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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

WeWriWa: “Just a Tease”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. Today I’m picking up pretty much where last week’s snippet left off. I cut out two sentences between and got creative with punctuation to get to the end of the scene.

“He’s a wise, old man.”

“Hey,” Mr. Bentley shouted, “I heard that.”

He had to be at least in his seventies, probably closer to eighty, but he’d always hated being called old. Damon chuckled under his breath then leaned forward and pressed his lips lightly to mine. When he started to pull back, I grabbed his head. “You fucker, that’s just a tease,” I said and pulled him back to me.

We kissed until I heard Mr. Bentley say, “Damn boys, you know there’s no fan in here, and this place could go up like a tinderbox if you raise the heat anymore.”

I laughed and pulled back. Damon’s cheeks were still red, but he was grinning, too, and the tension between us, now that he knew Mr. Bentley was okay with us, had eased. We shouldn’t have a problem making it to when we could leave again and retrieve our bikes.

Will they be able to get their bikes? What are they going to do about the danger out there? Are they ok now? I’ll have more next week.

I also got the first chapter of Staring at the Sun up on Wattpad this week, so you can check that out if you’d like.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Pant”

“Just keep your pants on,” Isaac said. “I’m on my way.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s the first time you’ve said that to me.”

Isaac looked up from the phone in his hand and saw Jonas standing on the other side of the screen door. “What are you doing here?” he asked.

“Luis is my nephew,” Jonas said. “I told Tereza I’d help set up for his party. I thought I’d be helping Cristine though.”

Isaac’s foster mother–adopted now, though even after nearly six years, he had trouble just calling her mom, it felt disloyal to his birth mother who had loved him even if she couldn’t live with his father anymore–and her husband, Roman, had gone out for the morning. They said they’d be back in time for any last minute details. “Sorry. It’s just me.” Now he wondered if they’d done that on purpose. She’d told him Tereza’s brother was going to come over and help. Silly him had assumed she’d meant Toby.

“I don’t know if that’s something to be sorry for,” Jonas said.

Isaac closed his eyes, wishing he could let it feel as if the last five plus years could just be wiped away. As soon as he opened them, he knew that wasn’t possible, though. The Jonas who stood in front of him, still on crutches, wasn’t the same one he’d walked away from the day of their graduation from high school.

“Are you going to let me help, or are we just going to stand here until everyone else arrives?”

Isaac stepped make so Jonas could come in. He searched through his mental list, even though he had it right in front of him on the phone too, to come up with something Jonas could do off his feet…foot, he corrected himself. “Balloons,” he blurted out. “Can you blow up balloons?” He could do that sitting down.

Jonas arched an eyebrow, and Isaac was sure that was a smile twitching his lips. “Have you forgotten how good I am at blowing things…up. At least that’s what you used to say.”

Isaac didn’t miss the innuendo laced in there. And, God, he’d tried to forget. He turned away before Jonas could see the way his words had him reacting. What were they doing? He grabbed the bag of balloons and carried them over to where Jonas dropped into a chair at the kitchen table. He was rubbing at the end of his right leg through his pants, and it made Isaac freeze.

“Are you okay?” he asked. “Is it bothering you.”

“It’s fine,” Jonas told him.

“You didn’t walk all the way over here, did you?” It was in a different neighborhood than where Jonas’ mother lived. it would be a trek on two feet. using crutches wouldn’t be easy.

“I made that mistake already. The day I saw you at the center. Toby dropped me off today.”

“About that day–”

“No,” Jonas said. “We went over it once. Just, let’s not today, okay. I didn’t handle things well then. I already wasn’t in a good place. Today is my nephew’s fifth birthday. I just want to celebrate that. Anything else can wait.”

Isaac blew out a breath. “We can do that,” he said. Waiting meant they had a chance to make things right again. He could definitely do that. For now, he had some dinosaur cupcakes to decorate. But, he took a moment to watch Jonas put his mouth over the end of a balloon. Yeah, looked like he was still good with his mouth.

