NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Thirty- Lets Do THIS!!!

Here we are, the last day of NaNoWriMo for 2020. I need almost 7000 words to hit 50k and get nearer to wrapping this draft up.

I know I’m not the only person in this situation and I’m not going to break myself to hit the magical 50k but I’m going to give it a good go.

It’s not quite 9:30am and I’m looking to be closing my laptop at 6pm at the latest as I have an early work shift tomorrow.

So let’s fucking do this!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Two

Good morning folks, how are we all doing on this brisk autumn morning?

I was going to blog last night, and write but I fell asleep. So I got a mighty 295 words written and I am now below the projected total I should be at. I was thinking about how to hit my words on days when I had an afternoon/evening shift as I was overlaying each morning due to poor sleep the night before. But now I’ve actually looked at my rota’s for the next two weeks I’ve got all morning shifts (they could change but we’ll see), so I should be able to get home, grab a bit of lunch and then get cracking.

Today I am aiming for a nice 2k day, maybe more if I can get my arse into gear. Then continue the 2k a day through the rest of the week. I need 1900 a day to hit target, so I really need to pull my finger out and get those words down. I can do this. I just need to be disciplined and sit in the chair and write until the target is hit. I keep telling myself I want to be more professional with this, to treat it like a career. So, I need to properly put the time in and not have the TV on in the background.

So, my arse is in the chair. I’ve got bits and pieces around the house to do as well, but I’m going to work that into my targets for the day. Write a 1000 words, go take the rubbish out.

Today’s featured piece of my published work is Pumpkin Attack in the Beneath The Leaves anthology that was written to celebrate the birth of the one and only Em Dehaney. When I got invited to submit I knew what I wanted to write about these antagonists but I knew I couldn’t just write a story from their point of view. I wanted to go a route I haven’t gone before and that’s where the protagonists came into it. Writing about teenagers I found tough, especially a teenage girl, because I’m not a teenage girl but I thought about someone who is finding their confidence and overcoming shyness, while still keeping to what they were comfortable with. I also wanted to write something about a parent who was themselves growing as a person, while still being who they are. So it was very tough, and a lot of the depth of the story I wasn’t really planning and it evolved as I was writing it.

Right, thats enough procrastination! Armand, if your reading this please yell at me because I’ve fallen behind when I’ve had no real reason to have done.

Rock on, folks! 😀

Good Morning 3rd of November 2020

Good morning, folks! I hope we’re all well today? I am not even close to being awake yet, but I’ve got an hour before I host an online NaNo write-in, so plenty of time for tea and something to eat, which should have me ready and firing for two hours of writing.

I’m also planning on editing today as well as maybe a little work on Penal Earth. Something I’ve tried at times is to get my head around is treating writing like a job. I think I’m beginning to understand it more now and with doing less hours I’ve got to learn to maximise my time and get the work down. I’m thinking about setting myself hours to write, ie: five hours a week, and depending on my day job hours I’ll increase or decrease it. When I say five hours I don’t mean sitting on my bed writing while watching a movie or something, I mean at my desk and working without anything to drag my attention away, with the exception of music. Today is a good example, I’ve got something on at about 1pm so I’ll be wrapping up for the day about then. Then a couple of hours chilling out before Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming comes over for, you guessed it, gaming. Due to the lockdown we’re getting in England from Thursday we had to move this forward a couple of days and thankfully we can game and maintain social distancing.

Last week I was interviewed by the fantastic Leah Solmaz over at at site, and I’ve recently watched the pilot for her series Theosight. I’ve put the pilot below because not only is Leah very cool but this was very good. It’s intriguing, funny, and has heart to it. The characters were portrayed greatly and it was nice seeing a protagonist acting like I think most of us would if this happened to us, and I’m a sucker for this type of humour as well. There’s not been much that has made me laugh aloud like this did. So please check it out, they’re trying to get attention on it for financing a series and all the views on YouTube will help, if you dig it then share it on social media. It all helps and if the rest of the rest of the people involved are as nice, creative, and passionate as Leah Solmaz then it’s going to be something very special.

Right folks, it’s time for me to be getting some breakfast. I hope everyone has a good day!

Good Morning, 17th of September 2020

Good morning, folks! I hope you’re all well?

