Home of a mother, wife, writer

Posts tagged ‘crochet’

Writing Wednesday: Picking Up

I got a bit of a slow start to this month. Just could not seem to focus the first two days. Monday was better. Cranked out 900 words first thing in the morning and added another 550 throughout the day. Tuesday was another distractible day, at least in the morning. I did get the rest of my words(goal was 1425 for the day) later on in the afternoon. This morning was a little slow, too. Didn’t help that I decided to start looking at covers for Flames of Renewal.

Not much else going on here, other than still getting the house ready to list. That should be happening soon. But, for now, I’m jumping right into this week’s WiPPet! This picks right up from last week’s, but we’ve switched into Isaac’s POV(Jonas’ last line was: “Then why did you walk away from me?”). I have 11 paragraphs today(7[day]+2+0+1+8[year]=18=1+8=9+2[month]).

Isaac couldn’t swallow the lump in his throat or breathe around the rock suddenly lodged in his chest. “You’re the one who left,” he finally said. “You were leaving me behind. What was I supposed to do?”

Jonas just stared at him. Isaac didn’t think he was going to say anything at first. Then, he choked out, “I wasn’t leaving you. I joined the Army, I didn’t run away. Plenty of other recruits had girlfriends or boyfriends back home. Some of them even made it work through basic and years of active duty. We could have made it, too, Isaac, but you didn’t give us a chance.”

Isaac glanced away from him. Everything felt too tight all of a sudden. He’d managed to confess all of it to Tereza in the first year of Jonas’ Army career. But, could he tell Jonas now? He wasn’t so sure. But, he couldn’t keep quiet, either.

“I was afraid,” he said, not able to bring his voice above a whisper. He felt like acid coated his eyes and throat, burning both of them. “I was so damn afraid, Jonas, and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

“Of what?” Jonas asked, throwing his hands up. “If you would have just told me, we could have worked through whatever it was. Instead you just walked away from me.”

“How?” Isaac demanded. “How could we do that? You’d already committed to four years in the Army, and I couldn’t handle that. Couldn’t live with how that might change you.”

“What are you talking about? Why are you so sure it would have changed me? I’m the same I was then, or I was before that damn accident.”

“How was I supposed to know that at the time? All I knew were the stories my mother told me about how my father was when they started dating before he joined up. And the completely different man that I knew.”

“And your only conclusion was that the Army turned him that way? That it would turn anyone that way? Not that maybe he always had that mean streak in him and something else brought it out? Damn, Isaac. And here I always thought you were the smart one.”

Heat washed through him. You’re so stupid. Why was I burdened with such a stupid son?”

He tried to force his father’s voice out of his head and asked, “What’s that supposed to mean?”

What does Jonas mean? And are they finally getting somewhere? Shortly before this they had a conversation about Jonas not being the school-type, unlike Isaac.

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 – 6/21 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 4424/~35000 words, 3252 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1254/5000 words, 313 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 84/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 199/500 words
    • Roman – 193/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 80/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 102/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 77/500 words
    • Hawk – 87/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 236/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 82/500 words
    • Desmund – 114/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 4/15 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 9 words currently.
  • 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 – 4/20
    • 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. At 60%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 2/5
    • 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. On Chapter 6/26

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/20
  • 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 – 33/64 rows of first square(x4)

    half of the first square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

 

Advertisements

Sunday Summary: A Slow Start

We’re only a few days into the month, and they’ve started a little slow for me. I opened up Whatever It Takes to work on again. But, I haven’t done anything with it since December. It’s taking me a little bit to get my rhythm back on this story. But, I have been making progress, so I guess that’s something at least.

We’re still working on getting our house to list for sale. I was shredding all our old bills and receipts last week. Until I killed our paper shredder. We’ve had it a few years(probably more than a few, but I don’t remember how long exactly). On Saturday, while we were shopping, we looked at new ones. We ended up going with a cheaper model, so hopefully it’ll at least last through this process.

