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RoW80 2017 Round 1 Wrap-Up

Today is the official end of the first round of RoW80 for this year. So, even though I did a check-in post yesterday, I have my wrap up of the round’s goals today. I’ll have my monthly wrap-up and goals for the next round and month up next Sunday(4/2). But, for now, here’s how I did for the round:

#Row80 Round 1:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil – Outline – set this one aside. The idea wasn’t really forming well into a plot.
  • Playing With Fire(Flames #6/The Rileys #1) – Outline – this is done. It’ll be my main writing project in April.
  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security novella) – I’m working on the story toolkit for this one.
  • High on Your Love(Kurztown #6) – Didn’t get to this one.

Writing:

  • In the Moonlight – 1st draft – Yes! Wrote 14964 words to finish it.
  • Crash and Burn – 1st draft – Yes! Wrote 16098 words to finish it.
  • Defending the Heart – 1st draft – Yes! Wrote 38768 words to finish it.
  • Stay a Little Longer – add 39000 words – 38500/39000 words. Only 500 short. Tomorrow’s words will get me there.
  • Not Meant to Be – add 12000 words – only managed 3683/12000. I changed how I was doing things, so this one got set aside. I think I’ll be getting back to it in May on the new schedule.
  • Loving the Devil – start drafting – no. This one’s shelved at least for now.
  • Playing with Fire – start drafting – I did start this. 6617 words. I’ll get back to it in April.
  • Heart of Christmas – start drafting – No. I don’t have this planned until August now.

Revising:

  • Stained Blood – Rewrite – Good progress on this. 7864 words added. I have 4 more scenes to add & 19 more to edit through.
  • Demons Rising – Revise – Still nothing on this
  • Flames of Renewal – Send to CP & do edits if I get it back before the end of the round – sent it to CP, but haven’t got it back yet.
  • Snow White Twist – Fill in Details – this is done & I did the read through. Ready to start revisions, which I’m hoping to have done by the end of the month.

Side Projects:

  • Midas’ Daughter – Get to 13000 words – 10441/13000 words
  • Dance with the Devil – finish 1st draft – done!
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 5400 words – 5413/5400 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 4675 words – 4627/4675 words
  • Roman – get to 5800 words – 6350/5800 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 4000 words – 4163/4000 words

I also started a few other side projects, and have 2 more I plan to start this week. In all, I’ve added 17,262 words between all side projects.

Blogging:

  • Row80 – keep up to date with own posts & others – did pretty well with this.
  • Just Jot it January – 30 posts(since I already skipped day 1) – 28/30. Pretty close. I did all except for day 1 and a couple of the One-line Wednesday prompts.

Reading:

  • Listen: 12 books – 24/12. I’d met this goal back in January.
  • Read: 90 books – 77/90 books.

Crafting:

  • Knit: 3 projects – 3/3 projects
  • Crochet: 3 projects – 2/3 projects. Close to finishing the third, though.
  • Loom: 3 projects – 1/3 projects

Overall, it was a pretty good round. Looking forward to the next one.

Writing Wednesday: Still Smoking

I definitely think I like my new way of getting things done. I’m working on my writing goals for the first half of each hour. And during the second half, I’ll work through the other things on my list. And once I’m done with my writing goals, I’ll concentrate on the other t0-do items. Yesterday, doing this, the only thing I didn’t get done was my reading. So, I think I’m going to continue with it for now. At least until it isn’t working for me anymore.

Stepmother-in-law brought this back for us from her recent trip to Iceland.

The kids had Monday off from school(they also had last Friday off). So we decided to all get our eyes checked out. I’ve had to wear glasses since I was about twelve. Husband wears them on occasion, but doesn’t need them all the time. Last year we got the kids’ checked and the girl was a little far-sighted, but they said that often corrects as they grow. And this year hers was pretty much perfect. So was the boy’s. Mine haven’t changed enough to matter. And I just got new ones last year, so I wasn’t worried about it. Husband got news ones, though.

The reason we decided to do this now was because we still had a lot in his HSA through work. Which rolls over at the end of the month, and only so much of it will roll over. Well, he went to use it after our appointments, and it was declined. Looking into it, they’d deactivated all the cards because they’re moving to another company. Well, they weren’t supposed to deactivate them until next week. It would have been really nice to know beforehand. We ended up having to pay out of pocket, and the company is going to reimburse us. But, yeah, it kind of defeats the purpose of the health savings account when you can’t even use it.