I decided to take a me day yesterday after work. I did a few extra hours to cover a colleague who had a family emergency to see to, and then I had a non-writing appointment to attend to. Once that was done it was time for food, and then I honestly thought stuff it. Let’s chill out a little. So I spent a couple of hours just not doing a lot. The most I did was transfer the progress of my projects to a white board. I think I’ll probably still keep it on a paper pad as well. Mainly because I’d need a huge white board to keep it all on and I have a lot of ongoing projects that need editing or re-writing, and I don’t want to swamp myself with those until I’m ready to start working on them.

Having transferred the data over to the white board I can see that I’m going to struggle to meet a couple of targets. I’ve got two major projects that are both penned it to be completed by NaNoWriMo (November). One of which is the vampire book, and I’ve only just started the rewrite on that. The other is Penal Earth where I need to fill in a gap in the story. I don’t think that one will be too hard once I get going with it. I’m not making any predictions on the vampire one at the moment simply because although it’s going well now, doesn’t mean I won’t hit a wall somewhere along the path.

For a little while at least I’m going to be focusing on the vampire book. Unless I see an anthology submission call I’m going to crack on with that while it’s hot.

Right, I’m logging out now. I’ve got an hour to write today, so I’m going to try and make the most of it. I’ll be editing next week, I think. I’ve a few days off so will hopefully be able to make good use of the time.

Have a good one, folks!

Changes

If you’ve been reading my blog at petergermany.com you’ll have seen that I mentioned that I’ve got some stuff going on in my life outside of writing, no I’m not going to talk about it here but one thing that has happened outside of writing is not only a change of jobs but an entire career change.

In April I started working at a supermarket, after almost twenty years working in the car trade. I started off at eighteen washing cars at a second hand car sales and when I left I was the sole valeter at another second hand car sales. I was pretty damn good at the job. From washing the cars lined up each I got shown how to fully valet a car. From engine bay to roof linings. Upholstery to tires. Was I the best at it? No, but I was pretty damn good. I learnt to work through most weather conditions, from baking summer days to freezing winter ones. I’ve had sunstroke, and been cold to the point where my fingers and toes were numb to the point where I couldn’t feel them. Cleaning cars with hands like that was hard and I had more than a few days where it took me hours to warm up after coming home.

I did enjoy it though. I enjoyed the work, there was something about taking a car that hadn’t had much love and making it look like it had been waxed every week. Like it had been hovered out daily.

I worked with the same core group of people over those years. They’ve become good friends who are the types of friends I could call in the middle of the night needing help and they’d be there for me.

There was more than a few arseholes I met as well. Thankfully those people rarely hung around.

It was hard work, very hard work but I always tried my best. I worked through a lot times when I shoulda probably gone home and sweated out whatever cold I had, or toothache (second worse pain I’ve ever experienced), and worst of all kidney stone.

The job came to an end the early part of this year. With how the market was moving and our way of preparing and presenting our cars not what the public wanted anymore my former employer called it a day. I wasn’t out of work straight away, and could have stayed in the same company but in the workshop. Although I’m not a mechanic I know enough that I could have been of value. I know my former employer wanted me to stay, I had an informal job offer from a former employer and I was told of a valeter’s position at another car sales. With my experience and work ethic I would have gotten both of those jobs hands down, but it was time for a change though.

Retail was calling me, and if I’m honest I would be in retail if it wasn’t for getting a job in the car trade. I had one company in mind and they were one of the first places I applied. I had someone give me a little help with getting my CV up to date and with preparing for the interview. Which I screwed up! I got my times wrong and showed up late. Thankfully I was given a second chance and I took it. Once I was through the interview process I was offered a job, which I accepted.

To say it’s been both exciting and nerve raking is accurate. I haven’t worked in retail since 1999/2000, and then it was a shoe shop. So, very different to what working in a supermarket is. But my nerves were shouted down from the excitement I was feeling. I knew in my gut I wanted this job, I knew that was the place for me.

I haven’t looked back.

I’ve had a few tough days, but most of those were early on when I was still learning the ropes. I like the physicality to the job, I like talking to the customers. The attention to details that are needed speaks to my OCD a little.

Something that I’m enjoying is that I haven’t been challenged to do better in my job for a long time. With this job its a real team effort and I do not want to be an element that let the side down. I feel like I’ve fallen on my feet because it’s such a great group of people that I’m working with, I’ve been welcomed in and am really getting to know my colleagues now.

Hopefully I’m there for a long time.

