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Writing Wednesday: A Better Start

So, this week has started off better than the last one. At least as it comes to interruptions to my routine. Word count is roughly the same(actually a little lower because I didn’t write anything Monday that I count towards the goal). Monday was mostly spent on reading and getting stuff done around the house(I got almost all the laundry done in 1 day). Though I did work on getting beta notes for chapter 4 of Stained Blood copied into Scrivener. And during our daily afternoon sprint on Twitter, I worked on Jonas & Isaac(which I don’t count toward word goal because it’s all by hand).

Tuesday I made some good progress, particularly on side projects. And some progress on a couple main projects. I’m hoping to make even more progress today. I’ll get to more on that progress in a bit. But, first it’s WiPPet Wednesday!!! I’ve got more with Jonas & Isaac today. I have 8 paragraphs today(10-18). Jonas has been stopping by the youth center but it’s always been when Isaac isn’t around. Isaac and Konner are talking about that here.

“So what do you want me to do? Tell him you’re here by lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays? Or to stop stalking you?”

Isaac laughed. “You know that’s not what he’s doing. He just hasn’t figured out what to do with himself now that he isn’t a soldier. Anyway, you said he gave tips on setting up the soccer practices. And he stayed later Wednesday to talk to a few of the older boys. So, he’s helping. I don’t see a problem with him hanging around then.”

“That’s good to know,” Konner said, breaking into a grin. “Because he’s in the gym with some of the older kids right now. Last I knew, they were kicking a ball around, but that might have changed.”

Kicking a ball around? How was he managing that? And was it reminding him of all he’d lost? He dropped his bag behind the desk then started toward the area of the center that held the small gym. Konner chuckled behind him, the bastard. If he didn’t know better, he’d think Konner had kept Jonas here just for this reason.

The hell of it was, he just might have. Konner could be a sneaky son of a bitch when he thought it was necessary.

Not that it was right now. Of course.

He stepped into the gym and just stood for a moment. The kids were indeed kicking around a soccer ball. Derek stood on the other side of the room, hands on their hips, watching Jonas. Isaac wasn’t sure he could stop doing the same thing. Jonas was doing drills with the kids, from the bench. Calling out directions, throwing or kicking the ball to one of the kids, easily catching a ball that came his way.

He was in his element. And beautiful with it.

Oh, Isaac, you are so sunk. Might as well give in now. 😉 Not that I can make it that easy for them, of course.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal met/finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Act 1 beat sheet. 6/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 13645/35000 words Off Target(about 6k below target)

    • Still Burning
    • Whatever It Takes – 673 words
    • High on Loving You – 848 words
    • By the Gun – 198 words
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 3774/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 175 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 158 words
    • Roman – 171 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 106 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 259 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 245 words
    • Hawk – 92 words
    • Sean & Braeden – monthly goal met
    • Melanie & Garren – 117 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 17/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 1/24 chapters,  got Chapter 4 back, copied notes for 3/3 scenes into Scrivener, edited 1/3 scenes  Target in Sight
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 6/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 6/5 Bullseye!
    • Lord of Shadows(Cassandra Clare) – Started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 19/30
  • Read: 30 books – 13/30 Off Target
    • Fear No Evil(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday night. Finished this Sunday night. The length it took me to read doesn’t really reflect my enjoyment(because I did like it) but more that other stuff kept coming up. Stupid other stuff. 😉
    • Midnight Sun(Kat Martin) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening. Enjoyed it, though there was one part(inheriting memories from like her great-great(?) grandmother) that was a bit more than I can suspend my disbelief.
    • Revenants(Christina Olson) – Started this Tuesday night. At 40%.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 11/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 18/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf
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Writing Wednesday: Routine Askew

This past weekend was our town’s homecoming, which I talked a bit about on Sunday. Won’t rehash all that here. Saturday I also said good-bye to my wedding ring for about 2 weeks(engagement & wedding ring are fused together and engagement ring needs repaired). Feels very odd to be without the only piece of jewelry I ever really wear.

Last Friday, the kids came home with a note that one of the 5th grade teachers had passed away. Apparently he’d been battling cancer. Neither of my kids have had him(the girl is only in 4th grade now), so they don’t seem to be too affected by this. But, today will be an early dismissal because of the funeral. The kids also had Monday off, so this throws my routine off even more(and wow, that sounded really callous, but I didn’t know the guy either. Still I didn’t mean to sound heartless). Still, I have managed to make progress on just about all my goals this week.

And now, it’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday! So, I’ve got more from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have 3 paragraphs(1+0+1+1=3).This is from the end of the next chapter and takes place the day after their kiss. Jonas stopped at the youth center where Isaac volunteers a lot of his time. And there was some flirting and sexual tension going on. But, now Isaac is leaving, too. The day before, he felt like someone was watching him when he left his house but brushed it off as paranoia. But, now:

When he stepped out of the center, he once again felt those eyes on him. He shook the feeling off, though. It had just been an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend. That’s why he felt so unsettled. Not because someone was watching him. Who would even want to?

No, he just needed to get back to his usual routine. Then, everything would go back to normal. The kiss and today’s visit from Jonas had just thrown him off. That’s all this was.

He was sure of it.

You absolutely sure, Isaac? Once can be brushed off, but twice? Maybe you’re not so paranoid because of your father’s release. (*Hint*: he’s not).

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Event Brainstorm 2 & Locations. 4/9 sections On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 9623/35000 words Off Target
    • Still Burning – 2390 words
      • He dropped onto the couch, not having the energy to make it all the way to his bedroom. Why bother anyway? The last time he’d been in there, Jess had been with him. And the last thing he needed right now, was reminders of that. He’d never get any sleep.
    • Whatever It Takes –
    • High on Loving You – 1256 words
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 2009/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 131 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 117 words
    • Roman – 146 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 188 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 140 words
    • Mike & Fadil –
    • Hawk –
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 8/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 0/24 chapters, typed up notes for 2/2 scenes from Chapter 3, finished writing new scene Off Target
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters Not even sighted in yet
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 3/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 5/5 Bullseye!
    • Taming Cross(Ella James) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On Chapter 23/36
  • Read: 30 books – 10/30 Slightly Off Target
    • Drive(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it but didn’t feel really drawn in until closer to the end. Still going to continue the series.
    • Picture Her Bound(Sidney Bristol) – Read this Monday morning. It was a shorter one, but really enjoyed it.
    • One True Pairing(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • One Snowy Night(Jill Shalvis) – Read this Monday night. Great novella. Loved it.
    • Accidentally on Purpose(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 6/20 posts On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 On Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 11/53 rounds of cable pattern done Target in sight
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Writing Wednesday: Some Hope

Sunday we went out for breakfast for my husband’s birthday. After breakfast, he dropped the girl and me at Barnes & Noble. I got The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo(I haven’t started reading the stories yet, but just the pictures in the book are beautiful). The girl got the next two books in the series she’s been reading.Had an issue with the girl trying to smuggle a stuffed cat out in her sweatshirt pocket. Thankfully, I noticed while we were in line and told her she had to pay for it if she wanted it. While we waited for husband to come get us, we had a talk about how that is stealing and that is wrong. 10 years, and I didn’t think I’d have to have that talk. Hopefully won’t have to have it again.

Other than that, the day went pretty well. I took another box of books to the bookstore(and bought 2 new ones). Took some baby clothes to Once Upon a Child and made almost $12. They didn’t take very much, but at least that’s some extra spending money for me. And we’d thought we lost the boy’s wallet, but I finally found it. It had slipped into the back of his booster seat in the truck. *phew* And he got his first hunting permit(with the mentor permit, he can go, but he can’t carry the rifle while they’re walking and he has to be with an adult at all times). He’s excited about that.

And now it’s Wednesday, which means WiPPet Time! With all the awfulness in the world lately, I figured I’d share a more hopeful snippet. So, I’m skipping ahead a bit in Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have 5 paragraphs(10+4=14=1+4=5) from the end of Chapter 6. They’re at Jonas’ nephew’s birthday party. And Jonas is having some issues handling some things. Jonas went off to an empty room to get his mind to settle, and Isaac followed him. The first line is Isaac:

“No one expects you to right away. Well, except for you apparently. You always were harder on yourself than anyone else could be.”

Jonas’ lips tipped up. “Santiago used to say that, too.”

“You still miss him.”

“I do. We weren’t a couple for more than three years, but it hurts knowing I’ll never be able to just call him up again.”

Isaac couldn’t stop himself from reaching up to brush his fingers over Jonas’ cheek. Didn’t stop himself from leaning forward. He knew it was foolish, his mind kept screaming that at him. But, he still pressed his lips to Jonas’.

Ah, finally! 😀 Will it be smooth sailing ahead now?(Haha, Oh Fallon, you are funny.) 😉

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit – Finished Subplot Arc & Event Brainstorm 1. 2/9 sections

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 2639/35000 words
    • Still Burning – 2337 words(weekly goal met!)
      • “You were taken care of. What more could I want with you? And now you can help me.”
        “What the hell are you talking about?” He could barely get the words out through the fire burning in his throat. Who did this guy think he was? Not much more than a fucking sperm donor, but he acted like Austin owed him something for that. He didn’t think so.
    • Whatever It Takes – 302 words
    • High on Loving You
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 991/4500 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 149 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 132 words
    • Roman – 115 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 121 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 133 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 217 words
    • Hawk – 124 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 0/25 pages. I did start the first page, just haven’t finished it yet.

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 0/24 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits once I get them – 0/25 chapters
  • Stretch: Love Who You Love – type from Word to Scrivener – 1/11 chapters

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 3/5
    • Say You’re Sorry(Melinda Leigh) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hamilton: The Revolution(Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved this.
    • The Conspiracy of Us(Maggie Hall) – Started this Tuesday evening(this is a re-listen for me before I start listening to the final book). Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Map of Fates(Maggie Hall) – Got this downloaded to my phone again. But haven’t started listening.
  • Read: 30 books – 1/30
    • Jackson’s Trust(Violet Duke) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Liked it, but there was a thing that happened at maybe 75%(or a little before) that came out of the middle of nowhere. And I was like…really? Plus, the character it happened to, you don’t even see it from their point of view. Just the other character hearing about it. So, that took the enjoyment down for me.
    • Deceived(Kate SeRine) – Started this Monday afternoon. At 45%

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 1/20 posts
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday. 2/6 rounds of ribbing done.
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf

Writing Wednesday: Social Recovering

I had a very social weekend. On Friday, my husband dropped the dogs off at a local kennel where they could run and play, since we’d be gone all weekend. Then, we waited for the kids to get home, packed everything in the truck, and took the kids to the campground where my mom and stepdad were staying for the weekend. And we made our way to Seven Springs, a resort south of Pittsburgh. That’s where the regional rally for the motorcycle club we ride with was being held. There were people from stations of the club from all over the country(the furthest I saw was I think Wisconsin). We had pizza Friday night. We didn’t drink, though even if we were big drinkers, at $5 for a little cup of beer, I don’t think we would have anyway. Saturday morning we went on a ride out to the Flight 93 memorial and then to the site of the Quecreek Mine Rescue. Saturday night there was a nice dinner. Sunday we got up, had breakfast at our hotel(we didn’t stay at the resort, which was about 2x the price of our hotel 12 miles away), and headed home. It was a really good weekend, but I may still be recovering from all the social time.

I had a Mellow Monday, but ended up writing a little over 3000 words yesterday. I may not have gotten that if I’d pushed myself on Monday. So, I think Mellow Monday will be sticking around.

And now for WiPPet Wednesday! I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story(probably will be for a while at least). This happens shortly after last week’s. Jonas is just getting home, feeling sore from walking to and from the bus stop and his thoughts are spiraling to a not great place. A little context on Jonas & Toby’s relationship. They’re half-brothers, Toby is about 16 years older than Jonas & his twin sister. Their father died when the twins were about 6/7. Toby stepped in to help his mother then. So, that’s what Toby refers back to at the beginning here. I have 36 sentences(9+27) for today.

Toby stepped out of the living room, Catarina on his shoulders. “Where have you been?” he asked.

“Out,” he snapped. “Don’t worry about it. You aren’t my father.”

Toby jerked back at that, but then a smile crossed his face. “Damn, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard that.”

“Fuck you,” he said and started past him.

But his good knee gave out on him, bringing him down hard on the crutch. He cried out then Toby was catching him. “What the hell did you do? Try to run a marathon?”

“Funny,” he said through clenched teeth. “Just need to lay down. Tired.”

“No, you need to take a damn pain pill. When’s the last time you took one?”

The day before, after his physical therapy session. But, he wasn’t going to tell his brother that. Toby put an arm under his shoulders. Catarina was scampering into the living room, so she must have gotten down at some point. “Come on,” he said. As he guided Jonas toward the den, he said, “I get it. I really do, Jonas. I grew up with an addict for a mother. You only got the cleaned up version of her. So, I get not wanting to risk that. But, all you’re doing is hurting yourself. And Mom, too. She sees what you’re doing and don’t think she doesn’t know why.”

