It’s time to gear up for another year of the A to Z challenge. One year I did a whole month of fire themed posts. Last year I wrote short pieces of back story for characters across my different series. I’ve enjoyed doing both. This year will be similar to the last one, except each of the posts will be at least one scene of a bigger story. They’ll all be connected together as well to make a serial story. As for the title for this year’s:’
STARING AT THE SUN
For anyone who has followed me, you may know about the novella series I’ve been working on the last couple years. The first book, Into the Sun, was released as part of 2015’s World Unknown Review. That one was about Trace and his search for family and just what that meant for him. He found it and his biological father with the Riders of Justice. Grady Hartson Jr, better known as Icarus now, has his own story to tell. I’ve told bits of it through the other stories in this series, but this one will focus on Icarus and his possible second chance with Cassie.
The parts of the story(some are named for who will be also be in the scene, or something else that happens during it):
1 – Arrow
3 – Birdie
4 – Cassie
5 – Dive
6 – Edge of Control
7 – Flashback
8 – Grady
10 – Henry
11 – Icarus
12 – Jumper
13 – Kidnapped
14 – Love
15 – Medusa
17 – Never Again
18 – Options
19 – Promises
20 – Quitting
21 – Raven
22 – Set Up
24 – Taken
25 – Understanding
26 – Vengeance
27 – Wraith
28 – By eXample
29 – Your Love
30 – Zenith
And the song that inspired the title(all the titles in the series have been after songs):
I was going to do my January wrap-up along with today’s post, but I figured my Wednesday posts are usually long enough as it is. So, I did it and my goals for February yesterday. So you can go check those out if you’d like.
I’ve had a pretty decent start to the week. Monday was a good wording day. Yesterday not quite as much, but not too bad. And things are heating up in Defending the Heart(in nice contrast to the weather outside my window).
Speaking of, it’s Wednesday which means WiPPet time!! Woohoo!! Yeah, I get a little excited about that. As I figured last Wednesday, I did finish the first draft of Crash and Burn on Friday. Which means Defending the Heart has moved up into the main project slot. So, that’s what I’ll be sharing from, probably at least the rest of this month. Today I have 13 sentences(2+1+2+1+7). Piers was worried about Xavier when he didn’t show up for work so went up to his apartment where Xavier started to attack him but didn’t seem to realize it was him. It didn’t take Piers long to realize what was going on.
“Flashback?” Piers asked softly when Xavier took his arm away.
“I’m fine,” Xavier said. Which didn’t exactly answer Piers’ question. He wasn’t really surprised, though.
“Does this happen often?”
“That I have hot guys breaking into my apartment? I wish.”
Piers knew Xavier was just trying to get a rise out of him, but he didn’t bite. “You know just what I meant, X.”
“And I told you I’m fine. You surprised me, that’s all.” But, he’d turned his back so Piers could no longer see his eyes.
Is Xavier really fine? What was he flashing back to? Will he let Piers in?
Now, as for my progress so far this week:
- Write: Shoot for 10000 between all projects – 3939/10000. Okay not as much as I’d like at this point.
- Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes – I got through the subplot worksheet on this one
- Plot: Playing with Fire – finish Story Toolkit, the last 2 Just Jot It January prompts, and outline if I can – I got through the subplot worksheet on this too. And I wrote 1 more Just Jot It piece for this one, though it probably takes place after the end of the story
- Side Projects: Add 1500 words(since I’m moving Midas’ Daughter up under the other writing for now) – 329/1500 words so far.
Changeless(Gail Carriger), Be Mine Forever(Marina Adair), The Sapphire Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan) – finished Changeless(loved, though the end broke my heart. just glad there’s more or that end would have pissed me off), I still have about 3 hours left on Be Mine Forever but enjoying it.
Finish Idol(Kristen Callihan), Mixed Signals(Alyssa Cole), Act Like It(Lucy Parker), & Engaging the Bachelor(Cathryn Fox). Added: No Place to Run(Maya Banks), Along Came a Spider(Kate Serine), Born Wild(Julie Ann Walker), Gena/Finn(Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson) & Make It Right(Megan Erickson) – I finished Idol(enjoyed), Mixed Signals(really enjoyed), set aside Act Like It because it didn’t pull me in & the hero was being set up as a completely unlikeable asshat & I didn’t see why I’d want to root for the heroine to get together with him. Then, I read Engaging the Bachelor which I liked. I started No Place to Run last night and got to page 69.
Loom: Meadow Moss Headband – I started this again and ended up ripping it out yet again. I just can’t seem to get it right, so I finally decided to give up on this one. So for this week, I added:
- Knit: Clean Slate hat – haven’t started this quite yet
- A to Z Challenge: Draft – Posts A-Z – I got the theme reveal post mostly written up. I was going to list out the titles for each post but realized there’s only 25 days not counting the Sundays this April. So, I’m not sure where that extra day will go. I checked the website, but it’s not up there yet, so I’ll wait to finish that one up. I’m still counting this one as in progress.