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Sunday Summary: Staying Ahead

I’ve been staying caught up with my goals, at least my writing ones. Some of the others have been falling behind though. In fact, on Friday, even after writing over 3700 words on Scars and All, I wanted to keep going. Some of this may have been wanting to procrastinate on editing Flames of Redemption(which actually wasn’t so bad). Friday night we went and met my mom and stepdad for dinner then to their house to look at a toolbox my stepdad had. So, now we have a “new” toolbox for our “new” truck. Saturday was mostly catching up on the stuff I fell behind on during the week and cleaning the garage so we could get everything put away for the winter. Today, husband is out staking parking lots with the company he plows for. So, just me and the kids this morning, and I’m still catching up. My new knitting project is taking longer than I expected. For some reason, I’m always surprised that it takes longer to get any sort of length when knitting with fine or superfine yarn. I’m used to using a medium weight yarn.

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To stay on track with NaNoWriMo, I have to write at least 1667 words a day. Of course, I usually take the weekend off, so I’d have to write 2500 a day during the week. Except, I’d like to write the first draft of Scars and All this month. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve done this. Last year I wrote all 80k-ish words of Flames of Redemption in November. I’m shooting for around 70k for this one. Which means an average of 3500 words a day, 5 days a week. I thought this would be a struggle. It really hasn’t been. Even though I haven’t written anything the last two days, I’m still predicted to finished by 11/24. As long as I can keep up this pace, I’m hoping to have the first draft finished by Thanksgiving.

  • Scars and All – Add 17250 words 17922/17250. An extra 672 words. Stopped in the middle of a “discussion” that I can’t wait to continue. May write a little on it today if I get everything else done on today’s list.
  • Flames of Redemption – Edit through Chapter 8 – this is done. cut 260 words from this during the week.
  • Chasing the Ghost – Add 1250 words – 1877/1250. An extra 627 above my goal. There may be some setting up of another story here, which I hadn’t even planned to write until Patrick showed up. *sigh*
  • Flames of Recompense – Outline -this is done. The plotting is rather spare at the end, so I’ll probably be reworking the outline as I write it, which probably won’t be until next fall, unless I move it up the list.
  • Read: Delusion in Death(J.D. Robb), Tangled(Emma Chase), & Sea of Secrets(Amanda DeWees) – I enjoyed Delusion in Death(although I felt like it dragged more than some of the others and Sea of Secrets was good. But, I only got through about 10% of Tangled. I just…didn’t care. Particularly once the protagonist compared women to toothpaste. So, I set that one aside. 
  • Read: How to Write Dazzling Dialogue – Get through Chapter 5 – I did get through this.
  • Knit: Finish slippers – Finished these on Thursday. Just in time for it to get cold again Friday. IMG_0268Then, I finished the Autumn Slouch Hat I’d been crocheting. The new yarn I got wasn’t quite the same shade as what I’d been using, but it’s almost close. IMG_0269And I started knitting the Lake District Hat. Like I said, this one may take a while because of the finer yarn.

Goals for next week:

  • Scars and All – Add 17000 words
  • Flames of Redemption – Edit through Chapter 16
  • Chasing the Ghost – Add 1500 words
  • Read: First World Problems(Leigh Ann Kopans), Full Measures(Rebecca Yarros), & Anything For You(Jessica Scott)
  • Read: How To Write Dazzling Dialogue
  • Knit: Lake District Hat – have 2/3 of it knitted(so 8 inches long)

Sunday Summary: NaNo November

November may be a crazy month. NaNoWriMo started yesterday. We said good-bye to my husband’s grandpa yesterday. Tuesday is election day. My 30th birthday is Wednesday. Parent-teacher conference for the girl on Thursday. Both kids are off on Friday. And that’s just one week. We hopefully can get all our Christmas shopping done in the next three weeks. I hate doing it after Thanksgiving. Won’t even think about going out on Black Friday. After being around people all afternoon/evening Friday, I nearly had an anxiety attack while out for breakfast yesterday morning. Wouldn’t mind shutting myself inside today, except we need to get groceries, and my husband has a meeting with the company he plows for in the winter(since he’s laid off from his regular job after November until probably March. Can’t do road construction when it’s snowing) so maybe tomorrow I can recover from all the interaction.

I have the first 1000 words done on my NaNoWriMo project. I decided to start it with a prologue. I’ve written them before and usually end up cutting them out. No idea if this one will stay or not. It had me looking up football stuff, which I’ll admit is a sport I’ve never totally understood. Part of that is I have a cousin(mom’s cousin actually, but we call all of them cousins or it gets confusing) who was paralyzed playing. I was actually a baby when it happened, so I don’t remember him not being in a wheelchair.

And I woke up to an email from my beta reader for Flames of Redemption this morning. Read the email but haven’t read through all her comments on the MS. A little nervous, as I always am. Also, my CP should be getting The Choice back to me this weekend. So, need to work them into the schedule. Thinking I’ll work on Flames of Redemption first since it’s closer to being publishable. Of course, that means finding cover art. For Duty to Protect, I went with a premade cover. Don’t know if I’ll be able to do that for this one. There are plenty of covers with male firefighters. Try finding one with a female firefighter. I have a few sites saved for cover designers. Guess I actually have to contact people though.

Anyway, onto other things. October is over. So, I’ll evaluate how I did on those goals, then last week’s goals. Then, NEW GOALS!! YIPPEE!(I should probably mention I’ve been awake since 2, so I may be a little loopy. Plus, coffee).

Writing:

  • Law of Choice – finish 1st draft 
  • Flames of Justice – draft(probably won’t finish in October but want to get close) – set this one aside. I might pick it back up later.
  • Healing the Heart – send to CP – still sitting on this
  • Stained Snow – Revise – haven’t even started the read through on this. It will probably wait until I get through Flames of Redemption and The Choice
  • The Hunt – Outline also fleshed out outline for Scars and All, my NaNoWriMo project.
  • Also: wrote a little over 26k on Chasing the Ghost

Reading:

  • Listen: Through the Ever Night also listened to The Collector(Nora Roberts) and Into the Still Blue(Veronica Rossi)
  • Read: 10 books – 20/10.
  • Read: Rise of the Machines(Kristen Lamb) – I haven’t read through the appendices, but I’ll still consider this done.

Crafting:

  • Knit: 2 projects(Lake District Hat & Pink Sock Monkey Hat) – Got 1/2 of these done. Also almost through knitting a pair of slippers.IMG_0232
  • Crochet: 3 projects(Autumn Slouch Hat, Minion Hat, & Lamb Hat) – got 2/3 of these done.

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A lot more red than I’d like to see, but I did make some good progress. I want to keep working on Chasing the Ghost, but it will be more of a side project this month. Shooting for 250-500 words a day on it though. Scars and All and editing Flames of Redemption will be my primary goals.

  • The Choice – start revisions once I get it back – don’t have it yet, but going to be working on Flames of Redemption first.
  • Healing the Heart – send to CP after I get The Choice back from her – may just sit on this. I know work’s been crazy for her lately so may wait until after the holidays.
  • Chasing the Ghost – write 5 scenes – started on scene 6. Was hoping to finish that before the week started, but that didn’t happen. Had a character who was only supposed to be a throwaway decide to run away with a couple scenes. And I’m now setting up a story for him.
  • Short Story – revise – done & submitted
  • Callum’s Story – back stories – done.
  • Read: Rise of the Machines – just about done. I’m counting it.
  • Knit: slippers – not quite done. And I’m just about out of yarn. Hoping to get to Joann’s today, since it seems to be the only place in the city that has the Wool-Ease worsted weight yarn(can find chunky or thick & quick other places)

For November:

Writing:

  • Scars and All – 1st draft(shooting for around 70k)
  • Chasing the Ghost – get this between 45,000-50,000 words. sitting at under 40k right now.
  • Flames of Redemption – Beta edits
  • Flames of Recompense(Callum’s story working title) – Outline
  • Secret project – Outline

Reading:

  • listen to 1 audiobook(to be decided)
  • Read 10 books(or more)
  • Read How to Write Dazzling Dialogue(James Scott Bell)

Crafting:

  • Knit: 2 projects(Wisconsin Winter Slippers & Lake District Hat)
  • Crochet: 2 projects(Autumn Slouch Hat & Easy Crochet Owl)

And for this week:

  • Scars and All – Add 17250 words
  • Flames of Redemption – Edit through Chapter 8
  • Chasing the Ghost – Add 1250 words
  • Flames of Recompense – Outline
  • Read: Delusion in Death(J.D. Robb), Tangled(Emma Chase), & Sea of Secrets(Amanda DeWees)
  • Read: How to Write Dazzling Dialogue – Get through Chapter 5
  • Knit: Finish slippers

