Dead Set

Dead set on improving my writing. Following a stricter, albeit tougher schedule. My life has been overhauled since the new year.

So far, I’ve written a couple of short stories, part of a long work of fiction likely to become a novelette and am in the midst of a new novel. Great. Right?

Well, yes. In a word. Actually doing the work in this ‘work’ manner is a challenge. You see, before I used to slip writing inbetween breaks, early mornings, evening, night etc. Now it’s become a daily ritual. My writing is no longer a past time. It is still a hobby but one that I now take to a whole new level.

Passed the hurdle of newbie, beyond the scope of aspiring author and into the realm of something around full time. This is not a choice or event that I believed would happen this year. I made the new year decision to simply go at it like a full time job. And, in the payoff I’ve been more productive than ever. I didn’t want it to replace working, but it has.

Now, the task of actually writing stories people read and enjoy. I believe the market for the stories I’ve already published to be massive, but acquiring the readers, traffic and reviews is the hard part. Marketing.

Quite literally an update on my writing. A chance for me to say how happy it is making me. Truly. Follow your passion. They say you never work a day in you life when your job is your passion. Or something like that.

A full length novel for .77p. Bargain!

You are Enough

Hi all. Hope you’re having a great day.

After having a read through sites lately I noticed that the general negative attitude of people is generally being dominated by positive messages. I am enjoying seeing these uplifting and heart warming posts. Particularly on Twitter (follow me if you want: @Thomas87520559).

It wasn’t long ago that the timelines – mine at least – was obscured with such ill wishes. Of course a lot are real, insulting and dangerous. Most can be classed as bait, stirring up arguments among the Writing Community. Join the community by talking to the indie authors on Twitter. Thankfully a lot of people are waking up to the fact that not responding and antagonising such people is better. I was ready to delete my account at one point before the new year because all I saw was arguing! It’s not nice!

Well this brings us to the title of this post. You are Enough. You are, truly. Don’t feel like you are worth less because you don’t respond to the negativity. Don’t feel like less even if you do. Don’t compare yourself to those who produce negativity and hate and then tell you it’s your fault. Stay true to yourself. You are enough the way you are, nobody else defines that. So, no matter how much it might impact you, in reality it shouldn’t.

I love the above quote. You don’t need to feel less worthy if for example, you wrote a story but didn’t get published. You don’t need to feel like you are better than people who haven’t published either, if you have. These are dangerous comparisons. Sure, you have goals, aims and such but that is your life. Not theirs.

I can imagine that the reason that many people are depressed or anxious is because they think it’s a race, a competition. It’s not, no matter what people say. This is life and you can do what you want. You do not need to be wearing someone else’s clothes to feel good, nor do you have to be driving a sporty car, or running ten miles a day.

If you are happy to be you, then you will always be happy.

Aside from that I’m writing on my work I’m progress today. It’s a ghost story if you are wondering. Strange happenings. I hope to have a good first draft by mid-February latest. I’m not keen on working on anything else at the moment. Although I did have another story in the works, it can wait.

That’s enough chat, time for a poem. Titled You are Enough.

A rain drop

trickles, alone

along a pane of glass

Chasm

Behind your eyes

Layers upon layer, of your lies

When I stare across the ocean

You glance at me

Our souls meet

Divided

The water settles

Waves stagnating

Fish, die

Sun, blinds

Clouds that spit, fire

Can we ever be together?

When the storm breaches our momentum

Wanton, longing for never ending 

Chasm.

Tuesday. Slow, rainy. Writing. Deals.

The title sums up my day so far.

Promoting my second published novel Beach Town: Hope as it hasn’t had as many reviews as the first. Would love some more. Really not sure about the 3rd book. I have a plot, start etc. but haven’t wrote anything more than the first chapter. Focusing on Survivors seems to have taken the lead, Survivors Part II was finished before Christmas, I just need to edit the story and then I can unleash it to you all.

Woke up to yet another rain shower this morning, drilling into my ceiling I might add. I live in a top floor apartment, it’s not super loud or annoying but would rather wake to sunshine. I’m sure you all would.

Dawn Of The Dead (1978) Movie Review from Eye for Film

Writing a new short story on Wattpad again. The Mortuary is focused on Gareth as he conducts as autopsy, but then the deceased start to rise from the grave. I might carry on writing this at some point but for now you have a big chunk to read may be part I, or just the full story. Might writer more, see how I feel about it. Of course you also have The Zombie Lands to check out. A slow start, but I guess the dead are slow. The farmer hasn’t really had much luck getting out of the area yet!

Wattpad fans

https://www.wattpad.com/story/331515323-the-mortuary

https://www.wattpad.com/story/331062717-the-zombie-lands


Removed from Smashwords to make it Kindle exclusive. As such it is now always free on Kindle Unlimited! There will be a 5 day free ebook promotion starting tomorrow to boost sales and hopefully… get more reviews. Reviews are needed so if you could leave one I would really appreciate it.

Free eBook deal starting on Amazon tomorrow. Priced at .80p. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

New Story: Free eBook limited time

Another new release to start the year off. Originally intended to be vampire fiction this turned into a supernatural/paranormal short story.

It’s approx. 40 pages long and can be read in a sitting. You could read over lunch, or even whilst waiting on a train, bus, plane etc.

I was originally intending to keep this to myself, however the story really spoke to me and so I thought I’d share it. You can download for free for a limited time on Amazon. It is always free on Kindle Unlimited as it is enrolled in KDP.

Upcoming Movies 2023!

The Old Way (Nicolas Cage)

Oppenheimer

Indiana Jones 5 – the dial of destiny

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning part I

The Flash

Fast X

Babylon

Killers of the Flower Moon

John Wick: Chapter 4

Wonka

Final Destination 6

The Little Mermaid

The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

65

Red One

Scream 6

Last Train to New York (remake of train to busan)

A Winter’s Journey

Renfield!

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

The Meg 2

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them 4

Napoleon (Joaquin Phoenix)

Passionate about You

You can't see the fire within

But you will feel the heat

Inside

Quick Point on Protests

When it comes to having passions, I think that is great. I love hearing about peoples lives, passions and hobbies, goals and more. When you push it too far into the realm that affects others though, it isn’t a good thing.

I wanted to express my opinion on this topic. When I see protestors I don’t see their point in hurting, disturbing or insulting the normal people not involved. Yes it involves some harm. You might say that protest is a great thing to oppose the institutions. Sure when done correctly.

Lately I keep seeing vegans showing animals abuse and slaughter in the streets on television screens, they wear masks and don’t speak. I agree with one or two people that this is disgusting to be showing people walking around in public, especially children. It isn’t fair to push this on people with the insinuation that they are bad for eating meat. Eating a plant based diet has benefits, sure. But there is a need for some humans to eat meat. Their bodies cannot tolerate all plant based or they lack protein from it. This is not a diet issue with some but a medical issue. So when I see vegan pushing it against everyone – including myself – I get offended.

Then there is the sitting in road protests against oil. It disturbs people from getting to work. It stop emergency services. What does this achieve? Nothing. Stopping cars on one road will not impact billion pound energy companies from selling oil. Nor will it stop the customer from buying it.

That is all. I don’t think forcing these things on people is the way to go. It makes me frustrated to see this because it upsets my fellow human beings and that in turn affects me. Being passionate doesn’t mean you should cause people alarm and distress. Love one another!


Now onto writing. I have a short story ready to publish although not sure if I will. I also started to publish one on Wattpad – exclusive there until further notice. It is called The Zombie Lands and will have a new part released every Saturday. You can follow me on there for updates on the story. It is free. I suppose I could put it for sale but it’s free for now. So enjoy!

https://www.wattpad.com/story/331062717-the-zombie-lands

Happy New Year Folks… what the hell

Well we did it again. We passed through the ether of the previous year to come out into a new beginning. The end was just the means to start again.

What are your new year goals?

Get fit… lose weight… eat healthy… quit drinking… write more… do more… make something… go somewhere… achieve something…

You have likely seen my post on my new years writing goals: to get my stories finished and published. Those are writing goals / author goals. Of course having deadlines is a writers worst nightmare. When it passes you kind of worry you’ve failed. Well I work for myself when it comes to deadlines… I tell you when I’m done. (might not work if you’ve been contracted to a deadline haha).

I released my new novella Battle of the Zombies just before Christmas with hints of more upcoming works. I hope to add more to my site and continue especially, with the medieval England history. I also want to add some posts to the Napoleonic history page relating to weapons and such of the time, clothes and housing.

It’s now the Year of the Rabbit. If you enjoy that sort of thing you might also be interested in looking at some of the signs for this year in terms of your birthday, star sign etc.

Might be worth scrapping the bunny theme and replacing it with something more reality based, such as the year of the struggle of the common man and woman.

What the hell! Wait a second! Did we just begin afresh? We did!


It’s always free on Kindle Unlimited. Priced at £1.99 for the Kindle ebook price. May make a print version at some point. Or just add it to a collection of short stories for print.

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