Good Afternoon, 13th April 2022

Howdy folks!

Today I have written about 1600 words on a short story. Added the new ending to the zombie book, and done background work on Penal Earth. I’ve also spoken to a publisher about a couple of ongoing projects that unfortunately seem to be on hold at the moment, and I’m about to look up some submission calls.

I need more days like this! I easily have the time, but my own self-doubt and anxiety get in my own way. It’s not even imposter syndrome, it’s just me self-sabotaging out of fear of the unknown. I need to get out of my own way and just do it! I know I can, I know I’ve got good stuff to get out into the world. So let’s stop fucking about and do it!

Okay, rant over. I’m off to play some GTAV while I wait for a phone call.

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, a dream you’ve had, just go for it!

Raven ‘helping’ 🤣

Flash Post- 7/4/22

Good afternoon, folks!

I wrote 808 words today on typing up a short story that I’d already written. I do need to get stuck into sorting out the final draft of the zombie book but I’d like a little more time then I had this morning to get cracking with it.

Off to work now, have an awesome one!

Good Morning, 6th of April 2022

Hey folks! How are we all today? I’m awake, have had breakfast and have a cuppa tea waiting to be demolished and am about to get some writing done

I’ve got afternoon/evening shifts this week, which is unusual for me. I tend to be in early morning to get produce put out. It’ll be a nice change but it’s also going to take a little rethinking when it comes to writing and other elements of my life. I’m going to try and be a little more organised and hope I can still get down what I normally do when I’m doing my normal morning shifts.

So, today I’m going to get this post done and then get some more of this short story typed up and then ready for work.

I’m not word wrangling as I’d like to be at the moment. I’m figuring out why I get so demoralised as I do at times, but figuring it out isn’t fixing it. It’s a step in the right direction but it’s not fixing it. I am getting there though.

Right, I’ve rambled enough for today.

I hope you all have an amazing day!

Good Evening – 5th April 2022

Howdy folks, how are we all doing?

I’ve had a few days off from writing but got 596 words today as I begin typing up one of the short stories I wrote earlier this year. I was going to start the final pass on zombie book, I need to add the rewritten ending but I got intimidated by it but will get stuck in soon. Sometimes I need to let myself process something like this. It’s kind of like my brain needs to retrieve the information I’ve got stored about this project and I can start working out what I need to do before I dive in.

Majestic kitty!

I’ve not done much work on my Ko-Fi page but it’s still moving forward. I’ll be having membership open but it’s not quite ready yet.

I have been managing to read a little the last few days and hopefully that’s a good start to getting back into the swing of things with reading.

Right, I’ll leave you with the short film Serial Pensioner that the fantastic Leah Solmaz created that’s based on my short story of the same name.

28th March 2022-Flash Post

Good evening folks, 200 words on the anthology sub short story today. This evening I was at a write-in. It was only a small turn out tonight, just three of us and we did no writing whatsoever, but we did have a fantastic conversation that was really engaging and thought provoking.

Good Morning, March 26th 2022

Howdy, folks! How are you all doing this morning?

It is a gorgeous morning here in the South East of England, so obviously I’ve been sat at my desk, in my pjs and dressing gown writing. I’m off to work this afternoon and knew I wanted to get some words written. This I’ve done, 1393 all in all and I’ve finished typing up the ending of the zombie book. The next stage is transferring it to the main file, then do my final pass. In that pass I’m looking at just a few minor tweaks. There will be one larger addition to the first part of the story that will give a character a lot more depth and motivation. That will only be a couple of lines though and is the largest tweak that this final pass will have. Then it’ll be off to my editor for her to give it a final pass to make sure I’ve not left any really stupid grammatical errors or plot holes with this new ending. Which reminds me I need to message her and the cover artist.

So, what’s next? Next will be typing up one of the short stories that I’ve recently written as well as continuing with the story for an anthology I’ve been invited to submit to (need to check that deadline). I do also want to start my final pass on Penal Earth, but that can wait a little as I don’t have the money to send it to an editor yet. I do have a few notes from a dear friend who read it and picked up a few pieces that I, my mum and beta readers had missed. So this coming pass will mainly be for those.