Sunday Summary: Winning

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So, I typed those two favorite words yesterday morning: “The End”. Which means that not only did I “win” NaNo, I also met my own personal challenge for November. This is the same story I started writing in September of 2012 and had problems with almost immediately. The main problem with it was fear. Fear that I was going to totally screw it up. I got so hung up on the little details that I didn’t just let myself write the story. I set it aside last November to work on a different story and didn’t pick it up again until after Christmas. All that time away may have been my biggest mistake. I have a lot of blank spaces in my spreadsheet from the end of December to the end of February. I finally finished it about the middle of March. And it only came in at about 55k. I went back later and tried to work out the problems, but while I loved the core of the story, there were too many problems.

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I was actually going to write a different story for this year’s NaNo, but I was reading over this one so I could try to revise it again. And saw how many issues there still were. So, I decided to replot and completely rewrite it. And I’m so glad I did. It took me 188 days to write 55k the first time. This time it took me 30 days to write 82k(a little less). I have quite a few spots where I have [xx] to mark either a name/detail I forgot or a character that needs a name. Or [?] if it’s a detail/fact I need to look up. But, I love this story and this one feels so much stronger even though not too much changed plot-wise. I’m planning on taking the next week to go in and fill out these details and organize it into chapters, since I only have a list of scenes right now in Scrivener. I decided to do it this way since I usually end up changing things around anyway. I decided to worry about chapters when it was done. We’ll see if that was a smart move or not.

  • Flames of Redemption: 75000 words(which I think will at least get me close to the end if not all the way there). 81840/75000. Wrote about 24500 words during the last week. It didn’t even feel like I was writing that much, it just kind of poured out.
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter – managed to get the arms and ears done and started on the mane. I just have to finish that, stuff it, and assemble and it will be done. Would like to finish that today.
All the stickers for November. The gift ones represent 10k milestones until I hit 50k then another when I finished.

All the stickers for November. The gift ones represent 10k milestones until I hit 50k then another when I finished.

Since another month is finished, I’m going to evaluate how I did on my goals for last month then figure out next month’s goals.

  1. Write at least 50,000 words on Flames of Redemption. I’d actually like to get at least 60k, which would be an average of 2k a day. And I know I can do that. 81840/50000. This goal was definitely accomplished
  2. Possibly: Start on Slow Revenge edits if I get them back from my beta readers. – got some feedback on first few chapters from one of the readers.  Need to get in touch with the other 2.
  3. Read: Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland – Decided to set this aside until after NaNo, going to pick it back up for December
  4. Restructure Healing the Heart – Moving to December goals
  5. Read: 8 books – 10/8 read.
  6. Knit: Celtic Knot Bag & Little Lion Sock Critter – Finished the bag haven’t quite finished the lion
  7. Crochet: Knotted Headband & Fireman Baby Booties(I found this while searching Pinterest for pictures for my Fire WiP) – finished the headband, haven’t started on the booties though.

Didn’t meet all my goals for the month, but did accomplish the biggest one. The others were more of “if I get to it” goals. Now, for next month’s goals:

  • Flames of Redemption: Fill in details
  • Slow Revenge: Edits
  • Stained Snow: Send to CP
  • Healing the Heart: Re-plot
  • Read: Structuring Your Novel
  • Read: 8 novels/novellas
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter, Lapghan, Ski Hat
  • Crochet: Fireman Baby Booties, Cowboy booties, and 45 minute Cowl

And my goals for the next week:

  • Flames of Redemption: Work though all the bracketed bits
  • Stained Snow: Send to CP
  • Structuring Your Novel – Finish reading Part 1
  • Read: Silent Oath(Paul Anthony Shortt) & Seduction of a Highland Lass(Maya Banks)
  • Knit: Finish Little Lion Sock Critter
  • Crochet: Fireman Baby Booties

Sunday Summary: Touchdown!

Okay, wrong activity, but my husband’s watching football, and I guess it works. If you read my post from Friday or follow me on twitter, you know I “finished” NaNoWriMo early. On Thursday, in fact. Then, I wrote another 5k on Friday. And a little more than 1750 so far this weekend. I still have 22 planned scenes left. I’m hoping to get at least one or two of those written tonight, but we’ll see how that goes. I may not finish the first draft this month, but still hoping for sometime during the first week of December, if not before. Already, its longer than the first version of the story. That first draft came out at 55,400 words. I’m kind of glad I decided to go with a complete rewrite instead of just trying to edit it…again.

