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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – “Season”

“Cinnamon. Ginger. Cumin. That’s a good one.”

“What are you talking about?” Isaac asked, looking over at Jonas.

“You were talking about the perfect seasons. I was coming up for some good seasonings for you.”

Isaac laughed and tossed a pillow from the couch at his boyfriend. Is that what they were now? “You are such a goof sometimes.” Though it had been a long time since they’d fallen into this. He could only hope it was back for good. “And you know that wasn’t what I was talking about. Or have you been thinking about eating me? Should I be worried?”

Jonas laughed and sent him what Isaac had always dubbed his naughty smile. “I think about tasting you all the time.”

Isaac went to throw another pillow at him, but there weren’t anymore on his side of the couch. And Jonas twisted so he could press Isaac back against the arm of the couch. “Your mom,” Isaac said. “She’s in the kitchen. Your sister’s upstairs. Your other siblings will be here.”

“We have time for this,” Jonas said, pressing a hard kiss to his lips. When he pulled back, he was still grinning. “Yes, cinnamon would be a good seasoning for you.”

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Well. I didn’t really know where that one was gonna go when I started it. Got a little warmer in here than I expected. *fans self* Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was “season”, and it got a little spicy on me.

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Writing Wednesday: A Better Start

So, this week has started off better than the last one. At least as it comes to interruptions to my routine. Word count is roughly the same(actually a little lower because I didn’t write anything Monday that I count towards the goal). Monday was mostly spent on reading and getting stuff done around the house(I got almost all the laundry done in 1 day). Though I did work on getting beta notes for chapter 4 of Stained Blood copied into Scrivener. And during our daily afternoon sprint on Twitter, I worked on Jonas & Isaac(which I don’t count toward word goal because it’s all by hand).

Tuesday I made some good progress, particularly on side projects. And some progress on a couple main projects. I’m hoping to make even more progress today. I’ll get to more on that progress in a bit. But, first it’s WiPPet Wednesday!!! I’ve got more with Jonas & Isaac today. I have 8 paragraphs today(10-18). Jonas has been stopping by the youth center but it’s always been when Isaac isn’t around. Isaac and Konner are talking about that here.

“So what do you want me to do? Tell him you’re here by lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays? Or to stop stalking you?”

Isaac laughed. “You know that’s not what he’s doing. He just hasn’t figured out what to do with himself now that he isn’t a soldier. Anyway, you said he gave tips on setting up the soccer practices. And he stayed later Wednesday to talk to a few of the older boys. So, he’s helping. I don’t see a problem with him hanging around then.”

“That’s good to know,” Konner said, breaking into a grin. “Because he’s in the gym with some of the older kids right now. Last I knew, they were kicking a ball around, but that might have changed.”

Kicking a ball around? How was he managing that? And was it reminding him of all he’d lost? He dropped his bag behind the desk then started toward the area of the center that held the small gym. Konner chuckled behind him, the bastard. If he didn’t know better, he’d think Konner had kept Jonas here just for this reason.

The hell of it was, he just might have. Konner could be a sneaky son of a bitch when he thought it was necessary.

Not that it was right now. Of course.

He stepped into the gym and just stood for a moment. The kids were indeed kicking around a soccer ball. Derek stood on the other side of the room, hands on their hips, watching Jonas. Isaac wasn’t sure he could stop doing the same thing. Jonas was doing drills with the kids, from the bench. Calling out directions, throwing or kicking the ball to one of the kids, easily catching a ball that came his way.

He was in his element. And beautiful with it.

Oh, Isaac, you are so sunk. Might as well give in now. 😉 Not that I can make it that easy for them, of course.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal met/finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Act 1 beat sheet. 6/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 13645/35000 words Off Target(about 6k below target)

    • Still Burning
    • Whatever It Takes – 673 words
    • High on Loving You – 848 words
    • By the Gun – 198 words
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 3774/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 175 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 158 words
    • Roman – 171 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 106 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 259 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 245 words
    • Hawk – 92 words
    • Sean & Braeden – monthly goal met
    • Melanie & Garren – 117 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 17/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 1/24 chapters,  got Chapter 4 back, copied notes for 3/3 scenes into Scrivener, edited 1/3 scenes  Target in Sight
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 6/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 6/5 Bullseye!
    • Lord of Shadows(Cassandra Clare) – Started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 19/30
  • Read: 30 books – 13/30 Off Target
    • Fear No Evil(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday night. Finished this Sunday night. The length it took me to read doesn’t really reflect my enjoyment(because I did like it) but more that other stuff kept coming up. Stupid other stuff. 😉
    • Midnight Sun(Kat Martin) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening. Enjoyed it, though there was one part(inheriting memories from like her great-great(?) grandmother) that was a bit more than I can suspend my disbelief.
    • Revenants(Christina Olson) – Started this Tuesday night. At 40%.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 11/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 18/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Well”

Well, what do think?”

Jonas walked into the living room, keeping a hand on something at all times so he didn’t lose his balance. he wasn’t quite used to how this leg moved yet.

His mom, Toby, Tereza, and Arcelia were all sitting there. Catarina was the only one of his nieces and nephews, and she was barely paying any attention to him, stacking some blocks together. He saw his mother’s expression first, but she quickly covered it with a hand over her mouth. Still, he could clearly see the tears in her eyes.

Shit. He hadn’t wanted to make her cry. This was the day he’d been waiting for almost from the moment he’d woken up. Though at that time he’d thought it would mean getting back to duty. That wasn’t going to happen now. Still, it was nice to be able to get away from the crutches. So why was his mom so upset?

“It looks great,” his brother said. “How does it feel?”

“Great,” he repeated his brother’s word, his gaze flicking to each of his sisters. They looked like they were both about to cry, too. What had he done wrong? Weren’t they happy for him?

Then, Arcelia practically lunged at him, wrapping her arms around him. “It’s perfect,” she said. “You’re perfect. Because you’re still here. That’s all that matters to us.”

His mom was openly crying now, and he pushed his sister gently away to go to her. “mama,” he murmured. “I’m sorry. I thought…”

She pulled him down before he could even figure out exactly what he’d thought her reaction would be. “I am so happy. Do not be sorry. I was afraid. I did not think I’d ever see that smile on your face again. It is so good to see.”

Tears of relief. Not sorrow. he supposed he could handle that. This was only the first step in the new path for him. He still had to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life. But, he’d take the time to appreciate this. It was good. And hopefully in time everything would be as well.

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “well”. I managed to start and end with it. This one should fit in right where I’m getting to in the notebook as I write Jonas & Isaac’s story.

Writing Wednesday: Routine Askew

This past weekend was our town’s homecoming, which I talked a bit about on Sunday. Won’t rehash all that here. Saturday I also said good-bye to my wedding ring for about 2 weeks(engagement & wedding ring are fused together and engagement ring needs repaired). Feels very odd to be without the only piece of jewelry I ever really wear.

Last Friday, the kids came home with a note that one of the 5th grade teachers had passed away. Apparently he’d been battling cancer. Neither of my kids have had him(the girl is only in 4th grade now), so they don’t seem to be too affected by this. But, today will be an early dismissal because of the funeral. The kids also had Monday off, so this throws my routine off even more(and wow, that sounded really callous, but I didn’t know the guy either. Still I didn’t mean to sound heartless). Still, I have managed to make progress on just about all my goals this week.

And now, it’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday! So, I’ve got more from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have 3 paragraphs(1+0+1+1=3).This is from the end of the next chapter and takes place the day after their kiss. Jonas stopped at the youth center where Isaac volunteers a lot of his time. And there was some flirting and sexual tension going on. But, now Isaac is leaving, too. The day before, he felt like someone was watching him when he left his house but brushed it off as paranoia. But, now:

When he stepped out of the center, he once again felt those eyes on him. He shook the feeling off, though. It had just been an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend. That’s why he felt so unsettled. Not because someone was watching him. Who would even want to?

No, he just needed to get back to his usual routine. Then, everything would go back to normal. The kiss and today’s visit from Jonas had just thrown him off. That’s all this was.

He was sure of it.

You absolutely sure, Isaac? Once can be brushed off, but twice? Maybe you’re not so paranoid because of your father’s release. (*Hint*: he’s not).

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Event Brainstorm 2 & Locations. 4/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 9623/35000 words Off Target
    • Still Burning – 2390 words
      • He dropped onto the couch, not having the energy to make it all the way to his bedroom. Why bother anyway? The last time he’d been in there, Jess had been with him. And the last thing he needed right now, was reminders of that. He’d never get any sleep.
    • Whatever It Takes –
    • High on Loving You – 1256 words
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 2009/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 131 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 117 words
    • Roman – 146 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 188 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 140 words
    • Mike & Fadil –
    • Hawk –
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 8/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 0/24 chapters, typed up notes for 2/2 scenes from Chapter 3, finished writing new scene Off Target
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 3/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 5/5 Bullseye!
    • Taming Cross(Ella James) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On Chapter 23/36
  • Read: 30 books – 10/30 Slightly Off Target
    • Drive(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it but didn’t feel really drawn in until closer to the end. Still going to continue the series.
    • Picture Her Bound(Sidney Bristol) – Read this Monday morning. It was a shorter one, but really enjoyed it.
    • One True Pairing(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • One Snowy Night(Jill Shalvis) – Read this Monday night. Great novella. Loved it.
    • Accidentally on Purpose(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 6/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 On Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 11/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Safe/Save”

Save it. We both know that isn’t true.” Jonas couldn’t even look over at Isaac.

“It is. Ever since we were sixteen, you’ve been the one saving me.”

“I’ve never done any such thing.” He didn’t even know how Isaac could think that.

“Sure you have. I don’t understand why you’re revising history now, especially when the truth makes you look so damn good. Just as it should.”

Jonas shook his head, but Isaac just rolled right on. “When you had just met me, you offered your friendship. I didn’t even know how to accept it, let alone the offer of letting your brother help me out of a bad situation. You offered me a safe place to go at your mom’s house without any other strings attached to it. You accepted me without question, including all my scars, the ones on my skin and under it. You showed me I could be loved, despite what my father had always said to me. You made me feel safe. I’d never had that before.”

Jonas still couldn’t let himself look up at Isaac. “Things were different then. I was capable of protecting you then. Now, I can’t.”

“I’m calling bullshit on that,” Isaac said, but his voice was soft. “You were a kid, we both were. You might have been strong and athletic on the soccer field, but you wouldn’t have been enough to stand against my father.” He reached out and ran his fingers over Jonas’ bicep. “You didn’t have these then. You were nearly as scrawny as me.”

That wasn’t quite true, but Jonas still laughed. He had been skinny back then, though he wasn’t sure scrawny was the right word. But, the amusement went away when Isaac’s other hand rested lightly on the socket of his new leg. And he remembered exactly why things had changed now. “They don’t mean much when I can’t even stand on my own two feet.”

“And I don’t need you to protect me, no matter how false that statement is. Keeping me safe isn’t the reason I wanted to spend all that time with you when we were younger. In fact, it had almost nothing to do with it.”

“Yet, you came right to me the first time you see your father again. Why else, if that wasn’t what you wanted?”

“Because you make me feel safe. That’s not the same as protecting me, though. Can’t you see that? Or are you as dense as your brother used to be?”

Jonas couldn’t help but laugh at that. His brother had been dense about his own love life at one time, and Isaac had told him something that had finally gotten through to him. He’d been wise even at sixteen, it seemed.

Isaac reached up and cupped a hand around Jonas’ cheek. Jonas closed his eyes. Until he felt lips caress his. His eyes popped open and he stared right into Isaac’s. Neither of them spoke. They didn’t really need to. But, as they deepened the kiss, Jonas found that for the first time in a long time, he was the one who felt safe.

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This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use safe/save and bonus points for starting and ending with either one. This one comes after Like This Forever(which I wrote for Story a Day September), and, well, you can probably imagine where things are heading. 😉

Writing Wednesday: Some Hope

Sunday we went out for breakfast for my husband’s birthday. After breakfast, he dropped the girl and me at Barnes & Noble. I got The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo(I haven’t started reading the stories yet, but just the pictures in the book are beautiful). The girl got the next two books in the series she’s been reading.Had an issue with the girl trying to smuggle a stuffed cat out in her sweatshirt pocket. Thankfully, I noticed while we were in line and told her she had to pay for it if she wanted it. While we waited for husband to come get us, we had a talk about how that is stealing and that is wrong. 10 years, and I didn’t think I’d have to have that talk. Hopefully won’t have to have it again.

Other than that, the day went pretty well. I took another box of books to the bookstore(and bought 2 new ones). Took some baby clothes to Once Upon a Child and made almost $12. They didn’t take very much, but at least that’s some extra spending money for me. And we’d thought we lost the boy’s wallet, but I finally found it. It had slipped into the back of his booster seat in the truck. *phew* And he got his first hunting permit(with the mentor permit, he can go, but he can’t carry the rifle while they’re walking and he has to be with an adult at all times). He’s excited about that.

And now it’s Wednesday, which means WiPPet Time! With all the awfulness in the world lately, I figured I’d share a more hopeful snippet. So, I’m skipping ahead a bit in Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have 5 paragraphs(10+4=14=1+4=5) from the end of Chapter 6. They’re at Jonas’ nephew’s birthday party. And Jonas is having some issues handling some things. Jonas went off to an empty room to get his mind to settle, and Isaac followed him. The first line is Isaac:

“No one expects you to right away. Well, except for you apparently. You always were harder on yourself than anyone else could be.”

Jonas’ lips tipped up. “Santiago used to say that, too.”

“You still miss him.”

“I do. We weren’t a couple for more than three years, but it hurts knowing I’ll never be able to just call him up again.”

Isaac couldn’t stop himself from reaching up to brush his fingers over Jonas’ cheek. Didn’t stop himself from leaning forward. He knew it was foolish, his mind kept screaming that at him. But, he still pressed his lips to Jonas’.

Ah, finally! 😀 Will it be smooth sailing ahead now?(Haha, Oh Fallon, you are funny.) 😉

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Subplot Arc & Event Brainstorm 1. 2/9 sections

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 2639/35000 words
    • Still Burning – 2337 words(weekly goal met!)
      • “You were taken care of. What more could I want with you? And now you can help me.”
        “What the hell are you talking about?” He could barely get the words out through the fire burning in his throat. Who did this guy think he was? Not much more than a fucking sperm donor, but he acted like Austin owed him something for that. He didn’t think so.
    • Whatever It Takes – 302 words
    • High on Loving You
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 991/4500 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 149 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 132 words
    • Roman – 115 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 121 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 133 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 217 words
    • Hawk – 124 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 0/25 pages. I did start the first page, just haven’t finished it yet.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 0/24 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 3/5
    • Say You’re Sorry(Melinda Leigh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hamilton: The Revolution(Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved this.
    • The Conspiracy of Us(Maggie Hall) – Started this Tuesday evening(this is a re-listen for me before I start listening to the final book). Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Map of Fates(Maggie Hall) – Got this downloaded to my phone again. But haven’t started listening.
  • Read: 30 books – 1/30
    • Jackson’s Trust(Violet Duke) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Liked it, but there was a thing that happened at maybe 75%(or a little before) that came out of the middle of nowhere. And I was like…really? Plus, the character it happened to, you don’t even see it from their point of view. Just the other character hearing about it. So, that took the enjoyment down for me.
    • Deceived(Kate SeRine) – Started this Monday afternoon. At 45%

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 1/20 posts
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 2/6 rounds of ribbing done.
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Story a Day September: Day 23 – “Security”

I used the “A couple are leaving on their honeymoon” prompt for today’s story. I wrote about Jonas and Isaac heading through the airport for their trip. And the fact Jonas’s pass through security may be more complicated than for others.

