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Officially Badass – The Climb #59

Tuesday 21st March 2017 I felt a little better today, and I think I’ve pinpointed the cause. Over the last few months, I’ve added caffeine back into my diet.  This has usually come in the form of diet cokes or diet energy drinks.  Considering I used to drink at least a 2 litre bottle of [...]

2017-03-22T10:29:00+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Food, Health, Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

The Payoff Down The Road – The Climb #56

Saturday 18th March 2017 I think one of the things that thwarts a lot of writers is the lack of instantaneous reward.  If you bake a cake, you can pretty much eat it straight from the oven.  If you rebuild the engine of a car, you can take the car for a drive. But as [...]

2017-03-19T11:01:57+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Process, Reviews, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|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

Levelling Up – The Climb #54

Thursday 16th March 2017 First day back at work after my forced illness break and I ‘ve been feeling the worst I’ve felt all week. I feel like I have a head cold.  My throat is so sore I’ve almost lost my voice and my eyes feel heavy with manflu.  As I said to someone [...]

2017-03-17T13:55:44+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Marketing, Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

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 [...]

Even Fantasy Novels Need Attention To Detail – The Climb #39

Wednesday 1st March 2017 Tonight in the pub I got to rant about one of my huge bugbears as a writer. As I learned to swordfight, I became increasingly aware that the fights you see on screen look nothing like the fighting I know.  I started to spot openings, I could see the weakness in [...]

2017-03-02T11:27:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Turning Up – The Climb #36

Sunday 26th February 2017 Today has been fuelled by Monster energy drinks. I set my alarm early this morning so I woke up in time to go to swordfighting training.  I was very tempted to give it a miss.  After all, it’s not like I ever miss training when loads of other people do. But [...]

2017-02-27T10:19:08+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Health, Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hungover Saturday – The Climb #35

Saturday 25th February 2017 I’m not really a great drinker any more. I’d go out and get pissed with my mates when I was in my 20's but as I’ve got older, and especially in the last year when I’ve been eating and drinking healthy, I probably have a drink once a month. Friday night… [...]

2017-02-26T22:32:01+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments