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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
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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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Writing Wednesday: Melting Time

Pretty much all the snow we’ve gotten recently had melted on Tuesday. We’ll probably get more before spring is actually here(we actually did get another dusting Tuesday night). But, my daughter(10) was extremely upset that it didn’t look like winter anymore. Me? I don’t mind at all.

I’ve had a fairly laidback week so far. I shut off my alarm after finishing the first draft of Green Hills & Smoky Fields last week. And I’ve left it off this week. I still tend to be awake before it goes off(though I slept an hour later Tuesday morning). So, I’ve still been getting a good bit done. I’ll turn it back on for next month, though.

Now, it’s Wednesday, so you all know what that means!! Yep, it’s WiPPet time again. I’ve got more from Jonas & Isaac’s story for you today. I have 6 paragraphs(2+4). This picks up a little after last week’s. Jonas has gone to his room, claiming to be tired, so he’s going to rest until dinner. There’s more to it than that, which even his mother realizes, and tries to do something about.

Isaac had forgotten most of the Spanish he’d learned in high school. But, the one word was easy, and he’d heard the other from Isabelle aimed at all of her children enough times to remember what it meant. “He is stubborn,” Isaac agreed. “But, I don’t think you’d want him any other way.”

Isabelle smiled softly at him. “I could say the same to you.”

Isaac felt the heat rise to his cheeks and turned away. “Maybe I should go.”

“Yes,” Isabelle said, shocking him. “To his room. To talk to him. I think you both need it.”

She turned away and headed into the kitchen. Isaac just stood there for a moment, torn between following her instructions and retreating to the living room to wait for Toby to arrive. Jonas was right, he did need to speak to Toby. Find out if there was a way to keep his father away.

He blew out a breath. Isabelle was right, too. Damn these Pederas and all their rightness. He snorted out a laugh at the thought. Then, he headed down the hallway to Jonas’ room.

Is his mom right? Is this what they need? Will the talk do any good?

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories 
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit 
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1 
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4 
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm 
  • Stretch4: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Character back stories(for 2 characters, carrying over other 4 from first book) – Started Desmund’s back story. Have about 2.5 pages written.

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 17604/~25000 words,
    • Distance started to grow between them and the shore. Bridgette’s chest clutched, and she wished she was still on that land. A man standing down the railing drew her attention. Sun glistening off his hair, making it appear nearly gold. And she thought those were tears shimmering on his cheeks. But, he turned away before she could be sure. His body jerked as he moved, and she realized it was a heavy limp causing that motion not the slight rocking as the ship found its way out of the harbor.
      • Bridgette may not know who this is, but if Torin had turned his head, he would have recognized him. 😉
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 4980/5000 words, 1007 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 477/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 487/500 words
    • Roman – 490/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 495/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 509/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 493/500 words
    • Hawk – 525/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 475/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 533/500 words
    • Desmund – 480/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 13/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal) – 2434/2500 words, 1690 this week
    • She ground her teeth at the name. She hated it, absolutely hated it. Her father had called her his Rosie, and it felt like a whip strike to hear it from this man’s mouth. Nothing she did would get him to stop, though. In fact, she thought he used it as a way to torment her. And it worked.

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get it back
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Tertiary: Protecting the Heart – Transfer to Scrivener – 7/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 18/20

    • Into the Black(Ava Jae) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. LOVED it. Cannot wait for the final book in the trilogy to come out.
    • Burn for Me(J.H. Croix) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 28%. Not all that invested in this one, so not sure I’ll continue it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 7/5
    • A Gathering of Shadows(V.E. Schwab) – Started this last Tuesday morning. On Chapter 26/60
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 3/14

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 23/31 posts
    • Silence – Connor having dinner with Ames’ family
    • Liberty – A look into Connor and Ames’ future, partially inspired by Eden’s comment on my SOCS post. 😉
    • Color – A bit with Connor painting.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 15/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – Done. 
  • Crochet: Lap Blanket Done

Writing Wednesday: NaNo Time!

Yes, that’s right! It’s November 1! That actually means a couple things for me. First, it’s the start of another NaNoWriMo. Of course, that’s pretty much every month for me(there are only 3 months I haven’t written at least 50k, one of those I was only short about 50 words). But, I still get excited about the official challenge every year. And this year, I’m actually not being a rebel and working on several projects/something already in progress like the last few years. As of this morning, I have a bright blank slate to work on. 😀 I tried to stay up to start it at midnight. Yeah, I made it to 10. :/ This should not be a surprise to anyone. I used to be able to stay up late and get up early. Anymore it’s only the getting up early part.

