February 10 2020

A great start to the year!

2020: The year the of the writer's pen

I am pleased to say I have had a great start in 2020 so far! My new job as a Content Editor is going well and it’s so great to be able to write for a living, I’ve found it keeps me in the writing mood so the creative writing that I do on the side is benefitting from me writing at work. Additionally, the shorter travel times and more normal work hours have been much appreciated.

I am also super pleased to say that I have had two short stories accepted in the past week.

My resolution to read more this year is also making steady progress as I work my way through The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I still have a hefty backlog of the pile of shame of many, many books that I really should get round to reading. As for another resolution, I’ve had some great feedback on Vulpini and Wolfrik and I am going to revise them both and trim the fat on Vulpini a bit and then get some more feedback on them both.

I hope you’re all having a great year so far too!

Featured image is from The Gibson Book, by Charles Dana Gibson.

Edited on June 1, 2020: After the recent posts by Andrea Dawn of Tell-tale Books, I am removing all links and information that relate to her and her company.

January 1 2020

Happy New Year!

2020 is here!

I can’t believe it is 2020 already! The past year seems to have gone so quickly. I managed to stick to a couple of last year’s resolutions; I did post more on my blog, though admittedly not as much as I had planned, I did submit more short stories and successfully had one published, and I completed Wolfrik! So here are my new year’s resolutions for 2020, with some repeated from last year:

1. Update my blog more often! This is something I want to improve on from last year, I really should update more and if I am sticking to my other resolutions as well, then I should have more to write about with any luck!

2. Read more. I still have a huge pile of shame of unread books, but I have been reading a bit more lately. After watching Netflix’s adaptation The Witcher, it made me want to read the books (I’ve already played the games) and so far I’m enjoying the series by Andrzej Sapkowski. My brother in law also recommended Choose Yourself by James Altucher, so I am looking forward to reading that too.

3. Submit more short stories. I’ve got plenty of ideas for short stories, so I’ve got no excuse to not be writing more. I also have a few completed that I haven’t submitted yet, so I should start sending those out too. Hopefully, I’ll have more success in this year and see some more of my stories being published.

4. Finish NaNoWriMo properly. Once again, I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo last year, but I did improve on my previous total and it was this push that made me finally finish my first draft of Wolfrik. This year, however, I’d love to reach that 50k!

5. Revise Vulpini and Wolfrik. I want to revisit where the first novel ends and the second begins and see if I can find a better fit for both stories. I also want to get feedback on both and improve the stories based on the criticism I receive.

I also start my new job next week, so there will be a lot of changes for me but I am still super excited. I am sad to be leaving my GAME family behind as I have so many friends there, but this is something I want to do and I think it’ll be the start of a great new career for me.

Happy New Year everyone!

December 29 2019

So that was Christmas

...and what did I do?

Christmas this year seemed to be particularly good; there were no family squabbles, no tears from the kids and everyone seemed happy and grateful for what they received. One of my favourite gifts was a brand new netbook as my old one kept crashing, a real bugbear when you’re trying to do anything. I’ve never cursed myself so much for not saving more often. Thankfully, that is a problem of the past now!

Before Christmas, I finished my first draft of Wolfrik and I have sent out a couple of copies to beta readers. It’s considerably shorter than Vulpini. Given that original the two novels were planned as one, I might revisit where I ended the first and began the second to even the two out as long as I can find a natural conclusion to Vulpini earlier on. I’ve put Wolfrik to the side for now and I’m going to give it some time before I revise it some more and I’ll also take on board the feedback from the early readers.

In other news, I have a new job! I will be leaving behind my GAME family, who I have worked with for many years now. It’s a bittersweet move as I will really miss the team, but I’ve managed to get a job in the field I want so the time was right. In the New Year, I will be starting my new role as Content Editor for a large company. I can’t wait! I’ve wanted to get back into writing again for some time and so I am really psyched for this! That whole “New Year, New You” thing never seemed so appropriate as it does now.

Hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Featured illustration from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

November 22 2019

Birthday Update

Another year older, another year wiser

This post is a little bit late as it was my birthday last week, but I’ve been super busy until now. I received some lovely gifts from my friends and family, including these absolutely amazing Majima Goro badges made by my brilliant and very talented friend Kadi.

