Good Morning Sunday, November 12th 2017

I am 10500 words behind target on NaNoWriMo, yeah 10500 words. I’m not stressing out though. I feel a little like I can call myself a NaNo veteran now. This is my seventh year, I’ve won the last three years and I’m pretty confident I can hit the 50k.

I would have got a few more words done towards the end of the week but I got wind of an anthology that I wanted to write a story for and have only had a few days to get it written as the deadline is a close one. That story is all but done, I’ve just got to make a few edits and then get it sent off. Once I’ve done that today I’m going to focus on NaNo and another story I’ve been working on for another anthology. I’d like to get that one done by the end of the month, and I think I’m close to having it wrapped up.

This coming week I’m off from work, so I’m going to try and get caught up with NaNo by the end of the week. I’m not going to go mad with it though, I’m going to go at a pace I’m happy with. I’ll repeat what I’ve said previously; I know I can do the 50k, my primary goal this NaNo is to have at least the start of a cohesive story. The 50k is a secondary target for me this year.

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day’s Five And Six

Yesterday I wrote about 800 or so words. Today it’s been about the 1200 mark. I’m on 6515 words for NaNo, which I think leaves me about 4000 words off target. The head cold of the weekend has really set me back. I know I can catch up, but I’m trying not to over do it until I know I’m over this cold. Also, this NaNo isn’t just about hitting the 50k for me. It’s about getting a cohesive story written. Already I feel like I’ve got a deeper story than I did in the first draft. (Hopefully) When people start dying the readers will either care for them and be gutted, or hate them and be happy.

I did add a few word to a short story on Sunday. I think I’ve got an ending, and now I just have to connect some dots. Hopefully then I’ll be close to having a first draft done. This story is for a submission and I’m finding that It won’t be what the editors are looking for, but if it’s not it’s not the end of the world. I can only write what comes into my head.

Tomorrow I’m aiming to get up a little earlier than normal and try to get some words down before going off to work. 

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo is now just a couple of days off, am I ready? Yes and no, I’ve not done a lot of work in preparation, as it’s a rewrite I’ve got a good idea of what I need to do. This is a story that I wrote a few months ago but it came out a lot shorter than I was expecting. I’ve thought on it a fair bit, and I know where the weak areas are, and how I think I can strengthen them. I did a lot of prep for the story but didn’t put much of that into. It’s also a story that I’ve got a good idea for the basics of the sequel, so if this comes in shorter than the 50k I can move onto that.

I’m not too concerned about hitting the 50k (although I’ll be aiming for it hard), what I’m aiming to achieve is a draft that has a cohesive story in. The last few years I’ve felt like I’ve been all over the place when doing NaNoWriMo. This year I’m determined to have a good, strong draft come December 1st.

I’ve got two short story submissions to work on, one of which I’d like to have a first draft done of by this time next week. I feel like I’ve got the experience with NaNo now to be able to drift off onto other pieces and still be on target, although I’d like to be done with the first one before Wednesday.

What I’m planning on doing again for NaNoWriMo is a daily blog post with my days word count and overall total. As well as my thoughts and how I’m feeling as I’m progressing.

Bring it on!

Sunday 15th October 2017

I haven’t got my word counts close to hand so I can’t say what my numbers for the week are, but they aren’t great.

The last week has felt like it’s flown by; I can’t really recall much about Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday I was at a Write-In and got some good words written. Thursday I was at the cinema to see Blade Runner 2049. Friday evening most of it was getting bits and pieces done for going to Bristol Horror Con yesterday.

I’ve got a lot I’d like to get done today. Outside of writing I’ve got a chicken house to clean out, and I’d really like to swap my bookcase around with my movie library (the bookcase is closer to my TV stand), but I don’t think that’ll happen today. I do want to get a good 1000, 1500 words done today, and get stuck into the outlining for NaNo. I’ve changed my mind (again) and will be doing a second draft of my zombie piece I wrote a few months ago. I think that’s the right piece to be doing, and there will be less prep for it than one of the other options. That’ll give me more time to focus on the WIP and getting that done before NaNo starts.

I enjoyed Blade Runner 2049, but it was too long. If there was half an hour shaved off it then I think I would have enjoyed it more. I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Blade Runner but do have some moments in the film that I find really memorable. I’m not sure there’s much in Blade Runner 2049 that I’ll find iconic. The performances were good and it looked amazing. The sound didn’t work for me. I’ve also seen the storyline before, anyone who saw the Battlestar Galactica reboot has seen it. I will give a shoutout to Dave Bautista, he was really good and showed just how talented an actor he is. Mackenzie Cook was also very good. It was hard to take my eyes off of her when she was on screen. Ana de Armas as Joi was incredibly good as well. She put a lot of heart into the film.

