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Writing Wednesday: Back to School

Sunday we had the boy’s birthday party, even though his birthday isn’t actually until this coming Sunday. But with Labor Day weekend, we figured it was easier to have it early. I actually don’t think in 7 years we’ve ever had his party on his actual birthday. I think part of that is the fact he shares it with the day my father-in-law died, so that’s always a bittersweet day. Anyway, he had a good time, got a bunch of stuffed dogs and some new clothes.

He wanted a Bumblebee Transformers cake, so this is what I came up with

And Tuesday they started back to school. I swear it’s impossible to get a serious picture of this child:

I may have listened to Hamilton at full volume(which isn’t really all that loud on my computer) while they were gone. That’s about the extent of my partying ways. And I did a good bit of writing. Yeah, it was a good day.

And now, since it’s WiPPet Wednesday time, I have another snippet from Jonas & Isaac today. Today I have 12 paragraphs(8+3+0+1 bonus to celebrate back to school time). Jonas’ brother, Toby, has shown up while Jonas is with the physical therapist. Realize the brother and therapist know each other from Toby’s time in the Army. Will likely be changing therapist’s name because having a Toby and Tony in the same scene is a bit confusing. 😉

He tried to ignore not being able to do a damn thing for himself and looked back at his brother. “Why are you here? You knew about my appointment today, so it’s not like we can leave early. Please don’t say you came to tell me you knocked Denise up again. What would this make? Six?”
It sounded like Tony was choking on laughter, but Jonas didn’t take his eyes off his brother. “Four, you brat. And, no, that’s not why. She didn’t want to tell anyone yet.”
“Damn, Tobes,” Tony said, “I’m surprised she hasn’t made you get it snipped yet.”
Toby grinned, but there was definitely something off about his eyes. “What can I say? She likes making babies with me.”
“Ew, gross. Think I’m gonna puke,” Jonas said, getting his crutches under him and heading for the door. Toby had caught up to him by the time he reached it.
“Maybe we can grab some lunch before your appointment,” he suggested.
Jonas stopped just outside the room. There was definitely something going on. “Tell me, Toby. You’re starting to worry me. Just tell me.”
Toby leaned back against the wall and sighed. “Mama didn’t think we should tell you yet. Didn’t want to worry you when you need to focus on recovering.”
Jonas wasn’t sure he could breathe. “Is she sick? Is it bad?”
Toby shook his head. “It’s not Mama. It’s bad, but not her.”
“Arcelia?” he asked, his breathing even shallower.
Toby put his hands on Jonas’s shoulders. “No. No one is sick, Jo. It’s Isaac’s father. He’s being paroled.”

Yikes. That doesn’t sound good, does it? What’s Jonas going to do about it? Might this be what finally gets him to talk to Isaac again?

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 51706/50000 Goal completed
    • Heart of Christmas – 1969 words
    • Still Burning – 1712 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 1384 words
    • High on Loving You – 1216 words
    • By the Gun – 1473 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 9833/10000 Almost to goal.
    • Dougal & Shae – 72 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 223 words
    • Preggers – 256 words
    • Roman – 211 words
    • Hawk – 88 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 265 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 194 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 276 words
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 73/50 pages. Goal Completed. Way ahead of schedule here.

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting.
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ DaughterRename, Fill-In details, read through, revise, & polish Jared’s Stepfather 

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 29/30 Goal almost completed
    • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit(Jaye Robin Brown) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished Sunday afternoon. Loved this.
    • Make It Last(Megan Erickson) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Monday afternoon. Loved it.
    • Hell On Wheels(Cynthia Rayne) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning. Liked it.
    • Dirty Distractions(Taryn Quinn) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday evening. There didn’t seem to be much plot other than a lot of sex(seriously, almost every scene) and it ended at 51% with excerpts following of like 4 other books. And just…no. That drives me nuts.
    • The Ex-Trials(Heather Topham Wood) – Started this Tuesday night. At 71%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 6/4 Goal more than completed.
    • Prudence(Gail Carriger) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 4/16
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday(mid-week check-in & snippet from Jonas & Isaac), Fiction Friday(Chapter two of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(another moment between Jonas & Isaac right after last week’s), WeWriWa(the beginning of Chapter 2 of Hawk’s story), & Sunday Summary posts each week – 5/5 last week(all linked above except WW). Staying on target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Didn’t post anything this week. If you were my patron(and you can be for only $1 a month if you click on the link), what would you want to see from me? I feel like I’m talking to a void there since I don’t have any patrons there, but I don’t want to just stop posting content.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Current as of Wednesday afternoon
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Sunday Summary: Birthday Weekend