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This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use pant, either on its own or as part of another word. And again, the first line of dialogue(really 1st 2 lines) popped into my head. I was looking forward to a more playful moment between these two, though it did get serious in there, too. But, looks like they might finally be able to come back together. We’ll have to see. 😉

Fiction Friday: Staring at the Sun – Chapter 1

I finally got the first chapter of Staring at the Sun up on Wattpad. Ok, finally might not quite be accurate. It didn’t take that long. But, I was worrying I wouldn’t get it done today because our internet was out most of the morning. Not sure why except we did get a lot of rain last night and possibly some thunderstorms. That might have done it(though I swear sometimes a strong wind can knock our connection out). Anyway, here’s the beginning of Icarus & Cassie’s story:

Icarus crossed the yard, and his smile spread as he saw what—who—waited for him up on the porch. There wasn’t anything he could do to restrain it. Nothing he wanted to do. After nearly nineteen years of thinking he’d never even lay eyes on her again, it was good to get to see Cassie every day. Several times a day. He wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Well, nothing, except take away the years they’d spent apart, the years both she and their son had been hurt. He knew even better than most you couldn’t get time back. The only thing to do was move forward. So, that’s what he did.

He stopped with one foot on the bottom step and held his hand out toward her. “Will you walk with me, Cassie?”

Her return smile was soft, sweet, and a little wistful. Did she remember him asking her almost the same thing all those years before? Except back then she climbed on the back of his bike and wrapped her arms tight around his waist. That began their nearly six-month adventure.

Until her father caught up to them and ended everything. If he’d known she carried his child…No, he wasn’t sure there was anything he could have done differently. Her father wouldn’t have let him close enough to do anything differently.

None of that should matter now. She was here with him now. So was their son. Icarus lost eighteen years with them, but he wouldn’t waste another moment.

Cassie took his hand and came down the steps to join him. Unfortunately it would have to be a fairly quick walk. They had a meeting coming up. Icarus hoped it would remain a routine one, going over the club’s old business and anything new that had come up. It was the new business that had him worried. Hopefully the men who were out around town would bring back all good news.

He knew perfectly well he couldn’t count on that.

Things had been quiet for several months. Ever since they’d struck a tenuous truce with the Ivory Crows. He didn’t know how much longer that would last. And if not the Crows, which direction the next threat would come from.

If you want to find out what happens next, you can find the rest of the chapter here, and I should have the next one up next Friday.

Writing Wednesday: Bury in Fiction

It can be hard to write a light-hearted intro when there’s bad stuff going down outside the window(not literally my window. It’s dark and peaceful right here). I tend to withdraw when there’s any kind of bad news or worry even, on the news or even in my own life. Like me completely blocking that my stepdad was having knee replacement surgery the other week(he was being stupid and doing more than he should shortly after getting home. So, you know, pretty typical). Last time he had surgery was on his heart about 8 years ago, and I was a nervous wreck the whole time.
So, that’s what I do. I shut out everything else, and I bury myself in fiction. Not necessarily a great way to deal with the world. I often care too much and get overwhelmed by it. Another reason it’s not good to tell your kids they’re too sensitive(which I’ve been guilty of myself and am trying to do better). It doesn’t give very many coping methods for dealing with an insensitive world.
Anyway, good stuff happening here. Went to the bookstore with the girl on Sunday. I got three new books, the girl got 2. And I got her to try a new series, which she seems to have liked(she’d read most of it on the way home). We also got our hair cut. Left it up to the kids how short they wanted to go. Girl decided to go with shoulder-length. I went a little shorter than before. It was starting to feel like I had a mop on top of my head. There’s a little bit of bangs I can twirl while I’m writing, though.


