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Not Listening – The Climb #92

Sunday 23rd April 2017 There’s been a lot lost this weekend to procrastination / feeling exhausted and Sunday continued that trend a little. After scheduling yesterday’s edition of The Climb I got into the car and drove to go swordfighting.  Despite having a couple of energy drinks I felt sluggish today and I think it’s [...]

2017-04-24T12:45:55+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Well, That Escalated Quickly – The Climb #86

Monday 17th April 2017 Producing The Climb is a bit of a challenge.  At its most basic it’s about writing a blog post every day.  It’s about distilling your day into a theme or a story and then telling it.  It’s about creating around 1000 words of content at the very end of the day [...]

2017-04-18T09:08:16+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Events, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Last Convention? – The Climb #85

Sunday 16th April 2017 I’m wondering if this might be the last great convention.  I’ve had a blast this Easter weekend, and it’s felt very business heavy (in a good way) but what’s been noticeable is the absence of pros.  As we said to Steve, he’s probably one of the most high profiles names here [...]

2017-04-17T07:36:06+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Events, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Shit Just Got Real – The Climb #84

Saturday 15th April 2017 Two Years ago, Eastercon was held in London.  I remember chatting to Cameron and Rob about their novels.  Gollancz had an open submissions window and so I lambasted the pair of them for not submitting.  They in turn, took issue with me and the manuscript with Black As Knight that I’d [...]

2017-04-16T10:30:14+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Events, Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Drunken Ramblings of A Man At Eastercon – The Climb #83

Friday 14th April 2017 Today has been a fun day. I spent the morning doing some admin.  I got The Climb scheduled (a minor victory in itself) and wrote  over 1000 words on book 2. By this time friends had started to arrive at Eastercon so I went downstairs to catch up with them.  Cameron [...]

2017-04-15T08:48:25+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Events, Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hitting The Road – The Climb #82

Thursday 13th April 2017 This is the first time I’ve attempted to write The Climb whilst away from home and it’s proved a good test for when I go to the US.  And by a good test I mean it’s proved bloody difficult. I realise the only software I have wth any form of wordcount [...]

2017-04-14T08:31:20+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Events, Publishing, The Climb, Travel, Writing|0 Comments

The Financial Reality Of Being A Writer – The Climb #80

Tuesday 11th April 2017 One of the big life aims of most writers is to one day earn enough from your writing that you could do it full-time.  For most writers it’s the impossible dream.  Even if you are able to get a book deal that pays you an advance, to earn one that actually [...]

2017-04-12T09:17:57+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I’ve Already Won – The Climb #79

Monday 10th April 2017 Today I learnt that I’ve already won. Now let me start by saying that we need to be clear about the definition of winning.  For you, that might be interpreted as writing a bestseller or an award-winning book, but for me it’s subtly different.  Winning is about ensuring that I’ve done [...]

2017-04-11T09:41:17+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Process, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Path Of Least Resistance – The Climb #75

Thursday 6th April 2017 The day job has been a bit annoying today.  Every so often they do something that really stresses me out.  Part of the problem is that their HR is pretty poor and the way they handle things is terrible. I’m trying to be a good employee whilst also going full-in on [...]

2017-04-07T10:52:24+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Climb The Sky, Marketing, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments