Monday, 6 April 2020

Just another update in the members area!

Just updated a page in the member's area... I'm gonna make a start on it tomorrow because it's unlimited submissions so I'm gonna make the most of the opportunity... are you going to join me❓  😄

Friday, 3 April 2020

Another update to the members area

Just added a new page to the members area - I can't log in to check it atm for some reason, but if you can then definitely have a look!  I'll add more as I come across them  😃

Any ideas please?

Hello again everyone.

I wanna make the most of the lockdown by at least planning, but hopefully also writing my next manuscript.

Sounds good so far, right?

Thing is though, I'm all out of ideas and can't afford to buy any software or books or even magasines to give me ideas... can't even afford the shopping until Monday!  Can you help me out pretty please?  If you've got an idea that I can expand on, I'll use your name (or a name of your choosing if you prefer) as the main character.  I'm all out of ideas even for the title of the manuscript.

I'm thinking maybe a fantasy novel but if you've got other ideas, just leave them in the comments in reply to this blog post!

If you don't have any ideas for MG/YA then how about a chapter book instead?  I'm totally open to pretty much anything right now and if you've got more than one idea, leave more than one comment and more than one name!

If you're more of a primary school ideas person then that's totally cool too, just a single paragraph with just the main characters first name is all I need for them - just leave a couple of blank lines in between each idea in a single post for those.

I write for all ages, but my muse has totally deserted me again, so I'm opening up the floor to you, the readers of my blog!

Over to you!  Can't wait to read your ideas and start on the planning out of my next manuscript!

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Another update to the member's only software

Just updated one of the pieces of software for my members... if you're interested in becoming a member and getting access to members only software, you can apply here!  If you're already a member then you get access to all the updates that I make, just like this.

Lemme know what else you wanna see on the site and in the members area and I'll definitely consider it and try and come up with something that hopefully exceeds your expectations!

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Book review: “Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers" by Chris Stevenson

“Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers" by Chris Stevenson 
 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 

This is a good start to the book, but in the UK everything is metric measurements now, so I very much doubt that the readers this book is aimed at will understand what the author means with the “nearly three foot in diameter” means getting on for a metre… even older teens are unlikely to be able to imagine it!

Same with the word choices of “fetid odor emanating” too! I’m already thinking that the readers will need a dictionary or a parent/carer/teacher to understand some of the word choices and I’m only a few pages into it so far!

I hope the author has permission from Wikipedia, Benadryl and Motrin to use their brand names in the novel!!

It’s getting better the further you read, so it’s worth sticking by it if you want to… it’s just way too telling, too many characters and using too many brand names which could get the author into legal hot water if they haven’t got permission to use them.

The author is really into their stride now! There could still be improvements and speech instead of descriptions but so far so good with this now!

The last chapter is a bit confusing… it’s just copied and pasted from the start of the book, isn’t it??

Not sure if it’s been copied and pasted word for word, but the last few paragraphs of the book make sense and it’s a positive ending.

There have been a few dull, boring bits throughout the book, but it definitely deserves the four stars I’m giving it now that I’ve finished reading it!

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Aaaaand it's finished!

50k words written in exactly two weeks ain't bad going and I've already forgiven myself for my JanNo mistake now that it's finished.  Means I can spend the day actually living and talking to Steve now lol

Onto my final chapter of the MS now

Just got 898 words left to write then it's finished and I can finally stop guilt-tripping myself about my JanNo mistake!

After that, I've got a novel to read and review and another one waiting for me too.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Achieved 6 chapters today, which means...

...I've just got the final 5 chapters to write tomorrow then it's finished in exactly 2 weeks, including technical issues meaning that I couldn't write for two of 'em at least... not my best ever, but still pretty impressive I reckon❗

That's my target achieved now, so...

...I'm gonna aim for 6 chapters today so that I can hopefully finish the entire manuscript tomorrow evening instead of Sunday morning.  It's within touching distance now though and will be finished in two and a bit weeks instead of the month I challenged myself to after the mistake, thanks to my memory/brain damage issues, of JanNo.

Hopefully be able to have an early-ish night tonight too, so that I can wake up, take the puppy for her stroll and make a start on finishing up the manuscript.


I've already written the same in 3 hours than...

...I did during the entire day yesterday, so I'm right on track for hitting the 5 chapters today, especially 'cos I'm having soup for lunch so I don't need to put my laptop on the floor today, which gives me an extra half an hour that I didn't have yesterday too.

