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Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Mon”

Isaac opened the door to a monster. His mouth went instantly dry, and he went to swing the door shut again. But, his father stuck his foot between it and the frame and wrapped a hand around the edge of the door.

“You can’t be here,” Isaac said, taking another step back. He had to get him to leave. He didn’t know exactly why he was here, but Isaac knew it couldn’t be anything good.

The laugh his father let out sounded almost demonic. “Did you really think a piece of paper would keep me from getting what I’m owed?”

“I don’t owe you a damn thing,” Isaac said. “All you’ve ever given me was pain. And you can’t be here.”

But, his father pushed the door in, sending Isaac a step back. “Who is it, Isaac?” Jonas called from the living room. He needed to get his father out of here before Jonas came to investigate. The two of them coming face to face would only make things worse. Jonas would think he had to protect Isaac, and Isaac didn’t even want to think about what his father would do to Jonas when he stepped between the two of them.

No. He couldn’t let any of that happen. He just had to get his father out of here.

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This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “mon” either as part of a word or on its own. I’m getting right up to this point in the writing of Jonas & Isaac’s story. If you couldn’t tell, Isaac’s father is not a nice person. And this is definitely leading up to some trouble.

Writing Wednesday: Going Well

This week is going well so far. I slept later than usual(so after 5 in the morning) on Sunday. Thankfully, with me changing my schedule(only trying to get through the first half of the draft instead of the whole draft), I was actually ahead. So, it didn’t matter too much. And I was able to meet all my other goals as well as getting ahead on Tuesday’s goal.

And since then things have been going well. Making steady progress on the words. And on the other goals as well. I’ll get more into that later in this post. For now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday again!! Like last week, I’m going to share from two projects. It’s 4/11, so I’m taking each 1 times the 4, so I’ll have 4 paragraphs from Jonas & Isaac and Flames of Knowledge. First up, Jonas & Isaac:

“You can ask for anything, Jonas,” she said, an almost gentle tone to her voice. “From what I’ve seen, you have a very supportive family. They’d likely do anything to help you. But, you do have to ask or how do they know what you need?”

He felt a pang somewhere near his heart. How could he do that? How could he let them know just how weak he was feeling? After his mother had fought to get where she was now. His father never would have been this close to succumbing. Jonas was doing nothing but letting his father’s memory down.

“I don’t need anything,” he insisted. “I’m good.”

He would be. He promised himself he’d find a way to be just fine.

Oh, Jonas, you stubborn, stubborn man. And you may not have known your father quite so well if you believe all that crap in your head(which his brother tells him a bit later).

And now for Flames of Knowledge. We get our first glimpse of Ames, the other main character, here, but we’re still in Connor’s POV.

He stopped when he saw someone else heading up into the field. His heart beat a little faster, knowing instantly who it was. They didn’t even look his way, though. He could put himself in their path, of course. It would only take a couple steps to do that.
As if they had heard his thoughts, their head jerked up and they met his eyes. He lifted his hand to wave, but they were already turning the other way. Damn it.
Connor still hadn’t figured out what he’d done wrong, but every time Ames saw him, that was their reaction. He wished he knew what he could do to change it. Probably nothing.
He didn’t know why he kept trying.

This obviously isn’t their first meeting. Why does Ames turn away from him? Was it something he did? Or something else?

And now for how my goals are going:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Beat sheets Act 1, 2, 3, & 4, & Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 12824/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/21 – On Chapter 8/10
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 1346/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 498/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5.17/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 1.5/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: read through, edit
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 9/20
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Fatal Flaw(Marie Force) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On page 152/399
    • Fortitude Smashed(Taylor Brooke) – Started this Monday night. At 16%.
    • Revelations(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 5/5
    • Angels’ Blood(Nalini Singh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Traitor to the Throne(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 28/51

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 7/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 9/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 1/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 42/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 20 rows – 10 rows

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Passive/Aggressive

Passive?” Isaac asked, running his thumb down the side of Jonas’ face. “That’s not something I’d ever call you.”

“Even if all I did was lay here?”

“Oh, the horror,” Isaac said, pressing his lips to the corner of Jonas’ mouth. “Laying here and letting me take advantage of your body. That is just awful, isn’t it?”

That at least brought a laugh out of Jonas. “You’re terrible. You know that, right?”

“Perfectly terrible,” Isaac said, smiling against Jonas’ throat as he buried his mouth there. “It’s why you love me.”

Jonas wrapped his arms around Isaac and pulled him even closer, if that was possible. “That’s not the only reason.”

He didn’t deny it. They were making progress, at least. Isaac started trailing kisses farther down Jonas’ chest but an aggressive banging at the door stopped him. Jonas groaned. “No one is supposed to be here today.”

Isaac pressed a kiss to Jonas’ chin before rolling off him and pulling his pants on. “I’ll go see who it is.”

“No. It’s my mom’s house. I’m the one living here. I should answer the door.”

“Just relax and stay right there. I’ll see who it is and send them on their way. Then, I’ll be right back to you, and we can pick up where we left off.”

Jonas laughed again, his eyes shining bright. It was better than the shadows Isaac kept chasing away, but he wouldn’t stop trying to do that, no matter what it took.

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was to use passive and/or aggressive somehow. I managed to work both in. This is close to where I am in the writing of their story. I’m actually currently writing what happens just before this part. I’m sure you can figure that out. But, who’s at the door?

Writing Wednesday: Camp Time

Camp NaNoWriMo, that is. I started on Sunday, although I only wrote 275 words then. I’m working on Flames of Knowledge for this one. I’m hoping to finish the whole first draft this month, but we’ll see how that goes. Next month, I’ll be doing Story a Day again, as well as trying to draft Green Hills & Smoky Fields 2(I really need to come up with titles for the individual novels in this series), June should be for Nowhere to Run, then July’s camp will be Craving You(the next in my Kurztown series). Of course, I just started plotting that one, but I shouldn’t have any problem having it ready to write by then. Of course, if I find finishing a draft in one month too much, I’ll have to stretch out that schedule. We’ll see.

Kids go back to school today after almost a whole week off. It wasn’t too bad, they mostly do their own thing, so I was still able to get a good bit of work done. I’ve needed the writing after spending Easter at my mom’s. I could get into everything that was said there that got me worked up. I just wished I had an actual backbone and my voice didn’t seize up when I’m upset. But, then everyone probably would have piled on me, because of course no one else’s opinion is ever right, and I just don’t know how things really are. Because my thoughts and feelings are invalid if they don’t match everyone else’s. And at 33, I still haven’t unlearned that it’s just easier to keep my mouth shut apparently.

Anyway, my kids were really cute for Easter. They both picked out their Easter outfits on their own.

And I’ve been able to bury myself in words and throw some of my feelings into the writing. Which is probably why Ames vented about their family to a friendly listening ear(Nolan, who keeps popping up in the stories despite already having his happy ending ;)).

It’s WiPPet Wednesday time again!! I’m cheating a little today, maybe. It’s 4/4, so I’m taking 4 paragraphs from 2 different projects to share. First, we have Jonas & Isaac(Jonas is having a dark moment and just told Isaac he shouldn’t be there):

“Yes, I should.” He slid his fingers through Jonas’ hair. “We said we were going to move forward together. How can we do that if I’m not here with you?”

“I’m just going to drag you into Hell with me.”

The words made him want to cry. He remembered thinking the same thing years ago, only with their positions reversed. He hadn’t realized then how much the words must have cut into Jonas, because now he felt like he was bleeding. But, Jonas had not left his side then, and Isaac wasn’t going to, either.

“Then, we’ll take the devil on together.”

Will Jonas get through this, or at least let Isaac help him?

And now for a snippet of Flames of Knowledge. 4 paragraphs again.

Connor laughed at that. He’d seen the two men interact before, and if he hadn’t known there was no blood between them, he would have assumed they truly were brothers. “Where is the little guy anyway? I figured you’d at least be giving your wife a break today.”
Nolan just laughed. Then, he said, “With all your family here today, did you really think either of us would even get to hold our son?”
Connor let out a huff of breath that could maybe have been called a laugh. He should have figured that. “I guess I should make my rounds before I get accused of being anti-social again.” He was here, wasn’t he? Shouldn’t that count for something?
Nolan clapped him on the shoulder. “I believe your mom and aunts took him down to the house. Shouldn’t be too hard to find him.”

I know exactly how you feel, Connor.

Do you want to see more of Connor(and eventually Ames) or should I go back to Jonas & Isaac?

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Through Locations(sheet 20/25) – through romance arc(1/5 sheets), skipped subplot sheet(not sure about subplot yet),
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: brainstorming, GMCs, Erik’s back story – Jeff’s & Jakob’s mind maps
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 7132/~65000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/40 – drafted 4/10 chapters
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 220/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 400 words – 215/400 words
      • Hawk: 400 words – 198/400 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 1.625/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 1.625/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
      • This week: edit last 2 scenes, polish – 3/2 scenes edited(split last scene into 2. This was one I wrote for Story a Day and added it into this draft)
    • Hang On
      • This week: organize scenes, read through
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 2/20
    • Treyjon(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Stowaway(Veronica Scott) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night.
    • After the Storm(Maya Banks) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 155/392
  • Listen: 5 books – 1/5
    • Sweet Talk(Susan Mallery) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Shifting Gears(Riley Hart) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On chapter 14/39

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 2/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 3/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 31/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: start blanket – 5 rows

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Bun”

Bunny! Bunny!”

Jonas glanced over as the little form raced toward him. He couldn’t help but smile. “Did the Easter bunny come to your house this morning, Cat?” he asked his niece.

She nodded and thrust something toward him. He took the stuffed dog with bunny ears and grinned. “A bunny dog, huh? That’s just about perfect.” He handed her the stuffed animal back and looked up at the steps coming toward them. He grinned at his sister-in-law.

“Looks like the Easter bunny left you something, too,” he said.

Denise laughed and set a hand on her very swollen stomach. “Not quite yet. Still another month left, though I don’t see how that’s possible.”

Catarina clambered up onto the couch beside him and pressed a kiss just below his knee as she did every time she saw him. “Thanks, Cat. Feels better already,” he said as he did each time. Then, the girl was off the couch and running off to see someone else and show them what the Easter bunny had brought her.

“Isaac was pulling in just behind us,” Denise told him. “He should be in here soon.”

Good. Isaac had been so busy with classes the last week, Jonas had barely seen his boyfriend. Then, he was right there, a bunch of lilies in his hand. “Flowers?” Jonas asked. “For me?”

“Nope,” Isaac said after a long kiss. “Brought these for your mom. Just couldn’t wait for this.”

Good because Jonas had been doing enough waiting. He grabbed the cane beside the couch and levered himself up to his feet. Walking on the prosthetic was getting easier at least. Isaac stepped in right beside him, and they walked toward the kitchen together.

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This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use bun either as part of a word or as a word on its own. Since it is Easter weekend, I figured a little piece of these characters during Easter worked well. I hope everyone that celebrates has a good Easter.

Writing Wednesday: Adjusting

I decided to adjust my writing routine a bit this week. Actually, I’ve already done it twice. Lately I’ve been bouncing between projects in 5 minute intervals. Which is a good method when I can’t seem to focus on anything. But, I didn’t feel like doing that anymore. So, on Monday, I decided to randomly choose which project I’d work on during each of my five hourly writing sessions. And that worked pretty well. And yet, I decided to change it up again on Tuesday. Then, I decided to work through each of my goals for the day before moving on to the next. So, I worked on a scene for High on Loving You first. That took the whole first session(it ended up being a long scene). I’d gotten ahead on my editing for the week, so I skipped over that one. During the second session, I finished filling in the antagonist sheet, did the first pass through on the short story I just finished drafting(which means basically filling in details I left blank during drafting), added 200 words to another side project, and wrote a few lines in the notebook for Jonas & Isaac’s story. I think this is going to be the way I handle my goals. At least for now.

And over the weekend, I did get my hair cut. Woo hoo! Last time was back at the beginning of November, and 4.5 months is way too long for me to go. So, now it’s short again. And I’m happy. The girl got hers trimmed & the boy got his cut as well and some dyed spikes(which washed out in the shower that night). And we picked up our new glasses.

And now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday again!! Woohoo! 😀 Jumping ahead into the middle(ish) of the next scene. They’re talking about a kid(almost 18, but still a kid) who comes by the center where Isaac works. I have 25 sentences today(3-28).

“Dee wants to keep working for Connie at the ranch after they graduate. Kevin wants them to go to college. Dee doesn’t have any desire to even give it a try.”

Jonas knew what that was like. His mother had desperately wanted him to go to college like Arcelia planned to. Which was why he hadn’t told anyone before going to the recruitment office. He hadn’t been cut out for more school but had been afraid his mom’s disappointment would sway him from his plan.

“Maybe I could talk to Dee.”

“They don’t want to join the army, either. They want to work with horses.”

“No, I got that. I meant about parental expectations you just can’t bring yourself to meet.”

Isaac stared at him for a long moment. “You’ve got to be kidding. Your mother has never been anything but proud of you, even back in high school. You didn’t even have to do anything to get that from her.”

Jonas shifted in his seat, glancing away from Isaac. “I let her down. She gave up so much so we’d have it better than she did, even better than what she’d given Toby. I could have gotten a scholarship. She’d already started telling people both me and Arcelia would be going to college. I thought I could see her heart break when I finally told her I wasn’t. But, I was afraid I would have let her down more if I did.”

Apparently it was the day for being honest and vulnerable. He was ready for that to be over.

Or, Jonas, you could keep being open and have less problems in the future. Hah. Not this stubborn boy. 😉 And just a note: his mother has never said he let her down, likely never even felt it. That’s pretty much all in his head/his own fears.

And even though RoW80 is on break right now(starting back up 4/2 for the next round), I have my usual mid-week check-in. Break? I don’t think I know the meaning of that word. 😉

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 13/24 sheets for Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 17315/~35000 words, 4548 this week. Not even close to how long I thought it would be. But I may add more during revisions. Still, the first draft is DONE!!!!!
    • He raised an eyebrow at her, and she couldn’t help smiling. “Raina convinced me extra whipped cream makes everything better.”
      That brought a low chuckle from him. “Of course she did,” he said, bending to kiss his daughter’s head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2629/5000 words, 619 this week
    • Melanie & Garren – 2183/~1000 words, first draft DONE!
    • Hawk – 444/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 12/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 1674 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 17/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon.
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday(3/15) afternoon. At 37%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this last Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Close Contact(Lori Foster) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. On page 83/364
    • Zero Hour(Megan Erickson) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. On page 80/290
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 9/5
    • Once Upon a Marquess(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Rock Hard(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 4/39

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 16/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 24/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 27/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together. Sewed on the 8 triangles. Started the border, 13/56 rows of side 1

Writing Wednesday: Coming Back

I was sick over the weekend, but feeling a lot better now. And thankful I don’t get sick like that very often(it’s been a few years). I’d been hoping to get my hair cut, but sitting there while not sure if I was going to throw up again, wasn’t high on the list. So, that still hasn’t happened. Maybe this weekend when we go in to get our new glasses. The boy will be getting his first pair. He’ll just need to wear them for reading and doing school work.

For now, though, it’s WiPPet Wednesday time! Which means it’s time for more Jonas & Isaac. I’m now sharing from the second notebook of the story. I’m using composition books, so there’s 200 pages, though I’d used them for other things, so there are some pages missing. Still, I may be finished by the time I reach the end of this notebook. This picks up shortly after last week’s. 24 sentences(3+21).

“I hate you seeing me like this. Everyone, really, but especially you.”

Isaac’s hands stilled for a moment then he continued massaging the shampoo into Jonas’ hair. He felt the moan move through the other man and smiled to himself. Jonas had always liked this, whether there was shampoo involved or not.

“You saw me at some of my lowest moments,” he reminded Jonas. “And you never made me feel ashamed for needing any help. Why should it be any different for you?” Isaac rinsed the shampoo out of Jonas’ hair then ran a thumb down the scar on his face. “If my scars don’t define me, this doesn’t define you.”

“It’s different.” Jonas ducked his head.

“It isn’t.” Isaac moved and crouched down in front of him, the water now blasting his back. He laid his hand just below Jonas’ knee. “Losing this doesn’t make you any less.” He pressed his lips just above his hand.

He felt Jonas’ hand on the back of his head then his rough voice said, “Get up, Is.”

Isaac looked up, but those shadows had left Jonas’ eyes. “Thanks,” Jonas said then leaned forward to press his lips to Isaac’s. Water fell over them, and they broke apart, sputtering. “We should finish and get going.”

They did, but Isaac kept a close eye on Jonas, hoping that darkness didn’t fall over him again. He just wished he knew what to do if it did.

Unfortunately Isaac, I don’t think there’s a lot you can do. Jonas just may have to realize that just because he’s used to be the one taking care of others, doesn’t mean he can’t accept some of that now.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 2/18 sheets for Story Toolkit, starting on sheet 3
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 9657/~35000 words, 1549 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1776/5000 words I’m doing this a little differently this month. Working on the one I plan to post to Patreon, then I’ll start on the others.
    • Melanie & Garren – 1776/~1500 words, 351 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 234 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 12/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. On page 108/376
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday afternoon. At 13%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this Friday afternoon. On page 215/343
    • Beauty and the Geek(Sidney Bristol) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. At 38%.
    • Finn Again(R.G. Alexander) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 6/5
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Picked this back up Monday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Had its up and down moments, but ended up enjoying it.
    • Sweet Seduction(Maya Banks) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Indigo(Beverly Jenkins) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 8/23
    • A Lot Like Love(Julie James) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 6/33.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 13/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 17/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 14/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together.

Writing Wednesday: Timing Out

Yeah, the time change officially caught up with me this morning. I did okay the last couple days. This morning I woke up, glanced at my phone, blinked and double-checked the time. Yes, it really was 5:30. My alarm goes off at 4, so I can usually be at the computer by 5. I don’t even remember it going off this morning. I’ve still managed to knock a couple goals out this morning(I was already slightly ahead on them and since I’ve already knocked out most of my weekly chores, I’m splitting my first “hometending” session between writing and social media).

Not a whole lot else going on so far this week. Getting taxes done tomorrow, eye doctor appointments on Saturday and hopefully a haircut(haven’t gotten one since November and it is driving me nuts), then the fire department’s awards banquet that night and a busy Sunday as well. May have to re-institute my Mellow Monday next week again.

But, for now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday time and I have more of Jonas & Isaac for you all. I have 5 paragraphs(1+4 for the day) today, a little farther on than last week’s. The mood has shifted slightly, or at least Jonas is trying to shift it.

Then, the shirt was over his head. He groaned as Jonas’ mouth slid along his shoulder, and Isaac was sure his eyes were going to roll back into his head from the pleasure.

