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Writing Wednesday: Ending a Round

Well, technically this round of RoW80 ends tomorrow. But, it is essentially the end of the round. I know this month has gone well, but I’ve adjusted goals throughout the round, so I’ll have to see how my progress matches up with those initial goals.

Not too much else to report on this week. I sent Flames of Renewal to proofreader last week. We put air conditioner units in windows over the weekend. I’m reaching the climax of Flames of Knowledge, so I should finish it this month.

And this week that’s what I’m sharing from. Today I have 11 paragraphs(6[month]+2[from the day]-1+8[year]=11). Just before this, Connor’s sister-in-law(who used to work at the fire station with these men) had a baby and Ames was at the hospital with him. Now, they are at work.

“So, I heard there’s a new baby in the Riley family,” one of the men said when Ames walked up into the lounge.
“Doesn’t that happen like every other day?” one of the other men asked.
Ames just stared at the two men for a moment. They hadn’t gotten much sleep after leaving Connor at the hospital. So, the fact Garro and Truman were joking around took a minute to register. “Ha. Ha.” Ames turned away from them to deposit their bag in the bunk room. When Ames returned, the men were still chuckling. “You two are not nearly as funny as you think you are.”
Truman grinned at them, though. “Heard you were there with the Con boy.”
Ames couldn’t help but snort out a laugh. “Don’t call him that. What kind of a nickname is that, even?”
“It made you laugh,” Truman pointed out, “so you must have thought it was at least somewhat funny.”
Ames shook their head. “In complete bafflement of you maybe.”
“See, you even talk like he does sometimes. You two are obviously a match made in heaven.”
Ames didn’t blush too easily, but they could feel their face warming right now. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He opened his mouth, but Garro tugged on his arm. “Leave Ames alone,” he told his partner. “Whatever they and Connor are doing isn’t any of your business.”
Ames flashed a thankful smile at Garro. They didn’t mind it being talked about or even being teased. It was what they all did to show affection. Ames got that. But, they weren’t even sure what they and Connor were doing.

 

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit
    • This Week – Initial Concept(Sheet 1/18)

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 14614/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – 3/4 scene done
      • Chapter 36(1 scene)
      • Chapter 37(1 scene)
      • Chapter 38(2 scenes) – 1/2 scenes done
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 5035/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 500 words – 649/500 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words – 775/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter(I’ll be doing this when my new pages goal is met for the month)
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 7/11 scenes
    • This Week: 3 scenes
      • Chapter 10(1 scene)
      • Chapter 11(2 scenes)

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 3 scenes – 3/3 scenes/1684 words

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 16/10 books
    • Retrieval(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Transfer(Aly Martinez) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Chase the Sun(Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Thrive(Aly Martinez) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 14/10
    • Bare It All(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Getting Rowdy(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday evening. On Chapter 7/25

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 15/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday 
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

And for how the round has gone(I know I’ll get a little more done over the next day, but this is close enough):

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Craving You(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John Neil & Lin) – Outline

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – 1st draft
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft
  • Stretch1: Side projects – add 10000 words – 13045/10000
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 47.88/45
  • Stretch3: By the Gun – Finish part 2

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to betas, beta edits, polish
  • Tertiary: Short Story collection – edit Contemporary stories
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP, CP edits

Publishing:

  • Flames of Renewal – publish

Reading:

  • Read: 60 books – 63/60 books
  • Listen: 15 books – 53/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: A-Z Challenge
  • Secondary: Story a Day
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 9 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit – 3 projects – 1/3
  • Crochet – 2 projects – 1/2

A few things I didn’t get to during the round. I may finish 1 or 2 before the end of the month. Otherwise they’ll be moved to the next round.

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Sunday Summary: Fixed

The new transmission for our washing machine came on Friday. Sturdy afternoon my husband managed to get it put in. So we now have a working washing machine again. I have never been so excited to be able to wash clothes before.

Soaking up some sun

I met all my writing goals for the week by Wednesday. So, I was able to start another round through them on Thursday and again on Friday. Definitely a lot of progress. Also on Friday I got the final version of the cover for Flames of Renewal. I’ll share that here on Wednesday.

The dogs were losing it with the neighborhood bunnies right outside the window

Yesterday we went to a minor league baseball game. Mother in law had gotten us tickets through her work. They reserved the party deck and it included all you can eat hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and pop through the sixth inning. Our team ended up losing(5-8) but we ate a lot of crap. Today we’re moving my mother-in-law into her new apartment. And of course, it’s raining today.

I’m hoping to get through a lot more goals this week, but we’ll see how that goes.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories – Wrote Natalie, Marshall’s & Maia’s back stories.
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 8234/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 scenes – 9/6 scenes
      • “You weren’t wrong. I wish I hadn’t screwed everything up, though.”
        “What if you didn’t?”
        He looked up and saw their lips were slightly parted, their gaze right on him. “You said you couldn’t be with me. That was it. Final. Over and done.”
        “And I can’t admit if I’ve been wrong?”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 2126/850 words
    • This Week: 
      • Derek – 500 words – 1105/500 words
      • Hawk – 500 words – 1030/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 9.66/9.5 pages
    • This Week: 2.5 pages – 9.21/2.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes
    • This Week: Write 3 scenes – finished scene 5/3.

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits – Through Chapter 24/24
    • This Week: Edit through Chapter 24– Through Chapter 24/24
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish – 6/49 items polished
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 7/10 books
    • Aydarr(Veronica Scott) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Lost in Prophecy(S.M. Reine) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Friday night.
    • A Midnight Clear(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • The One You Can’t Forget(Roni Loren) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Watch Over Me(Kait Nolan) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon.
    • Friday, I’m in Love(Mari Carr) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Friday evening.
  • Listen: 10 books – 9/10
    • Everyday, Average Jones(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday morning.
    • Harvard’s Education(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Hawken’s Heart(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Admiral’s Bride(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Wednesday morning.
    • Identity: Unknown(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday evening.
    • Get Lucky(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday night.
    • Taylor’s Temptation(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • Night Watch(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Friday afternoon. On Chapter 10/17

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 9/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday 
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up
    • This Week: Get through Row 56 – Through Row 56/56

Writing Wednesday: Last Day

Today is the kids’ last day of school. And it’s only a half day. So, my routine may change slightly. My kids do tend to be pretty independent, so there might not be too much of a change. Just having them home does tend to mess with my routine, though. I like having a quiet house. But, I’m pretty sure we’ll all survive the summer.

She’s been braiding her own hair.

Our washer is still broken. Hubby thought it was a plastic coupler on the end of the motor. But, nope, that was actually fine. Thankfully that part only cost $10. Which is why we were hoping that was it. Unfortunately we have to buy a whole new transmission apparently. That’s like $150. Great. But, it should be here Friday, then hopefully husband can fix it.

I’ve been making a lot of good progress this week. I’m already almost through my writing goals. I finished this week’s goals for the first side project and am halfway through the other. If I finish that, a couple pages for Jonas & Isaac,(managed that since typing this up)and 3 scenes of By the Gun, I’ll start over with Flames of Knowledge again and get ahead on next week’s goals.

It’s WiPPet Wednesday, so that means it’s time for another snippet of what I’m working on. Right now, that’s By the Gun. It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything from this, if I have. I have just been working on it when I get my goals for the month done, but I decided to do things a little differently this month. I have the first twelve sentences(6+6) of Part 2. The first part was written mostly from Luke’s POV. Part 2 is written mostly from his oldest son’s(Alejandro) POV. Part 3 will be mostly from Alejandro’s brother’s POV. You’ll see why I couldn’t use Luke’s POV for the rest of the story.

Alejandro stood at the foot of the grave, his hands clutching his hat in front of him. He knew he was mangling the crown of the hat, but he couldn’t find it in himself to care right now. He hadn’t slept a wink since the day he and Diego had ridden out of that town, his father’s dead body tied over the saddle of their now extra horse.
His father was dead. He lay in that coffin down in that hole that some priest was droning on about. The evils of violence had taken a good man from the world and… Alejandro tuned him out. Not that it wasn’t true. He still believed his father to be a good man. And Patrick Steinwehr an evil one. But, his father hadn’t been the man they’d all thought him to be. And he still didn’t know what to make of that.

This is very much not a happy, fluffy story. If you couldn’t tell. Not a romance either, though there are some romantic lines running through it. Which may be part of why it’s been harder for me to write.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories – Wrote Natalie’s back story.
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 4761/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 scenes – 6/6 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 1470/850 words
    • This Week: 
      • Derek – 500 words – 583/500 words
      • Hawk – 500 words – 530/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 4/9.5 pages
    • This Week: 2.5 pages – 3.5/2.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes
    • This Week: Write 3 scenes – 58 words into 1/3 scenes.

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits – Through Chapter 24/24
    • This Week: Edit through Chapter 24– Through Chapter 24/24
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 3/10 books
    • Aydarr(Veronica Scott) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Lost in Prophecy(S.M. Reine) – Started this Monday morning. At 20%
    • A Midnight Clear(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
  • Listen: 10 books – 6/10
    • Everyday, Average Jones(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday morning.
    • Harvard’s Education(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Hawken’s Heart(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Admiral’s Bride(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Wednesday morning.
    • Identity: Unknown(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 4/16

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday 
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up
    • This Week: Get through Row 56 – Through Row 53/56

Sunday Summary: New Month

It’s a new month, so it’s time for some new goals. After a look back at how I did in the last month and how this round is going so far.

Last Monday, our washer broke. I was in the middle of the second rinse cycle on the second load of clothes for the day when it started making a grinding sound. We have the parts ordered, but still waiting for them to get here. I took the kids’ clothes to the neighbor’s to do them last week. Today we’re going to the laundromat so we can wash everything. Hopefully the parts will be here tomorrow and we can get it fixed.

Yesterday, the Erie Zoo had their Construction day. A whole bunch of big equipment that the kids could climb in and everything. We took the kids up. They even had a garbage truck from my husband’s new work there.

They had fun, and we went around the rest of the zoo, checking out the animals, and took a ride around on the train.

Wednesday is their last day of school until the end of August. This may change my routine, but we’ll see.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
    • This week: Outline act 1, list rest of chapters & scenes
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 28 – 15027/~15000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 28 – Through Chapter 28/28
      • His hands moved into his hair, and he tugged on it. They wanted to sooth his abused scalp, but kept their hands at their sides. “In that moment, I couldn’t, Ames. I had all these words racing in my head, but it was like there was a wall between them and my mouth. I couldn’t make any of them come out.”
        “That’s not good enough,” they said, even though part of them wanted to step up to him and tell him it would be okay. “I can’t be with someone who will just stand there and let me be shamed. I can’t do it, Connor.”
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 5477/3350 words
    • This Week:
      • Riley Fire – Edit,
      • Hawk – add 1000 words – 1019/1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 19.67/15 pages
    • This week: 3/0 pages
  • By the Gun – 6 scenes – 1/6 scenes. 782 words

Editing

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta edits(I wasn’t sure if I’d get these back before the end of the month, so I hadn’t initially included it. But I did) 
    • This Week:
      • Edit through Chapter 13– Through Chapter 13/13
      • Get Cover art – emailed cover designer Tuesday night.
  • Primary2: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas*
    • Changing History
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – Transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP 

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 26/20
    • Fearless(R.G. Alexander) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Taking Flight(Siera Maley) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday evening.
    • A Girl Like Her(Talia Hibbert) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Taking Chances(Kris Jett) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Defenseless(Elizabeth Dyer) – Started this Tuesday night. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Editor’s Note(Delilah Fisher) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • Seduction on the Slopes(Tamsen Parker) – Started this Thursday night. At 11%
  • Listen: 5 books – 24/5 books
    • Trace of Fever(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Savor the Danger(Lori Foster) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • A Perfect Storm(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Prince Joe(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon.
    • Forever Blue(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Thursday afternoon. On Chapter 9/17

Social Media

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 4 – 10/56 rows.
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket

And since it’s the end of another month, I’m evaluating how this round is going so far:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Craving You(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline 
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline. I did write some parts of this for Story a Day, so I’ll count that as some plotting.
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John Neil & Lin) – Outline. I think Arlene, Chris, & John will come next.

