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Writing Wednesday: On the Market

Our house, that is. The real estate agent came out yesterday afternoon, we signed some stuff, and he took some pictures. And put a sign up in our front yard. So, it’s official now. Fingers crossed this won’t be too long of a process.

Yesterday, I didn’t get much writing done. I did outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes, and no new words. I did get some other stuff done, but my word count was definitely low. Hoping to make up for that today and the rest of the week.

It’s Wednesday, though, which means it’s WiPPet time again!! This is the next morning after the scene I shared last week. Isaac has shown back up and is talking to Jonas’ twin sister, Arcelia here. He used to consider her a friend, but she hasn’t really spoken to him since he broke with Jonas. But, right now she’s worried about Jonas. I’ve got 5 paragraphs(2+2+1) today.

Arcelia shrugged. “He says he’s fine. He’s always fine.” She blew out a breath. “It’s good you’re here. I have to get going, but I didn’t really want to leave him alone. He’s eaten, so that’s something, I guess.”

“I’ll take care of him,” Isaac said. “Don’t worry.”

She smirked at him. “I’m sure you will. I’ll leave you to that. I don’t want the details.”

He shook his head. “Why don’t you take that dirty mind and use it on a boyfriend. Or girlfriend.”

Something passed over her face, and her smile looked pasted on. “I’ll leave that nonsense to the rest of you lovebirds. I’ve got better things to do.”

Arcelia has been telling me some things. Still working some of it out. Maybe *she’ll* actually wait her turn.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes – Started this Tuesday morning. 12/12 scenes outlined
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 21/28 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 18612/~35000 words, 2470 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 4426/5000 words, 376 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 557/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 407/500 words
    • Roman – 423/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 427/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 406/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 543/500 words
    • Hawk – 355/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 367/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren –483/500 words
    • Desmund – 392/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 12/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – Got Chapter 8 back from beta on Monday, started copying over comments. 115/115 comments copied. Started edits Tuesday morning. Added 289 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I’m going to go through again looking for where characters are in their heads too much, and a few other details, then I’ll be looking for beta readers.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 12/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 38%.
    • Not Your Sidekick(C.B. Lee) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night. Loved it!
    • Girl Mans Up(M-E Girard) – Started this Saturday morning. On page 190/373
    • The List(Tawna Fenske) – Started this Monday afternoon. At 42%
    • Love Me Again(Jaci Burton) – Started this Monday evening. On page 113/304
    • That Inevitable Victorian Thing(E.K. Johnston) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 13/327
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 5/5
    • Strange the Dreamer(Laini Taylor) – Carrying this one over from last year. The writing is beautiful, it’s just really slow moving. Finished it Tuesday morning. The last 25% definitely picked up in speed. I’m glad I stuck with it.
    • A Gathering of Shadows(V.E. Schwab) – Picking this one back up. On Chapter 31/60.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 15/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times – 2/2 Posted a short story last Monday. Posted an excerpt of Flames of Renewal for my $3 patrons(okay, there’s actually only one) on Tuesday.
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 plotted(which is basically a list of name, age, description, bio for each character, then I’ll include a snippet they appear in)
  • Stretch2: Draft 27 A-Z posts – 2/27 drafted

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 64/64 rows of first square(x4), 64/64 rows of second square, 32/64 rows of third square

    1st square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done
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Sunday Summary: Weathering a Rollercoaster

…of weather. It’s gone from snow, to almost balmy temperatures, then back to snow. Seriously? This is getting old. I’d actually rather it just stay cold for a while than these ups and downs.

But, it’s been a good week regardless of the weather. I haven’t quite met my main writing goal for the week, but I’ve gotten a lot closer than last week. And I’ve finished up just about all my other weekly writing/editing goals. So, that’s a good feeling.

And last night we went out with a couple friends. Got dinner at Olive Garden then went to a local comedy club to see a show. We hardly stopped laughing from the time it started. That felt good, too.

