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Sunday Summary: Banquet Time

Last night was our annual fire department’s awards banquet. Time to get dressed up, have some good food, and honor the people who keep our town safe(my husband among them). The PA state fire commissioner was even there to speak. It was a good time, and after the awards most of the people stick around for music, drinking and dancing. We all bring our own drinks. I had two hard sodas(those go down so easy), and we only stayed until about 11, so we could get home and MiL could go back home too), and I have a slight headache this morning. But, it was still a good time.

Don’t try to tell him he’s not a lap dog.

I had a pretty good week as well. I ended up playing catch up on scenes Wednesday and added a couple more in Thursday I hadn’t originally had planned, so those were longer days. But, I’m still right on track.

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas – finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener
  • Still BurningBrainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arcwrote the plot summary(296 words), and got through the Initial Concept sheet, Worldbuilding, Antagonist, Main Conflict, & Stakes, & Major Plot Points 4/22 sections for the Toolkit. And I wrote another Stream of Consciousness post for this.

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 42444 words/55 finished scenes for the month, 20414 words/22 scenes for the week
    • “Who made up these stupid rules anyway?” he demanded. “Someone who wasn’t in love with two people. Why do I have to choose between you?” *Oh, I just want to give all three of them a hug right now and assure them I’ll make it right again.
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 3765/4000 words for the month, 1256 for the week
    • Dougal & Shae – 143 words – ”Any man who thinks he can try to force you to do anything you don’t want to do is too stupid to deserve you anyway.”
    • Mike & Fadil – 174 words – After stopping at the market, he drove down the next block to the house where he’d grown up. He always felt a slight pang driving past her. No, life hadn’t always been wonderful when he was younger. His father had never been a violent man, but Mike had very few memories where the man hadn’t been drunk.
    • Hang On – 108 words – Ian didn’t say anything else, but I could still feel him watching me as I focused on the road. Still, I couldn’t help wondering who this person was who he was losing his mind over. And wishing it was me. *hehehe, who says it isn’t?
    • Roman – 109 words – He finished his eggs and washed them down with the rest of his coffee. He pushed back from the table and picked up his plate. “Are you going to help Carlos?” Tereza asked before he could even take a step away from the table.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 122 words – This wasn’t going to be much of a party for her. Her father was certainly seeing to that. She was pretty sure it was more for him. To show off his perfect daughter. The golden statue. She rolled her eyes and took a step off the porch. She wished he could see her as more than that. But, she didn’t think that would ever happen.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 120 words – And that would be easier to take if he could just see Haiwee again. 
    • Patrick & Sarah – 148 words – “It was my pleasure,” he said then turned and went out the door.Well, she knew that was a lie. She’d been anything but pleasant even when he’d been helping out. But, she’d be thankful even for that lie.
    • Preggers – 105 words – Lyndi came to an abrupt stop. “This isn’t right,” she said. 
    • Mason & Lila – 118 words – Brian and Ashley were heading over to the table, though they weren’t holding hands. He rolled his eyes. Looked they were on the outs once again. That wouldn’t last long, Mason was sure. This seemed to be part of the package with them.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 109 words – Matthew watched as Jacob sauntered across the room to the bed before standing from the chair and going to join him. 

Editing

  • Stained BloodAdjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers –  37/50 search & destroy items(cut 956 words).
  • Snow White Twist – rename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers –If anyone else is interested in reading a f/f snow white retelling and offering feedback, I’ll send it to you, too. I’ve already gotten it back from one of the beta readers and started going through the notes. Didn’t make any progress this weekend, though.
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

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

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 4/5, 1 this week
    • Girl on a Wire(Gwenda Bond) – Started this Thursday. Wasn’t too sure about it at first, but I finished it Thursday morning and enjoyed it.
    • Emperor’s Edge(Lindsay Buroker) – I’ve actually read all these books, but I’ve been wanting to do a re-read, so I decided to start getting them in audio(which are only $1.99 since I have the ebooks). I’m on Chapter 15.
  • Read: 30 books – 21/30, 4 this week
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 96/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Make Me Stay(Jaci Burton) – Read this Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Wild Ride(Cathryn Fox) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it while eating lunch Tuesday. It was a quicker one, and I liked it.
    • A Rogue by Any Other Name(Sarah MacLean) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 198/386.
    • Love Me to Death(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • It Must Be Your Love(Bella Andre)- Started this Friday morning. Finished it Friday evening. Liked it, but it felt like nothing much happened, and the conflict between the characters was mostly resolved about halfway through.

