17th of July, 2019

Good evening all. Yesterday I wrote 576 words on the vampire book. Today I haven’t written up until just over an hour ago. Since then I’ve written 1112 words on what I think will be a short story, but we’ll see. I was going to work on the vampire book but seem to have written myself into a dark corner. So a couple of days off from that one which I hope will let my brain figure out how to get outta the damn corner!

That’s it for tonight. Today has been warm and muggy and its drained a lot of energy out of me. I’d recommend checking out this weeks episode of the Mando Method podcast. I get a small mention as Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda discuss their listeners goals for the year and how we’re all doing. Oh Armand, I’m born and bred British and I live in the UK just outside a small town called Gravesend which is near London. I also don’t know the origin of my surname 😀

I went to the zoo at the weekend with my girlfriend, so here’s a random picture of an elephant.

15th of July 2019

Good evening all. Today I have written 1342 words. That’s my best word count for some time and I’m pretty darn happy about it! I wrote before work and during my lunch break. I think the two days off helped as it gave my brain a rest, and I think Saturday wondering around Colchester Zoo with my girlfriend helped a lot as well. Things like that are good for the soul.


Something I need to really focus on is making the most of my time. During the summers I find it hard to write in the evenings. I’m tired from my day job and its hot and muggy, like tonight. So getting as many words during my lunch break and before work is where I’ve got to get the bulk of my word counts done. There’s also things like staying at my girlfriends, I’m not going to sit on my laptop on those nights. The same with nights when I’m at the cinema. Those nights are zero words regardless of what time the film is screened.

Today has been a fine example of making the most of the time I have. Now, it’s not as good for editing but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I’m beginning to get beta readers notes back for the zombie book, and outside of grammar stuff A couple of comments have been I need to push myself harder, but in the best way. In the way where it’s a hand on my back and ‘you can do this’ sort of comment. Which is what I need to hear and do that, much myself. So it’s not as ready as I’d like but it’s getting there.

That’s me done for the night. I hope everyone has had a good day, and have fun!

Good Morning, Sunday 14th of July 2019

Morning All! I am not writing today. I’m having a flake out/get (non writing) shit done kinda day. Which basically means I’ll spend ninety per cent of the time doing sod all and the other ten per cent doing the absolute minimum of tidying and so on.

I didn’t do any writing yesterday. I was off work for the day and went to Colchester Zoo with my girlfriend for the day. It was great fun and good for the soul.

So no writing for a couple of days, but I need the break. I can get back on course next week.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

12 of July 2019

Good evening all. Today I’ve written 1012 words on the vampire book. I hadn’t written tonight until about 20 minutes ago when I realised I was only a hundred or so words off the 1000 for the day. So I got those words knocked out. I think the scene I’m working on is getting close to being finished. I’ve just got to figure out what the characters are going to come away from the scene with.

I’m going to wrap it up there. It feels like its been a long week and I am knackered! I have the weekend off though (does happy dance), so I’m looking forward to some down time.

11th of July 2019

Good morning! I’m writing this on the morning of the 12th, and before I squeeze in a few words before starting my day.

I wrote a princely sum of 377 words on two projects yesterday. My word count was hampered by the fact I left my laptop at home. When I realised this I almost dropped to my knees and screamed ‘Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!’ but I didn’t, which I think was appreciated by the other people in the shop I was in. I’ll try better today.

That said, I’m off to do some writing! Have an awesome day, folks!

10th of July 2019

Today I’ve written 942 words. 687 on the vampire book and 255 on a story called Extraction. All of those words were tonight and I’m pretty darn happy with them.

The vampire one is a new story for that book. I’m looking at this book as a a TV series and each short story is an episode. This new episode is a totally new one, that I think may replace a later story in the book but we’ll see how it goes. This is now a full on rewrite, my hopes of a heavy edit died about 20,000 words ago. It’s coming along though.

It’s good to be writing another one of these stories. I finished one Saturday (6th July), I think, and I tend to hit a road block when I finish a story. That’s something I need to figure out a work around for.

Extraction is an idea i had after reading a book by one of my favourite authors and one element sparked an idea that I think I can do something with. I did start writing it a few weeks ago but tried to tie it into a universe I’ve already got but that put too many restrictions on me. Now I’m going for a totally new setting with the story and I hope it’ll work out this time.

Paul over at Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar asked me a week or two ago why I haven’t got a YouTube channel. I think I answered with that I don’t have the time, and that I’m pretty camera shy. Okay, maybe more video shy. It’s been playing on my mind though. I might not go for a YouTube channel as such but maybe start posting videos on my Facebook Page as well as Twitter and Instagram. I’ve got a few ideas but I really need to get over that video shyness and over the fact I hate the sound of my voice.

Always time for a silly selfie! 

I’m off to bed now. It has been somewhat of a manic week, but I’m getting back in the swing of it now.

Good Morning, Sunday the 7th of July

Just a quick post this morning. Yesterday I wrote 993 words for the day and have all but finished that short story. If I’d checked my word count earlier on in the evening I’d have found somewhere to add those elusive seven words, but I didn’t check till well gone midnight.

Today I’m going to have a little look at CS1 while at a write in and probably work on a book review as well. So I don’t think I’ll get too many words cracked lot but we’ll see how it goes.

With the vampire stories I really need to have a look through my drafting file and transfer the completed 1st drafts over to the main Scrivener file as it’s looking a little messy (over 20k there now).

That’s all for now, folks! I hope everyone had an awesome Sunday.