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Writing Wednesday: Through the Break

RoW80 is on break this week, but true to form, I’m still working. I just don’t like taking breaks. Not very long ones anyway. I can handle a day. Maybe even a weekend. But, more than that, and I get cranky from not writing. So, trust me, it’s better for everyone if I keep going.

I’m still trying to work out the best way to juggle everything I want to get done. The last two days I’ve found my motivation severely lacking, okay, pretty much disappearing, after lunch time. so, ‘ve decided to focus my morning time on writing. I’ll still try to get a few other things done while both kids are at school, but I want most of that time to go to writing. Then, I’ll focus the hour before lunch on editing. I’m starting that today, so we’ll see how it goes. And, yes, I’m writing this while  should be writing my other stuff. I’m bouncing between the two.

I mentioned last week(Sunday’s post), that I was going to start a slightly different routine. Starting with the WiP that was closest to being done, I was going to write through until I stalled out on words then move to the next. Well, the one closest to being done is Love Who You Love(at over 90% to my goal). And the words just keep flowing on it. Needless to say, it’s the only one I’ve worked on so far this week. I may even finish it before the month is over. We’ll see how that goes.

Now, it’s time for another WiPPet snippet!! Since, as  said, all I’ve been working on is Love Who You Love, you get more from that. Today, I have 6 paragraphs(3+3+0). Rumors are spreading about Susan and Kendall(and Chris).

Kendall looked back toward the counter. “Rea, can you watch the front for me for a little bit?”

She caught he sympathy in the other woman’s eyes a moment before she nodded. “Not a problem, Ken. Garage is quiet now, and [xx] can handle it.”

“Thanks.” She took Susan’s arm and led her back toward Doren’s office. “Come on. We can talk in here.”

“I really don’t think making out in my brother’s office is going to help any of this.”

Kendall glanced up at Susan’s face, saw a smile ghosting around her lips, even though her eyes were still shadowed. “That wasn’t my plan, but if you want…”

Susan laughed and rested her forehead against Kendall’s. “I don’t know what to do.”

This is the start of what leads to them fighting and not speaking for a few days(which for them, is a long time). But, I’ve already got that worked out and mostly smoothed over again. I’m think I’ll have this finished before next Wednesday, so you’ll probably get more from Paint Me a Picture then.

Now for how I’ve done so far this week:

  • Work 20 hours on writing projects – 7.5/20. I’m actually thinking of lowering this to 15 hours for writing. 4 hours a day seems to be pushing it a lot of the time.
  • Edit 5 hours – haven’t worked on this at all yet this week. Hoping to today, though.
  • Come Back Down – work 1 hour
  • Row80 Sponsor Post – Brainstorm & draft – Brainstormed & outlined. Still need to draft it.
  • Read: Description & Setting = practically finished with this. At 95%
  • Read: The Vixen and the Vet(Katy Regnery), Frisco’s Kid(Suzanne Brockman), Once Upon a Setup(Kait Nolan), My Last(Melanie Shawn), Protect and Serve(various), Lies We Live(Brenda St John Brown), Nowhere But Here(Katie McGarry), Scandalous(R.G. Alexander), Legal Heat(Sarah Castille), Love on the Ledge(Zoraida Cordova), & Kiss Kill Vanish(Jessica Martinez): Had some issues with The Vixen and the Vet, but otherwise enjoyed the story. Frisco’s Kid was okay. Enjoyed Once Upon a Setup, My Last was okay, though it felt really repetitive and just…off. I skimmed through some of it. I did add the next book in the series to my wish list, but I probably won’t get it unless it drops to $.99 or free. I only read one of the stories(Shots Fired) in Protect and Serve, but I enjoyed it. Now, I have to read the other novellas from that series to catch up to where that one was. Really enjoyed Lies We Live, though it had a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Still, I really want to read the next book. I’m 29% through Nowhere But Here and really enjoying it. Though I’ve been yelling at one of the characters a bit.
  • Crochet: Half and Half Slouch Hat – I finished this. And I started a new project on my knitting loom.wp-1459345170105.jpg
  • A-Z Challenge – Draft & Revise posts as I have time – I have through (H) and part of (I) drafted. And through (B) revised and scheduled. I’m hoping to get through N drafted this week, then I’ll start revising (C) through (H). I’m hoping to stay at least a few posts ahead.
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Writing Wednesday: Changing Routine

Yeah, yeah. I seem to do this every few weeks or months. But, Monday, when I was supposed to be working on By the Gun, I was really struggling. The words just weren’t coming. And instead, I really wanted to be working on Love Who You Love. And Ready When You Are. And Protecting the Heart. And Paint Me a Picture. Noticing a trend there? So, I decided I’d work on each for an hour a day. But, then, among doing chores and everything else, I didn’t have time to get to my editing. So, yesterday, I decided I’d pick 4 out of the 5 to work on then an hour of editing. That worked a lot better yesterday, though there were still a few things I didn’t get to. Still working on figuring out the best routine.