Finally, just a quick few words on Bristol Horror Con. It was a lot of fun. Last year was good, but this one was better. It’s been expanded into a bigger hotel, and I caught a couple of panels and the readings which was so much fun. I caught up with my friends CL Raven, such awesome people. I had a chat with their friend David Davies (From The Shadows Ltd), again. He’s a great dude. I also had a chat with Adam Millard again, again another great fella. His wife is really nice as well. I got a couple of minutes chatting to Tim Lebbon as well, another really cool and nice dude. That’s something that has struck about the couple of Horror cons I’ve been to, everyone is just so nice. When I was younger, and more stupid, I’d be a little wary of people who did live their lives different from mine. But in listening to more metal and ‘alternate’ music and going to cons, and seeing people from the Horror community online I’ve realised that this community is not only amazing, but incredibly welcoming as well. I’ve been to three horror cons now, and each one I’ve felt at home at. Everyone is smiling and having a great time. Cat and Lynx Raven have said a couple of times how great this community is, and they’ve been in it a lot longer than I have. Come next year, I want to get to a few more horror cons next year.

Good Morning, Sunday 8th October 2017

This last week has not been that productive. I think I hit a bit of burn out earlier in the week, and then I had a couple of nights where I was catching up with friends, but come Friday I was back on it. I had three different stories fighting it out in my head for attention.

The Sparks ebook went up for pre-order over at Amazon, here’s the link.

Sparks is released on the 17th of this month.

I’m really excited about this anthology. There’s some great people involved and all the proceeds go to Resources for Autism. We are having two launch parties for Sparks, one will be in Walsall on the 21st of this month at Southcart Books & Comics at 11am. I will be there. The second is on the 3rd of November at No.84 Tearoom and Eatery at Echo Square, Gravesend. I will definitely be at this one as well, seeing as it’s my hometown.

Sparks Cover

Sparks includes stories by; Ash Hartwell, Calum Chalmers, Em Dehaney, Betty Breen, Peter Germany, Lex Jones, Christopher Law, Dani Brown, Matthew Cash, Mark Cassell, Samantha Hill, CH Baum, Pippa Bailey, GH Finn, and David Court. Sparks is edited by Matthew Cash and Em Dehaney. With the cover by Matt Hill.

Thursday 21st September 2017

Tonight I pretty much hit the end point of the WIP I’ve been working on, the linear end point. I’m planning on adding a number of flashbacks to the story, but before I write those I’m going to do a read through and make a tonne of notes and see what parts feel weak and the little details I want to add in, and most importantly what I want to write in the flashbacks. I’m not going to start those though until I’ve gone through the draft so far and see what additional ideas I come up with.

At the moment the story is about twenty thousand words and I keep thinking it’s a damn sight shorter than I thought it would be. But there are these flashbacks to add, although I don’t know how many of them I’ll end up writing. There will be a lot of detail to add, like a lot of my work it feels like I’ve just written the bare bones of the story, and I need to go back and add the meat. It’s something I’m embracing and figure the more I write (and finish things) the more I’ll end up putting into the story on that first draft. Something I’ve realised with this story is this draft so far I’ve been introduced to the characters and got to know a little about them, and with the second draft I’ll begin to get under their skin a lot more.

It has been a slower week for writing, but I’m happy with what I’ve managed to get down.

NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Quickly Approaching

With NaNoWriMo less than two months away now I’ve just done a little math to see if I’m going to have finished handwriting this WIP in time to start typing it up when NaNo begins (yes I know thats bending the rules but I won’t tell if you don’t). So far I’ve written, roughly, 17,000 words. That’s about 2000 less than I thought. It’s about 49 days till 1st of November and the words per day break is 678 words.  That is doable, but I fear I haven’t got another 33k of content for this first story. I have got a lot of flashback scenes to write but I’ll probably do those when I finish the story and then add them in where they’re needed when I get to the editing process.

I do have a fan fiction piece that I can do for NaNoWriMo if I feel this WIP isn’t ready for NaNo or just isn’t long enough. Something I might do though is to start on the second book in what will be a trilogy and then break it up when I start editing. One drawback to doing this is when I come to continue working on the second book then I might have lost the rhythm of the story. I think this has happened in other cases where I’ve stopped halfway through a WIP, but I’ll have to see what happens. I know I’ve got a lot to add when I start typing up the WIP, so I’ve got words there.

Something I’ve got to do is stop thinking about hitting the 50k. I know I can do that, I’ve done it three years on the spin but each year I’ve hit the 50k the stories have been very disjointed. This year I want to be able to get a cohesive story done, and have hitting the 50k as a secondary goal.

NaNo is still a little way off, so I’ve got time to see how I do. I think if I’m not confident in this WIP being ready to be typed up then I’ll go into the Fan Fiction piece I’ve been thinking about.