Home of a mother, wife, writer

It has been quite a week. In a good way, of course. After being unemployed since the end of November(it’s a seasonal position, so this is a yearly occurrence), my husband went back to work on Monday. I may be one of the few people who actually look forward to the beginning of road construction season. For the last few years, he’s been doing the dispatching for the company. Well, this year they decided he would have to reapply to keep his position. He did and had his interview last week. They wanted to put him on salary(he’s been working for hourly wage until now) and were only offering him about 25k less than what he made last year, along with keeping the vehicle reimbursement and fuel card he’s had the last couple years. We talked about it and both agreed on him turning it down. That was a huge cut, and they wanted him to take on more responsibility for less money. He can make more driving the truck hauling equipment around. He’s still doing the dispatching at the moment until they get someone else hired, but after that he’ll go back to just being in the truck.

I also got quite a bit of writing done. I like where Playing with Fire is going, I finished outlining Heart of Christmas. And, yeah, it’s been a pretty good week for words.

Yesterday we went to a pancake breakfast at our fire hall. Then went and got groceries. And got new swim suits for the kids. They do swimming in gym class usually a couple times a year. This will actually be the first time for this year(and not until May) because the pool was closed for most of the year due to budget issues. Then, we went back to town for dinner at Pizza Hut. The girl got a free pizza with her little book it slip. And while we were there, the boy said something goofy and I responded, “I don’t know about you.” He instantly came back with, “Everyone knows about me. I’m silly.” Yes. Yes, you are.

Yesterday also seems to be the day for breaking things. I was drying sheets and put a couple back in since they were still damp. Dryer wouldn’t start. It’s older and has fits sometimes. Opened the door, closed it again, Tried again. Next time I closed the door a little plastic switch broke right off. So, we need to find a new one before I can do more laundry. Then, my desk chair has started sitting weird, so I keep tipping to the side when I sit down. It’s annoying but bearable. At least for now. That chair’s a bit on the older side, too.

Now, for my progress for the week:

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener21/21 sections of the Story Toolkit done. 610 words this month, 6/6 Toolkit sections this week, 610 words this week. 14/14 chapters outlined in Scrivener(about halfway through I started just writing summary of what will happen in scenes. Will outline more as I get there, I think).
  • Still Burning – Brainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arcwill start this on Monday

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 11265 words/16 finished scenes for the month, 10928 words/16 scenes this week
    • Silas dropped his arms to his sides. “What are you talking about, Shel? Jer’s never been my boyfriend. We’re just friends.”
      She rolled her eyes. You could hardly tell she’d be eighteen in another six months. “You don’t actually expect us to believe that, do you? You’ve been in love with him since you were fifteen.”  *Ah, what are little sisters good for if not giving older siblings a hard time(not that I was that kind of sister, of course 😉 )
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 1234/4000 words for the month, 1234 for the week.
    • Mike & Fadil – 100 words – Not that his father would appreciate any of it. But, just because the old man refused to talk to Mike didn’t mean he was just going to let him starve himself.
    • Hang On – 105 words – Ian flopped back in his seat and crossed his arms, staring out the side window. I didn’t think he was really angry, Ian never was for very long at all. But, I still wished I knew what was going on with him.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 127 words – No, that was foolish. She could stand on her own. She’d been doing it for long enough.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 113 words – Flip let out a snort at that. Prince Charming. Isn’t that what he’d called the guy the first day he’d shown up? Maybe there was something to it. Flip certainly could never come up to meet that standard. If that’s what she wanted, he was a lost cause.
    • Roman – 139 words – He sighed, but the corners of his mouth tipped up. He should know better by now. There really was no saying no to Cristine. Not when she got something set in her mind.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 129 words – If he didn’t think of something and soon, he’d have to return home. One thing he’d promised himself he would never do. If his father, the upstanding sheriff, would even accept him back. 
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 183 words – Damnation. She certainly did something to him.
    • Preggers – 108 words – The woman smiled at her. That made her even prettier. Stop thinking that, she told herself. She’d loved Darren with her whole heart. She shouldn’t be noticing anyone, even another woman.
    • Mason & Lila – 100 words – Then, two long days before she could see him again. Unless his family happened to be in church Sunday morning.
    • Dougal & Shae – 130 words – No. No, that wasn’t it. She wasn’t afraid of a simple bartender. Her emotions were getting mixed up where he was concerned.

