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Writing Wednesday: Charging Ahead

On Monday, I once again decided to change how I work on my projects. When it came time to work on my secondary project, I…just didn’t want to. And I’ve been feeling like that more and more. So, I decided to take the secondary projects off the table for now. I did look at what scenes I have left to write for Defending the Heart. And realized if I write 3 a day, I can have it finished by the end of the month. So, that’s what I’m shooting for right now. We’ll see if I can keep up with only 1 project. Well, except for my editing. If I get all those scenes done before the end of my writing time, I’ll switch over(after eating some breakfast, which I’m just finishing as I type this) to my editing/plotting. At the end of the writing time(9 a.m. which gives me about 4-5 hours), I’ll do chores and all that then get to my social media stuff. And my afternoon will pretty much remain the same as it has been. And now that breakfast is done, to editing! I’ll be back to finish this post later.

Chores are now done, so time to finish up this post! Yesterday we went and got our taxes done. We don’t always get them done this early, but we had everything together so we decided to get it over with. And we got more back than what I’d expected. We may have to wait a little longer to get the money than usual, but that’s not too bad. Then, we went and got Chinese for lunch(chicken and broccoli with fried rice. yum!) and were still home in time for me to wash dishes, fold laundry and write a few words before the kids got home.

It’s Wednesday which means time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I’m still working on Defending the Heart, so I’ll be sharing from it again. This may be the last one as long as I do get it finished by the end of the month. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be working on next. Depending on which project I choose, I may share one more snippet from this next week even if I have finished drafting it. We’ll see how that all goes. For now here’s 6 paragraphs(2/22=2+2+2) from when Piers and Xavier go out to dinner together.

But, he kept his mouth shut as the hostess greeted them and led them back to a table. He noticed the young woman keep glancing back at Xavier. He couldn’t really blame her, he wouldn’t mind never taking his eyes off the man again, either. But, Xavier was probably a decade older than her, and other than a brief smile of greeting—which he gave to pretty much everyone he saw—he hadn’t given her a second glance.
Piers had an urge to tell her it was a lost cause, but why burst the girl’s bubble? A little harmless ogling and flirting rarely hurt anyone. And, to his surprise, it didn’t bother him that much. Even when Xavier winked at her, and she blushed a deep red. So, maybe Xavier had noticed it, too.
“You didn’t need to encourage her,” Piers said when she’d left them alone with their menus. “It’s not really fair, you know.”
One corner of Xavier’s mouth kicked up, but he didn’t look away from his menu. “Maybe we were just commiserating,” he said. “Being with a handsome bastard like you, no one would notice me.”
Piers snorted out a laugh at that. “Oh, trust me, they notice you. I could point out at least three women and two men who have their eyes on you right now.”
“Oh, I’ve seen them. But, pretty sure they’re actually watching you.”

So, which of them is right? Both? Neither? And just where is this night going to lead? Things are getting intense with where I am in drafting. Yesterday there was some family drama and that certainly made the words flow fast. A lot more fun to write it than to live it. 🙂

And now on to this week’s progress:

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 words between projects – 6375/10000 words. And all of those have gone toward Defending the Heart. I also started brainstorming a Christmas novella for this series.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – continue writing new scenes, shoot for total of 1000 words – 411/1000 words. didn’t work on this until this morning. didn’t finish even one scene yet, but made some good progress on it.
  • Side Projects – 1000 words/200 per project – 62/1000 words
  • Patreon – write new side story(this one will be Mason & Lila from First Choice, Second Chance) & if I get chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah’s story back from beta & edited I’ll post it too – nothing on either of these yet. But, you can check my page out if you want.
  • Snow White Twist – read through – weekend project
  • Listen: From the Moment We Met(Marina Adair) & The Emerald Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Still listening to From the Moment We Met. Really enjoying it. Have a little less than 2 hours left to it.
  • Read: Walk the Edge(Katie McGarry), Leveling the Field(Megan Erickson), Ignite(Rebecca Yarros), Forbidden(Beverly Jenkins), Murder Comes Ashore(Julie Anne Lindsey), Destiny(Carly Phillips), and It’s Always Been You(Jessica Scott) – Finished Walk the Edge(loved), Leveling the Field(loved), and Ignite(enjoyed), and started Forbidden.
  • Crochet: Flower Coaster – haven’t started yet. Hopefully will this afternoon.
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf – haven’t started
  • A to Z Challenge: Draft – Post B-Z – I finished the ‘B’ post. Haven’t started ‘C’ yet.

Sunday Summary: Ahead of the Game

It feels like I’ve been running behind or just barely on track the last couple weeks. Things might be falling into place with my routine now because I’m actually ahead this week. Well, for the most part. Thursday I had trouble focusing on any words and barely managed to squeak out 700+ words on Defending the Heart. And I didn’t have much motivation to work on my secondary project or editing Stained Blood. Friday I got up and words just tumbled out(over 1700 in 1.5 hours). But, again, the motivation to work on anything else was just…nonexistent. It probably didn’t help the kids were home Friday for an in-service day. That always messed with my routine. But, I am well ahead on my reading. It’s Saturday morning and I’ve already started reading Sunday’s book(yes, I even put my reading on my to-do list). And I’m putting this post together already.

I also worked on getting my Patreon page ready to go. I hadn’t been sure about doing this, but I finally decided to go forward with it. We’ll see how it goes. I have a list of stories, little side trails from my novels, that I’ll write for it. So far there are 24 on there. That should keep me busy for a while. And of course, feel free to check it out if you’d like.

That’s pretty much all the other business I’ve got for the end of the week. So, on to my progress for this week:

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 words between projects – 7863/10000 words. Yeah, so I wasn’t quite ahead of things on this one. Maybe next week.
    • Defending the Heart – 5914 words – Ross sighed. “Do you actually expect me to believe this? Come on, Xavi. I know you, and I know when you’re telling tales. What actually happened to him? And why don’t you want the authorities to know?”
      Xavier grit his back teeth together. Ross thought all he did was help install security systems. It was just better, easier, that way. He would have gotten pissy, thinking they were stepping on the cops’ toes if he knew everything the security company did. *Xavier seems to keep running into “friends” of his. Though the two different ones had different reactions to him being with Piers.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 504 words – There was just something about her that kept drawing him in, no matter how much distance he tried to maintain. It wasn’t going to work. Not when every part of him wanted to be as near to her as possible. Just to soak up some of that natural joy she seemed to carry with her. At least when her father wasn’t around.
    • Stay a Little Longer – 780 words – “It’s not a problem. Not like I didn’t deserve it.” Even if some of the barbs still stung.
      “I don’t know,” Patrick said after a moment, “I think you deserve more than you give yourself credit for.”
    • Not Meant to Be – 581 words – His willpower against his own addiction was pretty low at that. And he was going right toward her, but he didn’t see another choice.
    • Playing with Fire – 84 words – Jeremiah had confided in him about what was going on, with him, and Corrin. How she’d started crashing on his couch nearly two months ago now. He hadn’t told him everything, but then again, he didn’t even know everything.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – write new scenes – I finished 2/14 scenes and started the next one. Added 854 words
  • Plot: Playing with Fire – finish outlining scenes – I finished this on Wednesday. Nothing else to plot until I’m almost finished with Defending the Heart and start planning a novella to go along with the series.
  • Side Projects – 1000 words – 1059/1000 words. I had all these done by Wednesday
    • Fade Away – 213 words – What the hell was going on here? I was used to being mostly ignored. Sometimes I didn’t even mind it. But, this was different. It was like they weren’t even seeing me. 
    • Patrick & Sarah – 207 words – Patrick felt something shiver down his spine at her explanation. It didn’t make sense to him. But, he hadn’t been her, either. Maybe it had happened just as her son had said. He hadn’t met the older boy, so he didn’t have any idea if he’d lie about something like that or not.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 213 words – That brought even more softness to his face, and it made her feel light. That she could be the one to bring that to him. She didn’t know why that was so important to her, but she wanted to keep that look there in his eyes.
    • Roman – 223 words – She left the kitchen then and for the first time in what felt like weeks, even months, Roman felt hope that they still existed.
    • Dougal & Shae – 203 words – Instead he only had thoughts of a green-eyed lass who had barely even granted him a smile the night before. She obviously didn’t care for him, so why couldn’t he get her off his mind?  *Haha, oh poor Dougal. 😀
  • Snow White Twist – fill in [xx] and start read through – I got all 52 [xx] filled in and sent it to my kindle do start the read through
  • Listen: Glass Sword(Victoria Aveyard) & Unintended Consequences(Marti Green) – I finished Glass Sword(!!! And that ending just about killed me), started Unintended Consequences but after an hour still didn’t care, so stopped. Got some more through Kindle Unlimited and started listening to From the Moment We Met(Marina Adair). Much better. 🙂
  • Read: Finish Duke of Thorns(Sara Ramsey), Dead Before Dying(Kerry Schafer), The Unsung Hero(Suzanne Brockman), Truths We Tell(Brenda St John Brown), Of the Bauble(Debbie McGowan), Relic of Sorrows(Lindsay Buroker), Best Worst Mistake(Lia Riley), Written in the Stars(Aisha Saeed), The Rule Maker(Jennifer Blackwood), & Against the Sun(Kat Martin) – I finished Duke of Thorns(liked), Dead Before Dying(really enjoyed), and The Unsung Hero(enjoyed) on Sunday. Read Truths We Tell on Monday(really liked) and finished Of the Bauble Tuesday(loved). I also finished Relic of Sorrows(loved), Best Worst Mistake(really enjoyed), Written in the Stars(really enjoyed), and The Rule Maker(loved). I finished Against the Sun last(Saturday) night. I enjoyed this one too.
  • Knit: Clean Slate Hat – I just finished this morning. wp-1487433270787.jpg
  • A to Z Challenge: Draft – Posts A-Z – I finished the ‘A’ post with almost 900 words and I’ve written about 275 words on the ‘B’ post.

Quite a bit of blue and green and only the one red. Not a bad week at all. So, not to look toward next week’s goals:

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 words between projects
  • Edit: Stained Blood – continue writing new scenes, shoot for total of 1000 words
  • Side Projects – 1000 words/200 per project
  • Patreon – write new side story(this one will be Mason & Lila from First Choice, Second Chance) & if I get chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah’s story back from beta & edited I’ll post it too
  • Snow White Twist – read through
  • Listen: From the Moment We Met(Marina Adair) & The Emerald Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan)
  • Read: Walk the Edge(Katie McGarry), Leveling the Field(Megan Erickson), Ignite(Rebecca Yarros), Forbidden(Beverly Jenkins), Murder Comes Ashore(Julie Anne Lindsey), Destiny(Carly Phillips), and It’s Always Been You(Jessica Scott)
  • Crochet: Flower Coaster
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf
  • A to Z Challenge: Draft – Post B-Z

Sunday Summary: Another One Down

I feel a little weird acting like business as usual when there’s so much going on out there. And I’m having trouble ordering any of my thoughts on all of it. But, it’s definitely keeping my anxiety up almost constantly. Part of me just wants to shut myself away in fictional worlds, my own and others. But, I know that won’t do a lot of good either. Just my unhealthy coping mechanism at work again.

And along that line, I finished the first draft of Crash and Burn on Friday. It ended up being just a little over 40K. Pretty happy with that since it was supposed to be a novella anyway. I was hoping to have Playing with Fire ready to start writing, but I’m not quite there yet. Hopefully sometime this week, even if it isn’t completely outlined.

I’ve got a good bit done this week:

  • Write: Target of 10000 between all projects – 12715/10000 words. A really great week for words.
    • Crash and Burn – 9440 words – That had him perking up slightly. Jaya was here? He’d extended the invitation, but he wasn’t sure if she’d come or not. He’d thought maybe she decided being with him wasn’t what she wanted after all. That she’d realized it might be too dangerous.
    • Defending the Heart – 1072 words – Xavier muttered something in Spanish that Piers wasn’t quite able to make out. He was pretty sure it wasn’t too complimentary to him, though. “You don’t bleed like that from a scratch. Come on, my car’s right here.”
    • Stay a Little Longer – 576 words – No one had ever had that kind of faith in him off the football field. But, he didn’t know how to voice how that had always made him feel. Why it had made him act like an asshole so often. It felt too much like a cop-out. And he didn’t want to use it anymore.
    • Not Meant to Be – 838 words – “Get your head back on your shoulders and out of your pants,” he muttered as he filled the mug with coffee. *oh, Toby.
    • Buried Secrets – 789 words – “A few times a week.” Why was he having so much trouble with this? He was known to have a pretty decent bedside manner. He could talk to an ill or injured patient, help put them at ease. Yet he couldn’t even carry on a casual conversation with a pretty woman.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes – still working through Toolkit. Finished up the romance arc
  • Plot: Playing with FireWork through Story Toolkit & explore characters with Just Jot It prompts. Outline if I get that far. – got through the romance arc for this one as well. and have kept up with the prompts:
    • Compromise – Corrin & Silas try to find middle ground
    • Elusive – Jeremiah tries to balance school & work
    • Extraordinary – Jeremiah & Corrin get a little steamy
    • Incomplete – Silas & Corrin spend some time together
    • Wood/Would – A little slice of after the HEA
    • History – Jeremiah tries to convince Corrin she won’t get between him & Silas
  • Side Projects: Add another 2000 words – 1616/2000 words
    • Midas’ Daughter – 516 words – Put her away, like she was just some prized toy to place on a shelf then forget about. Big surprise some spoiled rich girl would think that way. “Okay, Dad. I’ll get it done.” *oh, you’ll figure it out, Flip. 😉
    • Dance with the Devil – 514 words – “We had absolutely nothing to do with that.” I knew they’d never believe it. But, I had to keep them talking. Keep him from putting a bullet in Hawk’s head right in front of me. *things aren’t looking too good for these two right now.
    • Fade Away – 78 words – Once I had paid for my groceries, I hurried out to my car, a bag in each hand. And, of course, almost as soon as I stepped outside, it started pouring down rain. Just my luck. I dropped the groceries into my trunk and slammed the lid. By the time I climbed into my car, there was no wringing my clothes out. *I have only a very vague idea where this one is going.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 67 words – His eyes twinkled as she looked back up at him. “I guess you will have to open it to find out.”
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 61 words – The other men riding with Tavin made a strange sound, but her attention was still on Tavin. “I am just standing here.”
    • Roman – 209 words – “They may have let worse than that happen. If she knows she’s secure here, it will stop being an issue. We just have to let her be for a while.”
    • Dougal & Shae – 171 words – Her sister was right. That fight at the bar could have been a lot worse. A lot worse than having a man make her feel something she wasn’t sure she wanted to.
  • Listen: It Had to Be Them(Tamra Baumann) & Midnight Betrayal(Melinda Leigh) – finished both of these, listened to He Can Fall(Melinda Leigh) and enjoyed and almost through with Changeless(Gail Carriger) which I’m really enjoying.
  • Read: Loud is How I Love You(Mercy Brown), Love Ignites(Jaci Burton), Just a Girl(Ellie Cahill), Star Seers(Lindsay Buroker), Lucky Streak(Carly Phillips), All I Want(Jill Shalvis), & Idol(Kristen Callihan) – I really enjoyed Love is How I Love You, Love Ignites, and Just a Girl. Loved Star Seers, liked Lucky Streak better than the first book in the trilogy, but the climax felt kind of, well, anti-climatic. And I really enjoyed All I Want. Will be starting Idol today.
  • Crochet: Giraffe Hat – finished this wp-1485343802272.jpg
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband – started and ripped this out a couple times. Need to restart it again.
  • A to Z Challenge: Plot – N-Z posts – finished plotting all of these. Now to start drafting them.

Mostly blue and green. I always like to see that. Now, for next week’s goals. At least for the rest of January. Will be adding more at the mid-week check-in for the beginning of February(the top ones won’t be affected by that).

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 between all projects
  • Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes
  • Plot: Playing with Fire – finish Story Toolkit, the last 2 Just Jot It January prompts, and outline if I can
  • Side Projects: Add 1500 words(since I’m moving Midas’ Daughter up under the other writing for now)
  • Listen: Changeless(Gail Carriger), Be Mine Forever(Marina Adair), The Sapphire Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan)
  • Read: Finish Idol(Kristen Callihan), Mixed Signals(Alyssa Cole), Act Like It(Lucy Parker), & Engaging the Bachelor(Cathryn Fox)
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband
  • A to Z Challenge: Draft – Posts A-Z

Writing Wednesday: Good Start

It’s been a pretty good week for me so far. Getting a good bit of writing done. If things continue this way, I should have Crash and Burn finished this week. The boy’s ear infection from the weekend seems to be clearing up. I’m staying caught up with my reading goal and even getting some of my side goal done. But, I’ll have more of that in a little bit.

First, it’s Wednesday, so it’s WiPPet time again! Crash and Burn is still in my main project slot, at least for this week. This will probably be the last snippet I share from it, though. Unless I am actually still working on it next Wednesday, but I don’t think that happens. of course, this means next up will be Defending the Heart, so you’ll get more snippets of Piers and Xavier. 🙂 But, for now, here’s 8 paragraphs(1+2+5) of Brann and Jaya starting to make up(and he’d brought a pizza for them to share, to put the final exchange here in context):

“You don’t need to apologize for that, Jaya. I’m the one who was in the wrong. I was out of line. You didn’t do anything wrong, and I went off on you. I’m so sorry. I want you to be safe, but it’s not my right to dictate what you do. I was an idiot, and I’m sorry that pushed you away.”
She finally turned to him. “You’re not an idiot, Brann.”
“Not for long anyway,” he said, smiling a little as he remembered Luisa’s words. “But, I was yesterday. I probably will be again where you’re concerned. Does it help if I apologize in advance?”
Jaya laughed and took a step toward him. “I don’t see how it could hurt. But, you do understand I don’t need to be put in some bubble to be kept safe? That I won’t let you do that?”
He couldn’t stop himself now. He had to reach out and touch her. He ran the back of her hand across her cheek. She closed her eyes and seemed to lean into the touch. He couldn’t even describe what that did to him. “I know,” he said softly. “I’ll do my best to keep that in check, but if I think you’re in danger, I don’t know how well I’ll be able to do that.”
“How do you feel about cold pizza?”
Her question took him by surprise since it had nothing to do with what they were discussing. “What does that have to do…”
But, before he could finish his question, her mouth was on his. Oh. “I’m perfectly fine with cold pizza,” he said as she pushed him back until they were in her living room.

I’m not even going to ask what you think happens next, because I think it’s pretty obvious. 😉 Of course, this isn’t the end of their problems. But, I’m getting close to resolving that for them.

