Another Week is Ending.

It’s been a productive week, but I’m ending it with toothache, earache and generally feeling like warmed up crud.

When I’ve not been doing bits and pieces around the house, I’ve been preparing more blog posts, and I’ve managed to get a fair few banked and scheduled.

As far as work on novels, I’ve not done anything. I’m trying not to beat myself up about it, though. I don’t want to force it and produce something that I can do better when my brains in a better place.

I have been flexing my creative muscles on Twitter, though, by participating in the VSS 365 prompts. If nothing else, it gives me something to get the creative juices flowing.

Other than that, I’ve mainly been playing the Mass Effect remaster. I still love these games, and playing them again has been a joy. You can see my review for the first game here.

I’m hoping that whatever is making me feel like crap goes soon and I can get back to normal. I feel like I can’t do a great deal at the minute.

Well, that’s it for Friday’s update. I hope you have a good weekend. Monday’s blog will be a continuation of the apartment 42 ghost blogs; I hope you’ll come by and check it out.

The Next Stage; 100! (Bonus Entry)

It’s been a little under two months since The Next Stage released in Kindle and paperback form. Today it an amazing milestone.

It now has over 100 ratings on Goodreads, and every single damn one of them is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It has now overtaken Creatures with number of reviews and rating average.

This, to me, is a huge thing to happen and something that I never even thought would happen. When it 50 reviews and they were all ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I thought that was amazing, but hitting 100 is phenomenal.

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I had started work on the second book in the series. I’ve done an outline, and I’ve already started writing -so far I’m up to just over 4000 words, so it’s slowly getting up steam. I think I’ve for a pretty solid story so I’m hoping it’ll follow in the footsteps of the first one and be something that readers enjoy.

Below are all the places you can pick up a copy for yourself along with the Goodreads page.

Amazon

Google Books

Apple Books

Lulu

Kobo

Goodreads

Thank you to all who have bought it so far, especially those that have reviewed it. I hope many more people will enjoy it.

Monday Writing Update

Hello and welcome to another joyous 2020 day.

Well, that’s enough of that, let’s get on trudging through the day until the next crappy thing happens.

Today is the start of my “proper” blog schedule which should look like this;

Monday: Writing update, where I’m up to with projects, how I write, and what I think about writing etc

Wednesday: Gaming, I’ll be doing reviews or retrospectives on gaming throughout my life.

Friday: Mental Health, these will be posts about how I live with bipolar, thoughts on how to deal with different situations, and general chat about it to get things out there.

So, today is Monday, and despite doing a writing update on Friday, I’m going to do another one today.

On my current WIP, I’m around 50,000 words in, it’s going pretty well so. I’ve got most of the story down, and I’m just coming up to wrapping up the main storyline. It still needs some fleshing out, but I’d say it’s about 75% there.

Over the weekend, however, I had some thoughts on what I’d like to do for The Next Stage 2 – not an actual title – so I’m in two minds as to what to work on today. With the way that people have reacted to the first TNS – 84 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews and counting, I really want to get going on a sequel, but I also don’t want to do it just for the sake of it and screw it up, so we’ll see what I can work out with it and go from there.

While I’m talking about TNS and the reviews it’s gotten, part of me still can’t believe that all it’s got are the ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews and 84 at that. It means a lot to me that people are genuinely enjoying it and a lot of readers are saying they look forward to a sequel. There is also an element of pressure that I feel now, the want to do another book in the series but to also make either better, or at least, as good as the first entry. It’s now all about no rushing to do another, maybe dipping in and out of it while working on other things, or perhaps once I get going it will just flow out of my like the first; who knows?

The other thing, of course, is that I have started writing an outline for it, something which I didn’t do for the first or anything else that I’ve written. I don’t know if putting too much thought into it will be a problem, or whether for this one I need to think about it more. For TNS, I did some researching, for the likes of locations, and some smaller elements, but I didn’t do a great deal of planning; and it turned out pretty well. For now, I’ll try to finish the outline and see how I feel about it.

That’s it for now, I’ve got a games post ready for Wednesday that will be scheduled and online at around 11am (GMT).

