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Sunday Summary: Slower Weekend

This is the one weekend we don’t have much going on until after Labor Day, I think. Next weekend, we have husband’s company picnic Saturday, the weekend after that, he’s going on an ATV poker run Saturday and we’re having the girl’s birthday party on Sunday. I’m not sure about after that, but I’m sure there’s something. And Labor Day weekend is the boy’s birthday.

Yesterday we went to a local parade, it’s mostly just the local fire companies that come out(it’s part of the town’s Fireman’s festival). Then, we got dinner and groceries. Today we just have church then home again.

This week was a pretty good one. I got words in, and even finished a couple goals. I think I’m going to keep working in 10 minute bursts. I also may go back to working on all the projects. My characters do so hate waiting on me, and there are so many of them in my head.

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Locations, beat sheet 1
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 22360/25000 words
    • This Week: 6 scenes – Finished 6/6 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 5175/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – Read through, edit, & proofread
      • Hawk – 225 words – 564/225 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 225 words – 390/225 words
      • Geoff(this will be next month’s Patreon story) – 100 words – 263/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15.17/15 pages
    • This Week: 3.5 pages – 4.25/3.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 4/4 chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 4 – Finished 4/3 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Goin’ Down – rewrite final scene(which will no longer be the final scene in the story).
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 30/20 books
    • Playing with Fire(Avery Cockburn) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • All for You(Laura Florand) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Under the Lights(Tia Louise) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday morning.
    • Five Dates(Amy Jo Cousins) – Read this Thursday afternoon.
    • Winning Back His Wife(Gwen Hayes & Zoe York) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • Relentless(Elizabeth Dyer) – Started this Thursday night. Finished it Friday night.
    • The Troublemaker Next Door(Marie Harte) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Saturday night
  • Listen: 5 books – 15/5
    • Still the One(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • All I Want(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • The Hate U Give(Angie Thomas) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Friday morning.
    • Nights with Him(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday morning. On Chapter 17/39

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 19/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times 2/3
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Weekend Writing Warriors: “With Us”

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 actually posting during the weekend instead of Friday. This may be the only not having to run around weekend we have until after Labor Day, so I’m savoring it. Anyway, here’s the next bit of Hawk’s story. I did skip over a bit of them going back and forth of whether or not the Riders could protect him. This is the end of the scene, and I got very creative with punctuation to make it fit.

But, all other words broke off as the bricks beside us splintered. The report of the shot came barely a moment later; I tugged on Noah’s arm. “Come on,” I hissed, “he already knows, please don’t go back there.”

Noah didn’t fight me; he couldn’t go back now.

“Where am I going to go now?”

“With us,” I told him.

“Not on your bike.”

“No, I can’t even ride that right now; I brought Barbie here in a car. We’ll take it back to the clubhouse.”

And I certainly couldn’t just take off on my own now, not when it could mean leaving Noah vulnerable once again.

Are they going to get away? Will the Riders even have a chance to try to protect Noah? I’ll have more next week.

 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Tea/Tee/T”

Wyatt stepped into the restaurant and looked around, cataloging everyone there, their positions, and where all the exits were. He’d been here before, so that last was a simple one. It was automatic for him, just a thing he did every time he entered a place. The sign was turned to ‘Please Seat Yourself.’ He’d only been here for dinner before, obviously they treated lunch differently. He found a table along the wall and had a seat.

And he grinned at the woman who headed over to him, a menu in hand and a glass of what he hoped was the iced tea he liked. “I hope you have the same drink for lunch as you always do for dinner, Wyatt.”

He laughed and grinned at her. “Yes, Tee. I love your tea.”

Her grin widened. “You’re a goof, Wyatt Hellerman. Since you seem to change up your food order more than your drink, I’ll leave this with you,” she said, handing him the menu.

“Thanks, Tereza. I’m sure whatever Carlos’ special is today will be perfect.”

“Well, he’s training a new cook, so we’ll see. But, he’s showing some promise.”

“I’ll take the risk.”

“All right. I was just visiting and saw you out here, but I have to get Luis home, so someone else will bring it out for you.”

He settled back in his chair, sipping at the tea while he waited. He hadn’t been sure about this place the first time he’d come here, but the food certainly made up for any of his doubts. He should know better than to judge by an outside appearance.