Now, as for that progress I’m making this week:

 

  • Write: Target of 10000 between all projects – 7139/10000 words. Almost 4500 5500 of that is from Crash and Burn. At this moment, I still have an hour of writing time left on that for today. just finished my writing time on this with a total of 1500 for today.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes – working through this. Up to the romance arc worksheet now.
  • Plot: Playing with Fire – Work through Story Toolkit & explore characters with Just Jot It prompts. Outline if I get that far. – still working through this, too. On the final character arc worksheet(I’m doing 3 for this one, usually only have 2). And keeping up with the prompts. So far this week, I have:
  • Side Projects: Add another 2000 words – 877/2000 words. I made the goal on Midas’ Daughter and got a good bit on Dance with the Devil. Getting intense on that one as I get through the climax. May not finish it this month as I’d hoped but definitely getting close.
  • Listen: It Had to Be Them(Tamra Baumann) & Midnight Betrayal(Melinda Leigh) – I finished listening to It Had to Be Them(which I loved) and started Midnight Betrayal(which I’m enjoying).
  • Read: Finish Last Seen Leaving(Caleb Roehrig), Burned(Sarah Morgan), Loud is How I Love You(Mercy Brown), Love Ignites(Jaci Burton), Just a Girl(Ellie Cahill), Star Seers(Lindsay Buroker), Lucky Streak(Carly Phillips), All I Want(Jill Shalvis), & Idol(Kristen Callihan) – I finished Last Seen Leaving(absolutely LOVED!), Burned(liked), Loud is How I Love You(really enjoyed), and Love Ignites(enjoyed). I’ll be starting Just a Girl later today.
  • Crochet: Giraffe Hat – finished this on Monday wp-1485343802272.jpg
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband – started this yesterday, though the directions were a little confusing at first. Think I may have gotten the hang of it now.
  • A to Z Challenge: Plot – N-Z posts – I got through R plotted yesterday.

Not too much blue but a good bit of green. And hopefully a lot of that will turn blue by the end of the week.

 

Sunday Summary: Starting New

I mentioned on Wednesday that I’d finished the first draft of In the Moonlight(after about nine months of working on it). So, that meant I had a slot open for another of my standalone ideas. Loving the Devil was supposed to fill that slot but the plotting of it wasn’t coming together. So, instead I decided to do one that is already plotted but had gotten shuffled aside when Nola and Yasmin decided their story needed to be told more. So now I’m working on Buried Secrets. I don’t know if this one will take off or not, but I’ll give it a little bit before I make a decision on that.

Yesterday we went up to Erie, made a couple stops before we went for dinner at Outback. While we were there the boy kept saying his right ear hurt. So, when we finished eating, we headed over to one of the local urgent care places. Sure enough, he has a really bad infection in his right ear, and one starting in the left ear. So, I’m glad we took him in now. He’s made it almost 6.5 years without an ear infection, though. The girl had several between about 3-6 years old, but she hasn’t even had one for a while.

I had a pretty good week over all.