I’ve had a fairly good week of writing so far. Especially when it comes to the Jonas & Isaac project(considering I wasn’t supposed to start writing their story yet and don’t even have it plotted out, just a couple notes jotted down). I have more from that for my WiPPet Wednesday, a blog hop where we share a snippet from a current WiP that somehow pertains to the date. Today I have 7 paragraphs(1+6 for the day). This picks up almost right after last week’s(there’s only one paragraph between them).

    Jonas turned his head the other way, still refusing to look at him. “So, I guess you’re still angry with me,” Isaac said softly. “I never thought you’d be the type to hold a grudge, Jonas.”
His throat felt too thick to even respond. He’d stopped being angry by the time he’d finished boot camp. The heartache had taken longer to disappear. Maybe by the time he’d met Santiago when he was stationed in Texas while doing his combat medic training.
It had still hurt to think about him, though, so he’d done his best not to. Santiago had helped with that, until they realized they were better friends than lovers. He hadn’t been the last relationship Jonas had, though he hadn’t remained friends with the others.
And now when he needed Santiago the most, he wasn’t here.
He saw Isaac’s hand go up to brush hair away from his face. Bracelets clinked together on his wrists at the movement. The gesture and sound was so familiar, Jonas couldn’t help but look up.
He had a hard time focusing on Isaac’s face since his left eye didn’t like to cooperate. And even with the severe hearing loss in his left ear, he heard Isaac’s gasp. Or maybe he saw his mouth round and his brain interpreted it as a gasp. He didn’t know. It didn’t matter because Isaac was already turning away from him.
He was wrong, the heartache wasn’t gone. It was slamming into him, just like the medevac chopper had slammed into the ground a couple months ago. Only this time, he wasn’t sure he’d survive the crash.

Why did Isaac take off out of there like that? Will they ever be able to get back to where they were? Will Jonas survive this(I’m pretty sure we all know this answer;) )
Don’t forget you can visit the other WiPPeteers here.

The girl is ready for school to start in just under 2 weeks. Even found a cat bookbag.

And now for my RoW80 update. Internet has been acting wonky the last couple days, but it finally seems to be better. So hopefully I can get this posted without any problems.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 24862/50000 Pretty much on target
    • Heart of Christmas – 1053 words
    • Still Burning – 1341 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 1363 words
    • High on Loving You – 1259 words
    • By the Gun – 1115 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 4315/10000 nearly on target here, too.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 45 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 57 words
    • Roman – 71 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 56 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 35 words
    • Mike & Fadil– 239 words

Had he truly been such an awful son? Well, he would start to make up for it. Starting right now. *Aw, Fadil. Your mother does not think that.

  • Preggers – 48 words
  • Hawk
  • Sean & Braeden – 111 words
  • Jacob’s Stepfather – 186 words & this one is done!

“Yes, son,” the officer said. “He had identification on him, and my partner here recognized him. Again, we’re sorry for your loss. Can we-”

“Good riddance,” Jared said before he could say more, then he slammed the door shut.

  • Stretch: Write 40 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 40/40. These boys are just relentless, especially on my wrists. The problem with writing by hand. Guess I’m upping the goal to 50 now(considering at the beginning of the month it was 20). Waaaaay ahead of target

The way she often colors and reads

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.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 15/30 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. At about 75%.
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 3/4 Ahead of target
    • Rock Solid(Riley Hart) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On Chapter 28/45
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday(Cover for Staring at the Sun), SOCS(some of Jonas & Isaac’s story), WeWriWa(a bit of Hawk’s Story), & Sunday Summary(final check-in for last week) posts each week – 5/5 posts last week(all but WW linked above) 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 Tuesday afternoon

 

 

Sunday Summary: In My Bubble

This has been a pretty good week, at least in my little bubble. A lot of writing. A lot of reading. So, pretty much immersing myself in fiction. Seems to be what I’m best at. So, I guess I’ll just get right to it.