Jonas cringed at that. He didn’t want to hurt her. But, there were already times he could hardly think about anything except taking the next pill. Anything to make the pain go away.

He dropped onto his bed in the den, burying his face in his pillow. “I should have just died with them.”

Oh, Jonas. Just want to dive into the notebook and hug him. Though, this is a bit of a turning point for him, when he realizes he might just need to ask for some help.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields: Book 1 – Story Toolkit – finished the third character arc worksheet  8c/18
  • Secondary: Plan out weekly Story a Day offeringsPlotted 20/20 so far. On target.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 45000 words on 5 main projects(one almost complete) – 24289/45000 words Off target
    • Still Burning – 1704 words
    • Whatever It Takes
    • High on Loving You
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 5306/10000 words A little off target
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 52 words
    • Roman
    • Dougal & Shae
    • Jacob & Matthew – 185 words
      • At this rate, he wouldn’t even be able to hold the cards tonight. But, he didn’t really care.
    • Mike & Fadil
    • Hawk
    • Sean & Braeden
    • Melanie & Garren
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages on Jonas & Isaac project – 23/50 pages Off target

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – edited 3/3 scenes from Chapter 2. Found out OK has been in use since about 1839, but it wasn’t spelled out as okay until about 1929, so had to rephrase something. 🙂 Added 560 words.
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal when I get it back
  • Stretch: Edit Preggers short story – Polished 9/49 items

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 24/30 Fell Off Target
    • Of Dreams and Rust(Sarah Fine) – Started this Monday(9/4) morning. At 14%. Not sure if it’s because it’s been so long since I read the first book or what, but I find myself not really caring. So setting this aside until I finish the other books on this month’s list(or at least for the week). Then, I may try to pick it back up.
    • When Skies Have Fallen(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday morning. Loved it.
    • The Melody of You and Me(M Hollis) – Read this Sunday. It was short, and I had some issues, mostly it felt really passive, but it was a sweet, cute story, and I enjoyed it.
    • Virgin River(Robyn Carr) – Started this Sunday afternoon, finished it Sunday night. This one felt like a lot of nothing happened. I wasn’t sure about adding the next book, but I decided to anyway. Though I’m surprised my eyes didn’t roll out of my head with ever use of ‘fanny'(seriously, what is so wrong with saying butt. It’s a freaking body part), or the fact that apparently the hero has a magic penis(or magic sperm, I guess), since the heroine couldn’t get pregnant after 3 years of trying with her late husband, but magically the first time they’re together, she does. If I have similar issues with book 2, I won’t be continuing the series.
    • Into the Night(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Marian(Ella Lyons) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Out of the Blue(Jill Shalvis) – Read this Tuesday night. This was a shorter one(category length) and older one(from 2000), so it had a few eye-rolling moments, but it was a fun, sweet read.
  • Secondary: Listen to 6 books – 5/6 Close to target
    • Hold Me Close(Rosalind James) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Girl in the Shadows(Gwenda Bond) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 5/47.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – I did read a little more of The Story of the Irish Race for GH & SF.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post weekly Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts –  On target
  • Secondary: Write & Post 25 Story a Day pieces – 22/25 written. 18/25 posted On target
    • Changing History
    • Birth – takes place after the end of Jonas & Isaac’s story
    • Dazzling Sunset – a bit with Ian and Aidan, from my short story, Hang On.
    • Looking Up – a bit of a “meet cute” for 2 new characters.
    • Moving Forward – a bit of ‘after ever after’ for Jonas & Isaac(though it comes before ‘Birth’.
    • Not Twins – continuation to my Preggers story, not posted
    • Motive – More Jonas & Isaac, combined with Stream of Consciousness Saturday
    • Breaking Rules – A quick 100 words of dialogue without quotation marks(prompt was to break some rules).
    • Konner & Derek – Wrote this by hand then dictated to my phone(both methods I don’t typically use).
    • Rapunzel, Rapunzel – a bit of a gender-bent modernized version of Rapunzel, featuring Konner & Derek.
    • A Good Sign – more with Konner & Derek, something that happens off page in Jonas & Isaac’s story.
    • Like This Forever – more of Jonas & Isaac’s story, a bit emotional
    • Slanting Sunlight – continuation of Looking Up
    • Never Believe – a bit with Isaac shortly after him and Jonas break up.
    • End of the Party – more with Jonas & Isaac
    • The Monster – A really short one(125 words)
    • The News – more with Jonas & Isaac, this would be after the end of their story.
    • Protect You – Continuation of The Monster. Another attempted drabble(that went over 100 words again).
    • Aiding and Abetting – Happens either during Whatever It Takes or sometime after. Jared breaks a law, but with good reason(at least to his thinking).
    • Last Minute Sitter – Lyndi & Marika (from Preggers short story) getting ready to leave on their honeymoon. Not posted.
    • Just Sibling Stuff – more with Jonas, probably takes place during Jonas & Isaac. Toby is watching his brother’s kids and has to deal with a situation(which seems to be a common occurrence in our house).
    • Discrepancy – Anna finds her boss acting suspiciously, then a discrepancy in funds.
  • Stretch: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 – posted a monthly writing update & posted Chapter 2 of Patrick & Sarah’s story. On target

Writing Wednesday:

I instituted my first Mellow Monday this week. And I finished reading 3 books in one day. 1 was short, and I’d actually started it Sunday night. But, I’m still counting it. My word count for the week is a little low. But, I’m hoping to catch up there, too.

Yesterday my kids had their yearly check-ups, so that cut into my day a bit. Picked them up early from school and took them up for that. Both are in good health and still right along the same growth curve they’ve been on since birth. The girl is at about 35% for both height and weight. For the boy, that’s about 70% for height and 40% for weight(so basically tall & skinny, which I could see for myself.;) ) Which is basically how his dad was as a kid from what I’ve been told and his dad as well. They both got the flu shot, and that was it. So, they’re good for the next year, as long as neither of them get sick.

Today, I don’t have anything that needs to take me away from the house. Tomorrow is Open House night at the school, but that’s not until 6, so plenty of time to get stuff done. On Friday we’re dropping the kids at my mom’s and going out of town for the weekend, so I won’t be getting much done then.

But, for now, I have another bit of Jonas & Isaac’s story for WiPPet Wednesday. For today I have 29 sentences(9+20. Simple math today). This is just shortly after last week’s. Konner has left them alone to talk.

“You want to sit or something?” Isaac asked. He didn’t think staying up on those crutches could be that comfortable.

“I’m fine,” Jonas said, though his jaw was still tight. “Toby came to bring me home for the weekend.” Isaac figured Toby must not have spoken to Jonas since then, since Isaac already knew that. “He told me, Isaac.”

Isaac kept his gaze on the floor. He wanted to look Jonas in the face, but it hurt. Not just seeing the scars there, but the pain that was evident in the rigid line of his jaw and in those dark eyes he’d always loved looking into.

“Told you what?” He didn’t even know why he was playing. Toby had told him he’d let Jonas know.

“About your dad. That he’s about to be released. Are you okay?”

Isaac’s head snapped up at that. “That’s why you’re here? The only reason you’d come to see me is because you think I’m falling apart because my asshole father is getting out of jail.” He didn’t know why he was surprised. Still, it hurt.

“I was worried about you,” Jonas said.

Just like Toby had told him. It didn’t help this ache in his chest, though. “Well, don’t be. I’ve got it handled. There are people who never left me who will stand around me.”

“You broke up with me,” Jonas reminded him. Like he really needed to.

“Because you were already planning to leave.”

Ouch. Will they get past this? is that really the only reason Jonas came to see him? Will he admit the real reason?

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields: Book 1 – Story Toolkit – finished the first character arc worksheet  8a/18
  • Secondary: Plan out weekly Story a Day offeringsPlotted 13/15 so far. The others from the second set of prompts aren’t really plottable(write in opposite setting from last time/write opposite your usual method). On target.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 45000 words on 5 main projects(one almost complete) – 18477/45000 words Off target
    • Still Burning – 512 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 310 words
    • High on Loving You – 505 words
    • By the Gun –
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 4456/10000 words A little off target
    • Tavin & Haiwee –
    • Roman –
    • Dougal & Shae –
    • Jacob & Matthew –
    • Mike & Fadil–
    • Hawk –
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages on Jonas & Isaac project – 20/50 pages Off target

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – got Chapter 2 back last night. Will start edits later today.
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal when I get it back
  • Stretch: Edit Preggers short story – Polished 9/49 items