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 – 4/18 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 1172/~35000 words
    • Maybe because Carisa hadn’t asked her to be. Hadn’t acted like being normal was really even a thing. Jayla hadn’t realized how freeing that could be. “I have to go into work, too,” she said. “So, it’s not like we could have stayed here anyway.”
      Carisa sighed. “This whole being an adult is just no fun at all sometimes.”
      Jayla giggled. Had that sound actually come from her? It was hard to believe. But, from the way Carisa beamed at her, it must have. She ran her thumb over Carisa’s lips. “No one says we have to get up right this second, though.”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 941/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 84/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 104/500 words
    • Roman – 102/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 80/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 102/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 77/500 words
    • Hawk – 87/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 109/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 82/500 words
    • Desmund – 114/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 2.5/15 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. Copied all comments into the scrivener file.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I did contact my CP again about this, with a promise she’ll have it to me soon. Fingers crossed.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 2/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Breaking Point(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night. Loved it.
    • Chasing Christmas Eve(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Loved it.
    • Force of Nature(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday evening. On page 182/492. I may have stayed up later than planned reading this last night. “I’m just going to read one more chapter”…3 chapters later. “Really, I am going to bed now.” 😉
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 1/5
    • Beyond Addiction(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it
    • Beyond Possession(Kit Rocha) – Started this Friday afternoon. On Chapter 5/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 4/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 8/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 18/64 rows of first square(x4)
  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

Sunday Summary: Strong Finish

The week started out really good and finished even stronger. On Wednesday, I finished the first draft of Green Hills & Smoky Fields, the historical novel I started for NaNoWriMo. It ended up just a little over 70k. I thought it would be longer, but I think I may end up adding more details in when I revise. I also finished outlining through the first act of Flames of Knowledge and the brainstorming for Green Hills & Smoky Fields2(which will likely pick up right after book 1 ends). And I picked By the Gun back up. That will be my main writing project for the rest of the month.

And since I finished the weekly goals early, I spent most of Friday and Saturday reading and caught up on goals there, too. I’m pretty close to finishing most of my goals for the month, so that may even happen this week. I guess we’ll see.

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 – started this Thursday afternoon. 20/20 sheets done
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1 – Set up chapters & scenes. Outlined 11/11 chapters.
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4 
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm – 8/8 mind maps done & GMCs figured out
  • Stretch4: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Character back stories(for 2 characters, carrying over other 4 from first book)

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 17604/~25000 words, 8447 this week. Finished this Wednesday night!! A bit shorter than I thought it would be, but I will probably end up adding more in during revisions.
    • 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 – 3973/5000 words, 1451 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 357/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 356/500 words
    • Roman – 379/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 376/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 496/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 397/500 words
    • Hawk – 405/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 359/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 480/500 words
    • Desmund – 371/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 11/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal) – 744/2500 words
    • He was fine. The area around his wound was a little sore, but nothing he couldn’t handle. It was healing, and he was fine.
      • Maybe if you say it enough times, Alejandro, it will actually be true. Or not.

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 – 6/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 17/20

    • Going Too Far(Jennifer Echols) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • The Howl of the Fettered Wolf(Krista Walsh) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Loved it.
    • The Love Interest(Cale Dietrich) – Started this Tuesday. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Illegal Contact(Santino Hassell) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night. Loved it! And instantly bought the next book.
    • Hot Target(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Saturday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Orion(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 7/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this in December. Picked it back up on Monday morning. Finished it Monday.
    • Overexposed(Megan Erickson) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • A Gathering of Shadows(V.E. Schwab) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 26/60

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 19/31 posts
    • Ultimatum – a bit with Ames
    • Justice – Connor with his brothers
    • Contemplation – A bit with Connor and Ames.
    • Revolt – A Christmas scene with Connor’s family
    • Darkness – Connor painting
    • “Oc” – Connor spends some time with his youngest nephew
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 14/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – Done. 
  • Crochet: Lap BlanketThis is at about 40/40 inches. Finished it Thursday afternoon. 

Writing Wednesday: Better Week

This has started off to be a far better week than the last.

On Sunday, we did some shopping, letting the kids spend some of their gift cards they got for Christmas. First was Barnes & Noble. The girl got 2 of her Warriors books she likes. I got 3 books for myself. Then, we went to Toys R Us. Then, Gamestop so the boy could look at some games for the Wii(we’ve had it for years, but he’s recently gotten into playing it). He found 4, and they only came to a little over $20. Then, off to get groceries. I also found a coloring planner and got that for me.

Words were flowing Monday morning, even after an odd night of sleep. Fell asleep on the couch a little after 7:30 Sunday night, woke around 10, fell back asleep, woke up after 12 and decided to actually go to bed. So, I got about 3 rounds of 2 hours of sleep. The kids had Monday off so we’d said we were going to go sledding, since it was supposed to be in the 20s. Yeah, it wasn’t that warm(more like 10F), but we went anyway, though not for very long. Then to Pizza Hut for lunch. And I still made all my goals for the day.

