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Ok, so there really wasn’t a march. And I probably wouldn’t have lasted long if there was(considering the state of my knees lately). I was trying to be clever as it *is* the end of March.

Actually, I used to march and toss a baton. When I was about five. Yeah, that was a while ago. Also, I was never very good at it. I have never been very coordinated. I was going to try to find a picture, but I can’t find the scrapbook I thought I had that it was in.

Yesterday we dropped the kids off at my mother-in-law’s and drove down to Grove City where the motorcycle club we’re a part of was throwing a party. It went all weekend, but we just went down for the day. It was fun, though I was getting overwhelmed by all the voices(not in my head. Just everyone talking and being loud puts my nerves on edge). Plus, it was past my bedtime(seriously I’m usually in bed by 9). Couldn’t fall asleep on the way home, though I had my eyes closed most of the way. May have been the 4 Dr Peppers I drank while we were there(almost everyone else was drinking alcohol, but I’m not a big drinker). The caffeine in Dr Pepper usually doesn’t bother me too much, but I don’t usually drink so much of it at a time either.

Today after church we’re getting pictures taken. My mother-in-law just informed us last weekend that she’d scheduled an appointment for these pictures. No talking to us about it beforehand or anything. I’m…not surprised. Not the first time she’s done something like this. It’s not a huge deal since we didn’t have other plans. But, that’s not the point anyway. I’m not going to get all worked up about it because there’s no point. Just…irritated.

Anyway, my final check-in for March(and beginning of April).


  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 14/21 sections(I cut out subplot section for this one) of Story Toolkit. 5579 words so far this month. 554 words this week.
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstormdidn’t get to this one. Will be moving it to next month once I finish Heart of Christmas as well as the rest of the plotting(or at least a good part of it)


  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 42505 words/45000, 44/38 scenes for the month. 7068 words/8 scenes written this week. I didn’t quite hit that 45k goal for the month, but I did write THE END on Friday. It’s at a total of 67604 words. I may end up adding more during revisions(I likely will. Usually do).
    • He tangled his fingers with hers as they continued to watch the kids unwrap more of their gifts. He just knew he was glad he could be here for this moment and all the others. And he prayed he’d be able to stay right here with all of them.
  • Secondary: Side Projects5000 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) – 6046/5000 words so far this month. 1327 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’ve started my search & destroy mission and weeded through 2/50 words on my list. Probably cut close to 150 words.
    • 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.
    • Mike & Fadil – 138 words – He’d just had her here over the weekend, and after one night, he missed her already. Her sweet voice and soft kisses. The sound of “I love you, Daddy” when he tucked her in at night. He hadn’t thought he wanted any of that. But, he wouldn’t want to be given the last five years without her. 
    • Dougal & Shae – 163 words – The truth was she couldn’t just sit around. Not when she couldn’t get that man– his face, his eyes, his voice– out of her head. “Why do you have to question everyone’s motives?” she asked.“I’m a cop.”
    • Midas’ Daughter – 189 words – And he saw the way her father treated Calla. Using words like whips, leaving her in more pain than he probably would with his fist. And Flip worried it would change to that eventually. He would have thought she’d leave as soon as she turned eighteen. And he never had understood why she stayed.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 121 words – All that mattered was having Jacob with him. If they never had to leave this room, maybe that could work out for them. 
    • Hang On – 102 words – So, I’d given up on having any control when he was around. 
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 111 words – Tavin couldn’t help but burst out laughing. She looked at him, her head tilting to the side. Then, she smiled. He loved the sight of her smile. He’d laugh at himself daily if that’s all it took to bring that out. 


  • Primary: Stained Blood – 8 new scenes(realized one I had planned was unnecessary so cut it out, and the other I made a paragraph in the next scene, as it didn’t feel worth a whole scene) & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 8/8 new scenes finished this month. 40/40 scenes edited. 6407 words added this month. 1523 words this week. And I posted another teaser for it on Tuesday. I just have to go through and polish it up and make sure there aren’t any missing details. Then, it’ll be ready for betas.
    • “I don’t recall exactly. I told her I didn’t want her unprotected. She said I wasn’t the boss of her, and I reminded her I am her husband. And”—he swallowed hard— “she compared me to the animal who treated her so badly in the first place.”
      “Oh, Barrett,” Jacob said, his voice so soft Barrett was sure he’d find some sympathy here. Then, Jacob shoved his shoulder. “You are such a god-damned idiot.”
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal(if I get back from CP) – complete CP edits – still waiting to get this back.
    • In the Moonlight – start revisions


  • A-Z posts – draft 24 posts – 11/24 for the month. J, K, L  & M are finished. 3907 words.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 27 posts – Edited 9/27(almost forgot about the theme reveal post) posts. H is all ready to go. A posted yesterday.