Anyway, rant over, and it’s WiPPet Wednesday again! Woohoo!! I’m still working on Stay a Little Longer this morning. So, you get another snippet from that. Some context: They’re still at Jess’s daughter’s birthday party, and Terrall and Mike are talking. They share some similar history, but from different perspectives. Mike’s mother was killed in a drunk driving accident. His father was the one driving. Terrall was involved in a different one. Which is what they’re talking about here. There’s 7 paragraphs(3+2+2) here.

He shook his head. “I hardly drink anymore. An occasional beer, but I won’t get behind the wheel if I’ve had more than that.”
“Figured that. From what I heard from family and neighbors, Dad still drinks. Heavily. And doesn’t always wait for someone to come pick him up. That makes a big difference between him and you.”
A small figure came rushing into the kitchen before Terrall could respond to that. “Daddy, I want more fruit, but the tray’s gone.”
He laughed and lifted her to his side. “I was just refilling it, Alexa,” he said. “This is your mommy’s friend, Terrall,” he said, nodding toward him.
She turned to look at him, seemed to be studying him. Even though she had her father’s darker skin—a lighter shade, though—and his dark hair and eyes, he could see Jess in her, too. “Are you a friend like Fadil is Daddy’s friend?” she asked.
Mike snorted but left Terrall to answer the question himself. Great. “I’d like to be,” he said. “But, that’ll be up to your mama to decide.”
“Smart answer,” Mike said as he set his daughter down and picked up the tray.

Kids can certainly be perceptive. 🙂

Now on to my progress so far this week. This is also the end of Round 1 of RoW80. This post is already pretty long, though, so I’ll have my wrap-up for that tomorrow.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 4/22 sections 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). 3317 words so far this month. 440 words this week.
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 32983 words/45000, 33/38 scenes for the month. 3327 words/4 scenes this week.
  • 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) – 3863/5000 words so far this month. 514 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.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 6/10 new scenes finished this month. 15/40 scenes edited. 4835 words added this month. 1375 words added this week.
  • 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 – 5/24 for the month.
  • 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 3(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 – 20/31 for the month, 3 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. On page 167/381.
    • The Defiant Hero(Suzanne Brockmann) – This is today’s book. Just starting it.

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 18/28 rounds crocheted for 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.

Sunday Summary: On Fire

That title doesn’t only describe my writing progress this week. Yesterday morning we met some friends for breakfast. We’d been planning to go to Erie and get groceries and some other things. When we were in the parking lot ready to go home, the fire radio in our truck went off, calling the department my husband volunteers with to assist another local one(which is actually the one that handles where we live, but he was a member of the one in town well before we moved here and has stayed). Anyway, the address was for right behind our house. So, he dropped us at the end of the driveway and continued down to the fire. He was there for about five hours and said it was a total loss, but everyone got out okay.

Smoke from our porch

Taken walking up our driveway.

We did end up going to get groceries, just a lot later and closer than we’d planned.

The boy decided only playing with legos isn’t creative enough for him. he had to mix and match them together with his bumblebee transformer car.

