One off, One on, and a pleasant surprise?



In case you noticed, I didn’t update my little corner of the internet last week. That was because I had done exactly bugger all in the way of writing. I’m not sure how it happened but that week just flew by. I do remember thinking about what I was going to write next though. When I had chance. Which was never during that week. But I did keep on reading Dorian Gray. I think it was once on the tram to work. So that was One week off writing. But then…

One week on it! As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I was considering writing a short story based around the idea of the two greatest warriors of a fictional planet. But, I’m thinking that will make a good, full length story or a novella. As I was writing the synopsis and background to it I realised a short story would end up long or novella anyway. Having put that on the back burner, I decided to sit down and write off the top of my head. The last time I did this, wanting to write a short story only, just so I can get a story written as the time before that, a few years back, I did the same thing and it ended up getting really, really long. I’ll get back to that little ditty at some point.

Anyway, I sat down to write a few years ago, off the top of my head, and that turned into my bugbear odyssey, The Town of the Mountain. And as I sat down to write a few days ago I began to tell the tale of a hunt. A bloke hunting and fighting a demon. Which has turned into part of the second book to follow on from Town of the Mountain. It has been running around my head for about a year now so I thought, why not put some of it down on paper. I’m planning on several short stories focusing on all the main characters that will feature in the second book. I have to say, taking a week off can be pretty good sometimes. I took a week off from running as well, which led to…

A pleasant surprise? I ran my quickest run for ages after a week off. Although what I got next took the goodness of that away. I received my running number for the Manchester Bupa 10k Run 18/05/2014. Last year I was in the third group to run, now I’ve gone and put myself in the second group. The white one. The group I remarked on, as they ran passed in the opposite direction looking all professional and that as I ran passed trying not to laugh at the guy dressed as a Rubik Cube, how professional and that they all looked. I was a little worried after I opened the letter but now, I’m looking forward to it. A challenge for me to beat last years’ time. And push myself further as well. I’ll go for a beer afterwards anyway so there is that.

Right, I’m off to do some chores. Hope you have a good week.


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