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Writing Wednesday: Staying on Track

I’m not quite sure how to categorize this week. I’ve been making some progress. Nothing too exciting. But, I’m staying fairly well on track with my goals.

Monday my husband had a job interview. They still haven’t started back at his current job. Usually they’re back to work by early in April. They’re thinking it will be May before they start back now, and as of right now, they don’t have many jobs lined up. So, he’s looking for something that will be year round. Dealing with unemployment for at least four months out of the year is getting stressful. He’s got an application in at another place, too, so hopefully he’ll hear something from one of them.

The kids brought home report cards Friday. Other than an 89 in math, the girl had nearly perfect grades(99% in writing, 100 in reading/vocab, science/social studies, & word study). The boy had grades all in the “advanced” range(93-100%) in math, reading, and word study. And proficient through his writing rubric. So, they’re both doing good.

I’m doing a double shot for WiPPet Wednesday again. Today is 4/18, so I took 4+18=22. So, I’ll take one 2 from the 22 for each project. First, we have more from Jonas & Isaac. Isaac is on his way to Jonas’ now. And thinks he sees someone following him.

“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.

Is Isaac right? Or does he have reason to worry?

And for Flames of Knowledge. This is from the next scene from what I shared from last week, in Ames’ POV now.

They doubted Connor ever would, especially with the family he came from. So, there was no point going there. No matter how cute he looked with those glasses on, and was that paint in his hair?
Ames nearly laughed at the sight but turned away instead. Better that way. No need to get their hopes up only to have them dashed as so many people had before. Sometimes living on their own was just the easier way to go, even if Ames wouldn’t mind the closeness they’d seen between couples. Maybe it just wasn’t meant for them.

Connor had a very similar thought in the scene before. And they may both just be a little bit wrong. 🙂

Now, for my progress:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: List all scenes in Scrivener, Outline Act 1
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: Erik’s back story, Jeff’s back story
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
    • This week: Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 19836/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 15/21 – Through Chapter 12/15, started Chapter 13
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 2283/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 409/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 10.37/15 pages
    • This week: 3.25 pages – 2.33/3.25 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: edit 5 scenes – 2/5
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 14/20
    • Melting Into You(Tracey Alvarez) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Echoes in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started this Sunday night. On page 139/387
    • Love on the Tracks(Tamsen Parker) – Started this Monday night. At 11%
  • Listen: 5 books – 10/5
    • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid(Grace Burrows) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Her Every Wish(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday evening.
    • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 1/23

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 12/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 15/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 1/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: get more yarn, finish side 1 of border
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 40 rows – On row 29/40
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Sunday Summary: Catching Up

I fell a bit behind on my main writing goal this week. I’d been working on a chapter a day. Then, I ended up adding a few extra scenes to one of those chapters and that ended up putting me behind. But, this weekend, the kids spent the weekend at my mom and stepdad’s.

We were supposed to go to a party with the motorcycle club we’re a part of this weekend. But, since we weren’t able to get the dogs into the kennel, and money’s been tight, so we hadn’t booked a hotel room yet anyway, we decided not to go. But, we’d lined up my mom to watch the kids back around Thanksgiving, so we still sent them. And my husband went on an ATV poker run. Which left me home all by my lonesome(this is my perfect state of being actually). 😉 So, I used that time to catch up on both my writing and reading. And it was a successful venture(more on that below)!

Last Thursday, hubby ripped up a section of the kitchen floor, right between the kitchen and entry way because it was getting awfully soft. Then, he put new flooring down. It looks a lot nicer now.

Old Floor

New floor

That’s pretty much the most exciting thing that’s happened this week. 🙂

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Beat sheets Act 1, 2, 3, & 4, & Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 17804/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/21 – Finished Chapter 10/10
      • Ames spun around but their shoulders slumped when they saw Connor coming toward them. There was a kid behind him, but he ducked into the room Kelan had been in. Ames stepped toward Connor and when his arm went around them, that feeling of wrongness left from the call with their sister just dissipated.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 1874/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 1030/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 8.04/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 4.42/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: read through, edit – I got through the first few scenes and added in 1 new one. Added 1196 words
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 13/20
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Fatal Flaw(Marie Force) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night.
    • Fortitude Smashed(Taylor Brooke) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Saturday night.
    • Revelations(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Don’t Walk Away(Vivian Arend & Elle Kennedy) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Mask of Shadows(Linsey Miller) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon. LOVED IT!!! But, I have to wait until August for book 2 😦
  • Listen: 5 books – 7/5
    • Angels’ Blood(Nalini Singh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Traitor to the Throne(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • An Unnatural Vice(K.J. Charles) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid(Grace Burrows) – Started this Saturday morning. On Chapter 7/17

Social Media:

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 48/56 – ran out of yarn
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 20 rows – 27 rows

Writing Wednesday: Going Well

This week is going well so far. I slept later than usual(so after 5 in the morning) on Sunday. Thankfully, with me changing my schedule(only trying to get through the first half of the draft instead of the whole draft), I was actually ahead. So, it didn’t matter too much. And I was able to meet all my other goals as well as getting ahead on Tuesday’s goal.

