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New Year, New Month, New Start

I had planned to put a new set of goals for the year, quarter, month, week in yesterday’s post. But, that post was already getting pretty long. So, I decided to save it for today. I’m going to break each set of goals up the way I usually do, into writing/plotting/editing…and so on. Now, time to get to them:

2017

I have a tendency to change what I’m working on throughout the year. That’s a long time to plan ahead for after all. So, these I may keep a bit more vague than I usually do.

Plotting:

  • Plot 9 new novels/novellas among 5 active series + 1 standalone novel
  • 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

Editing:

  • Rewrite Stained Blood(Stained #3)
  • 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)

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)
  • Add 6000 words each to back story novellas

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
  • Read: 350 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 9 projects
  • Crochet: 9 projects
  • Loom: 9 projects

#Row80 Round 1:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil – Outline
  • Playing With Fire(Flames #6/The Rileys #1) – Outline
  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security novella)
  • High on Your Love(Kurztown #6)

Writing:

  • In the Moonlight – 1st draft
  • Crash and Burn – 1st draft
  • Defending the Heart – 1st draft
  • Stay a Little Longer – add 39000 words
  • Not Meant to Be – add 12000 words
  • Loving the Devil – start drafting
  • Playing with Fire – start drafting
  • Heart of Christmas – start drafting

Revising:

  • Stained Blood – Rewrite
  • Demons Rising – Revise
  • Flames of Renewal – Send to CP & do edits if I get it back before the end of the round
  • Snow White Twist – Fill in Details

Side Projects:

  • Midas’ Daughter – Get to 13000 words
  • Dance with the Devil – finish 1st draft
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 5400 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 4675 words
  • Roman – get to 5800 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 4000 words

Blogging:

  • Row80 – keep up to date with own posts & others
  • Just Jot it January – 30 posts(since I already skipped day 1)

Reading:

  • Listen: 12 books
  • Read: 90 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 3 projects
  • Crochet: 3 projects
  • Loom: 3 projects

January:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil – Outline
  • Playing with Fire – Outline

Writing:

  • In the Moonlight – 1st draft
  • Crash and Burn – 1st draft
  • Defending the Heart – 4000 words
  • Stay a Little Longer – 4000 words
  • Not Meant to Be – 4000 words

Revising:

  • Stained Blood – re-plot & start re-write
  • Demons Rising – revisions

Side Projects:

  • Midas’ Daughter – get to 8500 words
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 28500 words/finish 1st draft
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 4275 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 3550 words
  • Roman – get to 4680 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 280 words

Blogging:

  • Just Jot It January – 30 posts
  • A-Z Challenge – plot posts
  • RoW80 – stay up to date

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books
  • Read: 31 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: Craigiecatt Hat
  • Crochet: Giraffe Hat
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband

And, finally, for this week:

  • Write: 14000 words(2k on main project a day, 1k on others a week)
  • Stained Blood – start re-plotting once back from CP
  • Loving the Devil – start Story Toolkit
  • Playing with Fire – finish back stories, plot summary, start Story Tooklit
  • Side Projects – write 2000 words
  • Listen: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case(Kristen Painter) & She Can Scream(Melinda Leigh)
  • Read: The Hawk(Monica McCarty), Law Man(Kristen Ashley), Trade Me(Courtney Milan), Tied to Trouble(Megan Erickson), What Chris Wants(Lori Foster), Just You(Rebecca Phillips), & Island of Glass(Nora Roberts)
  • Knit: Craigiecatt Hat

Sunday Summary: Ending & Beginning

2016 ended last night. And I…slept right through it. Actually I fell asleep on the couch before 8, woke up around 10 or so, went to bed and fell back asleep around 11 maybe. Oh well. It’s been quite a few years since I actually stayed up until midnight on New year’s Eve. We don’t go anywhere. After running around and visiting everyone over Christmas, neither of us really feel like being social for new years as well. Add on to that, this stupid cough I’ve been fighting off since before Christmas, and staying home definitely sounded better.

Yesterday, we decided to go up to Erie to put gift cards we got to use(the kids have a bunch to Toys R us, I got one for Home Depot, and we need a new vacuum). We’re halfway there and realize we left all the gift cards at home. Never fails. We still went but just got lunch and groceries before heading home. We may go back up today and hopefully remember to take the gift cards with us this time.

