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The beginning of the new month actually falls on one of my blogging days. That works out real well. So, below I’ll have the wrap-up of the last month, goals for the new round and the new month.

Yesterday our fire department had a Fall Fest at the station. Some craft booths, a Chinese auction, food to eat(bag of popcorn was .25, soft pretzel & cheese was $2, pop for $1). It all went to aid the Explorers post that’s with the department. I hadn’t planned to go down(I think I’m still recovering from all the social time last weekend), but the kids wanted to. They had a good time and won some suckers in a balloon game.


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields: Book 1 – Story Toolkit – finished romance arc worksheet  9/18
  • Secondary: Plan out weekly Story a Day offeringsPlotted 20/20 so far. On target.


  • Primary: Write 45000 words on 5 main projects(one almost complete) – 26049/45000 words Off target
    • Still Burning – 2129 words
      • Austin’s father might be a disgusting pig, but he couldn’t actually be dangerous. Not to his own son. No, she was just being paranoid.
    • Whatever It Takes – 1420 words
    • High on Loving You –
    • By the Gun – 402 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 7753/10000 words A little off target
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 447 words
    • Roman – 190 words
      • He didn’t see that happening now, though. Not when Tereza needed the home they could provide so badly.
    • Dougal & Shae –445 words
      • He looked disappointed by that. What had he expected? That she would fawn all over him just because he’d worried about her safety? Not likely. She had three brothers who did that all the time.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 185 words
      • At this rate, he wouldn’t even be able to hold the cards tonight. But, he didn’t really care.
    • Mike & Fadil– 147 words
      • “It’s groceries, Dad, not charity.” You can’t survive on beer alone. But, he didn’t voice that thought. There wasn’t any point.
    • Hawk – 424 words
      • Not that either of the other two men would care. They’d seen me all over Devil before and hadn’t batted an eye. It would be Devil who cared, though. He still wasn’t comfortable with the public displays. And he already looked worked up enough.
    • Sean & Braeden – 727 words
      • It was progress, but sometimes it seemed not only slow but glacial. At this rate, he’d be an old man before he’d be able to marry the one he loved.
    • Melanie & Garren – 67 words
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages on Jonas & Isaac project – 34/50 pages Off target


  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – edited 3/3 scenes from Chapter 2. Found out OK has been in use since about 1839, but it wasn’t spelled out as okay until about 1929, so had to rephrase something. 🙂 Added 560 words. On Target
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal when I get it back – still waiting, but made contact with CP again. So hopefully will hear about this soon. 🙂
  • Stretch: Edit Preggers short story – Polished 49/49 items. Renamed this to ‘Mistaken Meeting’. Now, just to submit it.


