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I’m falling behind on my Camp NaNo goals, but other than that, I’m doing pretty good so far. I started plotting a new story(in my Gilbert, Co series, even though I haven’t finished Paint Me a Picture yet). I finished plotting yesterday and even wrote the first 400+ words on it. Working on it now, too. To figure out the order I work on things, I look at my list on mywriteclub.com. The one farthest along percentage-wise goes to the top of the list. This one had been there when I was plotting. But, I started a new goal for drafting, so it’s gone back to the bottom now. If things keep going the way they have been, though, it will be moving up the list.

So, for this week’s WiPPet Wednesday, I’ll be sharing from this new project. No title yet, just referring to it as ‘Carlos & Tereza’. I’m sure a title will come to me eventually. Carlos first popped up in Healing the Heart(which I should be editing), and again in Freeing His Heart and even briefly in My Way to You. And then he insisted he needed his own story. Tereza popped up in Demons Rising(book 3) and hasn’t been seen since. Didn’t realize until I started brainstorming this one how much history they shared. For today, I have 6 paragraphs from the first scene.

He jumped when the phone at the end of the counter rang and just barely kept from cutting himself with the knife. He took off the gloves he wore while preparing food and dropped them in the trash on his way to the phone. “Carlos’ place,” he answered. He’d been real creative when naming his restaurant.

“Car?” The voice on the other end of the line wavered slightly, but that didn’t keep Carlos from recognizing it. A chill went down his spine, even though he reminded himself at least this meant he was still alive.

“What do you want, Brent? I’m busy right now.”

“I-I’m sorry, Carlos.”

Shit, it had to be bad if his brother was apologizing. “What happened?”

“I’m in trouble. I need your help.”

What kind of trouble is his brother in? Is Carlos going to be able to help? I may have answers for you next week. 😉

Now, on to my progress so far this week:

  • Work 15 hours on plotting/drafting projects – I’ve lost track of all of today’s time, but I’ve got around 14 hours in. I…may have given up on the only 3 hours a day. Since I worked on outlining Carlos & Tereza’s story for 6 hours yesterday.
    • Protecting the Heart – 1020 words
    • Ready When You Are – 1034 words
    • Paint Me a Picture – 852 words
    • Carlos & Tereza – 4497 words of plotting & 1581 words on the story itself.
    • Break on Me – finished brainstorming & 1276 words of plotting
    • In the Moonlight – set aside By the Gun b/c it just wasn’t working & started brainstorming an idea based on a piece of flash fiction I wrote a while ago. Brainstormed characters, but that’s about it.
  • Work 5 hours on editing – 30 minutes so far.
  • Come Back Down – Revise 1/2 hour –
  • Goin’ Down(short story) – Write 1/2 hour
  • RoW80 Sponsor Post – Draft, Revise, & Submit – Got this drafted. Need to revise & submit still.
  • Read: Conflict & Suspense(James Scott Bell) – About 10% through this.
  • Read: Finish Love on the Ledge(Zoraida Cordova), Kiss Kill Vanish(Jessica Martinez), The Wrath and the Dawn(Renee Ahdieh), When You Dare(Lori Foster), Coming in From the Cold(Sarina Bowen), Blood Charged(Lindsay Buroker), and Finding Center(Katherine Locke) – finished Love on the Ledge(enjoyed it), set aside Kiss Kill Vanish(just wasn’t pulling me in), and finished The Wrath and the Dawn last night(really enjoyed it). Will be started When You Dare tonight.
  • Knit: Entwined Fingerless Mitts – Haven’t started these yet.
  • A-Z Challenge – Draft K, L, M, N & Revise I, J, K, L, M, N – Drafted through N. Have through J revised and scheduled. Through E are posted.


Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Starting Strong" (13)

  1. It’s never a good thing when the person starts off the conversation with an apology. I look forward to reading more and finding out what the trouble is.

  2. Kat Morrisey said:

    Ohhhhh I love Carlos, I LOVE him! Maybe more than Adam, even. O.O (Don’t tell him that. lol)

    I am behind on NaNo too. I really need to kick my butt into gear the rest of this week! I foresee a lot of sprints coming up later this week and this weekend…

    • I’m glad you like him, and don’t worry, I won’t tell. 😀
      I’m getting caught up today thankfully. Now, as long as I can stay on track.

  3. What a snippet! I’m intrigued. 🙂

  4. I like your snippet, especially the part with him picking up the phone and sensing something was bad when his brother called.


    My WIPpet is at:


  5. Hello, Fallon. Amazing progress. Truly. I’m always stunned by the numbers of words you get on the page each week and the number of projects you work on. This snippet ends intriguingly. Of course, Carlos will help his brother, right? I also really liked how you linked to your AtoZ posts. Good idea. Looking forward to another amazing week.

    • Thank you, Beth.
      I’m glad you liked it. And if Carlos just walked away, there wouldn’t be much of a story. Or at least not the one he has to tell.

  6. Awesome progress! My Camp novel has been waiting for me for almost a week now. Getting back to it tomorrow night, but, till then, getting caught up with some comments, and trying to get even just a little bit ahead with my A-Z stories (that extra extended story every day takes more time than I hoped it might, but it’s so much fun, it’s totally worth it!

    I’m intrigued by this snippet. I really think I’m going to like Carlos. =)

    Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
    Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
    shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

    • Thanks. I’m getting a but further ahead with my A-Z stories. Have half of next week’s drafted already. Hoping to have all of those drafted(and maybe revised) before this weekend, since I won’t have much time to do it then. We have the fire department’s award banquet Saturday night & will probably be recovering on Sunday. 🙂
      I hope you do like Carlos. He’s got quite the past, but he’s trying to make up for that now. 🙂

      • Sometimes, our past makes us that much more motivated not to waste our present and future. Carlos seems like that.

        I’m not really getting ahead, but I’m not falling behind, and my two already-drafted stories come up one this week, and one next, so that will help.

        Where I really need some forward momentum is my Camp. I’ve gotten 2,323 new words, and need many many more.

        I might even drop my word count, but I don’t want to.

        Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
        Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
        shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

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