As I said above, my writing progress has been on fire this week as well.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 1496 words on Alaina’s back story, 649 on Caelen’s back story.  13 paragraphs(hand-written)732 words on Brock’s back story. Short summary(1 sentence) written. Medium summary(1 paragraph) writtenLong summary(3 paragraphs) written. 3150 words so far this month
    • Alaina wants a future with Caelen but with someone interfering in their lives, this Christmas might be all they get. *rough, 1 sentence summary
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 29656 words/45000, 29/38 scenes for the month. 9293 words/11 scenes this week. I wrote 5k on this just Tuesday morning. The words were definitely flowing.
    • Her chest felt like it ripped open as he turned and left. She wanted to call him back, wanted to apologize, whatever it took to keep another person from walking away from her. But, no, this was the right thing. The only thing she could do. She had to do whatever she could to be here for her kids.
  • 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) – 3349/5000 words so far this month. 1014 this week. 63/63 comments applied to Patrick & Sarah & posted to Patreon. And sent chapter 2 to beta.  51/51 comments applied to Tavin & Haiwee, 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. And I got ideas for 2 more stories. If you read Wednesday’s Wippet selection, you’ll probably know what one of them is. The other just popped into my head while waiting for the kids’ bus one day and won’t leave me alone now.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 235 words – “Yes, sir,” Flip said even as he felt like his insides were shredded. He’d wanted to see Calla again, but he could not be the reason his father’s world was destroyed even more. He’d have to stay away.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 123 words – “It was just a dream,” Sarah told the younger boy. “You know your brother would not do that. He is not a demon. It was just part of your dream.” *sure, Sarah, keep telling yourself that.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 146 words – But, that did not answer his question. And the man spit more words out, but Haiwee only stood straighter. Tavin wished he knew what they said and could join in the conversation. If only to save Haiwee from some of the hatred Tavin could see on the man’s face.
    • Roman – 120 words – She shivered. He was so glad he could still make her do that, even after all this time. Even after what they’d just found out. That day they’d wed, he’d promised her love, a home, family. He’d given her as much of the first two as he could. But, the last…he’d failed there.
    • Dougal & Shae – 161 words – Shae walked into her older brother’s house and instantly felt a weight drop from her shoulder. She was amazed how it could do that. Even more than walking into her own–well, her parents’ really–home. Her sister-in-law, Chrissa, turned from the sink. Her eyes looked tired, and Shae saw dark circles under them.
    • Mason & Lila – 122 words – He smiled even though it hurt his face, and his heart a bit. “You’re going to get your big break as soon as we turn eighteen and leave me in the dust for Nashville, aren’t you?” *Actually it’s gonna happen before that. Sorry, Mason.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 79 words – But, if it ever came out into the open, they would be done for.
    • Hang On – 30 words – “I got distracted. It’s not a big deal.” Except I’d been getting distracted a lot lately. Mostly because of thinking about him. But, I wasn’t going to tell him that.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 4/10 new scenes finished this month. 6/40 scenes edited. 3460 words added this month. 1902 this week.
    • “You aren’t…you’re not going to tell anyone. Are you?” His voice quivered as if he feared the answer to that.
      “What would I tell them, Jacob?” he asked. “I don’t know a damn thing.”
  • 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 – 5/24 for the month. 666 words on E post. 894 words on F post. 708 words on G post. 2105 words this week. I’m going to draft a week’s worth then go back and edit them. Hopefully that way they’ll all be ready at least a week in advance.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 27 posts – Edited 5/27(almost forgot about the theme reveal post) posts. A, B, C, & D are ready to go, other than adding link back to previous one), will schedule once my Theme reveal goes live.

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 3/8 for the month, 0 since last check-in
    • King’s Cage(Victoria Aveyard) – On Chapter 28. I only have about an hour left to listen to.
  • Read: 31 books – 16/31 for the month, 6 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). Reading this when I finish the rest of the books on my weekly list. On page: 181/314(not counting all the end notes & index)
    • 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 12/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • The Ranger(Monica McCarty) – Read this on Monday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Wanderlust(Roni Loren) – I started this one after setting several others aside(ones my MIL had given to me, and they just didn’t grab me). I’ve actually read it before when it was part of an anthology, but I’ll always re-read a Roni Loren book. I finished reading it last night. It was a pretty quick one, but just as good as I remember(though there was one detail I believe was changed).
    • First and First(Santino Hassell) – Finished this one Wednesday night. Loved it.
    • Fast Connection(Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson) – I loved this one, too.
    • Against the Edge(Kat Martin) – started this Thursday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Ever After(Kete Serine) – started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Saturday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Beltane Kiss(Denise D Young) – Started this Saturday night. At 33%

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap – started this on Monday. Have 4/4 rounds knitted for the brim. 36/40 rounds knitted for cap lace section. Almost finished round 37 but ran out of yarn. I got more yarn yesterday, so I’ll be able to finish it.
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat – started this one Wednesday afternoon. Have 17/28 rounds crocheted for hat.
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – I finished the scarf on Sunday.

Sunday Summary: Lost Hour

Gotta love the time change for Daylight Savings Time. Or not. Totally not. Although “springing forward” means my kids might actually almost sleep in. 😉 Actually, they’re both still up before 7, which yesterday would have been before 6. So, not much on the sleeping in thing.