Editing

  • Stained Blood – Adjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers – Adjusted chapters(went from 20 to 26 counting the epilogue) and filled in a few missing details(added 7 words). 11/50 search & destroy items(cut 526 words).
  • Snow White Twist – rename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers – Polished 35/48 items
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

  • A-Z posts: Draft 13 posts3/13 finished. 1984 words. Q in progress. 101 words & my SOCS post will fit in for that one. So once I copy that over, that one will mostly be done.
  • A-Z posts: Edit 18 posts – 5/18. I, J, K, L, & M are edited and scheduled to post. This is caught up with what I have drafted so far.
  • A-Z posts: Post 25 posts – 6/25 posted. You can find links to all current ones on my theme reveal post(I’m updating as they go live)

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 2/5, 2 this week
    • Fire(Kristin Cashore) – I finally finished this on Thursday. It was slower than I usually like, but I did end up enjoying it. Hoping the next book is easier to get into.
    • The Broken Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Monday. Finished it Wednesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Blameless(Gail Carriger) – started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 15.
  • Read: 30 books – 8/30, 6 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 51/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Do You Want to Start a Scandal(Tessa Dare) – I’d started a different one Monday morning but didn’t care for it, so moved this one up the list. Finished it Monday night.
    • Bad News Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Against the Heart(Kat Martin) – Started this at lunchtime on Wednesday. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Beta Test(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Thursday afternoon. Really really enjoyed it.
    • Trapped on Talonque(Veronica Scott) – read this one Thursday and Friday. Wasn’t my favorite of the series.
    • Served Hot(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Friday night. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Consumed by You(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Hot firefighters, that’s really all I have to say, right?

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – started this Monday. Finished the ribbing for the brim and the increase row. I have 16 of the cable pattern rounds done.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat
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Comments on: "Sunday Summary: Quite a Week" (10)

  1. Man, I hate weeks like that, Fallon. I suppose it is because we often bought a bunch of appliances at the same time when moving into a house. We had a faucet leak last weekend, and the furnace power supply failed the weekend we had two feet of snow. The joys of home ownership!😉
    Despite your trials, there is very little red in your list. Brava for keeping on!

    • Thankfully e think we found the right part for our model, and for less than $10. So hopefully we’ll get the dryer fixed. I looked at new office chairs and can find one for under $100, so hopefully will have that replaced soonish. For right now, I have my computer plugged into the tv, like a really big monitor. So hopefully this set up will work for now.
      Yes! And most of that is waiting until I finish other things.

  2. Sounds like an eventful and busy week! Nice progress despite the issues. 🙂

  3. A eventful as your week was, it looks like it turned out excellently. Love the boy’s commentary and totally agree you and your hubby had to make the decision you did about his job. Driving a truck is a more emotionally demanding job, but that was a huge pay-cut to be offered.

    Hopefully your upcoming week will be even better!

    • It did turn out really well.
      He’s always saying off the wall stuff that cracks us up.
      He’s driven as long as I’ve known him. And at least now, it’s all local so he’s still home every night(when we first met, he was usually gone at least a few days at a time). An now he won’t be getting calls at all hours of the day and night from the drivers.
      This week is starting out pretty well.

  4. Well done on battling through the hassles and making progress despite them. And also on sourcing a new door part for the dryer. I had to reluctantly recycle a kettle and buy a new one a few months ago after the little plastic tab broke, because keeping the lid down with selotape didn’t seem a very good idea!

    • Thanks. The new part should be here Friday. Until then we’re line-drying clothes. Inside, since it’s been rainy. So, it’s a slow process.

  5. […] had a good start to the week, despite some issues lingering from last week. Like the broken dryer. We have a new part ordered and it will hopefully be here by Friday. Until […]

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