Good Morning, Sunday March 15th 2020

Good Morning, folks! This will be a slightly different post to what I normally put up simply because it’s not going to have much about writing in it.

We’re in a state of uncertainty at the moment with the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Now, I’ve not been directly affected by it. Aside from some silly memes on social media and a few conversations I’ve not been affected by it. I have loved ones who fall into the high risk category and this concerns me. What happens if we have to go on a lockdown also worries me. There are few people I know who don’t live pay packet to pay packet. What happens to our finances if that happens?

I look at what’s going to happen to the emergency services, which in the UK is already a part of government that is understaffed and overworked. They’ll be pushed even harder and for much longer.

What happens to getting food to people? Will a lockdown allow people to leave to shop? Will the shops have to have police or even military presence to make sure things stay under control. Are they contingencies to ration? (like seriously people, the first sign of an emergency situation and we start hoarding? we did a shop the other day and just did a normal shop and I know other people are doing the same. We don’t need to panic buy, just be sensible) Sorry, I’ll try not to rant any more this post.

It is something that I feel like we as individuals needs to start thinking about. Both rationing of things like food and of money. I don’t need to go out and spend anything today. All I’ll be doing is using a little fuel from my car and thats about it. That said, it could all be over in a few weeks. We might not have to go on lockdown, but I’d like to be hearing from governments what’s going to happen if we have to, and I’d like to hear more about how they’re going to make sure we as a society don’t fall apart in the meantime.

Lots of food for thought at the moment, on the plus side I am getting a few words down and this story I’ve been working on this year is nearing completion of the first draft.

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I’ve just finished The First Cut by Chuck Buda. If you like your horror with blood and sex then I’d recommend looking this one up 🙂 

I’ll end this post with yes, it says good morning but I posted in the afternoon. And that I’m not an expert with anything I’ve said today. These were just some thoughts that I’ve been having the last few days.

12th of March 2020

Good evening, folks! I’m just pulling in with a quick little post. I’m nearing the end of the story I’ve been working on this year. It’s about 26k at the moment and I think I’ve got a couple more thousand words to go but as always, I don’t know. I’m hoping the ending is going to be pretty epic, I know roughly what I want to write but again, as always, I don’t know. The story could go off in its own direction once I get stuck in.

I’m thinking about the next project. I’ve got two older ones that I really want to whip into shape this year. At the moment I don’t have much time to write, but hopefully that’s going to change at some point. I really hope I’ve got a good idea how how to approach these two pieces now. Something I tend to be lazy about doing is reading what I’ve already written and making notes and so on. I’m going to do this when I get stuck into the two projects, and hopefully do it right.

There was another submission call I sat for a smaller published that I’d love to work for but I think I might be pushing my luck to get a story for the anthology done in time. I need to look up the deadline for submissions on that one.

Okay, so this wasn’t as quick a post as I was expecting (it his happens more than I’d like to admit!). Life is busy and I’ve got a lot going on, but I’m still knocking out a few words and have plenty on my mind when it comes to writing.

Some notebook porn for all who stop by.

Sunday, 16th February 2020

Good afternoon folks. A quick little update this afternoon. I wrote 1245 words today. I started off doing some Mando Methods but on the third I got carried away and wrote somewhere in the region of 700 words.

That’s about it for the day, folks. I’ll leave off here with a link to my Amazon page. It’s got all five of the anthologies I’ve been published in there and I’d be grateful for anyone checking them out.

My plans for the next year or so are changing but I’m still getting words down and thinking about what I want to get done.

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Good evening, folks! Let’s get straight into it shall we? This month I’ve written 4824 words. I need to step up to try and get to my 500 words a day average but I’ve lost a little writing time each day so I need to compensate and find time to make that up.