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 17/30 Fell Off Target
    • Of Dreams and Rust(Sarah Fine) – Started this Monday(9/4) morning. At 14%. Not sure if it’s because it’s been so long since I read the first book or what, but I find myself not really caring. So setting this aside until I finish the other books on this month’s list(or at least for the week). Then, I may try to pick it back up.
    • If I Should Die(Allison Brennan) – Started this Friday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Love Is Murder(Allison Brennan) – Read this Sunday afternoon. This was a novella in the back of If I Should Die. I’m counting it as 2 books, since this was another 100 pages(it’s my list, I can cheat if I want. 😉 ) Enjoyed this one too.
    • Ash & the Prince(Katie Doyle) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday morning. This is one I’ve had in my ‘free’ collection for quite some time. Didn’t really get into it, but it was short, so I kept reading.
    • Red Blooded(Caitlin Sinead) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Enjoyed this one.
    • Mature Content(Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Oh, I loved this so much!!!!!
    • Star Cruise: Outbreak(Veronica Scott) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen to 6 books – 2/6 Close to target
    • Beautiful Broken Rules(Kimberly Lauren) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 14/21.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – I did read a little more of The Story of the Irish Race for GH & SF.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post weekly Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts –  On target
  • Secondary: Write & Post 25 Story a Day pieces – 17/25 written. 14/25 posted On target
    • Changing History
    • Birth – takes place after the end of Jonas & Isaac’s story
    • Dazzling Sunset – a bit with Ian and Aidan, from my short story, Hang On.
    • Looking Up – a bit of a “meet cute” for 2 new characters.
    • Moving Forward – a bit of ‘after ever after’ for Jonas & Isaac(though it comes before ‘Birth’.
    • Not Twins – continuation to my Preggers story, not posted
    • Motive – More Jonas & Isaac, combined with Stream of Consciousness Saturday
    • Breaking Rules – A quick 100 words of dialogue without quotation marks(prompt was to break some rules).
    • Konner & Derek – Wrote this by hand then dictated to my phone(both methods I don’t typically use).
    • Rapunzel, Rapunzel – a bit of a gender-bent modernized version of Rapunzel, featuring Konner & Derek.
    • A Good Sign – more with Konner & Derek, something that happens off page in Jonas & Isaac’s story.
    • Like This Forever – more of Jonas & Isaac’s story, a bit emotional
    • Slanting Sunlight – continuation of Looking Up
    • Never Believe – a bit with Isaac shortly after him and Jonas break up.
    • End of the Party – more with Jonas & Isaac
    • The Monster – A really short one(125 words)
    • The News – more with Jonas & Isaac, this would be after the end of their story.
  • Stretch: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 – posted a monthly writing update & posted Chapter 2 of Patrick & Sarah’s story. On target

Writing Wednesday: Sleeping In

I don’t usually have a problem waking up early. Sometimes I do it even without an alarm. Even on weekends I’m usually up before 6. But, Friday I didn’t wake up until 6:30. Since the kids’ bus comes a little after 7, at least they were already up and getting dressed. Monday morning I slept until 5:30. Not too bad, but later than I’d like, since I like getting some writing done before the kids wake up. Tuesday I was up at my usual time, then this morning I woke at 3 but couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I put my phone down and went back to sleep. Until 6. So, that puts my whole schedule behind, but I can work with that.

I’ve decided to once again implement Mellow Monday. I’ve come to the realization that I need to take at least one day off a week. Just throw a middle finger up to my brain that says I’m not doing enough…no matter how much I’m actually getting done. Because usually by Thursday, I’m just…done. So, I figure if I take Monday off from writing(I’ll probably still do my Story a Day first thing this month and then maybe something laid back after that) and use it mainly as a reading day, this will help. Also, since we’re usually running around on weekends, and that also is when we’re most often social, it gives me a chance to recover from that(I am so not a social person). I did that Monday afternoon, after staring at my screen while trying to work on a story where usually the words flow, and I had…nothing. Tuesday was a much more productive day, so I think it helped.

Now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday time!! This blog hop, hosted by the inimitable Emily Wrayburn, is a place to share a snippet of a current work in progress that somehow pertains to the date. Today I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have 22 sentences(9+13) from a little later in the scene I shared from last week. Jonas has just come in to hear Isaac say he still loves him while he’s in Konner’s arms.

Konner shifted away, looking past Isaac. “Guess you must be Jonas, then.”

Isaac turned and watched Jonas’ gaze shift from him to Konner. “What gave you the first clue?”