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“Are you sure we packed everything?”
Jonas looked over at Isaac. “Relax. We double and triple checked your lists. If we did actually miss something, we probably don’t actually need it.”
“And if we do?”
“We’re not staying out in the middle of nowhere. We can buy it if we really need it.”
And since they were at the airport now, it would be a little too late to worry about it anyway. But, he knew that was one of the things Isaac did. He worried about everything. He tried to keep control of everything in his power. As if that would keep everything else from going wrong.
Usually it was fine, but sometimes it went a little overboard. And that was when Jonas was there to reel him back.
“Are you sure we should have flown?” Isaac asked as they rolled their suitcases through the airport. “We could have driven there.”
They’d had this argument already. “Our parents paid for the tickets. What were we supposed to do, just turn them down? And I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want is to be cooped up in a car for like ten hours.” He wasn’t sure if the trip would have taken that long, but car rides were near torture for him. Especially since he couldn’t break it up by switching into the driver’s seat.
“And what about getting through security?”
Jonas sighed and turned to face him fully. “I checked into it. Stop worrying. I might get a more through pat down.” His lip quirked up. “Depending on the agent, I might enjoy it.”
Isaac elbowed him in the side, but he was laughing. Jonas’ mission was achieved then. He kissed Isaac then took his hand before continuing on to the check luggage line. “I printed out that card from the website to hand to security. They’ll know about my leg. I don’t even have to take it off. And we got bulkhead seating so I’ll have more leg room. It’s going to be fine, Isaac. Stop worrying.”
When they got to the security line, Jonas checked out the security agent. “Oh yeah,” he said, nudging Isaac, “even you wouldn’t mind him patting you down, right?”
Isaac laughed. “You’re terrible,” he said.
“Don’t worry, I still love you. But, look at those hands.”
Isaac bent over, laughing. “I thought you liked my hands.”
“I love your hands,” he said. “They’re the only ones I want on me forever.”
“Good,” Isaac said, sliding one of those hands into Jonas’ hair and pulling him down for a kiss. Then, there was a clearing of a throat.
“Gentlemen,” a rough voice said. “You need to continue through the line.”
Jonas looked up at the security agent and grinned. “Yes, sir.” He handed over the card he’d filled out before they left the house.
The man looked over it then nodded. “I’ll need to see the prosthetic.”
Jonas lifted his pant leg up above where the socket connected to what remained of his leg. His jaw tightened as the man ran the scanner over and around the leg, checking for who really knew what. He’d lost his leg saving other soldiers from the battlefield. But, none of that mattered. And he got it, really he did. But, no matter what he’d said to Isaac, and he’d continue to assure his husband that everything was fine, it was a bit humiliating to be put through more extensive security than anyone else.
“You’re clear,” the man said, finally stepping back.
“Thanks,” Jonas said, forcing his jaw to relax.
“Thank you for your service,” the man said. “My brother was a Marine. He didn’t come back.”
“I’m sorry for that. I’m sure he was a good man.”
“The best,” the man said with a grin, though there was a sadness behind it. “Not that I always appreciated it when he was here. But, your boyfriend’s waiting.”
Jonas glanced up to where Isaac was waiting after continuing through the line. He held up Jonas’ ring, which had gone through on a tray along with Isaac’s ring and bracelets. “Husband,” Jonas corrected the man. “This is our honeymoon.”
The man grinned even wider now. A relief, since Jonas never knew how that would be received. There were still some hate-filled people, even if things were getting better. “Then, you’d really better get going. Congratulations.”
Jonas didn’t waste any more time. Isaac slipped the ring back on Jonas’ finger and pressed a hard kiss to his lips. “Come on,” he said. “We’ve still got to catch the flight.”
Jonas kept his hand in Isaac’s as they made their way to their gate. He tried to push away the lingering feeling of distaste from all that attention paid to him. He’d have to go through it again on their way home, but for now he was going to focus on the time he got to spend with Isaac without work, school, or family pulling either of them away.
He was going to savor every second.

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