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Time Is The Enemy – The Climb #230

Friday 8th September 2017 It’s tempting to think that whilst I’m sat here playing World of Warcraft and tracking friends who are chasing Hurricane Irma, that nothing is going on with the writing career. But the fact is that whilst I try and recharge, the manuscript is currently with my agent.  I got an update [...]

2017-09-09T11:27:41+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Games, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

So This Is How Other People Live – The Climb #220

Tuesday 29th August 2017 If you’re a person who is on the go, then taking a forced break is a strange thing.  It reminds me of stepping off one of those travellators you find at airports:  your momentum is forward but everything around you has slowed down and you feel yourself stumble. I do still [...]

2017-08-31T01:06:17+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Productivity, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

It’s Done! – The Climb #219

Monday 28th August 2017 There were a couple of major things I wanted to get this Bank Holiday Monday. The first was to get out and mow the garden.  I’d hoped to do it yesterday after coming back from sparring but as always, I returned knackered and didn’t possess the strength to move. Today was [...]

2017-08-29T11:11:44+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Manuscript Preperation – The Climb #218

Sunday 27th August 2017 The final stage before I send off a manuscript is what I like to call manuscript prep.  It’s the stage where I go and run a spell checker, fix small formatting issues and similar things that need to be done before sending the manuscript off. I’ll check things that I’m worried [...]

2017-08-28T09:35:22+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Eye Of The Storm – The Climb #217

Saturday 26th August 2017 I’ve made a vow to myself that now the edits have been done, save for any tidy up work before sending it back to my agent, I’m going to take until the end of September off. Technically I’ve been in this state since the beginning of the week, but have been [...]

2017-08-27T18:54:40+00:00 August 27th, 2017|The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Beta Feedback – The Climb #216

Friday 25th August 2017 Today was another long day with the day job.  Even though everyone finished early, with all the travel to Watford and back it still worked out as a 12 hour day.  I suppose that’s better than the 15 hour day I had on Wednesday but I still felt exhausted and collapsed [...]

2017-08-26T12:46:48+00:00 August 26th, 2017|The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends – The Climb #215

Thursday 24th August 2017 Friends have been totally awesome today. After yesterday’s stressfest, I’ve felt a little calmer today. With time comes a little hindsight.  Yes, the day job caused the majority of my stress but there were other factors as well.  Mounting demands on my time to do the dues for swordfighting definitely added [...]

2017-08-24T23:01:57+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Fried – The Climb #213

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 I took tonight off from finalising the draft.  The editing is now complete and all that is left to do is a spell check and any continuity issues.  Kate has been an absolute star and said she’ll give it a quick read at the weekend.  There’s part of me that’s impatient [...]

2017-08-22T23:20:28+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

A Night Off – The Climb #212

Monday 21st August 2017 I’m burnt out. I mean I’m seriously fried. I noticed it today when I was thinking about upcoming tournaments.  I thought to myself… don’t worry about trying to win, just take part.  Now ordinarily, I’d say this is good advice but given how driven I am, how much I want to [...]

2017-08-22T00:28:48+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Grind Continues – The Climb #211

Sunday 20th August 2017 Today has felt slow.  On one hand, it’s been busy with sparring and then a meeting with another writer which meant I had less time for editing - and I still got through a couple of chapters - but I didn’t get to the end of the novel. I’m now on [...]

2017-08-21T13:18:40+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments