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Writing Wednesday: Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, here in the States at least. One thing I’m thankful for: We never host Thanksgiving dinner, so I don’t have to worry about doing a special cleaning of the house or cook or have to deal with people in my house. We’re going to my mom’s for the day and may stop at husband’s aunt’s on the way home. I’ll be taking a book/my kindle so I can hide away when I can’t take socializing any more.

Another thing I’m thankful for: We have internet that works again! Our old service kept going out(the modem said it was connected but nothing would work). I’d basically have to only have 1 thing connected at a time for it to work and if I connected my phone, it would completely go out. So, husband called the local cable company we used to use and he came Monday and reconnected our service. Now, I won’t have to go through all my data package on my phone in a month(it was pretty close last month).

Now, I just have to get a new wireless keyboard it seems. Mine periodically stops working. If it sits for a length of time, it won’t type when I try to use it again. Loosen one of the batteries and put it back in and it works again. I thought batteries might be low, but I changed them out yesterday and it was still doing it. So, yeah, I think it’s time for a new one.

And now it is time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I have more of Jonas & Isaac for you today. I had thought of rewinding and sharing a Thanksgiving scene for today. Instead I’ll share a scene with something Jonas is thankful for. I have 7 paragraphs today(22-11+2+0+1-7).

He used the crutches to keep himself steady as he walked–actually walked! He was still having trouble believing that– out of the office. The sky had dumped snow on the city earlier that day, but the sidewalk was shoveled and parking lot cleared. A dark blue car idled at the curb.

Jonas took careful steps toward it. The last thing he wanted to do was fall out here and mess something up already. When he reached the car, he opened the door and caught Konner grinning at him. “Looking good there,” Konner said. “Of course, you always do. But especially so with that walking.”

Jonas felt his face warm. It always did when Konner said things like that. When he flirted, with Jonas himself or Isaac. But, he just slid his crutches into the backseat and climbed in. “Thanks for agreeing to give me a ride. I wanted to show the whole family together.”

“Not a problem, man. Glad you were able to get it today.”

So was he. Jonas had thought he’d be able to take the leg home the week before when he first went in for the fitting. But, they’d had to make some adjustments. So he’d had to wait.

“Did you tell Isaac what you were doing?” He didn’t know why it mattered. But, he wanted to be the one to show him. Over the last two weeks, some sort of connection had formed between them again. Not what they’d had before, but maybe they could at least be friends.

He kept telling himself he could be content with that.

Sure, Jonas, you can believe that all you want. 😉

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky FieldsOutline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themOn Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 36882/50000 words On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 13775/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 679 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 648 words
    • High on Loving You – 669 words
    • By the Gun – 293 words
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 2075/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 69 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 55 words
    • Roman
    • Dougal & Shae
    • Jacob & Matthew
    • Mike & Fadil
    • Hawk – 58 words
    • Sean & Braeden
    • Melanie & Garren
    • Desmund
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 11 /15 On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 17/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 13/30 Off Target
    • Barefoot at Sunset(Roxanne St. Clair) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Really didn’t care about the characters by 30% so set this aside Tuesday.
    • The Hunter(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday evening. On page 81/380
    • Take Me, Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. Set it aside Monday evening. So tired of the woman has to be taught how to be feminine trope. And apparently a man knows how to make that happen better than a woman. Just, no thanks.
    • Slow Burn Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Saturday afternoon. On page 119/367
    • Into the Firestorm(Kat Martin) – Started this Tuesday evening. On page 48/368
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 6/4 Bullseye!
    • Crossroads(Riley Hart) – Started this Friday(11/17) around noon. Not sure if it was narrator or what, but not pulling me in. On Chapter 20/43
    • A Seditious Affair(K.J. Charles) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished Sunday afternoon.
    • A Gentleman’s Postition(K.J. Charles) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday evening. Loved, loved, loved.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 14/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit 7 rows & finished brim, knit 48 rows of main pattern, Knit 14 rounds of decrease rounds. Finished Saturday morning(11/18)  Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square. Started Dreamy Scarf Saturday afternoon(11/18) About 35/66 inches long On Target
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Sunday Summary: Rolling Along

Not too much to really say up here. Words have been flowing. Things are about to get hot in my NaNo project. And not in a sexy way. Why would I be nice to my characters, after all?

I’m not sure how the words will go this week with Thanksgiving. But, I’ll still be working on it. At the rate I’m going, I might hit the midpoint by the time I reach 50,000 words. Which should make this my longest novel. but, we’ll see how thing goes.

Now, for my progress so far:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky FieldsOutline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themOn Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 31273/50000 words On Target
    • “I’m going to saddle Ceallach,” Torin said, heading for the back of the cottage. Desmund saw his aunt heading after him. He knew she wouldn’t be trying to talk him out of leaving this time. Torin and Eamonn did have to leave now. Otherwise they likely would all hang. He hated he would have to say good-bye to Eamonn after all, though.
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 11288/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 1182 words
      • Austin wouldn’t let himself look. He would not ruin the good time she was having. “Aren’t big brothers supposed to threaten the guys who want to get with their little sisters?” he asked.
        Nolan just laughed at that. “You do realize Jess would kick our asses if any of us tried that. Tate may anyways, but just mention Emilia, and he turns into a big teddy bear.”
    • Whatever It Takes –1209 words
    • High on Loving You –1334 words
      • She just wished she could say the same for herself. But, that was a choice in his hands, and it almost seemed like he had made it. And it wasn’t in her favor. She wasn’t just going to give up, though. Not on Morgan and not on what they could have between them. No matter what he had to say about the matter. She had faith in them, and she would find a way to prove he should as well.
    • By the Gun – 590 words
      • Carlos wished he could be as sure as the other man. But, he just knew he needed to make sure he didn’t let his brother die. If that happened, he’d only have Pedro left. He would have failed everyone else. And he wasn’t sure how he could claim he hadn’t failed him as well. If he’d gotten back to the ranch sooner that day, if he’d kept Patrick and those other men from riding off, maybe then he could have stopped it all. But, he hadn’t, and now almost all his family was gone.
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 1893/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 54 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 36 words
    • Roman – 108 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 51 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 60 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 32 words
    • Hawk – 63 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 46 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 76 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 10/15 On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 14/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 13/30 Off Target
    • Dangerous in Training(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • Softly at Sunrise(Maya Banks) – Started this Saturday night. It’s a novella included with Shades of Gray. Finished it Sunday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • The Rogue Prince(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Had trouble getting into this one, which has never been a problem for me with any of Lindsay’s books. I did end up enjoying it, though, and got the next book(she’s one of the few authors I autobuy instead of putting on a list and waiting for chance at sale)
    • All He Ever Needed(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Was okay.
    • A Gentleman’s Position(K.J. Charles) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon. LOVED it.
    • Barefoot at Sunset(Roxanne St. Clair) – Started this Thursday afternoon. At 20%
    • The Hunter(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday evening. On page 11/380
    • Take Me, Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. On page 16/190
    • Slow Burn Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Saturday afternoon. On page 104/367
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 4/4 Bullseye!
    • Imprudence(Gail Carriger) – Started this Friday morning(11/10). Finished it Friday morning(11/17). Really enjoyed it.
    • Crossroads(Riley Hart) – Started this Friday(11/17) around noon. Not sure if it was narrator or what, but not pulling me in.
    • A Fashionable Indulgence(K.J. Charles) – Started this Friday afternoon. I’ve now read all the books in this series, so I decided why not listen to them straight through. They’re included in the Audible Romance package so I can download them for free(well, for the monthly subscription fee, but I can get as many as I can listen to a month). Finished it Saturday morning. Think I loved this even more listening to it than when I read it. And I believe I LOVED it then. 🙂
    • A Seditious Affair(K.J. Charles) – Started this Saturday afternoon. On Chapter 9/17

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 14/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit 7 rows & finished brim, knit 48 rows of main pattern, Knit 14 rounds of decrease rounds. Finished Saturday morning(11/18)  Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square. Started Dreamy Scarf Saturday afternoon(11/18) On Target

Sunday Summary: Double 3s

Happy birthday to me! I guess. I woke up around 2 with a cramp in my calf muscle so bad I was almost in tears. Thanks, body. Just what I wanted for a present. :p So, I guess that means I missed that whole extra hour of sleep thing, too(which we forgot to turn our clocks back last night so I had a moment of confusion when my computer was an hour earlier than everything else…because I apparently ignored my phone). Anyway, today’s plans are breakfast at IHoP, maybe a trip to B&N(to spend gift card MIL got me), craft store(for the yarn I need for one of my projects), hopefully a hair cut and groceries. That’s pretty much it.

I guess this is what 33 looks like, not much different than 32.

A little over a week ago, the S pen for my phone(the Samsung Note 5) broke. The end came off, and I ended up losing the spring, with the rest of the pen stuck inside my phone. I tried a trick I found for getting it out, but it didn’t work. So, I figured I’d get a replacement one(I also bought a couple books so I’d get free shipping. :D). It got here yesterday. And wouldn’t work. 😦 Realized the phone must not recognize it since it still registered one being inside. Husband managed to pry it out(I was afraid to be too aggressive and break something. He obviously didn’t have such concerns). The new one works better than the old one did before. I’m setting the old one aside in case something happens to this one.

Wording is going pretty well, though I just realized I didn’t update my NaNo word count on the site yesterday(think I did Friday, but not sure). Better go do that. Then, on to my progress for the month so far.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal meet/Finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Set aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themTarget Not Sighted In
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 6982/50000 words On Target
    • “I will not just let him get away with what he has done,” Torin said quietly then turned and stalked back to the mare he’d left a little distance away. He didn’t ride off this time, though. Eamonn was afraid if he did, he would never see his brother again.
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 2945/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 866 words
      • She shook her head, but all her words had abandoned her. She didn’t know how to make it clear that this wasn’t about him not being enough. It was about him deserving better than she’d ever be able to give him. That she couldn’t love him, not the way he seemed to need from her. “This will be better,” she said then she turned and jogged back to where she’d parked her car.
        It would be better, she told herself again on the drive back to her apartment. Once it stopped hurting so much, it would be better.
    • Whatever It Takes – 819 words
    • High on Loving You – 743 words
    • By the Gun – 517 words
      • “I’m shot.” Shot. Just like their father had been. He’d died in that street because Alejandro hadn’t been able to do anything. Now, he was going to die, too. And he hadn’t even been able to find Rosalyn. He’d failed her just like he had their father. Like he had everyone.
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 674/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 83 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 77 words
    • Roman – 68 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 70 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 50 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 104 words
    • Hawk – 60 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 91 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 71 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 2/15 On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 2/23 Off Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 1/30 Off Target
    • Keeping the Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Thursday night. Shed so many tears, but loved it so much.
    • Killing Fear(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday afternoon(when my kindle had to charge). Read the prologue(10 pages but was numbered with roman numerals. Chapter 1 started with page 1, which seems weird to me, but oh well). On page 109/421
    • Concourse(Santino Hassell) – Started this Friday evening. At 34%
    • Unicorn Tracks(Julia Ember) – Started this Saturday night. At 11%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 0/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 58/69

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 5/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Crochet: Prayer Square & Dreamy Scarf – 14/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

Writing Wednesday: NaNo Time!

Yes, that’s right! It’s November 1! That actually means a couple things for me. First, it’s the start of another NaNoWriMo. Of course, that’s pretty much every month for me(there are only 3 months I haven’t written at least 50k, one of those I was only short about 50 words). But, I still get excited about the official challenge every year. And this year, I’m actually not being a rebel and working on several projects/something already in progress like the last few years. As of this morning, I have a bright blank slate to work on. 😀 I tried to stay up to start it at midnight. Yeah, I made it to 10. :/ This should not be a surprise to anyone. I used to be able to stay up late and get up early. Anymore it’s only the getting up early part.

November 1 also means yesterday was Halloween! Okay, I don’t really get that excited about it. We live out in the country, and we don’t really decorate for it. Who would see it anyway? But, the kids like dressing up, and we take them into town to visit houses. We don’t do themed costumes(unless the kids want to be something from the same thing). One year they were Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. So, that worked out. This year the boy picked Marshall(from Paw Patrol). The girl wanted to be Everest(also Paw Patrol) but we couldn’t find a costume in her size. She ended up being the Pink Power Ranger. That was actually surprising because she usually rolls her eyes when the boy watches one of the many versions of it. But, it was her choice. We walked for a little less than an hour, and they got quite a bit of candy. But, it was pretty cold out(no snow at least, so that’s something).

The third thing November means is that it’s almost my birthday! Yes, on Sunday, I’m going to be the big 3-3(wait, is that a big deal? Probably not). Another year older. Woohoo(I mean that both sincerely and sarcastically, if that’s possible). No big plans, though I do hope to get my hair cut again this weekend(it’s getting shaggy and driving me a bit nuts).

But, for now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday!! And time to visit with Jonas & Isaac again. Since it’s my birthday month, I’m taking the digits of my upcoming age and adding them together(3+3 = 6) and giving you 6 paragraphs from the next scene. Jonas is trying to make sense of what happened in that moment between him and Isaac and what to do about it.

Then, Isaac had shown up. He hadn’t realized he’d been there so long. And just a hand on his leg had sent him spinning. God, he was a loser. How many times would he have to tell himself it would be better to stay away from Isaac before his body believed it?

“Are you okay?” his mom asked. “You didn’t push yourself too hard again, did you?”

“No, mama,” Jonas said. “I mean, I didn’t. I’m fine.”

“Then, why are you so quiet? You’ve been excited the last times I picked you up. Today you are subdued. What is different?”

“Nothing.” Everything. But, he couldn’t even explain that to himself, let alone his mother. Maybe he was just going to have to stay away from the youth center until he got his head and feelings sorted out.

Yeah, that was what he’d do.

Sure, you will, Jonas. Sure you will. 😉

And now for how I finished up the month of October:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal met/finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Set aside

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit, Outline Act 1 in Scrivener – Outlined first 5 chapters(Act 1) on Monday. Chapter 5 has about 8 scenes in it currently, so it will probably be split into at least 2 chapters, maybe more. I’ll outline acts as I finish one up. On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 33581/35000 words Off Target(about 1.5k off target)

    • Still Burning – 594 words
      • But, she shook her head. She wasn’t sure she could count on that. And was afraid it would just mean she’d end up hurting him more in the future. She had to put an end to it before that happened. But, she wasn’t sure how to say any of that to her dad, let alone Austin. But, since he was now heading toward her, she’d have to figure it out.
    • Whatever It Takes – 465 words
      • Jayla could only stare at Carisa as she finally wound down. She just didn’t have any words. What could she say to that?
        Absolutely nothing.
    • High on Loving You – 2685 words
      • She just shrugged one shoulder and climbed into her seat. He waited for her to buckle in before he closed her door and climbed into the front again. He flexed his hands around the steering wheel a few times before finally turning the key in the ignition. Raina didn’t speak on the drive home. Morgan thought about trying to pry answers about her day out of her, but he’d never had to do that before. Usually she volunteered all the information he could want. Even more than that most days.
        When they got to the house, she walked just as quietly into the house and went back to her room. She didn’t even ask him for a snack. She always had a snack when she got home from school. He needed to get to the bottom of what was wrong before his little girl faded away into nothing more than a ghost.
        He just didn’t even know where to start.
    • By the Gun – 821 words
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 4849/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 56 words
    • Roman – 40 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 50 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 26/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 2/24 chapters,    Target in Sight
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 11/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 8/5 Bullseye!
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 28/69.
  • Read: 30 books – 24/30 Off Target
    • Spiral(Mila Ferrera) – Started this Thursday night. Set aside at 54%. Just wasn’t doing anything for me. Disappointing because I’ve liked her other books.
    • Finding Miss McFarland(Vivienne Lorret) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Love in a Snowstorm(Zoe York) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished this Monday afternoon. It was ok, but kept almost putting it down
    • The Recruit(Monica McCarty) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed this one.
    • Love is a Battlefield(Elle Kennedy & Vivian Arend) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 20/20 posts Bullseye!
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday(10/3?). 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 53/53 rounds of cable pattern done. Finished it Thursday(10/26) Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf – I need “Dreamy” yarn for this(I could probably use another kind, but the pattern is based on using this yarn) and I haven’t found it yet. So haven’t started this. It will get moved to November’s goals.
  • Since I don’t have the yarn for my other crochet project, I decided to do up some “prayer squares”. They were talking about these in church the other week, and I figured it would be easy enough if I could find a pattern(there are quite a few out there). So started one on Monday. Have 6/20 rows done.

So, it was a pretty good month overall, even though there were a couple things i didn’t get to. I seem to be finding the best way to organize my day, and those Mellow Mondays are going well(though my definition of Mellow is apparently broken. haha).

So, now to look forward to November:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 516/50000 words
  • Secondary: Other main project – Write 17500 words – 0/17500
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 0/2250
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 0/15

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 1/23

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 0/4
    • Keeping the Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 4%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 0/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 37/69

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 1/21
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque
  • Crochet: Prayer Square & Dreamy Scarf – 0/14 remaining rows on Prayer Square

Writing Wednesday: Getting Hot

Last week, when we had the broken dryer, it was windy, a little cool, and sometimes rainy. This week so far it feels more like the end of May than middle of April. In fact, I managed to get a little sun burn on Monday just from sitting out on the porch reading while the kids played. Tuesday I put up the porch umbrella when I couldn’t take the direct sunlight anymore.

Keeping me company outside while I wrote and the kids played.

Yesterday was the last day of the kids’ week-long break from school. I managed to write two scenes in Playing with Fire before they got up. Normally I would have kept going, but the scenes coming up will be a bit steamy, and my 9 year-old likes to sit there and read while I write(particularly with it being plugged into the tv until we replace the desk chair). So I decided to set that aside at least until they went to bed last night. Then I could play catch-up. I did get one more scene written last night, I’ll catch up on the other’s today.

Speaking of Playing with Fire, it’s WiPPet Time again!! I’ve shared snippets from Corrin’s POV & Silas’. So, I guess now it’s time to get something from Jeremiah’s. For today, I have 33 sentences(4+19+2+0+1+7). Jeremiah is trying to take some college classes around working at the fire department. But, he’s not finding it so easy to balance the two.

Jeremiah stepped into the apartment but stopped when he heard Corrin’s laugh ring out from the kitchen. He’d loved that sound from the first time he’d heard it. But, it had been elusive lately. He wondered how Silas had managed to bring it out. He’d barely spoken to Silas since their kiss the other day. His words had kept ringing in his head, though. Was he right? Did Corrin really think she didn’t deserve him?
That was just ridiculous.
He shut the door behind him and pulled off his boots before walking toward the kitchen. Exhaustion filled every cell of his body. He wanted to hit his bed, but it would have to be coffee for now. He had a class he couldn’t miss in two hours. Most of his professors understood if he missed a class because he had a shift at the station, but there was always one. And this semester that one was definitely Dr. Egleston.
“You are absolutely awful, Silas,” Corrin was saying as Jeremiah stepped into the kitchen, but she was still smiling. Something twisted in him that Silas was the one she was smiling at like that. He wasn’t sure which of them he was more jealous of.
“I try to do my part,” Silas said, grinning back at her. Then, he glanced over at Jeremiah, and his smile softened. “You look like shit. Hard shift?”
Jeremiah nodded. He wasn’t ready to talk about it, though. “I need to shower, change, and get to class. Is there still any coffee?”
“It’s just about out,” Silas said. “I’ll get some more started while you get a shower.”
“Thanks. I won’t be long.” He wanted to say more, do more, but Silas was already turning toward the coffeemaker. It was for the best anyway.
He had to stop wanting more than he could have.

But, is it, Jeremiah? Or can you have everything you want? 😉

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas – finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener
  • Still BurningBrainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arcwrote the plot summary(296 words), and got through the Initial Concept sheet(190 words). 1/22 sections for the Toolkit

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 26627 words/40 finished scenes for the month, 4597 words/7 scenes for the week
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 3043/4000 words for the month, 534 for the week
    • Dougal & Shae – 143 words – ”Any man who thinks he can try to force you to do anything you don’t want to do is too stupid to deserve you anyway.”
    • Mike & Fadil – 174 words – After stopping at the market, he drove down the next block to the house where he’d grown up. He always felt a slight pang driving past her. No, life hadn’t always been wonderful when he was younger. His father had never been a violent man, but Mike had very few memories where the man hadn’t been drunk.
    • Hang On – 108 words – Ian didn’t say anything else, but I could still feel him watching me as I focused on the road. Still, I couldn’t help wondering who this person was who he was losing his mind over. And wishing it was me. *hehehe, who says it isn’t?
    • Roman – 109 words – He finished his eggs and washed them down with the rest of his coffee. He pushed back from the table and picked up his plate. “Are you going to help Carlos?” Tereza asked before he could even take a step away from the table.

Editing

  • Stained BloodAdjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers –  29/50 search & destroy items(cut 775 words).
  • Snow White Twistrename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers –If anyone else is interested in reading a f/f snow white retelling and offering feedback, I’ll send it to you, too. I’ve already gotten it back from one of the beta readers and started going through the notes.
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

  • A-Z posts: Draft 13 posts 13/13 finished. 9500 words. Started drafting T post on my phone while we were at husband’s aunt’s on Sunday. Yes, I’ll do just about anything to avoid interacting with people(and it was our last stop of the day and I’d had enough). I wrote about 255 words on that. And I finished it at home Sunday night(662). Wrote U on Monday, then  V, W, X, Y & Z on Tuesday.
  • A-Z posts: Edit 18 posts – 11/18
  • A-Z posts: Post 25 posts – 15/25 posted. You can find links to all current ones on my theme reveal post(I’m updating as they go live)

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 3/5, 0 this week
    • Girl on a Wire(Gwenda Bond) – Started this Thursday. Wasn’t too sure about it at first, but I’m on Chapter 22 now and still enjoying it.
  • Read: 30 books – 18/30, 2 this week
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 96/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Make Me Stay(Jaci Burton) – Read this Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Wild Ride(Cathryn Fox) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it while eating lunch Tuesday. It was a quicker one, and I liked it.
    • A Rogue by Any Other Name(Sarah MacLean) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 45/36.

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – 6 rounds of decrease done, but I ran out of yarn.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie – I got 10/17 rounds done
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat

Sunday Summary: End of the March

Ok, so there really wasn’t a march. And I probably wouldn’t have lasted long if there was(considering the state of my knees lately). I was trying to be clever as it *is* the end of March.

Actually, I used to march and toss a baton. When I was about five. Yeah, that was a while ago. Also, I was never very good at it. I have never been very coordinated. I was going to try to find a picture, but I can’t find the scrapbook I thought I had that it was in.

Yesterday we dropped the kids off at my mother-in-law’s and drove down to Grove City where the motorcycle club we’re a part of was throwing a party. It went all weekend, but we just went down for the day. It was fun, though I was getting overwhelmed by all the voices(not in my head. Just everyone talking and being loud puts my nerves on edge). Plus, it was past my bedtime(seriously I’m usually in bed by 9). Couldn’t fall asleep on the way home, though I had my eyes closed most of the way. May have been the 4 Dr Peppers I drank while we were there(almost everyone else was drinking alcohol, but I’m not a big drinker). The caffeine in Dr Pepper usually doesn’t bother me too much, but I don’t usually drink so much of it at a time either.

Today after church we’re getting pictures taken. My mother-in-law just informed us last weekend that she’d scheduled an appointment for these pictures. No talking to us about it beforehand or anything. I’m…not surprised. Not the first time she’s done something like this. It’s not a huge deal since we didn’t have other plans. But, that’s not the point anyway. I’m not going to get all worked up about it because there’s no point. Just…irritated.

Anyway, my final check-in for March(and beginning of April).

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 14/21 sections(I cut out subplot section for this one) of Story Toolkit. 5579 words so far this month. 554 words this week.
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstormdidn’t get to this one. Will be moving it to next month once I finish Heart of Christmas as well as the rest of the plotting(or at least a good part of it)

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 42505 words/45000, 44/38 scenes for the month. 7068 words/8 scenes written this week. I didn’t quite hit that 45k goal for the month, but I did write THE END on Friday. It’s at a total of 67604 words. I may end up adding more during revisions(I likely will. Usually do).
    • He tangled his fingers with hers as they continued to watch the kids unwrap more of their gifts. He just knew he was glad he could be here for this moment and all the others. And he prayed he’d be able to stay right here with all of them.
  • Secondary: Side Projects5000 words, edit Chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah & Chapter 1 of Tavin & Haiwee, read through 9 chapters of Snow White Twist(there’s actually 10, but I read through chapter 1 in February) – 6046/5000 words so far this month. 1327 words this week. have read through 9/9 in Snow White Twist. and I already have one reader lined up for this. If any else would be interested in reading a f/f retelling of Snow White(about 21000 words), let me know. I should have it revised and ready by the end of the month. I’ve started working on these side projects in random order instead of the same order every week. I’ll add them in to this list as I finish the week’s words on each.
    • Snow White Twist – I compiled notes on 10/10 chapters. I have made 98/98 changes. I’ve started my search & destroy mission and weeded through 2/50 words on my list. Probably cut close to 150 words.
    • Mason & Lila – 100 words – Music career? She didn’t have a career. She could sing, she would never deny that. But, that didn’t mean she was good enough to even get a recording contract. And anyway, she was only fifteen. Way too young to make anything of it.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 167 words – She worried, though, what Patrick would think of her for how she handled her sons. She was doing the best she could, but was it really enough?
    • Preggers – 106 words – The other woman reached out and touched her arm gently. “You’re not hurt, are you? I wasn’t watching where I was going. I seem to have that problem these days.”
    • Roman – 130 words – He let out a breath then said, “Morning, Tereza. How are you?” His heart was still scrambling, but he thought he sounded calm and in control at least. He wasn’t sure he’d ever known a teenager, or anyone really, who moved so quietly.
    • Mike & Fadil – 138 words – He’d just had her here over the weekend, and after one night, he missed her already. Her sweet voice and soft kisses. The sound of “I love you, Daddy” when he tucked her in at night. He hadn’t thought he wanted any of that. But, he wouldn’t want to be given the last five years without her. 
    • Dougal & Shae – 163 words – The truth was she couldn’t just sit around. Not when she couldn’t get that man– his face, his eyes, his voice– out of her head. “Why do you have to question everyone’s motives?” she asked.“I’m a cop.”
    • Midas’ Daughter – 189 words – And he saw the way her father treated Calla. Using words like whips, leaving her in more pain than he probably would with his fist. And Flip worried it would change to that eventually. He would have thought she’d leave as soon as she turned eighteen. And he never had understood why she stayed.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 121 words – All that mattered was having Jacob with him. If they never had to leave this room, maybe that could work out for them. 
    • Hang On – 102 words – So, I’d given up on having any control when he was around. 
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 111 words – Tavin couldn’t help but burst out laughing. She looked at him, her head tilting to the side. Then, she smiled. He loved the sight of her smile. He’d laugh at himself daily if that’s all it took to bring that out. 

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 8 new scenes(realized one I had planned was unnecessary so cut it out, and the other I made a paragraph in the next scene, as it didn’t feel worth a whole scene) & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 8/8 new scenes finished this month. 40/40 scenes edited. 6407 words added this month. 1523 words this week. And I posted another teaser for it on Tuesday. I just have to go through and polish it up and make sure there aren’t any missing details. Then, it’ll be ready for betas.
    • “I don’t recall exactly. I told her I didn’t want her unprotected. She said I wasn’t the boss of her, and I reminded her I am her husband. And”—he swallowed hard— “she compared me to the animal who treated her so badly in the first place.”
      “Oh, Barrett,” Jacob said, his voice so soft Barrett was sure he’d find some sympathy here. Then, Jacob shoved his shoulder. “You are such a god-damned idiot.”
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal(if I get back from CP) – complete CP edits – still waiting to get this back.
    • In the Moonlight – start revisions

Blogging:

  • A-Z posts – draft 24 posts – 11/24 for the month. J, K, L  & M are finished. 3907 words.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 27 posts – Edited 9/27(almost forgot about the theme reveal post) posts. H is all ready to go. A posted yesterday.

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 5/8 for the month(though I actually finished the 5th on the first of April), 1 this week
    • Fire(Kristin Cashore) – On Chapter 5(audible has these chapters split up weird. There are more than one in what it says is a chapter. So I’m just doing what’s on top of the screen on my phone). It’s interesting, but I’m almost 3 hours in and it doesn’t feel like a lot’s really happened. I’ll give it at least a little longer. I’m almost 6 hours in now and still doesn’t feel like a lot is happening. Taking a break from it to listen to something else.
    • Crocodile on the Sandbank(Elizabeth Peters) – I finished this Saturday morning and really enjoyed it.
  • Read: 31 books – 31/31 for March, 2 for April so far. 8 this week.
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 43/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Hallowed Ground(Rebecca Yarros) – started this Sunday morning. Finished it Wednesday night. Loved it.
    • And I Darken(Kiersten White) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Really enjoyed it, though it was a bit…twisted. Very toxic relationships. Looking forward to the next book.
    • This is True Love(Jamie Wesley) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening. It was a fairly quick read. Really enjoyed it.
    • Secrets of a Summer Night(Lisa Kleypas) – Started this one Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • Focus on Me(Megan Erickson) – Started this on Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon. LOVED IT!!
    • Nobody But You(Jill Shalvis) – Started this on Thursday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • I’ll Meet You There(Heather Demetrios) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it just as we dropped the kids off at MiL’s on Saturday. Loved it.
    • Year of the Crocodile(Courtney Milan) – read this on the way down to Grove City yesterday. It was short, but I really liked it.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – realized the slouchy hat uses a loom I don’t have, so I’m cutting it off the list.

And evaluating the year so far:

Plotting:

  • Plot 9 new novels/novellas among 5 active series + 1 standalone novel – I’ve plotted 1 of these and almost through plotting another. I set aside one of the other ones.
  • Re-plot 2 novels to be rewritten
    • Stained Blood(Stained #3) – this is replotted
    • East of Abilene(Directions of Love #1) – this will be at least round 3, maybe round 4.

Writing:

  • Finish all 5 active WiPs
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #2) – finished
    • Crash and Burn(Flames #5.5) – finished
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, CO #6) – still in progress. This will be May’s project.
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5) – finished(just this past Friday)
    • In the Moonlight – finished
  • Work on 5 more WiPs – wrote about 8500 words on 2 other projects before setting them aside.
    • Buried Secrets – 1881 words. This will be July’s project(if I don’t change things around before then)
    • Playing with Fire – 6617 words. This will be April’s project

Editing:

  • Rewrite Stained Blood(Stained #3) – just finished this on Friday. Added 9435 words to this.
  • 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) – this is my A-Z challenge theme this year. I’m about halfway through it.
  • Start Hawk’s story(Riders of Justice #5)
  • Add 6000 words each to back story novellas – I’ve added about 17420 words to all the short stories I’m working on and have added more to the list. I have 10 on it right now.

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. I did like 28/31 posts, I think. So I’ll count it as a success.
  • A-Z Challenge – I’ll be writing Icarus & Cassie’s story as a serial for this – As I said above, I’m about halfway through.
  • 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 – no other challenges yet.

Reading:

  • Listen: 50 audiobooks – 25/50
  • Read: 350 books – 89/350

Crafting:

  • Knit: 9 projects – 3/9
  • Crochet: 9 projects – 3/9
  • Loom: 9 projects – 1/9

Making some good progress for the year so far. Next up, goals for round 2 of RoW80 and April…in another post.

Sunday Summary:

 

Let’s see, what to talk about up here. Not a lot has happened since Wednesday, when I had a mini-rant about health savings accounts and my husband’s work’s lack of communication. Friday the weather was really nice when the kids got home from school, so they played outside until husband got home with dinner. And went back outside with him after dinner for a couple more hours. And the boy decided to paint his window with mud. Himself, too, by all appearances when he came back inside.

It was pretty nice Saturday morning too, though not quite as warm, so they went out there again for a while. I got pretty much everything on Saturday’s list done early, so I ended up starting on Sunday’s. Needless to say, it’s been a pretty good week for me.

