Home of a mother, wife, writer

Friday when I turned on my computer, it said Windows wanted to do an update. I figured, what the heck. I’d already put it off once. And it usually only takes a little while. Ha! 2 hours later! It finally finished. But, then when I tried to go to wordpress to read blogs I follow, a page comes up saying “A secure connection could not be established” or something like that. That was using Microsoft Edge, which I’ve used without a problem since installing Windows 10. I tried on Firefox and finally managed to get them to come up after much refreshing. Apparently this is going to become an issue(something about SSL certificates that I don’t really know anything about).

Saturday we went and got groceries, dropped the kids off at mother-in-law’s and came home so we could get ready. This was the first year our station for the motorcycle club we belong to has held a “Kickin’ Cancer” dinner/dance benefit. The ride we have in August raises funds for a local oncology center. This benefit was for the same thing but to spread it around to more than the “motorcycle crowd”. There weren’t a whole lot of people there this year, but hopefully the word will spread a bit more and that will change next year.

On our way to the benefit. And I was apparently not the only one who said #nodressesforme I counted a whole 2 dresses there 😉

This week was a bit off for me. I still made progress, just not nearly as much as I would like.

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Event Brainstorm 2 & Locations. 4/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 11926/35000 words Off Target(about 4k below target)

    • Still Burning – 2390 words
      • He dropped onto the couch, not having the energy to make it all the way to his bedroom. Why bother anyway? The last time he’d been in there, Jess had been with him. And the last thing he needed right now, was reminders of that. He’d never get any sleep.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2303 words
      • And that meant keeping her distance from Carisa as well. For the best anyway, she thought. Nothing could ever come from that. It wasn’t worth the risk *Oh, Jayla, this is so not true. It will be worth the risk. Just wait and see. 😉
    • High on Loving You – 1256 words(these were written last Sunday after I posted my check-in)
    • By the Gun – haven’t touched this yet this month.
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 2451/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 131 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 117 words
    • Roman – 146 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 188 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 140 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 108 words
    • Hawk – 172 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 118 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 144 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 15/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 1/24 chapters, typed up notes for 2/2 scenes from Chapter 3, finished writing 2 new scenes, edited 2 existing scenes: 1514 words, got Chapter 4 back but it won’t open 😦 Off Target
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 6/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 6/5 Bullseye!
    • Taming Cross(Ella James) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon. Was ok, but had some issues with it.
    • Lord of Shadows(Cassandra Clare) – Started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 11/30
  • Read: 30 books – 11/30 Slightly Off Target
    • Drive(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it but didn’t feel really drawn in until closer to the end. Still going to continue the series.
    • Picture Her Bound(Sidney Bristol) – Read this Monday morning. It was a shorter one, but really enjoyed it.
    • One True Pairing(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • One Snowy Night(Jill Shalvis) – Read this Monday night. Great novella. Loved it.
    • Accidentally on Purpose(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Loved it.
    • One Dance with a Duke(Tessa Dare) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished this Thursday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Fear No Evil(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday night. On page 214/408

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 10/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 12/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf
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WeWriWa: “Don’t Deny”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I feel kind of like I’ve been up and down and around this week(and I’m really not much of a fan of rollercoasters myself). The kids had Monday off from school, then only a half day Wednesday because of the funeral of a teacher who died the week before. And that all threw me off a bit, but I still made progress. And I’m here with the next bit of Hawk’s story. Wraith was talking to a relative of one of the group that the Riders have been fighting with, though they’ve made a truce recently(that was at the end of Dance with the Devil). He’s relating that to Hawk & Devil here.

From the arch of Wraith’s eyebrow, he’d had the same thought. I didn’t really care right now, though. I needed to know what was going on, but he answered easily enough. “He said his relative told him they were planning to take out at least one of the pretentious vigilante assholes. His words exactly, not mine; I of course don’t think we’re pretentious or assholes.”

I nearly laughed, but it got stuck somewhere in my chest. “You don’t deny the vigilante part, though.”

“Why would I? That’s basically what we do. If the law isn’t going to help, who else will?”

Is this other group really the ones behind this? Will they accomplish what they have planned? I’ll have more next week.

And I got Chapter 9 of Staring at the Sun up on Wattpad this week, so you can check that out if you’ve been following along with Icarus & Cassie’s story.

Well, what do think?”

Jonas walked into the living room, keeping a hand on something at all times so he didn’t lose his balance. he wasn’t quite used to how this leg moved yet.

His mom, Toby, Tereza, and Arcelia were all sitting there. Catarina was the only one of his nieces and nephews, and she was barely paying any attention to him, stacking some blocks together. He saw his mother’s expression first, but she quickly covered it with a hand over her mouth. Still, he could clearly see the tears in her eyes.

Shit. He hadn’t wanted to make her cry. This was the day he’d been waiting for almost from the moment he’d woken up. Though at that time he’d thought it would mean getting back to duty. That wasn’t going to happen now. Still, it was nice to be able to get away from the crutches. So why was his mom so upset?

“It looks great,” his brother said. “How does it feel?”

“Great,” he repeated his brother’s word, his gaze flicking to each of his sisters. They looked like they were both about to cry, too. What had he done wrong? Weren’t they happy for him?

Then, Arcelia practically lunged at him, wrapping her arms around him. “It’s perfect,” she said. “You’re perfect. Because you’re still here. That’s all that matters to us.”

His mom was openly crying now, and he pushed his sister gently away to go to her. “mama,” he murmured. “I’m sorry. I thought…”

She pulled him down before he could even figure out exactly what he’d thought her reaction would be. “I am so happy. Do not be sorry. I was afraid. I did not think I’d ever see that smile on your face again. It is so good to see.”

Tears of relief. Not sorrow. he supposed he could handle that. This was only the first step in the new path for him. He still had to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life. But, he’d take the time to appreciate this. It was good. And hopefully in time everything would be as well.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “well”. I managed to start and end with it. This one should fit in right where I’m getting to in the notebook as I write Jonas & Isaac’s story.

I’m getting this up early. My other computer is installing updates(for the last almost hour and a half!) so I can’t get the writing done I’d planned to. But, there are some things I can get done on my Surface while I wait for that to finish(computer’s restarting again, so hopefully that will be it *crosses fingers* *uncrosses fingers because that makes it hard to type).

Anyway, I have the next to last chapter of Staring at the Sun up on Wattpad now. So, next weekend will be the final chapter. Then, I have to finish writing Hawk’s story and revise it before I’ll have anything else for you. But, for now, here’s the beginning of Chapter 9.

Cassie leaned her head back against the wall, forcing tears back once more. She’d gone along with Jake and Daniel easily enough. Not that she’d call it of her own free will. She hadn’t put up a fight. She hadn’t wanted Jake to take it out on Barbie if she’d fought back before they were away from the clubhouse.

As soon as it was out of sight, they’d pulled over, put a cloth around her eyes and tied her hands behind her back with something she figured was only a step away from zip ties. She couldn’t have fought back if she wanted to. Suddenly she had. Even as she’d tried, one of them hit her with the side of a fist, if she could guess by the feel of it. It stunned her long enough for them to climb back into the front and pull onto the road.

She hadn’t even been buckled in, so she bounced around every time they hit a bump. She swore Jake hit every bump he could as hard as possible. She didn’t have any way to brace herself or even see what was coming. She’d smacked her head on the window several times and the seat in front of her even more often. By the time the car stopped again, her head throbbed and spun, and she was sure she would be sick.

Neither of the men cared. They yanked her out of the car and shoved her up the walk toward the house. She fell twice, and they handled her even rougher. They’d left her alone in this room, but they had at least removed the blindfold. She wasn’t sure if she could have taken much more of that. Still she felt like she would lose it.

She didn’t have a clue how much time she’d been here. Except night hadn’t come yet. Where was Grady? Would he come for her? How would he even find her? What had Henry done to him? Told him? What was he going to do to her? When would he get here? Where was she? This wasn’t the house she’d shared with Henry for eighteen years.

All those questions kept circling in her head the longer she was forced to sit here. By the time something happened, she wasn’t sure she’d have any sanity left.

That was probably their plan.

Cassie gasped as something moved in the window. She blinked, sure she had to have imagined it. Maybe this was how losing her mind started. Seeing things that weren’t there, couldn’t be there.

The face remained there. She blinked again and recognized it. She couldn’t remember his name, but she’d seen him talking to Grady out at the clubhouse. What was it they called him? “Wraith,” she breathed out the name as it came to her.

If you want to find out what happens next, you can read the rest of it here. Let me know what you think. And next week, I’ll have that final chapter for you.

This past weekend was our town’s homecoming, which I talked a bit about on Sunday. Won’t rehash all that here. Saturday I also said good-bye to my wedding ring for about 2 weeks(engagement & wedding ring are fused together and engagement ring needs repaired). Feels very odd to be without the only piece of jewelry I ever really wear.

Last Friday, the kids came home with a note that one of the 5th grade teachers had passed away. Apparently he’d been battling cancer. Neither of my kids have had him(the girl is only in 4th grade now), so they don’t seem to be too affected by this. But, today will be an early dismissal because of the funeral. The kids also had Monday off, so this throws my routine off even more(and wow, that sounded really callous, but I didn’t know the guy either. Still I didn’t mean to sound heartless). Still, I have managed to make progress on just about all my goals this week.

And now, it’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday! So, I’ve got more from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have 3 paragraphs(1+0+1+1=3).This is from the end of the next chapter and takes place the day after their kiss. Jonas stopped at the youth center where Isaac volunteers a lot of his time. And there was some flirting and sexual tension going on. But, now Isaac is leaving, too. The day before, he felt like someone was watching him when he left his house but brushed it off as paranoia. But, now:

When he stepped out of the center, he once again felt those eyes on him. He shook the feeling off, though. It had just been an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend. That’s why he felt so unsettled. Not because someone was watching him. Who would even want to?

No, he just needed to get back to his usual routine. Then, everything would go back to normal. The kiss and today’s visit from Jonas had just thrown him off. That’s all this was.

He was sure of it.

You absolutely sure, Isaac? Once can be brushed off, but twice? Maybe you’re not so paranoid because of your father’s release. (*Hint*: he’s not).

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Event Brainstorm 2 & Locations. 4/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 9623/35000 words Off Target
    • Still Burning – 2390 words
      • He dropped onto the couch, not having the energy to make it all the way to his bedroom. Why bother anyway? The last time he’d been in there, Jess had been with him. And the last thing he needed right now, was reminders of that. He’d never get any sleep.
    • Whatever It Takes –
    • High on Loving You – 1256 words
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 2009/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 131 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 117 words
    • Roman – 146 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 188 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 140 words
    • Mike & Fadil –
    • Hawk –
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 8/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 0/24 chapters, typed up notes for 2/2 scenes from Chapter 3, finished writing new scene Off Target
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 3/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 5/5 Bullseye!
    • Taming Cross(Ella James) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On Chapter 23/36
  • Read: 30 books – 10/30 Slightly Off Target
    • Drive(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it but didn’t feel really drawn in until closer to the end. Still going to continue the series.
    • Picture Her Bound(Sidney Bristol) – Read this Monday morning. It was a shorter one, but really enjoyed it.
    • One True Pairing(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • One Snowy Night(Jill Shalvis) – Read this Monday night. Great novella. Loved it.
    • Accidentally on Purpose(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 6/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 On Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 11/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Sunday Summary: Homecoming

This weekend was our school’s homecoming. Football game Friday night(which we skipped because it was raining). Instead we went to the Moose club and had some really good chicken & biscuits(the week before was shrimp scampi, also very good). Saturday was the parade. Both my husband and son walked in it, with the huge flag. My husband walked at the front and my son at the back, pulling the box the flag would go back in at the end. Last year they did it in their bunker gear, this year they wanted them to wear uniforms. Usually we go to the library’s book sale after it, this year we didn’t(and that’s the only thing I really look forward to about the parade, but oh well).

Pulling the cart behind the flag.

Husband walking with some of the Explorers.

We went to get groceries, but first, husband dropped the girl and me at the mall so we went to the bookstore(she got a book, I didn’t. It is very odd for me to leave a bookstore with nothing). Then, after they came back for us, we decided to have my wedding ring inspected and cleaned(since it’s been…a while). They found a prong on the engagement ring had broken off, so we had it sent in to be fixed. This is only the second time in 12 years we’ve had something done for it(a few years back, they fused the engagement & wedding ring together because they were getting thin). But, now my hand feels very naked.

Keep running my thumb over my finger and freaking out for a moment because my ring is gone.

After we got groceries, we stopped in at the little wine store in that Walmart(which still feels odd to me. You couldn’t even buy alcohol in a regular store in PA until recently). My husband’s aunt works in there. I’m not much of a wine drinker(my mom bought us a bottle a couple Christmases ago, and it’s still sitting unopened on the counter), but I sampled some. it was good stuff. They have flavors like PB&J and chocolate strawberry. That just might change my mind about wine. 😉

Anyway, on to this week’s progress.

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Subplot Arc & Event Brainstorm 1. 2/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 5694/35000 words Off Target
    • Still Burning – 2337 words(weekly goal met!)
      • “You were taken care of. What more could I want with you? And now you can help me.”
        “What the hell are you talking about?” He could barely get the words out through the fire burning in his throat. Who did this guy think he was? Not much more than a fucking sperm donor, but he acted like Austin owed him something for that. He didn’t think so.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2508 words
      • Jayla shook her brothers off. “No one,” she told Konner. “It doesn’t matter. Come on. We should go find Alexa. She took off in a huff.”
    • High on Loving You – 1132 words
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 1287/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 149 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 132 words
    • Roman – 115 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 121 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 133 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 217 words
    • Hawk – 124 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 148 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 148 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 6/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 0/24 chapters, typed up notes for 2/2 scenes from Chapter 3 Off Target
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 3/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 5/5 Bullseye!
    • Say You’re Sorry(Melinda Leigh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hamilton: The Revolution(Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved this.
    • The Conspiracy of Us(Maggie Hall) – Started this Tuesday evening(this is a re-listen for me before I start listening to the final book). Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Map of Fates(Maggie Hall) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished this Thursday morning.
    • The Ends of the World(Maggie Hall) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved this one!!
  • Read: 30 books – 5/30 Slightly Off Target
    • Jackson’s Trust(Violet Duke) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Liked it, but there was a thing that happened at maybe 75%(or a little before) that came out of the middle of nowhere. And I was like…really? Plus, the character it happened to, you don’t even see it from their point of view. Just the other character hearing about it. So, that took the enjoyment down for me.
    • Deceived(Kate SeRine) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Omega(S.M. Reine) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday night. Enjoyed it, but the end!! It killed me. 😥
    • Hot as Hell(Julie Ann Walker) – Read this one while eating lunch Friday. Short one and a lead-in to a new series.
    • Be Not Afraid(Alyssa Cole) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Friday evening. This was another short one, and I really enjoyed it.
    • Drive(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. At 34%.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 3/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 On Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 1/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Welcome back to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. It’s homecoming weekend here. So, I’m trying to get this done before we head out to the parade, which my husband and son are walking in with the fire department. As for the story, I’m moving on to the next scene in Hawk’s story. One of the other Riders made a sketch from  Hawk’s description of his father, so they’re keeping an eye out for him and making discreet inquiries.

I felt a hand on the small of my back and instantly recognized Damon’s touch. It was the only one that had ever sent this fire surging through me. “Maybe it wasn’t him.”

“Then, that means someone else wants me dead. I don’t think that’s comforting at all.”

From the way his hand tightened at my back, I doubted he did either. But, he didn’t say anything else. Just stood right there with me.

Will they learn anything? Is it Hawk’s father? Or does someone else want him dead? More answers to come.

And I got Chapter 8 of Staring at the Sun up on Wattpad, so you can check that out if you’d like.

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