“Here’s your salad,” a deep voice said from beside him, bringing him out of his thoughts. he glanced over and his heart, his traitorous heart, gave a hard thump. Two years, he reminded himself. It had been nearly two years. He was allowed to move on, had been trying to do that the last six months. But no one he had gone out with had made him feel what one sight of this young man did to him.

“My name’s Kaden,” the guy said. “I’m supposed to be cooking your food, but Tereza said to bring this out to you. It’s what you wanted, right?”

He didn’t even glance at the salad but said, “It’s fine. Thanks.”

Kaden turned and headed back to the kitchen, and Wyatt couldn’t tear his gaze off him. He groaned when the kitchen door finally separated him. Damn, Tereza. What was she trying to do to him?

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I’ve been missing for a couple weeks, I know. Saturdays were ‘early leaving the house and being gone all day’ days, so I decided to just skip the post those days. But, today, we’ll actually be home most of the day. And Wyatt likes to pop up, like he did when I started writing Nowhere to Run at the beginning of the month. This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt of tea, tee, or t apparently appealed to him because he wouldn’t shut up about it until I started writing. 😉

Fiction Friday: “Family Brunch”

“I am not above slashing my own tires to avoid going to this family brunch.”

Tereza laughed and set her hand over Carlos’ as he pulled into his mother’s parking lot. “You should have thought of that before we left our house, I guess.”

“Damn. Why didn’t I?”

“Just stop,” his wife said. “It’s going to be fine.”

“You say that every time. It’s never fine.”

“It’s better than Andrew completely ignoring your existence as well as our children’s, isn’t it?”

“Sometimes I wonder,” Carlos muttered.

“It will be fine. Carisa and Jayla are in there. I’m sure your sister is about as nervous as you. Your stepfather doesn’t keep his mouth shut about the two of them, either.”

That was about the only thing that could get Carlos out of the car without any more complaints. His baby sister deserved better than to have her own father run her down because he didn’t agree with her relationship. He picked Luis out of his carseat while Tereza got Pia from the other side then they headed up to the house together.

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Today’s Fiction Friday prompt from Pinterest was the first line of this. And it instantly brought to mind Carlos. This happens somewhere between Nowhere to Run(which I’m working on now) and Jonas & Isaac’s story(which I’ve been working on in a notebook because they just won’t leave me alone).

Writing Wednesday: Wet Times

Rain, rain, rain. It’s been doing that the last several days. Supposed to for the rest of the week, too. Better than the heat, I suppose. I’ve been bouncing between projects this week. Sometimes I just can’t settle on one thing. During those times, it works better for me to just work on one thing for a short time(10 minutes usually) then switch to something else. That works better for me than trying to force my way through something when my brain just isn’t working the way I want it to. And yesterday, I got through most of my goals. I just have Nowhere to Run, Jonas & Isaac, and By the Gun to finish with.

This morning I worked on those first two. Today I’m sharing from Nowhere to Run again for WiPPet Wednesday. This happens a couple weeks after what I shared last week.

James just glanced over his shoulder then went back to handcuffing the man’s hands.” Glad to see you could make it to the party, partner.”
Tracy relaxed as she realized he didn’t mean James harm. “You know me. I can always do with an exciting party. What do we have here?”
“This man,” James said, acid dripping from his voice with that word, “was attempting to assault Ms. Blackstone. She defended herself with her keys. I’m taking him in.”
The other officer’s gaze flicked to her keys, still sticking out between her fingers, then back up to her. He gave her a nod. “Good job. Ms. Blackstone, was it?”
She nodded. “Tracy. I work in the bar. I closed up and was just heading…home.”
James jerked his head toward her. “Alone?”
“Yes, I tend to go home alone.”
“I meant closing up,” he growled. “Why would Trish have you close up all on your own.”
“I guess because she trusts me.”
“You know that isn’t what I mean. It could be dangerous. Obviously.”
James’ partner hissed out a breath. “Damn, Rudler. I’m not even attracted to women, and I know better than to say something like that.”
Tracy glanced up at him and caught his wink before he moved over and took the cuffed man from James. “I’ll take him to the waiting carriage while you remove that foot from your mouth.”
“You’re weird, Hellerman,” James said.

