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Writing Wednesday: Staying on Track

I’m not quite sure how to categorize this week. I’ve been making some progress. Nothing too exciting. But, I’m staying fairly well on track with my goals.

Monday my husband had a job interview. They still haven’t started back at his current job. Usually they’re back to work by early in April. They’re thinking it will be May before they start back now, and as of right now, they don’t have many jobs lined up. So, he’s looking for something that will be year round. Dealing with unemployment for at least four months out of the year is getting stressful. He’s got an application in at another place, too, so hopefully he’ll hear something from one of them.

The kids brought home report cards Friday. Other than an 89 in math, the girl had nearly perfect grades(99% in writing, 100 in reading/vocab, science/social studies, & word study). The boy had grades all in the “advanced” range(93-100%) in math, reading, and word study. And proficient through his writing rubric. So, they’re both doing good.

I’m doing a double shot for WiPPet Wednesday again. Today is 4/18, so I took 4+18=22. So, I’ll take one 2 from the 22 for each project. First, we have more from Jonas & Isaac. Isaac is on his way to Jonas’ now. And thinks he sees someone following him.

“Letting your fear get to you again,” he murmured. He needed to stop that. His father was not following him through the city. He’d only wanted to frighten Isaac the other day.

And it had worked. He couldn’t let it anymore.

Is Isaac right? Or does he have reason to worry?

And for Flames of Knowledge. This is from the next scene from what I shared from last week, in Ames’ POV now.

They doubted Connor ever would, especially with the family he came from. So, there was no point going there. No matter how cute he looked with those glasses on, and was that paint in his hair?
Ames nearly laughed at the sight but turned away instead. Better that way. No need to get their hopes up only to have them dashed as so many people had before. Sometimes living on their own was just the easier way to go, even if Ames wouldn’t mind the closeness they’d seen between couples. Maybe it just wasn’t meant for them.

Connor had a very similar thought in the scene before. And they may both just be a little bit wrong. 🙂

Now, for my progress:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: List all scenes in Scrivener, Outline Act 1
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: Erik’s back story, Jeff’s back story
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
    • This week: Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 19836/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 15/21 – Through Chapter 12/15, started Chapter 13
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 2283/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 409/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 10.37/15 pages
    • This week: 3.25 pages – 2.33/3.25 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: edit 5 scenes – 2/5
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 14/20
    • Melting Into You(Tracey Alvarez) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Echoes in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started this Sunday night. On page 139/387
    • Love on the Tracks(Tamsen Parker) – Started this Monday night. At 11%
  • Listen: 5 books – 10/5
    • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid(Grace Burrows) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Her Every Wish(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday evening.
    • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 1/23

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 12/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 15/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 1/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: get more yarn, finish side 1 of border
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 40 rows – On row 29/40
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Sunday Summary: Catching Up

I fell a bit behind on my main writing goal this week. I’d been working on a chapter a day. Then, I ended up adding a few extra scenes to one of those chapters and that ended up putting me behind. But, this weekend, the kids spent the weekend at my mom and stepdad’s.

We were supposed to go to a party with the motorcycle club we’re a part of this weekend. But, since we weren’t able to get the dogs into the kennel, and money’s been tight, so we hadn’t booked a hotel room yet anyway, we decided not to go. But, we’d lined up my mom to watch the kids back around Thanksgiving, so we still sent them. And my husband went on an ATV poker run. Which left me home all by my lonesome(this is my perfect state of being actually). 😉 So, I used that time to catch up on both my writing and reading. And it was a successful venture(more on that below)!

Last Thursday, hubby ripped up a section of the kitchen floor, right between the kitchen and entry way because it was getting awfully soft. Then, he put new flooring down. It looks a lot nicer now.

Old Floor

New floor

That’s pretty much the most exciting thing that’s happened this week. 🙂

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Beat sheets Act 1, 2, 3, & 4, & Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 17804/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/21 – Finished Chapter 10/10
      • Ames spun around but their shoulders slumped when they saw Connor coming toward them. There was a kid behind him, but he ducked into the room Kelan had been in. Ames stepped toward Connor and when his arm went around them, that feeling of wrongness left from the call with their sister just dissipated.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 1874/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 1030/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 8.04/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 4.42/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: read through, edit – I got through the first few scenes and added in 1 new one. Added 1196 words
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 13/20
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Fatal Flaw(Marie Force) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night.
    • Fortitude Smashed(Taylor Brooke) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Saturday night.
    • Revelations(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Don’t Walk Away(Vivian Arend & Elle Kennedy) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Mask of Shadows(Linsey Miller) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon. LOVED IT!!! But, I have to wait until August for book 2 😦
  • Listen: 5 books – 7/5
    • Angels’ Blood(Nalini Singh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Traitor to the Throne(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • An Unnatural Vice(K.J. Charles) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid(Grace Burrows) – Started this Saturday morning. On Chapter 7/17

