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Writing Wednesday: Heat Wave

Well, I’m considering above freezing to be a heat wave. I have fairly low standards, especially when it had been 0F this time last week. We’re supposed to have a couple days of 50s this week. That’s almost shorts weather around here.

My week has not started out too well. Over the weekend, I found a spreadsheet for a daily schedule. I figured I could start my day at 5, and I have 5 different hours for writing tasks. That first hour is for writing on my main project, the other four are picked randomly(between plotting, editing, side projects, & Jonas and Isaac). Well, Monday I slept in until well after 5. So, I ended up with less than half an hour to write. I woke up earlier Tuesday, but couldn’t seem to drag myself out of bed until right around 5. Computer didn’t want to start up at first. After I got it to, things were going okay. Then it decided to freeze up and restart on its own. I had some issues with getting it started up and it was the end of that hour by the time it did, but the words wanted out, so I ended up going into the next hour(which was set aside for chores and such). I didn’t hit my goal either of those days. Today I woke up at 4 and managed to get up. And so far computer is cooperating(although it looks like I’m back to using Microsoft Edge since Firefox refuses to open), so I’m hoping to get more words(I did, I did, I did!). More on that progress in a bit.

It’s Wednesday again, which means WiPPet time! *dances* *knee cracks* *sits back down* WiPPet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by the wonder Emily Wrayburn where we share a snippet of a work in progress that somehow pertains to the date. I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story. Today I have 7 paragraphs(1+8-1-1-0) from a little farther in the scene I’ve been sharing from. Things are getting…warm. πŸ˜€

“Jonas,” Isaac breathed, “are you going to kiss me or not?”

With a groan he couldn’t hold back, Jonas leaned forward and pressed his lips to Isaac’s. They opened immediately, but he didn’t plunge forward. Instead he traced Isaac’s lips with his tongue just as his thumb had moments ago. It was Isaac’s tongue that darted forward, catching Jonas’ and tangling them together.

Jonas moaned around it, feeling too much to put anything into words right now.

They finally pulled apart, both breathing hard and staring at each other. Then, Isaac leaned forward, gently caressing Jonas’ lips with his own. It didn’t have the intensity of that first kiss, but it had Jonas’ heart skipping more.

Isaac’s lips moved to his jaw then his throat as his hand touched his hip then slid over his thigh. “God, Is,” he murmured. “Your hands…” He couldn’t even form words as the desire twisted through him.

“Soft, I know,” and Jonas thought he detected bitterness in the words.

“No,” Jonas said, lifting Isaac’s head. “Capable of driving me fucking crazy.”

I wonder how many people have told Isaac hew has story hands, as if it’s an insult. Jonas certainly doesn’t see it that way.

Now for that progress so far this week:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories – Wrote Connor’s back story(1041 words) on Monday. Finished Ames’ back story(902 words) on Tuesday. Started antagonist’s back story Tuesday night, finished it Wednesday afternoon(661 words).
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries – Finished short summary(37 words), medium summary(109 words), & long summary(277 words)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit – started this Thursday afternoon. 6/19 sheets done
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 7980/~25000 words, 2204 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2120/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 213/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 172/500 words
    • Roman – 287/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 134/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 338/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 242/500 words
    • Hawk – 134/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 193/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 265/500 words
    • Desmund – 142/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal)

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get it back
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Tertiary: Protecting the Heart – Transfer to Scrivener – 3/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 7/20

    • Brotherhood in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Must Love Mistletoe(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished this Sunday night. Enjoyed it.
    • The Ones Who Got Away(Roni Loren) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Loved it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 4/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this in December. On Chapter 13/29
    • Trust the Focus(Megan Erickson) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Monday morning. Love these books.
    • Focus on Me(Megan Erickson) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • Out of Frame(Megan Erickson) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 11/21

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 10/31 posts
    • Pants – A bit with Connor dealing with a cousin who decides to be an ass. And Gio makes an appearance.
    • Coffee – A bit with Connor and his sister-in-law, Kayla.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 6/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x – 0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – got the set up row and another 36 rows done.
  • Crochet: Lap Blanket – This is at about 31/40 inches
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Writing Wednesday: Cold

Brrrrr. It’s been in the single digits(Fahrenheit) here lately. I don’t even want to know what the temperature is with wind chill. We haven’t gotten a lot more snow though.

Last Friday,we met up with my step mother in law to exchange gifts since we didn’t make it out to her house Tuesday.I got another $100 Amazon gift card from her. Woohoo! I ordered a kindle fire. Instead of having 3 different devices i do stuff on,now i can have it mostly on one. That came yesterday(as well as 3 books),so I’ve been playing with that. In fact, I’m writing this on it while waiting for kids’ bus.

And since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another WiPPet snippet! I started a new notebook for Jonas & Isaac on Monday.but I’ll still be sharing from the first notebook for a while. Today I have the next three paragraphs from what I shared last week.

Jonas leaned a little closer. “I thought you just pushed me right out of your mind after you walked away from me at graduation.”

Isaac scoffed. “Like I could ever do that. Trying was the only way I thought I could survive, though.”

Jonas wasn’t even sure what to say to that. It had almost been easier to think Isaac had stopped caring. That he wouldn’t have cared if something happened to Jonas. It had fueled some of his drive to get through everything.

They both might have been mistaken about a few things over the last years.

Now for how I’m doing so far this month. It’s actually going pretty well. I think that week I took off helped.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories – Wrote Connor’s back story(1041 words) on Monday. Finished Ames’ back story(902 words) on Tuesday. Started antagonist’s back story Tuesday night.
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 3668/~25000 words
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 512/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 500 words
    • Roman – 74/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 85/500 words
    • Hawk – 500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 55/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 156/500 words
    • Desmund – 142/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 1/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal)

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get it back
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Tertiary: Protecting the Heart – Transfer to Scrivener – 0/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books 2/20

    • Forged in Steele(Maya Banks) – Finished this Sunday. Enjoyed it.
    • In the Stars: Part 1(Debbie McGowan) – Finished this Sunday night. Loved it.
    • Snowbound at Christmas(Various) – Started this Sunday night, though I skipped over the first story. Finished this Monday night. Enjoyed the two stories I read.
    • Untamed Hearts(Melody Grace) – Read this Tuesday morning. It was a short one.
    • Acting on Impulse(Mia Sosa) – Started this Tuesday morning. At 8%
    • More than Once(Elizabeth Briggs) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 5%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 0/5
    • Reckless(Skye Jordan) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 13/29
    • Strong Signal(Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell) – On Chapter 12/22

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 2/31 posts
    • Drama – a bit with Connor, Caitie(Connor’s cousin), and her husband, Mark(you may remember Caitie & Mark from snippets I’ve shared).
    • Boisterous – a bit with Ames this time, and their family.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 1/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x – 0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – got the set up row and first4 rows done.
  • Crochet: Lap Blanket – got a few rows done this month

Writing Wednesday: Merry After Christmas

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas. We weren’t quite sure we were going to make it down to my mom’s on Monday. It wasn’t too bad when we left the house. Our road hadn’t been plowed yet, so that was a little interesting. But, the main road into town wasn’t bad. Until we got past town, and you could barely see more than a car length in front of us. It usually takes about half an hour to drive to my mom’s. Monday it took us just about an hour. But, we made it there, the kids got lots of gifts(I got 3 J.D. Robb books, $60 in Amazon gift cards, a bottle of strawberry wine, slippers, and a t-shirt). We still haven’t had our third Christmas yet(we did Christmas eve with my mother-in-law). We were supposed to go to step mother-in-law’s yesterday, but my husband was up in Erie all day plowing. So, we didn’t make it. We’re going to try to see her and at least my sister-in-law sometime this week(brother-in-law lives in Ohio, and we’re not sure how long he’s here for before he has to go home).

my budding scientist.

their “new” lego table

My gifts from the kids. Have I mentioned I’m not a jewelry person? But I did wear them all of Christmas day.

box set of one of the Warriors series of books.

I’m having a low-key week. I thought I’d get some writing done. I did almost 500 words yesterday morning, and that was it. Today I didn’t get up until after 6. I did finish a first draft last week, and I just feel…blah, I guess. I may take this week to finish up some reading and have the writing take a back seat. Actually make myself take a break.

And since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another WiPPet snippet!! Still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I’ve switched into Jonas’ POV, and he’s still trying to comfort Isaac. I have 12 paragraphs for today(1+2+2+7).

“I’m sorry,” Jonas said. “That he still thinks he has to torment you. I wish I could go after him and–”

“No,” Isaac said sharply, sniffing a little still. “I don’t want him to hurt you, either.”

Jonas bristled at that. He wanted to say he could take care of him. Except he couldn’t. Not anymore. He’d only been able to get Isaac to the couch because the other man had been on his weak side and supported him as well. “What can I do then?”

“Nothing,” Isaac said. “Nothing will stop him.”

“Then why’s you even come here? If I’m so fucking useless, why’d you even come here?”

Isaac jerked back and stared at him with wide eyes, shimmering with tears. “I didn’t say that,” he said, his voice thick. “And I came because…I don’t even know. Maybe because I could use a friend. Not someone to fix this. No one can fix it. Even years in prison didn’t change him. Nothing will. He’ll just keep coming after me until he does actually kill me.”

“No!” Jonas shouted, fear gripping him. “That’s not going to happen. I swear, Isaac. I won’t let him.”

“How are you going to stop him? You can’t be with me twenty-four, seven. And even if you could…”

He didn’t have to finish that. Of course Jonas couldn’t do anything. He could still barely walk on his own. What was he thinking that Isaac might actually need him?

Jonas looked away from Isaac, trying to get control of his racing thoughts. But, they only seemed to accelerate. Isaac said his name softly, and Jonas looked over at him. He couldn’t seem to stop himself. “I didn’t mean it like that,” Isaac said. “Even if you weren’t hurt, I wouldn’t want you near him. I don’t want him to hurt you.”

His voice broke on the last words and the emotion dragged out words Jonas hadn’t planned to say. “I’d lay my life down for you. Still. No matter what’s happened between us. I would die before letting the same happen to you.”

Isaac stared at him with wide eyes. The tears shimmering there turned his eyes a brilliant gold. “And you don’t think that would kill me? The last five years, I’ve been so scared Tereza would tell me you were dead. How much worse do you think I’d feel if it was because of me?”

I don’t think of them expected the conversation to take this one. Or the one that happens next. πŸ˜‰

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Still Burning – Outline Act 4 – Outlined 12/12 scenes
  • Secondary: Outline Act 4 for Green Hills & Smoky Fields 1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You –
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm –General character mind map done. Also Connor’s and Camella’s. Thursday I did Emmett’s(antagonist) and half the plotting mind map. Finish the plot map Friday and wrote up the characters’ GMCs.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 42500 words on main projects – 29167/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 18287/25000, 7629 this week And I typed β€˜The End’. *dances*
      • She nodded and stepped into him again. β€œCould you just remind me of that every day? In case I forget.”
        He pressed a quick kiss to her lips. β€œOf course. I’d be glad to.”
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 3525/5000, 492 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 2862/5000,
    • High on Loving You – 3009/5000,
    • By the Gun – 1484/2500,
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 6426/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 487/750
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 680/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 496/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 580/750
    • Hawk – 453/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 538/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 642/750
    • Desmund – 323/500
    • Christmas Short – 2136 words – this is a little something with Jeremiah, Corrin, & Silas that I hope to have up on my Patreon for Christmas.
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 19/35

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – beta edits – 0/21 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits – 0/25 Chapters
  • Stretch: Protecting the Heart – transfer from One Note to Scrivener – 15/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 23/30
    • When We Met(Susan Mallery) – Finished this Monday night. Liked it.
    • Drawing Dead(S.M. Reine) – Finished this Tuesday afternoon
    • Sweet Sinful Nights(Lauren Blakely) – Finished this Tuesday afternoon.
    • Getting Out of Hand(Erin Nicholas) – Finished this Tuesday evening.
    • They Both Die at the End(Adam Silvera) – On page 140/368
    • Fatal Consequences(Marie Force) – Finished this Monday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • In the Stars Part 1(Debbie McGowan) – At 14%
    • Ashes and Alms(A.M. Leibowitz) – On page 16/81(according to Overdrive)
  • Secondary: Listen to 5 audio books – 4/5
    • Strange the Dreamer(Laini Taylor) – On Chapter 28/68
    • The Becoming of Noah Shaw(Michelle Hodkin) – On Chapter 15/48

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 19/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2x – 2/2
    • Christmas in Triplicate – Christmas story with Jeremiah, Silas, & Corrin. It’s available to read, whether you’re a patron or not. A little Christmas gift for everyone.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Split Crescents Knit Dishcloth – Knit 62/66 rows – ran out of one of the colors, so ordered more. It won’t be here until next month sometime, though.
  • Crochet: Blended Granny Lapghan – I was struggling with this pattern so I ripped out the stitches and started a different blanket pattern.
  • Crochet: Lap Blanket – Finished Set-Up row. 6.5/40 inches crocheted

Writing Wednesday: White Christmas?

I was pretty sure we were going to have a white Christmas this year. The other week, we got dumped on. Over the last couple days, though, it’s warmed up again. Almost all the snow we had has melted. It is supposed to get colder over the weekend and might snow on Monday, so we may still wake up to that white stuff Christmas morning. We’ll see.

Last weekend, we had my niece’s birthday party and Christmas with my dad. I got a gift card for Amazon and have already spent about 2/3 of it. I got the first 3/5 books in the mail yesterday. Another should be coming today. The last was a pre-order and won’t be here until at least January 2. I may wait and see if I get more gift cards before I order more books. We’ll see. πŸ˜€

Sunday we made Christmas cookies. They’re almost gone. I knew we should have waited until this weekend.

Nothing else going on this week except the girl’s Christmas concert at school tomorrow night. Then, we’re having Christmas with mother-in-law Sunday, our Christmas then down to my mom’s Monday, and with step mother-in-law and husband’s siblings Tuesday.

But, right now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday. Last week, we left Isaac thinking his dad wouldn’t care if he died. This week, I’ve got 6 paragraphs(12Γ·6), nearly just after last week’s(I skipped 2 paragraphs of just how awful Isaac’s father is).

He was trembling so hard that he barely made the turn into the Pederas’ driveway. Why had he come here? Why hadn’t he gone straight home? He could tell Roman what had happened. He’d know what to do. If that actually counted as his dad breaking the conditions or not.

But, instead he was here. If Toby was visiting his mom, he could ask him. Toby would know, too. He was the reason Isaac was safe now, but he knew that wasn’t why he’d come here. He stepped out of the car, barely managing to shove his keys in his pocket. He stumbled up the sidewalk to the porch, banging his hand on the front door.

His chest was heaving as if he’d run all the way here from the college, but even as the door started swinging open, his heart rate and breathing started to settle. As if his body knew exactly who was opening the door.

Jonas’ face brightened when he saw Isaac. “I didn’t think I’d see you already. How’d your last final go? Notice something different?”

Isaac barely took in the fact Jonas was standing on two legs. He was leaning hard against the door frame but he must have just gotten the prosthetic. But, he couldn’t think about that. And Jonas’ smile fled as if he realized something was wrong. “What happened?”

Isaac stepped into him, and Jonas’ arms came instantly around him. “I saw him,” Isaac gasped out. “He was there. He’s not going to leave me alone.”

And now for my final RoW80 update for this round. I’ll probably do a final one at the end of the month, with how the month, round, and year have gone according to my plan(or more likely completely off it).

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Still Burning – Outline Act 4 – Outlined 12/12 scenes
  • Secondary: Outline Act 4 for Green Hills & Smoky Fields 1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You –
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm –General character mind map done. Also Connor’s and Camella’s.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 42500 words on main projects – 23729/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 14094/25000, 3436 this week
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 2832/5000, 500 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 2649/5000, 427 this week
    • High on Loving You – 2792/5000, 483 this week
    • By the Gun – 1362/2500, 346 this week
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 4455/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 200/750
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 404/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 213/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 326/750
    • Hawk – 344/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 307/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 428/750
    • Desmund – 0/500
    • Christmas Short – 2136 words – this is a little something with Jeremiah, Corrin, & Silas that I hope to have up on my Patreon for Christmas.
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 10/35

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – beta edits – 0/21 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits – 0/25 Chapters
  • Stretch: Protecting the Heart – transfer from One Note to Scrivener – 9/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 17/30
    • Flashpoint(Suzanne Brockmann) – Finished this Sunday evening. Really enjoyed it, even if it did take me a while to finish.
    • A Step Too Far(Krista Walsh) – Read this one Sunday. It was short, but I enjoyed the look at what happened between a couple books in the series.
    • The Christmas Fountain(Kait Nolan) – Read this Sunday night. It was a quick read and very sweet, and I loved it.
    • When We Met(Susan Mallery) – On page 150/344
    • Drawing Dead(S.M. Reine) – At 74%
    • Ravenous(R.G. Alexander) – At 6%
  • Secondary: Listen to 5 audio books – 3/5
    • Strange the Dreamer(Laini Taylor) – On Chapter 22/68
    • Sweet Persuasion(Maya Banks) – On Chapter 13/35

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 13/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2x – 1/2

Crafting:

  • Knit: Split Crescents Knit Dishcloth – Knit 42/65 rows
  • Crochet: Blended Granny Lapghan – 0/9 blocks, have first block started

Writing Wednesday: Chaotic Time

Last week I got a text from a friend(well, her ex-husband and my husband are good friends. I still consider her a friend though we don’t talk that much) asking if I could help with the Santa shop/book fair at the school this week. My first response was “I don’t wanna!” Because, if you haven’t figured it out yet, me and people don’t get along well. As well as noise and craziness. But, I said if I could find a ride there and home, I should be able to do it. Because, of course, I can’t just say no and risk disappointing someone. She said she could bring me home as long as I could stay there until 3(she drives a school bus and is done with her route by then). Of course the kids get home just before 3, so I’m trying to figure out how that will work. But, my husband’s uncle was able to bring me in. Monday wasn’t too busy, though it did get a little chaotic. I worked the book fair side, which was more manageable at least. And we got done early, so I got a ride from one of the other volunteers and got home just before the kids. Tuesday was…a lot more. More classes through, more noise, more craziness. Monday when I got home, I just felt exhausted. Like I’d been moving stuff around all day instead of sitting behind a table running the cash register. I’m typing this up Tuesday afternoon and the exhaustion hasn’t hit me yet. And even after 2 days of running the machine, I had moments of completely blanking on what I needed to do. Monday the first class that came in, their teacher gave them each a $5 coupon to spend, so they could all get a book. Which I thought was really nice. He gave us the money, so we were trying to take from it and it got a little complicated(since he gave us 5 twenties and a five, instead of 21 fives), but the money that was left over, he donated to the book fair, so we’ve been pulling from that if someone has needed a little extra(apparently this is the first year they’ve had to charge sales tax at the fair and apparently no one else was informed of this).

There’s only one more day of it, so I’m pretty sure I’ll survive. It hasn’t been quite as bad as I feared, but I will definitely be glad when it’s over. Needless to say, I am not ahead on my goals. I’m managing to stay somewhat on track(I think). My husband responded to a fire call(local livestock auction barn) Monday night, just as I was getting ready to go to bed. I woke up at 2, so I was able to get some writing done, and he didn’t get home until 4. I got just over 2000 words written before the kids were up at 6. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up later in the week.

For now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I have more Jonas & Isaac for you. I have 9 sentences(1+2+6) for you today. Isaac has just finished his last final and is heading out to his car when he notices something.

He couldn’t move, couldn’t press the button, couldn’t do anything. The figure moved closer, and Isaac’s hand shook so hard, his keys fell tot he ground. The sunlight was already dimming in the late afternoon, but the lights around the parking lot illuminated the man’s face.

“No,” Isaac said. “You can’t be here.”

He hadn’t thought he’d spoken loud enough for the man to hear him, but he laughed, so maybe he had. Isaac’s heart was pounding in his ears, but he dropped down and swiped for his keys, finally unlocking the door, and practically leaping inside. He locked the doors as soon as he was in the seat but just sat there as he tried to get his breathing under control. His heart was still racing, but he turned the key in the ignition and backed out of his parking space.

Who did he see? Why is he so frightened? What’s going to happen next? I’ll have more of this and some of those answers next week.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Still Burning – Outline Act 4 –
  • Secondary: Outline Act 4 for Green Hills & Smoky Fields 1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You –
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm –

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 42500 words on main projects – 4580/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 2725/25000, 1858 this week
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 499/5000, 230 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 519/5000, 258 this week
    • High on Loving You – 536/5000, 237 this week
    • By the Gun – 301/2500, 165 words this week
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 280/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 16/750
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 0/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 0/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 69/750
    • Hawk – 0/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 0/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 100/750
    • Desmund – 0/500
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 1/35

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – beta edits – 0/21 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits – 0/25 Chapters
  • Stretch: Protecting the Heart – transfer from One Note to Scrivener – 1/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 4/30
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – Finished this Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – On page 144/475
    • Faerie Blood(ReGi McClain) – At 17%
    • Snow White on the Run(Sidney Bristol) – At 28%
  • Secondary: Listen to 5 audio books – 1/5
    • Mine to Possess(Nalini Singh) – Finished this Friday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Come Sundown(Nora Roberts) – On Chapter 4/32

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 3/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2x – 0/2

Crafting:

  • Knit: Split Crescents Knit Dishcloth – Cast on stitches. Knit 2/61 rows
  • Crochet: Blended Granny Lapghan – 0/9 blocks, have first block started

Writing Wednesday: Finished!