  • Flames of Redemption: 50,000 words. This will have me finished NaNoWriMo almost a week early, but the story still won’t be finished. 57048/50000
  • Read: Sins of the Angels(Linda Poitevin) & All Our Yesterdays(Cristin Terrill): Finished both of these. Loves Sins of the Angels(even if it felt like it ripped my heart out) and really enjoyed All Our Yesterdays, even if some of the time travel stuff confused me. Read one other book as well. Not going to include a reading goal for next week. I’ve read all the books I had on my list for this month. So anything I read now is “bonus”.
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter – haven’t worked on this any more since Tuesday. May get to that tonight.

I think surpassing my writing goal makes up for falling behind on the knitting goal. Only going to have 2 goals for the rest of the month, since that’s less than a week.

  • Flames of Redemption: 75000 words(which I think will at least get me close to the end if not all the way there).
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter

How I Wrote 5k in One Day

So, I may have gone a little crazy yesterday. I had always planned to “finish” NaNoWriMo a little early. The earliest I’ve gotten to 50k words in the last 3 years is November 27. That was two years ago with Guarding the Heart. With my original plan of writing 2500 words every day, I should have finished by 11/20. Well, then I adjusted it a little, because I don’t write as much over the weekends as I do during the week. But, I still planned to finish on 11/24. That plan has now gone out the window too, because I crossed the 50k line last night. Yes, I wrote 50k words in 3 weeks. I have never done that before.

So, I’m not actually sure how I did it. I woke up at 4, like I do pretty much every day. Was writing by about 4:30. Kids were up by 6. Typical day around here. This was how my day went in tweets(about half of them part of conversation with Lauren)

So, obviously, I spent about the whole day writing. The boy spent most of the morning watching Fireman Sam or Thomas the Tank Engine(although I think there was some Super Why thrown in there) and playing independently(both of my kids are good at this and actually seem to prefer it). He did have a bit of a meltdown about mid-morning that I had to soothe over. That happens when you’re 3 and don’t take a nap for three days though. He did take a nap yesterday finally.

It felt like I was just chipping away at the words throughout the morning, and yet I managed to rack up over 3k by lunch time

I had only been writing when the kids were sleeping, but now I’ve started writing during the in-between moments. Which is how I got 174 words while dinner was cooking.

And another 855 while sitting on the couch after the kids went to bed.

At that point, my battery was about to die, so I plugged the computer in and decided to call it a night, even though I almost felt like I could write more. That was at 8:30, so that was 5k words in about 16 hours from start to finish.

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This obviously would not be an every day occurrence. I think I might burn out if I tried to write that much every day. 2500 words a day is usually a pretty decent pace for me. Although I do like getting the WiP done quickly. In fact, my goal for this month is to finish the first draft. The first time I wrote this story(last year and earlier this year), it was only about 55k and took me over 4 months. This time it looks like it will be between 75-80k and might only take me a little more than 1 month. And I feel better about this version.

Right now I have my daily goals broken up by scenes instead of word count though. I have it worked out for which scenes I need to write each day to finish by the end of the month. I’m a little behind on that, but I should either be able to catch up or finish it during the first week of October. I don’t really want it to go much farther than that since we’ll be getting busy with Christmas stuff then.

Writing Wednesday: Speeding Through the Week

This week’s been going pretty well, and fast. I baked a ham(we got a few of them from my husband’s stepmom) on Monday and made some hambone soup in the crockpot yesterday. Today I’m making chicken pot pie stew in the crockpot and cooking up a batch of potato soup to put away(what I don’t eat for lunch anyway). Not too much else to say here, so I’ll get right to my WiPPet for the week. 22 lines(1+1 for the month + 20 for the day) from a scene I wrote last night. Adrian is at his parents’, dealing with some family drama.

“Adrian, you know you don’t always have to be a cop. You could just be a brother.”
He could feel his temper building. “Being your brother hasn’t gotten either of us anywhere.Thought maybe it’d be better to take a different tack. I see that hasn’t done much good either.”
“Like when you arrested me.”
His stomach was twisted so tight, he was surprised he didn’t throw up right there. “I’m not the one that was doing drugs. I never forced you to. I tried to help you before it got that far. But, you’d rather lose yourself in a drugged haze than face anything.”
“At least I’m not the one that let our baby sister burn to death.”
Adrian felt the blow to his gut, felt the blood drain from his face, and he lunged out of the chair. But, Callum’s face was about as white as his. Like he hadn’t meant to let the words come out.
He didn’t think he could draw enough breath to respond to the accusation. Instead he turned to his father. “Sorry, Dad. I can’t stay. I’ll try to stop by some other time.”
But, Donovan grabbed his arm. “You can stay,” he said with a meaningful glance over Adrian’s shoulder.
“No, Dad. I think it’s better if I don’t.”
He only paused to kiss his mother’s cheek before leaving the living room and striding right through the kitchen. He wasn’t even going to stop when he heard his sister call out to him. But, she caught up to him at the door. “Adrian, please stop. You don’t need to go.”
He turned to her then. “Yes, I do, Darcie. Because if I would’ve stayed in there, it may have cost me my badge.”
“You know none of us think what he said. There was nothing you could have done.”
He couldn’t help but smile at her. Darcie was always trying to make people feel better. “I know, Darc. But, thank you. Go on back in. You always could deal with him better than me.”
“Cal’s messed up, but he’s not a bad guy.”
“I know. I just can’t…” He trailed off as his phone rang, and he sighed when he saw it was from dispatch. He looked back up at his sister. “I have to take this. Tell them I had work. I can’t stay.”

This story was originally supposed to be a standalone novel. Now, all these other characters seem to want their stories told. James, Kayla’s brother, Jeremiah, one of the other firefighters(who I don’t think has showed up in any of the WiPPets). Even Callum. Not sure if I’m capable of writing a standalone at this point. 🙂

As for my progress on my goals this week:

  • Flames of Redemption: 50,000 words. This will have me finished NaNoWriMo almost a week early, but the story still won’t be finished. 43082/50000 I changed the way I have my daily goals set up for this. Instead of a certain number of words, I have the scenes listed that I want to get done that day. I’m sure I’ll add more scenes as I write, so I may not get them all done by the end of the month. I am hoping for at least by the first week of December though. After that we’ll be busy pretty much each weekend with Christmas gatherings with the family.
  • Read: Sins of the Angels(Linda Poitevin) & All Our Yesterdays(Cristin Terrill) Finished Sins of the Angels yesterday morning and felt like my heart had been ripped out. Instantly added the second in the series to my “to-buy” list. Then, I started reading All Our Yesterdays and am about halfway through it now.
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter I’ve made some good progress on this. Have the body & head finished. Just need to do the arm, ears, and mane. Then, stuff and seam. Staying on track with it.

Sunday Summary: Planning & Writing

Before I get to the rest of my post, I wanted to share the good news here. Not really my good news, but I’m excited about it anyways. My CP posted earlier this week that she signed a contract for her first novel. Exciting!!

As for me, not too much to report for the second half of the week. I’ve been busy writing. Husband worked Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. So, yesterday basically felt like a weekday to me, except the girl was home from school. Surprisingly, the kids played nicely together until about 9:30, when they wanted a snack and cartoon. This let me get a good chunk of writing done, even though it felt like I was barely chipping away at the words.

This past week was the first I’ve stuck to a menu for our dinners. I’ve tried one before but didn’t even stick to it for a whole week, I don’t think. Not sure why. I think part of it was because I tried to plan a whole month, instead of starting small. And just the thought of getting all those groceries overwhelmed me. This time, I’m doing a week at a time. Although I might change that to two weeks at a time as that’s about how often we do grocery shopping in the winter. The other problem I had last time was trying to plan the meals around the time my husband would be home. And since there’s always 1-2 days he’s not home before the kids go to bed, I let that throw me. This time, I’m trying to make it for the same time every day, and either keep his portion warm or put it in the fridge to warm up when he gets home. Most of the meals were even a win for at least one of the kids.

Monday we had salsa chicken and Spanish rice. The boy nearly inhaled the chicken. The girl is a bit pickier about spicy food(mainly: she doesn’t like it). But, she did eat about half of it before she said she didn’t like the red stuff on it. Tuesday we had Lasagna in the crock pot. The girl tried to say she didn’t like it before even tasting it(and we’ve had it like this before) and then ate all of hers anyway. Wednesday, I made beef stroganoff. The boy barely touched his, but the girl ate all of it. Thursday, we had scalloped potatoes and ham, and everyone ate it. I didn’t plan anything for Friday, figuring we could eat leftovers or whatever. But, I did make some applesauce in the crock pot(that was the third time I used it this week). I’ve always claimed to not like to cook, but I’m finding I like it better when I have things planned out ahead of time instead of trying to figure it out an hour before we plan to eat.

Salsa chicken & Spanish rice

Salsa chicken & Spanish rice

Now, for how I did on goals this week:

  • Flames of Redemption: 35000 words(that’s the progressive goal, so another 15k) – finished this Saturday while the boy was taking a nap. 15,013 words this week. Have some family drama shaping up for one of my characters, actually for both of them, just different dramas. And as Eden said on my Wednesday post, these 2 need to get a room, if they’d only admit it. 😉
  • Read: The Dream You Make(Christine Nolfi) and Beautiful Darkness(Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl) – Finished reading both of these. I’m glad I put a more light-hearted story between Allegiant and Beautiful Darkness. They both twisted my emotions up, which is a good thing. And easy to do for me, it seems. I get sucked into stories so easily. I’m almost halfway through Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin now.
  • Knit: Finish Celtic Knot Bag – Finished this Friday morning, I think.  Took me about a total of almost 24 hours over about 2.5 weeks to finish.
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  • Crochet: Knotted Headband – Finished this Friday. It was nice doing a quick project after finishing a bigger one. DSCN2664

Goals for the next week:

  • Flames of Redemption: 50,000 words. This will have me finished NaNoWriMo almost a week early, but the story still won’t be finished.
  • Read: Sins of the Angels(Linda Poitevin) & All Our Yesterdays(Cristin Terrill)
  • Knit: Little Lion Sock Critter

Simple goals this week as I push through the middle of the WiP.

Writing Wednesday: Snow

It did snow a couple weeks ago, but it wasn’t anything that stuck around for long. In fact the only accumulation was on the porch and the grass. Nothing really in the driveway. Monday night it only snowed a little bit. At least here. Up in the city, they got a few more inches, and my husband got called in to plow. His other job was called off Tuesday morning(hard to do road construction in the snow so no equipment for him to haul), so he got to come home and sleep. I took the boy out for a little while to play in the tiny bit of snow we got(seriously maybe an inch). Last night we got more snow(and apparently the city hardly got any more). Haven’t gone outside today though. It will probably melt by this weekend since it’s supposed to be up in the 50s again. The girl was excited to get to wear her new snow boots to school though.

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He was trying to throw snow balls at me, but it wouldn’t pack very well.

My progress this week has been going pretty well. Monday I didn’t wake up until 5(alarm went off at 4, but I don’t even remember hearing it), so I didn’t get as much written then, but caught up on my goal later in the day. Yesterday morning I was up and writing by 4:30. Ended up with over 2k by 6. So only had a little more to get to my goal. Today I wrote a little over 1200 so far. A little over 1k left to reach today’s goal. Hoping to get it at nap time.

  • Flames of Redemption: 35000 words(that’s the progressive goal, so another 15k) 26,455/35000. I’ve written 6438 so far this week. Staying on track.
  • Read: The Dream You Make(Christine Nolfi) and Beautiful Darkness(Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl) – Finished The Dream You Make last night. Enjoyed it. Only about 4% into Beautiful Darkness
  • Knit: Finish Celtic Knot Bag – just about finished with this. Just have to do the strap.
  • Crochet: Knotted Headband -haven’t started yet.

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And for this week’s WiPPet snippet: 12 lines from the end of one of the scenes I’ve written this week. My math It’s 11/13/2013, so 1+1+1+3+2+0+1+3=12. Adrian and Kayla are shooting sparks off each other again(not literally at least, or they might re-ignite a fire).

“What are you doing here?” She asked, putting a hand to his chest as if to push him back.
“I was out for a run,” he said, gesturing to his clothes and the dog. “I saw you. Everything okay?”
“Fine. Just a little kitchen fire. It’s out. No one was hurt.”

He noticed her sentences were clipped and just as stiff as she looked. But, she wasn’t looking at him now. Instead she was smiling down at his dog. “You’re a pretty boy, aren’t you?” She said, kneeling down to run a hand over his head. “Such a pretty boy.”

