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WeWriWa: “Fawn Over You”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I got to go out on the motorcycle for the first time last night. Every other time we planned to, something came up or it was raining. My mother-in-law had the kids, so we took it to dinner then took the long way back home. It felt really nice. And speaking of motorcycles, it’s time to share a bit more of Hawk’s story. I’m skipping a little bit ahead. They’re back at the clubhouse, and Medusa has been checking over Hawk and has just reminded him it will be a while before he can ride again.

“Don’t sound so enthusiastic. You know all the old ladies have a soft spot for you. They’ll be fawning all over you. You know you’ll enjoy it.”

I snorted and wished I hadn’t. I pressed my hand against my side. “You know as well as anyone it’s not the old ladies I want fawning over me.”

There was a deep laugh from the doorway, and I turned my head to see Wraith coming into the room. “Pretty sure there’s only one guy in this club that has the desire to fawn over you in the way you want.”

If you’re wondering, that one guy would be Devil. Though Devil is a bit upset with Hawk for sending him away the way he did, I don’t think he’ll have any problem tending to him. 😉

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Story a Day: Day 9 – “Confrontation”

Today’s Story a Day prompt was about character desires.

The Prompt
Establish, within the first couple of sentences, your character’s desire. Put them in a situation that conflicts with that desire. Tell us how it works out.

I’m continuing with Erik’s story from yesterday.

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Erik needed to get out of this damn store. His father was back there, and after the way just seeing him had sent panic streaking through him, he couldn’t stay to see what happened if they came face to face.
He made it up to the checkout lines without having a complete meltdown at least. He started putting the items from his basket on the belt. “Hi, Erik.”
He looked up at the bright voice. “Hey, Zoe,” he greeted the girl. Well, not girl, he knew she was in college now, but she hadn’t even been a teenager when he graduated high school. Not that age was the only reason he barely did more than notice her. “Fancy seeing you here.” He struggled to keep a light-hearted tone to his voice. But, it was what everyone in town expected of him.
Zoe’s face flushed, and she glanced away as she reached for the first of his groceries. “I’m home for spring break this week,” she said. “Hugh offered me a few hours before I go back next week.”
“That’s great,” he said, barely paying attention. He glanced over his shoulder as he reached for his wallet. Still no sign of his father. Thank goodness. Maybe he would get out of here without a confrontation.
“Sorry,” Zoe said, “the card reader’s not working. I should have told you before I started ringing these up. I got distracted.”
He looked back at her and saw she was flushing even brighter. He wasn’t even going to question what had her distracted. He needed to get out of here. “So you can only take cash?”
“Or a check.”
Which of course he didn’t have with him. He didn’t know too many people, other than his mom probably, who took a checkbook with them these days unless they knew they were going to need it. He slid his card back into its slot, and opened the main part to see what cash he had on him. He’d just gotten paid the day before and had cashed his check. Since Gabriel refused to let him pay rent, he didn’t have too many other bills to pay, so he kept most of what he made in cash.
“I should be able to cover it,” he said, offering her a wink.
She giggled and reached for the next item.
“What, son?” a voice said from behind him. “You can’t even keep it in your pants in the store. You disgust me.”
His shoulders stiffened. He forced himself not to turn and look at his father, though. It was what he wanted. To see Erik shamed, or even scared by simply his presence. He refused to allow himself to be the first anymore. His father had tried to lay enough shame on him as he was growing up. But, the latter, yeah, there was always that when his father was around.
The flush had drained from Zoe’s face, and he hated that his father had that effect on someone so sweetly innocent. But, bringing attention to that would only embarrass her more. So, he did his best to ignore the man.
“Really, Erik,” his father continued. “Isn’t she a bit too young for you. She’s barely out of high school.”
Now, he could see Zoe’s eyes growing wet. His father was trying to embarrass Erik, but it was rolling over onto Zoe, and that just wasn’t fair. He turned to glare at his father. “Just stop. I haven’t done a damn thing. Leave her alone.”
“I didn’t say anything about her. You’re the one making indecent actions. I’d think she was too female for you, too.”
Right. He was still on about that more than six months after he kicked Erik out of the house for flirting with another guy when he was at physical therapy. Zoe scanned his last item. His hand shook slightly as he pulled the bills out of his wallet to pay for it. “You forget, Dad. No one’s too anything for me. You’ve made it clear how you feel about it. And me. And I thought I made it clear that I’m not going to let that affect how I live my life. Now that you’ve aired our dirty laundry in the middle of the grocery store, I’m taking my groceries and going home.” He offered Zoe one more smile. “Don’t let him get to you. He’ll be gone soon enough. And your next customer can’t be as much of an asshole.”
She offered him a wavering smile, and he grabbed the bags, his change from Zoe, and headed for the doors. He could hear his father arguing with Zoe about how the card reader couldn’t be working. And the store manager was already heading over to them. At least she had someone who would back her against the angry old man. And it would give him some time to get away from here.