It’s a busy birthday weekend around here. Yesterday we had my niece’s 9th birthday party. In the morning, we went to IHoP for breakfast then some shopping. Went to the used bookstore, traded in a box of books(up to $130 in credit there now), got 8 more books for $20(my credit is only applied up to half my order total). I spent just a little more than that a couple weekends ago at B&N for 3 books. Of course, the used book store doesn’t have all the titles in the series I’m reading, so I can’t just get all my books there(which I don’t have a problem buying new, but if I can find them there, I’ll usually snatch them up). We got groceries, and I snuck away so I could buy the rest of the boy’s birthday presents. After a quick stop at home to put away cold groceries, let the dogs out, and wrap niece’s birthday present, we were off again.

She wanted to push the cart through the store…until we added the 50# bag of dog food

Sister-in-law had the party at a pond near where they live. The girl loved it because she got to swim.

My fish in her natural habitat 😉

And the boy got to go fishing. He caught his first ever fish. Then, he caught his second(which is the one I got a picture of).

We came home and started picking up the house(well, the living room at least) to get ready for today’s party(though his birthday isn’t actually until 9/3, but that’s Labor Day weekend. So we decided to have it early). I baked the cake. And once the kids went to bed, wrapped presents. By that point, I was definitely ready for bed.

I still have to decorate the cake(he wants Transformers, so we got yellow frosting for Bumblebee and Transformers candles), blow up balloons, and get the other last minute things done.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 43952/50000 On target
    • Heart of Christmas -2221 words
      • “One thing can,” he said. “Not the physical marks. But, I’ve always carried the fear I will turn out like him. Tell me what my real father was like. Please tell me there’s something better in me than the man who raised me, so I won’t be afraid I’ll hurt the woman I love.”
    • Still Burning – 2375 words
      • His words shouldn’t have felt like a hammer right to her gut. And, yes, she knew just what that felt like. Her own fault, that one. And so was this. She’d made him feel that way. The exact thing she’d been trying to prevent by keeping him at a distance, and she’d done it anyway.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2271 words
      • She shook her head. She couldn’t tell Jared. They might have come from a similar life, but he’d gotten out and made a perfect life for himself. She’d only gotten out with Mica’s help, and it had gotten him killed. She couldn’t ever have a perfect life. She didn’t deserve one.
    • High on Loving You – 2384 words
      • She didn’t know why she was torturing herself like this. It was pretty clear Morgan didn’t have any feelings for her aside from friends. Or rather friend of his sister. It didn’t get much more platonic than that. *Sure, Anna, keep telling yourself that. 😉
    • By the Gun – 2230 words
      • But, he still couldn’t bring himself to strap the belt around his waist. Every time he tried, he started sweating and shaking, and seeing how his father fell in that street. He dropped into the chair at the table, sending it skidding a few inches away.
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 8149/10000 On target here, too. I’ve already met my goal for the week.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 275 words
      • “I’m not worrying,” the boy said, practically hissing the words at him. “I just want you to stay away. Leave my mama alone.”
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 268 words
      • “He does not belong with us, Haiwee. He has his own people.”
    • Roman – 257 words
      • Roman couldn’t understand it. There had to be some redeeming quality to the young man she could see, and he couldn’t. “I did everything I could,” he said again
    • Dougal & Shae – 354 words
      • It was better for all of them if she just forgot all about him. And the way he’d made her feel. Particularly the way he made her feel.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 261 words
      • Jacob put his hands on Matthew’s shoulders, staring hard at him. “You can’t be serious. No one in this town would trust me with that badge. What if I gambled it away?”
    • Mike & Fadil– 250 words
      • His mother turned to look at him, and he hated seeing the tears in her eyes. Yet there was still a slight smile on her face. “When you used to ask me that, it was because you really wanted one for yourself.”
    • Preggers – 359 words
      • Lyndi started to turn back, but Marika kept a hand at her back. “Leave her to her anger,” she said. “Don’t let yourself get sucked into it. You don’t deserve it.”
    • Hawk – 286 words
      • “Are you still worrying?” he asked as he placed another kiss at my wrist.
    • Sean & Braeden – 285 words
      • For a moment, Sean thought he might tell the boy. But, no, he couldn’t make himself vulnerable like that. “It’s nothing,” he said. “I’ll go up to the house. I’m sure Mum is wondering where I am.”
    • Melanie & Garren(Patreon bonus content from Healing the Heart) – 275 words
      • She hadn’t even talked to Jared since they’d finished medical school. She doubted she ever would again. *If you’ve read Healing the Heart, you know why this is sort of prophetic.
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 64/50 pages. Way ahead of schedule here.

