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WeWriWa: “Quite a Spill”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I left Hawk hanging last week, so I guess I should be nice and let everyone know whether he’s okay or not. I can actually be nice, sometimes, by the way. 😉

I groaned and rolled my head from one side to the other. It was hard to force my eyes open, but finally they cracked. I saw two faces above me, but they were blurry around the edges. I reached my hand up to my forehead and realized my helmet was gone.

”Take it slow,” a voice said over me. “That was quite a spill you took.”

Wraith. That was Wraith’s voice. At least my brain wasn’t so rattled I couldn’t recall that much. “Damon,” I gasped, nearly shooting right up, despite Wraith’s hands trying to pin me to the ground.

Where’s Damon? Did something happen to him as well? How badly hurt is Hawk?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Bun”

Bunny! Bunny!”

Jonas glanced over as the little form raced toward him. He couldn’t help but smile. “Did the Easter bunny come to your house this morning, Cat?” he asked his niece.

She nodded and thrust something toward him. He took the stuffed dog with bunny ears and grinned. “A bunny dog, huh? That’s just about perfect.” He handed her the stuffed animal back and looked up at the steps coming toward them. He grinned at his sister-in-law.

“Looks like the Easter bunny left you something, too,” he said.

Denise laughed and set a hand on her very swollen stomach. “Not quite yet. Still another month left, though I don’t see how that’s possible.”

Catarina clambered up onto the couch beside him and pressed a kiss just below his knee as she did every time she saw him. “Thanks, Cat. Feels better already,” he said as he did each time. Then, the girl was off the couch and running off to see someone else and show them what the Easter bunny had brought her.

“Isaac was pulling in just behind us,” Denise told him. “He should be in here soon.”

Good. Isaac had been so busy with classes the last week, Jonas had barely seen his boyfriend. Then, he was right there, a bunch of lilies in his hand. “Flowers?” Jonas asked. “For me?”

“Nope,” Isaac said after a long kiss. “Brought these for your mom. Just couldn’t wait for this.”

Good because Jonas had been doing enough waiting. He grabbed the cane beside the couch and levered himself up to his feet. Walking on the prosthetic was getting easier at least. Isaac stepped in right beside him, and they walked toward the kitchen together.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use bun either as part of a word or as a word on its own. Since it is Easter weekend, I figured a little piece of these characters during Easter worked well. I hope everyone that celebrates has a good Easter.

Fiction Friday: Looking for Beta Readers

I have the second book in my Flames series, Flames of Renewal, edited per my critique partner’s feedback and am now looking for more readers. I’m mostly looking for someone to point out plot holes, inconsistencies(with characters or plot), anything that just doesn’t feel right. Since it is the second book in the series, there are references to events from book 1 and you see a lot of the same characters. Still, I don’t know if it’s necessary to have read the first book. But, that’s something else I’d like to know, if there’s anything confusing to someone who picks this up first.

So, anyways, a summary:

James Brooke, the chief fire investigator for Crystal Glen, has carried grief with him for a long time. Losing his wife and son at an early age changed the way he looked at life. He buried their memories deep, thinking it the only way he could continue on. And he always thought he had a content life, even if it wasn’t full of happiness.

Tereza Takoda has suffered from her own loss. She once knew James, and was best friends with his wife. Losing her sent her on a wandering route through life until she found her own happiness with her husband and children. Losing half of her family, her husband and following that, her daughter, but gaining a young child from that, she’s not sure where to go now. Home seems to be the only place where they might all be able to heal and leave the old wounds behind.

Tereza doesn’t expect to see James again, or for him to instantly recognize her. Neither of them expect the sparks that fly between them. But, with trying to be everything her granddaughter and son need her to be right now, she doesn’t know how she would make a place for a new relationship. Or if it would even be a smart thing to start. Still they cannot seem to stop from growing closer together, even as trouble starts rearing up around them. Can they face it together, or will this put out the flame that was growing between them?

Yeah, that needs work, but you get the idea, right? If anyone’s interested in giving feedback on this story, let me know in the comments below.

Writing Wednesday: Adjusting

I decided to adjust my writing routine a bit this week. Actually, I’ve already done it twice. Lately I’ve been bouncing between projects in 5 minute intervals. Which is a good method when I can’t seem to focus on anything. But, I didn’t feel like doing that anymore. So, on Monday, I decided to randomly choose which project I’d work on during each of my five hourly writing sessions. And that worked pretty well. And yet, I decided to change it up again on Tuesday. Then, I decided to work through each of my goals for the day before moving on to the next. So, I worked on a scene for High on Loving You first. That took the whole first session(it ended up being a long scene). I’d gotten ahead on my editing for the week, so I skipped over that one. During the second session, I finished filling in the antagonist sheet, did the first pass through on the short story I just finished drafting(which means basically filling in details I left blank during drafting), added 200 words to another side project, and wrote a few lines in the notebook for Jonas & Isaac’s story. I think this is going to be the way I handle my goals. At least for now.

And over the weekend, I did get my hair cut. Woo hoo! Last time was back at the beginning of November, and 4.5 months is way too long for me to go. So, now it’s short again. And I’m happy. The girl got hers trimmed & the boy got his cut as well and some dyed spikes(which washed out in the shower that night). And we picked up our new glasses.

And now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday again!! Woohoo! 😀 Jumping ahead into the middle(ish) of the next scene. They’re talking about a kid(almost 18, but still a kid) who comes by the center where Isaac works. I have 25 sentences today(3-28).

“Dee wants to keep working for Connie at the ranch after they graduate. Kevin wants them to go to college. Dee doesn’t have any desire to even give it a try.”

Jonas knew what that was like. His mother had desperately wanted him to go to college like Arcelia planned to. Which was why he hadn’t told anyone before going to the recruitment office. He hadn’t been cut out for more school but had been afraid his mom’s disappointment would sway him from his plan.

“Maybe I could talk to Dee.”

“They don’t want to join the army, either. They want to work with horses.”

“No, I got that. I meant about parental expectations you just can’t bring yourself to meet.”

Isaac stared at him for a long moment. “You’ve got to be kidding. Your mother has never been anything but proud of you, even back in high school. You didn’t even have to do anything to get that from her.”

Jonas shifted in his seat, glancing away from Isaac. “I let her down. She gave up so much so we’d have it better than she did, even better than what she’d given Toby. I could have gotten a scholarship. She’d already started telling people both me and Arcelia would be going to college. I thought I could see her heart break when I finally told her I wasn’t. But, I was afraid I would have let her down more if I did.”

Apparently it was the day for being honest and vulnerable. He was ready for that to be over.

Or, Jonas, you could keep being open and have less problems in the future. Hah. Not this stubborn boy. 😉 And just a note: his mother has never said he let her down, likely never even felt it. That’s pretty much all in his head/his own fears.

And even though RoW80 is on break right now(starting back up 4/2 for the next round), I have my usual mid-week check-in. Break? I don’t think I know the meaning of that word. 😉

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 13/24 sheets for Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 17315/~35000 words, 4548 this week. Not even close to how long I thought it would be. But I may add more during revisions. Still, the first draft is DONE!!!!!
    • He raised an eyebrow at her, and she couldn’t help smiling. “Raina convinced me extra whipped cream makes everything better.”
      That brought a low chuckle from him. “Of course she did,” he said, bending to kiss his daughter’s head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2629/5000 words, 619 this week
    • Melanie & Garren – 2183/~1000 words, first draft DONE!
    • Hawk – 444/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 12/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 1674 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 17/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon.
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday(3/15) afternoon. At 37%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this last Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Close Contact(Lori Foster) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. On page 83/364
    • Zero Hour(Megan Erickson) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. On page 80/290
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 9/5
    • Once Upon a Marquess(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Rock Hard(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 4/39

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 16/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 24/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 27/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together. Sewed on the 8 triangles. Started the border, 13/56 rows of side 1

Sunday Summary: Cutting It Short

My hair, that is. Yes, I finally got a hair cut again. It’s been almost five months and was driving me a little nuts. It used to be well past my shoulders(this was a few years ago). I don’t know how I ever handled that. Also got my new glasses yesterday.

went from this(can’t see the back, but it’s down to my neck)…

…to this

The boy got new glasses too

and then a haircut…and red spikes

Not much else going on this week. Just trying to finish up goals for the month. I think I’ll get there with most of them.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 5/18 sheets for Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 12767/~35000 words, 4659 this week. I only have 3 more scenes to write, so this isn’t going to get even closer to 35000 words to finish it.
    • “Anna, please come inside,” he said. “Let’s talk about this inside. You don’t have to go.”
      “I do,” she insisted. “Because I can’t accept any less than everything from you, not when I’m willing to give it all to you. That’s not fair to me, Morgan. I’m tired of giving everything to everybody and hardly getting anything back. And I’m exhausted enough right now to give in without much of a fight. So, I’m going home and sleeping and spending the holiday with my family, just like you need to do.”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2010/5000 words I’m doing this a little differently this month. Working on the one I plan to post to Patreon, then I’ll start on the others.
    • Melanie & Garren – 2010/~1500 words, 585 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 9.75/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 1441 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 15/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. On page 285/376
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday afternoon. At 23%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this Friday afternoon. On page 215/343
    • Beauty and the Geek(Sidney Bristol) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Finn Again(R.G. Alexander) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • The Year We Hid Away(Sarina Bowen) – Started reading this Wednesday afternoon. Just didn’t really care. So I set it aside.
    • Desert Heat(Kat Martin) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Friday night.
    • Peter Darling(Austin Chant) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 8/5
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Picked this back up Monday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Had its up and down moments, but ended up enjoying it.
    • Sweet Seduction(Maya Banks) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Indigo(Beverly Jenkins) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 8/23
    • A Lot Like Love(Julie James) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday evening.
    • Breaking All Her Rules(Maisey Yates) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 15/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 23/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 20/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together. Sewed on the 8 triangles. Started the border

