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Sunday Summary: Weathering a Rollercoaster

…of weather. It’s gone from snow, to almost balmy temperatures, then back to snow. Seriously? This is getting old. I’d actually rather it just stay cold for a while than these ups and downs.

But, it’s been a good week regardless of the weather. I haven’t quite met my main writing goal for the week, but I’ve gotten a lot closer than last week. And I’ve finished up just about all my other weekly writing/editing goals. So, that’s a good feeling.

And last night we went out with a couple friends. Got dinner at Olive Garden then went to a local comedy club to see a show. We hardly stopped laughing from the time it started. That felt good, too.

Here’s hoping for another good week.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 18/28 worksheets done, started on sheet 19
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 16142/~35000 words, 10340 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 4050/5000 words, 1542 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 462/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 407/500 words
    • Roman – 423/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 427/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 406/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 396/500 words
    • Hawk – 355/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 367/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 349/500 words
    • Desmund – 392/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 10/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – Started edits on Chapter 7 Monday, finished on Tuesday. Added 417 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – Started edits. Through 25/25 chapters. Added 487. I’m going to go through again looking for where characters are in their heads too much, and a few other details, then I’ll be looking for beta readers.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 11/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Not Another New Year’s(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Before We Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this on the way to get groceries Saturday. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • All He Ever Desired(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • The Art of Falling(Jenny Kaczorowski) – Started this Tuesday evening. Got to 10% and just didn’t care. So, I set it aside.
    • Chainbreaker(Tara Sim) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Loved it, but that ending! Gah! And it looks like we have to wait until 2019 for book 3!
    • Not Your Sidekick(C.B. Lee) – Started this Thursday afternoon. On page 20-something/283(I left the book in the truck last night, so can’t check for exact page I made it to)
    • Girl Mans Up(M-E Girard) – Started this Saturday morning. On page 85/373
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 4/5
    • Year One(Nora Roberts) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Definitely different than her usual books. It wasn’t really a romance(there were a few different romantic subplots, but that wasn’t what it was about). But, it was still good.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 14/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times – 1/2 Posted a short story on Monday.
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 plotted(which is basically a list of name, age, description, bio for each character, then I’ll include a snippet they appear in)
  • Stretch2: Draft 26 A-Z posts – 1/26 drafted

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 64/64 rows of first square(x4), 64/64 rows of second square, 13/64 rows of third square

    1st square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done
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WeWriWa: “Out of Control”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I skipped the next line of the scene I’ve been sharing from in Hawk’s story. Icarus thought Hawk meant more than he did by the grandchildren comment.

I burst out laughing. “God, your face. No, Icarus, not that I know, not that they confide in me, but I’m pretty sure you’d be one of the first to know if Birdie got knocked up.”

There was a choking sound behind me, and I turned to look back to where Trace had stumbled to a halt, his face white. “Birdie’s pregnant? Why wouldn’t she tell me?”

I dropped my head back and hit it against the wall behind me. Devil was bent over, holding his side. “No one is pregnant; I don’t know a damn thing,” I said. “I made one little comment and it’s rolling out of control now.”

A little relief from the stress they’ve been under. Don’t worry, that will be coming back pretty soon.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “His/hers”

His hand engulfed her smaller one, but he only squeezed it gently. “You have to go talk to her, Carisa,” Carlos told her.

Carisa shook her head. “She doesn’t want to talk to me. I already told you that.”

Carlos sighed and leaned back, sitting against the edge of his desk. He muttered something in Spanish she couldn’t quite make out. It hadn’t been allowed in their house, but that had never stopped Carlos. None of her father’s rules had really ever stopped Carlos. He’d still turned out to be a pretty good man.

She’d tried to follow every rule, and what had it gotten her? Absolutely nothing. So, maybe Carlos had always had the right of it.

“You’re being foolish,” he said. “The both of you. I’ve seen the two of you together. It’s right. Pushing each other away isn’t going to do any good. Why can’t you just learn from my mistakes?”

Her lips twitched up. “Hey, you got the girl anyway,” she reminded him. “And now you have the perfect little family.”

“And almost got her killed in the process. You always forget that part. Everyone does, but I can’t. Trust me, you don’t want that weight on you. Jayla won’t, either.”

“She doesn’t want me,” Carisa said. “So, it doesn’t matter anyway.”

“You know that isn’t true. She’s just scared. From what you told me, she has every reason to be.”

“Then why won’t she let me help?”

“Foolish, like I already said. But, it can be hard to see that when your heart’s involved.”

Carisa shook her head. It seemed like the only heart that was involved was hers.

