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This has been a pretty decent week, other than my right knee giving me problems. I actually woke this morning with no pain in it…for about 10 minutes. This has been going on for at least 2.5 weeks(I’m used to it acting up here and there, so can’t pinpoint exactly when this started). My hands have been hurting, particularly when I write or crochet. Usually it’s my wrists, now my whole hand starts aching.

Okay, whining time’s over. Back to the good stuff. I’m almost finished writing the first draft of Stay a Little Longer. April is Camp NaNo. I’ll be working on Playing with Fire, which makes me really happy. Can’t wait to spend time with Jeremiah, Corrin, & Silas. And I have a small cabin set up. There’s currently only 3 other people in it(okay, only 1 other person as the other 2 haven’t accepted the invitation yet). If anyone wants to join in, let me know. I nearly have Stained Blood rewrites done. Then, I’ll do another pass through before sending it to my beta and possibly back to my CP since I made quite a few changes. If anyone else wants to read it, let me know(it’s the third book in the series, so you might be missing some things if you didn’t read the first two). I also have my f/f Snow White retelling just about ready to go. Need to polish it up, then I have one reader set to send it to. If anyone else is interested, I’d love feedback before I submit it. There’s more on it down in my writing section in this post.

Now, on to why most of you are probably here(especially as we’re still mid-break for RoW80). WiPpet Wednesday!! This will probably be the last snippet I share from Stay a Little Longer. At least for now. There might be more when I start editing, but that’s…sometime in the future. Anyway, for today I have 32 sentences(3+29). Terrall has told Jess about his past, and she’s a lot more understanding than he thought she’d be.

 “You can’t ever change what happened. Just like I can’t go back and decide not to sleep with Frank, or get drunk with Mike. Or let Colby into our lives. That last did a number on Paul, and he’s just finally coming out of it.”
“But you’ve brought life into this world. I’ve taken a beautiful one out of it.” He was surprised to feel wetness on his cheeks, and it took him a moment to realize it was coming from his own eyes.
“Nothing I say will change that. But, what you’re doing now, Terrall, it makes a difference. Mike’s father-”
“He told me,” Terrall said. “I figured when he seemed so welcoming, he didn’t know. But, he did.”
“He’s a forgiving person. His dad still lives outside town. He comes in the bar, gets drunk, and gets behind his wheel. I’ve tried to stop him, but it doesn’t do any good. He hasn’t tried to change or make anything better. He hasn’t even forgiven his son for not being the one to come and get him that night.”
That had him opening his eyes. “How could he blame Mike for that?”
“Because that’s what people who won’t take responsibility for their own actions do. You’re different. You admit you were wrong, you’re making an effort to change. Have you done it again?”
“Mike asked me that same thing. And no. I only have an occasional beer, and I don’t drive until it’s had time to get out of my system.”
“That’s why you stayed at the bar so long last night.”
Despite everything else, including the heaviness still sitting in his chest, he felt his lips tug up. “One reason. I also liked watching you.”

Seems like a good reason to stick around. 😉 Anyway, this is why I’ve struggled with writing Terrall. Redeeming his character without condoning what he did. And drunk driving is a sensitive issue for me. So, I’m trying to be careful with it, and hope it comes out the way I mean for it to.

And now on to my progress for this week. I’ll have my final update for the month on Sunday and may also update my yearly goals then and see how they’re going so far. And the new RoW80 round starts on Monday, so I’ll probably post my goals for the second quarter of the year and April then.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 11/21 sections(I cut out subplot section for this one) of Story Toolkit(some of these sections I’ll have to do at least 2 sheets for because of multiple characters, but I’ll put them all in one section). 5112 words so far this month. 87 words this week.
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 38560 words/45000, 39/38 scenes for the month. 3123 words/3 scenes written this week.
  • Secondary: Side Projects 5000 words, edit Chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah & Chapter 1 of Tavin & Haiwee, read through 9 chapters of Snow White Twist(there’s actually 10, but I read through chapter 1 in February) – 5222/5000 words so far this month. 503 words this week. have read through 9/9 in Snow White Twist. and I already have one reader lined up for this. If any else would be interested in reading a f/f retelling of Snow White(about 21000 words), let me know. I should have it revised and ready by the end of the month. I’ve started working on these side projects in random order instead of the same order every week. I’ll add them in to this list as I finish the week’s words on each.
    • Snow White Twist – I compiled notes on 10/10 chapters. I have made 98/98 changes. I cut out 4 words total. Going to do my search & destroy mission next weekend, then it will be ready to send out to anyone who’d like to give some feedback.
    • Mason & Lila – 100 words – Music career? She didn’t have a career. She could sing, she would never deny that. But, that didn’t mean she was good enough to even get a recording contract. And anyway, she was only fifteen. Way too young to make anything of it. 
    • Patrick & Sarah – 167 words – She worried, though, what Patrick would think of her for how she handled her sons. She was doing the best she could, but was it really enough?
    • Preggers – 106 words – The other woman reached out and touched her arm gently. “You’re not hurt, are you? I wasn’t watching where I was going. I seem to have that problem these days.”
    • Roman – 130 words – He let out a breath then said, “Morning, Tereza. How are you?” His heart was still scrambling, but he thought he sounded calm and in control at least. He wasn’t sure he’d ever known a teenager, or anyone really, who moved so quietly. 