And since then things have been going well. Making steady progress on the words. And on the other goals as well. I’ll get more into that later in this post. For now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday again!! Like last week, I’m going to share from two projects. It’s 4/11, so I’m taking each 1 times the 4, so I’ll have 4 paragraphs from Jonas & Isaac and Flames of Knowledge. First up, Jonas & Isaac:

“You can ask for anything, Jonas,” she said, an almost gentle tone to her voice. “From what I’ve seen, you have a very supportive family. They’d likely do anything to help you. But, you do have to ask or how do they know what you need?”

He felt a pang somewhere near his heart. How could he do that? How could he let them know just how weak he was feeling? After his mother had fought to get where she was now. His father never would have been this close to succumbing. Jonas was doing nothing but letting his father’s memory down.

“I don’t need anything,” he insisted. “I’m good.”

He would be. He promised himself he’d find a way to be just fine.

Oh, Jonas, you stubborn, stubborn man. And you may not have known your father quite so well if you believe all that crap in your head(which his brother tells him a bit later).

And now for Flames of Knowledge. We get our first glimpse of Ames, the other main character, here, but we’re still in Connor’s POV.

He stopped when he saw someone else heading up into the field. His heart beat a little faster, knowing instantly who it was. They didn’t even look his way, though. He could put himself in their path, of course. It would only take a couple steps to do that.
As if they had heard his thoughts, their head jerked up and they met his eyes. He lifted his hand to wave, but they were already turning the other way. Damn it.
Connor still hadn’t figured out what he’d done wrong, but every time Ames saw him, that was their reaction. He wished he knew what he could do to change it. Probably nothing.
He didn’t know why he kept trying.

This obviously isn’t their first meeting. Why does Ames turn away from him? Was it something he did? Or something else?

And now for how my goals are going:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Beat sheets Act 1, 2, 3, & 4, & Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 12824/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/21 – On Chapter 8/10
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 1346/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 498/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5.17/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 1.5/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: read through, edit
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 9/20
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Fatal Flaw(Marie Force) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On page 152/399
    • Fortitude Smashed(Taylor Brooke) – Started this Monday night. At 16%.
    • Revelations(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 5/5
    • Angels’ Blood(Nalini Singh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Traitor to the Throne(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 28/51

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 7/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 9/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 1/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 42/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 20 rows – 10 rows

Sunday Summary: Moving Forward

Maybe not quite as fast as I’d originally planned, but I am making forward progress. I’d hoped to have through Chapter 10(of 40) of Flames of Knowledge written by now. I’m on Chapter 7. There are also now 42 chapters. And I’ve decided to scale back to only doing 1 chapter a day instead of 2. That means it’ll take me 2 months to finish the first draft. That’s not really that big of a deal really. I figure out that counting this one, I have 12 stories beyond the one I’m planning on publishing soon. I have time to get it done.

Not a whole lot happening this week. Kids went back to school on Wednesday. Husband went to work on Thursday(he’s been laid off since the end of November. There probably won’t be much work until the end of the month, but at least it’s something). Mother Nature decided to play a late April Fool’s joke and give us more snow. It’s not entirely unheard of in April, but really, we’ve had enough. Especially when it had been like 50F the day before.

Anyway, here’s my progress for the week

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Through Locations(sheet 20/25) – through locations(4/5 sheets), skipped subplot sheet(not sure about subplot yet),
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: brainstorming, GMCs, Erik’s back story – Jeff’s & Jakob’s mind maps, plot mind map, GMCs done.
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 10375/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 5/21 – drafted 6/10 chapters
      • “Did you just want to touch all my things, or is there a valid reason you’re here?” He didn’t meant to sound impatient, but he really wanted to get back to his canvas, now that he had a vision clear in his head.
        Silas turned toward him and winked. “I wouldn’t mind touching your things, Connor, but I can only handle one Riley at a time. And Corrin’s taking up that spot.”
        Connor’s face suddenly felt on fire. He hadn’t even realized there would be an innuendo for Silas to pick up. Of course, sometimes he thought the other man plucked them right out of the air. “That’s not what I meant.”

