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Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “green”

Isaac wrapped the green scarf around his neck before stepping outside. The wind still cut through him, so he hurried to his car. All he could think about right now was getting to Jonas.

He couldn’t seem to hit even one green light on the way over though. He swore softly as he had to stop once again. He tapped his fingers on the steering wheel while he waited for the light to turn again. He glanced once into the rearview mirror then had to look back again.

No. That had to be a mistake. It couldn’t really be him back there. Isaac looked once again as he turned onto Jonas’ street, but he didn’t see the face he thought he recognized. He must have imagined it.

 “Letting your fear get to you again,” he murmured. He needed to stop that. His father was not following him through the city. He’d only wanted to frighten Isaac the other day.

And it had worked. He couldn’t let it anymore.

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was “green”. This fits in just a little ahead of where I’m at in writing the story. And, yeah, trouble is heading their way.

Writing Wednesday: Timing Out

Yeah, the time change officially caught up with me this morning. I did okay the last couple days. This morning I woke up, glanced at my phone, blinked and double-checked the time. Yes, it really was 5:30. My alarm goes off at 4, so I can usually be at the computer by 5. I don’t even remember it going off this morning. I’ve still managed to knock a couple goals out this morning(I was already slightly ahead on them and since I’ve already knocked out most of my weekly chores, I’m splitting my first “hometending” session between writing and social media).

Not a whole lot else going on so far this week. Getting taxes done tomorrow, eye doctor appointments on Saturday and hopefully a haircut(haven’t gotten one since November and it is driving me nuts), then the fire department’s awards banquet that night and a busy Sunday as well. May have to re-institute my Mellow Monday next week again.

But, for now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday time and I have more of Jonas & Isaac for you all. I have 5 paragraphs(1+4 for the day) today, a little farther on than last week’s. The mood has shifted slightly, or at least Jonas is trying to shift it.

Then, the shirt was over his head. He groaned as Jonas’ mouth slid along his shoulder, and Isaac was sure his eyes were going to roll back into his head from the pleasure.

Isaac tugged on Jonas’ shirt, needing to touch him, too. Jonas pulled back just long enough to remove it, tossing it behind him. Then, their chests were pressed together, their tongues tangling as Jonas buried his fingers in Isaac’s hair.

“You better not be doing this just to distract me,” Isaac said when he had to pull away to take a breath. “I’m still worried about you.”

“Fuck worrying,” Jonas said roughly. “Just kiss me.”

Well, Isaac couldn’t really argue with that. Not that he wanted to.

What, it’s cold outside? Are you sure? *turns on a fan* 😉 Next week, I may be sharing from the second notebook for this.

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 – 7/10 scenes outlined
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline James & Tracy(Gilbert #8) – finished GMCs, James’ back story, started Tracy’s back story
    • I found the notes I had for this story(well, character notes) from when I first started writing this series back in the early 2000s. And the title I’d had for it: Nowhere to Run. I don’t know why I thought it was similar to one in my BC Security series. At one time, I had like three generations to write stories about. I also didn’t have a lot of the stories(like Connie’s and Carlos’ and Toby’s) written. This one had been #3 back then.
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 6671/~35000 words, 1754 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1224/5000 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 – 1224/~1500 words, 405 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5.5/15 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 – Started polishing on Monday. 16/49 words searched for. At -674 words for this phase.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 9/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • The Raider(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Down Home Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Stolen Legacy(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Monday afternoon. At 25%
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 108/376
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 3/5
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Picked this back up Monday morning. On Chapter 7/14
    • Come Away with Me(Kristen Proby) – Started this Monday afternoon. Set it aside at about 25%. Got really irritated when the “shero” got upset finding out the “hero” hadn’t been completely honest with her. That was fine, then she told him to leave her house and he refused, including shouting at her. And I was just like “nope. I’m done.” I wasn’t deeply invested in the book anyway.
    • West Cork(Sam Bungey & Jennifer Forde) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday evening. This was really interesting.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 9/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 12/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 8/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 5: 33/33 rows, Triangle 6: 9/33

Sunday Summary: Spring Forward

So, it’s not quite Spring yet. But, this weekend it is time to change our clocks forward. Bleh. I much prefer falling back, but oh well. I’ll adjust within probably a week or so.

