Home of a mother, wife, writer

So, I’ve been working on my new schedule this week. It’s been going well, although I’m still struggling a little with the focus thing. Like working on this blog post during one of my writing blocks of time. Oh, well. I suppose it will take some time to settle into it. The girl had a 2 hour delay on Monday, so there was no transportation for the boy’s preschool. I worked around that, though. Then, yesterday morning, I checked the news site, and it still had the preschool listed as having no transportation. Well, the bus went by at its usual time. So, apparently it hadn’t been updated. Thankfully my husband was home and was able to run him in. I figured the roads were just icy. I know our driveway was. I fell while I was waiting for the boy to get home. Wouldn’t have been too bad if I hadn’t tried to catch myself. Still, not too terribly bad, although it did hurt my wrist and jar my shoulder a little.

I did finally get that email from my CP I’ve been waiting for. So, I started compiling notes and nearly got through 2 chapters of edits yesterday. Still working on this bonus set of scenes set in Flames of Retribution. Also, it sets up Nolan’s story a bit. I’ve added 2598 words to it so far this week.

Before I get to the rest of my progress, my WiPPet Snippet. This will probably be one of the last from Scars and All. It may see out the month, but that will probably be it. Today I have 13 paragraphs. Doren and his father finally have that talk.

“You were still in surgery when we got there. They said they were doing everything they could to save your leg, but it didn’t look good. It didn’t look good, Doren, and I was losing my mind. When they finally let us see you, I-” he broke off and turned away, rubbing his hands over his face. “Damn it, Doren, I couldn’t take it. To see you so broken there. You’d just been home. You’d just had Amy home with you, and the two of you had been so happy. And now you lay there broken. I didn’t know if you’d get back up again. I didn’t know how to deal with it.”
“Dad,-”
His father shook his head though, and Doren closed his mouth again. His father seemed more agitated with each word, but he’d let him get this out. “When I came back out of your room, Amy’s parents were there. So were the cops. And…God, Doren, I was a mess. They started shouting at me. I didn’t even realize she was-” He stopped and swallowed- “Damn it. I didn’t know yet. And they were yelling that it was your fault. I shouted back, I don’t even remember everything. Somewhere in there the cops mentioned another vehicle being involved. The only thing I cared about was if you were going to make it. Once everyone calmed down and I found out she had died, I felt terrible. But, I couldn’t feel guilty that you were still alive.”
His chest still ached, but Doren forced a breath out. “Her father came to my room after I woke up. He said he didn’t care what the cops said. That he knew it was my fault, and she never should have been with someone like me.”
His father dropped his hands to his sides. “That…” H broke off whatever he was going to say and turned back to face Doren. “I know you don’t believe it, but I sat by your side every damn day. I was afraid if I didn’t, you wouldn’t hang on. I gave up a week of work, but that was worth making sure you stayed with us.”
Doren’s eyes burned, and he wished he could claim it was just the wind. “Then, why did you turn your back on me after I woke up? Did you think I didn’t need you anymore?”
His father seemed to have trouble meeting his gaze. “I was an idiot, and I know I handled it wrong. You were in so much pain. They had you on some heavy-duty drugs at first. But, you still woke up crying out for Amy. Nothing could touch that pain, and I didn’t know how to make it better.”
“So, you just walked away?”
“Damn it, Doren,” he cried, shoving his hands through his hair. “I told you I was an idiot. I couldn’t stand to see you hurting and know there was nothing I could do. So, I went back to work. I tried going along like nothing was wrong. And I screwed everything up. What I said yesterday,-”
“Was about how you reacted then,” Doren said just realizing it himself. “I thought you meant you were ashamed of me. Because I always let everyone down.”
“Never, Doren. Why would I be ashamed of you? You’ve taken something terrible and moved on from it. If I lost your mother,-” He shook his head. “I wouldn’t be able to deal with it. And you lost more than just Amy, but everything you were working for. I’m sorry I didn’t make it easier for you. And when the rumors started,-”
“You believed them.”
His father just stared at him, his eyes wide, and the color draining from his face. “No. Never. God, Doren, I knew how much you loved her. I knew you would never do anything to hurt her. And they gave us everything they found on you. They gave us the ring, Doren. I know you planned to propose to her. That night?”