Here’s hoping for another good week.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 18/28 worksheets done, started on sheet 19
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 16142/~35000 words, 10340 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 4050/5000 words, 1542 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 462/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 407/500 words
    • Roman – 423/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 427/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 406/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 396/500 words
    • Hawk – 355/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 367/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 349/500 words
    • Desmund – 392/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 10/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – Started edits on Chapter 7 Monday, finished on Tuesday. Added 417 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – Started edits. Through 25/25 chapters. Added 487. I’m going to go through again looking for where characters are in their heads too much, and a few other details, then I’ll be looking for beta readers.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 11/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Not Another New Year’s(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Before We Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this on the way to get groceries Saturday. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • All He Ever Desired(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • The Art of Falling(Jenny Kaczorowski) – Started this Tuesday evening. Got to 10% and just didn’t care. So, I set it aside.
    • Chainbreaker(Tara Sim) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Loved it, but that ending! Gah! And it looks like we have to wait until 2019 for book 3!
    • Not Your Sidekick(C.B. Lee) – Started this Thursday afternoon. On page 20-something/283(I left the book in the truck last night, so can’t check for exact page I made it to)
    • Girl Mans Up(M-E Girard) – Started this Saturday morning. On page 85/373
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 4/5
    • Year One(Nora Roberts) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Definitely different than her usual books. It wasn’t really a romance(there were a few different romantic subplots, but that wasn’t what it was about). But, it was still good.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 14/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times – 1/2 Posted a short story on Monday.
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 plotted(which is basically a list of name, age, description, bio for each character, then I’ll include a snippet they appear in)
  • Stretch2: Draft 26 A-Z posts – 1/26 drafted

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 64/64 rows of first square(x4), 64/64 rows of second square, 13/64 rows of third square

    1st square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

Writing Wednesday: Happy Love Day

This week has gotten off to a good start. I decided to take on my goals with a new routine. Monday I broke my daily goals into smaller sections. Instead of thinking about the 1725 words I wanted to write for the day, I focused on getting 325 at a time. It helped a lot. Tuesday I worked in 5 minute bursts. This also seems to work for me. I’ll use it until it no longer works for me.

Last night we went to a pancake dinner at our church. They even had a berry sauce that I used instead of regular syrup. It was yummy! No point to this other than YUM! 😀

And since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WiPpet Wednesday again!!!! That means it’s time for more Jonas and Isaac. I have a long one today. Was just going to go with 5 paragraphs(1+4), but since it is Valentine’s Day(we don’t really do anything to celebrate, but still it’s the day of loooove), so I figured I’d get to a bit more lovey part. So, I have 19 paragraphs(2+1+4+2+0+1+8=18+1 bonus word). Still in the same scene as last week, it starts just a couple paragraphs after the last one ended. The first line is Jonas.

He dragged in a long breath. “I never thought you assumed I would ever consider hurting you. That I would be anything like your father.”

A chill washed away the heat. “Of course, I didn’t. I know you wouldn’t.”

“Except you just said you did.”

Horror slapped Isaac right in the face. Is that really what he’d done? He knew Jonas would never hurt him. And yet the fear hadn’t been able to leave him. And it had made him push Jonas away. Even two years away from his father, the man had still been controlling him.

If today’s fear was any indication, he still was.

“I’m sorry,” he choked out. “I was so scared, of you being hurt, of you turning into someone else. Of losing you. I didn’t know how to handle it.”

“So you walked away from me. Which means you lost me anyway. How did that make any sense, Isaac?”

His lips twitched. “Who said I was the logical one? That was always you, Jo. You were the one who kept me grounded. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t think I would have made it through those first few months when everything changed for me. Roman and Cristine were always great, but you were my anchor.”

And now Jonas’ whole life was changing. Who was that anchor for him? Isaac might not be able to do much, but he figured he could at least do that much. “I thought I was more than that. Isaac could hear tears in Jonas’ voice he was sure the other man would never shed. “I thought I was someone you could love. That you did love.”

“You were,” Isaac said, reaching out to cup Jonas’ face. That was one thing he couldn’t let Jonas keep not believing. “You are. You always have been. I’ve tried to convince myself I was over you, that I didn’t care anymore. It was never the truth. I didn’t want Tereza or Toby to tell me where you were or what you were doing because I was afraid to know. It was never that I didn’t care. I was afraid of what I would hear. That you were hurt. That you had died. I couldn’t bear it, Jonas.”