        • And there Silas goes, stealing the scene like usual. Of course, I’d been struggling with the scene until he showed up and got Connor out of his head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 848/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 400 words – 421/400 words
      • Hawk: 400 words – 427/400 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3.625/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 3.625/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
      • This week: edit last 2 scenes, polish – 3/2 scenes edited(split last scene into 2. This was one I wrote for Story a Day and added it into this draft). 49/49 items polished.
    • Hang On
      • This week: organize scenes, read through
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 7/20
    • Treyjon(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Stowaway(Veronica Scott) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night.
    • After the Storm(Maya Banks) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday morning.
    • Been Here All Along(Sandy Hall) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Fighting Redemption(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday night
    • Stealing Mr. Right(Tamara Morgan) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Friday night.
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Picked this back up Saturday afternoon(had started it back in January). Finished it Saturday night.
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. At 40%
  • Listen: 5 books – 4/5
    • Sweet Talk(Susan Mallery) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Shifting Gears(Riley Hart) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Hearts in Darkness(Laura Kaya) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday morning.
    • Saddles and Sin(Jessie Evans) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon.

Social Media:

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 37/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: start blanket – 10 rows

Writing Wednesday: Camp Time

Camp NaNoWriMo, that is. I started on Sunday, although I only wrote 275 words then. I’m working on Flames of Knowledge for this one. I’m hoping to finish the whole first draft this month, but we’ll see how that goes. Next month, I’ll be doing Story a Day again, as well as trying to draft Green Hills & Smoky Fields 2(I really need to come up with titles for the individual novels in this series), June should be for Nowhere to Run, then July’s camp will be Craving You(the next in my Kurztown series). Of course, I just started plotting that one, but I shouldn’t have any problem having it ready to write by then. Of course, if I find finishing a draft in one month too much, I’ll have to stretch out that schedule. We’ll see.

Kids go back to school today after almost a whole week off. It wasn’t too bad, they mostly do their own thing, so I was still able to get a good bit of work done. I’ve needed the writing after spending Easter at my mom’s. I could get into everything that was said there that got me worked up. I just wished I had an actual backbone and my voice didn’t seize up when I’m upset. But, then everyone probably would have piled on me, because of course no one else’s opinion is ever right, and I just don’t know how things really are. Because my thoughts and feelings are invalid if they don’t match everyone else’s. And at 33, I still haven’t unlearned that it’s just easier to keep my mouth shut apparently.

Anyway, my kids were really cute for Easter. They both picked out their Easter outfits on their own.

And I’ve been able to bury myself in words and throw some of my feelings into the writing. Which is probably why Ames vented about their family to a friendly listening ear(Nolan, who keeps popping up in the stories despite already having his happy ending ;)).

It’s WiPPet Wednesday time again!! I’m cheating a little today, maybe. It’s 4/4, so I’m taking 4 paragraphs from 2 different projects to share. First, we have Jonas & Isaac(Jonas is having a dark moment and just told Isaac he shouldn’t be there):

“Yes, I should.” He slid his fingers through Jonas’ hair. “We said we were going to move forward together. How can we do that if I’m not here with you?”

“I’m just going to drag you into Hell with me.”

The words made him want to cry. He remembered thinking the same thing years ago, only with their positions reversed. He hadn’t realized then how much the words must have cut into Jonas, because now he felt like he was bleeding. But, Jonas had not left his side then, and Isaac wasn’t going to, either.

“Then, we’ll take the devil on together.”

Will Jonas get through this, or at least let Isaac help him?

And now for a snippet of Flames of Knowledge. 4 paragraphs again.

Connor laughed at that. He’d seen the two men interact before, and if he hadn’t known there was no blood between them, he would have assumed they truly were brothers. “Where is the little guy anyway? I figured you’d at least be giving your wife a break today.”
Nolan just laughed. Then, he said, “With all your family here today, did you really think either of us would even get to hold our son?”
Connor let out a huff of breath that could maybe have been called a laugh. He should have figured that. “I guess I should make my rounds before I get accused of being anti-social again.” He was here, wasn’t he? Shouldn’t that count for something?
Nolan clapped him on the shoulder. “I believe your mom and aunts took him down to the house. Shouldn’t be too hard to find him.”

I know exactly how you feel, Connor.

Do you want to see more of Connor(and eventually Ames) or should I go back to Jonas & Isaac?

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Through Locations(sheet 20/25) – through romance arc(1/5 sheets), skipped subplot sheet(not sure about subplot yet),
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: brainstorming, GMCs, Erik’s back story – Jeff’s & Jakob’s mind maps
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 7132/~65000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/40 – drafted 4/10 chapters
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 220/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 400 words – 215/400 words
      • Hawk: 400 words – 198/400 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 1.625/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 1.625/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
      • This week: edit last 2 scenes, polish – 3/2 scenes edited(split last scene into 2. This was one I wrote for Story a Day and added it into this draft)
    • Hang On
      • This week: organize scenes, read through
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 2/20
    • Treyjon(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Stowaway(Veronica Scott) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night.
    • After the Storm(Maya Banks) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 155/392
  • Listen: 5 books – 1/5
    • Sweet Talk(Susan Mallery) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Shifting Gears(Riley Hart) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On chapter 14/39

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 2/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 3/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 31/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: start blanket – 5 rows

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

 

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

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