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Progress Over Perfection – The Climb #65

Monday 27th March 2017 I had a very strange drive home tonight.  I’d taken the video camera with me to training to get some footage of me fighting.  My gorilla pod turned up today and I put the video camera on the end. But I’m very self-conscious about filming in public and on the drive [...]

The Self-Doubt Of A Writer On The Verge – The Climb #62

Friday 24th March 2017 Today was a day of doubt and a lesson in patience. The day job was a bit busy today.  I seem to have run out of youtube videos from the people I follow, and so the day seemed to drag.  I then had to go grocery shopping, cook dinner and get [...]

Great Review For Bastion

"The first story, Bastion by Adrian Faulkner, is a thoughtful tale of cultures and independence, personality clash and the fall of a great civilisation. It’s an excellent start to the anthology, and is possibly my second favourite story." You can find Bastion in the Summer's End anthology on sale at Amazon

2017-03-18T16:31:20+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Publishing, Reviews|0 Comments

Pattern Recognition – The Climb #55

Friday 17th March 2017 If you're trying to understand what I'm trying to do in this window between rewrites and submission, I think today's issue gives some real depth. Many years ago I worked for a youth voluntary organisation.  I had some great times, met people who are some of my closest friends even to [...]

2017-03-18T12:36:12+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Hype, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Execution Is Everything – The Climb #53

Wednesday 15th March 2017 Execution is everything On day 3 of my forced sickness and I feel like the cold I’ve been suffering either lined up miraculously well, or that slowing things down for a few days brought it to the fore. I’ve actually made a lot of progress on the health front today.  I [...]

Writers Are Inefficient – The Climb #52

Tuesday 14th March 2017 I’ve discovered that most writers are incredibly inefficient. It’s a criticism I’m also guilty of.  I’ve done loads of work over the last couple of years to change from a pantser to a planner – to go from winging the story as I write, to having a structure mapped out – [...]

The Micro And The Macro – The Climb #50

Sunday 12th March 2017 I had originally planned that issue 50 of The Climb would be my manifesto issue, where I would state my objectives and aims as a writer.  But then I realised that my blog post on The Year of the Offensive was just that. And so I was stuck for what to [...]

Cake Club – The Climb #47

Thursday 9th March 2017 Today I went to eat cake but ended up bringing it home. Last year, myself and a couple of other up and coming writers formed a collective.  The idea was to gather every couple of months, update each other on progress and help each other promote our careers.  We met in [...]

2017-03-10T10:24:05+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Swimming With The Current – The Climb #45

Tuesday 7th March 2017 Today has been a series of cancelled appointments.  I suspect it’s the universe telling me to get on with writing the big chase scene. Actually, I don’t really mean that.  It’s just been a series of unpreventable events that has meant that a number of social plans have fallen through.  As [...]

2017-03-08T11:32:43+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Food, Health, Hype, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

There’s A Pattern To Success – The Climb #44

Monday 6th March 2017 After my spate of productivity yesterday I didn’t feel I got much done today. I did clear off a number of work-related tasks so I suppose there was that but I’m very much aware of how many things I want to be doing (finishing this novel, writing a couple of short [...]