Jonas brushed tears from Isaac’s cheeks with his thumbs. Isaac just wanted to nuzzle into the touch, like he always used to. But, if Jonas pulled away after just a kiss, Isaac couldn’t take this comfort from him. Not if Jonas didn’t want to give it.

He pulled slowly away and saw he’d been wrong. Tears were sliding down Jonas’ face. He wasn’t making a sound while he cried, but those were definitely tears.

“If Santiago were here, he’d tell me what to do. How to go forward. I just don’t know.”

Isaac couldn’t take the pain he could hear in Jonas’ voice. He slid a hand behind his neck and with his lips, dried those tears. Then, he brought his lips to Jonas’. “I’m not walking away this time,” he murmured. “So, you can go forward with me.”

Jonas let out a little sob then pressed his mouth hard to Isaac’s. Heat washed through Isaac but he didn’t deepen the kiss. He didn’t want to push things too far.

The knock on the doorframe had them jerking away from each other. Jonas’ mother just smiled at them, though. “Dinner’s just about ready. And Toby’s here if you want to speak to him.”

Isaac looked at Jonas, who squeezed his hand. “You need to. I’ll stay with you if you want.”

“Please.”

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 14/24 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 9871/~35000 words, 4069 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3017/5000 words,
    • Patrick & Sarah – 220/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 407/500 words
    • Roman – 423/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 222/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 406/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 209/500 words
    • Hawk – 355/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 236/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 237/500 words
    • Desmund – 236/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.75/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – Started edits on Chapter 7 Monday. Added 417 words.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – Started edits. Through Chapter 5/25. Added 68 words so far.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 9/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Not Another New Year’s(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Before We Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this on the way to get groceries Saturday. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • All He Ever Desired(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday afternoon. On page 226/268
    • The Art of Falling(Jenny Kaczorowski) – Started this Tuesday evening. At 5%.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 3/5
    • Year One(Nora Roberts) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 11/26

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 10/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times – 1/2 Posted a short story on Monday.
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts – 15/26 plotted(which is basically a list of name, age, description, bio for each character, then I’ll include a snippet they appear in)

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 64/64 rows of first square(x4), 20/64 rows of second square

    1st square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

Sunday Summary: Slowing Down

After Wednesday when I said things were picking up, yeah, I slowed back down again. Not exactly sure why, though I imagine it has to do with other things on my mind. Like getting the house ready to sell, worrying over that. The fact that my husband’s unemployment money still hasn’t been deposited in the bank more than a week after we’d usually get it(it’s been consistently late this year, but it finally did come through on Saturday).

Story the boy wrote about Mr. Groundhog. He was so excited about seeing his shadow, he went back to sleep…as one does.

Last night my husband’s work had a dinner for all their employees(and spouses). We didn’t go to the one they had last year because it was the same day as my cousin’s wedding. This year we didn’t have anything else going on, so we were able to go. Got dressed up(a nice shirt and khaki pants is about as dressed up as I get), had a nice meal, and was forced to socialize(haha, who am I kidding? I mostly read on my phone during the social hour. Talked a little to the other 2 couples at our table, but that was it). Had 1 drink there, though each person was allowed 3 free drinks(I am so not much of a drinker. I had a twisted tea and that last me all through dinner).

When we left there, we stopped at a local bar because one of my husband’s friend’s bands was playing. Had 1 other drink there(a hard soda), and that was plenty for me.

