Home of a mother, wife, writer

I had a pretty good week. Okay, really good. And I met my Camp NaNo goal on Friday! Obviously I’ll keep writing through the rest of the month. And next. And the one after that. 😉

Yesterday we had our family reunion with my husband’s family. It was at an amusement park down in Altoona. We weren’t too sure if we were going to go, it’s a three hour drive for us and it was supposed to rain. We did end up going, though. And it did rain. Pretty hard at one point.

Our “lovely” view

Thankfully we were under a pavilion at least. We ate, played some board games(and I wrote a little bit in a notebook), and when it finally cleared up, we rode bumper cars and since we had a few extra tickets, the kids each went on another ride.

Driving from the backseat like usual

When we finally left, we went up through Clarion, which is where I went to college. So, we decided to stop at the Chinese restaurant we used to go to every time my husband came down to visit me. And then I got this fortune:

Well, that’s a little awkward. 😉

We stopped to get groceries on the way home. It was late, though, and the kids had already fallen asleep in the truck so my husband stayed in the truck with them while I went in to get the groceries. I also figured I’d grab birthday presents for the girl since she wasn’t with me. Her party’s in 2 weeks, so it’s good to not have to do it at the last minute.


  • Heart of Christmas – 10000 words – 7658/10000 words, 2118 this week
    • Now, he finally got why Declan was telling him all this. “I don’t plan to leave her,” he told the other man. If anything, she’d figure out he wasn’t good enough, and leave him. And she’d probably be smart to do it.
  • Still Burning – 10000 words – 7727/10000 words, 2506 this week
    • It was probably toxic to live like this, letting her in only to have her push him out again. Over and over, until he was sure he was going to break apart. But, he couldn’t seem to give her up anyway.
  • Whatever It Takes – 10000 words – 7427/10000 words, 2194 this week
    • It was the anger that struck her the hardest, though. Alexa had not mentioned that. And it nearly overshadowed how attractive Carisa found her.
  • High on Loving You – 10000 words – 9053/10000 words, 3808 this week(some of these were taken from Story a Day/Stream of Consciousness Saturday pieces)
    • That was only a few steps better than calling her “father”. She and Candace used to get along pretty well. At least as well as she’d ever known sisters to get along, especially with the four years between them. But, since she’d moved to California with Bill, there’d been too much between them and all their conversations quickly descended into spats and old arguments.
  • By the Gun – 10000 words – 8452/10000 words, 3306 this week – the first draft(of part 1) would be finished, but I decided to go back and stick in more scenes from other characters'(Luke’s kids who will continue on in the next 2 parts) POV. So now I have another 13 scenes to add in.
    • He picked up the other gun and cradled it in his hands. He would wear these from this day on and make sure they were what ended that cruel man once and for all.
  • Side Projects – 10000 words – 7801/10000 words, 2561 this week
    • Midas’ Daughter – 242 words – “Sweet dreams, princess,” he murmured. “We’ll figure everything out when you wake.” *This is finished! At least this draft. I’ll revise and find some readers for it then decide what to do.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 185 words – Patrick was nothing like any of them. But, she couldn’t help wondering if he might be the most dangerous of them all.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 215 words – “Stop thrashing,” a deep voice said near his ear. “We are trying to help, but if you hurt one of us, we might stop. And then Haiwee would be very upset with me.”
    • Roman – 367 words – Roman winced a little. That kind of blind loyalty could be dangerous. Especially in a situation like this. But, he had to do something.
    • Dougal & Shae – 225 words – From behind her, she thought she heard a soft snort. She had to fight to keep her own lips from curving. She wasn’t about to be charmed by this guy. She refused to be.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 260 words – “Do not bother your father. He has more important work to do than talk to you.” *No wonder Matthew and his stepmother don’t get along.
    • Mike & Fadil – 211 words – Mike couldn’t stop staring at him, though, and slowly the man’s smile slipped. Mike forced his gaze away. “Sorry.”
    • Preggers – 154 words – “You really think you should take a near stranger to a family dinner?”
    • Hawk – 257 words – Then, that means someone else wants me dead. I don’t think that’s comforting at all.”
    • Sean & Braeden – 230 words – Tomorrow everything would be normal again. *Sure, Sean, keep telling yourself that.
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 215 words – “Sure, man,” Jared said and nodded at Brent who stood behind his brother’s shoulder. He’d likely see him before he saw Carlos again.


  • Stained Blood – Beta edits – Chapter 1/26, 0 this month
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • In the Moonlight – Read Through & Revise – Read through Chapter 26/32.
  • Hang On – Polish & Submit – 50/50 polished. Submitted Friday morning.


  • Listen: 5 books – 5/5, 1 this week
    • Honestly Ben(Bill Konigsberg) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished this Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Delphi Effect(Rysa Walker) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 21/22. I’ve only got about 20 minutes of this left at time of posting.
  • Read: 30 books – 22/30, 4 this week
    • The Three Brooches(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Saturday morning. At 28%
    • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished(Sarah MacLean) – Started this Monday morning. Finished this Tuesday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • Wayfarer(Alexandra Bracken) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday night. Really really enjoyed it.
    • Hard Wired(Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday night. Loved it.
    • Infamous(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Thursday night. Finished it Friday night. It was really good. Basically took the whole “every villain is the hero of his own story” thing quite literally. Finding out the legend of an Old West hero was the complete opposite of what happened.
    • The Shadow Hour(Melissa Grey) – Started this Saturday morning. At 42%

Comments on: "Sunday Summary: Reunion Time" (8)

  1. A secret admirer, hmm? 😉

    Congrats on the progress! I admire the volume of writing you put out.

    We have a family reunion coming up soon. I look forward to it every year. 🙂

  2. Holy awkward fortune. 😉

    Awesome progress, and congrats on finishing Hang On!

    Cool about the reunion, but not cool about the rain!

  3. Sounds like a good time was had at the reunion, despite the rain. I love the fortune – I think it means something cryptic. All us creative minds should be able to come up with something which isn’t awkward, right?

  4. Yup. That fortune still makes me smile. Slipping in late to the party, because Crazy Busy Week Leftovers!

    I especially love the Tavin and Haiwee and Patrick and Sarah snippets (but you probably knew I would). Midas’ Daughter was very nice, too..

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