I’ll post my progress for the week and go over how my December and overall 2016 goals went today. And I’ll at least post my 2017 goals here. We’ll see how long the post is before I decide what else I’ll post now and what I’ll save for another post. First, for the weekly progress:

  • Write: 5000 words – 5380/5000 words. Not bad since I wasn’t sure I’d make even 5000 for the week.
    • Defending the Heart – 1216 words – He’d stepped through the doorway before he processed the frisson of tension. Then, his back was slammed against the wall, an arm across his throat. He very nearly neutralized the attack before he looked into those deep brown eyes he knew so well. Something was different about them now, though. They were glassy, like he wasn’t really seeing Piers, like he wasn’t really there.
    • Crash and Burn – 1028 words – “Stefan!” she cried. “You weren’t supposed to be back for a couple weeks. Why didn’t anyone tell me you were home?”
      She knew tears were streaming down her cheeks, but she didn’t even care as her oldest brother’s arms wrapped around her.
    • Not Meant to Be – 1034 words – “I don’t know what you want to hear,” he finally said. “Little Toby was a punk. He got himself into trouble without a thought of who else he might hurt.”
      “I’m sure that’s not true,” she said, and the words squeezed his heart.
      “It is,” he insisted. “I spent half a year in juvie when I was thirteen, Denise. And it wasn’t the first time I’d seen the inside of a cell.”
    • Stay a Little Longer – 1076 words – His mouth twisted up at her ex’s name, and she knew he didn’t have too many pleasant thoughts about the man, either. He tried to pull some petty shit through the court systems, and it riled her lawyer up.
    • In the Moonlight – 1026 words – “Don’t worry,” I said, drawing back. “I get it.” I also felt like I was enclosed in ice suddenly. It was probably the only reason I wasn’t completely falling apart right now. “You said you loved me, but that’s apparently as conditional as it’s always been from my parents. Don’t worry about me. Just go do what you need to. I’ll see you when you get back.”
  • Playing with Fire – This wasn’t on the list on Sunday, but these characters have decided not to leave me alone. I have Jeremiah, Corrin, and Silas’ back stories all finished. I only have 1 more left to do then I can start actually plotting. I also wrote a little piece for them(though only Jeremiah and Silas show up) yesterday for Stream of Consciousness Saturday.
  • Side Projects: Add 2000 words – 904/2000 – as  said Wednesday, I didn’t think I’d meet this goal. I did manage to finish Snow White Twist, though. Of course, I’d hoped to do that by the end of October. But, now I can revise it and maybe submit it this year.
  • Listen: Finish Winter & Stars Above – I finished both of these and also On Her Father’s Grave(Kendra Elliot). Enjoyed them all.
  • Read: Finish Assassin’s Heart(Sarah Ahiers), Kiss Me Like This(Bella Andre), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(Liliana Hart), Labyrinth Lost(Zoraida Cordova), The Seduction Hypothesis(Delphine Dryden), Cutting Edge(Allison Brennan), He’s So Fine(Jill Shalvis), The Hawk(Monica McCarty), & Law Man(Kristen Ashley) – I ended up setting Assassin’s Heart aside. Finished Kiss Me Like This(really enjoyed), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(also really enjoyed), Labyrinth Lost(enjoyed), The Seduction Hypothesis(enjoyed), Cutting Edge(liked), and am almost halfway through He’s So Fine.
  • Crochet: Charmed Cloche – finished this wp-1483275981357.jpg
  • A to Z Challenge: Plot – still no more progress on this.

Not a bad week over all. As for how December went:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil(new standalone idea) – Outline – I got through the back stories and plot summary
  • Still Burning(Hunter Family#4/Flames#6) – Outline – didn’t even start. Will be working on Playing with Fire(Rileys #1) first
  • Stained Blood – re-plot – still waiting on this

Writing:

  • Write 12000 words each on: didn’t meet this goal on any of them, though I made it at least halfway on all.
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #3) – 6623 words
    • Crash and Burn(Flames #5.75) – 8369 words
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6) – 7268 words
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5) – 7580 words
    • In the Moonlight – 6788 words
  • Side Projects:
    • 2000 words each on
      • Midas’ Daughter
      • Dance with the Devil(or finish 1st draft)
      • Snow White Twist(or finish 1st draft)
    • 500 words each on:
      • Patrick & Sarah
      • Tavin & Haiwee
      • Roman
      • Dougal & Shae

Revising:

  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1) – finish polishing – got this done
  • Let It Begin(Kurztown #2.5) – Revisions, maybe polishing(depending on how long revisions take) – did the pre-revisions, then set it aside. Not going to pick it back up until I’ve gotten Law of Choice & Scars and All through the CP stage.