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 words – 10403/10000
    • In the Moonlight – 3819 words – “Sorry you wasted your time coming here,” I said, too tired to work up too much sarcasm. “As you can see, I’m fine. Or I will be once I can take my girlfriend home.”
    • Crash and Burn – 4561 words – He’d have to try not to worry about it. If he started firing texts off at her, she’d claim he was being overbearing again. And that’s just what he would be. But, he couldn’t shake the feeling that something was going to happen soon. If anything happened to Jaya…He shook his head. He couldn’t think about that. It would drive him mad.
    • Defending the Heart – 700 words – He just needed to get away from here for tonight. Get some dinner, maybe a drink. Possibly he could even find someone to go home with and forget all about Piers. For at least one night that would be enough. It had to be.
      Even if the thought of touching someone other than Piers made him feel ill.
    • Stay a Little Longer – 177 words – Terrall was re-folding a shirt to put in his suitcase when there was a knock on his door. He let out a sigh and dropped the shirt onto the bed. He didn’t really have to guess to know who it was. Very few people would visit him here at the bed and breakfast. He didn’t see Erik coming up after they’d basically fired him. And he didn’t exactly have any other friends around here.
    • Not Meant to Be – 613 words – He groaned again and dropped his head back against the couch. “That’s because I wanted you,” he said, the words sounding gritty as if scratching against sandpaper. “And I knew I couldn’t have you.”
    • Buried Secrets – 533 words – Sometimes he didn’t want anything to do with his colleagues outside of work, though. Doctors could be arrogant bastards.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes – still working my way through the Toolkit
  • Plot: Playing with Fire – finish Story Toolkit & continue exploring characters with Just Jot It prompts. Outline if I get that far – still working through the Toolkit here, too. I have three character arcs to plot through and have to figure out how I’m going to handle the romance arc. Doing good with the Just Jot It prompts, too.
    • Impenetrable – Jeremiah tries to get Corrin to talk to him but won’t push too far
    • Complaint – Silas & Jeremiah flirt and kiss
    • Rubbish – Corrin & Silas argue about who Jeremiah really loves
    • Transcendent – Jeremiah teases Silas as Corrin watches
    • Glass – Silas gets Corrin to talk
    • Contempt – Silas trying to deal with what Corrin told him and faces off with a professor
  • Side projects – add 2000 words(added new project to the list for possible submission to this year’s WUR) – 1910/2000 words. Only one I didn’t reach goal on was “Fade Away” my new project. Though, I did get it started so it might start coming better now.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 509 words – But, right now he had more work to do. He didn’t need to worry about riling up Mr. Midas’ temper yet again. Not that any of the other times had been his fault either. No matter what his boss claimed. But, it had never taken Mr. Midas much to punish any of his employees. Or his daughter.
      Their one and only kiss was all the proof of that he needed.
    • Dance with the Devil – 514 words – I couldn’t, though. I couldn’t just ride away and leave Hawk there. He’d never do it to me.
    • Fade Away – 162 words – He glared at me and said something I didn’t understand. I didn’t like the shiver that skidded down my spine. I backed away and turned my cart, deciding I didn’t need those last two items so bad after all. I just wanted to get out of there.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 176 words – She saw something flash through his eyes. Hurt? No, that didn’t make any sense. It would make a lot more for it to be anger. But, there weren’t any signs of that. This man just didn’t make any sense to her.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 141 words – The man stopped and stared at her, but she was already looking back toward Tavin. Something weird was happening with his mouth. Like it kept trying to turn up, then it would flatten out again. She did not know what made it do that.
    • Roman – 206 words – Dinner was silent, but Roman couldn’t help looking over at Cristine every few minutes. She looked tired. And still so damn sad. He just wished there was something more he could do about it. But, she’d made it pretty clear she didn’t want him to do anything. So, what was he supposed to do? Just let them fall apart?
    • Dougal & Shae – 202 words – She glared at him then turned and stomped away. The older of her brothers laughed. “You’ve gone and done it, Dougal.”“Done what?” he asked, still watching her walk away.“Joined the club of men who can easily peev Shae off. Don’t worry, we’ll be good company for you.”
  • Listen: Lady Midnight(Cassandra Clare), The Pale Dreamer(Samantha Shannon), & The Professor(Robert Bailey) – I finished Lady Midnight(loved), The Pale Dreamer(really enjoyed), stopped listening to The Professor, started and stopped Evil Never Dies(T.R. Ragan). Listened to Her Grave Secrets(Kendra Elliot) which I enjoyed and have listened to most of She Can Hide(Melinda Leigh).
  • Read: Finish Nothing Like Paris(Amy Jo Cousins), All Summer Long(Susan Mallery), Love, Exes, and Ohs(Violet Duke), Sweet Cinderella(Penny Watson), Under a Painted Sky(Stacey Lee), Lady of the Star Wind(Veronica Scott), Shattered Past(Lindsay Buroker), Last Seen Leaving(Caleb Roehrig), & Burned(Sarah Morgan) – I finished Nothing Like Paris(really enjoyed), All Summer Long(enjoyed), Love, Exes and Ohs(liked), & Sweet Cinderella(liked). Also finished Under a Painted Sky(loved), Lady of the Star Wind(enjoyed), Shattered Past(really enjoyed), and I’m a little more than half through Last Seen Leaving, which I’m loving.
  • Crochet – Giraffe Hat – almost finished with this wp-1485089109696.jpg
  • Loom – Meadow Moss Headband – haven’t started yet
  • A to Z Challenge: Plot – L-Z posts – I got L & M outlined.

Looks about equally split between blue and green. Not too shabby. Now for next week’s goals:

  • Write: Target of 10000 between all projects
  • Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes
  • Plot: Playing with Fire – Work through Story Toolkit & explore characters with Just Jot It prompts. Outline if I get that far.
  • Side Projects: Add another 2000 words
  • Listen: It Had to Be Them(Tamra Baumann) & Midnight Betrayal(Melinda Leigh)
  • Read: Loud is How I Love You(Mercy Brown), Love Ignites(Jaci Burton), Just a Girl(Ellie Cahill), Star Seers(Lindsay Buroker), Lucky Streak(Carly Phillips), All I Want(Jill Shalvis), & Idol(Kristen Callihan)
  • Crochet: Giraffe Hat
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband
  • A to Z Challenge: Plot – N-Z posts

Writing Wednesday: Finished

So, first: I finished the first draft of In the Moonlight yesterday! Woohoo! I started it back in May, according to my spreadsheet. Feels almost like I’ve been working on it forever. And I know it’s a mess. I outlined it planning to write it as I usually do, 3rd person dual POV. Yeah, the characters had other ideas. So, that’s part of it. And I just went so far off the outline, I wasn’t sure whether I was coming or going. But, I’m going to let it sit for at least a month then I’ll go through and hopefully pull all the threads together.