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – about 2/3 through
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – 1st draft
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft
  • Stretch1: Side projects – add 10000 words – 9150/10000 words
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 35.5/45 pages
  • Stretch3: By the Gun Finish part 2

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Secondary: Flames of RenewalSend to betas, beta edits, polish
  • Tertiary: Short Story collection – edit Contemporary stories – 2/5 edited
  • Stretch: Law of Choicesend to CP, CP edits

Publishing:

  • Flames of Renewal – publish

Reading:

  • Read: 60 books – 51/60
  • Listen: 15 books 42/5

Social Media:

  • Primary: A-Z Challenge – 26/26
  • Secondary: Story a Day – 31/31
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 9 posts – 6/9

Crafting:

  • Knit – 3 projects – 0/3 – still working on Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
  • Crochet – 2 projects – 1/2 – finished Boxy Blanket
    • I won’t be meeting this. These will be the last of my crafting projects until at least September. I can’t handle yarn when it’s hot

And now for June goals(the ‘This Week’s are only for Friday through today):

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 1073/~20000 words
    • This Week: Finish 2 scenes – Through 2/2 scenes
      • His father was right. But, it didn’t make his hands wants to fidget any less. People weren’t even going to be looking at him. Their attention would all be focused on Callum and Megan. Even Ames’. If they even decided to show up.
        That thought made his heart hurt, and he found it hard to breathe for a moment. But, his dad squeezed his shoulder and looked him right in the eyes. “You okay?”
        “Fine,” he pushed out. He would be. He had to be. They were all here to help Callum celebrate this day. He was not going to make it about himself.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 468/850 words
    • This Week: 
      • Derek – 200 words – 253/200 words
      • Hawk – 200 words – 215/200 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – .54/9.5 pages
    • This Week: .5 page – .54 page/.5 page
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits – Through Chapter 14/24
    • This Week: Edit Chapters 13 & 14 – Through Chapter 14/14
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 1/10 books
    • Seduction on the Slopes(Tamsen Parker) – Started this Thursday night. Finished it Saturday morning.
    • Aydarr(Veronica Scott) – Started this Saturday morning. At 10%
  • Listen: 10 books – 2/10
    • Forever Blue(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Friday morning.
    • Frisco’s Kid(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday morning.
    • Everyday, Average Jones(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday morning. On Chapter 4/16

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 4/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up
    • This Week: Get through Row 28 Through Row 22/28

Writing Wednesday: Hanging In

This week isn’t going quite as well as the last one did. I’m still making slow progress, though. Sunday we went down to the local ice cream place and took both dogs with us. They give a special doggie ice cream(a small cup of vanilla with a milk bone on top). That was an experience. Our older dog stayed in the backseat of the truck, but kept going from window to window. Our younger dog, however…sitting on the girl, then climbing over the boy’s lap then into the front and climbing all over me. And it was much the same on the way back. I still have a small scratch on my leg today from him.

The Baron Bridge 😉

We didn’t really do much Monday. Husband had to work in the morning. I started doing the week’s laundry, though I decided to wait until Tuesday to worry about any of the other chores. The second load was on the second rinse cycle when the washer started making a grinding noise. I threw my clothes, sopping wet, into the dryer, since I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and they were just about done anyway. It took about 2 hours for them to dry, though. Husband did some research when he got home and thinks it’s a plastic coupler on the motor(I think is what he said). The washer is almost 12 years old, and it’s the first we’ve had a problem with it. He ordered the parts, but they’re not supposed to be here until Monday. Our neighbor is letting me use her washer today for the kids’ clothes, at least. Hopefully we’ll have it fixed next week.

But, right now, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I’m still working on this week’s goal for Flames of Knowledge, so I’ll be sharing from that this week. I have 30 sentences today(Too hot to do more complicated math). Connor went to the pub to talk to his cousin(Gio, who you may remember) and Ames comes in with some of the firefighters from the station to celebrate their birthday. When Connor learns this, he decides to sketch a picture and get it to Ames.

