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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

Writing Wednesday: In the Middle

We’ve come to the middle of the month. I’m halfway to my NaNoWriMo(or was very close to it as of Tuesday night. Won’t have a problem hitting it today Hit it this morning). I’m at the halfway point of Whatever It Takes(and nearly ready to outline Act 3). And that’s about all the middle stuff I can come up with. 🙂

On Sunday we went to a birthday party for one of the boy’s friends. His older brother is also in the girl’s grade, and their father is friends with my husband, so both kids were invited. The birthday party was at Chuck E Cheese, which is basically my personal version of Hell. Up until now I’ve gotten away from having to go to any parties there. Usually only 1 kid is invited, so I take the other one to do something else(if the girl stays with me, we usually go to the bookstore, the boy prefers Toys R Us). It was…not as bad as I feared. We followed the kids around a bit at first, and there were too many people among all the games. But when we sat down, it wasn’t quite as…socially claustrophobic(this is the term I used before I knew social anxiety was a thing). I felt on edge the whole time we were there, but I survived, so there’s that. And the kids had a good time.

During last week’s writing of Green Hills & Smoky Fields(really need to come up with a different title since book 1 takes place all in the Green Hills part), a new character popped up, surprising me(If you want, you can meet him in the Stream of Consciousness Saturday post I have linked below). And he has me adding quite a few words and scenes I hadn’t planned on into it. And it also already has me thinking about what might happen in book 2. Except I’m not even halfway through this one yet. Oops?

And now that it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! A blog hop, hosted by the amazing Emily Wrayburn for us to share a snippet from a current Work in Progress that someone pertains to the date. I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have the last 6 paragraphs(1+5 for the day) from the scene I started sharing from last week.

“You did say you wanted to know why he keeps coming by, hanging out when you’re not busy. But, he leaves just as that tension starts snapping between you.”

That wasn’t quite what he’d said. And Jonas did seem to get enjoyment out of helping the kids. But, there had to be more to it, didn’t there? “I don’t need a private investigator for those answers. I don’t need those answers.” Wasn’t sure he wanted them.

“You keep telling yourself that, Isaac. I can see the truth. Hell, everyone around here sees the truth.”

“I will,” Isaac said, ignoring the last two statements. “Thank you very much for your permission.”

Konner snorted again and bumped his shoulder against Isaac’s. Then, he started rambling on about…something. Isaac barely followed the conversation. Because why did Jonas keep coming by? Was it really only about helping? Or something more?

He shouldn’t care about the answer. But, he did. and he was afraid finding out would destroy him.

Will Isaac get those answers? Would he really like what they were?

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 – 26225/50000 words On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 9904/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 1099 words
    • Whatever It Takes –948 words
    • High on Loving You –726 words
    • By the Gun – 388 words
  • 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 – 8/15 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 – 9/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 10/30 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. At 24%
    • All He Ever Needed(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday evening. On page 123/272
    • A Gentleman’s Position(K.J. Charles) – Started this Tuesday morning. At 11%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 2/4
    • Imprudence(Gail Carriger) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 13/19

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 11/21 On Target
    • Fiction Friday: Dear Diary – A short story with Silas(from Playing with Fire) when he’s a teenager
    • Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Arm – a bit from Green Hills & Smoky Fields & Eamonn’s doomed crush.
    • WeWriWa: Out of My Head – a snippet from Hawk’s story
    • Sunday Summary – Weekly update
  • 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 28 rows of main pattern Target Sighted in
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

Sunday Summary: Getting Colder

Friday morning I woke up and sat this outside: . We knew it was coming, but the day before it had looked like this: . It’s supposed to warm up again during the week and be cold next weekend. Eventually I’m sure it will stay cold.

Thursday were Parent-teacher conferences. We had the boy’s first. And were told he’s a great kid, making friends, comes up with great ideas for writing, though his handwriting is very messy. for math and reading, he’s in the proficient range(basically a ‘B’) and for word study he’s advanced(an ‘A’). Then, we went to the girl’s. And were told she’s a “bright girl” she’s just very quiet. Not as in not talking, but talking so quietly no one can hear her. Yeah, that’s been an issue. She’s reading above her grade level(she started reading chapter books when she was 5/6, so this isn’t really a surprise), and is in the advanced range for all the subjects. So, both of them are doing good.