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – 6 rounds of decrease done, but I ran out of yarn. and still haven’t gotten more.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie – I finished this on Wednesday.
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat

Writing Wednesday: Getting Hot

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plotting

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

Writing

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

Editing

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

Blogging

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

Reading

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

Crafting

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

Sunday Summary: Easter

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates in any way. We went and got groceries Friday afternoon and the husband kept the kids with him so I could sneak away and get the stuff for their baskets since once again we put it off to the last minute. I’m actually writing this post on Saturday because we’re planning on going to the sunrise service in the morning(if we’re all up in time), then going to his stepmom’s for a bit, hitting my mom’s around lunch time, and then heading to his aunt’s. So, if I don’t get it posted first thing, it will be pretty late. And I’m already finished with Saturday’s goals by 3:30 p.m. So, I figured I’d go ahead and start on Sundays.

And for anyone wondering about our dryer issues, the part came in on Thursday. When my husband got home from work, he installed it, had to adjust it a little(it still wouldn’t start when the door was closed unless you pushed against the door) but then it worked. So, we now have a working dryer again. Don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to be able to do laundry. 😉

As for the computer chair issue, still nothing there. So my computer remains plugged into the tv. Which means writing while the kids are up is a bit problematic, as they sit there and watch me type. So, I guess the steamier scenes will have to wait until they’re back to school on Wednesday.

And the week of breaking things continued into this week. I came back up onto the porch from hanging clothes out on Wednesday and saw the pup sitting on the porch, the cable from his run just hanging down from his collar. It was broken in three pieces. Whether it was just wear and tear or because he likes to grab it in his mouth(maybe a combination of the two), I don’t know. But, thankfully we had an extra cable so I was able to hook that one up.

So, it’s been an interesting week+ around here. And I’ve continued getting stuff done.

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas – finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener21/21 sections of the Story Toolkit done. 610 words this month,  14/14 chapters outlined in Scrivener(about halfway through I started just writing summary of what will happen in scenes. Will outline more as I get there, I think).
  • Still BurningBrainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arc – 5/5 mind maps done, GMCs done, finished Jess’ back story(590 words) & Austin’s(924 words), and Glenn’s(406 words). And I wrote Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness post with these characters.

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 22030 words/33 finished scenes for the month, 10765 words/17 scenes for the week
    • Jeremiah let out a rough laugh then pressed his lips to Silas’. “It means you’re human, and don’t have everything figured out,” he said, leaning back again. “Just like the rest of us.”
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 2291/4000 words for the month, 1057 words this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 110 words – “Why haven’t you left?” she asked, nearly wincing at the bite in her voice. Why couldn’t she say anything to this man without sounding so defensive?
    • Roman – 170 words – So, he sat. But, he noticed Tereza holding herself stiff on the other side of the table, her gaze darting between him and Cristine. He kept his own gaze on the girl, until she saw he didn’t offer any threat. Not to her, and certainly not to Cristine.
    • Hang On – 146 words – Yeah, definitely something wrong. I could tell just from the way he spoke. “Maybe because I’ve known you since we were two and always know when something’s going on with you.”
    • Mason & Lila – 133 words – So, right now, she hurried from the classroom and to her locker to replace her textbooks and grab her lunch bag. She didn’t want to waste any time she could have with Mason.
    • Dougal & Shae – 129 words – She turned away, not wanting him to see how much his words affected her. “If they think that way, how do you think a husband would feel about me being out on patrol? I don’t think I could stand to just stay home, though.”
    • Jacob & Matthew – 110 words – Matthew supposed that was the best he could hope for. When they couldn’t live their lives out in the open, he’d make the most of what he could.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 103 words – He just wished Calla’s affection was as easy to earn.
    • Mike & Fadil – 156 words – His father had made it clear nearly a decade ago just where Mike fit into his life.Absolutely nowhere.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 105 words – He wanted to ride out several times a day to try to find her. 
    • Preggers – 113 words – “Really?” Marika asked. “I would have thought I’d remember you. I don’t usually forget faces.”

Editing

  • Stained BloodAdjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers – Adjusted chapters(went from 20 to 26 counting the epilogue) and filled in a few missing details(added 7 words). 24/50 search & destroy items(cut 745 words).
  • Snow White Twistrename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers Polished 48/48 items for the month, 13/13 for the week, and sent to 2 readers. If anyone else is interested in reading a f/f snow white retelling and offering feedback, I’ll send it to you, too. I’ve already gotten it back from one of the beta readers and started going through the notes.
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

  • A-Z posts: Draft 13 posts6/13 finished. 1984 words. +1075 this week. + 921(S)Q & R added to the ready to edit queue.
  • A-Z posts: Edit 18 posts – 11/18. N, O, P, Q, R, & S are ready to go.
  • A-Z posts: Post 25 posts – 12/25 posted. You can find links to all current ones on my theme reveal post(I’m updating as they go live)

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 3/5, 1 this week
    • Blameless(Gail Carriger) – started this Thursday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Really enjoyed it. And the ending was a lot more satisfying than book 2.
    • Girl on a Wire(Gwenda Bond) – Started this Thursday. Wasn’t too sure about it at first, but I’m on Chapter 10 now and enjoying it.
  • Read: 30 books – 16/30, 8 this week
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 51/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Consumed by You(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Hot firefighters, that’s really all I have to say, right? Finished it Sunday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Before I Fall(Jessica Scott) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Willing Victim(Cara McKenna) – Started the Monday night. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Liked it, but not enough to get the sequel. Honestly, I don’t think the characters’ story needed to be continued. It was a pretty good ending, I thought, or rather beginning to their relationship.
    • Full Coverage(Erin Nicholas) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday afternoon. Really enjoyed and it left me with some happy tears(I’m a sap, it’s okay).
    • Kids in Love(Nikki Godwin) – Read this one Wednesday afternoon. It was a shorter one. Not sure if it’s because it’s been a while since  I read the first one or what, but was kind of meh about it.
    • Arkadian Skies(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Friday night. Loved it.
    • Winning Miss Wakefield(Vivienne Lorret) – Read this Saturday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Riskier Business(Tessa Bailey) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Saturday evening. Enjoyed it.

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – started this Monday. Finished the ribbing for the brim and the increase row. I have 18 of the cable pattern rounds done, 6 rounds of decrease done, but I ran out of yarn.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat

Writing Wednesday: Good Start

I’ve had a good start to the week, despite some issues lingering from last week. Like the broken dryer. We have a new part ordered and it will hopefully be here by Friday. Until then, I’m line-drying clothes. Mostly inside, since it’s been rainy out. Hopefully the weather improves so I can move that outside. No fix for the computer chair yet, though. And it’s very uncomfortable to sit in a chair that keeps tilting to the side. So, I plugged my computer into the tv to use it as a big monitor. Of course, it’s far enough away and my vision is messed up enough even with glasses, that I had to bring up the zoom on scrivener to almost 200% so I can read it from the couch.

But, I’ve gotten a good bit of writing done so far this week. I’m hoping that continues, but starting today, the kids have the next week off from school. So that may affect how much I get done. They are pretty good at playing independently, so I can usually get some time, but we’ll see how it goes. I may be playing catch up when they go back to school next week. And I have my nice quiet house back.

Now, for the real reason for Wednesday! WiPPet Time!! Yeah, I get a little excited. I’m still sharing from Playing with Fire. It’s coming along pretty well. Lots of emotions bouncing between these three characters. Today I have 7 paragraphs(4+1+2) with Jeremiah and Silas. part of this was from a stream of consciousness post I did at the end of December.

Silas leaned back against the couch and looked over at his friend. Jeremiah had just come back from the laundromat with his basket of clothes. Silas needed to think about doing that pretty soon, too. He watched as Jer folded a pair of jeans and set them on the stack of his other pants.
“So, when are you going to ask her out?”
“Who?” Jeremiah asked without looking toward him.
Silas rolled his eyes and laid his head back against the couch. “Corrin. Come on, Jer, it’s pretty obvious. To everyone except the two of you apparently.”
“There are a couple things you should know,” Jeremiah said, matching up two perfectly white socks. “First, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
The corners of Silas’ mouth curled up. He’d known Jeremiah for nearly a decade now. The man was one of the most honest, honorable people he knew. But, he’d always had a strong vein of denying his own feelings. “Seriously, man, I hope you don’t think I’m blind.” Okay, he nearly was without his glasses, but that wasn’t his point. “Even if I was, I’d probably be able to see it. The sparks you two throw off light up the whole damn room.”
Color filled his friend’s face, and Silas tried to ignore the ache in his chest. He wanted someone to look at him the way Corrin looked at Jeremiah. Hell, he wanted Jeremiah to look at him that way. There’d been times when he’d thought he had. When they were both between relationships. He just wished he could ignore his feelings and put them away like Jeremiah seemed to.

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas – finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener 21/21 sections of the Story Toolkit done. 610 words this month,  14/14 chapters outlined in Scrivener(about halfway through I started just writing summary of what will happen in scenes. Will outline more as I get there, I think).
  • Still Burning – Brainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arc5/5 mind maps done, GMCs done,

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 17235 words/23 finished scenes for the month, 5970 words/7 scenes for the week
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 1793/4000 words for the month, 559 words this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 110 words – “Why haven’t you left?” she asked, nearly wincing at the bite in her voice. Why couldn’t she say anything to this man without sounding so defensive?
    • Roman – 170 words – So, he sat. But, he noticed Tereza holding herself stiff on the other side of the table, her gaze darting between him and Cristine. He kept his own gaze on the girl, until she saw he didn’t offer any threat. Not to her, and certainly not to Cristine.
    • Hang On – 146 words – Yeah, definitely something wrong. I could tell just from the way he spoke. “Maybe because I’ve known you since we were two and always know when something’s going on with you.”
    • Mason & Lila – 133 words – So, right now, she hurried from the classroom and to her locker to replace her textbooks and grab her lunch bag. She didn’t want to waste any time she could have with Mason. 

Editing

  • Stained Blood – Adjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers – Adjusted chapters(went from 20 to 26 counting the epilogue) and filled in a few missing details(added 7 words). 16/50 search & destroy items(cut 695 words).
  • Snow White Twist – rename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers Polished 48/48 items for the month, 13/13 for the week, and sent to 2 readers. If anyone else is interested in reading a f/f snow white retelling and offering feedback, I’ll send it to you, too.
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

  • A-Z posts: Draft 13 posts5/13 finished. 1984 words. +1075 this week. Q & R added to the ready to edit queue.
  • A-Z posts: Edit 18 posts – 5/18.
  • A-Z posts: Post 25 posts – 9/25 posted. You can find links to all current ones on my theme reveal post(I’m updating as they go live)

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 3/5, 1 this week
    • Blameless(Gail Carriger) – started this Thursday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Really enjoyed it. And the ending was a lot more satisfying than book 2.
  • Read: 30 books – 11/30, 3 this week
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 51/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Consumed by You(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Hot firefighters, that’s really all I have to say, right? Finished it Sunday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Before I Fall(Jessica Scott) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Willing Victim(Cara McKenna) – Started the Monday night. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Liked it, but not enough to get the sequel. Honestly, I don’t think the characters’ story needed to be continued. It was a pretty good ending, I thought, or rather beginning to their relationship.
    • Full Coverage(Erin Nicholas) – Started this Tuesday evening. At 52%

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – started this Monday. Finished the ribbing for the brim and the increase row. I have 18 of the cable pattern rounds done.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat

Sunday Summary: Quite a Week

It has been quite a week. In a good way, of course. After being unemployed since the end of November(it’s a seasonal position, so this is a yearly occurrence), my husband went back to work on Monday. I may be one of the few people who actually look forward to the beginning of road construction season. For the last few years, he’s been doing the dispatching for the company. Well, this year they decided he would have to reapply to keep his position. He did and had his interview last week. They wanted to put him on salary(he’s been working for hourly wage until now) and were only offering him about 25k less than what he made last year, along with keeping the vehicle reimbursement and fuel card he’s had the last couple years. We talked about it and both agreed on him turning it down. That was a huge cut, and they wanted him to take on more responsibility for less money. He can make more driving the truck hauling equipment around. He’s still doing the dispatching at the moment until they get someone else hired, but after that he’ll go back to just being in the truck.

I also got quite a bit of writing done. I like where Playing with Fire is going, I finished outlining Heart of Christmas. And, yeah, it’s been a pretty good week for words.

Yesterday we went to a pancake breakfast at our fire hall. Then went and got groceries. And got new swim suits for the kids. They do swimming in gym class usually a couple times a year. This will actually be the first time for this year(and not until May) because the pool was closed for most of the year due to budget issues. Then, we went back to town for dinner at Pizza Hut. The girl got a free pizza with her little book it slip. And while we were there, the boy said something goofy and I responded, “I don’t know about you.” He instantly came back with, “Everyone knows about me. I’m silly.” Yes. Yes, you are.

Yesterday also seems to be the day for breaking things. I was drying sheets and put a couple back in since they were still damp. Dryer wouldn’t start. It’s older and has fits sometimes. Opened the door, closed it again, Tried again. Next time I closed the door a little plastic switch broke right off. So, we need to find a new one before I can do more laundry. Then, my desk chair has started sitting weird, so I keep tipping to the side when I sit down. It’s annoying but bearable. At least for now. That chair’s a bit on the older side, too.

Now, for my progress for the week:

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener21/21 sections of the Story Toolkit done. 610 words this month, 6/6 Toolkit sections this week, 610 words this week. 14/14 chapters outlined in Scrivener(about halfway through I started just writing summary of what will happen in scenes. Will outline more as I get there, I think).
  • Still Burning – Brainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arcwill start this on Monday

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 11265 words/16 finished scenes for the month, 10928 words/16 scenes this week
    • Silas dropped his arms to his sides. “What are you talking about, Shel? Jer’s never been my boyfriend. We’re just friends.”
      She rolled her eyes. You could hardly tell she’d be eighteen in another six months. “You don’t actually expect us to believe that, do you? You’ve been in love with him since you were fifteen.”  *Ah, what are little sisters good for if not giving older siblings a hard time(not that I was that kind of sister, of course 😉 )
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 1234/4000 words for the month, 1234 for the week.
    • Mike & Fadil – 100 words – Not that his father would appreciate any of it. But, just because the old man refused to talk to Mike didn’t mean he was just going to let him starve himself.
    • Hang On – 105 words – Ian flopped back in his seat and crossed his arms, staring out the side window. I didn’t think he was really angry, Ian never was for very long at all. But, I still wished I knew what was going on with him.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 127 words – No, that was foolish. She could stand on her own. She’d been doing it for long enough.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 113 words – Flip let out a snort at that. Prince Charming. Isn’t that what he’d called the guy the first day he’d shown up? Maybe there was something to it. Flip certainly could never come up to meet that standard. If that’s what she wanted, he was a lost cause.
    • Roman – 139 words – He sighed, but the corners of his mouth tipped up. He should know better by now. There really was no saying no to Cristine. Not when she got something set in her mind.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 129 words – If he didn’t think of something and soon, he’d have to return home. One thing he’d promised himself he would never do. If his father, the upstanding sheriff, would even accept him back. 
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 183 words – Damnation. She certainly did something to him.
    • Preggers – 108 words – The woman smiled at her. That made her even prettier. Stop thinking that, she told herself. She’d loved Darren with her whole heart. She shouldn’t be noticing anyone, even another woman.
    • Mason & Lila – 100 words – Then, two long days before she could see him again. Unless his family happened to be in church Sunday morning.
    • Dougal & Shae – 130 words – No. No, that wasn’t it. She wasn’t afraid of a simple bartender. Her emotions were getting mixed up where he was concerned.

Editing

  • Stained Blood – Adjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers – Adjusted chapters(went from 20 to 26 counting the epilogue) and filled in a few missing details(added 7 words). 11/50 search & destroy items(cut 526 words).
  • Snow White Twist – rename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers – Polished 35/48 items
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

  • A-Z posts: Draft 13 posts3/13 finished. 1984 words. Q in progress. 101 words & my SOCS post will fit in for that one. So once I copy that over, that one will mostly be done.
  • A-Z posts: Edit 18 posts – 5/18. I, J, K, L, & M are edited and scheduled to post. This is caught up with what I have drafted so far.
  • A-Z posts: Post 25 posts – 6/25 posted. You can find links to all current ones on my theme reveal post(I’m updating as they go live)

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 2/5, 2 this week
    • Fire(Kristin Cashore) – I finally finished this on Thursday. It was slower than I usually like, but I did end up enjoying it. Hoping the next book is easier to get into.
    • The Broken Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Monday. Finished it Wednesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Blameless(Gail Carriger) – started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 15.
  • Read: 30 books – 8/30, 6 this week
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 51/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Do You Want to Start a Scandal(Tessa Dare) – I’d started a different one Monday morning but didn’t care for it, so moved this one up the list. Finished it Monday night.
    • Bad News Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Against the Heart(Kat Martin) – Started this at lunchtime on Wednesday. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Beta Test(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Thursday afternoon. Really really enjoyed it.
    • Trapped on Talonque(Veronica Scott) – read this one Thursday and Friday. Wasn’t my favorite of the series.
    • Served Hot(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Friday night. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Consumed by You(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Hot firefighters, that’s really all I have to say, right?

