Good Evening, 2nd August 2020

Good evening folks! How’s everyone doing tonight?

It won’t be a long post tonight. I haven’t edited but I did write 104 words on the drabble story, yes that’s 4 words over the 100 max it’s meant to be and there’s elements to the story I want to add, but that’s what editing is for.

This week I’m going to be looking at setting myself some targets. Something a little more short term as opposed to the next eighteen months that I’ve been thinking about the last few days.

I do have a lot going on in my personal life that I’m not going to go into detail here. Those things are driving my writing though, more than it’s ever been driven before. Yes, I need to focus again. But I’m getting there. This coming week I’m going to look at the time I have and what time I can give to writing and try and make the most of that time.

The anthologies I’ve been published in 🙂

Good Evening, 1st 0f August 2020

I’ve got the emails worked through. I got those five chapters edited, which is 13678 words worked through. I didn’t get the drabble written. I kept looking at it but although I’ve got an idea I haven’t found a way to get it rolling yet. So I’m going to let it simmer for a couple of days and see what it says to me.

It was a real slow burn day. I’m still struggling to get up to the speed I used to be at.

A coupe of numbers for you: Last month I wrote 3626 words and edited 39962 words. The end of August I’ll be reporting different numbers, better numbers.

Good Morning, 1st of August 2020

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

I’m going to try and get a few bits and pieces done today. I’ve got a tonne of emails to work my way through. I’m tired of seeing so many emails in the inbox and it means I’m missing emails I need to be dealing with in good time.

So thats one goal.

I’m also going to be editing. I’m making okay progress with this main edit, which is Penal Earth, so I’m going to aim for a good day with that one. Last night I said I was going to try for one chapter done today, but I’ve had a change of plans so I’ve got a lot more time to make the most of. So I’m going for five chapters today. It feels a little intimidating, but I’m going for it.

That’s another goal.

My working space for the day.

Finally I’ve got a drabble to write to submit to an anthology I’ve been invited to. When I got this invite it made my day, it’s super flattering but also hits my ego a little. Although I have a lot of insecurities I do have an ego, it might not be that big but it’s there. It’s also a big challenge to write a drabble. A hundred word story takes a certain skill, and thankfully I do have experience with these flash fiction pieces. I’ve got a number of stories in the anthology 84 Stories 84 Words which are all stories which have only 84 words in. So having a hundred to play with is almost a luxury! But still a challenge. I’m looking forward to it, it’s something I can get my teeth stuck into and hopefully have some fun with it.

That’s three goals. Let’s see how I do at the end of the day.

31-7-2020

I got 2674 words edited before going to work today, which was one chapter. Tomorrow I’ll aim to get another chapter done.

I’m trying to keep it as simple as that at the moment. And aim of one chapter at a time doesn’t feel overwhelming, and if I get rolling then I might get more done.

I am trying to figure out a plan, but I’m in the early stages of that right now

Short and sweet tonight. I’m exhausted and my bed is calling.

Have a great weekend, folks!

Good Morning, 31st of July 2020

It is 7:46am and I’m up and have a cup of tea and a laptop on my lap. I had planned to have a lay in but my back decided to scupper that idea, yeah….. I’m getting old!

But anyway, nothing worked on yesterday. After work I had errands to run and a couple of phone calls to make and then, and yeah I’m gonna say it, I binge watch the new Transformers series on Netflix. I needed a little downtime as well if I’m honest. I needed to shut down for a few hours, and although I didn’t get lost into the series as I’d have liked to of done I did a little, and that took a little pressure off me. Even if it was just for a few moments it helped.

I’m feeling pumped at the moment. I feel like I’m getting back into the rhythm of getting writing done. I still need some more focus and start thinking forward a little. I vaguely know what I’m going to be doing in the next few months but I need to start trying to figure out a plan going forward. What do I want from the next eighteen months? How the hell do I even figure out how to plan that out? It’s something I’ve been thinking on, and will until I have an answer.

