29th October 2020

Hey folks! 772 words today and planning for NaNo, as well as tidying up my office so it’s ready for Sunday evening when I get home from work.

In other news I can reveal what the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times is. It’s an anthology called Beneath The Leaves from Burdizzo Books to celebrate the birthday (I’m not saying which birthday but it’s a milestone one) for Em Dehaney. Here’s the link:

It was a massive honour to be included in Beneath The Leaves as Em is a fantastic human being and I think the work everyone has put into this shows that.

Horror movie and research 😊

I’ve not felt this capable for a very long time. I’ve got one element in my life which isn’t how I wish it was, but that’s not just something that I can fix with a flick of a switch.

Right, another busy day tomorrow. So I’m going to read a little of Beneath The Leaves and then bed.

Night folks!

25th September 2020

Just a quick post this one. I did break the thousand words mark, getting 1075 done for the day, and I did a red pen edit of a short story I wrote recently. It felt good to get something a little different done writing wise.

I did get through some more of the filing work though. I’m now at the point where I can start sorting the piles into the separate projects and then get them into the cabinets I’ve got for them.

Right, thats it for tonight. I’m gonna chill out for a little bit and then get my head down.

Good Morning, Thursday 10th of September 2020

Good morning folks! I have a day where I’m waiting in for workers from our gas supplier to finish working outside our house so they can come in and check it.

I’m not complaining though. It’s my day off anyway and I was planning to get plenty done (I’m sure I can endure the drilling right outside my office window! that’s what music is for).

Raven’s obviously had a hard night! 🙄😂

I have overlaid a little this morning. I got up about 8am when I was planning to get up around 7am. Honestly though, I think when I set the alarm I knew it’ll be more eight than seven that I woke.

Max joining me this morning. He’s not normally allowed in this part of the house so he’s been exploring! And yes, he had to bring his ducky!

I’ve got a couple of appointments to prepare for, and I’m hoping I get a phone call returned that is pretty darn important but we’ll see on that one.

Writing wise, I’m going to spend a good few hours editing. I’ve got a story that I want to have have the final part of my editing phase done, which is making the changes after red penning it. Then I’ve got two digital edits to do, which I’ll look to red pen next week. No, three red pend edits. I forgot about one I finished this week.

I also had a red pen edit on the zombie book to get done. That’s, as it stands, 22,000 words so that’ll take a little longer and I know there’s a lot I want to change with it. It’s something I’ve been thinking about since my last edit of it and there are things I want to change that I think will make it a damn site stronger. Also, not for nothing, the lady I’m going to send it off to edit is known for being brutal, but in a lovely way, so I want it in as good a shape as possibly before I send it to her.

I’ve barely put a dent in sorting my old writing files. There’s eight box files, and after a little look I think only one of the tubs has writing in it, but I’ve not checked the top left one properly yet. When I started I knew this wasn’t going to be a one day job. It could take a few weeks but I’ll make the time and it’s been a lot of fun so far. Some good memories and a few sad ones.

Right, I’m going to start prepping for my appointments today. Then I can get into editing. I’ve not mentioned writing really, but I am going to try and get some words written at some point today. I know what I’m going to be working on now, Vampire book, and I know how the first two stories are going to go. So, I know what I’m doing when not editing. My aim is to have the vampire book done by NaNoWriMo (November).

Have a good day, folks! I’ll touch base before the end of the day.

Good Morning Monday 7th September 2020

Something I miss doing is writing a blog post first thing on a Sunday morning. I used to get up, make a cup of tea and sit down with my laptop and write a post about the coming day. That was when I had a six day week with set hours. I’d always have Sunday’s off and that was the day of the week where I’d attempt to get a good days work done. Mostly I’d write or edit till midday and then put my feet up for a few hours.

Now, I’m not going to be able to do that today. I’ve got two book cases to put together and another unit that my aunts given me. That’s more of a wall unit though, which I think is going to be really useful. Once those are up then I can start getting bits and pieces on them, in particular my books. Those are squashed onto one at the moment so it’ll be good to get them onto these two where I can get them properly organised (and then I can do the same with blu-rays/dvds.

Max being photogenic (and nosey 🤣)

I am going to be getting words worked on, but I’ve got a lot to be doing around it. So, a busy day ahead.

4th September 2020

Good evening, Folks. I have had a day where I’ve not done much writing. Which I’m feeling shite about. I had time to get more done than I did, but I chilled out. I wrote 338 words on a short story, but that was it. I wanted to get nearing a 1000 words, despite not having a lot of time, but I just crashed out.

Running errands 😎

I ran errands this morning, including getting a couple of bookcases for my office, and then gave my parents car a quick once over (I gave mine an even quicker wash, I really need to get some bits and pieces and give it a damn good once over). I haven’t put the bookcases up. Partly because I’ve pulled something in my elbow and need to save it for work over the next couple of days, and I crashed out because I’m beat. I’ve been working my backside off over the last few weeks and I’m feeling it. I’m really enjoying my job, and the last few weeks have been a lot of fun there but I need some down time. One of the aspects of my job that I love is it being shift work. So I’m getting a nice chunk of time even when I am at work to get some words done.

Next week I’ve got to dive into something non-writing related. Something that I can’t go into here, but it’s the most important part of my life and it’s time for me to dive in and get rolling.

I will make time to get the spaces clear for the bookcases, and get them built. Then I’ve got to get the books onto the shelves, which I’m going to do properly……….

But I will be getting words written and edited. I’m feeling goof about this short story I’m working on, I think it’s going to be a nice piece once it’s done.

I do need to get back on track, I know this. The next week will be one where I’m getting back on track. I’ll have the time, I’ve got the work to do. I’m going to write a to-do list and try and do my best to start ticking the bits off it. I’m gonna do the list just after I’ve put this post up.