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “his/her(s) in the post. Bonus points for starting with one and ending with the other. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the other in at the end, but I managed it. This fits right in with where I’m at in Whatever It Takes.

Fiction Friday: “Serious Conversation”

“I’m trying to have a serious conversation with you!” Maddix said, gripping his head with one hand.

“And I’m trying to subtly avoid you,” Arcelia said, picking her camera up again.

He stared at her then burst out laughing. “You’re impossible, you know that?”

She grinned behind the camera then it was flashing right in his face. “Yep,” she answered. “Trust me, I have two brothers to tell me that all the time. You’re not needed.”

The comment was flippant, as most of hers toward him were. But, it dug deep. Yeah, he was really starting to feel that way.

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Awww, poor Maddix. He’ll figure out his feelings toward Arcelia…eventually. And, no, they won’t end up together. She doesn’t have those feelings.

 

Writing Wednesday: Happy Love Day

This week has gotten off to a good start. I decided to take on my goals with a new routine. Monday I broke my daily goals into smaller sections. Instead of thinking about the 1725 words I wanted to write for the day, I focused on getting 325 at a time. It helped a lot. Tuesday I worked in 5 minute bursts. This also seems to work for me. I’ll use it until it no longer works for me.

Last night we went to a pancake dinner at our church. They even had a berry sauce that I used instead of regular syrup. It was yummy! No point to this other than YUM! 😀

And since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WiPpet Wednesday again!!!! That means it’s time for more Jonas and Isaac. I have a long one today. Was just going to go with 5 paragraphs(1+4), but since it is Valentine’s Day(we don’t really do anything to celebrate, but still it’s the day of loooove), so I figured I’d get to a bit more lovey part. So, I have 19 paragraphs(2+1+4+2+0+1+8=18+1 bonus word). Still in the same scene as last week, it starts just a couple paragraphs after the last one ended. The first line is Jonas.

He dragged in a long breath. “I never thought you assumed I would ever consider hurting you. That I would be anything like your father.”

A chill washed away the heat. “Of course, I didn’t. I know you wouldn’t.”

“Except you just said you did.”

Horror slapped Isaac right in the face. Is that really what he’d done? He knew Jonas would never hurt him. And yet the fear hadn’t been able to leave him. And it had made him push Jonas away. Even two years away from his father, the man had still been controlling him.

If today’s fear was any indication, he still was.

“I’m sorry,” he choked out. “I was so scared, of you being hurt, of you turning into someone else. Of losing you. I didn’t know how to handle it.”

“So you walked away from me. Which means you lost me anyway. How did that make any sense, Isaac?”

His lips twitched. “Who said I was the logical one? That was always you, Jo. You were the one who kept me grounded. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t think I would have made it through those first few months when everything changed for me. Roman and Cristine were always great, but you were my anchor.”

And now Jonas’ whole life was changing. Who was that anchor for him? Isaac might not be able to do much, but he figured he could at least do that much. “I thought I was more than that. Isaac could hear tears in Jonas’ voice he was sure the other man would never shed. “I thought I was someone you could love. That you did love.”

“You were,” Isaac said, reaching out to cup Jonas’ face. That was one thing he couldn’t let Jonas keep not believing. “You are. You always have been. I’ve tried to convince myself I was over you, that I didn’t care anymore. It was never the truth. I didn’t want Tereza or Toby to tell me where you were or what you were doing because I was afraid to know. It was never that I didn’t care. I was afraid of what I would hear. That you were hurt. That you had died. I couldn’t bear it, Jonas.”

Jonas brushed tears from Isaac’s cheeks with his thumbs. Isaac just wanted to nuzzle into the touch, like he always used to. But, if Jonas pulled away after just a kiss, Isaac couldn’t take this comfort from him. Not if Jonas didn’t want to give it.

He pulled slowly away and saw he’d been wrong. Tears were sliding down Jonas’ face. He wasn’t making a sound while he cried, but those were definitely tears.

“If Santiago were here, he’d tell me what to do. How to go forward. I just don’t know.”

Isaac couldn’t take the pain he could hear in Jonas’ voice. He slid a hand behind his neck and with his lips, dried those tears. Then, he brought his lips to Jonas’. “I’m not walking away this time,” he murmured. “So, you can go forward with me.”

Jonas let out a little sob then pressed his mouth hard to Isaac’s. Heat washed through Isaac but he didn’t deepen the kiss. He didn’t want to push things too far.

The knock on the doorframe had them jerking away from each other. Jonas’ mother just smiled at them, though. “Dinner’s just about ready. And Toby’s here if you want to speak to him.”

Isaac looked at Jonas, who squeezed his hand. “You need to. I’ll stay with you if you want.”

