Good Morning, 20th January 2022

Good morning folks! how are we all doing today.

I managed to get 372 words written yesterday after quite a busy but good day.

I’m still working on ‘Oliver’ and I’m managing to get past scenes I’m not happy with. I’ve realised I’ve been giving up on a lot of projects when I get stuck but with Oliver I’ve been making notes as I write on whether I’m going to keep a scene or not, or even a whole storyline. At the moment with this story I’ve got a part of the plot that I think if I drop, or hold it back until later in the story, it’s going to make the suspense better, a certain plot point come out of the blue a little more. I also think it’s going to be a little different from the other stories that will be in this universe.

Zombie does need getting sorted. I’ve been putting it off and I’ve realised just how intimidated I am by it. A few months ago I was ready to rock and roll with the changes, but a lot has happened in that time that required my focus. I’m learning how to work that focus better and I’m going to be getting Zombie done (and dusted! it’s long overdue now) very soon.

I’ll be off to work soon, I’ve ticked almost everything off my to-do list which isn’t writing related, so now I’ can start writing for a little before lunch and then getting ready for work.

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Good Evening, 17th Of January 2022

Good Evening, folks! How are we all doing?

I scratched out 120 words today during my break. I was going to do more whenI got home but I found I had a lot of little bits and pieces to sort out. Some of that was quite therapeutic though. Especially so furniture dismantling I was doing. I’m realising doing practical things is really good for my soul.

Tomorrow, there will be more practical things, but also writing. I’m off tomorrow so there will be plenty of time to be cracking on with all the bits and pieces I need to and get some words written or edited. I’m going to be looking at getting this final draft of Zombie done. I’ve had the editors notes for a long time and I need to get cracking with them. I finally have the time and the mental capacity to get those down.

I have set up a Ko-fi page. I still have my Buy Me A Coffee account, but I’ve had a few minor problems with it and wanted to set up another crowd sourcing account in case I decided to move away from BMAC some where down the line. It’s a never leave your eggs in one basket sorta thing.

Right, I’m off to watch a movie. Have an awesome evening, folks!

Good Afternoon, 14th January 2022

Howdy, folks! How are we all doing?

I’ve taken a couple of days off from writing. I needed a little bit of a breather to let a few ideas on the current WIP settle a little.

I’m going to get cracking again today now I’ve seen to a few non-writing writing bits, (don’t ask!) and have done a little grinding on GTAV. I’m gearing up to get the next edit of the zombie book done, that should be towards the end of next week and early next month.

Something I’ve noticed is the last couple of days where I’ve not been writing have been good for ideas. Nothing grand but some nice little detail elements for ongoing works.

Right, I’m of to get some words written.

Good Evening, 8th Of January 2022

Howdy, folks! I hope you’re all well and having a lovely weekend.

Today I’ve written 374 words on ‘Oliver’. I feel like I could easily screw this up if I’m not careful. I’m trying not to rush it. I know I can fix it in the editing process, but I’d like to try and keep this first draft as clean as I can. It’ll make the editing process less stressful and hopefully quicker.

Just a short post today. I’ve got another early tomorrow so I’m going to start winding down for the night.

Good night, folks!

My editor was more concerned about being warm than word counts! 🙄🤣

7th of January 2022

Good evening, folks! I hope you are all well?

I’ve got a lot of new followers to my blog these last few days, so I just want to welcome you all. It means a lot to me that me rambling here doesn’t just disappear into the void.

For today I have written 548 words on a short story that has the working title of ‘Oliver’. This is moving nicely and I think I know where I’m going with it. Last year I was working on a story called ‘Isolation’ and was never really happy with it. So I’d pretty much put it on the shelf and decided to rewrite the protagonists story, but with how the story has gone I can take the heart of ‘Isolation’ and merge it into ‘Oliver’. Something that was missing from ‘Isolation’ was a feel for the main character, now with how ‘Oliver’ has played out I’ve got the feel for him, and with how the story is going I’ll be able to merge the two stories together really well.

A pretty good day’s writing. Good progress and my brain feels like it’s really beginning to fire up.

State Of Play (6th Of January 2022)

Here are my numbers from last year: I wrote 134,896 words in total. I edited 337,630 words. And finally I read through 154 A4 pages of fiction (I started counting that in May). I’ll admit, not the numbers I was hoping for. And when I look at the two year plan I’d mapped out later 2020 I’m well behind. But I’m in a good place in a lot of respects. I’ve got one story ready for an editor to look at it once I have the money. I’ve got two more that will need at least another pass. My Alpha reader has had a look at them and said they’re not as polished as the first one.

The zombie book is also nearing completion. I’m going to be working on that and trying to get it to where it needs to be towards the end of the month.

As I said, I’m very behind. Some of the next few months will be squirrelling away a few quid here and there so when I’m ready I can send work off to be professionally edited and have formatting and covers sorted.

First up is the Zombie book.

Good Evening 5th Of January 2022

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?

I am shattered! Had my first early start this morning since New Years Eve and boy am I feeling it. Once this post is written I’ll be getting settled for the night and watch then watch a movie and let myself wind down for the night.

I have written today, I got a nice 541 on a short story that feels like it’s expanding well. I’ve got no idea where it’s going but I’m enjoying the mystery as I’m writing it.

I’ve been meaning to watch Blade Runner 2049 again, but still haven’t got around to it. I will in the next few days hopefully. It’s a film that I’m keen to revisit and see how I feel about on, I think this’ll be my third viewing. It’s one I want to sit down and focus on and let myself be absorbed into it.

Right, I’m going to wrap for the night. I’ve got a couple of little bits to do before I can properly settle down for the night. I’m aiming to be in bed and asleep by ten! Wish me luck!

Good Evening, 4th of January 2022

Good evening folks, how are we all doing?

It’s been a pretty good day, I’ve written 424 words and (finally) worked through my emails that had been building up. I’ve spent a bit of time on GTAV, particularly grinding today. That’s basically just earning money. I did spend some money modding a car and I managed to recoup that and then took my balance above where it had been when I started the session.

I’ve got an early start, so I’m going to do the dishes and then watch Ready Player One.

Have an awesome evening, folks!

Good Morning! 4th of January 2022

Howdy folks! How are we all doing today?

Yesterday I wrote about 700 words on two different stories. One of which feels like it’s come to an end while the other is just getting started.

The one that feels like it’s come to an end doesn’t feel finished. I’ve got an ending but I feel like there is more story to tell. I’ve got A few little snippets whispering to me for it so I’m just going to listen to them, let their voices come through a little clearer before I start pushing them.

I’m trying to listen to these characters before I dive in and start trying to tell their story. This isn’t like a whisp of an idea or a line of dialogue. I’ve got a nice start to this story, and I’ve told one characters story already, but there’s other stories to tell here and I need to take the time to listen to them before I start trying to tell them.