And my Wrap-up for Round 1 of RoW80:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You as I get to them
  • Secondary: Outline Flames of Knowledge
  • Tertiary: Outline Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Stretch: Outline James & Tracy’s Story

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You – 1st drafts
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 15000 words – 12385/15000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 38/45
  • Stretch: By the Gun – Finish Part 2

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them back
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Tertiary: Transfer Protecting the Heart, Paint Me a Picture, & Shed Some Light to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – Send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 60 books – 55/60
  • Secondary: Listen 15 books – 21/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts52/55 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 6 times -4/6

Crafting:

  • Knit: 2 projects – 1/2
  • Crochet: 2 projects – 2/2

WeWriWa: “No Rock”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I’ve got the end of the scene I’ve been sharing from for you today. I only have a little more than 200 words written for the next scene. Thankfully I’m almost done with the short story I’ve been concentrating on, so I should be able to get back to working on this in the next week or so. But, for now:

But, I heard Devil scream my name even as my head fuzzed. He wouldn’t have screamed like that because of a rock.

My bike swerved, and I tried to keep it under control, but my body didn’t seem to want to respond to my commands. I heard Devil cry out my name again, even as the bike went out from under me. There was a loud crack, and I wasn’t sure if it was my helmet against the ground. Or another gunshot.

Another? Apparently even my brain knew that had been no rock.

What was it really? Is Hawk okay? What’s going to happen next?

Writing Wednesday: Coming Back

I was sick over the weekend, but feeling a lot better now. And thankful I don’t get sick like that very often(it’s been a few years). I’d been hoping to get my hair cut, but sitting there while not sure if I was going to throw up again, wasn’t high on the list. So, that still hasn’t happened. Maybe this weekend when we go in to get our new glasses. The boy will be getting his first pair. He’ll just need to wear them for reading and doing school work.

For now, though, it’s WiPPet Wednesday time! Which means it’s time for more Jonas & Isaac. I’m now sharing from the second notebook of the story. I’m using composition books, so there’s 200 pages, though I’d used them for other things, so there are some pages missing. Still, I may be finished by the time I reach the end of this notebook. This picks up shortly after last week’s. 24 sentences(3+21).

“I hate you seeing me like this. Everyone, really, but especially you.”

Isaac’s hands stilled for a moment then he continued massaging the shampoo into Jonas’ hair. He felt the moan move through the other man and smiled to himself. Jonas had always liked this, whether there was shampoo involved or not.

“You saw me at some of my lowest moments,” he reminded Jonas. “And you never made me feel ashamed for needing any help. Why should it be any different for you?” Isaac rinsed the shampoo out of Jonas’ hair then ran a thumb down the scar on his face. “If my scars don’t define me, this doesn’t define you.”

“It’s different.” Jonas ducked his head.

“It isn’t.” Isaac moved and crouched down in front of him, the water now blasting his back. He laid his hand just below Jonas’ knee. “Losing this doesn’t make you any less.” He pressed his lips just above his hand.

He felt Jonas’ hand on the back of his head then his rough voice said, “Get up, Is.”

Isaac looked up, but those shadows had left Jonas’ eyes. “Thanks,” Jonas said then leaned forward to press his lips to Isaac’s. Water fell over them, and they broke apart, sputtering. “We should finish and get going.”

They did, but Isaac kept a close eye on Jonas, hoping that darkness didn’t fall over him again. He just wished he knew what to do if it did.

Unfortunately Isaac, I don’t think there’s a lot you can do. Jonas just may have to realize that just because he’s used to be the one taking care of others, doesn’t mean he can’t accept some of that now.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 2/18 sheets for Story Toolkit, starting on sheet 3
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 9657/~35000 words, 1549 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1776/5000 words I’m doing this a little differently this month. Working on the one I plan to post to Patreon, then I’ll start on the others.
    • Melanie & Garren – 1776/~1500 words, 351 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 234 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 12/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. On page 108/376
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday afternoon. At 13%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this Friday afternoon. On page 215/343
    • Beauty and the Geek(Sidney Bristol) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. At 38%.
    • Finn Again(R.G. Alexander) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 6/5
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Picked this back up Monday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Had its up and down moments, but ended up enjoying it.
    • Sweet Seduction(Maya Banks) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Indigo(Beverly Jenkins) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 8/23
    • A Lot Like Love(Julie James) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 6/33.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 13/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 17/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 14/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together.

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