Reading:

  • Listen: 9 audiobooks – 8/9 audiobooks
  • Read: 31 books – 27/31 books

Crafting:

  • Crochet: Dashes Beanie, Round Coaster, Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy, and Charmed Cloche – finished all of these.

Overall, it was a pretty good month. A couple things I didn’t get to, but that’s okay.

As for the year:

Outline:

  • Protecting the Heart(BC Security #2)
  • Rylan & Kirsten(Gilbert, CO #4.75)
  • Kurztown #4(Break on Me)
  • Defending the Heart(BC Security #3)
  • Carlos & Tereza(Gilbert, CO #5)
  • Chris & Reagen #5(this may get switched with #4)

I plotted out a few others as well, Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5 – still not Chris & Reagen’s story, though) and Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, CO #6). I had over 39,000 words in plotting.

Write:

  • Love Who You Love(Kurztown #3)
  • By the Gun(western standalone) I started, but set it aside when it just wasn’t working.
  • Protecting the Heart
  • Ready When You Are(Hunter Family #3)
  • Rylan & Kirsten
  • Kurztown #4
  • Buried Secrets(standalone)never even started this one
  • Defending the Heartup to 25,447 words on this one.
  • Brann’s Story(Flames 5.5)up to 24625 words on this one.
  • Carlos & Tereza
  • Chris & Reagen – this got pushed back

I worked on some other stories that hadn’t made this list. Ended up writing around 694,000 words for the year.

Edit:

  • Flames of Retribution – I got through this one. it’s on the list to send to CP, but there’s 2 in the series ahead of it on that list.
  • My Way to You – Started these, but set it aside until I catch up to it.
  • Flames of Recompense – set aside until I catch up
  • Freeing His Heart – set aside until I catch up
  • Flames of Restoration – set aside until I catch up
  • Rylan & Kirsten – set aside until I catch up

I also edited Guarding the Heart

Publish:

  • Stained Snow
  • Healing the Heart
  • Stained by Ashes
  • Stained Blood – pushing this one back.

*This will depend on getting things back, but I’m hoping to get at least these out.

Reading:

  • Listen: 25 books – 87/25 books
  • Read: 300 books – 293/300 books. Fell a little short on this one.

Crafting:

  • Knitting: 12 projects – 8/12
  • Crochet: 12 projects – 10/12
  • Loom: 12 projects – 3/12

I didn’t get to everything for the year. But, I still made a lot of progress. And this post is already pretty long, so I’m going to save the new goals for tomorrow.

November Wrap-Up

I thought about including this with my mid-week post, but I decided not to for a couple reasons. One, it was already nearing 1000 words, and I didn’t want it to end up too long. And, I also hadn’t figured out my goals for December yet. Plus, waiting until today gave me a little more time to get some more things crossed off.

Overall, it was a pretty good month, at least writing-wise. Between my main projects, side projects, and 2 editing projects, I ended up with a little over 67,000 words for the month. 58778 of that was toward NaNoWriMo.  A definite win there.

I got Healing the Heart ready to publish. It releases tomorrow, but you can pre-order it now.

Both of my submissions to World Unknown Review were rejected for this year, even though I got some good comments about them. And I’m working on fleshing out one of them into a longer short story/novelette/novella(depending on how long it ends up).

What else? Not too sure. So, I’ll just get to laying out my itemized progress:

Plotting:

  • Stay a Little Longer – outline
  • Stained Blood – Re-plot – still waiting to hear back from my CP before I throw some other ideas I had for this at her.
  • And I just started brainstorming a new standalone idea. Hoping to have it ready to write once I finish drafting In the Moonlight.

