24th February 2021 (2)

Hey folks! Only about 400 words this morning. I had a few non-writing matters to see to, and I had a morning where I’m reminded of how good I can be at procrastination!

I have left the vampire story (that I’m still working on!) in a good place for when I look at it tomorrow.

I’m off work tomorrow but have a garden to start sorting out so I won’t be doing a lot of writing, but there will be time for word wrangling.

Right, off to work in a bit, have an awesome day folks!

I still love this poster from last years NaNoWriMo. I’ve got it above my desk so I just have to look up and get a touch of inspiration ☺️

Good Morning, 24th February 2021

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I’m not feeling as energised as I have been, and I’m writing this much later than yesterday for example. Something I do when I’m at work when customers ask me how I am I’d say ‘I’m good thanks, I’m always good me,’ It gets some laughs and it generally is true. Even when I’m feeling down I’ll try and snap myself out of it, because it doesn’t help anybody. I know it’s easier said than done. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I was finding things very difficult last summer, and it’s been a journey and a half to get to where I am now, and its a journey that will never have a destination. Because I learn and grow with each day, each challenge. I’m not letting myself hold me back any longer.

We have the potential to be great. Both on an individual level and as a species. Now, with the state of humanity in this day and age I think it’s going to be difficult for us to achieve that greatness, but as individuals. There’s nothing stopping us. Even when we get knocked down, we get up, and brush ourselves off.

On a recent episode of the Mando Method Armand Rosamilia said about me that I’m always moving forward, even when I’m taking steps back I’m moving forward. That’s what we all need to be trying to do. If we have to take a few steps back, its not a defeat, its a way of moving forward because we might not be quite ready for that next step. It’s like the timing of a pass in a football game. If you play it too early the recipient might not be in a prime position to take a shot. Sometimes stepping back is about being patient.

Right, I’m going to get a little writing/editing done before the day job. I hope you all have a great day, folks!

23rd of February 2021

Hey folks!

I’ve written 1155 words today. I’m not counting words edited as I counted those in yesterday’s count.

I have not finished this episode! 🤬🤬😝🤣🤣 I did get to a point where I could split it into two, and I might still do that at some point, but for the moment I’m going to progress as is and worry about whether it needs splitting when I do my first edit pass of the completed draft.

I am going to admit that I’m not super happy with how this episode is, and I might rewrite it when I come to the edit pass, but that is something I want to avoid doing if at all possible. I’ve got the short story for a publisher to look at tomorrow before work, so I might leave the vampire stuff for a day and go back to it Thursday when I’m off work and see what I can do with it then.

Right, I’m gonna start getting sorted for work. I’m feeling good with word wrangling at the moment. This is the most productive I’ve been for some time and it feels good ☺️

Good Morning, 23rd February 2021

Good morning, folks. I’ve been awake about an hour and have slowly eased into my day. I’ve got work later on this afternoon/evening but plenty of time before then to get some words wrangled.

My primary target this morning is to get the episode(I’m calling the individual stories episodes as I’m thinking of this book as a TV series in that the episodes all connect one way or another and build to a conclusion) I was stuck on last night finished. I’m still a little miffed that I didn’t get it done yesterday, but it is what it is. Sometimes we have to step back and try again tomorrow. That’s what I decided yesterday and I will be even more miffed if I have to roll it over to tomorrow. Honestly, I’m beginning to have a real love/hate relationship with this story. It’s a vital park of the book, it’s a turning point and points the story towards the conclusion of the book. So I need to get it right, and so far it’s just one part in the middle of this particular episode that I’m struggling with.

One of our garden visitors ☺️

I do also need to get a story edited that I’ve written for a book I’ve been invited to submit to. I’ve got the first draft done and the next stage is to get a digital edit done. I’d like to have it done by the end of the month so I might prioritise that one tomorrow.

Right, I’m off to get some work done.

Have a great day, folks!

Good Evening, 22nd February 2021

2029 words on Vampire Era, and 7914 words edited on Vampire Era as well. I’d like to of got the end of the episode I’ve spent the day on done, but it’s defeated me.

I did have a fantastic chat with two dear friends today. It’s been a long time since we’ve spoken and it was damn good to catch up.

I’m not going to ramble on too much tonight. I’m a little wiped out and I’m thinking a movie and then bed.

Good Morning, 22nd of February 2021

Howdy, folks!