Second, I got my hair cut over the weekend. I mentioned that on Sunday, too, but I know not everyone visits then. I’m really liking it, though, in the morning, I usually get this:

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Oh, the joys of really short curly hair. But, I was really hating having it get in my face and touching my neck. As I think I mentioned Sunday, I didn’t realize how much I hate long hair until I started getting it cut short again. Now, I feel more like me.

A better picture

A better picture

And, since it is Wednesday, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! Woohoo. One of my favorite times of the week. Crash and Burn has moved up into my main project slot now, so that’s what I’ll be sharing from for now. I have 10 paragraphs for today(1+1+8). Brann has gone to talk to his sister-in-law, and she has a way of making him see things differently.

He groaned. He’d wanted to avoid just that thing. But, it didn’t seem to matter. After their fight, everyone would know what was going on with him. “It’s being taken care of. I’m not taking the threats lately.”
She gave a slow shake of her head. “I do not just mean the threats, though those are bad. But, you had a smart, strong, beautiful woman standing by you. Why would you send her away?”
He straightened at that. “I did not send her away. I just wanted her to be safe, and she walked away from me because of that.”
Luisa let a long breath and almost looked disappointed. “Brann, you know I love your brother. So very, very much. But, even I want to strangle him sometimes with how overprotective he can be. I did not think you would ever be like him. And from what Caitie said, your girl would not appreciate or tolerate that even half as much as I do.”
He wished she’d stop calling Jaya his. Jaya had made it clear she wasn’t. “I just don’t want her to be hurt. Is that really so wrong?”
“No, but do not be an idiot, Brann, you so rarely are. That is not all you did. You went against what she would want, tried to take a choice from her. And that is wrong.”
“Shit.” He couldn’t hold back the curse this time, and almost felt the disapproval from his sister-in-law as he dropped his head into his hands. “You’re right,” he admitted. “I know you’re right. I just don’t know how to make it better.”
She patted his knee. “You’ll figure it out. Like I said, you are rarely an idiot. And usually not for long.”
He laughed then stopped as a sharp cry rang out from down the hall. Luisa sighed and started to stand, but Brann halted her. “I’ll get her. I was hoping for some time with my youngest niece anyway.”
Luisa smiled at him. “She would be lucky to have a man like you, Brann. I hope she realizes that.”

Will Brann stop being an idiot? Will Jaya realize it? Will they get back together?(Come on, you have to know the answer to that. This is me writing it;) )

Now for my goals progress so far this week:

 

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 words – 6173/10000 words so far. I might actually meet this target this week.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – finish Story Toolkit & outline new scenes – still working through the Toolkit
  • Plot: Playing with Fire – finish Story Toolkit & continue exploring characters with Just Jot It prompts. Outline if I get that far. – still working through the Toolkit for this as well. And I have 2 pieces for Just Jot It so far. Get to see Jeremiah & his feelings for both Corrin & Silas.
  • Side projects – add 2000 words(added new project to the list for possible submission to this year’s WUR) – 1024/2000 so far. That’s just for Midas’ Daughter and Dance with the Devil. I’m planning to start the new project today.
  • Listen: Lady Midnight(Cassandra Clare), The Pale Dreamer(Samantha Shannon), & The Professor(Robert Bailey) – I finished Lady Midnight yesterday(loved it) and started The Pale Dreamer. It’s short, so I should finish it today).
  • Read: Finish Nothing Like Paris(Amy Jo Cousins), All Summer Long(Susan Mallery), Love, Exes, and Ohs(Violet Duke), Sweet Cinderella(Penny Watson), Under a Painted Sky(Stacey Lee), Lady of the Star Wind(Veronica Scott), Shattered Past(Lindsay Buroker), Last Seen Leaving(Caleb Roehrig), & Burned(Sarah Morgan) – I finished Nothing Like Paris(really enjoyed), All Summer Long(enjoyed), Love, Exes and Ohs(liked), & Sweet Cinderella(liked). And I just started Under a Painted Sky last night. Haven’t gotten very far yet, though.
  • Crochet – Giraffe Hat – making progress on this. Would be making more if I didn’t have to keep untangling the yarn as I go.
  • Loom – Meadow Moss Headband – will start when I finish the giraffe hat
  • A to Z Challenge: Plot – L-Z posts – outlined L & M posts. Hopefully I can stay ahead of stuff and get to a few more of these.

I love seeing all that green. if this keeps up, it’ll be a really good week.