So, I’m hoping this week will go a bit better for the words at least.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 10/22 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 5802/~35000 words, 4630 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2508/5000 words, 1567 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 220/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 310/500 words
    • Roman – 272/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 222/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 268/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 209/500 words
    • Hawk – 232/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 236/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 237/500 words
    • Desmund – 236/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 6.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got chapter 6 back from beta on Friday. Started making edits Tuesday. Am at -43 words currently. Got chapter 7 back on Thursday. Finished Chapter 6 edits on Thursday(total of -81 words). Copied comments into scrivener for chapter 7.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I got this back Monday afternoon. Compiled comments into Scrivener Monday night.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 7/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Force of Nature(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Loved it. Really wish I had the next book right now.
    • Baby, It’s Cold Outside(Kait Nolan) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Loved it!
    • Hate to Want You(Alisha Rai) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Saturday on the way to get groceries. Loved it.
    • Not Another New Year’s(Christie Ridgway) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. At 74%.
    • Breaking Waves(Debbie McGowan) – Read this Thursday. Enjoyed it.
    • Edge of Reason(Trish Loye) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Before We Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this on the way to get groceries Saturday. On page 100/357
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 3/5
    • Beyond Addiction(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it
    • Beyond Possession(Kit Rocha) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Beyond Innocence(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday morning. Now, I just have to wait for Beyond Ruin to be added to audible so I can continue the series.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 9/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 43/64 rows of first square(x4) On Thursday, I realized I’d messed up Wednesday’s rows, so I had to rip out about 12 of them and start over. At least, I shouldn’t mess the same thing up on the other squares

    half of the first square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

Writing Wednesday: Picking Up

I got a bit of a slow start to this month. Just could not seem to focus the first two days. Monday was better. Cranked out 900 words first thing in the morning and added another 550 throughout the day. Tuesday was another distractible day, at least in the morning. I did get the rest of my words(goal was 1425 for the day) later on in the afternoon. This morning was a little slow, too. Didn’t help that I decided to start looking at covers for Flames of Renewal.

Not much else going on here, other than still getting the house ready to list. That should be happening soon. But, for now, I’m jumping right into this week’s WiPPet! This picks right up from last week’s, but we’ve switched into Isaac’s POV(Jonas’ last line was: “Then why did you walk away from me?”). I have 11 paragraphs today(7[day]+2+0+1+8[year]=18=1+8=9+2[month]).

Isaac couldn’t swallow the lump in his throat or breathe around the rock suddenly lodged in his chest. “You’re the one who left,” he finally said. “You were leaving me behind. What was I supposed to do?”

Jonas just stared at him. Isaac didn’t think he was going to say anything at first. Then, he choked out, “I wasn’t leaving you. I joined the Army, I didn’t run away. Plenty of other recruits had girlfriends or boyfriends back home. Some of them even made it work through basic and years of active duty. We could have made it, too, Isaac, but you didn’t give us a chance.”

Isaac glanced away from him. Everything felt too tight all of a sudden. He’d managed to confess all of it to Tereza in the first year of Jonas’ Army career. But, could he tell Jonas now? He wasn’t so sure. But, he couldn’t keep quiet, either.

“I was afraid,” he said, not able to bring his voice above a whisper. He felt like acid coated his eyes and throat, burning both of them. “I was so damn afraid, Jonas, and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

“Of what?” Jonas asked, throwing his hands up. “If you would have just told me, we could have worked through whatever it was. Instead you just walked away from me.”

“How?” Isaac demanded. “How could we do that? You’d already committed to four years in the Army, and I couldn’t handle that. Couldn’t live with how that might change you.”

“What are you talking about? Why are you so sure it would have changed me? I’m the same I was then, or I was before that damn accident.”

“How was I supposed to know that at the time? All I knew were the stories my mother told me about how my father was when they started dating before he joined up. And the completely different man that I knew.”

“And your only conclusion was that the Army turned him that way? That it would turn anyone that way? Not that maybe he always had that mean streak in him and something else brought it out? Damn, Isaac. And here I always thought you were the smart one.”

Heat washed through him. You’re so stupid. Why was I burdened with such a stupid son?”

He tried to force his father’s voice out of his head and asked, “What’s that supposed to mean?”

