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6 07, 2017

Deconstructing A Panic Attack – The Climb #165

2017-07-06T14:40:30+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Health, The Climb|0 Comments

Wednesday 5th July 2017 I suffered with anxiety for years.  It wouldn’t stop me doing things and I would later identify this as high-functioning anxiety.  It would mostly manifest itself in worries that would just build and build into massive panic attacks. I’m not sure when they first started.  It might have been when I [...]

5 07, 2017

The Delicate Editing Of Chapter One – The Climb #164

2017-07-05T10:17:00+00:00 July 5th, 2017|The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Tuesday 4th July 2017 I’ve been doing some delicate editing today. The first couple of chapters are the real challenge in this edit.  I have to make some subtle changes to blow the protagonist’s agency through the roof.  It basically means that his plans have to be a little more solid. Of course, this means [...]

4 07, 2017

High Hopes, Low Expectations – The Climb #163

2017-07-04T12:25:10+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Monday 3rd July 2017 I had an interesting conversation in the pub with an editor friend.  We were talking about our various projects and he asked me what was happening with Black As Knight. I explained that I was fully prepared that it might not sell but that I had a figure that I was [...]

3 07, 2017

Staying Motivated – The Climb #162

2017-07-03T15:48:05+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Sunday 2nd July 2017 I hate it when the weekend is over, especially when it’s a weekend where I’ve done little writing. However, with the knowledge that I’ve been feeling a bit run down together with the fact that I was seeing Danny yesterday, it made sense to take a little break and refresh ready [...]

2 07, 2017

A Reunion With An Old Friend – The Climb #161

2017-07-02T20:07:03+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Geocaching, Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Saturday 1st July 2017 Danny is one of my oldest friends.  25 years ago we worked in the same voluntary organisation, and when I was I charge of national recruitment he was one of the regional coordinators. However, back then Danny wasn’t the type of person who looked charitable.  In fact, if you met him [...]

1 07, 2017

Sucstress – The Climb #160

2017-07-01T14:11:49+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Games, Health, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Friday 30th June 2017 I made up a word today. My friend (and author) Emma Newman was talking about that welcome stress you get when you’re doing something awesome but it’s still outside your comfort zone.  She was sure there’d be some German word for it, but I suggested we make one up. Sucstress I [...]

30 06, 2017

The Wartime General – The Climb #159

2017-06-30T18:42:22+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Health, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Thursday 29th June 2017 I think I burnt myself out a bit today.  I had a very active day where I was extremely focused but then never had any energy for the evening’s editing. The day job fun and games have continued today.  What started as demonstrating I had things under control within my department [...]

29 06, 2017

How Did I End Up In This Position? – The Climb #158

2017-06-29T21:07:27+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Wednesday 28th June 2017 People who have known me a long time know just how anxious I used to get about things.  I’m a lot better than I was (a LOT better as this edition will point out) but I can still get myself in a panic over the smallest of things. And then there [...]

28 06, 2017

The Story Is King – The Climb #157

2017-06-28T09:58:24+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Comics, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Monday 27th June 2017 I was having a bit of a panic this morning.  I woke to be no clearer about my quandary from yesterday.  My head was telling me to simplify relationships to make it easier for the reader, and yet my gut was telling me that the depth was in those characters and [...]

27 06, 2017

Trusting My Gut – The Climb #156

2017-06-27T14:08:34+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Monday 26th June 2017 Trusting your gut is a very scary thing, especially when the stakes are raised. I’ve gone through a few more pages today editing Black as Knight and I think I’ve found an area where my agent and I slightly diverge. For the most part, removing clauses and redundant sentences doesn’t bother [...]