I’m going to end this post with giving a mention for the Elements Of Horror series from Red Cape Publishing. Four books in the series, I’ve got a story in book two: Air. All three books deserve checking out though. I’ve listened to the first three and am currently on book four: Water, and I’ve got to say these stories in these four books are damn good. I know I’m biased, I’m in one. So I get it, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it. Please check them out, they’re all out in audio as well as ebook and paperback.

Earth – https://mybook.to/BookOneEarth

Air – https://mybook.to/BookTwoAir

Fire – https://mybook.to/BookThreeFire

Water – https://mybook.to/BookFourWater

Very proud to be in this anthology 😊

Right folks, I’m off to get that list done and then I’ll be getting my head down.

Have a good one, folks 😊

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.

24/8/2020

Good evening, Folks! 436 words written tonight and 6808 words edited, and I’m knackered!

So only a short post tonight. A busy week with work and a few other things but I’ll crack on and write and edit in the time I do have. It’s not a case of if I have the time, it’s a case of making the time. It’s not hard, granted I’m in a privileged position where I do have the time to make for writing. I’m not going to waste that this time.

23rd August 2020 (Oh Yeah!)

1698 words done, and a short story first draft done! Seriously happy with this. It follows a lovely afternoon with family. I’m really happy with the way the story has gone, and I’m looking forward to diving into the edits this coming week.

This story is for an anthology that I’ve seen the call for. So I’ll get it in as good a shape as I can before getting it to my beta readers and then off to the editor.

I already have the next story underway, as I’ve mentioned in the last couple of posts. It’s a way off being finished, but I’ve got a good feel for it. This is for an anthology as well, I’ve got to check the submission window and see what time I have to play with.

These two stories are for an anthology series and I’ve got a feeling that this one, that isn’t even a thousand words yet, has it’s deadline before the one I finished today. So I’ve got to look it up in a minute.

I’m really enjoying having my own little space to write. It was nice just going in, popping the window open, getting some music going and just writing. It’s a nice space with a good feel and even though it’s not nearly done yet I can see little things that I want to do to it as I go.

Dizzy hanging out in the office, okay not hanging out but asking for dinner! 🤣

Today has been good, a little emotional at times, but not bad emotionally. One part of my life is shite, and will be for a while I believe but I’m not letting anything defeat me. I’m fired up, and can see how (writing wise) the next eighteen months could go.

Tomorrow, I go again 😊

Friday 21st of August 2020

Good evening folks. How is everybody doing?

I have had a good day, well aside from waking to see I had to do a forth coat of paint this morning. That green really was a bastard to paint over. If I could go back and slap myself sixteen, seventeen years ago I would do. That said, I think it looks good. I ran out of the paint I was originally using, so used some my parents had left which I actually like a lot more.

It felt good though, best part of two days of moving furniture and painting. It was nice to do something practical. The news I had Monday hit me harder than I realised and having something I was able to get physically stuck into that is something I needed. I’ve been doing something that will aide my long term goals with writing. I know how lucky I am having this space and I’m going to make the most of it.

As you can see from the pictures the original colour was very patchy after two coats. I’m okay decorating, but it’s not something I’m skilled at. That said, the fourth coat went on well this morning (sorry I forgot to take pictures), and I gave it a couple of hours to dry. I literally had just enough to do that fourth coat and two in the wall cupboard.

Once the paint had dried it was time to get the furniture in place. Although an office I need to have my wardrobe and a chest of draws in there. The wardrobe was the hardest to move just because of the weight but I got it where it’s going. Then slid the desk against the chimney stack and then a plastic unit by the chest of draws.

Raven investigating.

I had shelves in one of the alcoves which I couldn’t get to go back in, so my dad is going to get some wood and make me three more shelves to replace the ones that didn’t fit back in. After probably twenty years, they’d warped and it just wasn’t going to work. Having those shelves there will be handy, so I’m glad I’ll still have some there.

The green lampshade will be going at some point.

The layout was easy, one of the things I like is a nice bit of floor space. I don’t like feeling boxed in too much and how it’s laid out now I like.

I like the basics of this set up. Desk in the middle, printer to my left. You can see the brackets for the shelves on the left hand side alcove. That will pretty much stay like that. I’ll probably get a new unit for the printer to go on one day but it’s not a priority. The shelves I’m going to use for file storage.

On the right hand side in the other alcove you can see containers of paperwork. That is mainly old drafts that I almost threw out when I moved out, I’m glad I didn’t. I’ll find storage for them now I’m back here. That’s my history as a writer. I’m not going to just toss it aside. The sad part is there’s a lot more and when I was planning to toss it, a lot got mixed up. So I’ve got a lot to sort out at some point. eventually there will be a book case in that alcove.

Some new curtains will be added as well.

I really like this layout. I’ve got plenty of room to move and pace when I’m stuck. Once I finished getting it all sorted (the wall cupboard is still a bit of a mess but that’ll have to be sorted properly later on), I had a shower and got a little bit of writing done. Only 487 words but good words.

This evening I’ve also edited 16357 words this evening after I ate. This gets my zombie novella done with this stage. Tomorrow I’ll print it out and red pen it in the next few days.

I’m thinking about what’s going to be handy to have in here, I think one of the first things will be a dry/erase board, which I think I’ll put on the wall above my desk. I don’t really need much, but there’s things I’ll add to the space over the next few years that’ll be both for decoration/inspiration but also practical things that’ll aide with the writing process. I’ve got a few items to decorate the space already, which are things I have in my room. I’ve just got to choose which ones.

So, it’s a been a very productive day. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the space and upping my productivity. I know how lucky I am having this space, I really do. I’m not going to squander it.

How about you? Do you have a space to write in, or is it a case of writing wherever you can.

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!