I had a pretty good week, progress-wise. Met all my writing goals, got all my reading done, started a new short story I plan to submit for this year’s World Unknown Review(it’s the second one I’ve started toward that, hopefully this one fares better). Today our church is doing a 1st responder’s appreciation thing so we’ll be going to that. Then, we’re going down to meet my family for lunch for my grandpa’s birthday. So, that will be a big chunk of my Sunday. Hoping I can still get stuff done around it.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 1496 words on Alaina’s back story for this month, 1069 since last Sunday and finished it. Will be starting Caelen’s back story this week
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 20363 words/45000, 18/42 scenes for the month. 13790 words/12 scenes since Sunday
    • Still, Jess had made promises to herself. That she was done with men. That she wouldn’t bring another into her kids’ lives. That she had to put them first. The last was the only one that truly mattered, though. And she was so tired. Tired of acting like she was doing more than keeping her mouth and nose above water. Tired of doing it all on her own. Tired of sleeping alone. Just tired.
      So she didn’t listen to Terrall’s warning. This didn’t have to mean anything more than two lonely people coming together. “I’m not asking you for forever,” she said, sliding her hands up his stomach under his shirt. “My boys are at my parents’ tonight, and Alex is still at her dad’s. And I don’t want to be alone.”
  • 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) – 2335/5000 words so far this month. 1225 words since Sunday. 56/63 comments applied to Patrick & Sarah. 26/51 comments applied to Tavin & Haiwee, have read through 5/9 in Snow White Twist(2 this week)
    • Midas’ Daughter – 161 words – “You even think about hitting me, boy, and you will find yourself out of a job, a roof, a family, faster than you can blink.”
      He did just that—blink—as he stared up at his boss. “I-I’m sorry, sir,” he finally managed to stammer. “I didn’t know it was you. You startled me.”
    • Patrick & Sarah – 87-ish words – Her face was still drawn in hard lines, but he thought her eyes had softened with…confusion, maybe. Just how had people been treating her in the years since her husband had died? But, something about these two pulled at him. He couldn’t explain it.Patrick had fought in the war, too, and had seen too many men fall. Men who had left widows and possibly even orphans. He’d never worried about helping any of them before.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – -12 words – Tavin couldn’t help but smile over at her. He could hear the affection and pride in her voice when she spoke of her brother. In his mind, that meant he had to be a good guy.  *some of the few new words I wrote(32, then I cut 44)
    • Roman – 143 words – “I’m sorry,” he said, even though she hadn’t even spoken yet. He started unbuttoning his shirt as he walked across the room. “I didn’t realize it had gotten so late. I got caught up in my work.” He dropped the shirt in the hamper then started to remove his slacks. “I didn’t think you’d wait up for me.”
    • Dougal & Shae – 111 words – Maybe his dad could help him figure out what to do about the woman he couldn’t get out of his head.
    • Mason & Lila – 120 words – “Need a quick tutoring session?” Brian asked.Mason banged his head against the locker. “Maybe if I thought that was actually going to do any good. I swear he knows the problems that give me the most trouble and makes sure they’re all that’s on quizzes and tests.” *oh, poor Mason. And all he did was want to date the man’s daughter.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 186 words – Matthew leaned back into Jacob’s touch. “I always said I wouldn’t go back there. After Ma died, nothing was right. Then, he married her, and they had [xx], and it was like I stopped existing. The few times I’ve visited, we have done nothing but fight. What reason do I have for returning to that?”
    • Hang On – 153 words – “I said I was coming,” I told him as I finally yanked the door open. The man on the porch shook his head, nearly white-blond hair falling into his face. “No. I certainly would remember if you’d given me that much information. You said hang on, but I can’t do that in public.” *Haven’t even named this character yet, but I like his sense of humor.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 2/10 new scenes finished this month. 2/40 scenes edited. 1558 words added this month. 1100 since Sunday
    • The truth was he was a coward. A damn yellow-bellied coyote. Seeing her made him want so much. And he wasn’t sure he deserved any of it.
  • 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 – 2/24 for the month. 508 words on D post, 361 since last check-in. Finished D. 160 words on E post. I may not finish drafting all of these this month, but hopefully will at least have a good start.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 26 posts

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 3/8 for the month, 2 since last Sunday
    • In Her Sights(Robin Perini) – enjoyed this one.
    • Need You for Keeps(Marina Adair) – finished this one last night. Really enjoyed it(and listened to the end as a break from the emotional rollercoaster I was reading).
    • King’s Cage(Victoria Aveyard) – just started this one Wednesday morning. On Chapter 15.
  • Read: 31 books – 11/31 for the month, 9 since last Sunday
    • Hope Burns(Jaci Burton) – enjoyed this one, though the resolution seemed a little too, I don’t know, rushed I guess.
    • Gone to Die(Stacy Green) – I had some issues with this one. Some of it felt out of character. And I just went “of course, the sadistic killer was raised by her killer truck driver father. Because truck drivers are always criminals.” That portrayal bothers me. My husband was driving truck when I met him, and I just…ugh, it irritates me.
    • 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). Reading this when I finish the rest of the books on my weekly list. On page: 23/314(not counting all the end notes & index)
    • Lucky Break(Carly Phillips) – I liked this one okay. Probably wouldn’t have finished the trilogy, though, if I hadn’t had all three books. Still, it was a light read.
    • History is All You Left Me(Adam Silvera) – Finished this Wednesday afternoon. Just, so, so good.  This had me crying within 50 pages. And a couple pages later, I was laughing again. I actually had to take a break and listen to the end of a romance. This was breaking my heart so bad. There are some downsides to being such an emotional reader.
    • Suffer Love(Ashley Herring Blake) – On page 12/344. Started this while waiting for the kids’ bus Wednesday afternoon, though it was kind of windy to read a physical book outside. Finished it Wednesday night. It was a nice, fairly light and quick read. Really enjoyed it. And needed it after the emotional roller coaster of the last book.
    • Burning Bright(various) – this was a collection of love stories set around Hanukkah. I couldn’t get into the first three, but read the last one(by an author I’ve read before) and enjoyed that one.
    • Against the Odds(Kat Martin) – started this one Thursday morning. Finished it Friday. Have an issue with a side character. Saying she has to force her daughter(5 years old, I think) into wearing dresses and playing with “girl” things. No, no, no. Just don’t. I’m hoping that attitude will be challenged in the book. And it’s not like it’s an older book. It was published in 2013. Update on the mini rant: She did finally realize she was being stupid about this, at least. And other than that issue, I mostly enjoyed the book.
    • Red Zone(Mari Carr) – Started this one Friday night. Finished it yesterday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Dangerous(R.G. Alexander) – read this one yesterday. enjoyed it, too.
    • 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.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap – started this on Monday. Have 4/4 rounds knitted for the brim. 16/40 rounds knitted for cap lace section.
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – I finished the scarf on Sunday.

Writing Wednesday: Charging Into the Week

So, this week is going pretty well so far. I’ve actually changed up how I’m going through my goals. I have a weekly goal to get to for each of my projects. A certain scene for drafting, adding 1000 new words to my editing project(though maybe I should change to scene goal as well), and finished a back story for plotting. Then, there’s my side projects. I’d been trying to get to a little of each of these every day. Splitting my morning time between drafting, editing, & plotting. And spending the afternoon sprint time on side projects.

Well, starting yesterday, I decided to change that. For now, I’m going to work on my drafting project until I reach the weekly goal. Then, I’ll move on to editing then plotting. And if I still have time for the week, onto my side projects. As of right now, I have 2 more scenes to write in Stay a Little Longer. I’m hoping to at least get close to the end of this during this afternoon’s sprint. I’ve added 3 scenes into what I was going to write, so that may not happen. But, either way I should be able to start editing tomorrow. And should still be able to meet my goal of finishing the draft by the end of the month.

But, for right now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday again, and I’m bringing you another snippet from Stay a Little Longer. I have 7 paragraphs for today(3+8+2+1-7). Jess and Terrall have run into each other a couple other times, but they haven’t really spoken too much at this point. He didn’t expect to run into her at the lawyer’s office or what she’s about to tell him.

Something in his face softened at that, and he brushed that thumb over her cheek again. “Did someone else hurt you? Is that why you’re here? I hope you take them to the cleaners, if that’s the case.”
She let out a watery laugh. “Not exactly. No money involved in this case. Just my sanity. And my son’s happiness.”
He jerked back as if he’d been slapped. “You have a son?”
She met his eyes, then. This was something she wouldn’t be ashamed about. She’d made mistakes, a lot of them—pretty much every man she’d fallen for—but she loved her children. “I have two,” she said. “And a daughter.”
He stumbled back, coming to his feet, and rubbed his hand over his mouth. Then, his gaze dropped to her hands. She didn’t wear jewelry, especially not when she was working in the vet’s office.
“Jess,” Brian said from the hallway. “You can come back now.”
She stood and moved past Terrall who was still just staring at her. In shock, she thought, not derision. But who knew? She’d been wrong about men before.

Why is he so surprised? Will it change how he looks at her? What will they do next?

On to my progress for the week so far:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – 427 words on Alaina’s back story for this month, 0 since last check-in
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 38 scenes – 16662 words/45000, 15/42 scenes for the month. 10089 words/9 scenes since last check-in
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words, edit Chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah– 1528/5000 words so far this month. 418 words since last check-in. 25/63 comments applied to Chapter 1.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – 0/10 scenes finished this month. 0/40 scenes edited. 458 words added this month. 0 since last check-in
  • 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 – 2/24 for the month. 508 words on D post, 361 since last check-in. Finished D.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 26 posts

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 3/8 for the month, 2 since last check-in
    • In Her Sights(Robin Perini) – enjoyed this one.
    • Need You for Keeps(Marina Adair) – finished this one last night. Really enjoyed it(and listened to the end as a break from the emotional rollercoaster I was reading).
    • King’s Cage(Victoria Aveyard) – just started this one this morning. On Chapter 3.
  • Read: 31 books – 5/31 for the month, 3 since last check-in
    • Hope Burns(Jaci Burton) – enjoyed this one, though the resolution seemed a little too, I don’t know, rushed I guess.
    • Gone to Die(Stacy Green) – I had some issues with this one. Some of it felt out of character. And I just went “of course, the sadistic killer was raised by her killer truck driver father. Because truck drivers are always criminals.” That portrayal bothers me. My husband was driving truck when I met him, and I just…ugh, it irritates me.
    • 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). Reading this when I finish the rest of the books on my weekly list.
    • Lucky Break(Carly Phillips) – I liked this one okay. Probably wouldn’t have finished the trilogy, though, if I hadn’t had all three books. Still, it was a light read.
    • History is All You Left Me(Adam Silvera) – I’m on page 235/292. This had me crying within 50 pages. And a couple pages later, I was laughing again. I actually had to take a break and listen to the end of a romance. This was breaking my heart so bad. There are some downsides to being such an emotional reader.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap – started this on Monday. Have 4/4 rounds knitted for the brim. 0/40 rounds knitted for cap lace section.
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – I finished the scarf on Sunday. wp-1488797998936.jpg

 

Sunday Summary: Charging Ahead

I’ve been updating my progress for my goal list as the week has gone along. Easier than trying to remember everything at the end of the week. And less I need to do before posting. 😉

Thursday some of us who used to sprint under the RoW80 hashtag decided to pick it up again. Of course, my husband and I were out shopping that day. So, I missed most of the sprint. But did start a new side project(it’s added to the list below) on my phone on my way home. Now, Friday, I got a lot of words written during the sprint writing on each side project for ~5 minutes(though often I’d keep writing for a minute or two before I reset the timer for the next story)

Yesterday, husband and son went to a hunting expo with some friends up in Erie. He dropped the girl and me off at the bookstore on the way through. And I realized the problem with following so many book people on twitter. All these books I’ve seen recommended, but I can’t get all of them. *sigh*. I did get the next book in a series I’ve started that I’ve had trouble finding. And History Is All You Left Me(Adam Silvera) – which is one of those highly recced books. And resisted getting any others.

I have a wide range of reading interests.

I have a wide range of reading interests.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart of Christmas(BC Security 3.5) – write back stories, plot summary, and complete Story Toolkit – got 427 words written on Alaina’s back story.
  • Secondary: Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Brainstorm
My plan for the year

My plan for the year

Writing:

  • Primary: Stay a Little Longer – add 45000 words/finish 33 scenes – 6573/45000 words. Finished 6/37 scenes. 4 of those were added in as I went.
    • He hated the tear that coursed down her cheek. Damn it. He hadn’t meant to make her cry.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words, edit chapter 1 of Patrick & Sarah – 1110/5000 words. Edited through 17/63 scenes(not counting the two I did in February). And read through 2/9 chapters in Snow White Twist
    • Midas’ Daughter – 235 words – He hadn’t caught them there together. That was the most important part. Flip wasn’t exactly sure what the old man would have done if he had caught them, but he couldn’t imagine it would be even close to giving his blessing. *Flip has good reason to be worried, even if all they did was kiss. Her father isn’t exactly understanding.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 97 words(which includes those 17 changes I edited through) – “Whoa,” Patrick Bailey yelled to the team of horses, yanking back on the reins, not caring they dug into his hands, when a little figure dashed out in front of him. His heart slammed against his ribs, sweat slicking his hands as he sawed on the reins again. What if his touch wasn’t enough to bring the two farm horses to a halt? *new opening paragraph
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 287 words – She let out that laugh again. “He does like to give us his wisdom. Whether we want it or not.” *She’s talking about her brother here, who you’ll know if you’ve read Stained by Ashes
    • Roman – 229 words – “I won’t ever lay a hand on you, Tereza. Not in anger or malice. I promise you that.” *a little soon for her to actually believe him.
    • Dougal & Shae – 301 words – And the woman of his dreams showed up. Only for her to hate his guts. He let out a sigh. *Oh, poor Dougal. Though hate might be a strong word. 😉
    • Mason & Lila – 303 words – Mason rolled his eyes toward the ceiling. “Your sources, Bri? Huh, I wonder who that could be. Does her name maybe start with Ash and you try to pretend you don’t want to stick your tongue down her throat?” *oh, best friends. Aren’t they great?
    • Jacob & Matthew – 198 words – Jacob shifted on the mattress and reached across it. He didn’t open his eyes until he touched nothing but sheet. He blinked up at the ceiling then sat up, letting the thin sheet pool at his waist. *this story was inspired by a new character I introduced in rewriting Stained Blood. And the reason I’d struggled when trying to give Jacob his own story. I was trying to put him in a box he didn’t belong in.