Sunday Summary: Showing

We had our first actual showing on our house Thursday afternoon. So, we spent most of that day making sure the house was cleaned up and in decent order. Which meant I fell a bit behind on my writing goals that day. But the people who looked at the house are apparently interested. Just waiting to hear more about that. Of course, we can’t finish applying for a mortgage to get the new house until my husband is back to work full time. Usually that would have happened earlier this month. Right now, they’re saying it might be the second week of May. He’s been looking at new jobs, so hopefully we won’t have to go through this unemployment mess every winter.

I did manage to catch up on my goals on Saturday. And I only have a little to finish up this month. Though there’s a couple things I just won’t get to. That’s okay. I’ll carry them over to next month.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: Jeff’s backstory, Jakob’s back story, Plot summaries, Story Toolkit(2 sheets) – finished all the back stories, finished plot summaries
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 33508/~35000 words
    • This week: Get through Chapter 20 – 20/20 chapters drafted
      • “Don’t you dare,” they said again, taking in the more individual details. “This is beautiful.”
        Connor shook his head. “It’s wrong.”
        Ames turned to fully face him. “You’re wrong,” they snapped. “This is perfect. It shows them just as they are.”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 3444/3350 words
    • This week: Kayla & Reese – 1000 words(or finish 1st draft), edit & polish – 551/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15.63/15 pages
    • This week: 2 pages – 2.91/2 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On 
      • This Week: edit 4 scenes & polish – deleted 1 scene – 4/4 scenes, added 282 words, polished 49/49 items – -319 words
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 23/20
    • Love on the Tracks(Tamsen Parker) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • House Rules(Cathryn Fox) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Dead Wait(Stacy Green) – Read this Sunday evening.
    • It Takes Two to Tumble(Cat Sebastian) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Shameless(R.G. Alexander) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Touch the Sky(Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • The Brightest Sunset(Aly Martinez) – Read this Saturday afternoon.
    • Some Like It Charming(Megan Bryce) – Started this Saturday night. At 51%
  • Listen: 5 books – 17/5
    • The Duke’s Perfect Wife(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • A Mackenzie Family Christmas(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Seduction of Elliot McBride(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • The Untamed Mackenzie(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday morning.
    • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Saturday morning.

Social Media:

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: Finish border, side 2 – 27/56 rows done
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get through row 50

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

A to Z Challenge – Theme Reveal

It’s time for another A-Z Challenge. Well, not quite. But it is time to reveal this year’s theme.

I’ve done fire and snapshots of characters from my various series. And last year I did a serial for my Riders of Justice series. So, this year I had to come up with something different. Not completely different, but a little bit of a shift.

So, without further ado…

DRUMROLL

This year’s theme is Renewing the Flame. I’ll be posting about a different character in my Flames series each day. Most of them appear in Flames of Renewal, the next book in my Flames series, which I’m hoping to have out at or just after the end of April. Some don’t have much of a part in that book, though I might write something up that happens off the page during that time.

For each post, I’ll have their name, age, description and a short bio. As well as a snippet they are in(or as I said, something I write up that happens off the page).

And by the end of the month, hopefully, it’ll be ready to release.

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.

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

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