Maybe now that they’ve had everything out, they can move forward 🙂

  • Buried Secrets – finish outline – set this aside until I finish the edits for The Choice. I did have one backstory finished and just started another.
  • Read: Dark Paradise(Angie Sandro), Scarlet(Marissa Meyer), Tell Me Something Good(Jamie Wesley), This Weakness for You(Wendy Sparrow), & Outsider(Becca J. Campbell) – I finished Dark Paradise and Tell Me Something Good. Going to start Scarlet today. I was in the mood for something lighthearted when I finished Dark Paradise, though. I did enjoy both.
  • Read: A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers – finished reading this yesterday. some interesting stuff & definitely a resource I’ll keep around, since I have a few lawyers in stories.
  • Knit: Cap with Beaded Flowers – finished this Monday…kind of. I didn’t make the beaded flowers for it(I don’t have any beads to make them), but the hat itself is done.IMG_0462 IMG_0463
  • Crochet: Broomstick Lace Hat – I have this started. Had some trouble figuring out the broomstick method, but I’ve finally got it, I think.

For the rest of the week, most of my focus is going to be on edits for The Choice. I’m hoping to get them done and have it ready for beta readers before the end of the month.

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Settling In" (31)

  1. Bwaaaaa!!! Doren…I want to hug him. So much emotion and tension in here. *sobs*

    Only one nit, and it may be due to formatting glitches, the fourth paragraph (starts with “His chest still ached, …”) I have a hard time following who is saying what.

  2. Oh, man. Wow. Well, I hope they can find a way to move on together instead of being at odds. They really needed that talk.

    LOVE the hat.

  3. Cute hat!

    Oh the sniffles. 😦 Oh the very sniffles. I’ll be straight up: I do not like tear jerkers. For reasons. But I think you did this very well. This is a moving scene that really reaches into your reader’s chest and rips out her heart. Nicely done.

  4. Nice to get everything out in the open – hopefully they can mend things and move on from there. Nice hat! I have a friend who crochets and I honestly don’t know how you guys do it – no talent here at all!

  5. Wow! Getting through two chapters of edits on one day is wonderfull! Good Luck with your edits on the Choice!

  6. Wow. Really powerful WIPpet. I’m wondering about those rumors, and what really happened in that accident. I hope things are looking up for these characters soon!

  7. This is great. You hardly ever read much about relationships with dads. I like it a lot.

  8. Wow. I’m trying to think of something more to say, but mostly it’s Wow. That was good. And intense. So…..Wow.

  9. …That’s just dust in my eye. Not a tear. Definitely not.

    I like his father a whole lot more now.

    And that is a very nifty bit of knitting. I had to look up broomstick lace and… frankly, words fail me. It’s one of those things that looks straightforward when laid out in pictures, but seems to result in yarn (and profanities) everywhere in practice. I’m looking forward to seeing your results though, it looks like it’ll make a beautiful hat!

  10. Very intense confrontation here between father and son, so emotional and yet healing. Powerful writing. Sounds like the threads (back story?) are being woven in to resolve much earlier conflict. Maybe they can move on . . . but the cops and the family await. And Daren himself must heal. Sad.. . . But I love your broomstick hat! Very cute. Not something I’d try without detailed, very detailed instructions.

  11. Heavy scene for the hospital ..well written. I also like the hat!

  12. Oh man, poor Doren.

  13. That was a good snippet, Fallon. Very touching. I could imagine it being played out. Good job!! 🙂

  14. Helplessness can do very strange things to people, especially people who tend to hod things in…I’m still not happy with Doren’s father’s actions, which caused a lot of pain for both him and Doren – but I understand him better now.

    I kinda wanna hug them both, and I’m thinking that perhaps that ring might just come in handy…

    That hat is adorable on you! =)

  15. That is a very powerful and touching moment between to men. A scene like that is so hard to write and you’ve done an amazing job!

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