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – started this Monday. Finished the ribbing for the brim and the increase row. I have 16 of the cable pattern rounds done.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat

Writing Wednesday: Stitching Together

April is off to a pretty good start. I’ve been sticking with my write during 1st half hour everything else during second half hour routine. Yesterday I even had everything except for my reading done by lunch time. So, it’s definitely going well.

I finished the first draft of Stay a Little Longer on Friday. I started working on Playing with Fire Saturday morning(with a Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt that I ended up working into the second scene of the story). There’s quite a few of little pieces I’m working on stitching together from the Just Jot It January pieces I wrote with these characters. But, I’ve gotten some completely new scenes as well. I’m typing all new words in blue so it’ll be easier to keep track of how many words I’ve added for Camp NaNo.

Since it is Wednesday, that means it’s WiPPet Time!! And for this month I’ll be sharing from Playing with Fire. Today I have 26 sentences(4+5+17). Jeremiah has just walked in to the apartment to find Silas and Corrin arguing/debating, which is apparently a common occurrence.

Jeremiah laughed and shook his head then put the bag of food on the counter. “You two are impossible.”
Corrin saw Silas eying Jeremiah as he moved around the kitchen, and something shifted inside her. She couldn’t blame him. She’d found herself eying Jeremiah the same way. No matter how many times she tried to stop herself.
Silas sighed and slipped the shirt over his head. “I need to get to the library if I’m going to find a table to study at.”
“Why don’t you eat something first,” Jeremiah said, tossing a wrapped sandwich to him from the bag. “Don’t even tell me you don’t already have all the information memorized. I know you better than that.”
The tips of Silas’ ears turned red, but she didn’t notice the flush anywhere else. “I’ll just eat it on the go,” he said.
She noticed Jeremiah watch him until he left the kitchen. Then, he busied himself with taking the rest of the food out of the bag. She told herself she was seeing things that weren’t there. She knew Jeremiah was bisexual, but him and Silas were just best friends. He’d assured her of that. She wouldn’t have stayed here so long if she thought she was coming between them.
“Eat,” he told her, setting another sandwich in front of her. “I know you have to work tonight. And also knowing you, you won’t leave that computer until you have to get ready. So, just eat the sandwich.”
He was in his caretaker mode, which meant his shift had probably been rough. So, she didn’t even bother to argue with him. Just unwrapped the sandwich and took a large bite of egg, ham, and cheese between a flaky croissant.

And as for how things are going so far this week:

Plotting

  • Heart of Christmas – finish Story Toolkit, Outline in scrivener – 15/21 sections of the Story Toolkit done. 223 words this month, 2/7 Toolkit sections this week, 351 words.
  • Still Burning – Brainstorm, Character back stories, plot summary, through Story Toolkit: Romance Arc

Writing

  • Playing with Fire – Add 73000 words/66 scenes(some of these include bits from my Just Jot It posts in January, they may be fleshed out to scenes of their own or merged into other scenes, but I’m counting them all for right now). – 5254 words/8 finished scenes for the month, 4917 words/8 scenes this week
  • Side Projects – add 4000 words between all projects. – 445/4000 words for the month, 445 for the week.
    • Mike & Fadil – 100 words – Not that his father would appreciate any of it. But, just because the old man refused to talk to Mike didn’t mean he was just going to let him starve himself. 
    • Hang On – 105 words – Ian flopped back in his seat and crossed his arms, staring out the side window. I didn’t think he was really angry, Ian never was for very long at all. But, I still wished I knew what was going on with him. 
    • Patrick & Sarah – 127 words – No, that was foolish. She could stand on her own. She’d been doing it for long enough.
    • Midas’ Daughter – 113 words – Flip let out a snort at that. Prince Charming. Isn’t that what he’d called the guy the first day he’d shown up? Maybe there was something to it. Flip certainly could never come up to meet that standard. If that’s what she wanted, he was a lost cause.

