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WeWriWa: “Attacked Me”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write, where we share 8-10 sentences from a project and sometimes get creative with punctuation. 😉 This week, I’m moving a little farther ahead in Hawk’s story. He’s taken Barbie, one of the other rider’s wife, to the doctor’s office. He’s gone outside to wait for her to be done, and someone comes up on him.

I pulled farther and felt him spin. I moved faster, though. I threw him over my hip, spinning on him and shoving him back against the wall, and he…laughed?

Great, I’d had a total nutcase decide to attack me. “What do you want?”

“To try to save your life. Again.”

What the hell? “You must be totally off your rocker. You’re the one who attacked me.”

Who is this? What does he really want? Will Hawk find out?

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Cheers”

Jonas walked into the youth center among a round of cheers. He stopped and looked around. Then, he spotted the sign that read “Glad you’re not dead, Coach Jonas.”

He let out a little laugh then his gaze fell on Konner. “This your idea?”

He shook his head. “The kids wanted to do this. All I did was get you here.”

“I hadn’t even thought you wanted to talk to me.”

“I’m upset for Isaac’s sake. I know what it’s like to find someone the way he found you. My mom and my sister. And I lost my mom. So, I know how he felt.”

Jonas looked away from him. “I didn’t mean for it to happen. I just wanted the pain to stop for a little bit. I didn’t mean for that to happen.”

“You can’t do it again.”

Jonas smiled at him. “Trust me. I do not plan to. Now, about all this,” he said, waving a hand around them. “Since when am I a coach? All I did was help run some drills a couple days. Hard for me to do more than that.”

“You know, Isaac’s right. You don’t give yourself nearly enough credit. You can do more than you think, and you mean a lot more to these kids, and to Isaac, than you can imagine.”

Jonas couldn’t understand why. He couldn’t seem to do anything right. He was just going to let them down.

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “cheers” in any way you want. This comes some time after last week’s.

Fiction Friday: Under the Bed

Mom kissed me on the forehead and the door clicked behind her. Then, something shifted under the bed. I waited a moment before whispering, “You can come out now.”

The monster under my bed slid out and put their hands on their sides as they stared at my door. “What did the evil one want this time?”

“My mom just wanted to kiss me good night again.”

“That thing is not your mother, and that wasn’t all she wanted. I promise I will not let her get away with harming you.”

“She’s my mother. She wouldn’t.”

“It doesn’t matter what skin she wears, she’s a monster, and she’s up to something. I’ll figure out what it is and keep you safe.”

I didn’t believe them about my mother, but I still felt safer with them in my room. So I snuggled under the blankets and closed my eyes.

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The first two lines of this was the prompt for today’s Fiction Friday post. I have a couple other pieces with this theme, and I may try to tie them all together into one story.

Writing Wednesday: The End

Well, it’s almost the end of the month. And the RoW80 round ended last week. And just this morning, I wrote ‘The End’ on Flames of Knowledge! So, lots of ending going on around here.

Not a whole lot else going on. Got the kids’ report cards on Thursday. Both were great. Essentially all “A”s(they don’t actually use a letter grade anymore. it’s: Advanced, Proficient, Approaching Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic). The lowest either of them got this year was proficient. They were both promoted to the next grade(obviously) so I now have a 2nd & 5th grader. But first 2 more months of summer vacation to go.

Since I finished the first draft this morning, this will be the last snippet I share from Flames of Knowledge. At least until it makes it to the top of my editing list. I have 10 paragraphs(2+7=9+ 1 celebratory bonus one).

When he stepped outside, he nearly ran into Silas. “What are you doing here?” Connor asked him.
“Coming to see you. Jer’s at the station, and Corrin might as well have been swallowed by her computer.”
“Aw, and poor Silas didn’t have anyone to lavish him with attention?”
Silas laughed and lightly punched Connor’s shoulder. “Gio’s right. You are a brat.”
“Sorry. That was mean.”
Silas shook his head. “No, it was good. You don’t usually come up with those so easily. Maybe Ames is good for you.”
Connor could feel his cheeks heating by the minute. “So, why did you come by? I’m sure you have other people to keep you company.”
“But, I wanted to see you. Anyway, most of them don’t understand what I have with Jeremiah and Corrin. You know scientists. So logical.” He let out a mock shudder.
“Silas, I don’t understand what you have with them.”
“But, you accept it. That’s the difference.”

I didn’t even realize Silas and Connor were friends until I started planning this one out. So, I’ll probably have to go back through Playing with Fire and work that friendship in more. I guess that is one good thing about being so far ahead in writing the series, I can go back and add things when I realize something new about the characters who keep popping up.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit – 6/19 sheets
    • This Week – Sheet 3(also sheet 4, 5a, & 5b)

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 19996/~20000 words – so close, but the first draft is done!
    • This Week: Chapter 38, 39, 40, 41, & 42
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 6303/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 100 words – 133/100 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 100 words – 196/100 words
      • Arresting Callum(back story to Flames of Redemption) – 100 words – 134/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 11/11 scenes(I’ve still got about 4 scenes in this part to finish)
    • This Week: Chapter 12, 13

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 5 scenes – 1/5 scenes

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 25/10 books
    • More Than Music(Elizabeth Briggs) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Light Up the Night(Laura Trentham) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Hold Your Breath(Katie Ruggle) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 19/10
    • Dash of Peril(Lori Foster) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe(Benjamin Alire Saenz) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • American Pharoah(Joe Drape) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • Rock Courtship(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Rock Redemption(Nalini Singh) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 10/42.

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 20/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

Sunday Summary: Zooming Along

You’ll be able to see from the list below just how well this month is going, this week particularly. I was able to restart my list of goals 3 times this past week. See, I start out my list of goals each week by figuring out how much I need to do each day to meet the goal by the end of the month, then take that by 5(since I don’t usually work on the weekends). Then I work straight through my writing goal, then editing, plotting, side projects and my stretch project(By the Gun). If I finish all those before Friday, I start all over again. Like I said, I restarted them 3 times this week, though I didn’t make it all the way through the third set of goals. So, yeah, it’s been a good week.

Looks like she’s planning to build the means of our destruction.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit – 2/18 sheets
    • This Week – Initial Concept(Sheet 1/18), Worldbuilding

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 16741/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – 6/4 scene done
      • Chapter 36(1 scene)
      • Chapter 37(1 scene)
      • Chapter 38(2 scenes) – 4/2 scenes done
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 5840/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 500 words1109 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words – 1017/500 words
      • Arresting Callum(back story to Flames of Redemption) – 100 words – 103/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter(I’ll be doing this when my new pages goal is met for the month) – 2/1 chapters(started Chapter 3)
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 11/11 scenes(I’ve still got about 4 scenes in this part to finish)
    • This Week: 3 scenes – 4/3 scenes
      • Chapter 10(1 scene)
      • Chapter 11(3 scenes)

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 3 scenes – 4/3 scenes/1730 words

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 22/10 books
    • Retrieval(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Transfer(Aly Martinez) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Chase the Sun(Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Thrive(Aly Martinez) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • More Than Exes(Elizabeth Briggs) – Read this Wednesday afternoon.
    • The Devil in Disguise(Cynthia Eden) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • The Fallen(Cole McCade) – Read this Thursday afternoon.
    • Unspoken(Lauren Hawkeye) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • Test Drive(Marie Harte) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Zero Day Exploit(Cole McCade) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Saturday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 15/10
    • Bare It All(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Getting Rowdy(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Thursday afternoon.
    • Dash of Peril(Lori Foster) – Started this Thursday afternoon. On Chapter 22/27

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 19/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

WeWriWa: “At My Side”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write, where we share 8-10 sentences from a project and sometimes get creative with punctuation. 😉 I’m continuing with Hawk’s story. Only skipping a bit ahead into the next scene. Devil is back and not letting Hawk get away with trying to push him away.

“How was Mr. Bentley?”

“Perfectly fine, as I’m sure you knew he’d be. That’s not why you sent me there. Are you going to deny it?”

I would have turned my head away, but I didn’t even have the energy for that, so I only closed my eyes.

“Damn it, Gavin. If I’d done that, you’d tell me I was being stupid for trying to isolate myself. How does it being you doing it make it any different?”

I couldn’t answer that; I knew he had a point, but I couldn’t think about it right now. I just wanted him to be safe, and there was no way he could be if he stayed at my side.

Is Hawk right? Will being at his side be dangerous? Or maybe keep him safe?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Bug”

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “bug”. This happens during my Jonas & Isaac story, though it may not appear on the page, though what comes after probably will. And before you read, I’ll leave you with a warning. There is a mention of suicide here, so if you need to skip it, I completely understand.

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“I hope I’m not bugging you.”

Konner looked up and smiled at Arcelia. He did have a nice smile, but she didn’t really care about that. Especially not now. “Not at all. What can I do for you?”

“I was hoping you’d tell me where Isaac has been hiding himself.”

The smile fell away at that. “What makes you think he’s doing that? Maybe he’s just been busy.”

Arcelia scoffed. “Yeah, I know better than that.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“He’s avoiding me. He’s avoiding everything. He hasn’t come back to see Jonas. He claimed he loved my brother, yet at the first bump, he’s taking off and hiding away. So much for standing by him through everything.”

“Ever think maybe he needs to protect himself? Have you forgotten he found his mother much the same way he found Jonas. He’s got to take care of himself before he can take care of your brother. He should have known what it would do to Isaac to try to kill himself.”

“He didn’t!” Arcelia insisted. “He didn’t mean to take so many pills. He was in a lot of pain and doesn’t react well to them anyway. He wasn’t thinking about what he was doing.” At least that’s what Jonas kept insisting, and Arcelia wanted to believe him so much.

“If he was having problems with them, why didn’t they put him on something else?”

“Seriously,” Arcelia said, “have you met my twin brother? He’s got to be the most stubborn idiot I know. He thought it’s just the way it was, and that he could handle it. Like I said, stubborn idiot.”

Konner burst out with a laugh at that. “That doesn’t seem like a nice thing to say about your own brother.”

“Well, it’s the truth. As long as no one else says it. Now where can I find Isaac?”

“He’s over at the shelter. I’d warn him, but I doubt there’s any armor that would protect him.”

“I don’t want to hurt him, just knock some sense into his fool head.”

“Well, good luck with that. I’ve never had any luck.”

She couldn’t help laughing as she headed for the door. Wasn’t that the truth? Jonas and Isaac were the perfect match for each other. If only they would see it.

 

 

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