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Writing Wednesday: Drained

I felt completely drained yesterday. I think there were a couple reasons for that. Weeks beginning with a holiday usually throw me off anyway. Having kids and husband home for Labor Day means an upset to my routine. Of course, I actually got a good bit done on Monday. Then, Tuesday morning I woke up at 1:30. Couldn’t fall back asleep. So, I decided to just get up around 3. I wrote until 5, did some other stuff and when I came back to write during the next two-hour block, I just stared at the computer. I ended up doing chores then…just reading pretty much. I didn’t touch any of my stories the rest of the day(well, except for Jonas & Isaac I did write another page and a half, maybe, of them). I’m adjusting how I get things done and just about have Heart of Christmas finished as I write this. And it’s done! So, I’ll be working an hour on each of my projects in 2 hour blocks, so I still have those 2 hours of non-writing between.

But right now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday. Today I have 7 paragraphs(9+6+2+0+1+7=25=2+5=7) from Jonas & Isaac’s story. This is the day after last week’s snippet, and we’re back in Isaac’s POV here.

Isaac unlocked the classroom door, flipping the light switch before stepping in. He never liked walking into a dark room. His father had laid in wait too many times for him to be comfortable with it.

He gave a little shudder at the memory. But, his father was still in prison. Two more weeks. Less than that really. Isaac had finally stopped looking over his shoulder, stopped half-expecting his father to jump out at him around each corner. Would that all start up again?

No. No, he wasn’t going there again. If he did, he still had his therapist’s number programmed in his phone. He just saw him on an as-needed basis, but the option was there.

He grabbed a marker to write on the whiteboard at the front of the room. They were drawing from models this month. Each student brought their own object to focus on. On the board, he wrote ‘Highlighting your model’.

He walked to the back of the room to get everything set up for the class. It was a soothing task for him. Usually he didn’t mind letting his mind wander. But lately it was skipping right to Jonas. And that couldn’t be healthy for him.

“High enough for you?”

Isaac turned from the art supplies he was sorting and burst out laughing. “Konner, put your shirt down.” Not that he’d ever minded seeing that light brown skin on display. Still… “That is not the kind of model we’re using for this class.”

Oh, Konner. Still up to his usual antics. 😉


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields: Book 1 – Story Toolkit – starting this when I finish drafting Heart of Christmas.
  • Secondary: Plan out weekly Story a Day offerings Plotted 6/25(guessing on this number right now) so far. This mostly consists of jotting down a few sentences for what the prompt brings to mind. I have 2 pieces planned for the one prompt. On target.


  • Primary: Write 45000 words on 5 main projects(one almost complete)7561/45000 words On target
    • Heart of Christmas – 2267 words and 1st draft is finished!
      • “Oh, aye,” he said. “Scatter me to the winds, was it? Don’t you worry. I heard. I will heed the warning.” He winked at Alaina, and she giggled.  *No one seems to take Declan’s threat seriously. Probably for good reason. 😉
    • Still Burning – 1399 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 897 words
    • High on Loving You – 902 words
    • By the Gun – 1082 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 521/10000 words Off target
    • Patrick & Sarah – edited 2 scenes of Chapter 2
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 94 words
    • Roman – 35 words
    • Dougal & Shae
    • Jacob & Matthew – 291 words(weekly goal met)
    • Mike & Fadil
    • Hawk – 40 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 61 words
    • Melanie & Garren
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages on Jonas & Isaac project – 6/50 pages Near target


  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal when I get it back
  • Stretch: Edit Preggers short story once it’s finished – I decided not to add the final scene I was thinking of. Think where it’s at is good ending spot(still planning to write that scene for Story a Day, and might end up including it. But for now I’m considering this done)


  • Primary: Read 30 books – 4/30 Near Target
    • The Trouble with Mistletoe(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening. Loved it.
    • Going Down Easy(Carly Phillips) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it, but I’m kind of tired of the “hero was falsely accused of date rape in his past”. Because of course, the woman is always lying(do you hear the sarcasm there?). This was kind of addressed near the end, but still, it almost made me set the book aside.
    • Of Dreams and Rust(Sarah Fine) – Started this Monday morning. At 14%. Not sure if it’s because it’s been so long since I read the first book or what, but I find myself not really caring. So setting this aside until I finish the other books on this month’s list(or at least for the week). Then, I may try to pick it back up.
    • Hard as Steel(Laura Kaye) – Started this Monday afternoon. Tuesday afternoon. Liked it, but it didn’t feel like anything really happened.
    • Three Little Words(Susan Mallery) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 222/329
  • Secondary: Listen to 6 books0/6 Off target
    • Prudence(Gail Carriger)  – Carrying this over from August. On Chapter 14/16
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book Target not in sight

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post weekly Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts – Last week: Fiction Friday(Chapter 3 of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(a bit of Jonas & Isaac after the end of their story – combined with Story a Day prompt, linked below), WeWriWa(8 sentences of Hawk’s story), Sunday Summary. On target
  • Secondary: Write & Post 25(5 prompts a week) Story a Day pieces – 3/25 written. 3/25 posted Near target
  • Stretch: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 – posted a monthly writing update this week. On target

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Drained" (12)

  1. LOL at Konner, but also kind of at Isaac’s reaction. Like he can’t decide whether to enjoy it or scold Konner.

  2. jlgfellers said:

    This situation w/ Isaac reminds me of an ex, and my children’s (and my) reaction to him, their sire… note that I don’t use that word father. They don’t call him such, and he’s been out of their life for over a dozen years. Some people, including Isaac’s father and my ex, should never be allowed… makes me worry for Isaac’s well being. It’s a rough way to be, and it’s good he has help on standby.

    • I’m sorry you(and your kids) had to deal with this in real life.
      It’s definitely going to get a bit rough for Isaac, he does have a lot of people standing with him, though(probably more than he realizes).

  3. I’d say the full moon had something to do with it, too….it does me. I’m getting back into the swing after all the big things (moved the magnets to the new fridge, which officially makes it ours, right?) of this last few days. Still a bit “off” though…

    Looks like you made some solid progress, despite the disruptions in your force. =)

    • I have made some nice progress, and the shift seems to be helping. Tuesday helped me realize I need to listen when my body/mind say “nope” and just take the day. Usually it means things get better the next day. When I try to push through, it usually just drags it out.

      • I’ve had the same feeling. Even more important, it tends to make me cranky and stressed. I think women and general, and moms in specific, forget that everyone needs a day off from time to time!

        It’s a good thing to realize! =D

  4. Seems like Isaac isn’t too pleased with his father coming out of prison. It makes me curious about what happened between the two of them, and whether his father deserves a second chance for whatever he did.
    I love Konner 🙂 he seems to know just the thing to cheer Isaac up!

    • His father deserves everything he’s gotten, except maybe getting out of prison or a second chance. He’s not a good guy.
      I do love writing Konner. He’s so much fun.

  5. Interesting how restless sleep can translate into going in circles and/or getting some writing done! Same here. Sometimes I worry about amorphous events I have no control over (politics, weather, health issues for those I care about), wake up early, and sometimes can work and sometimes can’t. Maybe that time of circling around what we want to do is actually a way of preparing to dive in. So good progress this week, in spite of some chaos. And I love that scene with Isaac, though the worries about his father are real (hope not too real). 🙂

    • If it’s characters keeping me up or waking me early, it does tend to lead to more writing. Sometimes I need that day off to regroup, though.

      Thanks. And yeah, the worries are definitely real.

  6. Emily Wrayburn said:

    Haha, love that last line! But I think you’ve done a really good job conveying that always-looking-over-the-shoulder sense of foreboding as well.

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