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Well, technically this round of RoW80 ends tomorrow. But, it is essentially the end of the round. I know this month has gone well, but I’ve adjusted goals throughout the round, so I’ll have to see how my progress matches up with those initial goals.

Not too much else to report on this week. I sent Flames of Renewal to proofreader last week. We put air conditioner units in windows over the weekend. I’m reaching the climax of Flames of Knowledge, so I should finish it this month.

And this week that’s what I’m sharing from. Today I have 11 paragraphs(6[month]+2[from the day]-1+8[year]=11). Just before this, Connor’s sister-in-law(who used to work at the fire station with these men) had a baby and Ames was at the hospital with him. Now, they are at work.

“So, I heard there’s a new baby in the Riley family,” one of the men said when Ames walked up into the lounge.
“Doesn’t that happen like every other day?” one of the other men asked.
Ames just stared at the two men for a moment. They hadn’t gotten much sleep after leaving Connor at the hospital. So, the fact Garro and Truman were joking around took a minute to register. “Ha. Ha.” Ames turned away from them to deposit their bag in the bunk room. When Ames returned, the men were still chuckling. “You two are not nearly as funny as you think you are.”
Truman grinned at them, though. “Heard you were there with the Con boy.”
Ames couldn’t help but snort out a laugh. “Don’t call him that. What kind of a nickname is that, even?”
“It made you laugh,” Truman pointed out, “so you must have thought it was at least somewhat funny.”
Ames shook their head. “In complete bafflement of you maybe.”
“See, you even talk like he does sometimes. You two are obviously a match made in heaven.”
Ames didn’t blush too easily, but they could feel their face warming right now. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He opened his mouth, but Garro tugged on his arm. “Leave Ames alone,” he told his partner. “Whatever they and Connor are doing isn’t any of your business.”
Ames flashed a thankful smile at Garro. They didn’t mind it being talked about or even being teased. It was what they all did to show affection. Ames got that. But, they weren’t even sure what they and Connor were doing.


Color Code

Goal Met


Nothing Done

Set Aside


  • 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
    • This Week – Initial Concept(Sheet 1/18)


  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 14614/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – 3/4 scene done
      • Chapter 36(1 scene)
      • Chapter 37(1 scene)
      • Chapter 38(2 scenes) – 1/2 scenes done
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 5035/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 500 words – 649/500 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words – 775/500 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)
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 7/11 scenes
    • This Week: 3 scenes
      • Chapter 10(1 scene)
      • Chapter 11(2 scenes)


  • 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 – 3/3 scenes/1684 words


  • Read: 10 books – 16/10 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.
  • Listen: 10 books – 14/10
    • Bare It All(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Getting Rowdy(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday evening. On Chapter 7/25

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 15/23 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


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

And for how the round has gone(I know I’ll get a little more done over the next day, but this is close enough):


  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Craving You(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John Neil & Lin) – Outline


  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – 1st draft
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft
  • Stretch1: Side projects – add 10000 words – 13045/10000
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 47.88/45
  • Stretch3: By the Gun – Finish part 2


  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to betas, beta edits, polish
  • Tertiary: Short Story collection – edit Contemporary stories
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP, CP edits


  • Flames of Renewal – publish


  • Read: 60 books – 63/60 books
  • Listen: 15 books – 53/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: A-Z Challenge
  • Secondary: Story a Day
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 9 posts


  • Knit – 3 projects – 1/3
  • Crochet – 2 projects – 1/2

A few things I didn’t get to during the round. I may finish 1 or 2 before the end of the month. Otherwise they’ll be moved to the next round.

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Ending a Round" (2)

  1. We had to replace our twenty-year-old heat pump this spring. Even the window units weren’t helping anymore, but it’s nice not to need them this year.

    Seems Truman’s about to put their foot in their mouth in the WIPpet. (furrows her brows)

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