Have a good week!

Friday Catch-Up

So today is just an end-of-the-week catch-up.

Today, to celebrate The Next Stage getting over 50 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews – 61 at the time of writing this post – the Kindle version is free over on Amazon. But, if you’d like a Google or Apple Books version, I have so promo codes to giveaway so just let me know.

I still can’t believe how The Next Stage has been received, and I’m exceptionally grateful the those that have reviewed it and especially those that have taken the time to do a text review. Reading how you enjoyed something I’ve written just makes it all worthwhile and like I’m actually good at what I’m trying to make my living doing.

In other news, I’ve decided to set myself a schedule for these blogs, so I have a vague idea of what content to post. It’s going to look something like this;

Monday: Writing update, where I’m up to with projects, and how I write, what I think about writing etc

Wednesday: Gaming, I’ll be doing reviews or retrospectives on gaming throughout my life.

Friday: Mental Health, these will be posts about how I live with bipolar, thoughts on how to deal with different situations, and general chat about it to get things out there.

I may deviate from this on occasion depending on what happens in my life, but I’ll be trying to stick to it where I can.

I’ve also decided to start Twitching again – game streaming, not the tick I get when someone mentions Twilight. My Twitch link is on the main page, but I’ll also be posting when I stream over on Twitter, it’ll probably be a weekend day, so if you want to join me, you’re more than welcome. I did a test run yesterday with Cyberpunk 2077, I’ll be playing through that, but I’m also going to be doing a try of all the months new PSNow additions – a blog about the one we’ve been playing recently will be coming on Wednesday.

As far as writing goes, I’ve been working on my ghost story, and I’m almost at 50,000 words, so it’s coming along. I’m hoping that I’ll have the story finished before Christmas and then I can polish it in the new year and hopefully release it soon after.

That’s it for today, so have a good weekend, and I’ll be back with more updates on Monday.

5 Stars! (Bonus Blog)

I just wanted to thank everyone who has so far read The Next Stage. Especially those that have rated it on Goodreads. It now stands at an average of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ with 50 ratings. I can’t believe that it has gone down this well with people and you’re actually enjoying it.

If you haven’t yet read it, you can find everywhere where it’s available over on the books page of this blog.

By way of celebration of this I’m making it available for free on Kindle on Friday 11th December. If you would like it sooner on Google or Apple Books, let me know, and I’ll send you a promo code.

Thank you again. It gives me more motivation to continue with writing.

Cover Second Thoughts

Monday, Monday, Monday.

I’m back to writing this week after all the fun last week, what with pain meds knocking me into a parallel universe and ending up in hospital with an excruciating migraine.

Well, I say back to writing…last night I got thinking about the cover for The Next Stage. I know, I know, I’ve archived all the files, and I should be moving on and concentrating on new things, but I got it stuck in my head, so I had to do something about it.

I was thinking that although I do like the simplistic cover, I’ve always felt that something was missing. I didn’t want to move away from simple – simple seems to be what my covers are all about – but I felt like I could make it a bit better, and maybe doing so would make a few more people take a look at what it’s all about.

So, this morning I did a bit of messing about with colours, fonts and images and I’ve come up with something a bit different.

This is what it looks like now;

I’m just uploading and changing the cover art in the various different places that the book is available, so hopefully, soon you should see a difference on their site pages. I’ll also update on the Books page on this blog.

Now that they’re all changed – or in the process of changing – I can now get back on to actual writing.

I’m currently focusing on my ghost story at the minute, but I’ve also had some thought about a story that is tentatively called Dreams. Dreams will be another sci-fi story, but it may (or may not) have some horror elements too. I’ve not done a great deal on it so far, having only written the first chapter, but I’ve got a lot of ideas of where I can take the story. I guess we’ll see how it turns out.

Reviews for The Next Stage are still steadily coming in, and I’m happy to say that they’re still all 5-stars. I’ve also had a few ideas of where I might be able to take a possible prequel or sequel to this book, so keep an eye out for updates on that too.

Anyway, that’s it for the blog today. Hopefully, I’ll have more updates on Wednesday.