Gonna take the puppy for her stroll then come back, have my celebratory J2O for finishing chapter 40, then get straight back to writing again.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

That's chapter 38 written now, so my current plan is to...

...write 5 chapters tomorrow, 5 on Saturday and the final two on Sunday.  Keep your fingers crossed 🤞 that I manage it please❓❗

Currently writing chapter 38 and hoping to...

...finish chapter 39 by the time I go to bed, write 6 chapters tomorrow to take me up to chapter 45 then finish the final 5 chapters on Saturday.  Slower than I was hoping for, but still well within the month I'd set myself, considering I've had technical issues and had to do a system restore on Monday afternoon that lasted until Tuesday morning and decided to go wrong so I had to deal with that and could only start writing again yesterday.  Not bad going though, I don't reckon.

I'm gonna give myself the rest of March off, then start editing on April Fools Day of all days 😀

How is your planning/writing/editing going❓  Leave me a comment and let me know❗

Friday, 6 March 2020

Just written chapter 30 so...

...I've rewarded myself with a J2O and I'm heading to bed now.

See you all at some point tomorrow.

Nite nite orl.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

As of right now, the first draft of my WIP is...

...officially half finished after only 5 days.  The puppy's coming home at some point on Saturday, so tomorrow will be another full, mostly uninterrupted, day of writing and I'm right on track for finishing on 10th March too, which is awesome and means I've still got ⅔ of March to myself.

I'll give myself a week-long break then crack on with the editing of my current first drafts in my "To Edit" folder and hopefully have at least one MS finished with the first round of edits by the end of March 👍.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

As of now, I am, officially...

I've just put the final full stop into chapter 20, so I'm now officially ⅖ of the way through the entire manuscript after only 4 days and tomorrow, assuming I write the 5 chapters I'm hoping for, I'll be half way through and right on track for finishing on the 10th which is awesomesauce.

I'm really back into the creative mindset again now, so as long as I keep working through the uncertainty that I have for the first half an hour or so every morning, I can just type and type and type all day again.

I'll hopefully get an extra couple of hours to write in tomorrow 'cos the puppy prolly won't be here then so I can start writing during the time that I usually take her out for her morning and afternoon strolls and I can go to bed later too.  Just gonna take it as it comes though... doing well so far though!

Gonna finish off my mug of tea then crack open the J2O while I read my emails for the first time today, then head to bed.  I prolly won't write any more blog posts tonight, so I'll say goodnight to you all now.  Thank you so much for reading each of my blog posts and feel free to spread the word!

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Just met today's target 5 chapters so I'm off to bed now

Just put the final full stop in chapter 15, so I'm feeling pretty proud of myself right now.  I'll even be able to have an early night too.  Gonna spend a little while catching up on my emails and Facebook then I'm gonna head to beddy-byes.  Gonna shut this browser down now, so I'll say nite nite orl until tomorrow.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Just finished chapter 10, soooo...

... J2O here I come!

If I keep on at this rate, I'll finish the entire novel on the 10th which is so totally awesome.

Gonna have my first reward of the month then head to bed I reckon.  See you all at some point tomorrow.

Nite nite orl.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Fourth chapter finished now, soooo...

Just put the final full stop in chapter 4, so I'm gonna shut down and have an early night now.  I'm hoping to write 5 chapters tomorrow but we'll see what happens.

See you all again tomorrow after I finish chapter 5... might make it every few chapters from tomorrow onwards, now that I've got the first day done and dusted.

Third chapter finished.

After a long, slow start, I've averaged about an hour and a half to two hours per chapter for the second and third chapters, so I'm gonna make a start on chapter 4, take my pills at about 7pm-ish and head to bed by hopefully 9pm-ish. 

So proud of everything I've achieved since lunchtime.

Going by past experiences, it'll be reasonably plain sailing now until the last few chapters 'cos it's the first chapter and the last couple that are the hardest for me to write, no matter how well planned out they are.

Second chapter of the day written

Just put the final full stop in chapter 2 and I'm past the sticky start I always have now, so it'll hopefully be smooth sailing with the writing now.  Aiming to write chapter 3 then take my pills and hopefully finish chapter 4 before I head to bed tonight.

Wish me luck❗

Chapter 1 written now, and I've decided...