You may remember from my last blog post that I spoke about The Submission Grinder, which I had just started using. I am pleased to say that one of my short stories was successfully accepted and will be published online next month! I will share all the details when it is live, of course! I hope you all enjoy reading my story, but for now, I will leave the premise as a surprise.

NaNoWriMo has been going along just slowly… I definitely won’t be joining the 50k club this year, but I am still really pleased with the progress I have made. My first draft of Wolfrik is nearly finished, which I’m really happy about as it was one of my New Year’s resolutions! Whilst writing the sequel, I’ve also thought of some revisions I could make to Vulpini, so I will be looking back to that afterward.

I have a couple of other things in the pipeline that I am hoping to receive some good news about… but I don’t want to jinx myself, so I’m keeping that under wraps too!

February 2 2019

Feeling super motivated for February

So February is here and I am feeling so motivated and positive about writing at the moment. Maybe working through The Artist’s Way really is working for me, who knows! I’m not going to question where my sudden influx of energy has come from, I’m just going to roll with it. I’ve started querying Vulpini again, I’ve submitted to a few short story competitions and I even tried my hand at flash fiction for a new challenge.

I’ve also started trying to be more organised, setting myself monthly goals and mixing it up with different things so I don’t get burnt out just writing Wolfrik, getting despondent over Vulpini queries, or obsessing over short story competitions. I even bought a new diary (any excuse for new stationary) that has all these super helpful trackers and goals sections. I feel so mature about it until I remember I also write in new game releases in there and earlier wrote when preorders would go live for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.

January 18 2019

January Update

Ok so I haven’t been as productive as I could have been so far this month, most likely because I’ve been playing way too many games (sorry, not sorry). However, I saw these gorgeous fairy lights in Paperchase and anything wolf/fox related really makes me feel motivated to get some more writing done, and I have written a little more of Wolfrik.

As far as The Artist’s Way is going, I’ve been keeping up with my morning pages and working through the weekly tasks. It’s tougher than expected and it makes me wonder whether I’m doing it right. I never know what to write for the morning pages and so it often turns into a diary of sorts. Is this right? I have no idea! I am determined to see it through though, so I will keep on swimming!

I’ve also started re-submitting for short story competitions again and will hopefully have some luck this year. Fingers crossed. I also have a few ideas in the works for some new short stories so I should really start getting those written out.

January 1 2019

New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve been fairly quiet recently and I aim for that to change now that 2019 is here. Here is a break down of my aims for the new year:

  1. The Artist’s Way – someone kindly bought me this amazing book by Julia Cameron for Christmas and I fully plan to try out its 12-week course and hopefully see some wonderfully creative results! In particular, I aim to really stick with the morning pages even past the course to ensure I don’t get out of the habit of writing. Someone once told me that your creativity is like a muscle and if you don’t exercise it then it will won’t be as strong. Time to get exercising!
  2. Update my blog more often even if it isn’t necessarily about writing, but encompasses life events and things I’m up to. All good writing practice after all!
  3. Read more. I need to start reading some of my (rather horrendous) pile of shame books that I haven’t even touched. Some absolute corkers in there that I am desperate to read and I just need to dedicate the time.
  4. Submit more short stories. I don’t know why I’ve let this lapse. I was short-listed in a competition at the end of last year and so it was a really positive experience and should have given me a burst of new energy, but my motivation just trailed off.
  5. Finish Wolfrik. I’m past the half-way mark!
  6. Finish NaNoWriMo properly. Whilst I did take part, I did not reach the goal of 50k words. I can blame my trip to France half-way through November all I want, but I know that I just lost motivation.

If I manage to stick to even half of these I will be happy, but I’d love to be successful on all these points. Fingers crossed!


November 2 2018

NaNoWriMo is here!

Ok so I’m a day late out of the starting blocks due to a horrendous cold, but I am on it starting from today! Though it’s not the norm for NaNoWriMo, I’m not starting a new project, but instead using this month as a tool to concentrate some more on Wolfrik. Of course, I’ll only be counting the words I add in from today!

Recently I’ve been doing so many short stories and been on a competition submission spree that I’ve neglected my main novel and so this feels like a good way to get back into it. Mixing it up feels healthy to me and so I think a solid month of novel writing will be refreshing after all those short stories.

If you’ve never taken part in NaNoWriMo before, then I urge you to check it out and get those creative juices flowing! It’s such a brilliant writing community and could be the perfect excuse to write that story you’ve always wanted to!