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 them On 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 – 19321/50000 words On Target
    • Desmund grinned at him. “Come on. I should get this t’ the house. Aunt Mair will be waitin’ for it. And she’ll be gettin’ breakfast on soon. Ye do not want to miss that.”
      Eamonn wasn’t sure he wanted to miss anything with Desmund. Even if nothing could ever come of it. They would not be here long anyway. Might as well enjoy it while he could.
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 7171/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 1204 words
      • “You’ve both got it so damn bad, I guess it’s a good thing this place is filled with firefighters.” Jess raised a brow at that comment, and Jaya laughed. “One of those sparks the two of you are putting off is bound to light something on fire.”
    • Whatever It Takes – 1203 words
      • “I don’t think any of that,” Carisa said firmly. “I don’t know who told you all that, but what you did with your body before has nothing to do with the way I feel for you. If you don’t want to do anything, we won’t do it. Just tell me. I could just kiss you for the rest of my life and not give a good damn about anything else.”
    • High on Loving You – 1205 words
      • He buried his face in his hair and just breathed deep for a moment, ignoring when one of her curls tickled his nose. He didn’t care right now. Raina was gone. Anna was here. His life was spiraling out of control, and he needed just one moment of calm. “This isn’t supposed to be happening,” he finally said.
    • By the Gun –614 words
      • Carlos hoped that holding tight to the reins of his horse would make the shaking of his hands less obvious. It didn’t matter what he’d said to his brother. He was not nearly as calm as he’d pretended to be.
        He’d seen Alejandro go down and for a moment was so sure he was going to lose one of the last remaining members of his family. He couldn’t let that happen.
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 1367/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 51  words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 81 words
    • Roman – 68 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 86 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 110 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 69 words
    • Hawk – 89 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 74 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 65 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 6/15 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 – 8/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 8/30 Off Target
    • 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). Finished this Wednesday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Concourse(Santino Hassell) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved it. *In my head, I kept calling this Intercourse. The last book was Interborough, and for some reason my brain mashed the two together. And I’d snicker every time I realized what I’d called it. Because I am so very mature.
    • Unicorn Tracks(Julia Ember) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Once Upon a Wedding(Kait Nolan) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Was a quick, sweet read.
    • Those Sweet Words(Kait Nolan) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. I finished this Thursday afternoon. LOVED it!!!
    • Rebel of the Sands(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished on Saturday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Shades of Gray(Maya Banks) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Saturday night.
    • Dangerous in Training(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. At 10%
    • Softly at Sunrise(Maya Banks) – Started this Saturday night. It’s a novella included with Shades of Gray. On Chapter 4/15
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 2/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). Finished it Monday morning(11/6)
    • A Merciful Truth(Kendra Elliot) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Friday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Imprudence(Gail Carriger) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 2/19

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 10/21 On Target
    • Writing Wednesday: Midweek check in and snippet from Jonas & Isaac
    • Fiction Friday: Dear Diary – A short story with Silas(from Playing with Fire) when he’s a teenager
    • Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Arm – a bit from Green Hills & Smoky Fields & Eamonn’s doomed crush.
    • WeWriWa: Out of My Head – a snippet from Hawk’s story
  • 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 12 rows of main pattern Target Sighted in
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

Writing Wednesday: Plugging Along

Pup has priorities straight. Snuggled up on a cold day

That feels like all I’m doing. Just making my word count for NaNo each day. Except Sunday. I didn’t do any writing then. Stories like those in my Flames series spoil me for ones like Green Hills and Smoky Fields(going to be series title, but haven’t come up with one for first book). These words are coming out slower, which isn’t likely a bad thing. Just makes it all feel so slow and may not have made it the best choice for NaNo. But, I’ll keep going with it.

Pup chewed a hole in girl’s blanket, so we had to patch it up. My sewing will win no awards.

