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Writing Wednesday: Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and today the kids only have half a day of school. No school tomorrow, Friday, or Monday(first day of hunting season is practically a holiday around here). I have mixed feelings about the holiday, especially the sanitized history we’re all taught. But, I won’t go into my rant on the treatment of Native Americans(and how it still hasn’t changed all that much) here. I may get dragged into that at my parents’ tomorrow or some other political discussion(I don’t seem to share many of my family’s views), but I’m really hoping to avoid that by taking my kindle and finding a quiet corner of the house.

Anyway, you’re either here today to read a snippet of a current work or to see my progress for the week so far(possibly both), so I’ll get to that. And I just changed my routine slightly. I had been working on each of my projects every day. And that’s been going okay. But, I’m going to try something different. Working on a different one every day. I’ve done this before, too. I’m going to write from the time I get up in the morning(usually sometime between 4-5) until 9 a.m. Then, I’ll wash dishes, workout(possibly), & get a shower before coming back to work on editing until lunch time. And I’ll take care of the rest of my to-do list in the afternoon. That break between the two seems to help switch my mind over. We’ll see how it goes.

Now, it’s time for another WiPPet Wednesday, where we share a snippet of a current work that somehow relates to the date. You can check out other snippets here. Today I’m working on Crash and Burn, so you’ll get a little more of Brann & Jaya’s story. I have 7 paragraphs(1+1+2+3) for today. A little context: Jaya works out of the fire station as a paramedic. Tony is one of the firefighters there, and he was giving Brann a hard time about wanting to see her(said maybe he should have called her/ brann didn’t have her number/ well maybe there was a reason for that). This picks up right after Brann being afraid the guy might have a point:

“Give it a break, Tony,” a voice said from the next bay over. Then, Jaya was stepping out from behind an ambulance. “I swear sometimes one of you is worse than both my brothers put together.”
Tony grinned and wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “You know we love you.”
She shoved him away, but Brann could still see the smile flickering around her lips. “I’m still not dating you.”
“Well,” Tony said, “my wife in particular will be happy to hear that. I’m a little disappointed, though.”
She laughed and shook her head. “Stop being an idiot. You know I meant in general. Now, go away.”
Brann could feel the grin stretching his face. She came closer as Tony stepped back then finally turned away. “They certainly do act like big brothers,” he said.
“Which is only one reason I refuse to date any of them. I see enough of it at work. I’m not the kind of person that needs to be protected. I certainly don’t want the guy I’m dating to think he has to be some kind of shield.”

What does Brann think about that(he grew up with a sister with a similar mindset if that tells you anything)? Is Tony actually disappointed(hint: NO. He’s very devoted to his wife)? Are Jaya & Brann going to date(spoiler: Absolutely)?

Playing in all the snow we got over the weekend.

Playing in all the snow we got over the weekend.

As for how things are going this week: Pretty good, actually.

  • Write – 10000 words(cutting it back because of the holiday) – 8632/10000 words. Definitely shouldn’t have a problem meeting this goal.
    • Defending the Heart – 1257 words – “You worry about a lot these days, Dec.” When his friend didn’t respond to that, Piers let out a long breath. “Why don’t you do it if you’re so concerned?”
      “Because I’m not the one who’s loved him for the last fifteen years.”
    • Crash and Burn – 3955 words – “So,” he said, bringing his gaze slowly back up to her face. God, she was something. Keeping his hands to himself tonight might just be torture. “Where did you want to go tonight?”
    • Not Meant to Be – 1098 words – “He is not one of your criminals, Tobias. He’s a sweet sixteen-year-old boy who doesn’t have it all that easy at home. That’s why he spends so much time in that park where Jonas met him. He is always welcome in this house. I don’t want you to make him feel otherwise.”
    • Stay a Little Longer – 1234 words – “Ouch, Doren,” Erik said, though his amusement had turned to confusion. “I know you can hold a grudge, but that’s harsh even for you. Hell, you even let me at least speak to Cassie these days without threatening to break my remaining leg.” *I doubt Doren ever actually made that threat, but possibly close. Not that he would actually do it 😉 But, Erik really was an ass in high school, and Cassie was one of his favorite targets.
    • In the Moonlight – 1088 words – “What do you care? You brought your girlfriend with you, and you really think Mom will want to see you, want anything to do with you after that? You know how she feels.” *Nola’s sister is not very nice
  • Guarding the Heart – Polish – I’m through 15/50 words on the list for this. Hoping to get through at least 25 this week.
  • Side Projects – Write 1500 words – 751 words. Managed at least a few words on all of these.
    • Dance with the Devil – 243 words – I was afraid Icarus or even Bull would put me on the detail that was staying here with the Ladies. Worried they’d say that it was too dangerous when the Crows had already attacked me twice. I had all my arguments ready to go. I’d never cared about danger. Hell, I’d been in dangerous situations for years. 
    • Snow White Twist – 124 words – “Hold on, princess,” she whispered hoarsely. “You hold on to that thread of life until I can make this right.”
    • Patrick & Sarah – 115 words – Her reputation in town was already set. That didn’t mean she needed to ruin his as well.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 25 words(would have been more, but I was doing some research) – Eydyami nodded and waited for him to go on. 
    • Roman – 148 words – Roman leaned over the table until their faces were merely inches apart. They were so close, he could see the way the boy’s eyes glistened. His sister had definitely been a tender spot. He wondered if he could hit another one. And if he did, what way it would push Carlos. 
    • Dougal & Shae – 96 words – Dougal knew he shouldn’t have made that comment. It had been inappropriate, and one of his new buddies certainly hadn’t appreciated it. Obviously they knew the woman somehow. Just as co-workers? Or maybe there was more between them. Were they together or something? *or, you know, her brother.
  • Listen: Now That It’s You(Tawna Fenske), I may pick Furious back up if I finish before I get my next credit on Friday. – I finished Now That It’s You yesterday. Really enjoyed this one. Decided not to pick Furious back up, but returned the Kindle Unlimited ones I’d listened to and borrowed more. So, I started Summer in Napa(Marina Adair) and enjoying it so far.
  • Read: Finish Lead Me On(Victoria Dahl), If I Didn’t Care(Kait Nolan), Fly With Me(Chanel Cleeton), Rise of the Storm(Christina Ochs), To One Hundred(Melissa Blue), Fatal Secrets(Allison Brennan), Right Wrong Guy(Lia Riley), Anxious Love(Sydney Aaliyah Michelle), His to Protect(Elena Aitken), Bladelore(Krista Walsh), Raptor(Lindsay Buroker), & Perfect Fit(Carly Phillips) – I doubt I’ll get through all of these. I’m already about 2 books behind. But, we’ll see how the next 2 days go. I could catch up. I finished Lead Me On(really enjoyed) and If I Didn’t Care(loved). I’m a little more than halfway through Fly With Me and enjoying it.
  • Knit: Finish Polly Wolly Doodle Hat – I’m a little more than half through the main part of the hat. wp-1479914037922.jpg



Writing Wednesday: Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I’m actually planning to take the day off. My morning alarm is turned off anyway. So, unless I wake up early on my own(which, granted, is usually the case anyway), I will not be writing tomorrow morning. *cue laughter* Yeah, I’ll probably still be awake at 3:30 and at the computer by 4. So, I guess I should say I’m going to try to take the day off.

We’re going to my mom’s house for dinner around 1 then heading to husband’s stepmom’s around 4. So, it’s going to be a full afternoon/evening. I’ll probably take my kindle, and maybe even a notebook so I can do some plotting if I so wish(because I’m not the sociable type and will probably need a break from people). At least there is no cooking(we’re just taking drinks to my mom’s) and no cleaning up. 🙂

Now, since it is Wednesday, I have another snippet from Scars and All. I’m almost done with the first draft, but since next month is going to be about editing, I will probably still be sharing from this. For this week(11/26), I have 26 lines from Chapter 3.

“Hey, Dor, you in here?”
He turned at the voice and saw his brother standing in the doorway. Even if his two brothers were standing side by side, there wasn’t much to tell you they were twins. Jarrett had their father’s light brown hair while Jeffrey had gotten their mother’s fire red hair, just like he had. Jeff had their mother’s green eyes though. While Doren, Jarrett, and their sister had all gotten their father’s brown ones.
“What are you doing here, Jarrett?”
“Heard about your wreck last night. Wanted to be sure you were all right.”
He could hear the concern in his brother’s voice and bit back a comment about him knowing if he’d been at the track. That wouldn’t be fair. He knew why Jarrett didn’t like to watch him race. The same reason he was here at the garage to check on him at barely eight on a Sunday morning. The twins had hardly been teenagers when he’d been hurt. Jarrett had always been the more sensitive of the two, and seeing him in the hospital had scared him. Even now at nineteen, Jarrett didn’t care for cars and driving.
He smiled at his brother now. “I’m fine, Jare. It wasn’t a big wreck, really. Maybe you can help me fix up the car.”
Jarrett shifted uncomfortably. “I don’t know, Doren. I’m not good with cars.” He glanced toward the pile of ruined tires. “I was wondering something though.”
“What is it?” Doren put his tools back in the drawer. He probably wasn’t going to get any more work done this morning.
“Those tires. You going to be using them for anything?” Jarrett scratched at the back of his neck and didn’t make eye contact.
“I just…I thought…well, maybe I could do something with them.”
Doren felt a little smile tug at one corner of his mouth. “An art something?”
Jarrett just lifted one shoulder, and Doren’s smiled widened. “You know I won’t judge you about art, Jare.” He’d kept his own sketchbook hidden under his mattress for too many years to judge anyone. “Take whatever you need.”
“Thanks, Doren. I’ll pick them up after church if that’s all right.”
“Fine. Where are you going to keep them? Dad’s never cared for you storing the materials in the house. Those wouldn’t fit in your room anyway.”
Jarrett laughed. “Mom finally convinced him to set up part of the garage for me. After all, he set up areas for Jeff to practice his sports in the yard.”
“Good,” Doren said although his own smile dimmed slightly. Talk of their father usually did that. They’d always butted heads, but for the last six years, they could barely be in the same room together.
“He misses you, Doren. I don’t know what happened-”
“Nothing,” Doren muttered. “Not a damn thing.” His father just couldn’t stand to even look at his oldest son anymore.

The first half of this week has gone pretty well. I’ve written over 12500 words so far. I’ve finished just about 8 scenes in Scars and All. It’s now sitting at over 72k. I still have about 6 scenes left to go. So, it’s going to be longer than I’d first predicted. Still hoping to have it finished by the end of the month.

  • Scars and All – finish 1st draft – almost there.
  • At Her Hands – brainstorm – almost done with this too.
  • Read: How to Write Dazzling Dialogue – finish – almost done with this too.
  • Crochet: Easy Crochet Owl – have the front and back of the body done. Planning on doing the head today.

I’ve also read: Trophy Husband(Lauren Blakely), Falling for a Stranger(Barbara Freethy), Broken Forest(Eliza Tilton), and Please Me, Cowboy(Megan Crane). Also started Courage(Carrie Butler) last night.

Hope everyone who celebrates has a good Thanksgiving tomorrow. And if you’re going shopping on Friday, are you crazy? hope you get all the deals you’re looking for. Online deals are the most I’d consider going after Friday.

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