November 1 also means yesterday was Halloween! Okay, I don’t really get that excited about it. We live out in the country, and we don’t really decorate for it. Who would see it anyway? But, the kids like dressing up, and we take them into town to visit houses. We don’t do themed costumes(unless the kids want to be something from the same thing). One year they were Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. So, that worked out. This year the boy picked Marshall(from Paw Patrol). The girl wanted to be Everest(also Paw Patrol) but we couldn’t find a costume in her size. She ended up being the Pink Power Ranger. That was actually surprising because she usually rolls her eyes when the boy watches one of the many versions of it. But, it was her choice. We walked for a little less than an hour, and they got quite a bit of candy. But, it was pretty cold out(no snow at least, so that’s something).

The third thing November means is that it’s almost my birthday! Yes, on Sunday, I’m going to be the big 3-3(wait, is that a big deal? Probably not). Another year older. Woohoo(I mean that both sincerely and sarcastically, if that’s possible). No big plans, though I do hope to get my hair cut again this weekend(it’s getting shaggy and driving me a bit nuts).

But, for now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday!! And time to visit with Jonas & Isaac again. Since it’s my birthday month, I’m taking the digits of my upcoming age and adding them together(3+3 = 6) and giving you 6 paragraphs from the next scene. Jonas is trying to make sense of what happened in that moment between him and Isaac and what to do about it.

Then, Isaac had shown up. He hadn’t realized he’d been there so long. And just a hand on his leg had sent him spinning. God, he was a loser. How many times would he have to tell himself it would be better to stay away from Isaac before his body believed it?

“Are you okay?” his mom asked. “You didn’t push yourself too hard again, did you?”

“No, mama,” Jonas said. “I mean, I didn’t. I’m fine.”

“Then, why are you so quiet? You’ve been excited the last times I picked you up. Today you are subdued. What is different?”

“Nothing.” Everything. But, he couldn’t even explain that to himself, let alone his mother. Maybe he was just going to have to stay away from the youth center until he got his head and feelings sorted out.

Yeah, that was what he’d do.

Sure, you will, Jonas. Sure you will. 😉

And now for how I finished up the month of October:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal met/finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Set aside

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit, Outline Act 1 in Scrivener – Outlined first 5 chapters(Act 1) on Monday. Chapter 5 has about 8 scenes in it currently, so it will probably be split into at least 2 chapters, maybe more. I’ll outline acts as I finish one up. On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 33581/35000 words Off Target(about 1.5k off target)

    • Still Burning – 594 words
      • But, she shook her head. She wasn’t sure she could count on that. And was afraid it would just mean she’d end up hurting him more in the future. She had to put an end to it before that happened. But, she wasn’t sure how to say any of that to her dad, let alone Austin. But, since he was now heading toward her, she’d have to figure it out.
    • Whatever It Takes – 465 words
      • Jayla could only stare at Carisa as she finally wound down. She just didn’t have any words. What could she say to that?
        Absolutely nothing.
    • High on Loving You – 2685 words
      • She just shrugged one shoulder and climbed into her seat. He waited for her to buckle in before he closed her door and climbed into the front again. He flexed his hands around the steering wheel a few times before finally turning the key in the ignition. Raina didn’t speak on the drive home. Morgan thought about trying to pry answers about her day out of her, but he’d never had to do that before. Usually she volunteered all the information he could want. Even more than that most days.
        When they got to the house, she walked just as quietly into the house and went back to her room. She didn’t even ask him for a snack. She always had a snack when she got home from school. He needed to get to the bottom of what was wrong before his little girl faded away into nothing more than a ghost.
        He just didn’t even know where to start.
    • By the Gun – 821 words
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 4849/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 56 words
    • Roman – 40 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 50 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 26/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 2/24 chapters,    Target in Sight
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 11/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 8/5 Bullseye!
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 28/69.
  • Read: 30 books – 24/30 Off Target
    • Spiral(Mila Ferrera) – Started this Thursday night. Set aside at 54%. Just wasn’t doing anything for me. Disappointing because I’ve liked her other books.
    • Finding Miss McFarland(Vivienne Lorret) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Love in a Snowstorm(Zoe York) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished this Monday afternoon. It was ok, but kept almost putting it down
    • The Recruit(Monica McCarty) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed this one.
    • Love is a Battlefield(Elle Kennedy & Vivian Arend) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 20/20 posts Bullseye!
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday(10/3?). 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 53/53 rounds of cable pattern done. Finished it Thursday(10/26) Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf – I need “Dreamy” yarn for this(I could probably use another kind, but the pattern is based on using this yarn) and I haven’t found it yet. So haven’t started this. It will get moved to November’s goals.
  • Since I don’t have the yarn for my other crochet project, I decided to do up some “prayer squares”. They were talking about these in church the other week, and I figured it would be easy enough if I could find a pattern(there are quite a few out there). So started one on Monday. Have 6/20 rows done.

