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Write Wednesday: One Week

One more week until school starts here. Yes, I’m counting down. It’s felt like a very long summer. My every day = fight, whining, fits. I’m ready to get a break, especially since the boy’s naps have been unpredictable with his sister home. She’ll be in first grade this year, and he’s going to a preschool in town. Our school has a pre-k program as well, but he has to wait another year before he can go there. But, he’ll be 4 in a couple weeks and could really use the social time. And it gives me several hours of peace and quiet to get some writing done.

This week’s numbers are lower than they have been. The girl had her 7 year check-up on Monday, so we were gone most of the morning. She’s still a peanut(even though she’s one of the oldest in her class, she’s always been one of the smallest), but healthy. Today may not have much more time. We’ve been fixing up our entry way/utility room. The floor had been getting soft, so husband replaced that. As well as a few spots in the wall. Yesterday I sanded the spots he had patched up. Today I need to paint the walls. Still hope to get everything done though. We’ll see. Also cutting down on my hours of writing. Going from 8 hours to 6. I may change that again depending on how the days go when the kids start school.

It’s Wednesday, so that means WiPPet time. Today I have 10(8+2+0) paragraphs from Chapter 3 of Flames of Retribution. This happens the same night as last week’s snippet.

She headed over to the group of men, her gaze landing on the man down again. That didn’t look good. He wasn’t moving. She swung her gaze over the rest of them. Looked like minor injuries for the rest, although one was rubbing at his throat.
“We’ll answer your questions, Officer. But my partner here needs to be seen. He may have taken a blow to the head.” Caitie turned her gaze to the man who had spoken. She’d seen him before. She sorted through her memory and finally landed on it. Adrian’s wedding. He’d been there with Mark. Then, she heard that growl.
“Told you I’m fine, Nolan. Will you fucking let me get up already? Austin’s the one needs to be seen.”
Her throat went dry. She’d recognize that voice. She brought her gaze to him and nearly gasped. He must have taken a blow, the side of his face was bruised. Nolan just kept his hand on his shoulder. “You’re going to stay there. You could barely stand.”
“My fucking leg. And the fucker probably bruised my ribs. Not my head.”
Caitie took a step forward. “Need some help here, Ham?”
“Just for these dumb smoke eaters to tell me what happened.”
She met Nolan’s gaze first and saw the smile spread across his face. “Fairy. What the hell are you doing here?”
Mark’s head jerked up at that. She saw him wince at the movement, but his gaze didn’t leave hers. There was pain in his eyes, but anger came in to cover it. “Caitie? What the hell?”
Then, his gaze moved down. Her skin tingled, as it roved over her chest to her badge, down to her waist, then back up, taking in her uniform. She held herself still, but she saw the muscle in his jaw twitch. “What the hell?” He said again.

Now, on to my RoW80 progress.

  • Flames of Retribution – Draft 3 hrs/day: At least another 10k – Did the 3 hours Monday and Tuesday(2 hours so far today) and less than 5k. Hopefully my focus will return for the second half of the week.
  • Healing the Heart – Revise 2 hrs/day: Through Chapter 25 – Didn’t work the 2 hours at all but have decided to take this down to 1. Have added over 900 words to Chapter 16 though.
  • Scars and All – Plot 1 hr/day: Finish plotting – I did finish plotting this yesterday. Now, I’ll be moving on to fleshing out a possible fantasy idea.
  • Law of Choice – Write 1 hr/day: 10 pages – Haven’t done much on this. Didn’t get to it on Monday. Yesterday I just typed up the words I wrote on Friday. I took this goal down to 1/2 hour.
  • Flames of Justice – 1 hr/day: 5 pages – Didn’t do much on this either. Didn’t get to it on Monday either. Yesterday I started typing up the back stories I had written. Also going down to 1/2 hr on this.
  • Knit: Turtle Love Bib – I have this started.

Comments on: "Write Wednesday: One Week" (15)

  1. So the mysterious Caitie is a cop? Or EMT? Some kind of official. Hmm….the plot thickens…

  2. I am really, really liking Caitie. I think the guys are seriously underestimating her. She seems incredibly strong.

    I hear you on being ready for school. We have all the arguments/whining/snipping at our house, too. I love that I have 2 quirky, spirited kids, but sheesh! LOL

  3. Great tension in this week’s WIPpet. 🙂

    I’m amazed how many projects you’re able to work on simultaneously. What’s your secret? Currently, my max is two projects at a time.

  4. No back to school here. Lots of homeschool paperwork to plow through, though, and we’re planning a few local excursions for the fall months.

    Cutting back for the time being sounds like a sensible plan!

    I found the first paragraph a little disorienting, but I think it’s a matter of context, and not the writing itself. The men’s surprise – I love that! HA!

  5. All the word count things on the sidebar are super impressive. You must have a lot of persistence! I can’t focus on more than one.

    Is Fairy her nickname?

    • Thanks. I don’t know about persistence. I just can’t seem to work only on one thing at a time.

      Nolan calls her that because of her small size.

  6. I have to say, I’m… stunned. You always seem so calm and happy with your posts and then today it’s like “they are killing each other and if they don’t… I might”. I mean, I get it, but wow… I’m sorry to hear that the end of summer is hitting you all so hard (I think the changing weather probably adds to tempers). I hope things calm and settle for you.

    Oo, I’m loving the hints of what will happen next. Looks like there’s more surprises to follow.

    • I think I’m just frustrated and need a break. My husband’s been working about 80 hours a week, including Saturdays, so it’s just me with the kids pretty much from the time they get up until they go to bed most days.So, I think I’m just tired.

      Thanks. And yes, there’s plenty in store for them. 🙂

  7. I love Mark’s reaction to seeing Caitie. 😉 Well played.

    I hope things go better for you this week and you get some time to just switch off. No kids. No hubby. No writing. No responsibilities. At least for an hour or so. It’s so important to do that every now and again.

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