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting.
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ DaughterRename, Fill-In details, read through, revise, & polish Jared’s Stepfather – Filled in details(there were only 2), read through, revised, polished 50/50 items, posted chapter 2 of Staring at the Sun

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 25/30 Almost on target
    • Hot Rain(Kat Martin) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday morning
    • Cyborg Legacy(Lindsay Buroker) – Read this Sunday afternoon. Loved it
    • The Saint(Monica McCarty) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Leaps of Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Tuesday morning. I read the end of this with tears just streaming down my cheeks. So, you know, LOVED IT. Yes, I’m weird, I know this. But, seriously, it was so good.
    • A Moment of Weakness(Brooklyn Skye) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night. Liked it.
    • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge(Paul Krueger) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday evening. And it was really good.
    • Whispers in the Dark(Maya Banks) – Started this Thursday evening. Finished it Friday night.
    • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit(Jaye Robin Brown) – Started this Saturday morning. At 59%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 6/4 Target reached. Ahead of target.
    • Need You for Always(Marina Adair) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. This one made me cry, too.
    • This Time Around(Tawna Fenske) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished this Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday(mid-week check-in & snippet from Jonas & Isaac), Fiction Friday(Chapter two of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(another moment between Jonas & Isaac right after last week’s), WeWriWa(the beginning of Chapter 2 of Hawk’s story), & Sunday Summary posts each week – 5/5 this week(all linked above except SS). Staying on target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Didn’t post anything last week. Posted an excerpt of Midas’ Daughter on Monday & Good Riddance(formerly known as Jared’s Stepfather) on Friday. If you were my patron(and you can be for only $1 a month if you click on the link), what would you want to see from me? I feel like I’m talking to a void there since I don’t have any patrons there, but I don’t want to just stop posting content.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Current as of Saturday morning

WeWriWa: “Club Business”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I’ve got a busy weekend ahead: niece’s 9th birthday party today and my son’s 7th birthday party tomorrow(his birthday is actually 9/3, but we decided not to have the party over Labor Day weekend). After this weekend, our social interactions should fall off until Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’ll be some, but not quite as many. Thank goodness(I am so not a social person). Anyway, you’re here today to read more about Hawk(I really need to come up with a title for his story). For today, I have the first 10 sentences of Chapter 2.

We got a problem,” I said as we walked into the clubhouse.

Icarus was the first to look up. Cassie sat right next to him at the table. Trace and Birdie were right next to them, practically sitting on top of each other. She’d taken some of the ramrod stiffness out of his backbone. It was a good look for him.

I jerked my gaze back to Icarus. “Club business?” he asked.

“Personal for the moment. But, you’ve said before that when one of us has a problem, the club will have our back.”

Just how much will Hawk tell them? Will the club have his back? What will they do?

And I have Chapter 2 of Staring at the Sun up on Wattpad, if you want to check that out.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “When”

When Toby dropped him off at Cristine and Roman’s house, Jonas hadn’t expected for Isaac to be the one to answer the door. he should have at least thought of the possibility. He knew Isaac still lived there. Still hearing his voice had thrown him back more than five years. Maybe that’s why those teasing words had been the first to slip out.

As if they could pretend the last five years hadn’t happened.

Jonas looked down at what was left of his right leg. He could never pretend that again. He shook his head and picked up another balloon. his face warmed a bit remembering what he’d said to Isaac. He’d need to keep the sexual innuendos out of the rest of their conversations. They couldn’t go back to where that came so easily for them.

