Month: May 2013

Thank You!



Just a quick one to say thank you for following me. I’ve just been informed that I now have 10 followers. It may not be much, but it’s ten more than this time last year. May the trend continue.


And just so I can’t be confused of not being multilingual….






Me and my medal.


This is me after a day that consisted of running a 10k and drinking a fair bit of alcohol.
After doing one more errand after posing for this picture, I lay down and was asleep within minutes. And I snored too according to my girlfriend. All worth it.

The glory of the laptop.


I would like to start off by saying that I ticked off something from my bucket list this weekend. I completed a 10k run in under an hour ( 54 minutes 50 seconds ). I’m hoping to do next year’s run and try and keep it up for the next few years at least. Wish me luck.

Ok. As you may or may not know I’ve recently embarked on a quest to write two stories at once without getting confused. I’m happy to say that this quest is going very well. Writing two stories side by side (ish) is keeping my mind fresh and I haven’t found myself struggling to write any of them at any time. By that I mean I’m not just writing to get my word count up I’m writing what I feel to be good stuff. Obviously this may be all completely binned come the editing stage but I’m quietly confident.

As for the title of this post, I recently acquired a laptop which is going a long way to helping me to try and get a writing schedule that I can realistically keep to. Since the New Year I have wanted to keep some kind of schedule for my writing. This would (or should) allow me to write on a regular basis and to read other authors stories on a more regular basis as well. I have always enjoyed reading other stories and having the people who frequent the websites I use ( being the main one amongst them) give me feedback. It’s mostly useful feedback I have received so far as most of them are in the same position I am.

My laptop looks is looking like the perfect tool to help get this done.

Just the other day, I found myself waiting for my food to cook and wondering what I could do. I felt like writing but knew that I only had a certain amount of time in which to do so before my food was ready. Then I remembered my laptop. Just sat there on top of my printer waiting to be used. I managed to write a full page for one of my stories which, though it could turn out to be completely useless, has got me a lot closer to being able to make that decision.

So, officially following on from my last post I have prepared a rough schedule for my writing. This currently amounts to whenever I post on this very blog I will look to participate more in the online writing groups I’m part of and the websites I’m a member of. On any other week day I will try to write something towards my two current stories. This all leads me to a question…

What is your current writing plan?

Good pie



Preparation of all kinds.


I’ve continued to write two stories at once and I still enjoy the hell out of it. I’ve not however been able to do this as much as I’d like.

I like to think that I have a good life balance and can spend enough time on each of the things I like to do. This past week though I’ve been a bit relaxed and need to get back into the swing of things. I’m prepared to do some serious writing over the next few days in order to make up for doing not that much over the previous few days.

I’ve got a clear plan in my head and I will hope to accomplish it over the next week and beyond. I’ll keep you posted of course.

My excuse for not writing more often you ask and/or wonder? (Possibly) I just fancied some time chilling out and doing next to nothing. This along with seeing my lovely girlfriend have meant that my writing time has become small and almost non-existent. I’m prepared to make up for that starting today.

I have also been preparing for the Bupa Manchester 10K run. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a while and I’m really looking forward to it. When I applied (because my girlfriend did and who is now NOT taking part due to her reoccurring knee injury) I was slightly scared as I’d not run 10k before signing up. That was back in October (or possibly before I can’t remember) but now my time for running 10k is 56 minutes. When I applied I said I could run it in under and hour so I’m more than confident. I know I can do better than this though and aim too either before the run or on the day. I’m prepared to push myself and I quite honestly can’t wait to do so.

Well I’m off to get some food and then start with the writing again. Laters


Two things at once. Hmm…Yeah I’ll give it a try. Oh and notes are awesome by the way.


I’ve continued to write my battle scene and I’m happy to say that I’m close to its climax. Not because it was a chore to write the scene (I had to stop myself from getting carried away) but because I already have the end planned out in my head. Now all I’ve got to do is make sure I don’t get carried away (again) and write too much. On a related note, I read a quote recently which sums up how I’d like to be able to write one day. It came from the mind of Linda Harrison and was written inside an article in the June edition of ‘Writing Magazine’ entitled ‘Short and Sweet’.

“Always remember that brilliant writers can pack more of a punch into one line than mediocre writers can achieve in a thousand words.”

The article was about freelancers pitching ideas to editors but this line stood out for me. And it was also written in bigger letters in the middle of the article which helped. I have always enjoyed a good piece of dialogue which could give a twist away or change the whole direction of a story, film or TV programme in just a few seconds. I try and aim to do this but in doing so I’m putting pressure on myself. Hopefully I’ll get over this and reach that goal of a truly great piece of dialogue. And in order to do that I need to write and write some more. So…

As I was writing my battle scene I decided to go back to an old story I had written and put onto and critique It’s my take on the vampire myth. If you want to see an older and extremely rougher version of it I posted it on this very blog. The blog post was dated September 2 2012 if you’re interested.

I’ve gone back to it and started to write the first chapter. I’ve found that it’s a good work out for the brain (well mine anyway) to be working on two stories at once. And I’m not finding it as hard as I thought I would as I’ve written a lot of notes for both stories. I’ll keep you updated on how this goes.

I’m going to get back to it. And I leave you with a few questions.

Have you ever written more than one story at once? And if so, how did you find it?



A little bit here, a little bit there.


As I got back to writing my battle scene I noticed that it could use a little something. I have done some writing for each of the main characters and showed them fighting within the battle itself. I haven’t however written about the battle in general and how it is going, shaping up, advancing etc. I looked over the advice I was given a few weeks ago and ummed and arred about how to approach it….

I decided to just jump right in and try and write a battle scene I’d like to see in the end. I always write like this anyway but whenever I’m writing any kind of action I always enjoy it a little bit more. I’ve managed to move the battle along and put my heroes in peril. I’m only part way through it and I’m looking forward to using smell as an indicator of the atmosphere of the battle. It has always helped me when I’m reading a battle scene and as I’m currently reading Giles Kristian’s Odin’s Wolves that applies this (amongst a load of other things) really well I feel I should at least give it a shot. This will all eventually lead to the prelude to the climax of the battle, which I’ve already got written in my head. I’ve also got to remember to feature the police at some point. They come into it after the battle has finished. They witness everything and then come in at the end.

I was going to have the police come in midway through the battle but I decided they wouldn’t be any match for the searchers(advanced humans-non steroid in most cases) and demons(a lot more powerful than them and have no desire to ‘stop’ at any time even when asked politely). The police are only going to be used to let the world know about the searchers and the demons. Which leads me to my question to end this post…

If you needed to send a message to the world and have it listen, how would you do it?