 

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – 10 new scenes & apply CP edits to 40 scenes – started 1/10 scenes. 458 words
    • Something down the street caught his attention. Jacob was standing down in the street, his hands on someone’s shoulders. Matthew, he realized after a moment. He was the only man in town who dressed any dandier than Barrett himself. Barrett smiled a little at that thought and brushed a hand down his brocade vest. He started toward them then realized they were arguing. Jacob shook his head vigorously, but Matthew nodded and put his hands on Jacob’s shoulders. Then, he cupped the other man’s cheek, only for an instant. Then, they were stepping back from each other, Jacob’s shoulders slumping slightly.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal(if I get back from CP) – complete CP edits – not back yet
    • In the Moonlight – start revisions – I’ll start this when I finish Stained Blood, unless I get Flames of Renewal back first

Blogging:

  • A-Z posts – draft 24 posts – added 151 words to finish my ‘C’ post. Wrote 147 words for ‘D’ post.
  • A-Z posts – edit & format 26 posts

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 1/8 books
    • Accidentally Hers – had some issues with this one. I mentioned it in Wednesday’s post. Really didn’t like how they handled the drunk driving issue(this is a sensitive issue for me). I was fairly satisfied with the romance part of the book, but that issue bugged me.
    • In Her Sights(Robin Perini) – Started this Friday. Enjoying it.
  • Read: 31 books – 2/31 books
    • Passenger(Alexandra Bracken) – really enjoyed this one. Though some spots were really detail-rich, maybe a little too much for me. And I almost threw my kindle near the end. Glad the second book is out already and I don’t have to wait after that ending.
    • Cleon Moon(Lindsay Buroker) – loved this one. Really like how the character arcs are developing. And the relationships. And seriously, I just love her writing.
    • Gone to Die(Stacy Green) – I got about halfway through this Friday night. And…I don’t know. I just don’t feel invested in the characters, or really, what happens to them. I don’t know if it’s because it’s been a while since I read the last book or it’s just not what I’m in the mood for right now.
    • Hope Burns(Jaci Burton) – started Saturday morning. Got 110 pages in. Enjoying it, though I’m not quite sucked in. So, today I’ll be starting:
    • The Marriage Merger(Jennifer Probst) – this is one my MIL gave me. It looks like it’s book 3 in a series & about a billionaire hero, so we’ll see if I finish it or not. If I end up setting it aside(or finish it today), I’ll get back to the other ones. *So, I started to read this. Got a few pages in and just went “nope”. And she hasn’t even met the “hero” yet. Just didn’t even care.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Georgian Lace Cap
  • Crochet: Cross-over Long DC Hat
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf & Last Minute Slouchy Hat – 12 rows of the Ambrosia Love Scarf on Wednesday and another 32 on Saturday.

I’ve made some good progress for the beginning of the month. Hoping to at least turn some of that red to green as the month goes on.

Sunday Summary: Shifting Ahead

It’s been a pretty good week for me. On Monday I decided to change how I worked on my projects. Which takes me back to working on drafting one project at a time. It should also still give me time to work on plotting & editing other projects. I’ll figure out how many scenes I have to write a day to meet a deadline and those are the scenes I’ll write that day. And whatever writing time I have left will be split between editing & plotting. As long as the characters I keep waiting behave, this should work.

Yesterday was my second-youngest cousin’s wedding. Her and the youngest are only about a month apart(she got married about 1.5 years ago) and are about 8 years younger than me. I can still remember when they were really little. Hard to believe they’re married now. It was a good day. The invitation said to wear casual attire and I may have celebrated that a bit. 😉 If I can get away with wearing pants instead of a skirt or dress, oh yeah. The ceremony was pretty quick, only about 20 minutes. Then, we waited at the reception hall for about 2 hours before they got done with pictures. Good dinner, lots of dancing(that I mostly just watched, because I’d prefer to do that anyway), then we came home. Only got a comment from 1 sister(and not the one I’d thought it would come from) about me not drinking. I don’t have a problem with drinking, I just don’t do a lot of it. And I didn’t feel like it last night, so I only had a can of pop. Whatever.