Hell, Isaac was going to graduate school, and Jonas didn’t have a clue what his own future held anymore. Still on such different paths, there was no way they could walk them together.

Jonas didn’t even know why he wanted so much to do that. They’d been high school sweethearts, that was it. That didn’t mean they were meant to be together.

“How are those balloons coming?”

He jerked his head up at Isaac’s voice. “You okay?” Isaac asked. “is your leg hurting?”

Jonas shook his head and wiped his yes. He needed to get control of his emotions. he’d been better at that before. Now they seemed to be everywhere. So much for leveling off. “I’m fine,” he said.

“You’re not,” Isaac said, dropping into another chair at the table. “And that’s okay. I know the feeling,” he said. “It’s been seven years since I’ve had to live with my dad. You know I still wake some mornings afraid of leaving my own room, thinking he’ll be waiting to knock me around. I don’t think I’ll ever be okay. And that was when he was still in prison.”

Jonas closed his eyes against the ache of that thought. Then, he felt a hand on his knee. He opened his eyes and saw that Isaac had scooted his chair closer. “It’s all right, Jonas. He hasn’t even made contact with me. He’s not supposed to, but we know he doesn’t care about that. I’ve got Toby’s number on speed dial if he does approach me.”

Jonas couldn’t help but smile. Toby had promised to do whatever he could to make sure Isaac stayed safe. “My brother,” he said, “the protector of one and all.”

Isaac laughed at that. “I’d say that’s the perfect description of him. Do you need any help with these?”

Jonas shook his head. “Just a couple more to finish.” But, he couldn’t take his eyes off Isaac’s mouth. God, what was he even thinking? He couldn’t go there again. Hadn’t he already told himself that? “Is there anything else we need to do to get ready?”

Isaac shook his head, but he still hadn’t moved. “I’ve got the living room decorated. Cristine decorated the cake before they left this morning. I’ll get the rest of the food out while you finish those.”

When Isaac stood up, Jonas should have been relieved. So what was with this overwhelming sense of disappointment? He pushed it away and grabbed one of the last balloons. It was nothing. Maybe if he kept telling himself that, it would become true.

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was to start the post with “When”. I ended up ending it with it too(at least at the beginning of the last paragraph). I wasn’t sure exactly where this was going to go after that first sentence. But, I did want to get Jonas & Isaac to a point where they’ll be able to come back together.

Fiction Friday: Staring at the Sun – Chapter 2

Yes, I made it back with Chapter 2 of Staring at the Sun. Finally. 😉 Working on a new routine for my days, and it’s still a little bit of an adjustment. But, I did get here. And now, here’s the beginning of Chapter 2.

Cassie couldn’t believe she was here kissing Icarus. A year ago she was still sure she’d never even see him again. That it was for the best she hadn’t ended up with him. How had her father and Henry brainwashed her into thinking he was the dangerous one? That had always been Henry. Why hadn’t she seen it before?

She had, she reminded herself. Every time his hand struck her.

Icarus pulled back slightly from her, and she couldn’t help the sound of protest that escaped. He bent his head to press another kiss, this one brief, to her lips. “We should probably get back.” He sounded about as disappointed as she felt.

They should probably do something about that one of these days. Every time she thought she was ready to go to him, she chickened out at the last minute.

She needed to do something about that as well. She wished she had enough courage to do it. For now she slipped her arm through his and walked with him back toward the clubhouse. They didn’t speak any more, but she was fine with that. She didn’t mind walking in silence with him.

When they reached the clubhouse, Trace stood on the porch. His face relaxed when he saw them approaching. “I have to check in with the board,” Icarus said. “We have some decisions to make, but we shouldn’t be long.” He kissed her cheek and left her on the porch to go into the house.

Cassie looked over at her son and smiled, though it froze there when her gaze fell on the tags on his vest. Dive. That’s what they were calling him. She hated thinking about the way he’d earned the name. Or the reason he was good at diving out of the way. She averted her gaze from it and back up to his face.

“I’m guessing Dad told you,” he said. “About Henry.”

She nodded and moved over beside him. “He did.” Her hands trembled as she set them against the railing. “He…what if he comes after us, Trace?”