I also sprung forward with my goals this week. I had all of this week’s goals met by Thursday. Which kind of ended up being a good thing. I fell asleep on the couch around 8 Thursday night. Woke up around 10 and went to bed. Usually I don’t have a problem falling back to sleep. This time I couldn’t. Finally did around 2:30 and woke up at 4. didn’t get up, though, and fell back asleep until just after 6. When it’s time for the kids to start getting up and getting ready for school. *sigh8 There went my idea for some bonus words. Instead I decided to use Friday for knitting, reading, and working on my A-Z posts. I now have posts scheduled to go up the first week of April. And week 2’s posts are drafted.

having a stare-off

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 – Outlined 31/31 scenes
  • Tertiary: Outline James & Tracy(Gilbert #8) – 5/5 mind maps done
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 4917/~35000 words, 3476 this week
    • She thought she heard her mom say, “Candace was right,” but the words were muffled through the blanket.
      “What’s Skittles telling you now?”
      “Stop calling your sister that. You know she doesn’t like it.”
      Anna finally pulled the blanket down below her chin. Her mom was smiling down at her. “You know she’d think something was wrong if I stopped.” She didn’t like the line furrowing into her mom’s forehead despite that smile on her face. “Stop worrying. I’m going to be fine. I’ve had my heart broken before.”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 819/5000 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 – 819/~1000 words, 517 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got Chapter 9 back on Thursday. Copied over 117/117 comments, started edits on Friday. Finished them on Tuesday, including splitting a scene into 2 and changing POV of the second part from Barrett’s to Deryn’s. Added 1901 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Added 3/3 planned new scenes. 2273 words.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 7/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Light of the Stygian Orb(Krista Walsh) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it
    • How To Make a Wish(Ashley Herring Blake) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Shift(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Racing Savannah(Miranda Kenneally) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday evening. Enjoyed it.
    • The Raider(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday morning. On page 309/400
    • Down Home Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. On page 168/356
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 2/5
    • A Conjuring of Light(V.E. Schwab) – Started this last Monday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Holy crap, that ending.
    • Neanderthal Seeks Human(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Thursday morning. Really enjoyed it.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 8/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 11/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 8/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 1: 33/33 rows, Triangle 2: 33/33 rows, Triangle 3: 33/33 rows, Triangle 4: 33/33

WeWriWa: “His Crosshairs”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for any who loves to write. I’m still sharing from Hawk’s story. Today’s snippet is the beginning of the next chapter, which picks up shortly after they leave for their ride.

By the time we got out on the road, the sun was riding high in the sky. It was a beautiful day, but even the full brightness of the sun couldn’t chase away the shadows that hovered over my thoughts. He was out there, my father. It was almost like I could feel his crosshairs in the middle of my back.

From the way Devil kept glancing over at me, he knew where my thoughts were going. Or maybe he had the same premonitory feeling I did.

It had been buzzing along my skin from the moment we rode away from the clubhouse. Something was going to happen today, even with our little babysitter along. I nearly snorted at that thought; Wraith would probably punch me out for thinking of him as little or a babysitter.

He might be able to watch our backs, but he wouldn’t be able to stop a sniper’s bullet.

Is Hawk’s feeling right? Is something going to happen? Will having Wraith around do any good? I should have more next week. 😉

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “So far”

“So far you aren’t saying anything I don’t already know.” But, Jonas couldn’t even look over at his brother. All he wanted to do was curl into a ball.

“If you knew it, maybe you should have said something to somebody. Why wouldn’t you tell us you were struggling?”

“I had it handled,” he muttered. He’d thought he had it handled. Thought he was strong enough to manage on his own.

“If that was true, Isaac wouldn’t have found you on the kitchen floor, barely breathing. God, Jonas, we thought we might have lost you.”

“Maybe you’d be better off. All of you. Especially Isaac.” He had enough going on, what did he need with a one-legged boyfriend who couldn’t stop taking too many pills?

“I’ve told you to stop saying shit like that,” his brother growled. “None of us would be better off without you. Especially Isaac. If you’d seen him, you wouldn’t think that.”

“I couldn’t protect him,” Jonas said, his voice breaking. “His dad showed up, and I couldn’t even do anything to protect him. Everyone says I’m a hero because I served and lost my leg and was the only one to survive the helicopter crash, like that was even any of my doing and not pure luck. But, what kind of hero can’t even help the man he loves stand up to an overgrown bully?”

Toby’s arm went around him, and Jonas realized that he was sobbing. Toby didn’t say a word, just held on to him until he’d exhausted himself. “you don’t need to be a hero,” Toby finally said. “None of us expect it of you. You’re my baby brother. I only want you to be well and happy. Even if that means you need to ask for help. That does not make you weak, Jonas. It makes you smart. And no matter what you say, that’s something you’ve always been.”

Jonas started to scoff at that, but Toby’s face only hardened. “Being smart has nothing to do with how many books you read or how much school you could stand to sit through.”

“Dad would be disappointed in me.” That thought had been beating in his head since he’d woken up.”

Toby’s laugh was rough, and it had Jonas glancing at him. “What’s so funny? All I wanted was to do something that would have made him proud. And I’ve failed horribly.”

“It’s not funny,” Toby said, “because it isn’t even close to true. He would have been so proud of you. Not just because you joined up, either. But, the man you are. The honorable, compassionate loving son he would have wanted to raise. Trust me, if he could keep loving the punk kid I used to be when he first met Mom, there’s nothing you could have done to let him down. Especially considering his own past.” Jonas frowned, but Toby only smiled wider. “You were too young probably for him to tell you any of the stories he told me. But, trust me when I say, he would not be judging you right now. Neither do I. Neither does Mama. All we want is for you to be well.”

Jonas must have been exhausted, because even that had tears leaking out of his eyes. And all he could think was that Toby hadn’t included Isaac in that last statement. He’d probably lost him now. And it would be all his fault.

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Well, that wasn’t quite what I planned to write for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt of “so far” when I first sat down. But, I’ve been building up to this moment in Jonas & Isaac’s story. Still not quite there yet. Setting up those opportunities for him to ask for help and turning away from them. I referenced this back in a post in September, but it’s taken me a while to work all of it out. Getting closer to writing this part in the notebook, though.

Writing Wednesday: On a Run

Well, I’m not actually running. I used to love to run. My knees, they do not like it so much. *sigh* But, the words, those have been running this week. I mean, they aren’t huge word counts. Monday I had 2338 words(the Tuesday before I had almost 5000 words). But, I met a lot of goals. By the end of Monday, I had through Thursday’s goals done for my current side project and Jonas & Isaac. And my plotting goals were done through today. Which meant yesterday was focused on my editing goal. And today all I really have to work on is my main drafting project and editing(and this goal was met by the time I started this post).

So, it definitely looks like a good week. And since it is Wednesday, that means it’s WiPPet time! Today I have the next 7 paragraphs after last week’s snippet.

“Arcelia said you were sick this morning.”

Jonas groaned and dropped his head back to the couch. “She’s overreacting. It was just an upset stomach. Don’t I look fine to you?”

Isaac pulled back so he could take a closer look at Jonas. There was a little more color in his face then when Isaac had first stepped into the room. Something seemed a bit off about his eyes, but Isaac couldn’t pinpoint exactly what.

“I suppose so,” Isaac said, even though he wasn’t sure it was quite true.

“Then come sit with me,” Jonas said and scooted to the next cushion so Isaac could stay on his good side.

Isaac did just that, but he couldn’t seem to push away all the worry. Arcelia had never been the type to overreact, no matter what Jonas said. If she was worried, there was good cause for it.

“Stop,” Jonas said, running his fingers over Isaac’s leg. “I’m fine.”

But, is he really? I’m planning to continue with this scene next week. So, we’ll see if Isaac gets that answer or if Jonas manages to distract him.

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 – Outlined 31/31 scenes
  • Tertiary: Outline James & Tracy(Gilbert #8) – 3/5 mind maps done
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 3831/~35000 words, 2390 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 737/5000 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 – 737/~1000 words, 435 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got Chapter 9 back on Thursday. Copied over 117/117 comments, started edits on Friday. Finished them on Tuesday, including splitting a scene into 2 and changing POV of the second part from Barrett’s to Deryn’s. Added 1901 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Added 1/3 planned new scenes. 797 words.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 5/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Light of the Stygian Orb(Krista Walsh) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it
    • How To Make a Wish(Ashley Herring Blake) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Shift(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 27%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 0/5
    • A Conjuring of Light(V.E. Schwab) – Started this last Monday morning. On Chapter 73/126
    • Neanderthal Seeks Human(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 15/31

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 4/24, have G, H, I, J, K, & L in progress
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts 1/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 1: 33/33 rows, Triangle 2: 31/33 rows

Sunday Summary: Marching In

February ended well. I finished drafting Whatever It Takes and turned most of my goals blue. Only a couple remained red.

March, though…*sigh*. Thursday started well. Then, in the afternoon, I got hit with what I called a “heavy cloud of ‘blah'”. I seriously felt like I was going to start crying(you know all that pressure behind your eyes), but there was nothing really upsetting me. It’s not the first time I’ve felt like that, and it certainly hasn’t been the worst(I scared my best friend back in college with an email I sent during one of those moments. This one wasn’t even close to that). I didn’t really do much of anything other than read Thursday afternoon. Friday was a better day, except we got hit with a snow storm and the kids stayed home from school. I still managed to get a lot done, but the girl had a little meltdown because school was cancelled(it was a quiet one, just crying, no screaming, so I left her to it).

Saturday we met my mother-in-law for breakfast at IHoP(yummmm strawberry banana pancakes) and then went to get groceries. Came home and I spent most of the rest of the day reading. Finished 2 books(one I’d gotten to almost 90% Friday night).

Today…did not start well. I brought up this page to start writing this. And I had a message that my site was suspended for violating the TOS. Huh???? I am, in general, not a rule breaker. What the heck had I done? I sent a message through the error report link in that message. and about an hour later, it had been restored. Apparently I was flagged by their auto anti-spam controls. I’m not sure what I’ve posted that was considered spam. At least it was handled a lot quicker than I thought it would be. Now, just hoping that doesn’t happen again.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes – 12/12 scenes outlined
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 28/28 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 29198/~35000 words, 6271 this week FINISHED!!!!! I love the words ‘The End’.
    • Jayla pressed her mouth to Carisa’s, sealing that promise with a kiss. Whatever it took, they would make this thing work. Or go down trying.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 5345/5000 words, 194 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 557/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 531/500 words
    • Roman – 517/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 543/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 515/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 543/500 words
    • Hawk – 536/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 525/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren –503/500 words
    • Desmund – 509/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words – Worked on this on the final day of the month. 587/2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – Got Chapter 8 back from beta on Monday, started copying over comments. 115/115 comments copied. Finished edits Wednesday. Added 241 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I’m going through again looking for where characters are in their heads too much. I cut out over 900 words. Then I added 250 back in. Then cut some more. At a total of -745 for the week. I added a minor character from book 1 back in, and now I have all kinds of ideas. Like I really needed more. 😀
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 18/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 38%.
    • That Inevitable Victorian Thing(E.K. Johnston) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Before I Let Go(Marieke Nijkamp) – Started this Thursday evening. Finished this Sunday night. This was great!
    • All Through the Night(Suzanne Brockmann) – This was not on my list for the month, but it came in the mail Monday, and I was too excited not to start it. 😀 Finished it Tuesday night. I’ve loved Jules from the first moment I saw him on the page(which wasn’t the first book he was in because I didn’t start reading it in order. oops), and so happy for him(and Robin) to have their happy ever after.
    • Because I Can(Tamara Morgan) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 24%
    • Dragon Storm(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. At 23%
    • Down by Contact(Santino Hassell) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. At 42%
    • Light of the Stygian Orb(Krista Walsh) – Started this Wednesday evening. At 5%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 6/5
    • A Conjuring of Light(V.E. Schwab) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 51/126