What does Jonas mean? And are they finally getting somewhere? Shortly before this they had a conversation about Jonas not being the school-type, unlike Isaac.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 6/21 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 4424/~35000 words, 3252 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1254/5000 words, 313 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 84/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 199/500 words
    • Roman – 193/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 80/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 102/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 77/500 words
    • Hawk – 87/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 236/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 82/500 words
    • Desmund – 114/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 4/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got chapter 6 back from beta on Friday. Started making edits Tuesday. Am at 9 words currently.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I got this back Monday afternoon. Compiled comments into Scrivener Monday night.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 4/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Force of Nature(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Loved it. Really wish I had the next book right now.
    • Baby, It’s Cold Outside(Kait Nolan) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Loved it!
    • Hate to Want You(Alisha Rai) – Started this Monday night. At 60%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 2/5
    • Beyond Addiction(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it
    • Beyond Possession(Kit Rocha) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Beyond Innocence(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 6/26

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 26/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 33/64 rows of first square(x4)

    half of the first square done

  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

 

Sunday Summary: A Slow Start

We’re only a few days into the month, and they’ve started a little slow for me. I opened up Whatever It Takes to work on again. But, I haven’t done anything with it since December. It’s taking me a little bit to get my rhythm back on this story. But, I have been making progress, so I guess that’s something at least.

We’re still working on getting our house to list for sale. I was shredding all our old bills and receipts last week. Until I killed our paper shredder. We’ve had it a few years(probably more than a few, but I don’t remember how long exactly). On Saturday, while we were shopping, we looked at new ones. We ended up going with a cheaper model, so hopefully it’ll at least last through this process.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit – 4/18 worksheets done
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft – 1172/~35000 words
    • Maybe because Carisa hadn’t asked her to be. Hadn’t acted like being normal was really even a thing. Jayla hadn’t realized how freeing that could be. “I have to go into work, too,” she said. “So, it’s not like we could have stayed here anyway.”
      Carisa sighed. “This whole being an adult is just no fun at all sometimes.”
      Jayla giggled. Had that sound actually come from her? It was hard to believe. But, from the way Carisa beamed at her, it must have. She ran her thumb over Carisa’s lips. “No one says we have to get up right this second, though.”
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 941/5000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 84/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 104/500 words
    • Roman – 102/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 80/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 102/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 77/500 words
    • Hawk – 87/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 109/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 82/500 words
    • Desmund – 114/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 2.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – got chapter 6 back from beta on Friday. Copied all comments into the scrivener file.
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – I did contact my CP again about this, with a promise she’ll have it to me soon. Fingers crossed.
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 2/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 35%.
    • Breaking Point(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night. Loved it.
    • Chasing Christmas Eve(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Loved it.
    • Force of Nature(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday evening. On page 182/492. I may have stayed up later than planned reading this last night. “I’m just going to read one more chapter”…3 chapters later. “Really, I am going to bed now.” 😉
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 1/5
    • Beyond Addiction(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it
    • Beyond Possession(Kit Rocha) – Started this Friday afternoon. On Chapter 5/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 4/20
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times
  • Tertiary: Set-Up 26 A-Z posts – 8/26 posts set-up
  • Stretch: Plot 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – 18/64 rows of first square(x4)
  • Crochet: Simple Basket – 18/18 rounds done

Writing Wednesday: End of Month Wrap-Up

It’s the end of another month. I could wait to do the wrap-up tomorrow, when the month is completely over. But, I’ve met most of my goals and doubt any will change color.

But, first…On Sunday, I mentioned we may be moving. We still have to list our house and get it sold, though. So much of this week has been spent cleaning and getting rid of stuff. Like bills that go back at least to 2009. Why did we think we had to keep all of these? Our paper shredder is getting a workout. I did, too, on Monday since we went to the gym for the first time since getting a membership back in September.

When if we do move, we’ll be going from a double wide to this: 

Before I get to all my progress for the month(and an update on how this round of RoW80 is going) as well as next month’s goals, it’s WiPpet Wednesday!! I’m skipping a little bit ahead. Isaac’s in Jonas’s room and they’ve been going back and forth. This comes at the end of the next scene, which is from Jonas’ POV. 5 paragraphs(1+3+1)

Jonas glanced away, not able to take the intensity in Isaac’s eyes. “What the hell good does that do me now? Why would you want to tie yourself to someone broken?”

