It’s definitely going to seem like I’m indecisive. I keep changing my plans. The plan had been to work on editing chapters of Slow Revenge while I waited for my beta reader to get them back to me but focus on finishing the rewrite of Stained Snow. Then, yesterday morning, I got two emails from my reader. The first had come in at just after midnight, with the other a couple hours later. She had finished the second half of Slow Revenge. So, I reworked this week’s to-do lists to try to finish them by the end of the week. Which means Stained Snow has been moved to the back burner for now, or at least off the power burner. 🙂
Then, while we were out and about yesterday, I started a list on my phone of the different series I have in progress. There’s 5 of them that I have at least 1 story started in. Yes, I’m insane. 🙂 After I made that list, I started one of all the different stories in those series as well as the *hopefully* standalone novels I want to work in. I have them separated into different groups, all the #1s are in group 1…I’m planning on working through each group for each round. It’s doubtful I’ll get every story in the group out the door before the round is over, since they’re all in different stages(some aren’t even plotted yet), but this is a starting point.
Speaking of starting points, I’m switching for WiPPet again, this time to Slow Revenge. Since that’s what I’m working on and have open right now. The first 20 lines(3+1+9+2+0+1+4) of Chapter 1.
Garren Alexander sat back in one of the lawn chairs spread out across the yard and watched as some young kids ran past him, laughing. He had to smile. It looked like another of his parents’ Memorial Day picnics was a success. Most of the neighbors came out for it, bringing all the kids along. Most of the adults here were ones he had run around with as a boy, kids he had considered cousins when he didn’t have any of his own.
Despite the happiness of the day, his mind was weighed down by the absence of one person, and the corners of his smile turned down. His sister had never missed one of these picnics. It was the first one she had not been there for. Her and her fiance had decided to go camping this weekend, but they’d said they would be here today.
His parents had tried to assure him everything was fine. The two of them had just decided to extend their camping trip longer. They weren’t worried. Apparently he was the only one who was. Maybe it was his years as a police officer that made him so paranoid. He hoped that was it, and his parents were right.
Still he found he could not sit still. He got back up and strode over to where his father was cooking another batch of hamburgers and hot dogs. “They should have been here by now,” he said, “or at least called. Connie would have called if they decided to change their plans.”
Brendan Alexander sighed, but didn’t look away from the food on the grill. “Cell service at the campground can be spotty. She may not have been able to get a call out. I’m sure everything’s fine.”
I’ve been making progress on my goals this week. Monday was a very productive day. I even got started on yesterday’s list before I went to bed. Yesterday, not so much. We left early to go up to the city and do some shopping and still get home before the girl got home from school(and made it with a good 45 minutes to spare unlike last time when we pulled up to our driveway right behind the bus). And since it was almost 50 degrees out, we stayed out and played until I needed to go in and get dinner started. I did manage to get a little bit done after the kids went to bed, but it certainly wasn’t as productive. We did get the kids’ Easter clothes though.
- Stained Snow – work through 14 scenes – I got through 4 and started a 5th. This will be moved down my list of priorities until Slow Revenge is finished.
- Slow Revenge – Work through any chapters I get back(right now that’s through Ch 19) – Like I said, I have them all back. Spent last night compiling beta’s notes into scrivener and got through 6 chapters this morning. These ones didn’t have many changes, but there’ll be more work in the last few chapters.
- Read: Cursed by Cupid(Wendy Sparrow), Mystery Man(Kristen Ashley), & A Little Too Much(Lisa Desrochers) – I finished reading Cursed by Cupid yesterday while we were outside. Started Mystery Man this morning.
- Read: How to Write a Dick – Get to 75% – I’m at 65% right now.
- Knit: Storybook Baby Hoodie – Finish – finished this on Sunday
- Knit: Phoenix Gauntlets – started these on Monday but didn’t work on them at all yesterday. Planning on getting the first one finished tonight.
New goals for the rest of the week:
- Slow Revenge: Finish edits
- Read: Finish Mystery Man & read A Little Too Much
- 75% through How to Write a Dick
- Knit: Phoenix Gauntlets
Any suggestions for editing/cover art for someone who is on an extremely tight budget? I want to get my stories out there, but I want to do it right.