 

Writing Wednesday: Coming to the End

Christmas morning

Christmas morning

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was pretty good, though busy. Our celebrations stretched from Saturday through Monday. It can get complicated when we both come from split families. But, we celebrated with my dad earlier in the month. We spent Christmas Eve with my husband’s mom, Christmas day with my mom and sisters, and Monday we went to his stepmom’s for our Christmas with her and his siblings. it’s a lot easier than when we tried to cram everything into one day. The kids got quite a few new toys, some new clothes, and I got a new ceramic skillet, sweatshirt, and slippers. And a couple books, too. Plus gift cards. 🙂

He had this destroyed in about 20 minutes

He had this destroyed in about 20 minutes

I wasn’t going to do any more plotting(or editing) this month. Taking it easy until the new year. Hahaha. I should know better. I had a character pop up and tell me his story needs to be told NOW. Usually Jeremiah is more patient and laidback than this. But, ok. It’s not too often I have a character wake me up in the middle of the night and not let me get back to sleep. When it does happen, I figure I better get scribbling. So, I already have the brainstorming and almost 2 pages of Jeremiah’s back story written for Playing with Fire which will be the first book in my Riley family series(which is another spin-off from my Flames series). I was going to work on the last book in the Hunter family series(the other Flames spin-off) first, but it looks like that one might wait a little longer.

Christmas at my mom's

Christmas at my mom’s

And it’s Wednesday, which means it’s WiPPet time!! I’m a little behind where I’d hoped to be writing-wise. It took me 2 days to meet my goal on In the Moonlight. But, I’m nearly there for Crash and Burn, but I haven’t started Defending the Heart yet. So, I’ll have a snippet from Crash and Burn for you this week. I’ll even let you meet Jeremiah in this snippet. I have 12 paragraphs for the last WiPPet post of December.

“What are you doing out here?” he demanded.
“I needed some air,” she explained. “I was just about to go back in.”
“So you stand right out in the open? When there’s already somebody following you? I didn’t take you for being stupid.”
Anger washed through her, leaving her cold, her skin prickling with it. “Don’t ever call me stupid, Brann Magaldi.  And you can take your overbearing, overprotective, possessive caveman attitude and shove it…” She saw faces nearly pressed against the glass and dropped the rest of what she was going to say. They really didn’t need an audience for this. “You know what, I just want to go home. I can’t do this right now.”
Brann opened his mouth, but the door had slid open and Jeremiah stood there. “I’ll take you, Jaya,” he said. “Corrin and I were about to head that way anyway.”
Brann’s glare shot to the younger man in the doorway. “You don’t need to be stepping in here. and just what is up with you and my cousin?”
“We’re friends,” he answered, but Jaya–and she was sure Brann, too–saw the slight blush that colored his cheeks, and she was sure there was more to it than that. “She’s staying with me while she gets back on her feet.”
“Didn’t realize she was off them,” Brann muttered.
Jeremiah’s flush darkened even more, like he’d realized he’d let slip something he wasn’t supposed to. “She just told her parents this weekend. I figured the whole family would know by now. It’ll be taken care of, but she’s taking a break from school right now. That’s all I’ll say.”
Jaya couldn’t help smiling at the young man. He definitely had the whole loyalty thing down to a science. Brann didn’t look appeased–or amused–though.
“I’ll take Jaya home. We need to talk.”
“No, we don’t,” she said, ignoring the fact everyone inside could hear them now. Hell, they’d probably been able to hear through the closed door. “I told you already. I don’t need you acting as a damn shield. We don’t even know anyone is after me. Or that it has anything to do with whatever’s going on with you.” He cast a quick glance over his shoulder toward the house at that. Apparently his family didn’t know about that, then. Well, they would now. “I told you, Brann. I deal with it from my brothers. I won’t put up with it from the man I’m sleeping with.”

Are they going to talk about this(eventually)? Is she going to go with Jeremiah? What is going on with Jeremiah and Corrin? Well, we may not find that out until I start writing Playing with Fire.

  • Write: 5000 words – 2133 words so far. Finished my weekly goal(1000 words) on In the Moonlight and Crash and Burn. And just starting on Defending the Heart.
  • Side Projects: Add 2000 words – 66 words. May not make much progress on these this week.
  • Listen: Finish Winter & Stars Above – I finished Winter(loved) and started Stars Above yesterday.
  • Read: Finish Assassin’s Heart(Sarah Ahiers), Kiss Me Like This(Bella Andre), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(Liliana Hart), Labyrinth Lost(Zoraida Cordova), The Seduction Hypothesis(Delphine Dryden), Cutting Edge(Allison Brennan), He’s So Fine(Jill Shalvis), The Hawk(Monica McCarty), & Law Man(Kristen Ashley) – I ended up setting Assassin’s Heart aside. It wasn’t bad, just not pulling me in. I don’t think it was what I was in the mood for at the moment. I did finish Kiss Me Like This(really enjoyed) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(also really enjoyed). Planning to start Labyrinth Lost today.
  • Crochet: Charmed Cloche – I started this yesterday. Not too far yet.
  • A to Z Posts: Plot – nothing more on this yet this week

Not bad progress for the week so far. On Sunday I’ll have my monthly and yearly wrap-up and what my goals will be going forward.

And the song that inspired the title for Jeremiah’s story:

 

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