She realized how ridiculous it sounded as soon as the words left her mouth. She should have been the one to trying to assure him instead of seeking that assurance from him.

“He won’t get us,” Trace said, his voice firm. “You should know this by now. You’ve been here long enough to see the club circles around us when there’s trouble. He won’t get through that to us. Dad won’t let him.”

Icarus had tried to tell her the same thing. She wanted to believe him, both of them. It was hard to trust in something she still didn’t understand.

Trace slid his arm around her shoulders. “We’ll be okay, Mom. I promise you.”

She still wasn’t sure she believed him, but she walked with him into the house. She’d pretend if it made him feel better. She owed him that much at least.

And you can read the rest of the chapter here. Let me know what you think.

Writing Wednesday: One More Week

Actually a little less than a week. That’s when the kids go back to school! (Does it make me a bad mom if I throw a little party?) This hasn’t been the worst summer. The kids may actually be starting to get a long better, or at least handling it better when they get upset with each other. Although the last week or so, there’s been more arguing over little things. Tomorrow the list should be up so we find out who their teachers are. We got the girl everything on the list for what she’ll need for 4th grade. And she’s said she’s ready to go back.

We’re having the boy’s birthday party this weekend. His birthday isn’t for another week after that, but since that’s Labor Day weekend, and people usually have plans, we decided to have it early. Of course, my dad still won’t be there. But, I ranted about that on twitter last week(I think). No need to go into it again. Needless to say, I’m not surprised, and it’s nothing new.

I mentioned on Sunday about working in two hour blocks and writing a “day map” for getting everything done. I’m still doing that this week, and it seems to be going well for me, so I think I’ll keep doing that. Until it becomes more of a pain than a help anyway. This was my map from Monday(I adjust it as needed, but I think I like this basic format):

Now, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday, the blog hop where we share a snippet that somehow corresponds to the day. Today I have 9 paragraphs(8-2+3) from the next scene of Jonas & Isaac’s story. He took the dinner order back to the youth center where both he and Konner(may remember him from Whatever It Takes snippets) work. They aren’t together anymore, but still good friends.

Konner sat on the desk in front of him. It was a position they’d been in plenty of times during college. There was nothing sexual in it right now, though. There hadn’t been for a few years. “You’re worrying me, Isaac. What’s going on?”
“He’s home,” he said softly.
He didn’t have to say more. Understanding dawned in his eyes. “It’s not the first time. Usually you just avoid him when he has leave. Didn’t Tereza tell you this time?”
Isaac shook his head. It was the only time she even mentioned his name. “It’s not just leave this time. He was hurt.”
“Oh.” Konner leaned forward and pressed his forehead to Isaac’s. “I’m sorry. How bad?”
“I don’t know,” he said, choking slightly on the words as tears welled in his eyes. “I only saw his face, and the scars there.” And one eye hadn’t seemed to track him. “I couldn’t stand it. It shouldn’t hurt. This is why I walked away five years ago. So, it wouldn’t hurt. Why didn’t that work?”
“Because you still love him.” Konner slid off the desk to wrap his arms around Isaac.
“No,” Isaac insisted. “I don’t. I can’t.”
Konner smiled softly at him. “Sometimes I don’t think we have a choice. Now, eat.”

Is Konner right? Will Jonas & Isaac get another chance? Does Konner still love Isaac? While you wait for those answers, why don’t you check out the other WiPPeteers? 😉

