17th October 2019

Good evening, folks. It’s been a busy week so far, but I have got a few words written. Granted it’s not as many as I’d have liked but it’s still words down. It’s not that many words as much of it is editing. Today is a good example. I wrote 334 on CS1 over yesterday and today, but edited three or four chapters. So words were taken out while others were added.

I do have to keep reminding myself that even if I don’t hit a 1000 words a day I’m still making progress as I’m editing. It’s a key part of the process that I know a lot of writers despise, but it’s something I don’t mind. It’s all part of getting a book from start to finish. It needs to be done.

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with the ending of CS1 just yet. I’ve got two options I can go in, I just have no idea at the moment which way to go with it. At the moment I think I’ll do what I’ve done in the pass and see where it goes while I’m working on it.

NaNoWriMo preparation is moving slowly but I’ve got enough to get me going and then rolling if I get stuck. I’m going for the same method last year of short stories and novellas. So when I do get stuck on one, which will happen, I can hop over onto another one. This worked well for me last year, and I think it’ll work for me nicely this year. Although I’m not planning for NaNoWriMo 2020 just yet I think I will go back to a single story then. I’ve got a few ideas in mind for what I’m going to have a go at.

Right, it’s almost my bedtime so I’m calling it a night. Have a good one folks!

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13th October 2019

Evening folks, just a quick post tonight. I’ve not been writing as consistently as I’d like, but have written 1086 tonight on CS1.

From this coming week on I’m going to focus on getting words down and build myself up to about 1500 words a day, so when NaNo starts it’s not too much of a push to get the 1667 a day.

Right, I’m going to get off here. Tomorrow’s a new day and time for new words

9th of October 2019

Evening, folks. I am super knackered tonight. It’s been a long but decent day where I wrote 1472 words on the fan fiction piece.

I was planning on getting back to CS1 but I just needed to write today. Going to the Write-In tonight was good. It was low-key tonight but still good. I got a good few words written then and during my lunch break. I also did some minor NaNo planning this evening as well. I’ve got a couple of ideas that have really tickled my fancy so far, but until I start writing them it’s hard to know which ones will take off.

Audiobook wise I listened to Armand Rosamilia’s Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer today. This is a rare occasion where I’d forgotten that I’d read this one already. Within ten minutes or so I’d realised that I knew the story, but it was still damn good listening to it. I recall liking the way it was put together. I hadn’t come across anything like it before and it serves as a real nice little taster for what Armand Rosamilia has in store for this series (it’s one of his Dying Days books). I am looking forward to checking out more of these in the coming months.

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Although I’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks recently I really need to get my head into a book again soon. I’ve got Appetite by Anita Cassidy that I started recently that I’m going to dive into. This isn’t my normal genre but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been to numerous Write-in’s with Anita and she is a fantastic human being who has been good to me over the years and I’m so pleased to see her doing well.

Right folks, time to call it a night. I’m going to read a little of Appetite and then get to bed. Have an awesome one, everybody!

8th of October 2019

Hi folks! I don’t know what I’ve written today because I haven’t had time to count the numbers, and I can say the same for yesterday.

But I am writing. I’m getting words down and trying to build that consistency. I’d like to get back into CS1 and get back on track with that, though. What I’ve worked on the last two days had been the fanfic piece. Tomorrow I am at a write-in so I’m hoping I can have a look to see where I am on that and get stuck in again.

I had planned to get some writing done this evening before picking my partner up, but something out of my control stopped that. It’s something doesn’t affect me aside from the fact it made my journey three times longer than normal. I don’t get pissed off at these things. Especially in this case someone has reportedly died. But I saw instances of other drivers getting frustrated and tempers flared. Not many years ago I might have fallen into that category. Now though, life is far too short to be angry over things which are out of our control. Especially when there’s tragedy involved.

I’m going to wrap it there, folks. I need food and some chill out time.

