So Monday I posted about how I’d been away etc and my intentions going forward. Starting afresh, moving on, getting back to writing. I had every intention of posting and writing on Wednesday.
And then Wednesday arrived, got to work about 9 and was prepared for the usual smattering of emails, project work and the day to day issues our users get. Id have free time at lunch to do some writing.
The early afternoon arrived (no lunch break yet!) and everything went to hell, suffice it to say that I left work at 5am the following morning and was back in at 10:00 on Thursday right through until 6pm.
Needless to say opportunities for writing, reading, or frankly anything (including eating) was minimal from Wednesday onwards.
But today is a new day, I’ve managed to post here, reply to my messages and might get a chance to visit some blogs this evening. Frankly though I’m expecting to look into the sky and see a comet about to land on the house because I’m seriously starting to think that someone is trying to tell me something!
Yes, I know. I really do. I’ve been away for what seems like an eternity. But I’ve got a good excuse!
Actually, no I haven’t. It’s unforgivable. I feel like I’ve neglected my blog and that makes me sad. And I’ll try not to do it again. I’ve been taking a break from writing while I get the story completely straight in my head (or at least firmly crooked to quote Douglas Adams). Not to mention the other things that have been going on such as work (and when doesn’t that get in the way), holidays (the next blog post), work and well, now Christmas.
So, for those of you who read religiously (are there any of you left?) here’s the current state of play……
Yes I know, I’m like a bus. You wait ages for one and then three posts come along at once. What can I say, I’m in a particularly ranty and chatty mood. Make the most of it, I’ll probably disappear for the next two months. Well, I’ll try not to, but you know how it is 🙂
Anyway, enough rambling. I’ve been reading through the third book (again) and have decided once and for all that I hate bits of it. Not hate in the same way that I hated Pterodactyl, but close. Not all of it you understand, I still like the first couple of chapters, but everything after that doesn’t feel right. I can’t quite explain it and it’s probably because I’ve spent so long doing other things and not writing, but somethings wrong.
Not so much a writing post (well, kind of but mainly not!), but I thought I’d share with you my experiences over the weekend.
Friday was the last day of term and our daughter was awarded ‘Child Of The Year’ for her class which we’re very proud of. She works hard and unlike our son who seems to remember things like spellings after the first attempt she has to work at it and she’s been working at it all year. I’m proud of both of them, but since my daughter was upset on Wednesday because she thought she was ‘stupid’ it was nice that the award came right on the back of her upset. She wasn’t aware she was getting it until her name was called out and the sense of achievement on her face was fantastic to see and I’m glad I took the afternoon off to see it.
Don’t get too excited, I’m talking about blog hits. Sometime in the middle of the night my 2,000th hit took place, I don’t know who it was, but I woke up this morning to it. Yeah, in the grand scale of things (and other blogs) this is a minor achievement, but you know what it made me smile and made my day.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about cover art and whether it makes much difference (here). So after changing the cover art and putting the book up for free I can finally reveal the answer to the question.
If you can’t be bothered to read the rest of the post then the answer is no. If you’re bored, a masochist or just plain curious about what this slightly weird blogger/writer is going on about and his undoubtedly wrong conclusions are then read on.
Yeah, slightly off the peg I know, but when I was driving home from Leeds I was being badgered by the lead character, Sam. Never one to refuse an opportunity for (a) ridicule and (b) expanding my horizons I decided to try a little experiment. So here we have the interview that played out in my head…… 🙂
Sam Johnson : Thanks for taking time out to answer my questions
W. Chaser : No problem. No holds barred policy here. I can’t guarantee to answer every question, but I’ll try.
While I was in the office today one of my colleagues asked if they could get hold of my book.
‘Sure’ I replied ‘It’s on Amazon. I write under the pen name of W.Chaser’
‘It’s £1.66. I’m not paying that, can I have a copy for free?’
I have to admit, I’m struggling. After publishing Shadow Retribution I picked up the third book (50 pages done, 15K words) and read through it again, sat down, started a new chapter and……
Nothing. Zippo, zilch, nada, big fat zero. I wrote a couple of paragraphs. I deleted them. I wrote another couple. Deleted them.
Now, before you get too worried, ‘Shadow Retribution’ is the name of my second book so you can rest easy that I haven’t gone and done something bad to anyone else.
It’s taken close to 6 months to completely edit, rewrite, re-read, re-edit, re-read and ‘fix’ all of the grammatical and spelling errors, but it’s now finished, and after reading it so many times I can definitely say that if I never read it again I won’t be sorry. Actually that’s a bit of a porky but you get the gist. If you’re interested the first three chapters are on the novels page and it’s currently under ‘review’ by Amazon prior to publishing.