Just like the kids, fighting one minute, being all lovey the next.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 19173/50000 words
    • Heart of Christmas – 2628 words
      • The door behind her slid open, and she didn’t have to turn to know it was Caelen coming inside. She held her breath for a moment. Maybe he had realized he was being an idiot, and everything could be okay again. But, he didn’t even come anywhere near her.
    • Still Burning – 2501 words
      • No. That was ridiculous. His father hadn’t wanted anything to do with him for the last twenty-seven years. Why would he now? And why would he be staking out Jess? That really didn’t make sense. She didn’t want anything to do with him, either.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2703 words
      • “So, Alexa,” he said, “anyone here today you want to try to hook Jayla up with? Or did you give up on that?”
        “I promised her I wouldn’t try to set her up with any other waiters,” Alexa said.
        Konner met Carisa’s eyes, and his grin widened. “I didn’t say anything about waiters, did I?”
    • High on Loving You – 2535 words
      • Morgan just stared at his phone for several minutes. It had to be because he hadn’t had any coffee yet. Hadn’t even taken a shower. That’s why he thought he read on the screen: Raina’s at the diner. Not sure what exactly happened, but was scared to stay at Kacy’s. She’s okay. Let me know what you want to do.
        What he wanted to do? He wanted to go and pound his fists on Kacy’s door and demand to know what she was doing that was scaring their daughter so much.
    • By the Gun – 2515 words
      • Because a trip to town was usually an all day to-do. “What are we going to do in the meantime?” he asked. “We can’t just let the cows keep escaping. We can’t lose that many.”
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects -3467/10000 words(only including some snippets from these)
    • Patrick & Sarah – 123 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 203 words
    • Roman – 174 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 160 words
      • “I said she’s stupid. If she doesn’t think my baby brother is a catch, then what else would describe her?” *Aw, sibling loyalty. 🙂
    • Jacob & Matthew – 261 words
      • So, he would do what he could to keep himself safe. And Matthew. There was always Matthew. No matter how much he knew it would be better to stay away. He just couldn’t.
    • Mike & Fadil – 266 words
      • Which meant he had to stop thinking about Mike Keech, no matter how good looking he was. They both had too much on their plates for any involvement. He knew all too well what that kind of thing could lead to. And he couldn’t do it again.
    • Preggers – 210 words
      • “Grieve for me, Lyndi. I won’t be able to stop you. But, don’t spend the rest of your life not living just because I’m gone.” She’d hated when he brought it up, before each deployment it seemed, but he’d been adamant that he’d want her to move on if something did happen to him. She wished he’d had the same conversation with his family, though.
    • Hawk – 354 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 203 words
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 204 words
      • The officer shook his head. “I’m sorry to inform you, your stepfather is dead.”
  • Stretch: Write 20 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story(already had 2 pages written at beginning of month) – 29/20 pages. Raising this to 40 pages.

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight and Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – 34/34 polished for In the Moonlight, made cover for Staring at the Sun, 50/50 polished for Staring at the Sun, created the page for Staring at the Sun on Wattpad and uploaded cover.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 13/30
    • Two of a Kind(Susan Mallery) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Interborough(Santino Hassell) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Fatal Justice(Marie Force) – started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Undeniably Yours(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished Wednesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Beauty and the Mustache(Penny Reid) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Tempting Mr. Weatherstone(Vivienne Lorret) – Read this Friday morning. It was a novella, so a really quick read.
    • Asking for Trouble(Tessa Bailey) – Read this Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • When I Fall(Tamara Morgan) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Free Fall(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Saturday evening. Enjoyed it.
    • Naughty But Nice(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Saturday night. Enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen to 4 audio books – 3/4
    • Carry Me Home(Rosalind James) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Liked it. Though I could handle not ever reading/hearing another male character telling a female character to act/dress/look feminine. In the context in this book, it wasn’t so bad, but I’ve heard it enough in my own life that I’m rather tired of it.
    • Forgotten Memories(Robin Perini) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Friday morning. Enjoyed it.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts each week – 5/5 for this week once this one posts.
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Posted excerpt from Still Burning on Monday.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – current as of Saturday morning. Have a few from yesterday to catch up on.

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