Yes, that’s right, I finished NaNoWriMo early this morning. I almost had it finished last night, was less than 500 words away when I could barely keep my eyes open. So I decided to set it aside. I didn’t have any problem getting those last words this morning. I’m only a little more than halfway through the story, though. I might finish it in December, if it’s the main project I decide to put in first priority. We shall see.

Now, it’s time to WiPPet Wednesday again! And I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac. Last week, we had Konner giving Jonas a ride home after getting his prosthetic leg. Today I have the next 13 sentences(1+1+2+9).

Konner shook his head as he navigated the snowy streets. “Just that I had to run some errands. He was too busy studying for his last final to even ask what errands they were.”

Isaac had been distracted this week finishing a project and studying for tests. “So, he’ll be done after tomorrow?”

Konner sent him a crooked grin as he turned into the driveway. “No need to go fishing, Jonas. But, yes, he’ll be all yours for the next month.”

Jonas’ face burned now. “That’s not what I was asking.”

“Sure, it’s not. You coming to the center again tomorrow? Isaac should be there sooner, depending on how long that test takes him.”

Konner is so not believing your denial, Jonas. πŸ™‚

As for all my progress this week:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them – On Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes – Target Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm – Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 50004/50000 words Bullseye!
    • β€œSo, I should just live me life knowing he killed our parents, that he killed people who gave us shelter. And not do a bloody thing about it?”
      β€œAye. Because it would mean you were still living. Why can that not be enough for you?”
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 17801/17500 Bullseye!
    • Still Burning – 668 words
      • Jess felt exhausted, but the last thing she wanted to do was go to her apartment and sit. She couldn’t remember ever feeling restless and so damn tired at the same time. All day she’d had to field questions from the men. About why they’d been pulled off a job then suddenly called back. Why they were letting some coward cause chaos on their own job. Why she was still in charge if she couldn’t even handle something like this.
        Okay, so mostly that last had been asked by her in her own head. She didn’t want the other men to know just how much her confidence had suffered because of this. Maybe [xx] had been right and she only had this job because her father was the boss.
        No. She wasn’t going to think like that. Yes, her father might have given her a chance another boss might not have. It’s not like she was the only woman on a construction crew, though. And he never would have kept her on if she wasn’t good at her job. So she shouldn’t have these doubts.
    • Whatever It Takes – 899 words
      • Then, there was the fact she hadn’t heard anything from Alexa. Konner had told her Gail had given the girl her phone back after a couple days. But, she still didn’t respond to any of Jayla’s texts. It was worrying her. She’d given a message to Konner for their sister, though, and she hoped she’d heard something from him today. Soon, hopefully. Of course he was probably spending time with Isaac while they were both on break.
    • High on Loving You – 767 words
      • β€œBecause he loves you, too. And it would be damn obvious if the both of you would open your eyes. Now, go. I have houses to sell.”
        Anna laughed, but she did exactly that. And she really hoped the woman was right. Otherwise she was going to lay everything on the line for nothing.
    • By the Gun – 350 words
      • Alejandro closed his eyes, even though he was afraid that would mean falling back asleep. β€œWe were getting ready to ride out of the clearing. Something hit me. Shot. I was shot,” he remembered.
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 2518/2250 Bullseye!
    • Patrick & Sarah –
    • Tavin & Haiwee –
    • Roman –
    • Dougal & Shae –
    • Jacob & Matthew –
    • Mike & Fadil –
    • Hawk –
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
    • Desmund – 174 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15 /15 Bullseye!

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Got chapter 5 back Wednesday morning. Transferred comments for 2/2 scenes Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP – Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 23/23 Bullseye!

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 19/30 Off Target
    • The Hunter(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday(11/16) evening. Finished it Tuesday(11/28) morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Slow Burn Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Saturday afternoon(11/18). Finished it Sunday(11/26) evening.
    • The Girl with the Red Balloon(Katherine Locke) – Started this Thursday afternoon. At 62%
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – On page 99/388
    • Chasing Destiny(Megan Erickson) – At 55%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 9/4 Bullseye!
    • Something About You(Julie James) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • When Tony Met Adam(Suzanne Brockmann) – Listened to this Monday morning. It’s a short story/novella in her Troubleshooters series. It’s a little farther along than where I’m at in the series currently, so I probably should have waited. But, I did enjoy it.
    • Mine to Possess(Nalini Singh) – On Chapter 25/50

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 17/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque –  Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Prayer SquareΒ  & Dreamy Scarf –  Bullseye!