Adrian barely bit back a moan, wish she was talking to him like that, stroking her hand over him like that. God, he needed to get a grip. He didn’t like her. He had to keep reminding himself he didn’t even like her.

Then, she was straightening again and stepping back. “I need to get back to it. Make sure it’s okay for the family to go back inside. They’ll have to do some remodeling probably, but they won’t have to find a new home.”

He nodded. “That’s good then. I should finish my run. I’ll see you around.”

She turned away and thought he heard her say, “I hope not,” before he started away. He grinned as he picked up the pace again. He’d just have to make sure of it.

 

Sunday Summary: Slight Goal Change

I just made a slight change to my writing goal for this month. It’s really not a big one. But, I realized that trying to write 2500 words every single day just doesn’t work too well for me. During the week, it usually isn’t too much of a problem. But, over the weekends, it is. I don’t have the same routine, and that’s usually when we’re running around, doing our grocery shopping, and all that. So, I changed it to 2500 for the whole weekend, or 1250 each day. That will still get me to almost 65k by the end of the month. I might still get close to 75k if I get ahead. Either way, it’s still a big chunk of my first draft. Which is my goal for this month.

Not a lot else to report for the second half of my week. We had our daughter’s parent-teacher conference Thursday night. She’s doing very good, scoring excellent in all the literacy and math categories(pretty much all they grade on in Kindergarten). In fact, for some of the literacy testing she’s scoring well above the expected goal. Friday there was no school and yesterday we dropped the kids off at my MIL’s and got maybe 75% of our Christmas shopping done. Today has been lazier. We went to church while my husband went up and staked parking lots for plowing this winter. Then, we came home and I got a good bit of writing done. Going to have to start dinner soon.

  • Flames of Redemption: Have total of 20,000 words on this. – 20017/20000. A little ahead on this goal. Not by much, but I wrote 14,921 words this week. That’s definitely good. I’ve also changed how I’ve rewarded myself with stickers on my calendar. I had been counting just the words written that day. Now, I’m doing more of a progressive count. When I hit the next thousand words, I put a sticker on that day. I figured this made more sense since that’s how I set up my goals too.
  • Read: New York to Dallas & Beautiful Darkness – Finished New York to Dallas and decided to read Allegiant instead of Beautiful Darkness. And oh my, it just killed me. Still not quite sure I survived that ride. Reading a light contemporary romance next.
  • Read: Structuring Your Novel – Chapter 6 – I’ve set this aside for now. Just don’t feel I’m at the right place right now to be reading a craft book. Would rather do that when I’m plotting/editing then when I’m in the middle of drafting. It usually ends up making me doubt myself and trying to completely redo what I’m doing. I’ll probably get back to it in December.
  • Knit: Celtic Knot Bag – I’ve worked on this a bit during the week. Still have more to do though.

Did pretty well with my goals for this past week, especially my writing goal. Hoping that continues for the next week.

  • Flames of Redemption: 35000 words(that’s the progressive goal, so another 15k)
  • Read: The Dream You Make(Christine Nolfi) and Beautiful Darkness(Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl)
  • Knit: Finish Celtic Knot Bag
  • Crochet: Knotted Headband

Still keeping the goals simple for this month.

Writing Wednesday: Last of the Twenties

So, yesterday was my birthday. Twenty-nine whole years old. Only one more year until I’m thirty. As my dad brought up when he called me last night. I won’t get into how that phone call made me feel. It’s not important. Talking to, and spending time with my dad, always leaves me feeling a bit unsettled. I’ve come to some realizations about why I feel this way. Wrote a post about it a couple months ago, but never actually published it. Putting it out there wasn’t important, just getting the words down and out of me. Anyways, I’ve lost my train of thought there. It was my birthday, lots of happy birthday posts on Facebook. It started out a little rough, I had just started writing about 5 in the morning when the boy got up. Ended up pretty good with husband bringing home Chinese for dinner(I didn’t have to cook. Win!) and over 3000 words written. Yes, I often my gauge my day by how many words I write. Also, gauge is a word I can never spell right the first time.

And the boy is currently giving me a check-up with his sister’s Doc McStuffins doctor tools. He keeps forcing my mouth open to look in it with the ear-looker thing(what the heck is it called?) Otoscope. It’s called an Otoscope, that’s what I thought(google search wins again). And I’m tired. Because I was up late reading and still up at 4 this morning to write. Yes, I’m just a bit crazy.