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 39987/50000 On target
    • Heart of Christmas -1054 words
    • Still Burning – 1180 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 1109 words
    • High on Loving You – 1273 words
    • By the Gun – 1109 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 8149/10000 On target here, too. I’ve already met my goal for the week.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 275 words
      • “I’m not worrying,” the boy said, practically hissing the words at him. “I just want you to stay away. Leave my mama alone.”
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 268 words
      • “He does not belong with us, Haiwee. He has his own people.”
    • Roman – 257 words
      • Roman couldn’t understand it. There had to be some redeeming quality to the young man she could see, and he couldn’t. “I did everything I could,” he said again
    • Dougal & Shae – 354 words
      • It was better for all of them if she just forgot all about him. And the way he’d made her feel. Particularly the way he made her feel.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 261 words
      • Jacob put his hands on Matthew’s shoulders, staring hard at him. “You can’t be serious. No one in this town would trust me with that badge. What if I gambled it away?”
    • Mike & Fadil– 250 words
      • His mother turned to look at him, and he hated seeing the tears in her eyes. Yet there was still a slight smile on her face. “When you used to ask me that, it was because you really wanted one for yourself.”
    • Preggers – 359 words
      • Lyndi started to turn back, but Marika kept a hand at her back. “Leave her to her anger,” she said. “Don’t let yourself get sucked into it. You don’t deserve it.”
    • Hawk – 286 words
      • “Are you still worrying?” he asked as he placed another kiss at my wrist.
    • Sean & Braeden – 285 words
      • For a moment, Sean thought he might tell the boy. But, no, he couldn’t make himself vulnerable like that. “It’s nothing,” he said. “I’ll go up to the house. I’m sure Mum is wondering where I am.”
    • Melanie & Garren(Patreon bonus content from Healing the Heart) – 275 words
      • She hadn’t even talked to Jared since they’d finished medical school. She doubted she ever would again. *If you’ve read Healing the Heart, you know why this is sort of prophetic.
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 54/50 pages. Way ahead of schedule here.

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting.
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter, Rename, Fill-In details, read through, revise, & polish Jared’s Stepfather – Filled in details(there were only 2), read through, revised, polished 50/50 items

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 22/30 Almost on target
    • Hot Rain(Kat Martin) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday morning
    • Cyborg Legacy(Lindsay Buroker) – Read this Sunday afternoon. Loved it
    • The Saint(Monica McCarty) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Leaps of Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Tuesday morning. I read the end of this with tears just streaming down my cheeks. So, you know, LOVED IT. Yes, I’m weird, I know this. But, seriously, it was so good.
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 5/4 Target reached. Ahead of target.
    • Need You for Always(Marina Adair) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. This one made me cry, too.
    • This Time Around(Tawna Fenske) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 4/20
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday(Chapter one of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(a playful moment between Jonas & Isaac), WeWriWa(the end of Chapter 1 of Hawk’s story), & Sunday Summary posts each week – 5/5 last week(all linked above except WW). Staying on target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Didn’t post anything last week. Posted an excerpt of Midas’ Daughter this week. If you were my patron(and you can be for only $1 a month if you click on the link), what would you want to see from me? I feel like I’m talking to a void there since I don’t have any patrons there, but I don’t want to just stop posting content.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Current as of Wednesday morning

Sunday Summary: Blocking Time

Once again, I’ve slightly adjusted how I’m getting things done. I’ve been working in blocks of time, usually shorter ones, though. Half an hour to an hour. Or working on each of my main projects for half an hour then once I’m through the list, doing chores or whatever else in on my to-do list. Well, this past week, during one of our lengthy #writingcrew chats(though we mostly seem to have dropped the hashtag, I usually forget it anyway), Lauren mentions a day map and working in 2 hour blocks. And I start thinking, this could work. I tried it out Friday, and I’m still fine-tuning how it will work best for me. I’m thinking of starting the day with a 2 hour block of writing(working on a different project each half hour or so), then 2 hours of chores, workout breakfast, then back to writing for next 2 hours. I’ll see how this works for me over the next week or so and adjust my bullet journal format for the day maps too.

New blue shoes

Saturday we took the kids to one of the local county fairs. It was the first day of it, so not everything was there, but it also meant not quite as many people. Which I certainly don’t have a problem with(there were still more than enough for me). We walked through a couple barns, got some food to eat, walked around some more, shared a funnel cake with mother-in-law(she was there working for the bank), and got ice cream from the 4-H stand. It was a very long line to wait in, but it was worth it. It’s one of the things that’s become traditional to get when we go there(for me as a kid it was cotton candy & sno cones, then the cowboy kettle corn). We walked through one of the draft horse barns before leaving and saw a couple people riding these huge horses. They actually had to use step ladders to get in the saddle.

We have church this morning and a meeting later today, but other than that, not much to do. Although we may get the boy’s birthday presents after the meeting since the kids won’t be with us, and we’re having his party next weekend.

