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It’s been a dreary, rainy week so far. But, I’ve been getting stuff done. And yet, I feel like I’m not getting much of anything done. Which could be because I’m spreading myself out between so many projects. I had added the sequel* to Duty to Protect as well as the sequel* to Stained Snow to my list to start working on. Didn’t feel like too much of a problem, but still I felt stretched out between everything. And keep thinking I could get more done if I focus on one or two things at a time. I’ve tried doing this before, and usually end up going back to too many things at once. But, for May, I’m going to attempt it again. I did read through 25% of Healing the Heart(DtP sequel) & just about finished with back stories for Adam’s Story(untitled Stained Snow sequel). I’m going to finish that last back story before I set it aside. The way I reworked my schedule/deadlines, it looks like I’ll be working on that for NaNo, although that might change. Once I send one out to CP, beta readers, etc., I’ll move on to the next. And probably end up juggling a couple. And of course, I may end up changing the schedule again by June. I really need to switch to a digital calendar and save on white out. πŸ˜‰

It’s Wednesday which means WiPPet time! Another one from Flames of Redemption this week. 1 paragraph(10 sentences = 30-4-2-14) from Chapter 3.

Adrian Riley pushed back from his desk as he finished up his report on the case he had just closed. It was sent off to the captain, so there wasn’t much else to do. He did have paperwork to catch up on. But, it wasn’t what he thought about when he leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. No, the only image that came to mind was that woman leaning over the fence to pet a dog. He didn’t know what had made him run through that neighborhood with Oscar. He thought he’d wanted to change things up. Then, he’d seen her. He shook away that thought, irritated at his romanticism of something that meant nothing. He didn’t even know who she was and would probably never see her again.

On to my progress for the week! Then, my evaluation of April and onto May goals. It is the end of the month after all.

  • Flames of Redemption – another read through – 40% through this. My focus will be on this until I get Stained Snow back from my CP.
  • The Choice – 1st round of revisions – got through 15/22.5 chapters(the .5 being an epilogue). Setting this aside until I get Flames of Redemption sent off to CP(looking like sometime in June).
  • Short Story – finish(I hope) – or not. Didn’t work on this Monday and only 82 words yesterday. I don’t know when I’ll finish it, but I know I’m close to the end. I’m thinking of starting to share it here for my Friday Fiction posts. Maybe a scene at a time.
  • Read – Solving For Ex(LeighAnn Kopans) & Dark Lover(J.R. Ward) – finished Solving for Ex yesterday. Loved it. Haven’t started Dark Lover yet, but probably today.
  • Crochet – Hello Kitty Hat – almost finished with this. Have to sew eyes, nose, ears, & bow to hat then do whiskers and the braids for the earflaps. Hoping to finish it today.

As for April’s goals:


  • Slow Revenge: Publish
  • Stained Snow: Finish rewrite
  • Short Story: Write
  • Flames of Redemption: Revisions


  • Listen to 1 audio book finished listening to Ignite Me(Tahereh Mafi) and started listening to Erased(Jennifer Rush). I like doing this while I’m doing housework.
  • Read 12 fiction books – only 11, although Riding Desire should count as more than 1, I think. There were 14 stories of varying lengths.
  • Read 1 craft/research book


  • Knit 2 projects(Snuggly Chatterbox Hat & Imp Cloth)
  • Crochet 2 projects(Crochet Puppy Hat & Hello Kitty Hat) very close.

April was still a pretty good month, even if I didn’t get everything done. Now, onto May:


  • Stained Snow: Revise/send to beta readers
  • Flames of Redemption: Finish second round of revisions
  • Short Story: Finish


  • Listen to 1 audio book
  • Read 12 fiction books
  • Read 1 craft/research book


  • Knit 2 projects(to be decided)
  • Crochet 2 projects(to be decided)

And since I’m trying to simplify, some new goals for the rest of the week:

  • Flames of Redemption: Finish read through. Start revisions if I can.
  • Short Story: add words
  • Read: Dark Lover
  • Crochet: Finish Hello Kitty Hat

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Simplifying" (17)

  1. I love this line: “He shook away that thought, irritated at his romanticism of something that meant nothing.”

    I finished two beta-reading projects this week and rewarded myself with a copy of Duty to Protect. (Hey, it was loooong and difficult work; I deserve it, right?) πŸ™‚

  2. I love how things distract people. But I have a feeling that the chick is going to come back up again. =P

  3. I need to do some simplifying as well, Fallon. I have to fight my ADD “Oh, pretty!” sometimes and slog through the stuff I don’t enjoy as much. I hope to learn from how you manage multiple projects.

    • yeah, I have all these ideas of things I want to get done. And sometimes I think doing a little on each will be a good idea. But, I think focusing on just one or two at a time will be a better idea.

  4. Kat Morrisey said:

    You’re simplifying is still a lot, lol! And you’ve kicked butt with your progress so far. Including finishing Camp! *throws confetti* Also, I don’t see your definition of slowing down changing that aspect of things (the ‘you kicking the crap out of your goals’ aspect, I mean), at all. πŸ™‚ So keep on keeping on, Fallon, you’re doing great!

    • Thanks! It will mean getting Adam to you a bit later probably, but I’ll get him to you eventually. πŸ™‚

  5. I read a description once in a book that seemed to fit a lot of creative people I know: “Butterfly Personality”. The idea was someone who needed to have many bright and nurturing things around him-/herself to survive.

    I get the stretched feeling though. I totally get the stretched feeling. May you soon find balance.

  6. I can certainly relate. β€œI feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” Geek moment. πŸ˜‰ Nice WIPpet. I love the way we like to think about things, then talk ourselves out of thinking about them even when we think they could be something…

  7. Ah, the old “love at first sight.” πŸ™‚ Well it have a happy ending, I wonder.

    From my alter-ego, who was briefly a professional organizer: Multi-tasking is something of a myth. If you can stick with one or two things, you’ll usually find its more productive. So kudos to you!

    • more like “lust at first sight.” lol πŸ˜€

      I tend to go between “let’s do everything” to “maybe I should just focus on one thing” Thinking I need to find somewhere between them. πŸ™‚

  8. I like your positive attitude about your April goals. Sometimes we forget that accomplishing anything is great. We get upset that we didn’t get as much done as we like.
    But your May goals look good, though don’t let too much revision suck out your soul.

    • Thanks! I’ve been working on not being quite so hard on myself.

      That’s why I like having the short story to work on the side. I get a little crazy when I don’t have something to actually write.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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