Back At It

This week for the first week since we moved when I’ve been able to sit down and do some writing. It feels really go to be able to sit down and make some progress on my current WIP.

I consciously took some time away from it while we moved so we could get things sorted for the old and new houses. I’d say we had some down time after the move, but we didn’t stop during those two weeks. We were either having people in doing jobs for us or we were busy unpacking boxes.

Although we never stopped doing stuff, by the end of last week I was ready to get back into my writing. I miss it when I’m not doing it and although I’ve not done a great deal this week – I’ve just been going through what I’d already written on The Next Stage 2 – it was a welcome return and my head has been happier for it.

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I took a bit of a knock last week. I’d been waiting to see the orthopaedic surgeon and hoping that we would get to discuss the surgery for my hip. But unfortunately, he decided that if I had the surgery now, my recovery wouldn’t be great due to the loss of strength in my leg. I’m now going to have further physiotherapy (apparently my last physio was pointless according to the surgeon – woo!) I felt a little deflated after my appointment and felt like the past year had been a complete waste of everybody’s time, but now I see that physio can only be a good thing, especially now I’m probably under a surgeon. I’m trying to look on the bright side of things but at times it’s hard, especially when I’m in near constant pain.

To make matters worse, I woke up this morning to my back being extremely sore and I’m barely able to move…so that’s great. But I’m trying to keep my head above the line of depression and just taking this opportunity to write and work on some other stuff that I’m planning to do soon, hopefully I’ll be able to talk about it very soon.

It’s not been all bad though. My website has just hit the 5000 viewer mark, which is amazing. I didn’t think I’d hit that for a long time. I’ve also had a post reach the 100 views target too – you can read it here. So there is some good mixed in with the bad. I’m just trying to focus on that.

I hope your Friday is going well. I’ll be back on Monday with a fresh post. Have a great weekend.

Friday Houseday

The end of another week. But this Friday marks something very special for us. Today is the day we get to go around our newbuild house for the first time.

For the past few days, I’ve been resting up and have spent most of my time playing various games – mainly Oddworld: Soulstorm, Borderlands 3 and Detroit: Become Human – so that I can walk around our new house without being in a lot of pain from my hip.

As the days have gone on, we’ve been getting progressively more excited about finally being able to see our house, and it’s finally starting to feel real.

Today is our house demonstration. I’m not entirely sure what it involves, but I believe it’s where they show us where everything is and how it works. We also get the opportunity to ask any questions or point out any issues we may see.

We pick up the keys a week today, and we can’t wait.

Unfortunately, we can’t move in straight away as soon as we get the keys – we have to wait until our flooring/carpets go down. Although we just want to start moving stuff in as quickly as possible.

This journey of house ownership started around a year ago and has been a long and difficult saga. Moving house is stressful for ‘normal’ people, but when both of us have a mental health issue, it adds that extra bit of stress.

You’d think that now we have a date that we’re getting the keys, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel that it would be easier, but we just want to move in now.

We can’t wait to be done with solicitors and our landlords. Both of which have been a pain in the ass and pretty useless at times.

We’re aiming to get out of our current rented property in a couple of weeks, giving us a week or so spare to clean and sort it out to the stupid exacting standards that the landlord wants. We know – because they’ve always been a pain in the ass – that they will be extremely picky about stuff, so they won’t have to give us our full deposit back. We’ve entirely accepted that we won’t get it all back because we know they’ll find something to complain about. We’re just doing everything we can to limit it…but there’s only so much we can do.

With the move imminent, I haven’t done any writing work since the release of Blindsighted. I just can’t focus on anything because we need to do things around the house, and we’re surrounded by boxes. I’m hoping that once we get in the new house, I will be able to jump straight into my next WIP – which may be the sequel to The Next Stage.

I can’t stress how much we’re looking forward to decorating and making this new house our home. I’d be lying if I said the main thing I was looking forward to wasn’t setting up the new games room. We’ve already been sketching some layouts and looking at things that we can do with it. I’m excited to get all my consoles back out, on display and usable. It feels like they’ve been packed away for decades. The only problem I will have is what I play first – because, of course, they will all need testing.

I’m hoping we can get loads of photos this afternoon when we visit the house, so be sure to check out my Twitter and Instagram and our house Instagram.

I hope your Friday goes well and that you have a good weekend.

Writing Update – Blindsighted Second Draft

A few weeks ago I finished the first draft of my new paranormal/ horror story Blindsighted.

Rather than taking a break from writing I decided to jump straight into another WIP this one an as yet untitled sci-fi. I’ve got a few chapters and have a vague idea of where I’m going with it but I spent most of my time researching dreams, mainly what happens to us if they don’t dream, as this is a pertinent part of this new WIP. I won’t go into it much at this stage though.

After a couple of weeks of working on this story and putting together a few blogs for the coming weeks, I started to have ideas for extra chapters and ideas that I could slot into Blindsighted so I’ve taken this as a sign that I should get back into it.

I’ll start by going over what I have and then working on the extra bits and pieces as I come up to where they should go.

I’m excited to work on this story again as it’s completely different to my last release The Next Stage and I’m enjoying the change of pace.

Once I’ve completed this draft I’ll likely share the synopsis of it so you can have an idea of what it’s all about. The only thing I’ve generally shared so far is that it’s about “a man with no eyes” which I hope is whetting your appetite for more.

Anyway, back to the writing. Have a good week.

The End of a Holiday

Last week I posted about taking a break from writing over Christmas. I was only supposed to be coming back to it tomorrow (Tuesday), but I’ve missed writing more than I ever thought I would, so I’m starting again today.

When I worked my 9-5 – even though it wasn’t really 9-5 – in IT, and had time off, I dreaded going back into the office. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy my job – in the most part – but I hated going into an office, or more recently, logging on while working from home. Now I’m writing full-time, I feel more relaxed with what I’m doing, which is doing wonders for my mental health.

Doing my own thing helps so much. Having the option of not doing anything if my brain is having an off day reduces the stress I feel on a daily basis, and I can just relax until I feel better. There was nothing worse on a day when my brain was rebelling than having to put my “happy face” on and pretend I was okay when inside I was screaming. Being able to take a break whenever I like also helps. I can have a wander, or get a drink/snack, without anyone monitoring the length of time I take away from my desk. It’s so freeing.

Anyway, today I’m back at it, and I’ll mostly be working on some blog entries for Wednesday and Friday. I’ve got a few ideas that I’ve been working on for the games blog on Wednesday, and I’ll no doubt have something to say on mental health on Friday, because, well, I still have my brain.

I’m surprised that I actually managed to stick to the no writing for the last week. I didn’t think I would make it this far, to be honest. I thought I’d be on day 2 and then get back into it. That’s not to say I didn’t want to. It was almost painful at times being away from writing, the urge to “just do a little bit” was always there (it would never be “just a bit”), but I also knew that I needed to take a break, to recharge and not get burnt out.

Having some time off from actually writing words, didn’t stop my brain from coming up with new ideas for stories or where to take my current WIPs. So now, when I come back to them, I have a stack of things that I can work on and try to fit into them.

The other thing I discovered having time off, is that not having writing to focus on allowed the pain I’m still feeling in my hip to bubble to the surface and feel worse. I’m hoping that getting back to writing will not only help my mental health but also stop me focusing on any physical pain I’m experiencing.

So…back to it.

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!