Social Media:

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 48/56 – ran out of yarn
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 20 rows – 27 rows

Writing Wednesday: Going Well

This week is going well so far. I slept later than usual(so after 5 in the morning) on Sunday. Thankfully, with me changing my schedule(only trying to get through the first half of the draft instead of the whole draft), I was actually ahead. So, it didn’t matter too much. And I was able to meet all my other goals as well as getting ahead on Tuesday’s goal.

And since then things have been going well. Making steady progress on the words. And on the other goals as well. I’ll get more into that later in this post. For now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday again!! Like last week, I’m going to share from two projects. It’s 4/11, so I’m taking each 1 times the 4, so I’ll have 4 paragraphs from Jonas & Isaac and Flames of Knowledge. First up, Jonas & Isaac:

“You can ask for anything, Jonas,” she said, an almost gentle tone to her voice. “From what I’ve seen, you have a very supportive family. They’d likely do anything to help you. But, you do have to ask or how do they know what you need?”

He felt a pang somewhere near his heart. How could he do that? How could he let them know just how weak he was feeling? After his mother had fought to get where she was now. His father never would have been this close to succumbing. Jonas was doing nothing but letting his father’s memory down.

“I don’t need anything,” he insisted. “I’m good.”

He would be. He promised himself he’d find a way to be just fine.

Oh, Jonas, you stubborn, stubborn man. And you may not have known your father quite so well if you believe all that crap in your head(which his brother tells him a bit later).

And now for Flames of Knowledge. We get our first glimpse of Ames, the other main character, here, but we’re still in Connor’s POV.

He stopped when he saw someone else heading up into the field. His heart beat a little faster, knowing instantly who it was. They didn’t even look his way, though. He could put himself in their path, of course. It would only take a couple steps to do that.
As if they had heard his thoughts, their head jerked up and they met his eyes. He lifted his hand to wave, but they were already turning the other way. Damn it.
Connor still hadn’t figured out what he’d done wrong, but every time Ames saw him, that was their reaction. He wished he knew what he could do to change it. Probably nothing.
He didn’t know why he kept trying.

This obviously isn’t their first meeting. Why does Ames turn away from him? Was it something he did? Or something else?

And now for how my goals are going:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Beat sheets Act 1, 2, 3, & 4, & Timeline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 12824/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/21 – On Chapter 8/10
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 1346/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 1000 words – 498/1000
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5.17/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 1.5/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
      • This week: read through, edit
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 9/20
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Fatal Flaw(Marie Force) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On page 152/399
    • Fortitude Smashed(Taylor Brooke) – Started this Monday night. At 16%.
    • Revelations(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 5/5
    • Angels’ Blood(Nalini Singh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Traitor to the Throne(Alwyn Hamilton) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 28/51

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 7/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 9/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 1/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 42/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get to 20 rows – 10 rows

Sunday Summary: Moving Forward

Maybe not quite as fast as I’d originally planned, but I am making forward progress. I’d hoped to have through Chapter 10(of 40) of Flames of Knowledge written by now. I’m on Chapter 7. There are also now 42 chapters. And I’ve decided to scale back to only doing 1 chapter a day instead of 2. That means it’ll take me 2 months to finish the first draft. That’s not really that big of a deal really. I figure out that counting this one, I have 12 stories beyond the one I’m planning on publishing soon. I have time to get it done.

Not a whole lot happening this week. Kids went back to school on Wednesday. Husband went to work on Thursday(he’s been laid off since the end of November. There probably won’t be much work until the end of the month, but at least it’s something). Mother Nature decided to play a late April Fool’s joke and give us more snow. It’s not entirely unheard of in April, but really, we’ve had enough. Especially when it had been like 50F the day before.

