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It’s been quite a week already. I was awake around 2 Monday morning. No idea why I woke up so early, but I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was out at the computer a little after three and managed to get quite a few things done before the kids woke up. Tuesday I was up at a more reasonable time(which for me is 4 a.m.). I didn’t get quite as much done then since the kids decided to get up just after 5. But, I did work is shorter spurts during the day. Also, it went from 70s to 30s in a day(and the boy locked me out of the house while I was getting the girl on the bus in the rain). It’s still cold today, but it’s supposed to start warming up and be back in the 60s tomorrow. I was up pretty early again today(around 3) and instantly thinking about the book I just finished reading last night. It utterly destroyed me. Glad I picked a more light-hearted one for my next read.

Anyways, it’s Wednesday so that means RoW80 & WiPPet. It feels like I’m bouncing around a lot on the WiPPets, probably because I am. I finished up my rewrite of Stained Snow last week and started revisions on Flames of Redemption this week. So, that’s the one I’ll be sharing from for the rest of the month. Probably. Maybe the short story I’ve been working on too, if that’s what I have open. Today, I still have Flames of Redemption up, so I’ll be sharing the first 9 paragraphs(4+1+6+2+0+1+4=18=1+8=9) from the new 1st scene of chapter 1.

Kayla Brooke hurried down the steps of her apartment building, buttoning her coat as she went. She stopped with one hand on the door. Her gloves were still in her apartment. Crap. She didn’t have time to run back up and grab them. Not if she was walking. Since the weather was still decent for late November, she didn’t want to pass up the chance at walking. Soon it would be too cold and snowing, and she’d need to drive. For now, she could deal with it. The station was only a few blocks away anyway.
She opened the door then shoved her hands deep into the pockets of her coat. The chill of the air bit at her cheeks, but she just took a deep breath. Around here, they were lucky not to already have one heavy snowfall. So the cold wasn’t too bad. She’d take it.
Kayla kept her pace brisk as she headed down the sidewalk. She didn’t keep her eyes on the sidewalk as she saw others doing. There was too much going on, too much that could happen in a split second. She knew just what could happen in a short amount of time. A family could go to sleep only to wake up to a smoke-filled house. It only took a second for the flames to turn back on those fighting it.
She gave a shudder at the direction her thoughts were going. She tried not to think like that. They had a job to do, and they did it. Most of the time her colleagues and the victims of the fire walked away from it. She hated that those other times hung on her so heavy.
She heard a happy yapping and smiled as she turned her attention to the yard in front of her. This was another reason she liked to walk to work. She leaned over the fence as the dog came running across the yard. “Hey there, Buddy,” she said, holding her hand down to him. He sniffed her hand then tried to get his nose further up his sleeve.
Kayla laughed and ran her hand over his golden head. They’d never had purebred dogs. But, when her and her brother were younger they’d had a mutt that looked a little like Buddy. They’d lost him about the same time she’d joined the fire academy.
“Sorry, I didn’t bring any treats today.”
The dog let out a soft woof then dropped back to the ground. He came back a moment later with a ball in his mouth. She laughed and shook her head. “I don’t really have time to play either.” At the baleful look in his eyes, she sighed. “Fine. Just once.”
She tossed the ball across the yard, waved to the woman who had stepped out onto the porch, then turned away. She knew if she didn’t leave, the dog would have her throwing the ball all day. She was such a sucker.

And for RoW80:

  • Slow Revenge: Format – Done. This was actually a lot easier than I figured. Other than the way scrivener kept trying to set up the chapter titles with Chapter One then right under it “Chapter 1”. Once I got that figured out, everything else looked good.
  • Stained Snow: Send second half to CP – still waiting to hear her thoughts on the last bit I sent her.
  • Flames of Redemption: Work out revision plan & start revisions – Done & started. I’ve made it through the first 4 chapters. My goal is 2 chapters a day with taking Sunday off(unless I have to catch up on this goal). I’m up almost 1400 words so far
  • Short Story: add words every day – Done. I’ve been working on this for half an hour when I finish everything else for the day. Have added 634 so far. As I said on twitter last night:

I’m having fun with this story even though I know what ends up happening. It’s a pivotal moment in the character’s back story and I’ve liked developing it even more.

  • Read: Sins of the Lost & A Most Devilish Rogue(Ashlyn Macnamara) As I said at the beginning, I finished Sins of the Lost last night. And oh my! It destroyed me. Absolutely and totally. And I realize I’ve said this about other books in the past. This one really did. I stared at my computer screen for close to an hour last night, not able to do anything else. And I woke up this morning thinking about it. Not sure I’ll survive the wait for book 4(okay, being dramatic there). I did start reading A Most Devilish Rogue this morning while waiting for the girl’s bus. Only 6% through, but it’s made me laugh a few times already.
  • Crochet: Puppy Hat – I have this started finally. The body of the hat & earflaps are finished. Just have do all the face pieces.

How is your week going? Have you read any books that have completely destroyed you? These seem to be the ones I love the most.

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Quite a Week" (20)

  1. Wow! I admire your stamina. And here I thought I was getting up really early at 5 am. What a wonderful way to introduce your character. I definitely want to read more about this neatly focused professional woman — who loves dogs! Re books that destroy you, I stopped reading Joyce Carol Oats for that reason after devouring nearly everything she had written. Have a truly wonderful week ahead.

  2. I told Ashlyn to take a peek at this blog post! I love her to pieces.

    It’s interesting how 2am is “up early” for some and “up late” for others. For me, that’s my usual bedtime, and most of the time it works for me. Theoretically, I write late at night, but my brain is stuck in my teaching job at the moment.

  3. Wow, I’m always in awe of morning people. I could not possibly write at those kinds of hours! I would be brain dead!

    Nice introduction to your character in the snippet. 🙂

  4. Oh, I’m well acquainted with that dog trick. “Throw the ball. Just once. Yeah. Just throw it once. Okay? But I brought it back so maybe just once more? Please. Pleasepleasepleaseplease I’m sooooo dang cute. Throw. The. Ball.” Love a character who interacts with dogs. And love that you added that little bit, because it tells us volumes about Kayla.

  5. I am impressed that you manage to get out of bed so early in the morning! You will have to share your secret.The paragraphs that you shared are very intriguing, I found it whimsical with just a touch of mystery surrounding the discussion of the fire, and it definitely made me want to read more. Sounds like you are doing great with your goals, keep it up 🙂

    • I’m not sure I have a secret. I’ve always been an early riser. And I’m a morning writer. The words come much easier then for me.


  6. 4 am?! Sheesh! And here I thought 6 am was bad!

    The puppy Kayla runs into (okay, so it’s not a puppy, but all dogs are puppy to me regardless of age 😉 ) sounds adorable. Our friends have a neighbor who owns a husky who is a lover just like that and wants to play all the time! We would totally clone him if we could!

    • I’ve always been an early riser, and my kids tend to take after me. So, it’s become a bit of a necessity for me. If I don’t get any writing done first thing, I tend to not do much at all the rest of the day.


  7. My husband is a morning person, too. He can wake up at 3 a.m., exercise at 5, etc. Me, not so much. How I envy you!

    I enjoyed your excerpt. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. Awww. Puppy. 🙂

  9. Hmm, I went to bed, each of those nights an hour or two after you woke up, Fallon. Should have seen if you were on for a writing sprint 😉

    Semi-silliness aside though there’s something magical about those middle of the morning hours. when the rest of the world seems to be asleep.

    Cute scene, though I think I see a …typo? in the fifth paragraph where you mention the dog pushes its nose up “his” sleeve…

    • Yes, I’m usually around between 4-6 in the morning. not always for the same amount of time. I agree, there seems to be something about having the house dark and quiet.

      Thanks! And yeah, I have a tendency to switch genders of my characters. Not on purpose. I don’t always catch it.

  10. Oh Fallon, you make me wish I was a morning person. I struggle to drag myself out when the alarm goes off at 7. Best of luck for the week ahead.

    • I’ve always been a morning person. About 3 years ago, when I started getting serious about writing, I started setting an alarm for 6. Moved it up to 5, then to 4 where I m now. It’s gotten easier, most of the time.


  11. […] sharing another snippet from that today for my WiPPet. Today’s picks up right where I left off last week. 27 […]

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