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This week’s been going pretty well, and fast. I baked a ham(we got a few of them from my husband’s stepmom) on Monday and made some hambone soup in the crockpot yesterday. Today I’m making chicken pot pie stew in the crockpot and cooking up a batch of potato soup to put away(what I don’t eat for lunch anyway). Not too much else to say here, so I’ll get right to my WiPPet for the week. 22 lines(1+1 for the month + 20 for the day) from a scene I wrote last night. Adrian is at his parents’, dealing with some family drama.

“Adrian, you know you don’t always have to be a cop. You could just be a brother.”
He could feel his temper building. “Being your brother hasn’t gotten either of us anywhere.Thought maybe it’d be better to take a different tack. I see that hasn’t done much good either.”
“Like when you arrested me.”
His stomach was twisted so tight, he was surprised he didn’t throw up right there. “I’m not the one that was doing drugs. I never forced you to. I tried to help you before it got that far. But, you’d rather lose yourself in a drugged haze than face anything.”
“At least I’m not the one that let our baby sister burn to death.”
Adrian felt the blow to his gut, felt the blood drain from his face, and he lunged out of the chair. But, Callum’s face was about as white as his. Like he hadn’t meant to let the words come out.
He didn’t think he could draw enough breath to respond to the accusation. Instead he turned to his father. “Sorry, Dad. I can’t stay. I’ll try to stop by some other time.”
But, Donovan grabbed his arm. “You can stay,” he said with a meaningful glance over Adrian’s shoulder.
“No, Dad. I think it’s better if I don’t.”
He only paused to kiss his mother’s cheek before leaving the living room and striding right through the kitchen. He wasn’t even going to stop when he heard his sister call out to him. But, she caught up to him at the door. “Adrian, please stop. You don’t need to go.”
He turned to her then. “Yes, I do, Darcie. Because if I would’ve stayed in there, it may have cost me my badge.”
“You know none of us think what he said. There was nothing you could have done.”
He couldn’t help but smile at her. Darcie was always trying to make people feel better. “I know, Darc. But, thank you. Go on back in. You always could deal with him better than me.”
“Cal’s messed up, but he’s not a bad guy.”
“I know. I just can’t…” He trailed off as his phone rang, and he sighed when he saw it was from dispatch. He looked back up at his sister. “I have to take this. Tell them I had work. I can’t stay.”

This story was originally supposed to be a standalone novel. Now, all these other characters seem to want their stories told. James, Kayla’s brother, Jeremiah, one of the other firefighters(who I don’t think has showed up in any of the WiPPets). Even Callum. Not sure if I’m capable of writing a standalone at this point. 🙂

As for my progress on my goals this week:

  • Flames of Redemption: 50,000 words. This will have me finished NaNoWriMo almost a week early, but the story still won’t be finished. 43082/50000 I changed the way I have my daily goals set up for this. Instead of a certain number of words, I have the scenes listed that I want to get done that day. I’m sure I’ll add more scenes as I write, so I may not get them all done by the end of the month. I am hoping for at least by the first week of December though. After that we’ll be busy pretty much each weekend with Christmas gatherings with the family.
  • Read: Sins of the Angels(Linda Poitevin) & All Our Yesterdays(Cristin Terrill) Finished Sins of the Angels yesterday morning and felt like my heart had been ripped out. Instantly added the second in the series to my “to-buy” list. Then, I started reading All Our Yesterdays and am about halfway through it now.
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter I’ve made some good progress on this. Have the body & head finished. Just need to do the arm, ears, and mane. Then, stuff and seam. Staying on track with it.

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Speeding Through the Week" (5)

  1. Don’t you just hate when characters get all demanding and want their own story told? 😉

    Lots of tension in this piece and hurtful things said in the heat of the moment. It’s a hard situation to be in.

  2. I made ham soup too! I started with the partially cooked ham in the crock pot, cooked it down, got the bones out and added some goodies. Yum!

  3. With this much emotional baggage waiting around for these characters to deal with, I’m not surprised that they’re all demanding their own space. A lot of guilt and shame in this family…

  4. Ouch! I don’t like Callum. He’s mean. And what a terrible position for Adrian to be in: a cop with a druggy brother. Ick.

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