So, even though RoW80 is technically on a break until the beginning of April, I’m still here to share my progress. Next Sunday, I’ll have my wrap-up of the month, as well as next round’s and month’s goals.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 9/21 sections(I cut out subplot section for this one) of Story Toolkit(some of these sections I’ll have to do at least 2 sheets for because of multiple characters, but I’ll put them all in one section). 5025 words so far this month. 2148 words this week. And I wrote a little piece that likely will be included for this for Stream of Consciousness Saturday
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 35437 words/45000, 36/38 scenes for the month(there’s definitely going to be more than this, probably 43 at least). 5781 words/7 scenes this week.
    • Terrall certainly hoped he was right. And that they weren’t putting Paul into more danger. If his choices brought harm to someone again, he wasn’t sure how he’d ever forgive himself
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words, edit Chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah & Chapter 1 of Tavin & Haiwee, read through 9 chapters of Snow White Twist(there’s actually 10, but I read through chapter 1 in February) – 4723/5000 words so far this month. 1280 words this week. have read through 9/9 in Snow White Twist. and I already have one reader lined up for this. If any else would be interested in reading a f/f retelling of Snow White(about 21000 words), let me know. I should have it revised and ready by the end of the month. I’ll be adding 2 more stories to my list, one of which just popped into my head one day and then I saw this article this morning, which is kind of similar to the idea(only my characters will meet when they’re already pregnant).
    • Midas’ Daughter – 101 words – Flip had hoped Mr. Midas might one day forget his threats. But, the glares he periodically sent him and the little hints he’d drop, told him that was still not the case. It probably never would be.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 174 words – Just a terror, Sarah had said. Nothing more than a bad nightmare. He glanced back toward the bedroom the two boys shared. He couldn’t say why, but he was sure there was a lot more to it than that.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 85 words – Haiwee shot more words at her cousin, and this time Tavin did catch his own name in there. Then, something else as she gestured back to him.  *I probably would have written more, but I got sidetracked researching. I did find a search engine for the Shoshoni language, though.
    • Roman – 154 words – “Don’t be silly,” she said, and her voice was still soft, still gentle. “We are a family. No matter how we add to it, you and I will always be a family, Roman.
    • Dougal & Shae – 127 words – “I’ll get him,” Shae told her. When she stepped into the living room, she saw her nephew in his swing, banging his fists on the tray. She smiled and headed right for him. “Giving your mama a hard time, are you?” she asked as she lifted him. He instantly grabbed a lock of her hair and pulled. 
    • Mason & Lila – 120 words – Lila sighed and glanced down at the text they were supposed to be learning about. Really how was anyone supposed to even care about any of this? It was so boring. There so many better ways she could be spending her time.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 217 words – He was rewarded with Jacob’s smile. That filled him with more warmth than even having his name on the front of a newspaper had ever been able to do. 
    • Hang On – 187 words – “You never know with those nymphs,” he said. “One little mistake, and poof, you’re on the nymph’s most wanted list.” *these 2 are cracking me up. I don’t know if this story will go anywhere, but it’s certainly fun so far.
    • Mike & Fadil – 95 words – Sharing that little girl with Jess had certainly taken away a good bit of the control he had over his life. But, he wouldn’t change anything for that. *don’t have much of this to share just yet.
    • Preggers(don’t know this title will stick, but I needed something to call it for now) – 121 words – Here she was just another widow of war. The youngest, and the only one who still carried something of their spouse with her, but it was the one thing that tied them together that mattered.
    • Snow White Twist – I compiled notes on 10/10 chapters. I have made 74/98 changes. I’ve added 36 words.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 6/10 new scenes finished this month. 24/40 scenes edited. 4884 words added this month. 1424 words added this week.
    • “I plan to, sheriff. Thank you for your help.” Even though it felt like precious little and had his stomach twisted into knots. Now, he needed to figure out how he would go about keeping her safe.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal(if I get back from CP) – complete CP edits
    • In the Moonlight – start revisions

Blogging:

  • A-Z posts – draft 24 posts – 7/24 for the month. H is finished. Got into the antagonist’s head, which was rather shudder-inducing(if you’ve read Into the Sun or even Come Back Down you’d understand why). I is finished. 1119 words(H) + 379(I).
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 27 posts – Edited 8/27(almost forgot about the theme reveal post) posts. And my theme reveal went live on Monday. A, B, C, D, E, F, & G are scheduled. So, I’ve got through Week 2 ready. I’ll just have to add links back to the previous post before they go live(hopefully I’ll remember).

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 4/8 for the month, 1 this week
    • King’s Cage(Victoria Aveyard) – Finished this Sunday after posting my check-in. Enjoyed it, but the ending broke my romantic heart. I did see there’s going to be at least 1 more book(I’d thought it was a trilogy, but I guess not).
    • Fire(Kristin Cashore) – On Chapter 5(audible has these chapters split up weird. There are more than one in what it says is a chapter. So I’m just doing what’s on top of the screen on my phone). It’s interesting, but I’m almost 3 hours in and it doesn’t feel like a lot’s really happened. I’ll give it at least a little longer.
  • Read: 31 books – 25/31 for the month, 8 this week.
    • Crimson Stain(Jim Fisher) – this is a true crime story about an Amish man who killed his wife not very far from where we live(It happened when I was about 8 years old). Finished this on Sunday.
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 38/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • The Beltane Kiss(Denise D Young) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • A Geek Girls Guide to Arsenic(Julie Anne Lindsey) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning. Loved it. Not sure I’ve ever felt such kinship to a character as I do Mia(particularly the social awkwardness).
    • Under Pressure(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Defiant Hero(Suzanne Brockmann) – Finished reading this Wednesday night. Enjoyed it for the most part.
    • The Brightest Day(Various) – There’s four novellas in this collection. I finished them all yesterday. Really enjoyed the first and last one.
    • Power Play(Katherine Stark) – Finished this Friday afternoon. Enjoyed it, though there were a few moments I had issue with.
    • Love After All(Jaci Burton) – started this Friday night. Finished it Saturday night. Liked it.
    • Hallowed Ground(Rebecca Yarros) – started this morning. At 5%.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap – Finished this Tuesday morning. Have 4/4 rounds knitted for the brim. 40/40 rounds knitted for cap lace section. 11/11 for crown decreases.
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat – Have 28/28 rounds crocheted for hat. 5/6 rounds crocheted for brim.
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – realized the slouchy hat uses a loom I don’t have, so I’m cutting it off the list.

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