Writing:

  • Write 11000 words each on:
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #3) – 11082 words
    • Crash & Burn(Flames #5.75) – 11974 words
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6) – 11092 words
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5) – 13548 words
    • In the Moonlight -11082 words
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 24500 words/1st draft – 24742/24500 words. Have at least a few more scenes to finish this.
  • Snow White Twist – get to 18500 words/1st draft – 18672/18500 words. Again, at least a few scenes left to finish this.
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 2750 words – 3033/2750 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 2200 words – 2365/2200 words
  • Roman – get to 3500 words – 3527/3500 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 1500 words – 1845/1500 words
  • I also outlined new scenes for Midas’ Daughter and added 524 words to it.

Revising:

  • Healing the Heart – Beta Edits & final proofread – done & done
  • Guarding the Heart – Polish & add to list to send to CP – mostly done. I have 44/50 words searched for and cleaned up. Hoping to finish it this week.

Reading:

  • Listen: 6 audiobooks(already finished 1) – 12/6 audiobooks. I did a lot of listening this month.
  • Read: 29 books(already finished 2)– 22/29 books. Not as many as I would have liked.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Tricorder Hat, Wheatfields Dishcloth, Polly Wolly Doodle Hat – Done, done, and done. wp-1478702318489.jpg wp-1479302187760.jpg wp-1480249846252.jpg
  • Crochet: Tiny Jellyfish – Done wp-1478702323606.jpg

A lot of blue, a little green, and hardly any red. Just the way I like it. Now, to look forward to December:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil(new standalone idea) – Outline
  • Still Burning(Hunter Family#4/Flames#6) – Outline
  • Stained Blood – re-plot

Writing:

  • Write 12000 words each on:
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #3)
    • Crash and Burn(Flames #5.75)
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6)
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5)
    • In the Moonlight
  • Side Projects:
    • 2000 words each on
      • Midas’ Daughter
      • Dance with the Devil(or finish 1st draft)
      • Snow White Twist(or finish 1st draft)
    • 500 words each on:
      • Patrick & Sarah
      • Tavin & Haiwee
      • Roman
      • Dougal & Shae

Revising:

  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1) – finish polishing
  • Let It Begin(Kurztown #2.5) – Revisions, maybe polishing(depending on how long revisions take)

Reading:

  • Listen: 9 audiobooks
  • Read: 31 books

Crafting:

  • Crochet: Dashes Beanie, Round Coaster, Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy, and Charmed Cloche

October Wrap-Up & November Goals

I meant to include this with my Writing Wednesday post, but well, I forgot. This is not an unusual occurrence for me, so no one should be too shocked. 😉

October, I believe, was actually a pretty good month. We’ll see how good once I actually go through my progress:

Plotting:

  • Toby & Denise – finish outlining – this is finished
  • Jess & Terrall – outline – didn’t have this finished before the end of October, but it is now.
  • Stained Blood – re-plot – still waiting to hear from CP first.

Writing:

  • Closing Time – finish 1st draft – got this done at the beginning of the month. 9553 words written during October.
  • Break on Me – add 30000 words – 30634/30000 words written & finished 1st draft!
  • In the Moonlight – add 4000 words – 4767/4000 words
  • Defending the Heart – add 4000 words – 4859/4000 words
  • Toby & Denise – add 4000 words – 5341/4000 words
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 22500 words – 21996/22500 – fell short here
  • Snow White Twist – finish 1st draft – nope. It’s at 15938 right now.
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 2000 words – 2126/2000 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 1500 words – 1565/1500 words. And we’ve just met Haiwee’s brother, who makes a few appearances in Stained by Ashes, too. 🙂
  • Roman – get to 2500 words – 2734/2500 words. These ones seem to roll right out.
  • Dougal & Shae – 500 words – 795/500 words. Another one that’s rolling out well.

Obviously the writing has been going well. I also added 4282 words to Crash and Burn, another ‘novella’ in the Flames series(takes place around the same time as Closing Time)

Revising:

  • Guarding the Heart – finish 1st revisions & read through – Did both of these and the second round of revisions. have the polishing on hold for the moment
  • Healing the Heart – beta edits if I end up getting them back before the end of the month(have to send it out first though) – I did send this out. And I got it back on the last day of the month. I do have them started now, though.