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 8/10 new scenes finished this month. 31/40 scenes edited. 6183 words added this month. 1299 words this week. And I posted another teaser for it on Tuesday.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal(if I get back from CP) – complete CP edits
    • In the Moonlight – start revisions

Blogging:

  • A-Z posts – draft 24 posts – 9/24 for the month. J & K are finished. 2078 words so far.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 27 posts – Edited 8/27(almost forgot about the theme reveal post) posts.

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 4/8 for the month, 0 this week
    • Fire(Kristin Cashore) – On Chapter 5(audible has these chapters split up weird. There are more than one in what it says is a chapter. So I’m just doing what’s on top of the screen on my phone). It’s interesting, but I’m almost 3 hours in and it doesn’t feel like a lot’s really happened. I’ll give it at least a little longer. I’m almost 6 hours in now and still doesn’t feel like a lot is happening. Taking a break from it to listen to something else.
    • Crocodile on the Sandbank(Elizabeth Peters) – I’m on Chapter 3(at least according to audible. This is another one they have split up weird).
  • Read: 31 books – 27/31 for the month, 2 this week.
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 38/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Hallowed Ground(Rebecca Yarros) – started this Sunday morning. At 60%.
    • And I Darken(Kiersten White) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Really enjoyed it, though it was a bit…twisted. Very toxic relationships. Looking forward to the next book.
    • This is True Love(Jamie Wesley) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening. It was a fairly quick read. Really enjoyed it.
    • Secrets of a Summer Night(Lisa Kleypas) – Starting this one today.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat – Finished this Sunday after publishing my post.
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – realized the slouchy hat uses a loom I don’t have, so I’m cutting it off the list.
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Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Getting Close" (13)

  1. Very emotional exchange. I love the little bit of sweetness at the end to lighten the heaviness.

  2. I agree with everything Amy just said up there, and hooray for all the progress on your ROW80 March goals.

    Also – am I the beta for Stained Blood? I think I am, but I want to be sure. I probably won’t be able to get started until May, so, if I am, I hope that will work for you and Barrett! =)

    • Thanks!
      And, yes. Also, that’s fine. I’m hoping to have Flames of Renewal back from my CP by the time I get Stained Blood cleaned up and have that to work on.

      • Ok. I just wanted to make sure I’m the reader for that, so I can keep track. All betas and crits are likely to be slower moving this month, and maybe next, too.

  3. I really wanted to do Camp this month but it hasn’t panned out. Maybe July. I won’t have study or rehearsal commitments then, so it might work out better.

    Great snippet – very real and honest. I had a bit of an “aww” at the end 🙂

  4. Yes, if you want to add me to your beta list for Snow White, I’m happy to read and comment. Here, I appreciate your organization (and progress), and the snippet, emotional, real, reads authentic for that conversation between two people who are trying to be supportive. Not the easiest issues to confront! Cute hat. That pain in the knee and hands could be weather related. Did you talk to your doc yet? Otherwise, looks like you are almost set for Round 2. Make it a good one!

    • Thanks, Beth. I’m hoping to have it cleaned up and ready to send this weekend, but we’ll see.
      And thanks. When Terrall first appeared in an earlier story, I didn’t think he’d ever show up again or that I’d want to try to redeem him.

  5. I’m sorry to hear that your knee is hurting.

    I really enjoyed the snippet. It was heavy, but sweet at the same time. It is hard to find that balance between redeeming but not condoning, and I think you’ve found it 🙂

  6. Oh, boy. Drunk driving is a tough one to write. You’ve done a great job with it, and having the contrast between the two characters really does go a long way towards redeems Terrall.

    (Sorry for late comment – totally forgot until I realised it was nearly Wednesday again)

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