“Shut up,” Isaac shouted, and Jonas jerked back. Isaac reached out and wrapped his fingers around Jonas’ chin. “You are not broken,” he said, his jaw tight. “You never thought me broken for my scars, for the things my father did to me, or I did to myself. Why would I ever think it of you?”

Jonas wasn’t sure how to answer that, how to tell Isaac it was different. He knew that was some messed up thinking, he couldn’t remember whatever word his shrink had for it. But, he couldn’t seem to help it.

Isaac’s fingers gentled, but he didn’t release Jonas’ chin. “I’ve never loved you for your legs, either of them. It was always your heart. I only ever wanted to keep it with me.”

Jonas pulled away at that, and Isaac’s hand dropped to the bed. “Then, why did you walk away from me?”

Are they finally going to get things out there? This just might be a start.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Back Stories 
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Plot Summaries
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Story Toolkit 
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Outline: Act 1 
  • Stretch2: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1 – Outline: Act 4 
  • Stretch3: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Brainstorm 
  • Stretch4: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Character back stories(for 2 characters, carrying over other 4 from first book) – Finished Desmund’s back story(4 pages) & Thom’s(1 page)
  • Stretch5: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Plot Summaries – All summaries done.

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1st draft – 17604/~25000 words,
    • Distance started to grow between them and the shore. Bridgette’s chest clutched, and she wished she was still on that land. A man standing down the railing drew her attention. Sun glistening off his hair, making it appear nearly gold. And she thought those were tears shimmering on his cheeks. But, he turned away before she could be sure. His body jerked as he moved, and she realized it was a heavy limp causing that motion not the slight rocking as the ship found its way out of the harbor.
      • Bridgette may not know who this is, but if Torin had turned his head, he would have recognized him. 😉
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 5264/5000 words, 284 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 513/500 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 528/500 words
    • Roman – 545/500 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 511/500 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 509/500 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 569/500 words
    • Hawk – 525/500 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 524/500 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 533/500 words
    • Desmund – 513/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words(will work on this when I finish Primary goal) – 3030/2500 words, 528 this week

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 – 9/9 chapters
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 24/20

    • Grin and Beard It(Penny Reid) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Started this Monday night. At 15%
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 9/5
    • A Gathering of Shadows(V.E. Schwab) – Started this Tuesday(1/16) morning. On Chapter 26/60
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Started this Monday(1/22) morning. On Chapter 3/14
    • Beyond Temptation(Kit Rocha) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Beyond Solitude(Kit Rocha) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved it.
    • Beyond Addiction(Kit Rocha) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On chapter 3/25

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 30/31 posts
    • Knight – A bit with Connor and Ames
    • Fantastic – A bit with Connor and his sister
    • Scrumptious – A bit with Ames and Jeremiah, one of the firefighters they work with.
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 20/21 posts
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 2x0/2 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Honeycomb Dishcloth – Done. 
  • Crochet: Lap Blanket Done

And an update on how my quarterly goals are doing(I plan to do this each month, and the year’s goals at the end of each quarter, but we’ll see if I keep to that).

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You as I get to them
  • Secondary: Outline Flames of Knowledge
  • Tertiary: Outline Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Stretch: Outline James & Tracy’s Story

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You1st drafts
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 15000 words – 5264/15000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages15/45 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – Finish Part 2 – 4/19 scenes finished

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them back
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Tertiary: Transfer Protecting the Heart, Paint Me a Picture, & Shed Some Light to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – Send to CP

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 60 books – 24/60
  • Secondary: Listen 15 books9/15

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 30/31 posts
  • Secondary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 55 posts 20/55
  • Tertiary: Post to Patreon 6 times – 0/6

Crafting:

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

And for my goals for February:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of Whatever It Takes
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Story Toolkit
  • Tertiary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – Outline Act 1
  • Stretch: James & Tracy’s story – brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Whatever It Takes – 1st draft(~35000 words)
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Melanie & Garren – revise & post to Patreon

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2 times
  • Tertiary: Plot 26 A-Z posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
  • Crochet: Simple Basket

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