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Friday, 31 January 2014


I managed to write nearly 500 words of Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure today. That will be the next project to complete after I finish typing in AOT and proofreading that and AOT.

Today's joke is:

I am reading a great book about anti-gravity — I just can't put it down!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

750 words

I finished the epilogue today and typed in about 750 words of chapter 12. I am tired, I just watched superman, maybe I shouldn't have...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014


I have finished chapter 12, hooray! I did about 1,100 words. I probably do need to do an  epilogue though (Why am I saying that? I have already started the epilogue!) I will also try to type in some of it tomorrow. In fact I was so hyped up over the excitement of the ending that I thought I'd type it in tonight (but that didn't happen.)

Today's jokle is:

(That was a spelling mistake I thought I'd leave in!)

What did the traffic light say to the car?

"Don't look I'm changing!)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014


The time I apportioned to do a little writing at Starbucks was taken up with my family being late and messing around. I only wrote 50 words. Also typed in about 200 words of chapter 10 at home.

Monday, 27 January 2014

:) I'm back

Wrote about 40 words today, while I was waiting for my son to come out of college. I have had a bad headache today and am still suffering from it a little. But, you never guess what, I have my Twitter back!!! (But for some strange reason I have lots of messages in my inbox saying thank you for following them? I didn't think I was hacked but I think it may have something to do with which I don't think I ever subscribed to.) But I did reTweet someone the other day and ended up on that page???

Today's joke is:

What do call a nut with a moustache?

A moustachio!

Saturday, 25 January 2014


Twitter still suspended. Got soaked today on the way to Relish coffee shop, it stopped raining soon after :( Didn't write anything in Relish, but later on, when I went shopping with the family, I had a coffee in Tesco and wrote 545 words. Only 1,000 to go.

Both yesterday and today I listened to podcasts about writing, 3 from Writing Excuses and 4 from Dead Robot's Society. The three from Writing Excuses seemed to be useful, better to analyse your work with. The one I listened to from Dead Robot's seemed to be more jokey and less how to do it. I may speak about what I've gleaned from it at a later date.

Today's joke is:

Why does a seagull fly over the sea?

Because if it flew over the Bay it would be called a bagel!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Twitter Grrrr....

Great. I have just tried to log on to Twitter and have found that I have been suspended. I have not followed aggressively and do not think I have been hacked. I have sent them an email and I hope we can sort it out.

I did write 485 words today, 145 at my daughter's house and the rest at Relish.

Today's joke is:

I just deleted my Twitter account. I don't want to sound paranoid, but I think people were following me!

Thursday, 23 January 2014


Managed to do 500 words of chapter 12 today, while babysitting my grandson with my wife. I am pleased with it so far.

Today's joke is:

Did you hear about the hungry clock?

It went back four seconds!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

In the bath

I managed to finish writing chapter 11 in the bath today. I'm glad I thought about it yesterday and last night, I think I have a better solution than the one I originally came up with. I also wrote 500 words of Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure chapter 5.

Today's joke is:

"Doctor, Doctor, I feel like a pair of curtains!"

"Pull yourself together!"

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Two coffees!

I was taken to Starbucks today and bought two coffees!!! I drew a better Sid the dwarf for the Sid and Arthur comic strip I am thinking about doing. (My granddaughter helped.) I also wrote 440 words of chapter 11. I need to make a decision about how she will escape from the giant kingdom.

Today's joke is:

What if there were no hypothetical situations?

Monday, 20 January 2014


Took my wife to Costa in Tesco at Tadcaster Road today for a cup of coffee and wrote 500 words of chapter 11.

I need to finish AOT, then put the stuff I did on my blog over Christmas on at Smashwords. I may also write a poem a day over Easter and put it on the blog then eventually add that to Duck and Chicken on Wattpad. If I do enough poems then I might put it them on Smashwords as a small book.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a five pound songbird?

Two Kilo mockingbird.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

European Champion 1982

I didn't do my blog last night because I was at my brother-in-law's birthday party. But I did make sure that I went back up to bed yesterday morning and write 500 words of chapter 11 :)

So, the funny anecdote is that I was the European Disco Dancing champion in 1982. This means whenever I go to parties and such people get me to do a bit of a dance. A couple of years ago, at my daughter's party I was able to dance for about a minute, as I used to do, before I was too worn out.
So this year I decided to try and do a bit of practising so that I could dance for about two minutes, the length of one song. I managed to get up to two minutes in about a week :)
Then, when my wife caught me practising, she told me that there was a live band at the party and no dance floor :(

Friday, 17 January 2014


I managed to type in 270 words of chapter 10 today before I had to go to work. I have just thought about how I finished the chapter and how I might start chapter 11. I might get chance to write about 100 words before I go tomorrow.

