Good Evening, May 25th 2022

Hey folks, how are we all doing tonight?

Today I got up nice and early, made a cuppa. Put the dishes away and then got editing. I worked through 9431 words on Black blood, adding 103 in the process.

This pass feels more like an exploratory expedition. I’m reminding myself of the story and world I’m playing in. When I come to the next pass it’ll be a lot deeper and there will be a lot more changes going on. I think the story itself is good, but I need to tweak a few characters and some of the world building. It is feeling good, but a lot of work to do on it.

I cracked on with some garden work, and then got a couple more hours of writing done, typing up a short story I wrote earlier this year. I got 1622 words down of that story. I’ve found a couple of plot holes in it, that I’ve tried to fix but some will need a little more thought to get them right.

I’ve got to be honest with myself, I don’t think I’m going to get much long fiction written this year. Much of what I need to do is get what I’ve already written cleaned up and sent to beta readers and then editors. These aren’t trunk novels. These are novels I’ve written and never done anything with. So many years thinking I’m not a good enough writer, or I didn’t deserve to put my work out there. So much time wasted.

No more.

Time to get this work out into the world.

24th May 2022

Good evening, folks! How are we all?

I have edited 5294 on Black Blood, adding 61 words. I’ve typed up 804 words on a short story and 777 words on a non-fiction piece.

I did this over three sittings and feel pretty darn good. Black Blood really does need a lot of work, but I’m getting a good feel of what I’ve got to do to get it where I want it to be.

My boss is done with my shit for the day 🤣

I was gonna write a longer post tonight, but tiredness has just smacked me upside the head so I’m gonna call it a night.

Been a while since I’ve needed a third A5 page for my monthly word counts (April 2021 being the last).

Please check out my Ko-Fi where supporters can do a one time tip or a monthly membership.

Flash Post – 23/5/22

Evening folks, I managed to edit 1908 words of Black Blood, adding 91 in the process. I’ve also typed up 354 words of non-fiction as well.

A short one tonight. I’m planning on being up early to get cracking with my writing day.

22/5/22

About 400 words today on non-fiction. I did have a little more time as I finished work early but chose to rest a little after I got all the bits and bobs done I needed to.

Tomorrow is another longer shift so I’m not expecting to get much if anything done on Black Blood but I will be doing some more of this non-fiction piece I’m handwriting.

I have another non-fiction piece that needs to be finished typing up, in addition to a short story I need to get typed up. I’m gonna try and do them this coming week as I have a little time off.

Right, have an awesome week folks!

Good Evening, 21st May 2022

Hello!!! How are we all doing this evening?

I knew I had a busy day, but I decided to get up about eight am and get cracking. My body had other ideas and I ended up being up and about a little after six am. So I got cracking.

I wrote 321 on a non-fiction piece. This was done slowly as I woke myself up a little, and then I got cracking with getting the house tidied. Getting up early meant I was done with the chores a lot sooner than I would have been and it gave me time to get some work on Black Blood edited. I did one chapter that was 1952 words and added 641 words to it. This one is really going to take a lot more editing than I thought. I’d given myself a false sense of how easy it would be after flying through that final pass of Penal Earth.

I posted my first published story to my Ko-Fi this evening. It’s available to monthly subscribers and folks who give a one time donation.

Tomorrow will offer little time to write, but I’ll try and get some words wrangled at some point during the day. Next week I’ve got a little time off so I’m hoping to put some decent time to Black Blood and put a good dent in it.

Right, I’m off for the night. I hope you’re all having an awesome weekend.

18th of May 2022

Good Evening, folks! How are we all doing?

This morning I edited 8510 of a short story that will be posted on my Ko-Fi next month. It wasn’t something that needed a deep edit, just a once over to make sure there wasn’t anything that I’d missed and I needed to make a couple of tweaks that’ll bring it in line with something else I’m working on 😉

This is becoming Dizzy’s spot. She’s gonna be annoyed once that bits done and new flowers are planted!