So, will James pull his foot out of his mouth? Wyatt just kind of popped up in this story. I don’t think he plans to go away any time soon. He has got a scene that was lagging moving again. And what nearly happened before this is a very hot button issue for James.

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Locations
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 18696/25000 words
    • This Week: 6 scenes – Started 3/6 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 4569/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – Read through, edit, & proofread
      • Hawk – 225 words – 372/225 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 225 words – 240/225 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 13.25/15 pages
    • This Week: 3.5 pages – 2.42/3.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 3/4 chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 4Started 1/3 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Goin’ Down – rewrite final scene(which will no longer be the final scene in the story).
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 26/20 books
    • Playing with Fire(Avery Cockburn) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • All for You(Laura Florand) – Started this Monday night. At 63%
  • Listen: 5 books – 14/5
    • Still the One(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • All I Want(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • The Hate U Give(Angie Thomas) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 5/26

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 15/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3

Sunday Summary: Soggy Days

I met the rest of this week’s goals on Friday, so I didn’t get any bonus words in. I did get a good bit of reading done, though.

Saturday morning, mother-in-law picked us up around 7:30 and we went to Waterford, the town where she lives(only about 20 minutes away) and went to a pancake breakfast. Then, we set our chairs out for the Heritage Days parade. After the parade, we took the chairs back to her apartment then went back down to the library for a book sale. I found 3.

After we took those back to her apartment(yes, there was a lot of walking back and forth yesterday), we went back down to see what the craft vendors had then got some lunch. And the kids got to ride a horse.

And again, went back to the apartment. She took the kids to the playground up at the elementary school, and I stayed at the apartment to read. When husband got out of work, he picked me up from his mom’s and we rode up to the Bike Fest at the Harley shop in Erie(Roar on the Shore was also going on this weekend, but we stayed away from that one). As soon as we got there, it started raining. So, we mostly hung out in the store and under the overhang outside until that stopped. Then, we came back home, got the truck, and we were going to pick the kids up and get groceries. But, they wanted to stay with grandma. So, we got groceries on our own then went and got them. It was about 9, before we got home.

And then for some reason, I just could not fall asleep. It happened the night before, too. Tired when I go to bed then wide awake. So, I end up playing on my phone until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. It was about 2 hours of this last night. I seem to sleep fine once I do get there, I just can’t seem to shut my brain off long enough to make that happen.

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Event Brainstorm 1 & 2
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
    • This Week: Outline – 20/20 scenes outlined
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 16628/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 scenes – Finished scene 6/6
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3957/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – 275 words – 103/275 words – 1st draft done!
      • Hawk – 250 words – 260/250 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 250 words – 265/250 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 10.75/15 pages
    • This Week: 3.5 pages – 3.5/3.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 3/4 chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 3– Finished 2/3 scenes, moved the last to the next chapter.

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Bree & Jenny – 1 scene – This was the FINAL SCENE!!
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 25/20 books
    • Country Heaven(Ava Miles) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Two by Two(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • I wore Heels to the Apocalypse(C.H. Clepitt) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Mercenary Instinct(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • Jingle Ball(Cari Quinn) – Started this Thursday evening. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • Paint the Stars(Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Hiding Out(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Saturday morning(on my phone while waiting for parade to start). Finished it Saturday night.
    • Playing with Fire(Avery Cockburn) – Started this Saturday afternoon. At 3%
  • Listen: 5 books – 12/5
    • Rescue My Heart(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Rumor Has It(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Then Came You(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Friday morning.
    • Still the One(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 2/31

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 14/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3
    • This Week: Coming Soon

Weekend Writing Warriors: “Protect You”

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 putting this up on Friday again, because I have another early Saturday where I probably won’t be home until late. This starts a few lines down from last week’s. Hawk is still talking to Noah. The first line is Hawk’s.

“You have to come with me.”

His face paled at that. “I can’t, Gavin. If he finds out I’ve contacted you, I’m dead, then how will I save you the next time?”

“I don’t need you to save me, little brother; I just need you alive.”

“Well, maybe I need the same, big brother. Have you thought of that?”

“Then, come with me. You can come back to the clubhouse. The Riders will protect you.”

Will Noah go with him? Will the Riders actually be able to protect him? What is going to happen next?

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