...because it's a personal challenge, I won't set a daily target, I'll just reward myself with every 10 chapters I write, which should, in theory, be every two or three days.  I'm not gonna pressure myself this time though, I'll write as many as I can each day and not worry too much about how long it takes.  In theory, I only need to write 2 chapters a day which is definitely doable, just need to stay motivated and creative for the rest of March is all.

What are your writing plans during March?  Planning?  Writing?  Editing?

Literally about to start on...

...writing my next YYA novel.  I wrote the same novel for JanNo as I did for JanNo so I'm aiming to spend March writing the novel I should have written in January 🤣

Got the music blasting through my headphones which always motivates me to start writing so I'd better get on with it instead of semi-avoiding it like I'm doing now for some reason.  I wanna write it, but the first chapter is always the hardest to motivate myself to write, 'cos I want to be sure to show rather than tell.

Talk to you all again at some point soon.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Updated the writing software again!

Just updated the writing software again... available exclusively for my members only again!

If you're not a member yet, now would be a good time to apply for membership so that you can get all these updates as well as access to the secret parts of the site!  There's no point trying to hack into the members bit 'cos the updates aren't uploaded, so you'll just be wasting your time and energy trying to get into it there  😜

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Writing software

Morning all.

Just updated the members version of the writing ideas software, which is the only one that gets updated.

If you aren't a member yet, what are you waiting for❓❗  You can apply here and buy the full software at a big discount, then it's yours for as long as you want to use it❗

I update it as often as I can... last time was at the end of November 2019 and I'd love to get some ideas for things you want to see on the site.  Already got another piece of software in the works for my members.  There's already an exclusive piece of software for my members in their shop that will only ever be available to them.

Give me some ideas of things you want and I'll see what I can come up with for you - leave me a comment in reply to this blog post and let me know what you think and how you want me to credit you with the idea on the site❗

Friday, 24 January 2020

Book review: The Rings: Journey Beneath Sirok (The Elias Chronicles Book 2) by E.G. Kardos

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
This started off very slowly and  with very little speech so it was like wading through treacle, but when the author got into his stride, the book really did come alive.

I'm knocking off the star because of that and also because the main character was still a school student, so older young adults would put it down and never pick it up again.  Each new chapter started on the same page as the previous chapter too, instead of on a new page which was annoying because I like to bookmark the start of a new chapter on it's own page, but these started half way down the page at the earliest.

If you're a 13-15 year old who enjoys fantasy, then get this book... just be patient with the descriptions and very little talking to start off with.

It's a good book, it just doesn't meet industry standards, but with a bit of editing my an editor would definitely have given this the full five stars.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Currently planning out my next manuscript

I realised, literally minutes after finishing my JanNo manuscript, that I'd already written it during NaNo❗  D'oheth❗  Sooo, I'm currently planning out my next novel to write during March instead so that I really will have written two novels for the two challenges, instead of just the one.

I already know my main character's name and her dad's name but until like 5.30am 🕠 I only knew how it ended.  As always happens for me though, I'm woken up with an idea in the early hours and have to plan it out while I remember it 🤣  That's what I'm gonna spend the next few hours doing now that I've been smacked over the head by my muse again at last.

Wish me luck please❗

Thursday, 9 January 2020

The finishing line is in sight, so...

Just finished chapter 44 so the aim for tomorrow is chapters 45-50 then that's it until November's NaNo.  Not bad going for writing for 9 days❗  😁

Monday, 6 January 2020

Five days in and...

...I'm now past the half way mark.  Still hoping to be finished on the 10th, but if not, it'll be the afternoon (rather than evening) of the 11th that I put in the final full stop of the whole manuscript, which ain't bad going at all.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Three days in and I've written...

...up to chapter 18, so there's 3 chapters in the bank already.  Assuming I write 6 chapters tomorrow and Monday, I'm back on track for finishing on the 10th which is great going I reckon!

Gonna finish my cuppa and head to bed now.

Nighty-night-night everyone.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

First day of JanNo is officially...


After a veeeery slow start (as in 2 chapters in 8 hours), I've just put the final full stop in chapter 5, so I've written 3 chapters in 7 hours this afternoon/evening which is more writing in a shorter length of time than I did between 6am and 2pm.

Assuming that I can keep writing 5 chapters a day, I'll put the final full stop in the entire manuscript on the 11th, which ain't bad going at all❗

I'm off to bed now.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning❗