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Yes, that’s right! It’s November 1! That actually means a couple things for me. First, it’s the start of another NaNoWriMo. Of course, that’s pretty much every month for me(there are only 3 months I haven’t written at least 50k, one of those I was only short about 50 words). But, I still get excited about the official challenge every year. And this year, I’m actually not being a rebel and working on several projects/something already in progress like the last few years. As of this morning, I have a bright blank slate to work on. 😀 I tried to stay up to start it at midnight. Yeah, I made it to 10. :/ This should not be a surprise to anyone. I used to be able to stay up late and get up early. Anymore it’s only the getting up early part.

November 1 also means yesterday was Halloween! Okay, I don’t really get that excited about it. We live out in the country, and we don’t really decorate for it. Who would see it anyway? But, the kids like dressing up, and we take them into town to visit houses. We don’t do themed costumes(unless the kids want to be something from the same thing). One year they were Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. So, that worked out. This year the boy picked Marshall(from Paw Patrol). The girl wanted to be Everest(also Paw Patrol) but we couldn’t find a costume in her size. She ended up being the Pink Power Ranger. That was actually surprising because she usually rolls her eyes when the boy watches one of the many versions of it. But, it was her choice. We walked for a little less than an hour, and they got quite a bit of candy. But, it was pretty cold out(no snow at least, so that’s something).

The third thing November means is that it’s almost my birthday! Yes, on Sunday, I’m going to be the big 3-3(wait, is that a big deal? Probably not). Another year older. Woohoo(I mean that both sincerely and sarcastically, if that’s possible). No big plans, though I do hope to get my hair cut again this weekend(it’s getting shaggy and driving me a bit nuts).

But, for now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday!! And time to visit with Jonas & Isaac again. Since it’s my birthday month, I’m taking the digits of my upcoming age and adding them together(3+3 = 6) and giving you 6 paragraphs from the next scene. Jonas is trying to make sense of what happened in that moment between him and Isaac and what to do about it.

Then, Isaac had shown up. He hadn’t realized he’d been there so long. And just a hand on his leg had sent him spinning. God, he was a loser. How many times would he have to tell himself it would be better to stay away from Isaac before his body believed it?

“Are you okay?” his mom asked. “You didn’t push yourself too hard again, did you?”

“No, mama,” Jonas said. “I mean, I didn’t. I’m fine.”

“Then, why are you so quiet? You’ve been excited the last times I picked you up. Today you are subdued. What is different?”

“Nothing.” Everything. But, he couldn’t even explain that to himself, let alone his mother. Maybe he was just going to have to stay away from the youth center until he got his head and feelings sorted out.

Yeah, that was what he’d do.

Sure, you will, Jonas. Sure you will. 😉

And now for how I finished up the month of October:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal met/finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Set aside


  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit, Outline Act 1 in Scrivener – Outlined first 5 chapters(Act 1) on Monday. Chapter 5 has about 8 scenes in it currently, so it will probably be split into at least 2 chapters, maybe more. I’ll outline acts as I finish one up. On Target


  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 33581/35000 words Off Target(about 1.5k off target)

    • Still Burning – 594 words
      • But, she shook her head. She wasn’t sure she could count on that. And was afraid it would just mean she’d end up hurting him more in the future. She had to put an end to it before that happened. But, she wasn’t sure how to say any of that to her dad, let alone Austin. But, since he was now heading toward her, she’d have to figure it out.
    • Whatever It Takes – 465 words
      • Jayla could only stare at Carisa as she finally wound down. She just didn’t have any words. What could she say to that?
        Absolutely nothing.
    • High on Loving You – 2685 words
      • She just shrugged one shoulder and climbed into her seat. He waited for her to buckle in before he closed her door and climbed into the front again. He flexed his hands around the steering wheel a few times before finally turning the key in the ignition. Raina didn’t speak on the drive home. Morgan thought about trying to pry answers about her day out of her, but he’d never had to do that before. Usually she volunteered all the information he could want. Even more than that most days.
        When they got to the house, she walked just as quietly into the house and went back to her room. She didn’t even ask him for a snack. She always had a snack when she got home from school. He needed to get to the bottom of what was wrong before his little girl faded away into nothing more than a ghost.
        He just didn’t even know where to start.
    • By the Gun – 821 words
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 4849/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 56 words
    • Roman – 40 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 50 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 26/25 pages. On Target


