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Why Does This Always Happen At Weekends? – The Climb #91

Saturday 22nd April 2017 It’s been an interesting but slightly unproductive day.  I slept in late because I really needed it.  I’m exhausted after the last week.  No way did it feel like a 4 day week. I got into a discussion online across several platforms on combat sports / martial arts.  I’m actually surprised [...]

2017-04-23T14:49:22+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Secret To Great Characters – The Climb #90

Friday 21st April 2017 If there’s been a theme to today it’s been about character arcs.  That and feeling totally exhausted. The main reason they’ve been on my mind is that I was thinking back to the greatest swordfight ever written that I drafted yesterday.  Overall, I don’t think it’s bad but something was bothering [...]

2017-04-22T09:15:17+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hold My Beer… – The Climb #89

Thursday 20th April 2017 Today was a tiring day Despite a late night, I needed to be in an office early.  This did nothing for my mood.  It doesn’t take a lot of make me grumpy:  lack of sleep, lack of food, lack of anything.  I had two bowls of porridge in the hope it [...]

2017-04-21T08:44:39+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Blades Have Personalities – The Climb #88

Wednesday 19th April 2017 I woke early this morning, which was a little annoying given that I got to bed late.  However, I suspect that because I had to be in the office early it was my body clock just being cautious.  It was early enough to want to go back to sleep but late [...]

2017-04-20T08:55:56+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Turning Adversity Into Advantage – The Climb #87

Tuesday 18th April 2017 It always amazes me when people actively get in the way of your aims.  I have a hard job understanding why.  It’s almost as if they resent the fact that they acknowledge your progress. They’ll actively throw roadblocks in your way, sometimes under the guise that they think it will help [...]

2017-04-19T09:11:02+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Health, Productivity, The Climb, 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