone is just so nice. When I was younger, and more stupid, I’d be a little wary of people who did live their lives different from mine. But in listening to more metal and ‘alternate’ music and going to cons, and seeing people from the Horror community online I’ve realised that this community is not only amazing, but incredibly welcoming as well. I’ve been to three horror cons now, and each one I’ve felt at home at. Everyone is smiling and having a great time. Cat and Lynx Raven have said a couple of times how great this community is, and they’ve been in it a lot longer than I have. Come next year, I want to get to a few more horror cons next year.

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Good Morning, Sunday 8th October 2017

This last week has not been that productive. I think I hit a bit of burn out earlier in the week, and then I had a couple of nights where I was catching up with friends, but come Friday I was back on it. I had three different stories fighting it out in my head for attention.

The Sparks ebook went up for pre-order over at Amazon, here’s the link.

Sparks is released on the 17th of this month.

I’m really excited about this anthology. There’s some great people involved and all the proceeds go to Resources for Autism. We are having two launch parties for Sparks, one will be in Walsall on the 21st of this month at Southcart Books & Comics at 11am. I will be there. The second is on the 3rd of November at No.84 Tearoom and Eatery at Echo Square, Gravesend. I will definitely be at this one as well, seeing as it’s my hometown.

Sparks Cover

Sparks includes stories by; Ash Hartwell, Calum Chalmers, Em Dehaney, Betty Breen, Peter Germany, Lex Jones, Christopher Law, Dani Brown, Matthew Cash, Mark Cassell, Samantha Hill, CH Baum, Pippa Bailey, GH Finn, and David Court. Sparks is edited by Matthew Cash and Em Dehaney. With the cover by Matt Hill.

Thursday 21st September 2017

Tonight I pretty much hit the end point of the WIP I’ve been working on, the linear end point. I’m planning on adding a number of flashbacks to the story, but before I write those I’m going to do a read through and make a tonne of notes and see what parts feel weak and the little details I want to add in, and most importantly what I want to write in the flashbacks. I’m not going to start those though until I’ve gone through the draft so far and see what additional ideas I come up with.

At the moment the story is about twenty thousand words and I keep thinking it’s a damn sight shorter than I thought it would be. But there are these flashbacks to add, although I don’t know how many of them I’ll end up writing. There will be a lot of detail to add, like a lot of my work it feels like I’ve just written the bare bones of the story, and I need to go back and add the meat. It’s something I’m embracing and figure the more I write (and finish things) the more I’ll end up putting into the story on that first draft. Something I’ve realised with this story is this draft so far I’ve been introduced to the characters and got to know a little about them, and with the second draft I’ll begin to get under their skin a lot more.

It has been a slower week for writing, but I’m happy with what I’ve managed to get down.

Good Morning, Sunday 10-9-17

This last week writing has felt good. I’ve written every day and am finding time to write easily. My word counts for the week are: Sunday-700, Monday-250, Tuesday-600, Wednesday-150, Thursday-1300, Friday-500, and Saturday-1050. Thats a total of 4550 words for the week. Which is 350 up from the week before.

Although I am up on the previous weeks count I did still have a couple of days where the word count was low. I’m not too concerned with the 250 on Monday. I’m thinking that’ll be a good minimum to aim for a day, and some Monday’s just feel a little odd at times. Wednesday was a one off, I hope. Firstly I was suffering with the kidney stone, and secondly we had an additional Write-In at the regular Bluewater meet as one of our small group of regulars is moving away to study and she wouldn’t have been able to make the regular one before she moved. She is really going to be missed as she’s a great person and the Write-Ins won’t be the same without her.

With this WIP I’ve found the words are coming pretty well, but when I sat down to write yesterday evening it took me quite a while to get going. I wrote maybe 100, 120 words that I crossed out as they weren’t right. But I did get going after a little while and had a very decent couple of hours. I ended the session with throwing a huge hurdle in the way of my characters. So I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it in a little while.

I have had a change in mindset recently, I’m really enjoying writing again and am writing in most little moments of time that I find I have. I would like to get into a routine in the evenings though and get to the point where I’m wrapping up my work for the night and then chill out with a movie or a few episodes of TV before a chapter or two of a book, and then bed.

I am not getting up as early as I was, I’m finding I can still get words down when I get up at my normal time. I doubt there’s much difference between getting up earlier or at my normal time when it comes to word counts. What I think is more beneficial is that I’ve got a start for the day. When I get going during my lunch break it’ll be somewhat fresh in my mind what I was looking at when I looked at the WIP in the morning. The trick is finding the right balance. I’m honestly not sure its worth loosing up to an hours sleep in the morning just for a few more words and then feeling extremely drained come the end of the week.

Right, a little tidying and then I can get some words written.

Good Morning, Sunday 27th August

This week hasn’t been productive with writing. Where I’ve done some decorating this last week I’ve not had any time in the evenings to write, not that I was doing a lot in the evenings before this week. That I will be planning to change this coming week. I’m still putting all the stuff back into my room so I think I’ll be spending today and tomorrow sorting that out. I’m a little OCD with a few things and I’d really like to get my movie collection put back into alphabetical order again. I’m going to merge DVDs and Blu-Rays as well. I did have the Blu-Rays on their own but I’d like to have my movie library in proper order.

I will make a little time to write over the next couple of days but once I’ve got my room back into order I’m going to make a concentrated effort to get more words a day written. At the moment I’m only doing at most three hundred words a day and I want to slowly bring that up to the thousand a day mark again. Writing longhand takes a little longer for me but hopefully it’ll be a better draft.

I did have some good writing related news last week that I’m really excited about and will share soon.

I’m looking forward to getting back into a little more of a regular routine this coming week. Between decorating and being a man down at work (colleague on vacation), this last week has been a busy one. So a little normality will be nice.

Good Morning, Sunday 13th August

This week I’ve written 2250 words on the new project. That breaks down to 750 Last Sunday, 450 on Monday, 350 on Tuesday, 450 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday, 250 on Friday, and 0 yesterday (in my defence I did try to write late on last night but the cat interfered). Not much of an excuse but it was gone eleven that I decided to write last night.

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Here’s the evidence 😉 

The last few weeks have felt busy. The day job is always busy, so there’s not much of a change there. Outside of work though I’ve had a few more evenings than normal when I’ve been away from home, and at times when I’ve not been feeling especially well. I have a kidney stone, which although not the most dire of problems, when it hurts, it hurts!

So writing in the evenings just hasn’t seemed like a possibility. I did have one night this week where I was working on edits on a short story but the rest of the week seems to have been just having enough time to eat and bathe and then it was nearing bed time. When I think about it, it feels like the last few weeks have felt like that.

I am writing by hand now, and although I am a little slower with a pen than tying I don’t think I’m as much slower as I think I am and I think I’ll be able to still get to the 1000 words a day if I can get some writing done in the evenings as well as my lunch breaks.

Monday 7th August 2017

Just a quick post to end the day. I wrote 450 words on the new project during my lunch break and chilled out a little this evening while I typed up notes for the second draft of my zombie story.

I’m going to give it a couple of days then I’ll get stuck into that again and see how it comes out. I’d like to avoid a full rewrite and look at each scene as I go and add scenes as and where they’re needed.

I’ve got a Write-In on Wednesday, and a few other things I’ve got to do this week. So I’m not sure how much I’m going to get done but I’m aiming to make the most of the time that I do have.