“Please.”

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 14/24 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 9871/~35000 words, 4069 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3017/5000 words,
    • Patrick & Sarah – 220/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 407/500 words
    • Roman – 423/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 222/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 406/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 209/500 words
    • Hawk – 355/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 236/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 237/500 words
    • Desmund – 236/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.75/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – Started edits on Chapter 7 Monday. Added 417 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – Started edits. Through Chapter 5/25. Added 68 words so far.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 9/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Not Another New Year’s(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Before We Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this on the way to get groceries Saturday. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • All He Ever Desired(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday afternoon. On page 226/268
    • The Art of Falling(Jenny Kaczorowski) – Started this Tuesday evening. At 5%.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 3/5
    • Year One(Nora Roberts) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 11/26

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 10/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times – 1/2 Posted a short story on Monday.
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts – 15/26 plotted(which is basically a list of name, age, description, bio for each character, then I’ll include a snippet they appear in)

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 64/64 rows of first square(x4), 20/64 rows of second square

    1st square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

Sunday Summary: Slowing Down

After Wednesday when I said things were picking up, yeah, I slowed back down again. Not exactly sure why, though I imagine it has to do with other things on my mind. Like getting the house ready to sell, worrying over that. The fact that my husband’s unemployment money still hasn’t been deposited in the bank more than a week after we’d usually get it(it’s been consistently late this year, but it finally did come through on Saturday).

Story the boy wrote about Mr. Groundhog. He was so excited about seeing his shadow, he went back to sleep…as one does.

Last night my husband’s work had a dinner for all their employees(and spouses). We didn’t go to the one they had last year because it was the same day as my cousin’s wedding. This year we didn’t have anything else going on, so we were able to go. Got dressed up(a nice shirt and khaki pants is about as dressed up as I get), had a nice meal, and was forced to socialize(haha, who am I kidding? I mostly read on my phone during the social hour. Talked a little to the other 2 couples at our table, but that was it). Had 1 drink there, though each person was allowed 3 free drinks(I am so not much of a drinker. I had a twisted tea and that last me all through dinner).

When we left there, we stopped at a local bar because one of my husband’s friend’s bands was playing. Had 1 other drink there(a hard soda), and that was plenty for me.

So, I’m hoping this week will go a bit better for the words at least.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 10/22 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 5802/~35000 words, 4630 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2508/5000 words, 1567 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 220/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 310/500 words
    • Roman – 272/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 222/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 268/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 209/500 words
    • Hawk – 232/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 236/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 237/500 words
    • Desmund – 236/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 6.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got chapter 6 back from beta on Friday. Started making edits Tuesday. Am at -43 words currently. Got chapter 7 back on Thursday. Finished Chapter 6 edits on Thursday(total of -81 words). Copied comments into scrivener for chapter 7.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I got this back Monday afternoon. Compiled comments into Scrivener Monday night.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 7/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Force of Nature(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Loved it. Really wish I had the next book right now.
    • Baby, It’s Cold Outside(Kait Nolan) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Loved it!
    • Hate to Want You(Alisha Rai) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Saturday on the way to get groceries. Loved it.
    • Not Another New Year’s(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. At 74%.
    • Breaking Waves(Debbie McGowan) – Read this Thursday. Enjoyed it.
    • Edge of Reason(Trish Loye) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Before We Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this on the way to get groceries Saturday. On page 100/357
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 3/5
    • Beyond Addiction(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it
    • Beyond Possession(Kit Rocha) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Beyond Innocence(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday morning. Now, I just have to wait for Beyond Ruin to be added to audible so I can continue the series.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 9/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 43/64 rows of first square(x4) On Thursday, I realized I’d messed up Wednesday’s rows, so I had to rip out about 12 of them and start over. At least, I shouldn’t mess the same thing up on the other squares

    half of the first square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

WeWriWa: “Give You Away”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I’m continuing with Hawk’s story, picking up right where we left off last week.

I couldn’t stop the grin that spread over my face. “Really? When the hell were you going to tell us that? When’s the wedding?”

His smile widened a bit more. “I wasn’t sure I needed to issue a club-wide announcement, but Barbie’s planning a party, so they’ll all know anyway, and no date yet. Hopefully it won’t be another eighteen years, though.”

I laughed at that. With Barbie planning a party, the whole club and anyone associated with us would soon be celebrating the good news, and she likely wouldn’t let them get away with that ‘no date yet’ excuse for very long. “Good,” I said, “and if it’s another eighteen years, your grandkids could give you away.”

Hawk thinks he just made a simple statement, but it sets off a rolling bit of amusement, at least for him and Devil. I’ll have some of that next week, most likely.

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