So she should be thinking about it, but then also being worried about escaping. There will be a point where they nearly use the devices, but stop in time. Then they get back to the spider and she has to figure out how they get back to Tyreen.

That sounds like a plan for chapter 11! Hooray!

Today's joke is:

What do you call it when a dinosaur crashes his car?

Tyrannosaurus wrecks!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Coffee and Relish

I was bought a coffee and managed to write 500 words in Relish today. At my wife's piano lesson I also managed to finish chapter 10 :) Then I did about 300 words of Sid and Arthur's Steampunk Adventure chapter 5 while she was shopping. So I did quite well today.

Today's joke is:

"Have you got any of those helicopter crisps?" asked the lad to the shop owner.
"Eh?" was the reply.
"Sorry, plane..."

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Worn out.

I cycled to Starbucks in Monk's Cross today to wait for my wife and grandkids to come in for a coffee. They didn't, so I wrote 500 words instead. Got really worn out cycling round town and missing everybody!

Today's joke is:

Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Planning the planning.

Today I planned to write 500 words at York Uni before I met my friend there for a coffee. What I actually did was about 20 words and a hundred words of planning! (So I had to come home and do the rest of the 500 words.) I

Today's joke is:

I never wanted to believe my dad was stealing from his job as a road worker, but when I got home all the signs were there!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Room 101

I didn't do any writing today but I did type in the 500 words of chapter 10 I did yesterday. If I put the 10 near the I then it looks like 101 (as in Room 101, or course 101) or lol (which does not mean lots of love but laugh out loud.)

Today's joke is:

You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard boiled egg!

Friday, 10 January 2014


Managed to write another 500 words of Chapter Ten today while drinking another coffee in Relish. Also typed in about 750 words of Chapter Nine.

Today's joke is:

When in doubt, mumble!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

John or Paul?

I felt poorly most of the day and woke up late. I typed in about 100 words and did about 100 words of planning.
A mistake: yesterday, when I mentioned John Bunyan (the Christian author of Pilgrim's Progress) I really meant Paul Bunyan (the giant.) Good job I realised, or else I would have a giant John Bunyan strapped in the throne instead of Paul!!!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Well Known Name

I typed in about 100 words today and wrote about 150, and FINISHED chapter 9!!! I just need to decide upon the name for the giant in the chair, I want it to be a well known name.
John Bunyan?
John Smith?
What do you think?
(What do you think is a question not a name!)

Today's joke is:

Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

20 words today.

So I have only written about 20 words today, and my planning was not much good either. I need to sit down and imagine what Lizzie is going through and then write it. Now when shall I do that...?

So after I had published this I wrote another 89 words :)

Today's joke is:

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Access tunnels

Today I wrote 150 words. Far short of the 4-500 I needed to finish the chapter. Lizzie has now been rescued, but this brings a whole new group of people into play that I will have to think about before I write. They live in the sewers and access tunnels.

Today's joke is:

What did the beaver say to the tree?

Nice gnawing you!

Saturday, 4 January 2014


I didn't get any work today so I wrote 500 words of AOT at Relish in the middle of town. Just another 500 and I have finished chapter 9.

Today's joke is:

How did the human cannon ball lose his job?

He got fired!

Friday, 3 January 2014

500 words a day.

I didn't post anything yesterday or the day before (as evidenced by looking at the previous two days posts!) Over Christmas I wrote a short Sid and Arthur short story each day which makes a total of about 4,000 words. Now they are sort of finished I will put them on Smashwords for free and hope that I can generate some sales of the main books off the back of it. I did write about 400 words of chapter 9 of Attack on Thera over the same period. I will try to write 500 words a day and finish it in three weeks. I did have to change it because they seemed to have completed what they needed to in 6 chapters and the rest seemed to be filling. Now that has reminded me that they still need to rescue the queen, I had forgotten about that. Thanks for reminding me!

Today's joke (from a Christmas cracker) is:

Where does a dressmaker build her house?

On the outskirts!