Monday night, I once again fell asleep on the couch. This is becoming a habit I really should break. My neck, back, and hips do not appreciate it much(Of course, I may still be catching up from my Thursday night stuck in the garage). But, Tuesday morning I woke up at 2 and figured there was no point going to bed for an hour or two. So, I just got up and decided to start writing.

I did actually make it into my bed last night. So there’s that. And I was up in time to have a little extra time to write this morning. An hour and a half and over 2300 words. That’s impressive, even for me(usually I don’t even do 1k in an hour). Just past the climax, so I might be able to finish the first draft this week. Which will give me a week and a half to work on By the Gun this month.

Now, since it’s Wednesday, time for a WiPPet snippet again! Today, I just have 7 sentences(1+7[for the day]-1[for the month]=7). This is shortly after last week’s, but still in the same scene.

He took his hand away just before Jonas’ mother stepped into the doorway. She looked surprised for a moment then a smile spread over her face. “Isaac. I guess that’s your car out there then.” Her gaze flicked between the two of them, and her smile widened. “This is a sight I haven’t seen in a while. Are you staying for dinner, Isaac?”

This is obviously not the first time his mother has interrupted them. 😉 😀

Now for an accounting of my progress so far:

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 – started this Thursday afternoon. 19/20 sheets done
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4 
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm – 3/8 mind maps done

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 14693/~25000 words, 5536 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3973/5000 words, 1451 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 357/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 356/500 words
    • Roman – 379/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 376/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 496/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 397/500 words
    • Hawk – 405/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 359/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 480/500 words
    • Desmund – 371/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 11/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal)

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 – 5/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 12/20

    • Going Too Far(Jennifer Echols) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • The Howl of the Fettered Wolf(Krista Walsh) – Started this Sunday afternoon. At 26% Not quite sure what happened on Monday, but I didn’t do any reading.
    • The Love Interest(Cale Dietrich) – Started this Tuesday. On page 133/373
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 7/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this in December. Picked it back up on Monday morning. Finished it Monday.
    • Overexposed(Megan Erickson) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • A Gathering of Shadows(V.E. Schwab) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 9/60

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 15/31 posts
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 10/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – got the set up row and another 60 rows done.
  • Crochet: Lap BlanketThis is at about 37/40 inch

Sunday Summary: Busted Week

Ok, so the week wasn’t a complete busy. But, that’s something I have to keep reminding myself. Monday and Tuesday weren’t great. But, it picked back up for Wednesday and Thursday. I had all my writing goals met except the main project and plotting. But I figured I could get to both of those, or at least close, on Friday. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Thursday night I took the dogs out a little after nine. Figured it would only be a couple minutes, and we’d be back inside, so I didn’t take my phone or anything with me. Well, that would have been the case, except our screen door jammed. The knob would not turn. I pulled on it, tried to get it to turn, everything I could think of. It would not open. Both kids were asleep and husband was working. So, there was no way for me to get in the house. Thank goodness it was one of the days it was 50F, but it was also raining. My sweatshirt was wet from standing in it, fighting with the door. And my hand hurt from pounding on the window, trying to wake one of the kids up so they could let me in. Yeah, that didn’t work, either.

So, I opened the garage and figured I could at least get out of the rain. And I sat there, on a tote box. And I stood for a while. And sat back down. And made sure the dogs didn’t take off. And tried to open the door again. Then retreated back into the garage. Until 6 the next morning, when my daughter got up and I got her to let me in. I was cold, tired, and not in a very good mood. And I never even turned my computer on all day Friday. We went to see my sister-in-law in the morning and to the Moose club for our usual Friday night dinner. But other than that, I sat under my blanket on the couch and read. And I was in bed by 7:30. Slept for about 10 hours. Half of that is my usual amount of sleep.