  • Primary: Read 30 books – 27/30 Fell Off Target
    • Of Dreams and Rust(Sarah Fine) – Started this Monday(9/4) 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. Never got back to this and just…don’t care. So, officially setting it aside.
    • When Skies Have Fallen(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday morning. Loved it.
    • The Melody of You and Me(M Hollis) – Read this Sunday. It was short, and I had some issues, mostly it felt really passive, but it was a sweet, cute story, and I enjoyed it.
    • Virgin River(Robyn Carr) – Started this Sunday afternoon, finished it Sunday night. This one felt like a lot of nothing happened. I wasn’t sure about adding the next book, but I decided to anyway. Though I’m surprised my eyes didn’t roll out of my head with ever use of ‘fanny'(seriously, what is so wrong with saying butt. It’s a freaking body part), or the fact that apparently the hero has a magic penis(or magic sperm, I guess), since the heroine couldn’t get pregnant after 3 years of trying with her late husband, but magically the first time they’re together, she does. If I have similar issues with book 2, I won’t be continuing the series.
    • Into the Night(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Marian(Ella Lyons) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Out of the Blue(Jill Shalvis) – Read this Tuesday night. This was a shorter one(category length) and older one(from 2000), so it had a few eye-rolling moments, but it was a fun, sweet read.
    • Love in a Small Town(Zoe York) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • The King of Bourbon Street(Thea de Salle) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • An Extraordinary Union(Alyssa Cole) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished Saturday night. Really enjoyed this one!!!
  • Secondary: Listen to 6 books – 5/6 Close to target
    • Hold Me Close(Rosalind James) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Girl in the Shadows(Gwenda Bond) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Liked it, though not quite as much as the first book.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – I did read a little more of The Story of the Irish Race for GH & SF.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post weekly Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts –  On target
  • Secondary: Write & Post 25 Story a Day pieces – 25/25 written. 21/25 posted On target
    • Changing History
    • Birth – takes place after the end of Jonas & Isaac’s story
    • Dazzling Sunset – a bit with Ian and Aidan, from my short story, Hang On.
    • Looking Up – a bit of a “meet cute” for 2 new characters.
    • Moving Forward – a bit of ‘after ever after’ for Jonas & Isaac(though it comes before ‘Birth’.
    • Not Twins – continuation to my Preggers story, not posted
    • Motive – More Jonas & Isaac, combined with Stream of Consciousness Saturday
    • Breaking Rules – A quick 100 words of dialogue without quotation marks(prompt was to break some rules).
    • Konner & Derek – Wrote this by hand then dictated to my phone(both methods I don’t typically use).
    • Rapunzel, Rapunzel – a bit of a gender-bent modernized version of Rapunzel, featuring Konner & Derek.
    • A Good Sign – more with Konner & Derek, something that happens off page in Jonas & Isaac’s story.
    • Like This Forever – more of Jonas & Isaac’s story, a bit emotional
    • Slanting Sunlight – continuation of Looking Up
    • Never Believe – a bit with Isaac shortly after him and Jonas break up.
    • End of the Party – more with Jonas & Isaac
    • The Monster – A really short one(125 words)
    • The News – more with Jonas & Isaac, this would be after the end of their story.
    • Protect You – Continuation of The Monster. Another attempted drabble(that went over 100 words again).
    • Aiding and Abetting – Happens either during Whatever It Takes or sometime after. Jared breaks a law, but with good reason(at least to his thinking).
    • Last Minute Sitter – Lyndi & Marika (from Preggers short story) getting ready to leave on their honeymoon. Not posted.
    • Just Sibling Stuff – more with Jonas, probably takes place during Jonas & Isaac. Jonas is watching his brother’s kids and has to deal with a situation(which seems to be a common occurrence in our house).
    • Discrepancy – Anna finds her boss acting suspiciously, then a discrepancy in funds.
    • Security – Jonas & Isaac heading off on their honeymoon, but first Jonas has to get through security.
    • House Hunting – Morgan tries to sell a house to Terrall, and may have just succeeded.
    • Do/Due – Combined with my SOCS post, Isaac has to deal with a confrontation at the center and may just miss Jonas’ welcome home party.
  • Stretch: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 – posted a monthly writing update & posted Chapter 2 of Patrick & Sarah’s story. Off target

Not a bad month over all, though I didn’t hit too many goals. 😦 Oh, well. There’s always next month. But, first goals for the final RoW80 round of 2017:


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline(if I finish drafting Still Burning)
  • Stretch: James’ Story – Brainstorm(if I finish drafting Whatever It Takes)


  • Primary: Write 165000 words on main projects
    • Still Burning – finish 1st draft(or add at least 30000 words)
    • Whatever It Takes – 30000 words
    • High on Loving You – 30000 words
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 60000 words(NaNo project)
    • By the Gun – 15000 words
  • Secondary: Add 15000 words to side projects
  • Stretch: Write 75 pages on Jonas & Isaac project


  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them(around SB chapters)
  • Stretch: Type up One Note projects into Scrivener(when I don’t have other editing to do)


  • Listen: 15 books
  • Read: 90 books


  • Knit: 3 projects
  • Crochet: 3 projects

And for October:


  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit


  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project


  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them
  • Stretch: Protecting the Heart – type from One Note to Scrivener


  • Listen: 5 audiobooks
  • Read: 30 books


  • Knit: 1 project
  • Crochet: 1 project

Comments on: "Sunday Summary: New Month, New Round" (4)

  1. Looks like you got a lot done, and have a good plan for Round 4. Good luck with it.

  2. Sometimes it’s not so much about hitting the goals as learning along the way. And there should be another SB chapter coming your way in the next couple of days. =)

    May Round 4 be your best of the year! =D

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