  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 2/24 chapters,    Target in Sight
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 11/11 chapters On Target


  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 8/5 Bullseye!
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 28/69.
  • Read: 30 books – 24/30 Off Target
    • Spiral(Mila Ferrera) – Started this Thursday night. Set aside at 54%. Just wasn’t doing anything for me. Disappointing because I’ve liked her other books.
    • Finding Miss McFarland(Vivienne Lorret) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Love in a Snowstorm(Zoe York) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished this Monday afternoon. It was ok, but kept almost putting it down
    • The Recruit(Monica McCarty) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed this one.
    • Love is a Battlefield(Elle Kennedy & Vivian Arend) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 20/20 posts Bullseye!
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 Off Target


  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday(10/3?). 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 53/53 rounds of cable pattern done. Finished it Thursday(10/26) Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf – I need “Dreamy” yarn for this(I could probably use another kind, but the pattern is based on using this yarn) and I haven’t found it yet. So haven’t started this. It will get moved to November’s goals.
  • Since I don’t have the yarn for my other crochet project, I decided to do up some “prayer squares”. They were talking about these in church the other week, and I figured it would be easy enough if I could find a pattern(there are quite a few out there). So started one on Monday. Have 6/20 rows done.

So, it was a pretty good month overall, even though there were a couple things i didn’t get to. I seem to be finding the best way to organize my day, and those Mellow Mondays are going well(though my definition of Mellow is apparently broken. haha).

So, now to look forward to November:


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 516/50000 words
  • Secondary: Other main project – Write 17500 words – 0/17500
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 0/2250
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 0/15


  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 1/23


  • Primary: Read 30 books – 0/4
    • Keeping the Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 4%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 0/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 37/69

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 1/21
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4


  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque
  • Crochet: Prayer Square & Dreamy Scarf – 0/14 remaining rows on Prayer Square

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: NaNo Time!" (15)

  1. I get the feeling that plan isn’t going to work, at least not the way he thinks it will. Ah, Jonas.

    • Not at all. Especially when he doesn’t even hold to the plan. He’s such a goner, he just has to accept that fact. 😀

  2. Happy birthday for Sunday. 🙂 I know what you mean – happy/sarcastic. I’ve felt like that about a fair few birthdays.

    Jonas…definitely a case of ‘best-laid plans’ there. 🙂

  3. Some days, I miss having children the age of yours. Other days, I’m thankful for the peace and quiet.

    Nice WIPpet. Ah, Jonas. Will you get if figured out. Such self-torture certainly isn’t helpful.

    • There are definitely days when I crave peace and quiet. 🙂

      Thanks. Yeah, he’ll figure it out. It just might take a little while yet. 😉

  4. Ah, Jonas fighting the inevitable. Makes me wonder why…

    “Stretchier” made me giggle.

    I like your November goals. And I’ve dropped the beta ball, since today was all about Jim’s procedure, practice driving/clothes shopping with my Jeremiah, and then the desire to clean things…

    Hopefully, I’ll be more on track after this weekend, when I’ve found my NaNo rhythm…

    • He’s scared. Terrified really. He can face enemy fire, but trusting his heart to Isaac again is a bit much for him. At least at the moment 😀
      It makes me giggle, too. Isaac keeps making comments about being flexible. 😉 Jonas is just irritated I haven’t spent any time with them this week. He shouldn’t be. I left them in an embrace. You’d think he’d be happy about that.
      A procedure definitely takes precedence. Hope things settle for you soon as much as they can.

  5. […] Writing Wednesday – Midweek check in […]

  6. a nice lot of greens and blues:) keep smiling:)

  7. Happy birthday! I’m a November baby too. Good luck with NaNo!

  8. Oh Jonas, he should just listen to his heart 🙂
    The kids look adorable in their costumes. Happy birthday month! Best wishes for Nanowrimo!

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