Anyway, here’s my progress for the week

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Through Locations(sheet 20/25) – through locations(4/5 sheets), skipped subplot sheet(not sure about subplot yet),
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: brainstorming, GMCs, Erik’s back story – Jeff’s & Jakob’s mind maps, plot mind map, GMCs done.
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 10375/~35000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 5/21 – drafted 6/10 chapters
      • “Did you just want to touch all my things, or is there a valid reason you’re here?” He didn’t meant to sound impatient, but he really wanted to get back to his canvas, now that he had a vision clear in his head.
        Silas turned toward him and winked. “I wouldn’t mind touching your things, Connor, but I can only handle one Riley at a time. And Corrin’s taking up that spot.”
        Connor’s face suddenly felt on fire. He hadn’t even realized there would be an innuendo for Silas to pick up. Of course, sometimes he thought the other man plucked them right out of the air. “That’s not what I meant.”

        • And there Silas goes, stealing the scene like usual. Of course, I’d been struggling with the scene until he showed up and got Connor out of his head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 848/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 400 words – 421/400 words
      • Hawk: 400 words – 427/400 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3.625/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 3.625/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
      • This week: edit last 2 scenes, polish – 3/2 scenes edited(split last scene into 2. This was one I wrote for Story a Day and added it into this draft). 49/49 items polished.
    • Hang On
      • This week: organize scenes, read through
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 7/20
    • Treyjon(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Stowaway(Veronica Scott) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night.
    • After the Storm(Maya Banks) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday morning.
    • Been Here All Along(Sandy Hall) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Fighting Redemption(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday night
    • Stealing Mr. Right(Tamara Morgan) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Friday night.
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Picked this back up Saturday afternoon(had started it back in January). Finished it Saturday night.
    • Singe(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday night. At 40%
  • Listen: 5 books – 4/5
    • Sweet Talk(Susan Mallery) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Shifting Gears(Riley Hart) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon.
    • Hearts in Darkness(Laura Kaya) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday morning.
    • Saddles and Sin(Jessie Evans) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon.

Social Media:

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 37/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: start blanket – 10 rows

Writing Wednesday: Camp Time

Camp NaNoWriMo, that is. I started on Sunday, although I only wrote 275 words then. I’m working on Flames of Knowledge for this one. I’m hoping to finish the whole first draft this month, but we’ll see how that goes. Next month, I’ll be doing Story a Day again, as well as trying to draft Green Hills & Smoky Fields 2(I really need to come up with titles for the individual novels in this series), June should be for Nowhere to Run, then July’s camp will be Craving You(the next in my Kurztown series). Of course, I just started plotting that one, but I shouldn’t have any problem having it ready to write by then. Of course, if I find finishing a draft in one month too much, I’ll have to stretch out that schedule. We’ll see.

Kids go back to school today after almost a whole week off. It wasn’t too bad, they mostly do their own thing, so I was still able to get a good bit of work done. I’ve needed the writing after spending Easter at my mom’s. I could get into everything that was said there that got me worked up. I just wished I had an actual backbone and my voice didn’t seize up when I’m upset. But, then everyone probably would have piled on me, because of course no one else’s opinion is ever right, and I just don’t know how things really are. Because my thoughts and feelings are invalid if they don’t match everyone else’s. And at 33, I still haven’t unlearned that it’s just easier to keep my mouth shut apparently.

Anyway, my kids were really cute for Easter. They both picked out their Easter outfits on their own.

And I’ve been able to bury myself in words and throw some of my feelings into the writing. Which is probably why Ames vented about their family to a friendly listening ear(Nolan, who keeps popping up in the stories despite already having his happy ending ;)).

It’s WiPPet Wednesday time again!! I’m cheating a little today, maybe. It’s 4/4, so I’m taking 4 paragraphs from 2 different projects to share. First, we have Jonas & Isaac(Jonas is having a dark moment and just told Isaac he shouldn’t be there):

“Yes, I should.” He slid his fingers through Jonas’ hair. “We said we were going to move forward together. How can we do that if I’m not here with you?”

“I’m just going to drag you into Hell with me.”

The words made him want to cry. He remembered thinking the same thing years ago, only with their positions reversed. He hadn’t realized then how much the words must have cut into Jonas, because now he felt like he was bleeding. But, Jonas had not left his side then, and Isaac wasn’t going to, either.

“Then, we’ll take the devil on together.”

Will Jonas get through this, or at least let Isaac help him?

And now for a snippet of Flames of Knowledge. 4 paragraphs again.