Isaac tugged on Jonas’ shirt, needing to touch him, too. Jonas pulled back just long enough to remove it, tossing it behind him. Then, their chests were pressed together, their tongues tangling as Jonas buried his fingers in Isaac’s hair.

“You better not be doing this just to distract me,” Isaac said when he had to pull away to take a breath. “I’m still worried about you.”

“Fuck worrying,” Jonas said roughly. “Just kiss me.”

Well, Isaac couldn’t really argue with that. Not that he wanted to.

What, it’s cold outside? Are you sure? *turns on a fan* 😉 Next week, I may be sharing from the second notebook for this.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You – 7/10 scenes outlined
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline James & Tracy(Gilbert #8) – finished GMCs, James’ back story, started Tracy’s back story
    • I found the notes I had for this story(well, character notes) from when I first started writing this series back in the early 2000s. And the title I’d had for it: Nowhere to Run. I don’t know why I thought it was similar to one in my BC Security series. At one time, I had like three generations to write stories about. I also didn’t have a lot of the stories(like Connie’s and Carlos’ and Toby’s) written. This one had been #3 back then.
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 6671/~35000 words, 1754 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1224/5000 words I’m doing this a little differently this month. Working on the one I plan to post to Patreon, then I’ll start on the others.
    • Melanie & Garren – 1224/~1500 words, 405 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Started polishing on Monday. 16/49 words searched for. At -674 words for this phase.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 9/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • The Raider(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Down Home Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Stolen Legacy(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Monday afternoon. At 25%
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 108/376
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 3/5
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Picked this back up Monday morning. On Chapter 7/14
    • Come Away with Me(Kristen Proby) – Started this Monday afternoon. Set it aside at about 25%. Got really irritated when the “shero” got upset finding out the “hero” hadn’t been completely honest with her. That was fine, then she told him to leave her house and he refused, including shouting at her. And I was just like “nope. I’m done.” I wasn’t deeply invested in the book anyway.
    • West Cork(Sam Bungey & Jennifer Forde) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday evening. This was really interesting.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 9/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 12/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 8/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 5: 33/33 rows, Triangle 6: 9/33

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “So far”

“So far you aren’t saying anything I don’t already know.” But, Jonas couldn’t even look over at his brother. All he wanted to do was curl into a ball.

“If you knew it, maybe you should have said something to somebody. Why wouldn’t you tell us you were struggling?”

“I had it handled,” he muttered. He’d thought he had it handled. Thought he was strong enough to manage on his own.

“If that was true, Isaac wouldn’t have found you on the kitchen floor, barely breathing. God, Jonas, we thought we might have lost you.”

“Maybe you’d be better off. All of you. Especially Isaac.” He had enough going on, what did he need with a one-legged boyfriend who couldn’t stop taking too many pills?

“I’ve told you to stop saying shit like that,” his brother growled. “None of us would be better off without you. Especially Isaac. If you’d seen him, you wouldn’t think that.”

“I couldn’t protect him,” Jonas said, his voice breaking. “His dad showed up, and I couldn’t even do anything to protect him. Everyone says I’m a hero because I served and lost my leg and was the only one to survive the helicopter crash, like that was even any of my doing and not pure luck. But, what kind of hero can’t even help the man he loves stand up to an overgrown bully?”

Toby’s arm went around him, and Jonas realized that he was sobbing. Toby didn’t say a word, just held on to him until he’d exhausted himself. “you don’t need to be a hero,” Toby finally said. “None of us expect it of you. You’re my baby brother. I only want you to be well and happy. Even if that means you need to ask for help. That does not make you weak, Jonas. It makes you smart. And no matter what you say, that’s something you’ve always been.”

Jonas started to scoff at that, but Toby’s face only hardened. “Being smart has nothing to do with how many books you read or how much school you could stand to sit through.”

“Dad would be disappointed in me.” That thought had been beating in his head since he’d woken up.”