And I think we got the knob fixed so it doesn’t do that again.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories – Wrote Connor’s back story(1041 words) on Monday. Finished Ames’ back story(902 words) on Tuesday. Started antagonist’s back story Tuesday night, finished it Wednesday afternoon(661 words).
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries – Finished short summary(37 words), medium summary(109 words), & long summary(277 words)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit – started this Thursday afternoon. 15/20 sheets done
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4 – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday evening.
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 9157/~25000 words, 3381 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2522/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 213/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 172/500 words
    • Roman – 287/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 252/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 338/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 242/500 words
    • Hawk – 313/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 193/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 265/500 words
    • Desmund – 247/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal)

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 – 4/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 11/20

    • Brotherhood in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Must Love Mistletoe(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished this Sunday night. Enjoyed it.
    • The Ones Who Got Away(Roni Loren) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Loved it.
    • Private Reserve(Cathryn Fox) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished this Wednesday evening. Liked it.
    • Sweet Reunion(Melanie Shawn) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday afternoon. Found it ‘meh’. second book by this author I’ve felt that way about so I think I’m striking any more from the ‘to buy’ list.
    • Play On(Michelle Smith) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night. Loved it.
    • Hamilton’s Battalion(Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, & Alyssa Cole) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Loved all three of the stories.
    • Going Too Far(Jennifer Echols) – Started this Saturday afternoon. At 50%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 5/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this in December. On Chapter 13/29
    • Trust the Focus(Megan Erickson) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Monday morning. Love these books.
    • Focus on Me(Megan Erickson) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • Out of Frame(Megan Erickson) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Overexposed(Megan Erickson) – Started this Wednesday evening. On Chapter 21/23

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 12/31 posts
    • Pants – A bit with Connor dealing with a cousin who decides to be an ass. And Gio makes an appearance.
    • Coffee – A bit with Connor and his sister-in-law, Kayla.
    • Humiliate – A bit with Connor and his brother, Callum
    • His Eyes Shut – Combo of Just Jot It and Stream of Consciousness.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 9/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – got the set up row and another 50 rows done.
  • Crochet: Lap BlanketThis is at about 31/40 inches

Writing Wednesday: Heat Wave

Well, I’m considering above freezing to be a heat wave. I have fairly low standards, especially when it had been 0F this time last week. We’re supposed to have a couple days of 50s this week. That’s almost shorts weather around here.

My week has not started out too well. Over the weekend, I found a spreadsheet for a daily schedule. I figured I could start my day at 5, and I have 5 different hours for writing tasks. That first hour is for writing on my main project, the other four are picked randomly(between plotting, editing, side projects, & Jonas and Isaac). Well, Monday I slept in until well after 5. So, I ended up with less than half an hour to write. I woke up earlier Tuesday, but couldn’t seem to drag myself out of bed until right around 5. Computer didn’t want to start up at first. After I got it to, things were going okay. Then it decided to freeze up and restart on its own. I had some issues with getting it started up and it was the end of that hour by the time it did, but the words wanted out, so I ended up going into the next hour(which was set aside for chores and such). I didn’t hit my goal either of those days. Today I woke up at 4 and managed to get up. And so far computer is cooperating(although it looks like I’m back to using Microsoft Edge since Firefox refuses to open), so I’m hoping to get more words(I did, I did, I did!). More on that progress in a bit.

It’s Wednesday again, which means WiPPet time! *dances* *knee cracks* *sits back down* WiPPet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by the wonder Emily Wrayburn where we share a snippet of a work in progress that somehow pertains to the date. I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story. Today I have 7 paragraphs(1+8-1-1-0) from a little farther in the scene I’ve been sharing from. Things are getting…warm. 😀

“Jonas,” Isaac breathed, “are you going to kiss me or not?”

With a groan he couldn’t hold back, Jonas leaned forward and pressed his lips to Isaac’s. They opened immediately, but he didn’t plunge forward. Instead he traced Isaac’s lips with his tongue just as his thumb had moments ago. It was Isaac’s tongue that darted forward, catching Jonas’ and tangling them together.

Jonas moaned around it, feeling too much to put anything into words right now.

They finally pulled apart, both breathing hard and staring at each other. Then, Isaac leaned forward, gently caressing Jonas’ lips with his own. It didn’t have the intensity of that first kiss, but it had Jonas’ heart skipping more.

Isaac’s lips moved to his jaw then his throat as his hand touched his hip then slid over his thigh. “God, Is,” he murmured. “Your hands…” He couldn’t even form words as the desire twisted through him.

“Soft, I know,” and Jonas thought he detected bitterness in the words.

“No,” Jonas said, lifting Isaac’s head. “Capable of driving me fucking crazy.”

I wonder how many people have told Isaac hew has story hands, as if it’s an insult. Jonas certainly doesn’t see it that way.