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 20/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times – 2/2 Posted a short story last Monday. Posted an excerpt of Flames of Renewal for my $3 patrons(okay, there’s actually only one) on Tuesday.
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 plotted(which is basically a list of name, age, description, bio for each character, then I’ll include a snippet they appear in)
  • Stretch2: Draft 27 A-Z posts – 3/27 drafted

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 64/64 rows of fourth square(x4),

    1st square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

And an update on my quarterly goals:

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 You1st drafts
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 15000 words – 10609/15000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages30/45 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – Finish Part 25/20 scenes finished

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 books42/60
  • Secondary: Listen 15 books15/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 30/31 posts
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 55 posts 40/55
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 6 times2/6

Crafting:

  • Knit: 2 projects – 1/2
  • Crochet: 2 projects2/2

And for March goals:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outlined 31/31 scenes
  • Tertiary: Outline James & Tracy(Gilbert #8)
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 1441/~35000 words
    • “Anna,” he said, but she was already turning away. She heard him curse, but she didn’t look back. She couldn’t. Because she knew she’d accept any apology he had to offer. And she just wasn’t sure she could accept crumbs from him any longer.
      She loved him. But, apparently that just wasn’t enough. She wasn’t enough.
      And wasn’t that just the story of her life?
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 302/5000 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 – 302 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 1/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got Chapter 9 back on Thursday. Copied over 117/117 comments, started edits on Friday. Added 587 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 3/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 38%.
    • Because I Can(Tamara Morgan) Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Saturday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Dragon Storm(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Down by Contact(Santino Hassell) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday afternoon. Loved it
    • Light of the Stygian Orb(Krista Walsh) – Started this Wednesday evening. At 19%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 0/5
    • A Conjuring of Light(V.E. Schwab) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 73/126

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 4/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 4/24
  • Stretch: Edit 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 1: 33/33 rows

WeWriWa: “Stupid Enough”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, a blog hop for everyone who loves to write. I’m still sharing from Hawk’s story. This picks up from where last week’s left off and is the end of Chapter 3. May be sharing from something else after this since I’ve set Hawk’s story aside while I finish something else. I do still have 600 words of Chapter 4, so I may be able to keep going for a little bit at least. Anyway, here’s this week’s snippet:

I laughed at that and slid my hand along Devil’s back. “We’ll be right out there then.”

Trace’s face was full of color now, and he turned away. Icarus was still shaking his head. “Take care while you’re out there,” he said. “Having Wraith along will help ease my mind, but I don’t want a call from him telling me we need to bring a cage to transport your bodies back here.”

None of the men liked to drive a vehicle, or cage, if they didn’t have to. I couldn’t blame them, as I hated to as well. It would be even worse, though, if it was because we’d been stupid enough to get ourselves killed.

“We’ll do our best.”

Is something going to happen while they’re out? Will they make it back? What’s going to happen next? If you knew that, what would be the point in coming back to read more? 😉

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Fine”

“Fine. I am fine.” Maybe if Anna said it enough times, she’d convince everyone, as well as herself.