Reading:

  • Listen: 7 audiobooks – 8/7 audiobooks.
  • Read: 28 books – 27/28. Only 1 short this month. And I finished that one the next day.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Unleashed Hat – finished this
  • Crochet: Fall Leaves – finished one of these & also a few dish cloths.

Not a bad month at all. Only one red item, and that’s currently out of my hands. Now, for November goals:

Plotting:

  • Stay a Little Longer – outline
  • Stained Blood – Re-plot

Writing:

  • Write 11000 words each on:
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #3)
    • Crash & Burn(Flames #5.75)
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6)
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5)
    • In the Moonlight
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 24500 words/1st draft
  • Snow White Twist – get to 18/500 words/1st draft
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 2750 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 2200 words
  • Roman – get to 3500 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 1500 words

Revising:

  • Healing the Heart – Beta Edits & final proofread
  • Guarding the Heart – Polish & add to list to send to CP

Reading:

  • Listen: 6 audiobooks(already finished 1)
  • Read: 29 books(already finished 2)

Crafting:

  • Knit: Tricorder Hat, Wheatfields Dishcloth, Polly Wolly Doodle Hat
  • Crochet: Tiny Jellyfish

RoW80 2016 Round 4 Goals

I wrote up my October goals in yesterday’s post, but decided to set my goals for this final round of 2016 in a separate post. But, you can check that one out too if you want.

It is the final round of RoW80 for the year. Things are changing slightly. No more linky on the RoW80 blog, or sponsor posts or duties. Now we’ll be linking up on the Facebook page. I’m trying to decide if it will change how I do things on my blog. Thinking I may do a more general update on Wednesdays along with my usual WiPPet Wednesday post. Then, on Sunday I’ll do the more detailed update. Still considering it, so we’ll see what I end up doing.

But, for now, I have a new set of goals for this final round:

Plotting:

  • Toby & Denise – finish outlining
  • Jess & Terrall(Kurztown #5)
  • Stained Blood – re-plot
  • Still Burning(Hunter Family #4/Flames #6)

Drafting:

  • Closing Time – finish 1st draft
  • Break on Me – finish 1st draft
  • In the Moonlight -finish 1st draft
  • Defending the Heart – add 12000 words
  • Toby & Denise – add 12000 words
  • Jess & Terrall – 1st draft(NaNoWriMo)
  • Stained Blood – re-write

Editing:

  • Guarding the Heart – finish revisions & send to CP
  • Healing the Heart – beta edits & publish(depending on timing)

Side Projects:

  • Dance with the Devil – finish 1st draft
  • Snow White Twist – finish 1st draft, revise, & submit by 10/31(this is looking unlikely at this point, but we’ll see)
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 3000 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 2500 words
  • Roman – get to get to 3500 words
  • Dougal & Shae – write 1500 words

Reading:

  • Listen: 15 audiobooks
  • Read: 82 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 3 projects
  • Crochet: 3 projects

A good amount to work on for this round. You might notice I dropped my reading craft books goal. It’s not that I don’t think I can improve in some areas. I just…feel like I keep reading the same things over and over. So, I’m just taking a break from it for this round at least. And I’ve added my crafting goals back in there now that the weather is cooling down again.

RoW80 Round 3 Goals

I meant to have these figured out sooner than the Monday the round takes off. Yeah, didn’t happen. Between camping last Monday-Thursday, fourth of July holiday stuff, and a general forgetfulness, it didn’t get done. But, it’s not too late, so here they are:

Plotting:

  • Ready When You Are(Kelan’s Story) – finish outline. Shouldn’t take long as all I have to do is put scenes into Scrivener and do the G,M,C,D.
  • Jessica’s Story(Hunter Family #4) – Outline

Writing:

  • Guarding the Heart – 1st draft
  • Some Fools Never Learn – 20k words

Editing:

  • First Choice, Second Chance(formerly The Choice) – beta edits & proofread
  • Law of Choice – 2nd round revisions & polish for CP
  • Demons Rising – 2 revision rounds(lot of rewriting on this one, so that may be pushing it)

Publish:

  • First Choice, Second Chance
  • Stained Snow – if I can…will be late in the round, though

Reading:

  • Listen/read – 49 books
  • 3 craft/research books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 3 projects
  • Crochet: 3 projects

And that’s it for this round. I posted my July goals last week, and for the first week of this round:

  • Guarding the Heart – finish through Chapter 10(on Chapter 5 right now)
  • First Choice, Second Chance – beta edits
  • Ready When You Are – Outline
  • Jessica’s Story – Brainstorm
  • Into the Sun – 1st draft
  • Read: Everything Between Us(Mila Ferrera), Get a Clue(Jill Shalvis), Call on Me(Roni Loren), & Standing Stones(Beth Camp)
  • Knit: Dino Cap

Writing Wednesday: Freefalling

No RoW80 stuff today. Next round starts Monday. So, we’ll be back to that then. Today you just get a snippet. And last week I promised what came next. So, 8 paragraphs(7+1) from the very next scene.

God, that laugh. It did something to him every time he heard it. Right now, it had him wanting to pull her across the table so he could kiss her. He wouldn’t mind having her for dinner instead of whatever he had ordered. No, Jace, slow down, he ordered himself. First dates were for getting to know each other, not devouring each other.
Then, he saw her smile dim slightly. He wanted to do whatever he could to put it back on her face. So, he forced a grin. “She has kicked his ass at least once. During her first week on the job. Tate kept giving her the easy jobs, and may have made some comments that she should be in the office instead of a construction site. Her second day, and she called him out during a break. She shoved him a few steps back, and he tripped and fell on his ass. Oh, he was not happy, but while he was down, she kept cussing at him and telling him she’d signed on to do the job, and our father had faith in her, so why couldn’t he?”
“What did he do?” she asked, leaning forward, her chin in her hands.
Jace chuckled again. “The next day he gave her the toughest assignments. I think he was trying to prove her wrong, that she really couldn’t handle it. She had huge blisters on her hands and could barely move her arms enough to eat dinner that night, but she didn’t complain. After that first week, Tate never questioned her ability to do the job again.”
She laughed again, and the lights dancing in her eyes mesmerized him. He couldn’t stop himself. He had to touch her. Just cupping her chin and running his thumb over her jaw. Her eyes glazed, and her lips parted slightly. Did she want him to kiss her? He didn’t want to assume, but– she let out a slight whimper, and his gaze fell to those lips again.
“Please.”
The single word was barely more than a breath through those lips, but he understood. He leaned across the table, his hand still cupping her chin, and pressed his lips to hers. Just like before she met his advance, her tongue slipping between her lips to trace along his. He moaned against her mouth, then his hand slid along the line of her jaw, until he was cupping the back of her head.
He felt like he was spinning away from everything. He wasn’t sure whether to let go or try to hang on tight to her. Maybe they could freefall together.

We’ve been camping since Monday. It’s been nice, but I’m still ready to get home  tomorrow. Having some trouble with the campground’s wifi this morning, so using my phone as a hotspot. At least to get this done. So, quickly, I’ll recap my goals/progress for the last month.

Writing:

  • Freeing His Heart – finish 1st draft
  • Jace’s Story(really needs a title) – 1st draft – not quite there. 66909 words & at least 5 more scenes to finish.
  • Into the Sun – finish 1st draft – just over 15k on this. Probably have at least a couple more thousand to go. Don’t think it will be over 20k though.

I did write 79614 words for the month.

Editing:

  • Revise anything I get back from CP/beta readers – didn’t get anything back

Plotting:

  • Finish outlining Some Fools Never Learn(Hunter Family #2) this is done. Also nearly finished outlining Kelan’s story. I got 5849 words of plotting done for the month.

Reading:

  • Listen/read 20 books – 40/20 books. 5 of these were audio books

Crafting:

  • Knit: Schooner Hat – IMG_0611-0
  • Crochet: Women’s Peaked Cap IMG_0615IMG_0616

Not so bad even if I didn’t finish everything. For next month:

Plotting:

  • Ready When You Are(Kelan’s Story) – finish outline
  • Jessica’s Story – Outline

Writing:

  • Burning Bright – finish 1st draft
  • Guarding the Heart – 1st draft
  • Into the Sun – finish

Editing:

  • The Choice – beta edits(even tho I never heard back from the 2nd beta reader)
  • Law of Choice – 2nd round revisions & polish
  • anything else I get back from CPs/beta readers

Reading:

  • Listen/read 16 books
  • Read 1 craft/research book

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dino Cap
  • Crochet: Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie

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