Writing Wednesday: Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, here in the States at least. One thing I’m thankful for: We never host Thanksgiving dinner, so I don’t have to worry about doing a special cleaning of the house or cook or have to deal with people in my house. We’re going to my mom’s for the day and may stop at husband’s aunt’s on the way home. I’ll be taking a book/my kindle so I can hide away when I can’t take socializing any more.

Another thing I’m thankful for: We have internet that works again! Our old service kept going out(the modem said it was connected but nothing would work). I’d basically have to only have 1 thing connected at a time for it to work and if I connected my phone, it would completely go out. So, husband called the local cable company we used to use and he came Monday and reconnected our service. Now, I won’t have to go through all my data package on my phone in a month(it was pretty close last month).

Now, I just have to get a new wireless keyboard it seems. Mine periodically stops working. If it sits for a length of time, it won’t type when I try to use it again. Loosen one of the batteries and put it back in and it works again. I thought batteries might be low, but I changed them out yesterday and it was still doing it. So, yeah, I think it’s time for a new one.

And now it is time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I have more of Jonas & Isaac for you today. I had thought of rewinding and sharing a Thanksgiving scene for today. Instead I’ll share a scene with something Jonas is thankful for. I have 7 paragraphs today(22-11+2+0+1-7).

He used the crutches to keep himself steady as he walked–actually walked! He was still having trouble believing that– out of the office. The sky had dumped snow on the city earlier that day, but the sidewalk was shoveled and parking lot cleared. A dark blue car idled at the curb.

Jonas took careful steps toward it. The last thing he wanted to do was fall out here and mess something up already. When he reached the car, he opened the door and caught Konner grinning at him. “Looking good there,” Konner said. “Of course, you always do. But especially so with that walking.”

Jonas felt his face warm. It always did when Konner said things like that. When he flirted, with Jonas himself or Isaac. But, he just slid his crutches into the backseat and climbed in. “Thanks for agreeing to give me a ride. I wanted to show the whole family together.”

“Not a problem, man. Glad you were able to get it today.”

So was he. Jonas had thought he’d be able to take the leg home the week before when he first went in for the fitting. But, they’d had to make some adjustments. So he’d had to wait.

“Did you tell Isaac what you were doing?” He didn’t know why it mattered. But, he wanted to be the one to show him. Over the last two weeks, some sort of connection had formed between them again. Not what they’d had before, but maybe they could at least be friends.

He kept telling himself he could be content with that.

Sure, Jonas, you can believe that all you want. πŸ˜‰

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them – On Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes – Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm – Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 36882/50000 words On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 13775/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 679 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 648 words
    • High on Loving You – 669 words
    • By the Gun – 293 words
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 2075/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 69 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 55 words
    • Roman –
    • Dougal & Shae –
    • Jacob & Matthew –
    • Mike & Fadil –
    • Hawk – 58 words
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
    • Desmund
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 11 /15 On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP – Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 17/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 13/30 Off Target
    • Barefoot at Sunset(Roxanne St. Clair) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Really didn’t care about the characters by 30% so set this aside Tuesday.
    • The Hunter(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday evening. On page 81/380
    • Take Me, Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. Set it aside Monday evening. So tired of the woman has to be taught how to be feminine trope. And apparently a man knows how to make that happen better than a woman. Just, no thanks.
    • Slow Burn Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Saturday afternoon. On page 119/367
    • Into the Firestorm(Kat Martin) – Started this Tuesday evening. On page 48/368
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 6/4 Bullseye!
    • Crossroads(Riley Hart) – Started this Friday(11/17) around noon. Not sure if it was narrator or what, but not pulling me in. On Chapter 20/43
    • A Seditious Affair(K.J. Charles) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished Sunday afternoon.
    • A Gentleman’s Postition(K.J. Charles) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday evening. Loved, loved, loved.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 14/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit 7 rows & finished brim, knit 48 rows of main pattern, Knit 14 rounds of decrease rounds. Finished Saturday morning(11/18)Β  Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Prayer SquareΒ  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square. Started Dreamy Scarf Saturday afternoon(11/18) About 35/66 inches long On Target

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