I am still half asleep, I’ve already drank my tea and am feeling sad about that (but I can solve that by making another one!), but I’m almost ready to get cracking with the fiction today.

Yesterday was a very productive day, I feel like it’s got me back on track with the vampire book after being at sea with it for some time.

Today I’ll finish off the last episode I was working on and then copy and paste the next one over into my drafting file and get editing. I do need to get back onto Black Blood today as well. I’ve been away from that project for far too long now so I need to reconnect with it and get moving with it again. I need to get that ending mapped out and off the ground. Once I’ve got a completed story then I can start knocking it into shape. Don’t even get me started on Penal Earth!

Most of my work is done on laptop, but that’s only because my desktop only works when it want’s too. I’ve got to get it checked out once lockdown is over, hopefully it’s not a major fault. I can work easily enough from my laptop but sometimes its just easier to work from teh desktop as it’s got a bigger screen, especially for editing.

This was a few weeks ago when it worked last.

But hey ho! We work with what we’ve got. If it came to it I’ve got pens and paper, so I can always get the stories down.

I’m going to get started now. I hope you all have good days, I know times are tough at the moment but we can get through them.

Good Evening, 21st of February 2021

Hey Folks, I hope everyone is well?

Today I managed to write 1384 on the vampire book, finishing another chapter. I’ve also edited 7686 words on the next episode, which I thought I’d finished writing but I haven’t. So that may be tomorrow’s primary writing exercise. I don’t think it’ll take much, I think I just need to add a few lines and then more onto the next episode. I really do not want to keep rewriting and rewriting. I think I’ve got a good bases to work from with what I’ve already got and that it just needs some major edits and then I think I’m going to be in a good place to get the next draft done as only an edit draft. I’m feeling confident with this story over all, and I like the ideas I’ve got for book two. It’s a rich setting and I’m pretty sure I’ve got something good here.

I didn’t get any work done on Black Blood though. My writing energies were pulled to the vampire stories and when I’ve got that vibe I don’t see the point in forcing myself to work on another project as I don’t have any deadlines that are demanding my focus.

I forgot to mention earlier that my planned socially distanced walk with a friend was cancelled, so I made the most of the day. Tomorrow, I’ve got more time to work, which I’m planning on doing. I’ll be off to bed soon and aim to be up bright and early to get a good start.

Today’s random picture is of Max being a typical Doggo!

Good Morning, 21st of February 2021

Hey folks, I hope we’re all well. I’m getting a slower start to the day then I planned, quite honestly I felt like a lay in.

Yesterday was the first day since the 14th that I didn’t write. I had a personal matter that required my attention. Then I watched High Fidelity and got my head down.

Today, I’m going to bounce between the vampire book and Black Blood. I’ve not got any goals for the day, I’m just going to crack on and see where I am by the end of the day.

Good Evening, 19th February 2021

659 words this evening, and then I hit the wall! So, I’m gonna watch this weeks episode of WandaVision and then maybe a movie.

Working after an early shift does sap the energy more than I’d like to admit, and I’ve got to make sure I’m not burning myself out. I’ve got another early shift tomorrow and then two days off. I almost pushed through to try and hit that 1000 word mark, but I was struggling with the story, I know what I want to say with this scene but I wasn’t able to get the words right. Come tomorrow I’m sure I’ll be able to hit the mark, at worse, I’ll do it Sunday before getting out for that socially distanced walk with a friend I mentioned earlier.

I’ve had a period of heavy fatigue where I wasn’t able to get much writing done. I feel like I’ve come out the other side of that and am getting back on track again.

Right, time for dinner and feet up (jarred my ankle this morning so should really rest it up a bit before tomorrow).

*edit: dinners been demolished, now watching a movie 😁

Good Afternoon, 19th February 2021

Hey Folks, how are we all doing?

I’ve not written yet. After I finished work at 1pm I did some shopping and then have managed to faff about for the last couple of hours so am only now sitting down to work. I’m planning on working until about 6pm and then it’ll be feet up with a bit of TV I think tonight, maybe a movie. I’ll see how I feel. I’m in work early again tomorrow but then have two days off!

Sunday I’m going for a socially distanced walk with a friend, so I might not get a lot done then. On Monday I’ll crack on and get some progress made.

I’m feeling pretty darn good today. I had a good nights sleep and even though I’m feeling tired now, I still feel like I’ve got a real good mindset at the moment and I’m eager to get cracking.

With that in mind, time to get to work! If Dizzy’ll let me!