Connor laughed at that. He’d seen the two men interact before, and if he hadn’t known there was no blood between them, he would have assumed they truly were brothers. “Where is the little guy anyway? I figured you’d at least be giving your wife a break today.”
Nolan just laughed. Then, he said, “With all your family here today, did you really think either of us would even get to hold our son?”
Connor let out a huff of breath that could maybe have been called a laugh. He should have figured that. “I guess I should make my rounds before I get accused of being anti-social again.” He was here, wasn’t he? Shouldn’t that count for something?
Nolan clapped him on the shoulder. “I believe your mom and aunts took him down to the house. Shouldn’t be too hard to find him.”

I know exactly how you feel, Connor.

Do you want to see more of Connor(and eventually Ames) or should I go back to Jonas & Isaac?

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
    • This week: Through Locations(sheet 20/25) – through romance arc(1/5 sheets), skipped subplot sheet(not sure about subplot yet),
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: brainstorming, GMCs, Erik’s back story – Jeff’s & Jakob’s mind maps
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 7132/~65000 words
    • This week: Through Chapter 10/40 – drafted 4/10 chapters
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 220/3350 words
    • This week:
      • Kayla & Reese: 400 words – 215/400 words
      • Hawk: 400 words – 198/400 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 1.625/15 pages
    • This week: 3.5 pages – 1.625/3.5 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
      • This week: edit last 2 scenes, polish – 3/2 scenes edited(split last scene into 2. This was one I wrote for Story a Day and added it into this draft)
    • Hang On
      • This week: organize scenes, read through
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 2/20
    • Treyjon(Ruby Lionsdrake) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Stowaway(Veronica Scott) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night.
    • After the Storm(Maya Banks) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 155/392
  • Listen: 5 books – 1/5
    • Sweet Talk(Susan Mallery) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Shifting Gears(Riley Hart) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On chapter 14/39

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 2/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 3/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: finish side 1 of border – up to row 31/56
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: start blanket – 5 rows

Sunday Summary: New RoWnd, New Month

It’s a brand new month and the start of a new Round of words in 80 days, or RoW80 for short. I’ll have my goals below. First, I have my final March update. Which turned out to be pretty good over all.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 15/25 sheets for Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7) – did the general character mind map. 2/5 mind maps done

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 17315/~35000 words, 4548 this week. Not even close to how long I thought it would be. But I may add more during revisions. Still, the first draft is DONE!!!!!
    • He raised an eyebrow at her, and she couldn’t help smiling. “Raina convinced me extra whipped cream makes everything better.”
      That brought a low chuckle from him. “Of course she did,” he said, bending to kiss his daughter’s head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3076/5000 words, 1066 this week
    • Melanie & Garren – 2183/~1000 words, first draft DONE!
    • Hawk – 1013/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words – 1662/2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 2114 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 20/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon.
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday(3/15) afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this last Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Close Contact(Lori Foster) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • Zero Hour(Megan Erickson) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday night.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 10/5
    • Once Upon a Marquess(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Rock Hard(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday morning.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 19/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 24/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 27/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Started the border, 25/56 rows of side 1

And a look at how I’m doing so far this year:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge: Outline
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields 2: Outline
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert, CO) : Title & Outline – more than halfway through Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Craving You(Kurztown) & Heart to Heart: Outlines – started brainstorming Craving You

Drafting:

  • Primary: Finish 4 in Progress drafts
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields
    • Whatever It Takes
    • High on Loving You
    • By the Gun – added 5279 words
  • Secondary: Draft 5 new novels
    • Flames of Knowledge
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
    • Nowhere to Run
    • Craving You(Erik & Jeff’s story)
    • Heart to Heart(stand-alone)
  • Tertiary: Side Projects – finish 10 first drafts – 1/10
    • One Chance(Melanie & Garren)
  • Stretch: Jonas & Isaac – 1st draft

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta editshave through Chapter 9 edited
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • Tertiary: Law of Choice – send to CP
  • Stretch: Transfer 5 projects from One Note to Scrivener – 1/5

Publishing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal
  • Tertiary: Law of Choice
  • Stretch: 2 collections of short stories

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 250 books – 62/250
  • Secondary: Listen 50 books – 25/50

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 30/31(I know I missed one, but I’m counting this as accomplished anyway).
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – have all these scheduled to go up in April
  • Tertiary: Story a Day(May & September)
  • Stretch: Patreon – 24 posts – 5/24

Crafting:

  • Knit: 6 projects – 1/6
  • Crochet: 6 projects – 2/6

And now for new goals!

