We’re only a couple days into the new ROW80 round, so I won’t claim to be doing well or poorly. Monday actually started out well. Today I barely managed to write 1k (my goal is 3k a day). I’ve really been struggling with this story and I’m not quite sure why. I’m going to keep with it, at least for a little while longer. I may end up setting it aside though.
Since it’s Wednesday, that means is time for a snippet from. ..one of my WiPPet for Wippet Wednesday. I’m drafting By the Gun today, even though it is slow going. So, I suppose I should share something from it. Instead I think I’ll share from the one I’m revising, Stained Blood. This is the third(and probably final) in my western series. I’d thought there might be a fourth book, but that character isn’t talking to me, so it might not happen. For today, I have the first 7 paragraphs from Chapter 1. One of the few bits I can share that doesn’t really have any spoilers for the first 2 books.
Deryn Glas looked out the window of the stagecoach as it rattled toward the town. She already knew who else occupied the coach with her. An older man who had sniffed when she’d been helped inside. Beside him sat a woman, probably only a few years older than her, with a little boy who didn’t seem to want to sit still. The woman wouldn’t meet Deryn’s eyes, either, but that was probably just as well.
If they didn’t look at her, they were less likely to remember her later.
Next to her sat another woman, who looked to be just a little younger than herself. The woman had smiled briefly at her. The man with her, who held onto the little girl who seemed to only be a little more than a year old, had seemed friendly, too, but had remained quiet, only whispering to the woman at his side.
She could already see the buildings growing in the distance and could feel her hands sweating inside her gloves. She tried to ignore the rolling in her stomach. Just nerves, she told herself. She knew better, but she kept repeating it until she’d almost convinced herself.
No one here would recognize her. No one would know who she really was or try to make her go back. She would be safe. For at least a little while, she would be safe.
The driver shouted up from the box, and the horses started to slow. Deryn gripped her hands tighter, wishing she knew what she could expect while she was here. She’d been hoping to get to California, but it turned out the little money she’d saved wouldn’t take her that far. Instead, it looked like Lander, Wyoming Territory was going to be the end of her road. At least until she could save up some more money.
She hoped it would be far enough.
Looking at my calendar, next week I should be sharing from Guarding the Heart again.
Monday when the boy got home from school, he wanted to put together his Lego helicopter. So we started working on that. Then we couldn’t find the next piece we needed. I’d seen him playing with it earlier and now it was gone. Finally found it later that evening. So Tuesday we worked on it again from when he got home until lunchtime. And again today, though we couldn’t find one piece. And that was after he lost the whole helicopter this morning. Found it on their bathroom counter finally. Not sure why he had it in there in the first place.
- Write 12k words – 7103 words. Monday was the best writing day. Yesterday want bad, but today it felt like I was fighting for every word.
- Outline Bryan & Leo – planning to work on this tomorrow
- Into the Sun – Submit – haven’t touched this yet
- Just Add Moonlight – Read Through & Revision Notes – or this
- Read: 2k-10k – 35% – about 20% through this
Bare It All (Lori Foster), Instant Gratification (Jill Shalvis), Inflame (Tessa Teevan), Just a Little Crush (Renita Pizzitola), Someday Girl (Melanie Shawn) – enjoyed Bare It All and Instant Gratification. Just started Inflame last night.
- Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – Strip 18 – Still making progress on this although it’s slow
Hoping things pick back up for the second half of this week.