Then, today starts the kids’ Easter vacation. So, that may throw a wrench in my new routine. But, I’m working on being flexible(mentally. That’s never going to happen physically). As long as they don’t start back up with last night’s fights(playing together then suddenly “Get out of my room! I don’t want you in here!” and “I don’t like you anymore!” And 2 minutes later, “Come into my room!”) It will be a long 6 days if they keep this up.

I’ve been using my husband’s old Microsoft Surface for a couple weeks now. For the most part, I like it. Except for the fact I can’t get Scrivener on it. So, I’ve been using Word and OneNote(for the two that hadn’t already been outlined. I found I like it’s set-up, though not as much as I like Scrivener). I tried another program, but I didn’t really care for it too much(especially the fact it didn’t keep any of my formatting). Also the keyboard. It has the little keyboard cover, but the keys are only slightly raised. And I’m constantly missing letters and spaces. So, I decided to try plugging in the adapter for the wireless keyboard we have. And it works so much better. I’ll still use the other one when I take it somewhere, and probably even when I’m on the couch with it. But, when I’m at the desk, this works a lot better.

I know last week I said I’d be sharing from Protecting the Heart today. But, then I switched things around. And I’m still working on today’s words for Love Who You Love, so guess what you get some more of today. 🙂  I have 8 paragraphs(3+2+3). This is the day after last week’s snippet.

Susan groaned as her phone started playing one of the most annoying tunes she could come up with. Kendall rolled over with a little growl. “What in all that’s holy is that sound?”

Susan let out a little laugh at the irony in that statement. “My alarm to get up for church.”

“You’ve got to be shitting me,” Kendall said with another groan, dropping her head back onto the pillow.

“You know I go most Sundays with my family.”

“I didn’t know you’d be going today. What? Do you think you have to confess our sins?”

Susan thought Kendall was joking, or at least she hoped she was. Still, she shoved her shoulder and started to climb from the bed. “Just so you know,” she said, glancing back at Kendall, “I don’t consider anything we’ve done these last few days a sin. You shouldn’t either.”

Kendall snagged her wrist before she could fully get off the bed. “I don’t,” she said, her gaze catching on Susan’s, holding it. “I’m sorry for that. I just have a hard time with it. I have since Mom died.”

Susan sighed, letting herself sink back onto the bed. She knew that. And that Kendall’s dad hadn’t pushed them to church after that. Before it had been her mom taking them. Susan imagined it had been hard for all of them. “Which is why I’ve never asked you to go with me. You could if you wanted to, though. Or meet me at Mom and Dad’s after like you usually do.”

Dealing with some messy emotional/relationship stuff in today’s writing. Hoping to have that smoother soon, though they’ll still face some issues from outside forces before the end.

Now, for more detailed report of how things have been going so far this week:

  • Work 20 hours on writing projects – 10 hours, 20 minutes/20 hours. Still have 2 more to work on drafting today, so that will be higher. Have written 10,214 words so far this week.
    • Protecting the Heart – 3363 words
    • Ready When You Are – 1995 words
    • Paint Me a Picture – 1668 words
    • Love Who You Love – 2684 words
    • By the Gun – 504 words
  • Edit 5 hours – 1 hour so far. Worked through 7/34 chapters of CP’s comments on Healing the Heart.
  • Come Back Down – 1 hour
  • Read: Description & Setting – About 80% through this.
  • Read: Finish 99 Days(Katie Cotugno), Festive in Death(J.D. Robb), The Vixen and the Vet(Katy Regnery), Frisco’s Kid(Suzanne Brockman), Once Upon a Setup(Kait Nolan), My Last(Melanie Shawn), Protect and Serve(various), & Lies We Live(Brenda St John Brown) – I finished 99 Days(which I really enjoyed), but am only less than 100 pages into Festive in Death. Part of that is because I got caught up in doing my A-Z posts last night and it cut into my reading time.
  • Crochet: Half and Half Slouch Hat – Making progress on this.
  • A-Z Challenge – draft posts as I have time – Yesterday I finished (D) and wrote all of (E)…which is the one that sucked me in and cut into my reading time. I also posted my theme reveal so you can check that out if you want to see what I’m doing next month.

The week is going pretty well, especially now that I’ve changed up my routine again. Also beta-reading a short story in there. Going to wrap this up so I can get everything else done and get to that.

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