Kendall just looked at her, though. So did Susan, Cassie, Ashley, Lila, and Lora. And even Jess. She could tell from those looks that none of them came even close to convinced. She kept her gaze focused on Kendall, though.

“You don’t look fine,” Kendall finally said.

Hadn’t she just gone through this with her mother that morning. Why did everyone have to say that? “Well, I am. Is this what you girls talk about during girls night when I’m not here? How each of us look.”

Kendall let out a laugh at that. “My brother is such an idiot.”

Anna wasn’t going to argue with it. She wasn’t exactly keen on him at the moment, either. “What makes you say that?”

Kendall shook her head then slid an arm around Anna’s shoulders. “He told me what happened when you showed up at the house yesterday. He was worried, about Raina and everything that’s going on. But, that’s still not a good reason for the things he said or pushing you away. Like I said, he’s an idiot.”

Anna shook his head. “No, he’s not. He’s just worried about getting Raina back.”

Kendall pulled away and stared at her. “He did. Last night. That’s where he was headed, though he wasn’t sure what the outcome of that meeting was going to be. I figured you would have heard at the diner.”

Anna shook her head. “I didn’t work today.”

“Well, that makes sense then, I guess. The battle isn’t over yet, Kacy won’t let it be. But, they know he didn’t hurt Raina, so she’s back home where she belongs.”

“Good.” That was good. Even if her heart still ached for the way Morgan had pushed her away, it was good that Raina was back.

“Come on. This is supposed to be a fun night. Tomorrow you can figure out how to tell my brother what an idiot he is.”

“Stop calling him that,” Anna said with a little laugh.

“I’m his sister,” Kendall said, giving her shoulders a quick squeeze before stepping away. “If anyone’s allowed to call Morgan an idiot, it’s me. Now, let’s get this party started. And don’t worry. Everything’s going to be fine.”

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “fine” any way you’d like, and bonus points if you use it as the last word of your post. I used it as first and last. Ha! This happens in this month’s main project, High on Loving You, part of my Kurztown series. All the other women in this scene have already had their own stories(Kendall and Susan in one together). I’ve got almost 3/4 of the story written(I was working on it last year but set it aside until I finished some other ones when I decided to concentrate on one project at a time).

 

Fiction Friday: “Too Cold”

It was too cold to be running for my life. I never should have come up here. Why had I paid any attention to that postcard. It had creeped me out the first time I read it. I should have just ripped it up and tossed it in the trash.

Or shown it to Aidan. Maybe he would have known what to do about it. I’d tried to protect him, and look where it had gotten me.

Huddled in this little cave, if you could even call it that, listening to that man crash around up above me. A shiver  shook me, and I wrapped my arms tighter around my knees, trying to hold onto any heat I could.

I didn’t even know where I would go if I tried to run. I knew this area really well, Aidan and I were always hiking the various trails. But, I’d never seen this cave before. Not until I’d fallen over that edge.

Maybe he thought I was dead. I just had to wait for him to leave. Then, I could climb back up and go home to Aidan. Right now, that was really all I wanted.

“You’d better be dead,” came the shout from above me. “He needs to suffer for what he’s done.”

My teeth wouldn’t stop chattering. Now I wasn’t sure if it was from the cold or the dread that swept over me. I still didn’t understand his beef with Aidan, a man who had never hurt anyone. I hadn’t been able to convince that man of that before he gave me that final shove.

“If I see you anywhere near him again, I’ll kill the both of you.” The snapping of branches then, “You have to be dead.”

I shook so hard I thought the ground was breaking apart under me. I couldn’t go home. I might not know where I could run, but I would never put Aidan in that kind of danger. I had to figure something out.

I just wished I could go home.

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I’ve written a few pieces about Ian(the 1st person narrator here) and Aidan. Planning on gathering them all together and include them in a collection of my short stories. This may be part of it.

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