He saw they’d smudged a line of the face and instantly dug a pencil and eraser from his bag. “It’s okay,” he said. “I can fix it.”
Ames jerked their head up and stared at him. “You did this?”
He suddenly found it hard to swallow. “Yeah. It was just real quick. It’s not a big deal.”
He could feel their eyes on him as he bent over the paper and touched up the line that had been smudged. Then, he took a step back. If they didn’t like it, he didn’t know what he was going to do. Probably run out and find a hole he could bury himself in until the embarrassment finally faded away.
“If this was real quick, what would it be like when you take your time?”
There were a few chuckles around him, and Connor guessed there was an innuendo in there. Those so often flew over his head, but he just kept his gaze on the paper in front of him. “Better,” he said.
There was more laughter, and he felt one elbow nudge him, but he turned away. “Sorry. I’ll go. I wasn’t invited. I just wanted you to have that. I…I’ll go,” he said again, knowing he sounded like an idiot but not sure what else to do.
“No, wait,” Ames said.
Connor was pretty sure he stopped breathing. But, no, then he would pass out and hit the floor. At least there were plenty of people with emergency medical training on the premises.
“Why don’t you join us?”
His knees felt a little weak, so he dropped into the closest chair. At least that would keep him from hitting the floor too hard.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
    • This week: Outline act 1, list rest of chapter & scenes
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 28 – 13370/~15000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 28 – Through Chapter 27/28
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 4566/3350 words
    • This Week: Riley Fire – Edit, Hawk – add 1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 19.67/15 pages
    • This week: 3/0 pages
  • By the Gun – 6 scenes

Editing

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta edits(I wasn’t sure if I’d get these back before the end of the month, so I hadn’t initially included it. But I did) 
    • This Week:
      • Edit through Chapter 12– Through Chapter 0/24
      • Get Cover art – emailed cover designer Tuesday night.
  • Primary2: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas*
    • Changing History
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – Transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP 

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 24/20
    • Fearless(R.G. Alexander) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Taking Flight(Siera Maley) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday evening.
    • A Girl Like Her(Talia Hibbert) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Taking Chances(Kris Jett) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Defenseless(Elizabeth Dyer) – Started this Tuesday night. At 12%
  • Listen: 5 books – 22/5 books
    • Trace of Fever(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Savor the Danger(Lori Foster) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • A Perfect Storm(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 34/43

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 21/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 30/31
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts3/3
    • This week: Post: Bonus Story – Riley Fire

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 4 – 4/56 rows. I couldn’t even make myself work with yarn yesterday. It was too hot.
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket

Sunday Summary: Caught Up

The boy(red shirt in middle) at his school concert Thursday night.

Yes, I did get caught up on all the things. I had all my writing goals for the week met by Wednesday afternoon. My crafting goals by Friday night. And I finished my reading goals Saturday night. And that was even with taking Monday off. It almost seems counter-intuitive. You’d think it would take longer to meet goals when I take a day off. Instead it seems to be the opposite. So, I guess I’ll keep up with that.

We had bunnies in the driveway the other day

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
    • This Week – Locations, Act 1 Beat Sheet, Act 2 Beat sheet, Act 3 Beat sheet, Act 4 Beat Sheet, Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 28 – 12221/~15000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 27 – Through Chapter 27/27
      • “If that’s what you’re thinking,” he said softly, “you’re wrong. This Ames just might not be the right one for you. Nothing says you have to find the right person for you right now.”
        “But, I thought they were. Everything was going well, then…” He let out a strangled sound and pulled at his hair. “I don’t know what happened.”
        “You’ll figure it out,” his father said, wrapping an arm around Connor’s shoulders and pulling him in against his chest. “I’ve got faith in you. I always have.”
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 4546/3350 words
    • This Week: Riley Fire – 1000 words – 1709/1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 16.67/15 pages
    • This Week: 2.25 pages – 4.83/2.25 pages
  • By the Gun – 6 scenes

Editing

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta edits(I wasn’t sure if I’d get these back before the end of the month, so I hadn’t initially included it. But I did) 
    • This Week: Compile comments through Chapter 24– Through Chapter 24/24
  • Primary2: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas*
    • Changing History
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – Transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP 

