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A Job Rather Than A Hobby – The Climb #389

Wednesday 14th February 2018 I have a swordfighting tournament in 10 days, followed by one the following week.  I’ve paid, although I’ve not booked a hotel for the one in Bradford yet.  Which is just as well, as I have to ask myself if I can even compete. The finger is healing slowly, and it’s [...]

2018-02-15T12:28:41+00:00February 15th, 2018|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

Feeling Lazy – The Climb #388

Tuesday February 13th 2018 I’m feeling so lazy of late. Part of this is the finger, which just isn’t right.  I keep soaking it, and the scabs are still falling away to reveal that it’s attached at an angle.  This means round the back there’s a gap. It’s painful… best described as pins and needles, [...]

2018-02-15T12:23:50+00:00February 14th, 2018|Health, Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

Keeping A Diary – The Climb #387

Monday 12th February 2018 When I was young, I used to keep a diary.  Every night I would write about my day, as boring as it might be.  In many ways, The Climb is an extension of that, taking that documenting of a day and turning it into something very much focus on my writing [...]

2018-02-15T12:13:54+00:00February 13th, 2018|Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

A Day Of Consuming Media – The Climb #386

Sunday 11th November 2018 Today I’ve been really bored. I still think it’ll be a number of weeks before I start writing something new, and whilst I have a short story I need to work on, I was too restless for what is a delicate bit of prose.  And given I spent some time yesterday [...]

2018-02-12T17:52:44+00:00February 12th, 2018|Games, Health, Reading, Swordfighting, The Climb, TV|0 Comments

Continuing The Plotting – the Climb #385

Saturday 10th February 2018 It’s a pretty lazy weekend this weekend.  Fingergeddon means I’m still not fit to fight, and being on call with the day job means I can’t really go anywhere. So I spent a part of today working on the plot for book 3. I was working primarily with Scrivener’s corkboard feature [...]

2018-02-12T17:44:10+00:00February 11th, 2018|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Building The Plot For Book 3 – The Climb #384

Friday 10th February 2017 You’d think after my meeting with Kate yesterday on Book 2’s first draft that I’d be very much thinking about the subplot that needs replacing. But instead, I’ve almost pushed it to the back of my mind.  My creative process works best when it’s in the background. So the focus for [...]

2018-02-10T18:46:51+00:00February 10th, 2018|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Taking Feedback On A Draft – The Climb #383

Thursday 8th February 2018 Today I met up with Kate to discuss her beta read of book 2. I spent the morning going over her detailed notes and making notes of my own. When reading feedback from a beta reader, there’s a filter you have to put over it.  Just because one reader might have [...]

2018-02-10T01:32:25+00:00February 9th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|1 Comment

Great Books Need A Lot Of Work – The Climb #381

Tuesday 6th February 2018 There’s this deluded hope you have as a writer.  It’s that, one day, you’ll be good enough that your first draft of a story won’t need any work.  That it’ll go to a beta reader, an editor or agent and they’ll tell you it’s perfect. That doesn’t happen.  It never happens.  [...]

2018-02-08T17:57:10+00:00February 7th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Genesis Of A Character – The Climb #380

Monday 5th February 2018 Today I created a new character for book 3 and I wanted to spend a little time in today’s The Climb explaining my process of how I came up with them. This character will be a personal bodyguard for the Prince.  He’ll not only keep the Prince safe but be proactive [...]

2018-02-07T00:41:27+00:00February 6th, 2018|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Rearranging The Office – The Climb #379

Sunday 4th February 2018 Today I decided to tidy up my office space and create a second desk.  I’m playing games online with friends who live locally and it would be nice to be able to invite them around and have a social evening playing online together. I have a couple of old PCs, and [...]

2018-02-05T14:51:41+00:00February 5th, 2018|Games, The Climb|0 Comments