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I Went to Hospital – The Climb #102

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 The post-novel blues continued today.  In fact, if anything, they got a little worse.  It’s possible that health-related stress contributed to bringing me down, but I felt very despondent regarding my writing: everything I’m working towards isn’t going to happen, good things that happened were a mistake, I have a false [...]

2017-05-04T08:23:50+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Health, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Post-Coital Tristesse – The Climb #101

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 The trouble with finishing a long project like a novel is that I suddenly find myself with time on my hands.  And after months of conditioning myself to feel guilty whenever I procrastinate, I now find myself continuously restless because anything that’s not writing feels somehow wrong.  It's like stepping off [...]

2017-05-03T09:28:39+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Games, Geocaching, Health, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Milestones – The Climb #100

Monday 1st May 2017 By my calculations, I have written over 20,000 words this weekend.  That’s taking into account Friday’s drunken antics, Saturday’s social and Sunday’s sparring.  But at the end of it, in this the 100th edition of The Climb, I can finally say it: The first draft of book 2 is done! As [...]

2017-05-02T08:00:07+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Nearing The End – The Climb #99

Sunday 30th April 2017 Some days writing is a joy, sometimes it’s a slog and as we approach the end of this draft and I push to get it finished, today has been very firmly on the slog end of the scale. It used to be that crappy chapter drafts bothered me.  I felt that [...]

2017-05-01T09:37:34+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hangovers and Hard Work – The Climb #98

Saturday 29th April 2017 I woke at 4am with the view that perhaps my strategy of having a ‘blow out’ before a weekend of writing was a bad one.  I drank a load of water and felt queasy for about an hour, before falling back asleep. I woke at 8am, 12 hours after I not [...]

2017-04-30T14:54:41+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

How I Write – The Climb #97

Friday 28th April 2017 As you know, I like to write each edition of The Climb at the end of the day and then edit the next day.  In the interests of full disclosure, this one was written at the start of the next day (for reasons you’ll find out). My current schedule is leaving [...]

2017-04-30T09:24:47+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Process, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Need To Change This… – The Climb #96

Thursday 27th April 2017 I dream of a day… I dream of a day when I can get more than five hours sleep before having to get up and ready for work.  I dream of an evening where upon coming back from town I have the energy to do more than just sit and procrastinate [...]

2017-04-28T09:01:15+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Genre, Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Am Wolverine! – The Climb #95

Wednesday 26th April 2017 I’m going to be so knackered tomorrow.  It’s currently 1:45am as I sit down to start writing up The Climb and I’ve already had a really hectic day!  Although saying that, it was a collection of a number of small, random and relatively insignificant events rather anything I can really get [...]

2017-04-27T08:15:37+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Genre, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|1 Comment

Countdown to Canada – The Climb #94

Tuesday 25th April 2017 It’s only the second day of the week and already I feel tired.  Today has been another insanely busy day. I’ve done something to my lower back.  It started a few weeks ago but it continues to play up.  I’ve taken great care with it especially at the gym and thought [...]

2017-04-26T08:40:10+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Genre, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Getting Bruised – The Climb #93

Monday 24th April 2017 I’m not sure if there’s something in the water or not, but there’s definitely an air of intolerance going around the SFF community I watched today as a discussion about the Gemmell Awards got a bit heated.  It seemed to boil down to the fact that the public are stupid and [...]

2017-04-25T08:41:00+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Genre, Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments