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July Wrap-Up

I was going to wait and do this with my regular Wednesday post, but doing it that way makes for a really long post. So, I decided to do the wrap-up today instead. Then, I’ll copy my new goals for August for Wednesday’s check-in. But, first to see how the month has gone.


  • Heart of Christmas – 10000 words – 10080/10000 words, 165 this week
    • He grabbed the shopping bag out of the front seat and started the trek out to his cottage. He nearly stumbled when he heard Alaina’s laugh again. No. He couldn’t do it. He couldn’t go to her. No matter how much he’d like to. He forced his steps to continue across the yard.
  • Still Burning – 10000 words – 10033/10000 words, 341 this week
    • His mother laughed at that. He loved the trill of it. His mom happy had always been one of her favorite things. “Tell me my brother didn’t actually say any of that.”
      “Can’t. You taught me never to lie.”
    • If you’re willing to spend $1 a month, I put up a post Monday about this story and the rest of the Hunter Family series on my Patreon. I’ll also be posting excerpts from various WiPs as well as bonus content
  • Whatever It Takes – 10000 words – 10032/10000 words, 329 this week
    • “I came for dinner. And maybe to speak to my brother a few minutes if he’s not too busy in the kitchen. What about you? You’re not afraid Jonas might stop in? You did know he’s home for about another week, didn’t you?”
      From the way his face paled, she thought maybe he hadn’t. Maybe he hadn’t known he was home at all.
  • High on Loving You10000 words – 10173/10000 words
  • By the Gun10000 words – 10092/10000 words
  • Side Projects – 10000 words – 11686/10000 words, 1715 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 238 words – She grabbed the shawl Patrick had given her just the other day and headed out of the house. This really needed to stop. Thomas needed to start listening to her. Somehow she’d have to find a way to make that happen.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 181 words – She had to wait another moment for Eydyami to come out as well. Finally he did, and she looked to his face for any sign of what the word would be. She couldn’t read it there, though.
    • Roman – 198 words – Carlos was right about one thing. His job here was done. But, he didn’t want to just leave it at this. He might give it a couple days, he did have other cases he needed to focus on now, but he would make sure Carlos was okay where he was.
    • Dougal & Shae – 248 words – For a moment, he thought about ignoring it. If it was Eliana, she’d probably leave whatever it was on the doormat. And it wasn’t like he needed more food to shove in his refrigerator. He wondered how much Eliana thought one bachelor could eat.
    • Preggers – 136 words – Still, she hadn’t mentioned Marika to Darren’s family yet. She’d only said she was spending time with someone she met the last time she went to meet with her group. It wasn’t exactly a lie, even if it wasn’t quite the whole truth.
    • Hawk – 325 words – “Yeah,” Hawk said. Then, he added, “Fuck.”
    • Sean & Braeden – 177 words – Caelen’s head dropped down, almost in a nod that didn’t finish. “I did. But why would he hire me? He doesn’t even know I’d do a good job.”
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 212 words – His stomach flipped and twisted. David wouldn’t knock, would just barge right in. Which meant it was someone else. Jared just hoped it wasn’t one of his stepfather’s buddies. He didn’t want to deal with any of them right now.


  • Stained Blood – Beta edits – Chapter 1/26, 0 this month
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • In the MoonlightRead Through & Revise , Polish– 16/50 polished 10/44 this week.
  • Hang On – Polish & Submit – 50/50 polished. Submitted.
  • Staring at the SunRead Through, Revise, Polish, & Post to Wattpad


  • Listen: 5 books – 8/5
    • Timeless(Gail Carriger) – started this Monday morning. On Chapter 5/20
  • Read: 30 books – 31/30, 1 this week
    • The Three Brooches(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Saturday(7/15) morning. Finished it Monday(7/31) night. Enjoyed it.
    • Falling for the Fake Fiance(Jennifer Blackwood) – Started this Monday night. At 11%

It’s definitely been a really good month. Very little red in there, and one of those is because I’m still waiting to hear back from my critique partner. Not much I can do with that one until I do.

Now, for August goals:


  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects
  • Stretch: Write 20 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story(already have 2 pages written)


  • 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


  • Primary: Read 30 books
  • Secondary: Listen to 4 audio books
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts each week
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments

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