16th Of September 2019

Hi folks, the weekend was as I expected and busy. I didn’t get much done at the write-in but I wasn’t expecting to. Come November it’ll be a different story.

I did read through more of CS1 at the write-in and now just have to collect all my notes and start mapping out what needs to be added. I probably won’t be working on it too much this week, simply because I won’t have the time. I think that’s a good thing though. It’ll give me time to think it over and see how it feels seeing as I’m able to let it rest a little.

Onto today though. I wrote about 600 words on the fanfic piece and I’m pretty happy with that. This is my fourth of fifth attempt at getting this done and I like to think I’ve got a good feel for it this time. I was a little stuck the last time I looked at it but did find a way through when I was working on it today.

Reading wise, I’m still reading Christopher Law’s Chaos Tales Vol. 1. I listened to Dirty Deeds 2 by Armand Rosamilia last week and loved it! This series has me hooked well and truthfully now.

I’m gonna wrap it up here. I’m going to aim to get closer to that 1000 words tomorrow.

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13th of September 2019

Good evening folks, I’m just writing a quick post tonight. It’s been a bit of a slow week with writing. I’ve had a busy non-writing week, and I think the weekend is going to be like that as well.

I did attend A write-in on Wednesday, and have another one Sunday which is a bit of a surprise one but I’m looking forward to it. I will admit to being a touch wiped out today. I hit a wall of exhaustion about 3pm and psyched myself up and cracked on with the last few hours of the working day. Then I came home and cleaned the henhouse out because I won’t have time over the rest of the weekend.

I’ll admit to flailing a lot the last couple of weeks. I’ve got to get back on the wagon as it were. I’ve finished reading through CS1 and have a few ideas of what I want to add. I have been writing a few words on the fan fiction piece but if I’m honest I feel a little like I’m adrift as opposed to having my sails out and picking up the wind. I need to sit down and really figure out the details of what I want to do exactly with CS1. I do have ideas, I have notes scattered everywhere. I need to collect them all and put them into one file and figure out where they need to go.

This was meant to be a short post….. but hey! It’s me!

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The things I have to do to stop senior kitty Dizzy eating my power cable.

 

9th of September 2019

A super quick post tonight. Yesterday I didn’t do much editing on CS1, instead I started reading through to refresh my memory of the story and characters. I was going to do more tonight but the evening got away from me a little, and I kind of didn’t feel it tonight. I had the urge to just write so I knocked out a few words on the fan fiction piece. 760 in all.

That’s it for now. I’m going to read for a while and then get some sleep.

Good Morning, Sunday 8th of September 2019

Good morning folks. I’ve not done a lot of writing the last couple of days. I did write 668 on the fanfic I started last week but yesterday was just one of those days where I couldn’t find the time to get anything done.

Friday night I went with my girlfriend and my buddy Stefan (Stefan’s Daily Gaming) and his partner to see IT Chapter 2. It was really good. I think I liked the first of the two films a little better but as a whole its a good story and I like what they’ve tweaked from the book. I know with adaptations you’ll never be able to hit all the notes a book does but I think with this one they’ve got it spot on. For me these films aren’t scary, I like them but they don’t make me squirm in my seat, and there wasn’t any real jump scares that got me with this one. I’m not taking anything away from the two movies, horror is very subjective as we all fear different things and although I love these films, they don’t rattle me like The VVitch and The Ritual did. I think I’ve learnt with Horror movies in particular that if I re-watch them they don’t get to me, but if I don’t then they’ve had an impact on me.

Right, back to writing. I’m going to spend the bulk of the day editing on CS1 one with the odd dive into the fanfic piece. I’ve got a lot of work to do with the opening of CS1 which I think will follow through with the rest of the book, but we’ll see.

I just want to wrap up by talking about a couple of audiobooks I’ve been listening to. Firstly the first three books of Chuck Buda‘s Son of Earp series of supernatural westerns. I’ve really enjoyed these three books, and I never thought I’d say that about a western! but Buda has spun me around on them. They’re about the teenage son of the legendary Wyatt Earp and he’s life as he tried to become the man he wants to be. Well worth checking out.

The cover for book three of Chuck Buda’s Son of Earp series, Summoner of Souls.

The other one I want to talk about is Dirty Deeds by Armand Rosamilia. This one is a crime thriller about a man who is paid to kill children, but there’s a twist to what he does. I really liked this one. Rosamilia manages to craft a really deep story dealing with a really dark topic while keeping a good sense of humour in it. If you like your crime thrillers, please check it out.

The cover for Armand Rosamilia’s Dirty Deeds.

That’s it for now. I’m off to get some writing done.

5th of September 2019

Hey folks. Today I’ve made a few edits on CS1 and had a play around with a fan fiction piece.

I’m in editing mode. I keep writing new fiction which isn’t going anywhere when I should be editing. If I’ve got my laptop or desktop I’m editing. Screw word counts for the moment. If I don’t hit my minimum target for the year, does it matter? As long as I can look back at the year and see progress then it’s been a successful year.

So my plan at the moment is to get a completed edit pass done on CS1 before NaNoWriMo. I’ve left myself plenty of time to get it done as well as getting prepped for NaNo. Unless I see an anthology invite I won’t be trying to write new fiction until NaNo, with the exception of the fan fiction. But that’s just for fun.

That’s me done for the night. I’ve not felt especially well tonight (nothing to worry about, just a little under the weather), so I’m off to bed.

4th of September 2019

Good evening folks. It feels like it’s been a busy week, and in some ways it has. The day job is always busy but with writing I don’t feel like I’ve really got my teeth stuck in at all. Part of that is I feel like I’ve ran dry on the couple of short stories I’ve been working on. One I feel could be something a little bigger, while the other just died out after a couple of hundred words. So I’ve gone into editing mode again and have started on the CS1 edit. I’m planning on rewriting a lot of the ending and adding a lot more detail in the early stages that’ll make things later on work better. As I was writing it sub-plots came about that have no base in the early stages of the story. There’s also a few elements which I let drop accidentally as the story moved forward. So I’m going to pick those up as I go. I’m glad I’ve left this story for a while as I feel like I’ve got a better handle on it now I’ve let it simmer.

I’ll end up by sharing the link for my next story release. I have a story in the upcoming Elements of Horror: Air: Book Two. (Click the link for the pre-order). It’s released on the 1st of October. This story was one of those that came very easily and I knew where I was going with from quite an early part of the writing process. This is book two of four of a series from Red Cape Publishing. There’s a few more details here.

That’s it for tonight. I’m wiped out and my bed is calling.

Good Morning, Sunday 1st of September 2019

Wow, the 1st of September already. Two months till NaNoWriMo…..

Right, not thinking about NaNo just yet. Yesterday my plan didn’t quite go to, plan but I still got the core of what I wanted done, done. I learnt a lesson that I really need to have sink in. I don’t need to be in a perfect environment to edit. I cracked on with Zombie edits again last night and made some good progress with it. I do have an editor lined up to look it over but not the cash yet. But that gives me a little helping hand as it’ll give me time to let it sit for a couple more weeks and I’ll have another look at it before I send it off.

Today I’m going to look at CS1 and start getting that shaped up. I too often get preoccupied with hitting a word count for a day, but I need to learn how to balance things out and get what feels like a ton of editing done. I’ve still got short stories from last years NaNo that I haven’t polished.

That said, I’m at a write-in so I probably won’t get much done at all! Outside of November (NaNo season) we don’t write much during write-ins, but we have some great conversations.

With that said, I need to get my arse in gear. Have a great Sunday folks. If you’re working I hope it’s a productive one. If you’re chilling out, I hope it’s a peaceful one.