  • Listen: 8 books – 5/8 for the month(though I actually finished the 5th on the first of April), 1 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 finished this Saturday morning and really enjoyed it.
  • Read: 31 books – 31/31 for March, 2 for April so far. 8 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 43/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Hallowed Ground(Rebecca Yarros) – started this Sunday morning. Finished it Wednesday night. Loved it.
    • 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) – Started this one Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • Focus on Me(Megan Erickson) – Started this on Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon. LOVED IT!!
    • Nobody But You(Jill Shalvis) – Started this on Thursday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • I’ll Meet You There(Heather Demetrios) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it just as we dropped the kids off at MiL’s on Saturday. Loved it.
    • Year of the Crocodile(Courtney Milan) – read this on the way down to Grove City yesterday. It was short, but I really liked it.


  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat
  • 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.

And evaluating the year so far:


  • Plot 9 new novels/novellas among 5 active series + 1 standalone novel – I’ve plotted 1 of these and almost through plotting another. I set aside one of the other ones.
  • Re-plot 2 novels to be rewritten
    • Stained Blood(Stained #3) – this is replotted
    • East of Abilene(Directions of Love #1) – this will be at least round 3, maybe round 4.


  • Finish all 5 active WiPs
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #2) – finished
    • Crash and Burn(Flames #5.5) – finished
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, CO #6) – still in progress. This will be May’s project.
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5) – finished(just this past Friday)
    • In the Moonlight – finished
  • Work on 5 more WiPs – wrote about 8500 words on 2 other projects before setting them aside.
    • Buried Secrets – 1881 words. This will be July’s project(if I don’t change things around before then)
    • Playing with Fire – 6617 words. This will be April’s project


  • Rewrite Stained Blood(Stained #3) – just finished this on Friday. Added 9435 words to this.
  • Revise next in active series
    • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3) – this title is likely to change
    • Flames of Justice(Flames #2.5)
    • Scars and All(Kurztown #2)


These will depend on getting stuff back from my critique partner and beta readers, so there’s some lack of control in that, but I still hope to get to them:

  • Stained Blood(Stained #3)
  • Law of Choice(Kurztown # .5)
  • Flames of Renewal(Flames #2)
  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1)
  • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3)

Side Projects:

  • Revise Snow White Twist, give it a real title, and submit to World Unknown Review
  • Finish rewriting Midas’ Daughter & revise
  • finish drafting Dance with the Devil, revise & post to Wattpad
  • Write Icarus & Cassie’s story(Riders of Justice #4) – this is my A-Z challenge theme this year. I’m about halfway through it.
  • Start Hawk’s story(Riders of Justice #5)
  • Add 6000 words each to back story novellas – I’ve added about 17420 words to all the short stories I’m working on and have added more to the list. I have 10 on it right now.


  • Just Jot It January – I’m counting this for today’s “jot”, though I may do a separate post from my usual ones depending on what the prompt is. I did like 28/31 posts, I think. So I’ll count it as a success.
  • A-Z Challenge – I’ll be writing Icarus & Cassie’s story as a serial for this – As I said above, I’m about halfway through.
  • Story a Day May
  • Story a Day September
  • RoW80 – Keep up to date on my 2x weekly posts as well as commenting on others’ posts
  • Any other challenges that come up throughout the year – no other challenges yet.


  • Listen: 50 audiobooks – 25/50
  • Read: 350 books – 89/350


  • Knit: 9 projects – 3/9
  • Crochet: 9 projects – 3/9
  • Loom: 9 projects – 1/9

Making some good progress for the year so far. Next up, goals for round 2 of RoW80 and April…in another post.

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