After that I went out and cracked on with a job in the garden that took a fair chunk of time, I was going to do a little more writing work afterwards but I had a nap!

Raven found me taking an old shed down very interesting.

I felt a little bad for not doing more writing, but not as bad as I used to feel when this sort of thing had happened in the past. Something I’m thinking about a lot is balance. Tomorrow I’ve got an early and I know I’m not going to sleep great tonight. So the nap this afternoon will hopefully balance out any sleep I don’t get later on.

Always time to punt the ball for this great doggo

Right, you lovely people. I’m off to watch Alien Vs. Predator while I nod off. Night all!

I Had A Plan!!!!

My plan was to get up at about 8am. I don’t need to be in work for an early today and I had no other reasons to get up early. So I set an alarm for 8am, which is a lay in for me, and settled in for what I was hoping would be a good nights sleep. It didn’t start well when Max did his guard dog duties and after I checked the house, garden and so forth I decided to let him sleep upstairs for the night. That did the trick and he settled down, and only tried to get on the bed once.

Then, at 5am Raven woke me up by trying to knock items out of my window (could you be any more cliched, Raven?). I removed her from the window and put her on the bed with a “really?” that she paid no attention to.

She jumped off and Max decided to it was time to play with Raven. She wasn’t interested and smacked him on the nose and jumped back in the window. Can you guess what she was doing? I repeated the earlier removal method and this time she ran off down the landing.

Flash forward to a little after 6:30am and I heard something that broke me out of my slumber to find Max with his head on my bed, he had the look that all people with a dog knows. So I let him out. It was this moment that I knew it was time to get up because I was awake.

So y’all get a blog post! 😀 It’s been an amusing morning with Dizzy being the only one of the furry family that didn’t wake me (although she tried to sit on the keyboard as I’m writing this post).

Have an absolutely awesome day, everyone! Here in my part of the UK the sun is shining and I’m going to go out and do some garden work in a bit, I might even sit out there and do some writing.

17th may 2022

Howdy Folks, I edited 5329 words on Penal Earth today, and wrapped up that final edit pass! Now It’ll be put in a draw while I squirrel some cash away so I can get it out to my editor.

I’d like to get a lot of bits and pieces done tomorrow, from stuff around the house and in the garden to getting words written and edited. I’m going to look through next months Ko-Fi story for members, and make sure there’s no obvious screw ups. And then I’ll get it scheduled.

I have posted a bonus flash fiction piece there tonight as well.

Check out the graphic for the Membership tier my friend S did 🙂

Next big edit is Black Blood. I’m getting a good idea of what some of the areas I need to strengthen are, and the rest I’ll find (hopefully) as I go.

Right you lovely people, I’m off for the night. I will just end by thanking everyone who takes the time to read my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you 🙂

Good Evening, 16th of May 2022

Good evening, folks. How are we all?

Today I’ve written 611 words on a short story I’ve recently started during my break and while I was waiting for something this afternoon. I was hoping to have got a good chunk of Penal Earth worked today but a few things came up that I had to see to and although I had time to write it was with pen and paper as I didn’t have access to my laptop.

I liked what I wrote though, and although I’ve got no idea where this story is going I’m enjoying the discovery aspect of it.

I spent an hour or so this afternoon after work in the garden. Partly to play ball with Max as he hasn’t had much playtime due to a lot going on the last few weeks (needless to say he loved it!) but I also needed to top up the bird feeders, do the poopa scooping; both of which I can do while still punting the football up the garden for Max to chase. I also done the cat litter, sorted the bins out for collection tomorrow, and got a load of washing done.

My Ball!

Now, I get this may not seem like much. It’s not really worth noting, everyone does these things. But considering how tired I was I could have easily just got home, let Max out and have a nap. And I feel so much better for it.

It also means once I’ve finished work tomorrow and ran a couple of errands I’ll have a nice chunk of time to get some words edited and then on Wednesday when its my day off I’ll be able to dedicate a bigger slot of time to writing.

This is a level of organisation I’ve only dreamt of for many years!

Have a great evening, folks!