Good Morning, January 3rd 2022

*so, I wrote this at like 9am and then forgot to post it! 🤭

Howdy Folks! How are we all doing this morning?

Yesterday I wrote 399 words. I had a few other things to do and because of that I knew I wouldn’t get a lot written, but I’m quite happy I go at much done as I did.

I think I mentioned it in yesterdays post that I’ve been struggling to get the words down, which is why I’ve switched to pen and paper writing again. I’m hoping this change in how I’m getting the words out will help get over this wall I’ve been running into since mid November. I should have tried this weeks ago, but I’m doing it now.

I’ve got another two days before I’m back at work so I’m going to be writing, but I’ve other bits I want to get done that I’ve been putting off. I’m going to ease my way back in a little and I need to get my arse into gear and get zombie edited. That needs to be a priority. I have some time towards the end of the month where I’m not going to be in work and will hopefully be able to get my head into it fully.

Right, I’m off to make a start. I hope you all have an awesome day, folks!

Good Morning(Afternoon), 2nd January 2022

Good morning, folks!

After a late night of gaming I decided to have a lay in this morning, and I think it was needed.

Yesterday I wrote 567 words, I think. It was about that number anyway.

It was a decent session. I hand wrote for the first time in a good couple of years and found it to be quite therapeutic. Last year I was struggling with writing, particularly towards the end of the year so it was a relief to be able to get some words down. It’s a story that’s in a universe I’ve already got set up but I’m not sure just how much I’m going to cross over with the main storyline that I’ll be working on.

I’m quite happy with the scheme I gave this one ☺️

Today will be a little more of a low key day with writing. I’ve got some other bits to work on before I’m going to start writing.

Have an awesome day, folks!

Good Morning 1-1-22

Good morning, folks! How are we all doing this this morning? I’d imagine there are a few sore heads surfacing from their beds, sofas, or wherever they found themselves waking after seeing the New Year in. Me, I was in bed and well off to sleep as the clock brought 2021 to an end.

I’m not really one for making a fuss of new years. When I was in my early teens my step-grandad died on New Years Eve and since then I’ve only had a couple of new years that I’ve felt were good. It has become somewhat of a time of year that I can come to dread. Some have been pretty darn awful. So I don’t really pay too much attention to them.

Dizzy doesn’t seem that interested in the fact it’s a new year.

The same could be said of New Years Resolutions. I never really saw the point in them as most people give up on them after a few weeks, and if you really wanted to change something in your life you’d just start doing it, right? Well, this year something feels different. I’ve woken up with a new determination to get my arse into gear and change a few things in my life.

The last couple of years have had a lot of change and growth for me, and I’m getting better at recognising when I need to be more proactive with making changes. I’ve known a few of these changes I’ve been needing to make recently, but I’m not someone who can just snap my fingers and make those changes. I need to let things process a little before making a start.

One of the big ones is I used to be able to get up on my days off and make a start on writing. I think back to when I was in the car trade and my one day off a week would be a Sunday and I’d get up and be working on a blog post by about 8am. If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a few years you may remember my ‘Good Morning, Sunday’ posts. Those started because I liked getting up, having a cuppa tea and knocking out a post about what I wanted to get done that day. I felt good getting up and having a good start to the day, and that more often than not led to a decent day. I’ve found if I can get a blog post written early on, or get a few words written, then it gives me a boost for the day. I feel like I’ve already achieved something for the day, which gives me a good vibe going into whatever the day holds.

My last selfie of 2021

Over the last couple of years I’ve lost my way with that, and I need to get back on track with it. And I’m starting today. This is the first time I’ve sat down and ever tried to write a blog post at this time of the day in a long time.

So although I’m not going to make resolutions, I’ve got a list of things I’m looking at being a little more proactive with improving.

Happy New Year, folks! Make it a year to remember for the right reasons.

11th of December 2021

Howdy folks! 401 words today. They came quite nice and smoothly considering I’ve not written for a few days.

I’ve got a lot of hours at work in the next few weeks so I’m gonna be doing a little bit here and there. No major work until the new year now.

Short and sweet tonight, I’m gonna watch Die Hard 5 and the. Get some sleep!

Rock on, folks!

8th Of December 2021

Good evening, folks! How are we all doing?

Twenty-one pages on the Penal Earth book 2 read through. I’m now going to start brainstorming some ideas while I transfer the parts I want to keep to a main file, probably in Scrivener. Then I’ll start connecting the dots and building the rest of the story.

I am thinking about my goals for next year, and I’m thinking I’m going to keep them simple. Penal Earth book two will likely be one of those that will be a major part of my writing year.

I’ve got a few other projects that are simmering, but mostly they are either short stories or completed pieces that need editing.

I just need to get my arse into gear. Strangely enough I’m finding doing an hour or so work at this sorta time of night is working out quite well. At the moment.

Right, I’m going to log out here. Finish watching Die Hard (first Christmas movie of the year for me), and then try and get some sleep.

Rock on, folks!

My supervisor isn’t very helpful!

7th of December 2021

Evening Folks, I hope we’re all well?

This evening I’ve read through eight more pages of my source file for Penal Earth book two. I’m getting ideas and thoughts on how I want to proceed with it as I’m reading, and I’m realising there’s not going to be a lot I will be able to carry over into the next book. Some of it will be used further down the line but right now A lot of that will be put to one side while I craft a story around what I will be taking from it.

Right, I’m off for the night. I’ve got an early start tomorrow and despite feeling very wide awake, I’m going to try and sleep.

It doesn’t cost anything to be kind. That is one thing the world needs more of.

I’m going to leave you with a video by the fantastic Leah Solmaz where she talks about boosting your moods. It’s really helped me tonight and I think it’s worth a little of everyones time.

5th of December 2021

Howdy Folks! How are we all doing?

322 words in about twenty minutes, just before I wrote this post.

What I did today was a scene that might be in book two of the Penal Earth universe. It was one that just came to me and I let it out.

Part of the excitement I’m feeling for the Penal Earth stories is my mum wants to read more from that world. She is my alpha reader and this is the first thing she’s read of mine where she’s asked for more.

It’s also a lot of fun to write. I’ve got this growing universe in my head that feels like it’s got a lot of potential.

It’s nice to be enjoying writing again.

The notebook I’m using for Penal Earth

4th of December 2021

I was going to have an off day, let some more of upcoming projects process but I ended up writing about 200 words.

Typically those words flowed really well now that NaNo is over!

Right, night all!

3rd of December 2021

Good evening folks! How are we doing?

No writing work today. First day since NaNo that I’ve not done any physical work but have been thinking a few things over.

With Penal Earth I’ve got a lot of story I can play with, and I think part of the storyline I’m looking at from the original draft won’t fit in with what I’ve got at the moment, so I think once I’ve done the current story arc I’ll get into it then. But we’ll see.

Right; I’m off to bed! Have an awesome weekend folks!

Random Raven picture 🙂

2nd December 2021

Good evening folks! How are we all doing?

This evening I’ve read through 28 pages of what I’ll be basing Penal Earth Two off of. I’m liking some of what I’m going to be working with, but as I’m reading I don’t know if I’ll be using a large chunk of the story. It might be a little too many plot lines to wrangle, but we’ll see.

There’s not a lot more to report at the moment. I think I’ll be doing a lot of editing and prepping in the next few months. I’ve got work which just needs polishing and other bits that I’d like to think about working on in the near future that I want to try and map out.

Right, time for a movie. Have an awesome evening all!

I think Harley approves