I just want to give a shoutout to The Mando Method Podcast. Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have always produce engaging, informative, and just damn entertaining content that I have learnt a lot from, but now they are doing a monthly roundtable episode where they’ll bring in two other authors and I’m really enjoying these episodes. Sometimes a podcast will make a change like this and it doesn’t quite work, but Armand and Chuck have nailed it with this one, and it really adds a new element to their podcast. I strongly recommend checking them out.

Just a little pimping out my Ko-Fi page. It’s still the bog standard page but membership will be up and running soon. You can follow for free, and I won’t be putting this blog behind a paywall. Once in a while I’ll put a post up on Ko-Fi that will then come here maybe a few weeks later, but these what I think of as journal posts will never be behind a paywall.

I’ll end todays post with my flash fiction piece, Ghost, which appeared in the 84 Stories 84 Words anthology.

Good Afternoon, 25th March 2020

Hey folks, how are we all doing?

I’ve had a couple of days off from writing, which have felt good. But I got back onto it today. I’ve written 393 of an anthology submission and 497 on the zombie book. I think I’ve also solved one of the queries the editor had for a character in zombie as well.

Trying to take a selfie when there’s a Raven in the house!

I’ve not really much more to add today. I needed those couple of days off to focus on a few other things, nothing major or ground breaking. But I think it also serves to help rest the brain a little from grinding out the work. It helps to solve a few problems if you step away a little. The trick I need to learn is when I do that, not to let it stutter my momentum. I was hitting about a 1000 words a day on zombie, so I’m happy today has been almost five hundred. Tomorrow I’ll be aiming for a 1000 before heading off to work.

Right folks, have an awesome day!

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Good Morning, March 22nd 2022 (2)

Howdy folks! Two posts in one morning! I just wanted to write a quick update to this mornings post. I have written 1024 words on zombie. I expect I’ll do a little writing during my break at work later as well. But, a good and productive morning and it feels good.

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Good Morning, Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Good Morning!

I have tea, Raven is climbing over my printers while Dizzy is sitting staring at my from besides my chair. A scrap is imminent….but I’m awake. I’ve got a late shift today so I wanted to get up and get cracking early and for once it feels like I have done. There was no ‘snoozing’ of alarms. No rolling over for ‘another five minutes’ which always turned into at least another half an hour. I have an Amaranthe playlist via YouTube playing and I’m ready to get some words cracked out. I’m even dressed!

So, what’s the day got planned for me. I’d like to knock out another thousand words of zombie. I think that is very achievable. Just plug away until about midday I think and then that gives me a little time for lunch, half an hour on GTAV and a few other bits and bobs before heading off to work.

That all sounds really straight forward. It’s not. I’ll be editing as I type of the hand written draft of zombie. So I’ll be having to think on the go and I’m going to try and read the scene before I type it up so I know what point the scene is taking the story to. I am feeling quite a bit of pressure with zombie. This will be my first release and it’s got to be right. I don’t want to be that person who puts something out into the world and it’s poorly put together. Typos, spelling mistakes, bad layout, and so on. I trust my editor, she is incredibly good at what she does and I know she won’t let me embarrass myself.

They’re behaving…….for the moment……

But, I’m pushing through. I’m not letting my self-doubt stop me. I’ve had far too many months where that doubt has had me dragging my heels on writing. I know the why of this, and I’ll talk about it one day but it deserves more than a few sentences in a daily post. I know I can do this. I know it’s time to step up. And I know I keep repeating this, but that is more for myself. It’s me keeping that positivity at the forefront of my consciousness.

Self doubt, imposter syndrome, what ever you want to tag it with, is a prick. It’s a horrible feeling and one that when it takes hold it can shut me down in a heartbeat. But it will not win. It may gain ground by winning small battles but I will win the war.

Scruffy selfie!

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Good Evening, 21/3/22

Howdy folks!

Today I have written 238 on the anthology submission, and 1128 words of the typing up of the ending of the zombie story. It’s going well. I don’t think I’ll have much tidying of it to do once I’ve done it. I’ll send it off to an editor to make sure I’ve not made a big screw up, but I’m feeling pretty good about it.

The story for the anthology is feeling good. Where I’m writing with pen and paper it’s going a little slower than I’d like but I think it’s helping in building the story. It feels like it’s got a depth that previous attempts haven’t had before.

Today feels like it’s been a good, productive day. Some good progress, and a good start to the week.

I started listening to Mount Fitzroy by Scott Sigler today ☺️

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