After the last productive week, this week feels like an utter fail. I probably shouldn’t think that. I have been getting things done. Monday really wasn’t too bad, except I didn’t get to the revisions I’d planned on. So I moved that goal to first thing Tuesday morning. And then, Tuesday morning I…just couldn’t focus. What I should have done was set the revisions aside and worked on one of my other projects. Instead, I just tried to push on. And made only a little progress. I did eventually get through Monday’s planned revisions, but only wrote about 400 words on Flames of Restoration, nothing on Stained Blood, and didn’t even start Tuesday’s revisions. So, yeah, I’m behind right now.
I also made a decision about my Flames series. While writing my M & N posts for the A-Z challenge, I realized these are the characters that talk to me the most/loudest, so they should be my first priority. This doesn’t mean I won’t work on my other series/stories, but they will get first priority. I think I’ll keep doing what I am right now with splitting the day’s word count between 2 projects. But whatever Flames story I’m writing(or the spin-off which I’m plotting now…with Nolan’s brother) will get the higher split of those words. This may change if any other characters start talking louder, but for right now that’s what I’m going to do.
And now, for another snippet from Flames of Recompense. Last week, we left Callum & Megan trying to figure out where they stood with each other. This week’s is during the same day but quite a bit later. 19 paragraphs of mostly dialogue(4+15).
“Hey, Meg,” he called as he neared the kitchen. “Have you seen-”
His words cut off when he realized there’d been another voice in the kitchen. It was too late to stop his forward motion, though. Megan’s mother’s head whipped around, and he felt color flood his face before he jumped back into the hallway. His hands came up to grip the back of his head, and he very nearly banged his head on the wall. “Fuck, fuck, fuck,” he muttered.
Then, Megan was stepping out, a soft smile on her face. “Relax,” she murmured and handed a bundle of clothes to him. “It’s okay.”
“Your mother just saw me naked,” he said through gritted teeth. “She already hates me. This certainly isn’t going to help.”
“She doesn’t hate you,” Megan said, but he saw the way she worried at her lip.
“What’s she doing here anyway? Did she bring Kaelin home?”
Megan shook her head. “She convinced Dad to take her to the park before they came home. Mom wanted to talk to me.”
He noticed the way Megan wouldn’t look directly at him. “About me?”
She nodded then put a hand on his chest. “It’s fine. Go get dressed, and we’ll deal with this.”
But, first, he leaned forward and pressed his lips to her cheek. “Meg.”
“Just go get dressed,” she said softly before he could decide what else to say. “It’s okay.”
He headed back toward the bedroom, but stopped when he heard the raised voices from the kitchen.
Her mom’s “I can’t believe you’d do this.”
“Mom, stop,” Megan replied.
“Seriously, he’s nothing but-”
“Stop,” Megan said, harsher this time. “He’s nothing but Kaelin’s father.” His stomach clenched at that. Is that seriously all she thought of him. Even after…His thoughts trailed off as she continued. “He’s nothing but the first man I ever loved. He’s nothing but the one man I have never been able to stop thinking about. He’s nothing but a good man who deserves a second chance. I don’t see why you won’t let him have that.”
He stayed where he was for another moment and was just about to give up listening and go on to the bedroom, when he heard her mother say, “I just don’t want to see you hurt again. I saw how shattered you were the last time he chose drugs over you. I don’t want to see it happen again. And you know it will.”
He didn’t wait to hear Megan’s response to that. It was obvious she thought he’d fall again. Maybe everyone thought it. He didn’t know what else to do to prove to them he was serious about this. He closed the bedroom door behind him and leaned back against it, closing his eyes. He wanted this with Megan, but he didn’t know how long he could take her not trusting him. She’d said he was the first man she’d really loved and she hadn’t stopped thinking about him. But, that didn’t mean she still loved him. Not the way he still loved her.
“It doesn’t matter,” he muttered. She didn’t have to love him. As long as she didn’t try to keep Kaelin from him again.
So, will Callum ever be able to prove himself? Will her mother ever accept him(or even tolerate him)? Will Megan trust him again? Stay tuned!
And for the RoW80 update:
- Stained Blood – Add ~10k to this(total around 35k) – wrote 2136 on this on Monday. Going to adjust this goal to ~5k for this week. So, final count for the week will be 30k.
- Flames of Restoration – Add ~10k to this(total around 15k) – I’ve written 3751 so far this week. If I can get today’s words in too, I’ll be back on track.
- Flames of Renewal – Revise through Chapter 10 – I added a prologue & got through 2 chapters. Adding at least 1 new scene to Chapter 3 now.
- Flames Volunteer Spin-off – Brainstorm – I’ve got mind maps for main characters(in general) and the protagonist(more involved) done. On track with this one.
- Into the Sun: Add at least 250 words to this. – not yet. If I work on it, it will be over the weekend. –
- Just Add Moonlight: a flash story for the TGNA anthology. We’ll see how this goes. – same as above
- Blog: K-P posts – I have through N written and scheduled. Hoping to get O & P done today or tomorrow.
Finish Island of Glass(Ruth Nestvold), A Hero for Holly(Kristy K James), Hard As It Gets(Laura Kaye),Catch Me When I Fall(Vicki Leigh), Rescue My Heart(Jill Shalvis), & Sunlounger 2(various authors) – I enjoyed all of the ones I’ve finished so far. Hoping to start Catch Me When I Fall sometime today.
- Knit: Simple Cable Scarf – Finish Cable pattern 3 & 2(for the second time). – almost finished with repeating pattern 3. I should be able to do that today, and I’ll be more than half done with the scarf.