And my sinuses are starting to feel plugged up. Just when I thought I might avoid the cold everyone else in the house seems to have gotten. Blah. But, at least I had a pretty good birthday on Sunday. Got my strawberry banana pancakes at IHoP, went to barnes & noble and got They Both Die at the End(Adam Silvera) & the girl used up my gift card on one of her books. Then, we went to the used book store and I got three more books(Hot Target – Suzanne Brockmann, Fatal Consequences – Marie Force, & Before We Kiss – Susan Mallery). Stopped at Michael’s and got yarn for my other crochet project for the month(still not the exact yarn called for, different brand, but I think it will work. Got my hair cut, got groceries, and picked up some strawberry and orange wine. Had a glass of the strawberry Sunday night. It was GOOD. I’m not much of a wine drinker(not much of a drinker at all, really), but this stuff could change my mind.

After having my hair short for over a year, it still surprises me how much better I feel right after a cut.

And now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday. Which means it’s time for more Jonas & Isaac! They may be a little upset with me. They are *this close* to kissing, and I keep leaving them hanging. You’ll get there, boys. Just a little longer. 😉 But, I’m not quite there in snippets yet(need to have some room so I don’t catch up to myself). Anyway, today I have 10 paragraphs(1+1+8) from the next scene after last week’s.

“What do you think his motive is?” Konner shuffled some papers on the desk but didn’t look up at Isaac.

He didn’t even need to ask who Konner was talking about. Still, he didn’t feel like addressing it either. Instead, he just asked, “What are we, starring on a cop show now?”

Konner laughed, probably more than the statement warranted. He’d been like that a lot lately. Of course, Konner had always been able to find more humor in every day things than Isaac had. And it wasn’t because he’d had an easier life.

He hadn’t. But, he apparently had something that was broken in Isaac. He ruthlessly shoved those thoughts–planted there by his father so many years ago, even though he’d thought he’d uprooted them by now–and turned back to the discussion. “Anyway, i thought it was your brother who was the investigator now.” And Konner had encouraged Jonas to stick around and help. Why the suspicion now?

Konner smirked. “I could set Maddix on him if you want. A little surveillance, and we’d have some answers.”

Isaac shook his head. “I’m not setting your private investigator brother on my ex-boyfriend. He hasn’t done anything.”

“Last time I saw him, he looked like he wanted to be your current boyfriend once again.”

Isaac knew that wasn’t true, but he smirked at Konner and asked, “Jealous?”

Somethine flashed through Konner’s eyes, but he just grinned back at Isaac. “What would I be jealous of? I’m single and loving it, babe.”

Isaac knew when Konner used that pet name, he was covering something up. And Konner, single? Yeah, that never lasted long. “You are chronically falling in love, Kon. Single isn’t a state you exist in well.”

So, is Konner jealous? Or is there something else going on with him. And obviously, Jonas’ plan to stay away from the center, and Isaac, isn’t going so well. 😉

We had some visitors this morning. Chicken nuggets, anyone?(Kidding, kidding)

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/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: Plot 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 – 11962/50000 words A little short for today’s goal, but still On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 5246/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 694 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 572 words
    • High on Loving You – 632 words
    • By the Gun –403 words
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 1367/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 51  words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 81 words
    • Roman – 68 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 86 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 110 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 69 words
    • Hawk – 89 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 74 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 65 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3/15 On Edge of 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 – 4/23 Slightly Off Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 4/30 Off Target
    • 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 389/421
    • Concourse(Santino Hassell) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved it. *In my head, I kept calling this Intercourse. The last book was Interborough, and for some reason my brain mashed the two together. And I’d snicker every time I realized what I’d called it. Because I am so very mature.
    • Unicorn Tracks(Julia Ember) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Once Upon a Wedding(Kait Nolan) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Was a quick, sweet read.
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 1/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). Finished it Monday morning(11/6)
    • A Merciful Truth(Kendra Elliot) – Started this Monday afternoon. On Chapter 12/32

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 6/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit one row Target Sighted in
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

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

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