One of the plus sides is less hours, which means more time and more time to spend with family, friends, and get some writing done. I’m looking at making the most of my time and trying to maximise my time. I still need to work on my focus but it’s slowly getting better.

Things have been hard, but there are a few good things there as well.

(This post was originally posted on my Buy Me A Coffee page).

1st of September 2020

Good evening folks, this morning I wrote 853 words before work. These words ended a short story I’ve been working on. It needs editing, obviously. This story has come to me quite quickly and I’ve found I’ve got it written as quickly. I’m a little worried that it’s going to need a lot of pulling together but I have time before the submission window for the anthology I’m going to submit it to.

This story, I hope, has a bleakness to it. The story kind of rests on this mood for it. I hope I have it nice and level throughout and it feels as heavy as I think it does.

I’m still not progressing well enough with where I want to be. Editing has fallen behind, so I need to pick that up again. I have one short story which I recently started that I’ll be looking to work on in the next few days and get rolling with it properly, but when I have a proper amount of time to sit down and work, it’ll be editing.

Right now, it’s past my bedtime. Good night all!

Happy Max because he has a new toy 🙂

Here We Go

Post originally posted on BuyMeACoffee on 27/7/2020.

A lot of what I’ve been doing recently is trying to get my head back on track with all this. I know I’ve got to get these stories edited. Getting fresh work isn’t going to get me where I want to be. I can work on new stories and keep rewriting the ones I’ve already got until the end of time and it’s not going to get me where I want/need to be.

I know the chances of me earning enough to write full time are very slim, but you know what? That doesn’t matter. I want to have my work published. I want people to read it. I want to grow as a person and as a writer. I think the two can go hand in hand. Even if I just break even, or make a loss for the rest of my life I’m going to write and try and get my work published. Whether that’s through publishers, or self-published or a bit of both I’m going to try and get my work published.

What does that mean for the foreseeable future? Well, at the moment I’m working without much of a direction. I know the three main projects I need to be working on, with one in particular that I should really bump to the top of the list because that one is the one that’ll be out first.

Speaking of out first. I’ve given the artist a heads up that I’ll want him to resume work on the cover for the zombie book (absolutely love what he’s done so far). I’ve spoken to an editor and got a quote, and I’ve spoke to someone about formatting, and gotten a quote for that as well. So, I know what it’s going to cost roughly for me to get this out. So I’m going to be putting as much away as I can to get that sum together. It’s doable, just. Like everyone I’ve got bills to pay, and expenses, but I can do it. Anything I earn from writing until I’ve got that cash together will go to it as well. So anything I receive through this website will be a part of that. All my writing costs (.com fees etc.) are covered for the year, so I don’t have to worry about those until the new year.

So there it is. Not much of an action plan, but it’s a vague direction until I get my head settled properly and I can get a proper plan in place.

30th August 2020

Good afternoon, folks!

I didn’t get as much done today as I’d have liked but I did work through beta readers notes and got that story submitted. I also did an out loud read through of another short story. I wrote a post for my Buy Me A Coffee page that you can read here.

I did want to get more done, but its one of those things where I need to find the right balance between writing and getting some down time. I’ve had a busy week at work, and have managed to get words down. Today, I needed a breather before Stefan from Stefan’s Daily Gaming comes over to play Mario Kart on Switch. Not played that version of Mario Kart yet, am bound to get my arse kicked!

Speaking of which, he’s on his way.

I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and good luck with all that you do for the next week!

Raven sitting on my lap, which isn’t normally like her so I made the most of it 😊

Good Morning 21st August 2020

Woke up this morning and checked to see how the paint has dried…patchy. Very very patchy. So I’m going to have a bit of breakfast and then get that fourth coat on. I’m going to try and clear out that walk in cupboard and do it all in one go. Then it’ll be putting everything back where it needs to go, and then maybe get some words done.

Have a good one folks!

16th August 2020

Good evening folks!

A potentially short post tonight, if I don’t end up rambling about something! I didn’t get as much as I was hoping with writing yesterday. I did get some planning done but I had a more important matter to attend to.

Today I was at work for the most part, but got a little outlining done during lunch and then this evening I got 267 words done on a short story. It’s feeling good, and I think it’s got potential.

Right, I’m going to wrap it there. I’ve got an early start tomorrow, but will try and write in the afternoon. That depends on how something goes that’s in my private life though.

Have a good week, folks!

Sometimes old school works as well as new school