Anyways(I use that words a lot, don’t I?), on to my progress for this week, then my WipPet snippet. I also realize my blog posts seem to be a random stream of thoughts. Hope that doesn’t bother people.

  • Flames of Redemption – Have total of 20,000 words on this. – 11142/20000. I’ve been meeting my 2500 word goal so far this week. Still behind where I wanted to be at this point. That’s okay. I’m technically ahead of the NaNoWriMo goal, just not my personal one. I’ve started a new reward system thanks to Lauren Garafalo. I put a sticker on my calendar(why can I never spell this word right either?) for every 1000 words I write that day. So far, every day, except for Saturday have at least 1 sticker. Yesterday, I have 3 star stickers and a gift sticker I dig out of my scrapbooking stuff(that I don’t really use anymore) to mark hitting 10k. This is a lot better than my old reward system where I got a piece of candy from the kids’ Halloween buckets or handful of candy corn for every 500 words I wrote.
  • Read: New York to Dallas & Beautiful Darkness – I finished reading New York to Dallas this morning. I have 4 more books to get caught up on the tales of Eve and Roarke. I decided to start reading Allegiant next instead of Beautiful Darkness. Just can’t take it anymore.
  • Read: Structuring Your Novel – Chapter 6 – I’ve only read the first chapter of this. It’s lower on my list of priorities right now.
  • Knit: Celtic Knot Bag – Haven’t made too much progress on this either. That’s ok, I’ll get it done. It’s lower on the priority list as well.

Now, for my WiPPet snippet. I got a little creative with my math today. Going to share 23 lines(11+6+2+0+1+3) from the scene I started this morning.  And, of course, this is very, very rough draft material.

She shoved her hands down in the pockets of her coat. She’d forgotten her gloves. This wasn’t unusual. James would probably have a pair waiting for her. He knew her. Almost as well as her own father. They were done collecting evidence, at least any that could be analyzed in a lab. But, he had wanted to go over the scene one more time. Wanted to look at it from every angle they could.

He said he’d be waiting for her here, but she didn’t see him. Uncle James was never late. Still, it would give her a chance to look at the house without all the noise buzzing around her. He would usually leave her in peace, but it seemed even someone’s presence gave her a buzz of awareness. Just having someone there seemed to keep her off balance. She could tune out the voices, the noise of other people, but couldn’t completely forget their presence.

And maybe that was a good thing. Yeah, probably a good thing. She didn’t want to completely forget about people. Or what would she become? Some sort of weird human looking machine?

She took one hand from her pocket and rubbed it over her eyes. Where had that crazy thought come from? Maybe she needed more than that three hour nap after Josh’s funeral. Or some coffee. She really hoped James had some coffee.

But, what she saw when she rounded the only standing walls of the house gave her a different sort of buzz. Her uncle was here, and she did see an extra pair of gloves sticking out of his pocket. But, that wasn’t what caught her attention. No, it was the man standing beside him. The man who looked like he could step right into a boxing ring. He wasn’t dressed so different from the last time she’d seen him. He still had jeans on, some well-worn boots, a defense against the hard, frosted ground around them. And the cold. Although it hadn’t actually started snowing yet. She brought her gaze up from his boots, had to swallow when she saw how the jeans stretched around the muscles of his thighs and hips. He wore a jacket, but it was open, and she could see a sliver of his t-shirt through it. A shirt that clung to his chest and followed down to his narrow waist.

He had remembered gloves. And he had a cap pulled over the top of his head. The tips of his ears were red from standing out in the cold wind. An odd thing for her to notice.

She must really need more sleep. To be turned on by a cop standing in normal everyday clothes with red ears because he wasn’t smart enough to wear a good hat that would keep them warm. Yes, the reason for that must be a need for more sleep. He wasn’t that good looking. She barely held back a snort at that thought. In what universe was he not good looking? Instead of giving in to that urge, she stepped forward. “I hope you have coffee.”

She realized the cop hadn’t noticed her approach even though James had. She saw the shock in his eyes that darkened them to a near-black pool. Dear God, why did that turn her on? Then, they lightened again, became thoughtful if a little confused.

“What are you doing here?”

Am I the only one that agonizes about how much/what to share? I like sharing, but, jeez, I make a big deal of the decision.

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