Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Weekly Ramblings

Our New (Still pending) Arrival

Only a week to go until Son number two should make an appearance. If he has his Grannies timekeeping skills, we'll see him sometime in July! Things feel a lot more relaxed this time around, all our bags are packed and in the car; the car seat is in ready and MP3s loaded on to the generic MP3 player, hospital on speed dial. Son number one said baby this morning and pointed at mummy's tummy. Well he's not quite two, but knows where the new baby is at least. We've got his present from his new brother to wrap and put in the car yet, so he doesn't feel pushed out when his little bro starts getting lots of mummy's attention.

Book Progress

I'm up to 46,472 words as of today! We had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, even though the weather forecast was for rain and clouds, we actually had lots of sunshine and a bit of a sprinkling here and there. I managed to finish a chapter or two and evolved a big part of the plot, so am happy.

Other ramblings

Since our in-laws dog demolished our chicken run fence last week (and part of a chicken) I've had to put up a more substantial fence in it's place. We had one of the Omlet fences up, which is fine for our Newfoundland who couldn't care less about the chickens, but her sister decided chicken was for dinner and stripped it of most of its chest feathers. They're designed to keep chickens IN not dogs OUT. Fortunately, apart from a traumatized chicken or two, they're fine. We now have a nice chicken wire fence with a proper gate, which just makes life easier.

Future Niceties

My amazing and fantastic wife, apart from giving me another son in the forthcoming weeks, has also told me what she's getting for my birthday next month. A weekend away from her and the kids!! It's actually a good idea and very generous of her. I'm going to go to Highgate House, the place we were married, for two nights to get on and write my novel without distraction. It's a very comfortable environment to sit and work. They have plenty of rooms in different styles, a lovely garden and all the free hot drinks and WiFi I can consume. They also have a great menu in their restaurant, full English breakfast and a bar. We have been there several times since getting married, so hope the staff don't wonder why I'm there by myself!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Fun chat with a Bot on Skype this morning

My week is never complete without a random bot trying to get into my pants on Skype. It amuses me to see how unsophisticated they really are and I often have a "Chat" with them. You never know, the guy who writes the scripts for the bot may actually go through a few and read them.

Here's the transcript from this mornings bit of fun:

[07:57:24] pink.chapstick93: Hello! Please add me to your Contact list.
[10:55:03] BeakZ: Why?
[10:55:33] pink.chapstick93: Yay someone to speak to :) !! how r you?   
[10:55:44] BeakZ: Do I know you?
[10:56:14] pink.chapstick93: I'm awesome  thanks for chattin with me I found your name in the online members search :) what u up to?
[10:56:31] BeakZ: Oh god here we go again. Another sex-bot selling services
[10:56:49] pink.chapstick93: Ok, now you really lost me?? bot???
[10:57:07] BeakZ: Oh the standard "What is a bot?" Bot reply
[10:57:39] pink.chapstick93: I'm not too into exchanging pics .. I'd much rather see each other, you can see the real thing on my cam... u want to?
[10:58:42] BeakZ: Go on then, send me a link to the high-priced service that will infect my PC with malware and charge me a lot of money to see some not very nice naked women
[10:59:00] pink.chapstick93: you forgot it? lol its http://KpSWJtNz.invitealerts.com
[10:59:33] BeakZ: Forgot it? I've never "spoken" to you before. Whoever programmed this bot needs to get their script sorted out
[11:00:02] pink.chapstick93: Click http://TnAZ8ENt2i.invitealerts.com it's a more secure site with my videocam u will have to verify your age so I'm not showing my boobies to a minor ;), i had to do it too but dont worry its 100% FREE and its alot of fun once u get in ;)
[11:01:24] BeakZ: 100% free apart from the credit card details your company will then use to make fraudlent transactions, hoping that the unsuspecting persons giving their details won't go to the Police because they're embarrased to say "I put my details into a porn website". I hope the bot owner is reading this
[11:01:54] pink.chapstick93: hahaha!  call em! and tell them you are reporting a felony...  YOUR HAIRSTYLE!!  You might wanna get that looked at!
[11:02:46] BeakZ: Oh wow, an insult from a bot, I'm going to be so depressed for the rest of the day! I'm glad they scripted a "Police" response into your code
[11:03:10] pink.chapstick93: make sure you acccept Invite on the left, click it k?
[11:03:18] BeakZ: Ok done
[11:03:48] pink.chapstick93: ok, fill out your information, first and last name, make sure you put your correct b-day ok?
[11:04:24 | Edited 11:04:30] BeakZ: Ok, done that
[11:04:53] pink.chapstick93: Credit card is just to verify your age hun, your card will NOT be charged just verified see where it says that? like i said it's FREE... cant show pussy and privates to minors..you know? ;)
[11:05:12] BeakZ: Ah you mean I can't do this if I'm 12?
[11:05:32] pink.chapstick93: I'm oncam waiting for you.
[11:05:46] BeakZ: But I'm only 12, how can I see?
[11:05:58] pink.chapstick93: u in??
[11:06:04] BeakZ: Oh yeah baby
[11:06:18] BeakZ: All the way in, mmm good

Monday, 12 May 2014

Typical British Weather

If the weather reports on the BBC had been more accurate, I would have been outside more this weekend. As it happens, the forecast was for rain, our outdoor plans changed, so had time to write more than usual.

The climb to 50,000 words is feeling like a mountain at the moment, but I have a history of getting over the virtual "hill" and then being even more productive.  So here's hoping the trend continues!

Here's an updated chart with the current word count. I've also added the "Change" in red so you can see the words written on each interval.

Note: The same day appears more than once, that's just when I've submitted a revision twice in one day (paranoia anyone?).

Friday, 9 May 2014

Fourty Thousand Words ...

... that is all.

Oh and a big f**k yeah!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

I have a publisher!

Woo hoo!  It feels like something is really happening now. I know, I know, I've got to finish the manuscript first, but to have the support as a first time author really does feel like a warm comfortable blanket wrapped around me.

I'll post more details as the process continues, I think it's worth sharing the pitfalls and rewards as a first time author.

Friday, 2 May 2014

A couple of productive days

Well, it looks like taking two days off work to get on with the book worked. Is 8,000 words in two days good?


I didn't get the early starts I was hoping for. Up at 6am with the little man, childcare by 8am, had to tackle the lawns, done by 10am. A lot of today was spent talking out loud to myself, going over the plot and interactions of my characters. A whiteboard helped! Turns out, I had a couple of issues with where characters were going and that took a few hours to work out.

I think I have a more cohesive flow of plot devices and stories now. Time will tell.


Again, didn't start as early as planned. Had to take our dog to the vets for a check up after her knee surgery, so managed to get a bit done from 0800 to 0830, but didn't get cracking properly until 0930. Still, better than yesterday!

The words seemed to flow easier today, the conversation with myself yesterday certainly helped things along a huge amount.

Tip of the day

I was struggling to work out the next chapter that should follow on from where I left off. It was bugging the hell out of me. I knew where I wanted to go, but couldn't figure out how to get there. I found an article somewhere (I've lost the link, sorry!) that basically said, "Write a chapter of your book. It doesn't matter if it's the NEXT chapter, as that can leave you wanting."

Anyway, I paraphrased that A LOT. I was having a hard time thinking of what logically followed the chapter I had just written, but then read this article and wrote another chapter that came later. I knew I needed to write it, it just didn't follow on. Having done that, the block I had went away and the missing chapter manifested itself nicely.

This is a tip I'll remember and would recommend.

Word count update

I pulled out the various versions of the Novel from March (when I started properly again) and scripted the word counts. Here's a chart, 'cos who doesn't love a good chart!