Isaac twisted his head and saw Konner grinning. Of course. Very little kept him from doing that. No matter how rude someone got, Konner just kept grinning away. It had a tendency to disarm people.

“Well, you did basically just announce it,” he said. “And you look a lot like your older brother, so that doesn’t hurt.”

“So, it’s got nothing to do with the leg?” he asked, and Isaac thought he caught a hint of a smile.

“Didn’t get past the face actually.” He looked back at Isaac. “I get it now.”

“Get what?” Jonas asked, all traces of smile gone now. But, Konner kept his gaze on Isaac.

“Why you still haven’t been able to get over him. It bothered me back when we were dating, but I get it now. He’s a fine specimen. And all that emotion simmering under the surface. Yeah, I get it.”

How is Jonas going to react to that? Is Konner right? I should have a little more from this scene next week. You can go check out the other WiPPeteers here.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields: Book 1 – Story Toolkit – got through Major Plot Points, finished 2 protagonist character sheets, started 3rd character sheet 5b/18
  • Secondary: Plan out weekly Story a Day offeringsPlotted 8/25(guessing on this number right now) so far. The others from the second set of prompts aren’t really plottable(write in opposite setting from last time/write opposite your usual method). On target.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 45000 words on 5 main projects(one almost complete) – 13326/45000 words Off target
    • Still Burning – 854 words
    • Whatever It Takes –
    • High on Loving You – 287 words
    • By the Gun – 299 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 3412/10000 words Near target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 160 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 29 words
    • Roman – 229 words
    • Dougal & Shae –
    • Jacob & Matthew – 188 words
    • Mike & Fadil–57 words
    • Hawk – 103 words
    • Sean & Braeden –
    • Melanie & Garren –
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages on Jonas & Isaac project – 11/50 pages Off target

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal when I get it back
  • Stretch: Edit Preggers short story – Filled in detail

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 10/30 Fell Off Target
    • Of Dreams and Rust(Sarah Fine) – Started this Monday(9/4) morning. At 14%. Not sure if it’s because it’s been so long since I read the first book or what, but I find myself not really caring. So setting this aside until I finish the other books on this month’s list(or at least for the week). Then, I may try to pick it back up.
    • See No Evil(Allison Brennan) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • Edge of Control(Trish Loye) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Yours to Keep(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Really enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen to 6 books – 1/6 Close to target
    • A Court of Wings and Ruin(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 18/84. Had some reservations about this because of things I heard when it was coming out. But, I still wanted to finish the trilogy.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – I did read a little more of The Story of the Irish Race for GH & SF.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post weekly Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts –  On target
  • Secondary: Write & Post 25 Story a Day pieces – 11/25 written. 8/25 posted On target
    • Changing History
    • Birth – takes place after the end of Jonas & Isaac’s story
    • Dazzling Sunset – a bit with Ian and Aidan, from my short story, Hang On.
    • Looking Up – a bit of a “meet cute” for 2 new characters.
    • Moving Forward – a bit of ‘after ever after’ for Jonas & Isaac(though it comes before ‘Birth’.
    • Not Twins – continuation to my Preggers story, not posted
    • Motive – More Jonas & Isaac, combined with Stream of Consciousness Saturday
    • Breaking Rules – A quick 100 words of dialogue without quotation marks(prompt was to break some rules).
    • Konner & Derek – Wrote this by hand then dictated to my phone(both methods I don’t typically use).
    • Rapunzel, Rapunzel – a bit of a gender-bent modernized version of Rapunzel, featuring Konner & Derek.
    • A Good Sign – more with Konner & Derek, something that happens off page in Jonas & Isaac’s story.
  • Stretch: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 – posted a monthly writing update & posted Chapter 2 of Patrick & Sarah’s story. On target

Writing Wednesday: Drained

I felt completely drained yesterday. I think there were a couple reasons for that. Weeks beginning with a holiday usually throw me off anyway. Having kids and husband home for Labor Day means an upset to my routine. Of course, I actually got a good bit done on Monday. Then, Tuesday morning I woke up at 1:30. Couldn’t fall back asleep. So, I decided to just get up around 3. I wrote until 5, did some other stuff and when I came back to write during the next two-hour block, I just stared at the computer. I ended up doing chores then…just reading pretty much. I didn’t touch any of my stories the rest of the day(well, except for Jonas & Isaac I did write another page and a half, maybe, of them). I’m adjusting how I get things done and just about have Heart of Christmas finished as I write this. And it’s done! So, I’ll be working an hour on each of my projects in 2 hour blocks, so I still have those 2 hours of non-writing between.