So, it was a pretty good month overall, even though there were a couple things i didn’t get to. I seem to be finding the best way to organize my day, and those Mellow Mondays are going well(though my definition of Mellow is apparently broken. haha).

So, now to look forward to November:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 516/50000 words
  • Secondary: Other main project – Write 17500 words – 0/17500
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 0/2250
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 0/15

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 1/23

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 0/4
    • Keeping the Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 4%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 0/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 37/69

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 1/21
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque
  • Crochet: Prayer Square & Dreamy Scarf – 0/14 remaining rows on Prayer Square

RoWnd 3 Wrap-Up

Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is over today. So, it’s time to evaluate how I did. I may also check in on how I’m doing on this year’s goals at the end of this.

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields(this may end up being the series title and I’ll have a different name for the first story): Story Toolkit(it’s already plotted, but that was before I started doing the Toolkit) – I’ve finished one(of three) character arc worksheets. 8a/18

Drafting:

  • Heart of Christmas – 30000 words/1st draft – I finished this on 9/6.
  • Still Burning – 30000 words – 27214/30000 words
  • Whatever It Takes(Jayla & Carisa) – 30000 words – 24787/30000
  • High on Loving You – 30000 words – 24724 words
  • By the Gun – 30000 words(this should take me into part 2) – 23148 words, I am working on Part 2 now.
  • Side Projects – Add 30000 words – 27500 words
  • Story a Day(September) – Add 30 stories – 18/25 stories. this one is being handled differently than the main one in May, so there’s actually only going to be about 25 stories

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – Beta edits – got Chapter 2 back the other day. Transferred comments into Scrivener and will be starting edits today.
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits – Still don’t have this back.
  • In the Moonlight – Read Through, Revisions, Polish
  • Hang On – Polish & Submit
  • Midas’ Daughter – Fill-In Details, Read Through, Revise, & Polish

Reading:

  • Listen: 13 books -17/13 books
  • Read: 90 books – 79/90, not quite but I’ll probably get there by the end of the month.

A good bit of green, some blue, and only one red. So, not a bad round over all. 😀

Now, as for the year three-quarters into it.

Plotting:

  • Plot 9 new novels/novellas among 5 active series + 1 standalone novel – 7/9
  • Re-plot 2 novels to be rewritten
    • Stained Blood(Stained #3)
    • East of Abilene(Directions of Love #1)

Writing:

  • Finish all 5 active WiPs
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #2)
    • Crash and Burn(Flames #5.5)
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, CO #6)
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5)
    • In the Moonlight
  • Work on 5 more WiPs – 7/5 WiPs, 2 finished
    • Buried Secrets – 1881 words, then set aside
    • Playing with Fire – 60331 & finished first draft
    • Still Burning – 39963 words
    • Heart of Christmas – 34049 words & finished 1st draft
    • By the Gun – 34582 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 24787 words
    • High on Loving You – 24724 words

Editing:

  • Rewrite Stained Blood(Stained #3) – done, sent  back to CP & to beta and have 1st 2 chapters back from beta(and got gushing email from CP)
  • Revise next in active series
    • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3) – this title is likely to change
    • Flames of Justice(Flames #2.5)
    • Scars and All(Kurztown #2)

I have done other editing on shorter projects, Guarding the Heart, and In the Moonlight

Publishing:

These will depend on getting stuff back from my critique partner and beta readers, so there’s some lack of control in that, but I still hope to get to them:

  • Stained Blood(Stained #3)
  • Law of Choice(Kurztown # .5)
  • Flames of Renewal(Flames #2)
  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1)
  • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3)

Side Projects:

  • Revise Snow White Twist, give it a real title, and submit to World Unknown Review
  • Finish rewriting Midas’ Daughter & revise
  • finish drafting Dance with the Devil, revise & post to Wattpad
  • Write Icarus & Cassie’s story(Riders of Justice #4)
  • Start Hawk’s story(Riders of Justice #5) – 6099 words
  • Add 6000 words each to back story novellas – 73862 words between all side projects(excluding Hawk), and I’ve added a few new ones throughout the year. So, I’m sure I’ve met this goal.

Blogging:

  • Just Jot It January – I’m counting this for today’s “jot”, though I may do a separate post from my usual ones depending on what the prompt is.
  • A-Z Challenge – I’ll be writing Icarus & Cassie’s story as a serial for this
  • Story a Day May
  • Story a Day September
  • RoW80 – Keep up to date on my 2x weekly posts as well as commenting on others’ posts
  • Any other challenges that come up throughout the year

Reading:

  • Listen: 50 audiobooks – 58/50 books
  • Read: 350 books – 259/350 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 9 projects – 4/9
  • Crochet: 9 projects – 4/9
  • Loom: 9 projects – 1/9

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