Anyway, on to my progress for this week:

  • Write: Shoot for 10000 words between projects – 12125/10000. All of those were on Defending the Heart since I changed how I was working on things. I also got the novella in this series, Heart of Christmas, mostly brainstormed. 1 more mind map to do.
    • But, Piers didn’t hear any more. He was already running out the door. He wasn’t going to let anything happen to Xavier. No matter what it cost him. *yeah that doesn’t sound too good does it. The next scenes are going to be intense.
  • Edit: Stained Blood – continue writing new scenes, shoot for total of 1000 words – I’ve finished 3/14 new scenes. Added 872/1000 words.
  • Side Projects – 1000 words/200 per project – 1178/1000 words. Didn’t quite hit 200 on each project, though. And going to shelve Fade Away. it’s just not coming together the way I’d hoped.
    • Midas’ Daughter –  264 words – She was definitely not what he’d first assumed. And he definitely liked the girl he was getting to know.
    • Fade Away – 138 words – I was fading away and no one noticed a thing.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 267 words – “Will,” she said, her breath catching. “He has terrors at night sometimes. I’ll just make sure he’s okay.” *yeah, pretty sure those “terrors” go by the name of Tommy.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 157 words – They walked along in silence for a few minutes. It was probably better this way. Tavin was less likely to put his foot in his mouth if he kept it closed.
    • Roman – 225 words – She shrank away as he approached the doorway. “Couldn’t sleep,” she mumbled. “Thought I was the only one awake then I saw your light. I didn’t mean to disturb you.” *Oh, Tereza, you’ll learn you have nothing to fear from Roman
    • Dougal & Shae – 127 words – “How’s that going?” his father asked, his voice a little gruff. “Your new job. It everything you thought it would be, getting away from your old man.”“Da,” Dougal said, aggravation and affection mixing in his voice. “You know it’s not like that. We can’t work together, though. You had to see that, too.”
  • 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 – I got the Mason & Lila story started Saturday morning. 123 words. And I got Chapter 1 back Friday night but have only read through the comments so far. Will start working on edits this week. I did send Chapter 1 of Tavin & Haiwee to beta as well.
    • Mason & Lila – “How’d you know I was looking for Lila?” he asked before the rest went through his head. He’d been up early doing chores and really could have used more caffeine before coming to school. “What do you mean pop quiz? And how do you know about it if it’s supposed to be a secret?” *I may like writing Mason & Brian’s early friendship as much as I do Mason & Lila getting together.
  • Snow White Twist – read through – started the read through. Got through Chapter 1 as of this morning.
  • Listen: From the Moment We Met(Marina Adair) & The Emerald Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan) – finished From the Moment We Met(really enjoyed) and have listened to almost half of The Emerald Brooch(loving 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). I liked Forbidden, though it felt like she kept putting historical details in she’d found during research even if they didn’t really have a place in the story, and it kept yanking me out of it. I really enjoyed Murder Comes Ashore(though I’m not Team Sebastian, honestly he kept pissing me off. I like Adrian much better). I finished Destiny on the drive to the wedding and enjoyed it. I’d taken my kindle along too but hadn’t thought to load It’s Always Been You before leaving the house(hadn’t realized it was in the cloud not already on the device) and didn’t have internet available to do that. So, I ended up starting one that was already on the kindle, Dancer of the Nile(Veronica Scott). I’m only 19% through it now. I’ll probably read It’s Always Been You today then pick Dancer back up.
  • Crochet: Flower Coaster – I finished this one wp-1488034712809.jpg
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf – got this one started but not too far
  • A to Z Challenge: DraftPost B, C-Z –  I finished the ‘B’ post and have 536 words for ‘C’.

A lot of green for this week. Happy with that and the blue. These goals are only going to go through Tuesday. Then, I’m going to go straight from my monthly goals instead of making a list each week(I’ll still have that weekly list in my to-do lists, just not here). Until then, my goals for finishing up February:

  • Finish 1st draft of Defending the Heart
  • Edit: Stained Blood – continue writing new scenes. Target: 400 words
  • Plot: Heart of Christmas – finish brainstorming, start Alaina’s back story
  • Side Projects – 200 words
  • Patreon – work on Mason & Lila(and come up with a better title) & edit Patrick & Sarah Chapter 1.
  • Snow White Twist – work on read through
  • Listen: The Emerald Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan)
  • Read: It’s Always Been You(Jessica Scott), Dancer of the Nile(Veronica Scott), When the Duke was Wicked(Lorraine Heath), Passenger(Alexandra Bracken), & Last Words(Stacy Green)
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf
  • A to Z Challenge: Draft – finish Post C, start post D

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