This next few months are very vital to where I want my writing to be. I need to figure my track out and get on it and know where I want to be and what I’ve accomplished in, say eighteen months time. I need to work out what I’m capable of achieving in that time.

I have no idea how to do that, I’m taking to a few people. Seeing what guidance I can get and formulating a plan from there.

That’s a wrap, folks. I’m going to get cracking with my day. Have a good one folks.

(If you want an idea of how my mind is a little scattered at the moment, how I’m struggling to keep focus then look at the time stamp at the start of the post, and it’s now 9:28am).

29/7/2020

Good evening folks! Today has been one which started early and in some respects flew by. At other times it’s dragged on, but not by much. Overall it’s been a good day.

I edited two chapters, which works out at 2770 words. I think I’m getting in the swing of it now. It feels like I’m getting the words a lot tighter and hopefully more smooth to read.

I also figured out how to track how much I’m editing as well. And it’s a really simple solution I should have figured out a long time ago. It’s honestly as simple as adding keeping track of how many words I’ve edited. So today is the first day I’m tracking it but I’ve gone back and looked at what I’ve edited this month already and have added it to my records.

Yes, I know the 21st is missing, it’s not now. This is the template I was updating.

I still feel like I’m going slow, but I’d rather it be quality than just okay. I know it can be better, an editor will tear it apart but it’s a learning process for me. The more I do it, the quicker and more efficient it’ll be.

Without going into details, life isn’t fun at the moment. I’m not saying this for sympathy or excuses. I’m saying it because it affects writing. Writing is what I’m doing outside of work to focus my attention on something that I can control. I can dictate my direction. Yes, there are things outside of my control but I can control more of that then much else in my life at the moment. Work is good, writing is getting better day by day.

28/7/2020

Gooooooood evening, folks! I’ve slowly edited two chapters over the last few hours. Concentration is still something I’m struggling with. I’ve got busy week coming up but I’ve two clear days next week and I’m going to try and get rolling nice and early those days and get a mornings worth of work done each day.

Today’s edits weren’t bad. Some of it is just bog standard stuff where I’m tightening sentences up. I think the story is okay at the moment but this project is one that I’m going to go hard on in the next few months and make sure it’s as clean as I can get it.

With CL Raven. This is one of my favourite pictures. These two ladies have become great friends and supporters of me and my work.

I’m going to try and change a few things when it comes to sleep. I need more of it, after months of getting very little it’s time I did something to change it. So I’m going to make sure I’m done with writing by 9pm, and TV off by ten. Then read for half an hour and then head down. Especially on a work night. I love my day job and want to make sure I’m on top of my game with it.

I’m wrapping it up for the night. Time to chill out a little before bed.

Have a good one folks!

27/7/2020

Good evening, folks. A very quick post tonight as it’s getting late and I have an early start.

I’ve had a busy day. A morning of phone calls and reading and doing work for a personal matter that doesn’t need to be talked about here in detail. This afternoon, through evening I did slowly edit three chapters of a novel. From here on out I’m going to aim for a chapter edited a day, with a stretch goal of three chapters a day.

I’m gonna wrap it there. I’d like to do a little reading before bed and get back into the habit of reading before lights off.

Have fun, everyone!

26-7-2020

No writing, no editing done today. I’m past tired. I’m going to watch a movie then bed. Tomorrow, I’m going to go for it. At least three chapters edited during a day where I’ve got calls to make, and a couple of appointments.

A short post tonight, so here’s a picture of senior kitty Dizzy playing like a kitten.

25-7-2020

Good evening, folks! How’s everyone’s Saturday been? I got a chapter edited this morning. It was close but I managed to get it all done by the time I was out of time.

The fact that I pushed myself through to get it done pleases me. The last few days, weeks, I would have stopped halfway through. I didn’t even realise I did that until this evening after I’d got home.

I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone that reads, likes, and comments on my blog. A thank you to everyone who had ‘Liked’ and shared from my Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who follows me on Twitter, and those who like and retweet my tweets. And a thank you to all my followers, and those who like my posts on Instagram. Links to all of those are on the right hand side of my blog.

Have a good evening, folks!