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 20/20
    • Inkmistress(Audrey Coulthurst) – Started this Sunday night(5/13). Finished it Saturday morning.
    • Shelter By the Sea(Elena Aitken) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Exposed(Various) – Started this last Friday afternoon. Finished it this Friday afternoon.
    • Safe From Harm(Kate Serine) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Ever Touched(Erin Zarro) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday evening.
    • Let’s Talk about Love(Claire Kann) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. On page 154/277
    • Deep Blue(Kat Martin) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Saturday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 20/5 books
    • Happily Ever Ninja(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 11/26
    • Dating-ish(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • West Cork: Aftershow(Sam Bungey, Jesse Baker & Jennifer Forde) – Listened to this Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Knocked-Up Plan(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Stud Finder(Lauren Blakely) – Read this Wednesday morning.
    • When You Dare(Lori Foster) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon.
    • Trace of Fever(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 17/22.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 20/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 26/31
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts2/3
    • This week: Post: Coming Soon

Crafting

He didn’t want me to knit anymore…or he just thought my yarn would make a nice pillow

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 3 – 56/56 rows
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week – Get through Row 90 – 87/87 rows

Writing Wednesday: Cruising Along

Taking Mondays off from writing seems to be doing the trick for keeping my motivation up. Last week I had all my writing goals done by Thursday afternoon. This week, it’s looking like they may be done sometime today. Yesterday I managed to get through writing, editing, and half of plotting goals. Finished the plotting goals already this morning. I’m a bit behind on the reading goals, so I’ll catch up on those after I get the last of the writing goals done then probably start on next week’s writing goals.

I haven’t moved on to the next goal yet, so we’ll still count Craving You as what I’m working on and share more from one of the pieces I’ve written for Story a Day. This is from the other main character’s, Jeff, POV. Easy math today, 23 sentences for the day.

Someone dropped into the seat across from him, and he jerked his head up. “What are you doing here?” he asked Erik. That should be obvious, though, since he had an apron on over his clothes.
“I was back in the kitchen. Anna mentioned you were out here, looking upset. What’s wrong?”
“Not a thing,” Jeff said.
“Come on, man. I know you better than that. Something’s eating away at you. Why don’t you tell me what it is?”
Because he was part of it. Why couldn’t he see that? “I said I’m fine. I don’t need you of all people to be coming down on me.” He almost expected Erik to make some innuendo-laced joke. He usually did.
Instead the other man’s face paled, and he pushed up from his chair. “Fine,” he said. “I’ll just leave you here to wallow in whatever misery’s coating you. Have fun with it.”
“Shit,” Jeff said when Erik had returned to the kitchen. “What is wrong with me?”

What is wrong? Will Jeff keep lashing out? Or will he eventually let Erik in?(If he doesn’t, it wouldn’t be Romance, so I think we know the answer there).

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
    • This Week – Locations, Act 1 Beat Sheet, Act 2 Beat sheet, Act 3 Beat sheet, Act 4 Beat Sheet, Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 28 – 12221/~15000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 27 – Through Chapter 27/27
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 2837/3350 words
    • This Week: Riley Fire – 1000 words – 0/1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 11.5/15 pages
    • This Week: 2.25 pages – 0/2.25 pages
  • By the Gun – 6 scenes

Editing

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta edits(I wasn’t sure if I’d get these back before the end of the month, so I hadn’t initially included it. But I did) 
    • This Week: Compile comments through Chapter 24– Through Chapter 24/24
  • Primary2: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas*
    • Changing History
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – Transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP 

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 14/20
    • Inkmistress(Audrey Coulthurst) – Started this Sunday night. On page 201/387
    • Shelter By the Sea(Elena Aitken) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. At 38%
    • Exposed(Various) – Started this Friday afternoon. At 63%
    • Safe From Harm(Kate Serine) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Ever Touched(Erin Zarro) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 37%
  • Listen: 5 books – 17/5 books
    • Happily Ever Ninja(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 11/26
    • Dating-ish(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • West Cork: Aftershow(Sam Bungey, Jesse Baker & Jennifer Forde) – Listened to this Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Knocked-Up Plan(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 31/43

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 16/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 22/31
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts2/3
    • This week: Post: Coming Soon

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 3 – 40/56 rows
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week – Get through Row 90 – 84/90 rows

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