Editing

  • Stained Blood – Adjust chapters(some are really long after adding new scenes in), double-check for missing details, 50 search & destroy items, send to readers – Adjusted chapters(went from 20 to 26 counting the epilogue) and filled in a few missing details(added 7 words). 3/50 search & destroy items(cut 239 words).
  • Snow White Twist – rename, polish 48 search & destroy items, send to readers
  • Flames of Renewal – CP Edits once I get it back
  • In the Moonlight – transfer from One Note to Scrivener(on two different computers)

Blogging

  • A-Z posts: Draft 13 posts
  • A-Z posts: Edit 18 posts – 5/18. I, J, K, L, & M are edited and scheduled to post. This is caught up with what I have drafted so far.
  • A-Z posts: Post 25 posts – 3/25 posted. You can find links to all current ones on my theme reveal post(I’m updating as they go live)

Reading

  • Listen: 5 books – 0/5, 0 this week
    • Fire(Kristin Cashore) – On Chapter 5(audible has these chapters split up weird. There are more than one in what it says is a chapter. So I’m just doing what’s on top of the screen on my phone). It’s interesting, but I’m almost 3 hours in and it doesn’t feel like a lot’s really happened. I’ll give it at least a little longer. I’m almost 6 hours in now and still doesn’t feel like a lot is happening. Taking a break from it to listen to something else.
    • The Broken Brooch(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Monday. I’m on Chapter 32. About half an hour left to listen to. Will finish it today then I’ll switch back to Fire for the rest of the week(or I finish it).
  • Read: 30 books – 4/30, 2 this week
    • Hammer of the Gods(Christina Ochs) – this is book 3 in her Desolate Empire series. I got the boxed set, but I’ve already read the first 2 separately, so I jumped right to this one on my phone. I’ll read it in the between moments. I’m on Chapter 51/166(If I counted right. The chapters are labeled with POV characters’ names instead of numbers).
    • Do You Want to Start a Scandal(Tessa Dare) – I’d started a different one Monday morning but didn’t care for it, so moved this one up the list. Finished it Monday night.
    • Bad News Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Vengeance Road(Erin Bowman) – Just started this morning. At 3%. Not too sure about this one yet.

Crafting

  • Knit: Duo Cable Hat – started this Monday. Finished the ribbing for the brim and the increase row.
  • Crochet: Crystal Drops Beanie
  • Loom: Newborn Loom Knit Baby Hat

Sunday Summary: End of the March

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

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

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

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

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

Plotting:

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

Writing:

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

Editing:

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

Blogging:

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

Reading:

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

Crafting:

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

And evaluating the year so far:

Plotting:

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

Writing:

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

Editing:

  • Rewrite Stained Blood(Stained #3) – just finished this on Friday. Added 9435 words to this.
  • Revise next in active series
    • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3) – this title is likely to change
    • Flames of Justice(Flames #2.5)
    • Scars and All(Kurztown #2)

Publishing:

These will depend on getting stuff back from my critique partner and beta readers, so there’s some lack of control in that, but I still hope to get to them:

  • Stained Blood(Stained #3)
  • Law of Choice(Kurztown # .5)
  • Flames of Renewal(Flames #2)
  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1)
  • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3)

Side Projects:

  • Revise Snow White Twist, give it a real title, and submit to World Unknown Review
  • Finish rewriting Midas’ Daughter & revise
  • finish drafting Dance with the Devil, revise & post to Wattpad
  • Write Icarus & Cassie’s story(Riders of Justice #4) – this is my A-Z challenge theme this year. I’m about halfway through it.
  • Start Hawk’s story(Riders of Justice #5)
  • Add 6000 words each to back story novellas – I’ve added about 17420 words to all the short stories I’m working on and have added more to the list. I have 10 on it right now.

Blogging:

  • Just Jot It January – I’m counting this for today’s “jot”, though I may do a separate post from my usual ones depending on what the prompt is. I did like 28/31 posts, I think. So I’ll count it as a success.
  • A-Z Challenge – I’ll be writing Icarus & Cassie’s story as a serial for this – As I said above, I’m about halfway through.
  • Story a Day May
  • Story a Day September
  • RoW80 – Keep up to date on my 2x weekly posts as well as commenting on others’ posts
  • Any other challenges that come up throughout the year – no other challenges yet.

Reading:

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

Crafting:

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

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

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