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On Wednesday I mentioned that I’d been feeling a bit scattered. Well, I also had a revelation on something that was going to happen in Not Meant to Be. I felt a lot more focused on Thursday and wrote that scene and things seem to be flowing a lot better. I’m still planning to rework how I work on things, though. I’m going to try working on a different story each day again. That way even if I’m struggling with one, I can make progress on another. I’m going to work on one for an hour, then do other stuff on the list, then I’ll edit for an hour, more chores, then side projects for an hour, and so on. Then, if I get everything done, I’ll start over again. We’ll see how this goes for the rest of the month and maybe even through June.

Busy weekend. Saturday we worked a poker run, a ride that benefits Make a Wish. We worked it last year, too. Also on Saturday we had niece’s birthday party and a friend’s kids birthday party. So, Friday we were out getting groceries and birthday presents. Husband dropped me and the kids at the park where niece’s party was and we hung out there until my sister-in-law showed up. Then, I joined him at the VFW to work the stop. Of course, most of the riders had already gone through by then. After niece’s party, we went to the school since friend’s son had a pool party there. Then, we finally went home and the kids played outside some more. Tonight we have our monthly meeting with the club we ride with. This was all after going to the boy’s spring concert at school on Thursday. I may need a whole week to recover from all this people time.

Plotting

  • Still Burning finish Story Toolkit, Outline
  • Jayla & Carisa(Gilbert, Co #7) brainstormcharacter back stories, plot summaryget through Story Toolkit: Supporting Characters – finished GMCs, Jayla’s back story(754 words), Carisa’s(who happens to be Carlos’ baby sister) back story(924 words),  Kaden’s back story(714 words), & Boden’s back story(195 words – he didn’t have a lot to tell me). This is going onto the backburner for the moment. I’ll pick it back up once I finish Not Meant to Be.

Writing

  • Not Meant to Be – Add 53000 words/28 scenes to finish 1st draft – 19204 words/21 scenes finished this month, 8121 words/8 scenes this week
    • Toby didn’t have a clue how that made anything better. As far as he could see, it only put her in more danger.
      But, he’d do anything to make sure that never reached her.
  • Side ProjectsAdd 4400 words between all projects – 6625/4400 words, 1628 words this week
    • Preggers – 194 words – It didn’t work. She couldn’t stop the memories of Darren that almost played like old videos through her head. The times he’d sat next to her when she’d been so homesick, even with him there. How he’d known she got more comfort from that than a hug. Marika had somehow seemed to sense that as well. Or she just hadn’t thought they knew each other well enough for more than that.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 130 words – “There ye go, lad,” he said, patting the horse’s neck. “Ye’ll be feeling better soon.”
    • Patrick & Sarah – 109 words – His boss stepped out of one of the other stalls and nodded at Patrick. “You’ve been working hard lately, Bailey. If the plowing’s all done, why don’t you take off tomorrow? I’m sure there’s something waiting for you in town.”
    • Jacob & Matthew – 102 words – Jacob shook his head, though, smiling a little bit to himself. He had only played a couple hands of cards before making his way up to the room Matthew had rented, hoping no one would connect the two of them going into the same room. “Pa was expecting me back in town today. And I wouldn’t want to miss the wedding. Those friends of Adam’s show yet?”
    • Midas’ Daughter – 143 words – She nearly screamed as she spun around. Then, put a hand over her chest when she saw Flip. His face was fuzzed with that reddish-blond hair that fell slightly into his eyes. She had the urge to run her palm over the scruff, but she quickly squashed it. Not that he’d appreciate it. He’d made that clear years ago. “Don’t tell me you don’t do the same,” she said. “I’ve heard you.” *You might be surprised by what he wants, Calla. 😉
    • Dougal & Shae – 191 words – “What the bloody hell does that have to do with anything?” Dougal didn’t know where Donovan was heading with this. Or what any of it had to do with him.
    • Hawk – 217 words – Still I’d take it while I could get it. Just like I’d take Devil for as long as he still wanted me.*Oh, don’t worry, Hawk, I’m sure that’s going to be for a good long time.
    • Hang On – 143 words – He turned his head to look at me, and I thought I saw something flash through his eyes. Then, he was stepping away. I must have imagined it. I really needed to stop doing that.
    • Roman – 138 words – “He saw his sister murdered. It might be his way of grieving.”
    • Mason & Lila – 148 words – Mason glanced over at his father who was holding one end of the wire as Mason unwound it from the spool, attaching some to the next post. They should have replaced this section of the fence last year, before it ever fell down. At least the cows had been in a different section when it did collapse, so they hadn’t lost any.
    • Mike & Fadil – 113 words – “Of course,” Fadil said. His voice sounded rough, like it was being dragged over rocks. Mike shook himself. What was his problem? He was like any other man. And he was a customer. One who was only here for his mother, so didn’t need Mike hitting on him.  *but he might like that, Mike. 😉

Editing

  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits
  • In the Moonlight – Transfer from OneNote(on my Surface) to Scrivener(on my laptop) – 27 chapters(there’s actually 32, counting the epilogue, but I’d already started it before) – 17/27 chapters typed up.
  • Snow White Twist – Beta edits, rename, & submitcompiled notes from 1 beta reader to the main document(so I can put them all in one place when I get them back from other reader) for 5/8 chapters(1st 2 chapters done last month). Have a potential title for it as well. Still simmering on that, though.
  • Dance with the Devilread through, make revisions, & polish – Applied 81/81 comments(not counting areas I highlighted, though those will be fixed as I go through, too). Polished Chapter 1.
  • Beta Read – Read 58 chapters(total of 73, but that’s what I have left) & return to author – 41/58,