Toby’s laugh was rough, and it had Jonas glancing at him. “What’s so funny? All I wanted was to do something that would have made him proud. And I’ve failed horribly.”

“It’s not funny,” Toby said, “because it isn’t even close to true. He would have been so proud of you. Not just because you joined up, either. But, the man you are. The honorable, compassionate loving son he would have wanted to raise. Trust me, if he could keep loving the punk kid I used to be when he first met Mom, there’s nothing you could have done to let him down. Especially considering his own past.” Jonas frowned, but Toby only smiled wider. “You were too young probably for him to tell you any of the stories he told me. But, trust me when I say, he would not be judging you right now. Neither do I. Neither does Mama. All we want is for you to be well.”

Jonas must have been exhausted, because even that had tears leaking out of his eyes. And all he could think was that Toby hadn’t included Isaac in that last statement. He’d probably lost him now. And it would be all his fault.

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Well, that wasn’t quite what I planned to write for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt of “so far” when I first sat down. But, I’ve been building up to this moment in Jonas & Isaac’s story. Still not quite there yet. Setting up those opportunities for him to ask for help and turning away from them. I referenced this back in a post in September, but it’s taken me a while to work all of it out. Getting closer to writing this part in the notebook, though.

Writing Wednesday: On a Run

Well, I’m not actually running. I used to love to run. My knees, they do not like it so much. *sigh* But, the words, those have been running this week. I mean, they aren’t huge word counts. Monday I had 2338 words(the Tuesday before I had almost 5000 words). But, I met a lot of goals. By the end of Monday, I had through Thursday’s goals done for my current side project and Jonas & Isaac. And my plotting goals were done through today. Which meant yesterday was focused on my editing goal. And today all I really have to work on is my main drafting project and editing(and this goal was met by the time I started this post).

So, it definitely looks like a good week. And since it is Wednesday, that means it’s WiPPet time! Today I have the next 7 paragraphs after last week’s snippet.

“Arcelia said you were sick this morning.”

Jonas groaned and dropped his head back to the couch. “She’s overreacting. It was just an upset stomach. Don’t I look fine to you?”

Isaac pulled back so he could take a closer look at Jonas. There was a little more color in his face then when Isaac had first stepped into the room. Something seemed a bit off about his eyes, but Isaac couldn’t pinpoint exactly what.

“I suppose so,” Isaac said, even though he wasn’t sure it was quite true.

“Then come sit with me,” Jonas said and scooted to the next cushion so Isaac could stay on his good side.

Isaac did just that, but he couldn’t seem to push away all the worry. Arcelia had never been the type to overreact, no matter what Jonas said. If she was worried, there was good cause for it.

“Stop,” Jonas said, running his fingers over Isaac’s leg. “I’m fine.”

But, is he really? I’m planning to continue with this scene next week. So, we’ll see if Isaac gets that answer or if Jonas manages to distract him.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outlined 31/31 scenes
  • Tertiary: Outline James & Tracy(Gilbert #8) – 3/5 mind maps done
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 3831/~35000 words, 2390 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 737/5000 words I’m doing this a little differently this month. Working on the one I plan to post to Patreon, then I’ll start on the others.
    • Melanie & Garren – 737/~1000 words, 435 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got Chapter 9 back on Thursday. Copied over 117/117 comments, started edits on Friday. Finished them on Tuesday, including splitting a scene into 2 and changing POV of the second part from Barrett’s to Deryn’s. Added 1901 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Added 1/3 planned new scenes. 797 words.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 5/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Light of the Stygian Orb(Krista Walsh) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it
    • How To Make a Wish(Ashley Herring Blake) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Shift(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 27%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 0/5
    • A Conjuring of Light(V.E. Schwab) – Started this last Monday morning. On Chapter 73/126
    • Neanderthal Seeks Human(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 15/31

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 4/24, have G, H, I, J, K, & L in progress
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts 1/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 1: 33/33 rows, Triangle 2: 31/33 rows

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