But, for right now, I have my RoW80 update for the week

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 32471/50000 Pretty much on target
    • Heart of Christmas – 2831 words – a good bit of this was from an SOCS post I wrote back in March, just had to adjust it to fit in with where the story was at.
      • “How could you?” Alaina asked. “You fell in love with my brother. And he’s pretty much perfect.”
        Eva burst out with laughter at that. “Really, Alaina? Perfect? You grew up with him. He helped raise you. You, of all people, should know better than that.”
        Alaina let out a watery laugh at that. “I did say pretty much. Not completely. But, you know what I mean. He’d do anything for you. He nearly gave his life for you.”
        “And I’m thankful every day he didn’t have to.” Eva stroked Alaina’s hair. “I’ve seen the way Caelen looks at you. I don’t doubt he’d do the very same for you.”
    • Still Burning – 2628 words
      • You were right. Why the hell had he told her that? She probably thought he meant about them not being good for each other. Except that hadn’t been what she said, had it? No, it had been I’m not good for you. How could she think that? She’d seen something he hadn’t even been able to fathom.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2533 words
      • She should be used to that attitude. But, she couldn’t get Carisa’s words out of her head. “You’re a lot stronger than I could ever be.”
        Would she still think that if she knew everything Jayla had done in her life? It didn’t matter. On the drive here, Jayla had kept telling herself it didn’t matter. This thing, whatever it was—attraction, desire, lust—couldn’t go anywhere. It just couldn’t. So, she might as well stop even thinking about it.
        If only she could actually make that happen.
    • High on Loving You – 2552 words
      • Morgan slumped back in the chair. “I know, Brian. It was stupid. I should have just gone straight to the diner to get Raina from Anna. Taking care of my daughter isn’t anything she signed up for. But, like I said, I was freaked out.”
    • By the Gun – 2515 words
      • “And what are you then? If Tierney is a killer.”
        “Nothing I haven’t claimed I am. I never tried to hide it. Never tried to pretend I was just an innocent rancher. You hired me for a reason, Daniels, you can’t complain about that reason now.”
        Daniels’ face twisted with disgust, and he tossed the small pouch of money over to Patrick. “Just get out of here. I don’t want to lay eyes on you again.”
        Patrick smirked as he bent to retrieve his payment. It wasn’t the first time he’d heard that. And they always found him again when they once more found themselves in need of his services. He doubted this man would be any different.
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 5498/10000 nearly on target here, too.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 197 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 113 words
    • Roman – 212 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 284 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 153 words
    • Mike & Fadil– 239 words
    • Preggers – 186 words
    • Hawk – 206 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 215 words
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 186 words & this one is done!
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story47/50

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting.
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – Reorganized Midas’ Daughter chapters & sent to my kindle to read through. Read through Midas’ Daughter. Right on target, maybe even a bit ahead. 50/50 revisions made. 50/50 polished. Posted Chapter 1 of Staring at the Sun to Wattpad.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 18/30 Right on target
    • The Crepes of Wrath(Sarah Fox) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it, but there were a lot of parts where I was feeling meh. Added the next book to list anyway. I’ll probably grab it if it goes on sale. If it’s another ‘meh’, I probably won’t read the next.
    • The Upside of Unrequited(Becky Albertalli) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday evening. Just loved this so much.
    • Stranded with the Cyborg(Cara Bristol) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon. Was a fairly fun read, but a few things had me rolling my eyes. And didn’t enjoy it enough to get the next book in the series.
    • Into the Whirlwind(Kat Martin) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Tough Luck Hero(Maisey Yates) – Started this Thursday night. Finished it Saturday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hot Rain(Kat Martin) – Started this Saturday morning. On page 334/414
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 4/4 Target reached
    • Rock Solid(Riley Hart) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Thursday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Need You for Always(Marina Adair) – Started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 6/18
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday(Chapter one of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(a playful moment between Jonas & Isaac), WeWriWa(the end of Chapter 1 of Hawk’s story), & Sunday Summary posts each week – 4/5 this week. Staying on target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Didn’t post anything this week. Trying to decide exactly what I want to post. If you were my patron(and you can be for only $1 a month), what would you want to see from me? I feel like I’m talking to a void there since I don’t have any patrons there, but I don’t want to just stop posting content.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Current as of Saturday morning

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