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Friday morning I woke up and sat this outside: . We knew it was coming, but the day before it had looked like this: . It’s supposed to warm up again during the week and be cold next weekend. Eventually I’m sure it will stay cold.

Thursday were Parent-teacher conferences. We had the boy’s first. And were told he’s a great kid, making friends, comes up with great ideas for writing, though his handwriting is very messy. for math and reading, he’s in the proficient range(basically a ‘B’) and for word study he’s advanced(an ‘A’). Then, we went to the girl’s. And were told she’s a “bright girl” she’s just very quiet. Not as in not talking, but talking so quietly no one can hear her. Yeah, that’s been an issue. She’s reading above her grade level(she started reading chapter books when she was 5/6, so this isn’t really a surprise), and is in the advanced range for all the subjects. So, both of them are doing good.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky FieldsOutline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them On Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In


  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 19321/50000 words On Target
    • Desmund grinned at him. “Come on. I should get this t’ the house. Aunt Mair will be waitin’ for it. And she’ll be gettin’ breakfast on soon. Ye do not want to miss that.”
      Eamonn wasn’t sure he wanted to miss anything with Desmund. Even if nothing could ever come of it. They would not be here long anyway. Might as well enjoy it while he could.
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 7171/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 1204 words
      • “You’ve both got it so damn bad, I guess it’s a good thing this place is filled with firefighters.” Jess raised a brow at that comment, and Jaya laughed. “One of those sparks the two of you are putting off is bound to light something on fire.”
    • Whatever It Takes – 1203 words
      • “I don’t think any of that,” Carisa said firmly. “I don’t know who told you all that, but what you did with your body before has nothing to do with the way I feel for you. If you don’t want to do anything, we won’t do it. Just tell me. I could just kiss you for the rest of my life and not give a good damn about anything else.”
    • High on Loving You – 1205 words
      • He buried his face in his hair and just breathed deep for a moment, ignoring when one of her curls tickled his nose. He didn’t care right now. Raina was gone. Anna was here. His life was spiraling out of control, and he needed just one moment of calm. “This isn’t supposed to be happening,” he finally said.
    • By the Gun –614 words
      • Carlos hoped that holding tight to the reins of his horse would make the shaking of his hands less obvious. It didn’t matter what he’d said to his brother. He was not nearly as calm as he’d pretended to be.
        He’d seen Alejandro go down and for a moment was so sure he was going to lose one of the last remaining members of his family. He couldn’t let that happen.
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 1367/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 51  words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 81 words
    • Roman – 68 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 86 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 110 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 69 words
    • Hawk – 89 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 74 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 65 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 6/15 On Target


  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 8/23 On Target


  • Primary: Read 30 books – 8/30 Off Target
    • Killing Fear(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday afternoon(when my kindle had to charge). Read the prologue(10 pages but was numbered with roman numerals. Chapter 1 started with page 1, which seems weird to me, but oh well). Finished this Wednesday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Concourse(Santino Hassell) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved it. *In my head, I kept calling this Intercourse. The last book was Interborough, and for some reason my brain mashed the two together. And I’d snicker every time I realized what I’d called it. Because I am so very mature.
    • Unicorn Tracks(Julia Ember) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Once Upon a Wedding(Kait Nolan) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Was a quick, sweet read.
    • Those Sweet Words(Kait Nolan) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. I finished this Thursday afternoon. LOVED it!!!
    • Rebel of the Sands(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished on Saturday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Shades of Gray(Maya Banks) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Saturday night.
    • Dangerous in Training(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. At 10%
    • Softly at Sunrise(Maya Banks) – Started this Saturday night. It’s a novella included with Shades of Gray. On Chapter 4/15
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 2/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). Finished it Monday morning(11/6)
    • A Merciful Truth(Kendra Elliot) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Friday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Imprudence(Gail Carriger) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 2/19

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 10/21 On Target
    • Writing Wednesday: Midweek check in and snippet from Jonas & Isaac
    • Fiction Friday: Dear Diary – A short story with Silas(from Playing with Fire) when he’s a teenager
    • Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Arm – a bit from Green Hills & Smoky Fields & Eamonn’s doomed crush.
    • WeWriWa: Out of My Head – a snippet from Hawk’s story
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning


  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit 7 rows & finished brim, knit 12 rows of main pattern Target Sighted in
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

Comments on: "Sunday Summary: Getting Colder" (8)

  1. Great job on those goals. And congrats to the kiddos for good report cards. We had snow last week too. The initial forecast was for warming weather, so we anticipated this melting. But now, looking ahead, I think this is it and we are stuck with snow for the next four months.

  2. I remember those parent/teacher conferences. We learned at a 4th grade conference that Rachel was using numbers to write music instead of studying math. How reassuring to know your kids are doing OK in school — that place where we really can’t protect them. Earlier today, I read that the opening scene needs to create empathy for characters by showing how they lack something. Your snippet from Carlos does this beautifully (BY THE GUN).

  3. I had 30+ years of being on the other side of parent-teacher interviews. Some were easy and some not so. Congrats for your children’s great reports.
    Great job on the progress of all your goals. Have a great week ahead.

  4. Wow- so much writing, so much editing.Well done. Glad to hear your kids are doing well too. I don’t know your daughter’s age, but maybe Improv theatre would help? You start off as a silent prop on stage – tree, filing cabinet, bunny rabbit -but eventually get to speak up. Not as yourself, though, but as another person. And sometimes people laugh and cheer! Maybe that would be easier.

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