Rownd 2

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Take Me to Church(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John) – 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
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages
  • 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
  • Listen: 15 books

Social Media:

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

Crafting:

  • Knit – 3 projects
  • Crochet – 2 projects

And now for the monthly goals:

April

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
  • Secondary: Take Me to Church – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books
  • Listen: 5 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 0/21 posts
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 0/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket

 

 

Writing Wednesday: Adjusting

I decided to adjust my writing routine a bit this week. Actually, I’ve already done it twice. Lately I’ve been bouncing between projects in 5 minute intervals. Which is a good method when I can’t seem to focus on anything. But, I didn’t feel like doing that anymore. So, on Monday, I decided to randomly choose which project I’d work on during each of my five hourly writing sessions. And that worked pretty well. And yet, I decided to change it up again on Tuesday. Then, I decided to work through each of my goals for the day before moving on to the next. So, I worked on a scene for High on Loving You first. That took the whole first session(it ended up being a long scene). I’d gotten ahead on my editing for the week, so I skipped over that one. During the second session, I finished filling in the antagonist sheet, did the first pass through on the short story I just finished drafting(which means basically filling in details I left blank during drafting), added 200 words to another side project, and wrote a few lines in the notebook for Jonas & Isaac’s story. I think this is going to be the way I handle my goals. At least for now.

And over the weekend, I did get my hair cut. Woo hoo! Last time was back at the beginning of November, and 4.5 months is way too long for me to go. So, now it’s short again. And I’m happy. The girl got hers trimmed & the boy got his cut as well and some dyed spikes(which washed out in the shower that night). And we picked up our new glasses.

And now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday again!! Woohoo! 😀 Jumping ahead into the middle(ish) of the next scene. They’re talking about a kid(almost 18, but still a kid) who comes by the center where Isaac works. I have 25 sentences today(3-28).

“Dee wants to keep working for Connie at the ranch after they graduate. Kevin wants them to go to college. Dee doesn’t have any desire to even give it a try.”

Jonas knew what that was like. His mother had desperately wanted him to go to college like Arcelia planned to. Which was why he hadn’t told anyone before going to the recruitment office. He hadn’t been cut out for more school but had been afraid his mom’s disappointment would sway him from his plan.

“Maybe I could talk to Dee.”

“They don’t want to join the army, either. They want to work with horses.”

“No, I got that. I meant about parental expectations you just can’t bring yourself to meet.”

Isaac stared at him for a long moment. “You’ve got to be kidding. Your mother has never been anything but proud of you, even back in high school. You didn’t even have to do anything to get that from her.”

Jonas shifted in his seat, glancing away from Isaac. “I let her down. She gave up so much so we’d have it better than she did, even better than what she’d given Toby. I could have gotten a scholarship. She’d already started telling people both me and Arcelia would be going to college. I thought I could see her heart break when I finally told her I wasn’t. But, I was afraid I would have let her down more if I did.”

Apparently it was the day for being honest and vulnerable. He was ready for that to be over.

Or, Jonas, you could keep being open and have less problems in the future. Hah. Not this stubborn boy. 😉 And just a note: his mother has never said he let her down, likely never even felt it. That’s pretty much all in his head/his own fears.

And even though RoW80 is on break right now(starting back up 4/2 for the next round), I have my usual mid-week check-in. Break? I don’t think I know the meaning of that word. 😉

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 13/24 sheets for Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 17315/~35000 words, 4548 this week. Not even close to how long I thought it would be. But I may add more during revisions. Still, the first draft is DONE!!!!!
    • He raised an eyebrow at her, and she couldn’t help smiling. “Raina convinced me extra whipped cream makes everything better.”
      That brought a low chuckle from him. “Of course she did,” he said, bending to kiss his daughter’s head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2629/5000 words, 619 this week
    • Melanie & Garren – 2183/~1000 words, first draft DONE!
    • Hawk – 444/1000 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
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 1674 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 17/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon.
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday(3/15) afternoon. At 37%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this last Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Close Contact(Lori Foster) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. On page 83/364
    • Zero Hour(Megan Erickson) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. On page 80/290
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 9/5
    • Once Upon a Marquess(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Rock Hard(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 4/39

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 16/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 24/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 27/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together. Sewed on the 8 triangles. Started the border, 13/56 rows of side 1

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