The story I’m working on started out as a short story that was about something totally different to where it’s gone, but there are times we have to flow with the story. It makes me think of some TV episodes. The Simpsons especially. They’d start off with an episode where Bart gets obsessed with a yoyo and events lead to Mrs Krabappel confiscates it and gives Bart detention (by the way, I had a school assembly where people came in with Yoyo’s to impress and take our cash when I was at school in the 80’s). This leads to Bart sneaking into Mrs Krabappel’s desk to retrieve the yoyo and he finds a dating column that his teacher had posted. Futurama did this a lot as well. But it’s what I’ve ended up doing with this story in a way. The only difference is I started off with the intention to tell one story but didn’t even get into the meat of that one before I went off in a totally different direction. It’s a direction I’m really happy with and can see things slowly coming together.

It also started off as a short story and is now over 16k words. I’m not sure where it’s going to top out at but as usual, my gut is saying it’ll be about 30k.

Again, tomorrow I’m going to try and write a thousand words. I’m tempted to start working on another story as when I’m jumping to and throw between pieces I seem to get more done, but we’ll see.

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My self pimping for today is for the Under The Weather anthology from Burdizzo Books and Back Road Books. This is one of my favourite stories I’ve written. I just let myself go and had a lot of fun with it. The story, The Snow, is about a man who goes to collect his wife from work in a shopping centre as a vicious snow storm hits. When they go to leave things begin to go very wrong.

There are a lot of other amazing stories in this collection to, including one that still freaks me out to this day (try to guess which!), and I’d be super grateful for anyone checking it out. Here’s the link. It’s also the first of my work that’s been made into audio which thrilled me big time.

A Slow Start To February

We’re eight days into the month now and I’ve not written many words this month. Mainly this is due to restriction on my writing time but also I’ve had plenty of things going on outside of writing at the moment that is taking up time.

I’m waiting on hearing back on a short story I submitted last month while also waiting on getting beta notes back on a short story for an anthology I was invited to submit to.

Something I’m finding at the moment is I’m having some damn good ideas for long-term projects. A few little pieces are slotting into place and when I come back to them I think I’m going to have a lot of fun, as well as the words flowing nicely.

Tomorrow I’m going to make time to write around a few things I’ve got to do, I’d love a 1000 word day.

A picture of me at the book launch of 84 Stories 84 Words. This collection of micro stories is work that myself and members of a writing group I was a part of (as well as a few contributions from non-members). This was a lot of fun working on these eighty-four word stories and the launch party was a roaring success! You can check it out on Amazon here.

 

18th of January 2020

Good afternoon folks! I’ve just done my final edit pass of a short story and sent it off to beta readers. I’m hoping to have it submitted within a week of them returning it to me.

I’ve got another one tomorrow that I’m going to try and get done as well. Then next week it’s back to the day job.

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve shared a few posts linking to podcasts today, and in the past. These are all podcasts from The Project Entertainment Network. I listen to the ones I share and am a big believer in the network. They’re creating good content and when I’m enjoying something I’ll do my best to spread the word. The same goes for the other post I’ve Re-blogged today from my friends CL Raven. They are two of the finest human beings on the planet. I’m so glad I met them and they’ve become friends and it makes me happy seeing them doing well.

I’m going to leave it there. It did feel good getting some work done this afternoon. Next week I’ll be getting back into the story I’ve been working on. It’s meant to be a short story but I’m not sure how long it’s going to stay in that category.

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Here’s the cover of the third anthology I was published in, Under The Weather. You can buy it in paperback, kindle and audio. There’s some great names in this anthology and its well worth checking out!

5th of January 2020

Good evening on this first Sunday of the new year. Also, my first list of the new year which will be a quick little update.

I’ve finished the first drafts of two short stories in the last couple of weeks. I’ve done one edit pass of one and will start on the second tomorrow.

It’s been a bit of a slow start to writing this year, well that’s how it feels. I’ve got a lot going on in life at the moment and writing is getting done as and when I have a few moments. That said, I’ve managed to get words down the last few days and I’d like to think my word count for this year isn’t too bad so far.

I think the trick for the next few months is going to be getting words in when I can.

That’s it for now though. I am going to try and get into some sort of a routine with blogging again but we’ll see how the next few weeks go.