13th of September 2019

Good evening folks, I’m just writing a quick post tonight. It’s been a bit of a slow week with writing. I’ve had a busy non-writing week, and I think the weekend is going to be like that as well.

I did attend A write-in on Wednesday, and have another one Sunday which is a bit of a surprise one but I’m looking forward to it. I will admit to being a touch wiped out today. I hit a wall of exhaustion about 3pm and psyched myself up and cracked on with the last few hours of the working day. Then I came home and cleaned the henhouse out because I won’t have time over the rest of the weekend.

I’ll admit to flailing a lot the last couple of weeks. I’ve got to get back on the wagon as it were. I’ve finished reading through CS1 and have a few ideas of what I want to add. I have been writing a few words on the fan fiction piece but if I’m honest I feel a little like I’m adrift as opposed to having my sails out and picking up the wind. I need to sit down and really figure out the details of what I want to do exactly with CS1. I do have ideas, I have notes scattered everywhere. I need to collect them all and put them into one file and figure out where they need to go.

This was meant to be a short post….. but hey! It’s me!

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The things I have to do to stop senior kitty Dizzy eating my power cable.

 

Good Morning, Sunday 8th of September 2019

Good morning folks. I’ve not done a lot of writing the last couple of days. I did write 668 on the fanfic I started last week but yesterday was just one of those days where I couldn’t find the time to get anything done.

Friday night I went with my girlfriend and my buddy Stefan (Stefan’s Daily Gaming) and his partner to see IT Chapter 2. It was really good. I think I liked the first of the two films a little better but as a whole its a good story and I like what they’ve tweaked from the book. I know with adaptations you’ll never be able to hit all the notes a book does but I think with this one they’ve got it spot on. For me these films aren’t scary, I like them but they don’t make me squirm in my seat, and there wasn’t any real jump scares that got me with this one. I’m not taking anything away from the two movies, horror is very subjective as we all fear different things and although I love these films, they don’t rattle me like The VVitch and The Ritual did. I think I’ve learnt with Horror movies in particular that if I re-watch them they don’t get to me, but if I don’t then they’ve had an impact on me.

Right, back to writing. I’m going to spend the bulk of the day editing on CS1 one with the odd dive into the fanfic piece. I’ve got a lot of work to do with the opening of CS1 which I think will follow through with the rest of the book, but we’ll see.

I just want to wrap up by talking about a couple of audiobooks I’ve been listening to. Firstly the first three books of Chuck Buda‘s Son of Earp series of supernatural westerns. I’ve really enjoyed these three books, and I never thought I’d say that about a western! but Buda has spun me around on them. They’re about the teenage son of the legendary Wyatt Earp and he’s life as he tried to become the man he wants to be. Well worth checking out.

The cover for book three of Chuck Buda’s Son of Earp series, Summoner of Souls.

The other one I want to talk about is Dirty Deeds by Armand Rosamilia. This one is a crime thriller about a man who is paid to kill children, but there’s a twist to what he does. I really liked this one. Rosamilia manages to craft a really deep story dealing with a really dark topic while keeping a good sense of humour in it. If you like your crime thrillers, please check it out.

The cover for Armand Rosamilia’s Dirty Deeds.

That’s it for now. I’m off to get some writing done.

4th of August 2019

Good evening. I went to the Write-In today and wrote 1706 words. Very happy with that. I then cleaned a henhouse out when I got home, and chilled out before dinner. After that I made some edit notes on a short story and submitted it to an anthology. My first submission for quite some time, fingers crossed.

Words wise I’ve written 825 on Monday, 1443 on Tuesday, 0 on Wednesday, another 0 on Thursday, on Friday I wrote 130 on one story and 309 on another while yesterday I wrote 0, and today I’ve knocked out 1706 words. That’s a total of 4413 for the week. For three zero word days I’m pretty darn happy about that. Next week I’d love to be hitting the 5k mark.

Right, I’m going to finish this episode of Orange is the New Black and then dive into a book. My reading has been crap this year and I need to pick up the pace again.