Blogging

  • Story a Day – Write 31 stories – 21/31 stories written, 8 this week
    • Nightmare – a bit with Jayla for her & Carisa’s story
    • Not So Dead – rewrote Day 1’s The Dead Friend, from Ian’s POV this time.
    • Turning Point – Did some back story for Jayla. It takes place during Healing the Heart.
    • Day 17 – Didn’t give this one a title, but it’s Carisa & Carlos.
    • Refusal – rewrote a bit of Shed Some Light, instead of facing confrontation with her father and defending Carlos, Carisa walks away.
    • Secondary Meeting – Carisa meets Jayla’s little sister
    • All or Nothing – Carisa asks Carlos about when he opened the restaurant
    • Visitation – Morgan gets some bad news in custody case

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 5/5 for the month, 1 this week
    • Ten Thousand Skies Above You(Claudia Gray) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening. Really liked it. But that ending. Oof. I’ll just say there’s lots to make right in book 3, or I’m going to be really disappointed.
    • Conspiracy(Lindsay Buroker) – this is book 4 in her Emperor’s Edge series.
  • Read: 31 books – 21/31, 8 this week
    • All Fired Up(Elle Kennedy & Vivian Arend) – Started this Sunday night(5/7). It was in my ‘free’ collection, so will be my ‘read after everything for the week is done’ book(I choose from my free & unlimited collections for this). Finished it this past Sunday night(5/14). Enjoyed it. Added the next book in the series to my wish list.
    • Missed Connections(Tamara Mataya) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • One Night Charmer/Hometown Heartbreaker(Maisey Yates) – I started One Night Charmer Monday morning. There’s also a novella included in the back of the book. Finished ONC Monday night and enjoyed it, but didn’t get to Hometown Heartbreaker. I read 7 chapters of Hometown Heartbreaker Saturday night.
    • Nightsong(A.M. Leibowitz) – started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Tuesday night. Stayed up an hour later than usual because I just didn’t want to stop reading. I loved it so much.
    • A Fool’s Gold Christmas(Susan Mallery) – started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday night.
    • Checking Him Out(Debbie McGowan) – read this one Thursday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Baked Fresh(Annabeth Albert) – Read this Friday. Liked it.
    • Simon Says(Lori Foster) – started this Friday evening. Finished it Saturday evening. Enjoyed it.

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – finally got more yarn for this on Sunday. Finished 2 decrease rounds
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Comments on: "Sunday Summary: Focus Found" (15)

  1. Hope your Sunday is a little less busy. Maybe working on all of those stories will lead to real breakthroughs in plot and dialogue and character. Summer’s coming! Have a great week.

    • Sunday was a lot better than Saturday. I ended up with quite a bit of reading time.
      I’m hoping the new schedule/routine will be a good thing.

  2. Sounds like you were really busy. Awesome progress this week! I’m glad you were able to find your focus again.

    • It was a pretty busy week, bot in production and having to run around. And it will probably only get busier from here, at least the weekends. It seems like we usually have something going on almost every weekend during the summers from may through august.

  3. Cool post and your process is so different than mine it is interesting. I can only really focus one novel and one short story at a time. I can’t imagine juggling all that. Great job!

    • I go through cycles of having to focus on one or two main things and then having to expand that. I seem to be getting back to the “work on all the things” part of the cycle. Thanks

  4. I knew your focus would come back! I had a couple of scattered days midweek (lots of activity, and not all of it planned in advance), but I seem to be getting to a better place of focus now.

    And hooray for revelations – sometimes I think the scattered-ness is a necessary component to that.

    • Thanks. I’m definitely glad it came back. And that I had that revelation, which involved Isaac, Toby’s little brother’s friend(not sure if you read the snippet where I introduced him). And now I’ve added their story to my list. I have a couple to get to before that, though.
      I was wide awake at 2 this morning, so my new schedule should let me get a good bit done. I apparently need to get my internal alarm clock fixed. 😉

      • I’m really behind on my reading and writing. All this getting healthy, getting out and about, revising, business starting, marketing, and more….well, there’s only so many hours in a day…

        But I feel like I’m scaling the mountain now, so hopefully there can be more reading in the days ahead.

        Maybe your internal clock just likes playing games with you!
        =)

  5. I remember when my kids were younger and it seemed every weekend and most weeknights were filled to the brim with stuff with the kids. I love the buggers, but am so glad that we are passed that time in our lives.

    • They split up concerts this year at least. Usually K-2 & 3-5 both have winter & spring concerts. This year, 3-5 did a winter concert & k-2 did a spring one. So, that made things a little easier. And they only have 2.5 weeks left of school(with no full weeks in there), then it’ll be all the summer stuff to do.

  6. Emily Witt said:

    Good luck with the re-worked schedule. Looks like you’re doing great!

  7. I understand that “scattered” feeling all to well. Glad you’ve found your way beyond it some, Fallon. Your process–and your progress–both are amazing.

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