Now for that progress so far this week:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories – Wrote Connor’s back story(1041 words) on Monday. Finished Ames’ back story(902 words) on Tuesday. Started antagonist’s back story Tuesday night, finished it Wednesday afternoon(661 words).
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries – Finished short summary(37 words), medium summary(109 words), & long summary(277 words)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit – started this Thursday afternoon. 6/19 sheets done
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 7980/~25000 words, 2204 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2120/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 213/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 172/500 words
    • Roman – 287/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 134/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 338/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 242/500 words
    • Hawk – 134/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 193/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 265/500 words
    • Desmund – 142/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal)

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 – 3/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 7/20

    • Brotherhood in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Must Love Mistletoe(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished this Sunday night. Enjoyed it.
    • The Ones Who Got Away(Roni Loren) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Loved it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 4/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this in December. On Chapter 13/29
    • Trust the Focus(Megan Erickson) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Monday morning. Love these books.
    • Focus on Me(Megan Erickson) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • Out of Frame(Megan Erickson) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 11/21

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 10/31 posts
    • Pants – A bit with Connor dealing with a cousin who decides to be an ass. And Gio makes an appearance.
    • Coffee – A bit with Connor and his sister-in-law, Kayla.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 6/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – got the set up row and another 36 rows done.
  • Crochet: Lap BlanketThis is at about 31/40 inches

Sunday Summary: Still Cold

It’s still cold here. In the negatives when I woke up this morning. And for the second time in like a week, our hot water line has frozen up(only into our bathroom. It works fine in the rest of the house). All I wanted was a little snow on the ground for Christmas. It can go away now! It’s supposed to be in double digits starting today and for the next couple weeks, so hopefully this is the last time it will freeze up for a while.

At least the words have not frozen up this week. I had all my weekly goals completed by early Friday morning. So, that is something at least. I may work on things a little differently this week. We’ll see how that goes.

For now, here’s how I did last week:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories – Wrote Connor’s back story(1041 words) on Monday. Finished Ames’ back story(902 words) on Tuesday. Started antagonist’s back story Tuesday night, finished it Wednesday afternoon(661 words).
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries – Finished short summary(37 words), medium summary(109 words), & long summary(277 words)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit – started this Thursday afternoon. 1/18 sheets done
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 5776/~25000 words
    • Her eyes burned at that mention. Must he continue to compare her to her mother? It wasn’t true, no matter how many times he said it. Her mother never would have let the man she loved just walk away like that. “I wish it were true, Da.”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1203/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 80/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 500 words
    • Roman – 155/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 134/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 230/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 117/500 words
    • Hawk – 134/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 55/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 156/500 words
    • Desmund – 142/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal)

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 – 2/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 4/20

    • Forged in Steele(Maya Banks) – Finished this Sunday. Enjoyed it.
    • In the Stars: Part 1(Debbie McGowan) – Finished this Sunday night. Loved it.
    • Snowbound at Christmas(Various) – Started this Sunday night, though I skipped over the first story. Finished this Monday night. Enjoyed the two stories I read.
    • Untamed Hearts(Melody Grace) – Read this Tuesday morning. It was a short one.
    • Acting on Impulse(Mia Sosa) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Friday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • More than Once(Elizabeth Briggs) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Saturday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Brotherhood in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. On page 258/366
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 2/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this in December. On Chapter 13/29
    • Strong Signal(Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell) – Finished this Wednesday night. Loved it for the second time(first time listening, but I’ve read it, and the others in the series, before).
    • Fast Connection(Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday night. And the next two books aren’t included in the romance package. 😦 I was really looking forward to listening, but I have to decide if I want to spend the $7.49 for books I’ve read before. I really do love them, though.
    • Trust the Focus(Megan Erickson) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 16/20

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 7/31 posts
    • Drama – a bit with Connor, Caitie(Connor’s cousin), and her husband, Mark(you may remember Caitie & Mark from snippets I’ve shared).
    • Boisterous – a bit with Ames this time, and their family.
    • Passionate – Connor and Ames
    • Memories – A bit with Connor and his brother, Adrian(who was the MC back in Flames of Redemption, book 1 of the Flames series)
    • Eco – Combo Stream of Consciousness & Just Jot It post. More with Connor and Ames
    • Indelible – A bit with Connor musing. Probably won’t end up in Flames of Knowledge unless it’s reworked.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – got the set up row and another 25 rows done.
  • Crochet: Lap BlanketThis is at about 27/40 inches

Tag Cloud