Well, the cat’s been ill today and, more importantly, last night – and when he’s ill he likes to keep everyone else awake with him. Don’t worry it’s just a poorly tummy, but it does mean there was precious little sleep to be had last night and we were all worrying in between nodding off while he was at the vets earlier (the poor thing has been through the mill and is as tired as any of us). Hopefully, he’ll be OK soon. Hopefully, so will we!

So, I’ve got almost nothing written today, and given that we’re having a bit of a tea party tomorrow with the family (and the obligatory furniture-rearranging that will entail) I doubt I’ll get much done tomorrow, either. So barring some kind of miracle, I doubt I’ll be reaching my 28k target for February. That said, if I’m going to miss my target in a month this year, I’d rather it be February. Then I can blame the lack of days for my unbalanced average.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to check in tomorrow, but I’ll talk to you soon!

Total written today: 90 words.

February total so far: 26171 words.

2015 total so far: 57543 words.


Another slow day…


…But progress continues. I’ve written a bit of Jin and done some editing on one of the Caladria stories I’ve been working on, it’s just not been a lot of words.

That said, I’ve written at least a little bit today. As long as I keep writing here and there, where I can – even when, like recently, I’ve not been feeling 100% – I’m still happy with my progress, and I’m still a writer. That’s the important thing!

And although I’d hoped to get a little more than 28000 words written this month, I’m still just about on target for that minimum goal. Hurrah!

Total written today: 639 words.

February total so far: 26081 words.

2015 total so far: 57453 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

An unexpected diversion…


…I have done no writing today, because I have spent most of the afternoon swimming in circles between desert islands looking for a bucket.

In other words, I have been playing Stranded Deep, which is much less insane than it sounds, but makes the player substantially more insane than actually being stranded probably would. My sister and I have spent four hours looking for a bucket. We need the bucket for water. We could not find a bucket. We were literally screaming ‘bucket’ at each other, and then I found a bucket and immediately got eaten by sharks. My sister had found a bucket moments before, but nearly lost it from laughing so hard at my misery. On the plus side, she’s kindly sharing her save file with me so that I, too, ‘can has bukkit’.

Normal, (relatively) non-insane blogging will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the latest issue of Fab Fables from Caladria, as I have a story in it. It’s a good story (at least, I think so) so check it out.

Talk to you tomorrow!

(Correction: I wrote 27 words I forgot about this morning. Hurrah!)

Scraping by


Today, again, I was up early and got pretty exhausted quite early. Once again, it’s been a bit of a struggle to get anything written… but I did get it done. I’ve done a bit of potential anthology submission, a touch of editing, and a bit of Blooms of Summer. So there. Take that, tiredness!

That said, I’m totally wiped now. I’m going to curl up and watch one of the Faith episodes of Buffy, then go to bed.

Total written today: 1016 1113 words.

February total so far: 25318 25415 words.

2015 total so far: 56690 56787 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

A rough patch


Alright, so today I woke up feeling really ill. I then went to the doctors’ (about something else) and came home exhausted, so the plan was to have a nap for an hour or so. One hour became, er, about 8? And I’m still a bit groggy and queasy.

I’m about to call it a night, because as I say, I’ve still felt better. I’ve also got to be up early again tomorrow for a different appointment. So my totals for today have had to be limited to about an hour’s work, split between Jin and my possible Lost Signals piece. Never mind – I’m still pleased with my achievements.

Total written today: 669 words.

February total so far: 24302 words.

2015 total so far: 55674 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Comme ci, comme ca


Alright, firstly, I didn’t want to include these with the big Poppies reveal, but here are my word counts for yesterday (not bad since I started writing at about 11.10pm).

Total written yesterday: 1279 words.

February total as of yesterday: 22388 words.

2015 total as of yesterday: 53760 words.

Right, that aside… today has been a bit so-so (which is what the title of this entry says, but in French without the appropriate accents). I’ve hit a bit of a stalling-point with editing my second Caladria story, so I’m talking to my editor about how to get that to its most polished possible state. I’ve also written a first draft of a third story for Caladria (a very short one, but it called to me), and started a possible submission for another anthology. So, a bit of a mixed bag, but not entirely wasted.

Total written today: 1245 words.

February total so far: 23633 words.

2015 total so far: 55005 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Cover Reveal: A Pride of Poppies


You’ve heard about A Pride of Poppies from me before, but today I have some exciting news. Firstly, we’ve got a date for publication – that’s the 1st of May 2015, with a formal launch event the following week. More information here and here. You can also add the book to your Goodreads to-read list here.

So, for those of you who haven’t heard about it before, what is A Pride of Poppies? Well, it’s an anthology of short fiction stories about LGBTQIA people set in the First World War. As the Manifold Press website explains:

Ten authors – in thirteen stories – explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people?

Who are these ten authors? Well, I’m honoured to be included in this list of brilliant people:

  • Julie Bozza
  • Barry Brennessel
  • Charlie Cochrane
  • Sam Evans
  • Lou Faulkner
  • Adam Fitzroy
  • Wendy C. Fries
  • Z. McAspurren
  • Eleanor Musgrove
  • Jay Lewis Taylor

Manifold Press usually specialises in excellent male/male romance, but this anthology includes a much broader range of themes and experiences. I’ll remind you about it closer to the time, but please tell your friends and keep an eye out for the book to become available! All proceeds are going to the Royal British Legion, the charity behind the annual Poppy Appeal. They provide help and support to those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, as well as their families.

…Well, I suppose you want to see the cover?

A Pride of Poppies coverTalk to you tomorrow!