But right now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday. Today I have 7 paragraphs(9+6+2+0+1+7=25=2+5=7) from Jonas & Isaac’s story. This is the day after last week’s snippet, and we’re back in Isaac’s POV here.

Isaac unlocked the classroom door, flipping the light switch before stepping in. He never liked walking into a dark room. His father had laid in wait too many times for him to be comfortable with it.

He gave a little shudder at the memory. But, his father was still in prison. Two more weeks. Less than that really. Isaac had finally stopped looking over his shoulder, stopped half-expecting his father to jump out at him around each corner. Would that all start up again?

No. No, he wasn’t going there again. If he did, he still had his therapist’s number programmed in his phone. He just saw him on an as-needed basis, but the option was there.

He grabbed a marker to write on the whiteboard at the front of the room. They were drawing from models this month. Each student brought their own object to focus on. On the board, he wrote ‘Highlighting your model’.

He walked to the back of the room to get everything set up for the class. It was a soothing task for him. Usually he didn’t mind letting his mind wander. But lately it was skipping right to Jonas. And that couldn’t be healthy for him.

“High enough for you?”

Isaac turned from the art supplies he was sorting and burst out laughing. “Konner, put your shirt down.” Not that he’d ever minded seeing that light brown skin on display. Still… “That is not the kind of model we’re using for this class.”

Oh, Konner. Still up to his usual antics. 😉

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields: Book 1 – Story Toolkit – starting this when I finish drafting Heart of Christmas.
  • Secondary: Plan out weekly Story a Day offerings Plotted 6/25(guessing on this number right now) so far. This mostly consists of jotting down a few sentences for what the prompt brings to mind. I have 2 pieces planned for the one prompt. On target.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 45000 words on 5 main projects(one almost complete)7561/45000 words On target
    • Heart of Christmas – 2267 words and 1st draft is finished!
      • “Oh, aye,” he said. “Scatter me to the winds, was it? Don’t you worry. I heard. I will heed the warning.” He winked at Alaina, and she giggled.  *No one seems to take Declan’s threat seriously. Probably for good reason. 😉
    • Still Burning – 1399 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 897 words
    • High on Loving You – 902 words
    • By the Gun – 1082 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 521/10000 words Off target
    • Patrick & Sarah – edited 2 scenes of Chapter 2
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 94 words
    • Roman – 35 words
    • Dougal & Shae
    • Jacob & Matthew – 291 words(weekly goal met)
    • Mike & Fadil
    • Hawk – 40 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 61 words
    • Melanie & Garren
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages on Jonas & Isaac project – 6/50 pages Near target

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal when I get it back
  • Stretch: Edit Preggers short story once it’s finished – I decided not to add the final scene I was thinking of. Think where it’s at is good ending spot(still planning to write that scene for Story a Day, and might end up including it. But for now I’m considering this done)

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 4/30 Near Target
    • The Trouble with Mistletoe(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening. Loved it.
    • Going Down Easy(Carly Phillips) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it, but I’m kind of tired of the “hero was falsely accused of date rape in his past”. Because of course, the woman is always lying(do you hear the sarcasm there?). This was kind of addressed near the end, but still, it almost made me set the book aside.
    • Of Dreams and Rust(Sarah Fine) – Started this Monday morning. At 14%. Not sure if it’s because it’s been so long since I read the first book or what, but I find myself not really caring. So setting this aside until I finish the other books on this month’s list(or at least for the week). Then, I may try to pick it back up.
    • Hard as Steel(Laura Kaye) – Started this Monday afternoon. Tuesday afternoon. Liked it, but it didn’t feel like anything really happened.
    • Three Little Words(Susan Mallery) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On page 222/329
  • Secondary: Listen to 6 books0/6 Off target
    • Prudence(Gail Carriger)  – Carrying this over from August. On Chapter 14/16
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book Target not in sight

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post weekly Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts – Last week: Fiction Friday(Chapter 3 of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(a bit of Jonas & Isaac after the end of their story – combined with Story a Day prompt, linked below), WeWriWa(8 sentences of Hawk’s story), Sunday Summary. On target
  • Secondary: Write & Post 25(5 prompts a week) Story a Day pieces – 3/25 written. 3/25 posted Near target
  • Stretch: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 – posted a monthly writing update this week. On target

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