A little bit of writing

Between work and study I have had little energy for writing lately. I am planning/writing what should be my next major story, the first book of the series is currently name The House of Broken. The plan for today is to edit the next episode of Cats and Cauldrons though I think I require more coffee before I start.

Also I have written a new short story as part of the writing challenge I run with my students so once I have given it a quick edit I will post it up.

For now I shall make a coffee in the biggest mug I have and settle in to edit Cats and Cauldron: What is Written. And if that goes well I may write some more on The House of Broken, but more likely I will play some Tomb Raider.



So what have you been doing?

So I have been on holidays for the last few weeks and still have another week until I start back at work. You would think in that time that I would have been hugely productive and made some progress towards publishing Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder, but no.

I have been writing though. I have been polishing 2 short stories that I am going to enter into a competition, which is pretty exciting. This is my first time entering a writing comp.

I have also been working on and just completed another short tale in the Cats and Cauldrons series. Yay!

Overall, I have been productive and writing but maybe not so focused on some of the writing I should be doing. I still have a week of holidays left; maybe I can make a sudden publishing break through.



Am I done?

So, I think I might have finished editing and that this could be the final edit. And to be honest, that kind of scares me. If I have finished editing it means it is time to publish, to organise cover art, book launches, getting the copies sold. When I think about the process as a whole I have a mini panic attack.

The reason why I’m still not sure if I have finished yet is that I am considering whether I will have it professionally edited or not.

A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to some self-published authors and I am trying to weigh up all the information and experience they gave me.

Wish me luck and hopefully I will make up my mind soon (or procrastinate forever).



You Gotta Do What you Gotta Do

I may have just exceeded my usual daily coffee intake.

I love my coffee, especially when I am writing, and I very easily end up drinking way too much. So I impose a 1-2 coffee limit on myself. But today the writing gods are demanding more of me and I am up to 4 coffees already. Hopefully I can finish this edit before my brain melts.

3 chapters to go.

Just a Tweak

I have decided to alter the name of my current story, just a little. Instead of Coffee, Cats and Murder it will be Coffee, Cats, and An Act of Murder.

The reason is to open the stories and characters to sequels. I don’t have any current plans to do so, but I think it wise to have the possibility available.


Ready to Resume

Sorry to have been quiet for so long. I’ve been on a semi holiday from work and trying to play as many games on my Steam list as I can.

After my last edit I ended up with different endings. I couldn’t decide which I liked more so I put the decision to my editors. With a vote of 2 to 1 the new alternate ending has won out. So now I just want to read over it again to make sure everything still flows right. I original wrote it really late at night so there might be some silly bloopers.

Then I will be one step closer to the daunting task of publishing.



This and That

Woo, it’s been a while since I posted anything.

I’m still trying to tidy up the last edit I have been working on for Coffee, Cats and Murder. Part of me thinks that I am delaying on purpose because I am hopeful that I can explore publishing after this. *sense of dread*

In the meantime I have been playing around with another short writing challenge but I can’t quite settle on the tense. I started it first person but then decided to switch to third person and that was going great. But just then I caught myself suddenly writing in first person again.

I think I am going to have to check my tense carefully when it comes to editing. ^.^



I finally manged to complete the 3rd edit! This edit took far too long to finish and though I have some really good excuses why it took so long, in truth a lot was laziness on my part.

Now even though I have technically finished it I couldn’t quite decide on the order of a few of the end sequences. So I have ended up with 2 endings. I plan to give both to my friends who are editing for me and see which they like better.

The problem is that 2 of them are on holidays and so I must wait.



Back in the Swing

It feels like ages since I set myself down to write and in truth it has been ages. It did take a while to settle back in. A few hours staring at the screen and trying to remember what I was writing last time. But I have completed 3 chapters over the last 2 nights, so that is promising.

I seem to work best when I have a deadline to meet so here it goes.

I will finish the last 5 chapters by the end of the holidays! Better get the coffee ready.