21-5-17

I’ve managed to get this edit pass on The Space Watch done and dusted. I’m now waiting on Owen as he wanted to re-write the ending. I’ve also got a list of details we need to clarify and we’re going to have to do a huge continuity check as well.

I didn’t do any outlining today though, now I’ve cleared this up on The Space Watch I can get stuck into that.

I did receive my copy of Dark Cities from Titan Books and edited by Christopher Golden. I primarily brought this because it’s got a Scott Sigler story in it, but when I saw the rest of the line-up it’ll be a no-brainier to buy whether Sigler is in it or not. Speaking or which, here’s the line-up: Nathan Ballingrud, Amber Benson, Kealan Patrick Burke, Ramsey Campbell, M.R. Carey, Nick Cutter, Tananarive Due, Christopher Golden, Simon R. Green, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Helen Marshall, Seanan McGuire, Cherie Priest, Scott Sigler, Scott Smith, and Paul Tremblay. Now that’s a damn impressive line-up and I’m looking forward to diving into it. Although I’m not sure where on my ‘to-read’ stick it’s going to slip into!

Right, I’m off to read for a while, but I’m back at it tomorrow, I want to get this outline done. 

18-5-17 (2)

A little wrap up for the day. I’ve followed the routine I mentioned in my post earlier and done some work on outlining at lunch time and then this evening another chapter on The Space Watch. I did it a little differently tonight though; I watched some TV and then started work at about nine this evening. I’ve wondered for a while that if I have a time restraint that I’ll be more productive. Tonight it has proved to be the case, but I’m also on a high from wrapping up season two of Sense 8. This show really blows my mind away. It’s so beautifully written, acted, directed, and produced that it’s a true emotional commitment to the show. There have been times during this season that I have been on the edge of my seat, that I have been jumping up and down and fist pumping and cheering the characters on. It’s very few shows or movie that get this response out of me, and Sense 8 is absolutely one of the ones that does and it’s near the top of my favourite all time shows. I cannot wait to see where they take the show from here on out.

I’m calling it a night now, I’m going to read a little before bed and then hopefully do it again tomorrow.

18-5-17

I’ve had a couple of busy days this week so I haven’t got much done, but I did get stuck into The Space Watch again last night and I’ve now got two chapters fully edited. I’m hoping I can get into this now a little bit because I haven’t got much planned socially in the next week, so there’s no reason for me not to.

I had some really good little ideas yesterday which I quickly wrote down before I forgot them. I’ve been working in the mornings, during my lunch breaks, and then in the evenings at the moment. If I can get into the habit of doing this each day I’ll be a very happy man. I am feeling more productive although it’s a little frustrating that I’m not writing fresh words at the moment but I understand all of this prep work is aimed at helping me when I’m getting stuck into future first drafts.

Short story submission-wise, I’ll be sending the first of the two I was told about off to my Beta readers next week. The other story, I still don’t have a solid idea for. I’m going to have a look at the guidelines for it again in the next couple of days to see if it shakes anything loose.

7-5-17

Today started fast, with a 1000 words and a digital edit on a short story by 9am. I did this because I woke up in a really bad mood, and writing seemed to be the only thing that made sense. It put me in a good mood before going down into Rochester for a bit of lunch and to pop into Get Ready Retro, a local comic book shop. I managed to pick up the next volume of Wilds End (The Enemy Within) by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard. I really liked the first one and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

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Those thousand words I wrote this morning was on the fanfic piece and the short story is for one of the story submissions I’ve got coming up. I’ve printed it off and will red-pen it tomorrow.

The rest of the day has been spent with my feet up playing video games and binging some shows on Netflix. Aside from having to shoot into work for forty-five minutes, that was my day.

4-5-17

323 words this evening on the fan fiction piece and something I’ve really got to do is stop second guessing myself when I’m writing! Especially on a first draft. I’ve just got to go with my gut, and if what has made me second guess myself still jumps out when I’m editing it, then I look at it. Over-analysing is seriously hindering my pace and my self-confidence with what I’m writing. I know some of it is lack of knowledge but when it comes to these things I just need to write it and then do any additional research when I come to the second draft. I do want to get to the point where I’m doing the research before I do the writing but there’s always going to be those times when the writing goes off in a direction that I hadn’t expected and that’ll quite often lead to having to do research after the words have been written.

I am not picking up the pace as I would have liked to, I’m distracted and am struggling to get stuck into a piece. Everything I seem to be writing at the moment seems to be in small instalments, normally around the 300 words mark. I need to pick that up.

2-5-17

Today has been okay, writing wise. I did some work on an outline during my lunch break, then this evening I’ve got through a couple of scenes on the fanfic adding 211 words to it. I would have liked to of added a few more words but the scenes in question needed tweaking more than rewriting. One of the scenes I think I might expand on a little more but I think that’s something that I’ll look at once I’ve got a cohesive draft completed.

I have been thinking about Owen’s notes on The Space Watch, and I’ve got a solution for one of Owen’s concerns that I think will work very well, and Owen agrees.

I’m now just trying to figure out what I’m doing when. Tomorrow I’m going to do a digital edit on the short story I’ll be sending off for submission soon.  I need to get that done and dusted in good time, and I’d really like to see if a couple of my beta readers have time to have a look at it before I send it off too. I do also want to get stuck into Owen’s notes on The Space Watch and get that done. It’s been a long time in the making this story and I’m eager to get it wrapped up by the end of this year.

It’s time for me to stop being so inconsistent and up my game.

1st of May 2017

Just a quick post to wrap up the day. I wrote 828 on the short story I’ve been working on, and I wrapped it up this morning. Boy did it end darkly. I got 446 words on the fanfic piece. That gave me a total of 1274 for the day.

Despite the ending of the short story being quite dark I’m pleased with it and will get on with editing tomorrow. I’m reserving judgement on the fanfic piece until I’m getting closer to the end of it as I’m still in the early stages of it really.

Not a great day, but a good one I think.