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Writing Wednesday: A Little Slower

I’m not quite as far ahead this week as I was last week. But, I’m still making progress. We had a busy weekend, and the kids have had vacation bible school this week. Mother in law picks them up and takes them in, husband brings them home. Which gives me a few hours in the evening of having the house all to myself.

Not much else going on this week. Though it seems we might finally be lice free. Can I do a happy dance now? Cautiously optimistic right now, since yesterday is the first day I found none when combing through the girl’s hair. For about a week before that, I’d been finding about 2 each day. They just didn’t seem to want to give it up. But, hopefully now they’re gone.

I’m still working on Nowhere to Run this week, so you actually get something from that this week for WiPPet Wednesday. This is just after James and Tracy meet for the first time. James’ brother, and a couple others are taking him out for his 21st birthday. They’ve just ordered him his first drinks. I have 9 paragraphs(1+8 for the day)

James stared at the waitress who had just turned and gone back to the bar with the orders. He wasn’t even sure what the guys had ordered him to drink. He didn’t really care, either. He thought he might already be intoxicated.
What had just happened there?
His brother laughing drew him out of his thoughts. “What’s so funny?” he asked.
“You,” Todd said, still chuckling. “You look like you’ve been pole-axed.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Todd put his arm aver James’ shoulders. “Don’t worry. It’s natural. I’m pretty sure I felt the same when I first saw Jade. My god, was she lovely? And so often spitting fire at me.”
“She still seems to do that,” James said, shrugging his brother’s arm away as he saw Tracy heading back their way with a tray of drinks. “Stop being an idiot. This is nothing like that.”
Todd snorted, but James ignored him, keeping his gaze on the waitress. “Yeah, no,” Todd said. “Not a thing like that. Not at all.”
Even James could hear the sarcasm in his voice.

Already in denial, James? How long are you going to be able to keep that up? 😉

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Event Brainstorm 1 & 2
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
    • This Week: Outline – 20/20 scenes outlined
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 15054/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 scenes – Finished scene 4/6
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3329/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – 275 words – 0/275 words
      • Hawk – 250 words – 0/250 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 250 words – 0/250 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.25/15 pages
    • This Week: 3.5 pages – 0/3.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 2/4 chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 3– 0/3 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Bree & Jenny – 1 scene
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 19/20 books
    • Country Heaven(Ava Miles) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Two by Two(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Sunday evening. At 79%
  • Listen: 5 books – 10/5
    • Rescue My Heart(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Rumor Has It(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 26/28

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 11/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
    • This Week: Coming Soon
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Writing Wednesday: Cruising Along

Well, I managed to survive all the socialness of the last weekend. On Sunday, I mentioned the boy dancing at the festival Friday night. I finally managed to get the video up.

INathan Dancing from Fallon Brown 

I took Monday mostly off, which seems to be working well for me. I did finish curating a master character list for my Flames series. Fourteen stories so far and about 190 characters. Some of those only show up in one story. Next week I’ll be moving on to the Gilbert, Co series, updating the timeline and starting the character list.

Tuesday I made it through almost all my writing goals for the week: Drafting, editing, plotting, & side projects. The only ones I had left were Jonas & Isaac and By the Gun. I finished the goal for J&I this morning. So, I’m on to By the Gun now.

So, that’s what I’ll be sharing from for this week’s WiPPet Wednesday. I have the first 11 paragraphs of Part 3 this week. I just wrote this last week, so it’s still rough. The last time I shared from this, we were in Alejandro’s POV. Part 3 is mostly from Carlos'(Alejandro’s younger brother) POV.

“We cannot keep meeting out here this way,” Catherine said.
But, Carlos was shaking as he stared at her. Months had gone by. Months and he was wondering if he was even seeing the real person. “Did you know?” he demanded.
“Know what?” she asked, sliding down from the saddle and moving toward him.
He pulled slightly on his horse’s reins, making his horse take a step back. “Just tell me,” he demanded.
She shook her head. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. My father is getting suspicious, though. I barely escaped notice by his men tonight. We are going to have to stop for a while.”
They might have to be stopping for good. Thank the Christ all they had ever done was talk and kiss. If more had passed between them, the betrayal might be even harsher. “Did you know?” he asked again. “Did you know your father paid men to teach my father a lesson? Which apparently included killing nearly his whole family. Did you know all that destruction was started by your father’s wounded pride?”
Catherine stared at him, color draining from her face. “No,” she finally said. “You have to be wrong. Father would not do something like that. He wanted to work with your father on something, some kind of partnership. But, he wouldn’t have done that just because he said no.”
“You said it yourself when we first met,” he reminded her. “No one tells him no and walks away unscathed. You can’t tell me you didn’t know.”
“Yes,” she said, “I can. I know Father can be ruthless in business, but even he would not go this far.”
She seemed to actually believe that, but Carlos couldn’t make himself trust that. He forced his horse back another step. He’d been reeling since Alejandro had told him what Patrick had said before their gunfight almost two weeks ago. And to think, he’d still been coming out here to see Catherine when his brother could have been dying. Because of something her father put into motion. He was such an idiot.
“I won’t be coming back out here,” he told her. “And I’m not going to let your father take the rest of my family from me. I can’t believe I let myself start to fall for you.”

Uh oh. Who is right? Will Carlos regret his actions?

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Romance Arc
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 9731/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – Finished 4/4 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2762/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – 250 words – 264/250 words
      • Hawk – 250 words – 363/250 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 250 words – 384/250 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 6.25/15 pages
    • This Week: 3 pages – 3.25/3 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 1/4 chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 2– Finished 0/2 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Bree & Jenny – 1 scene
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 13/20 books
    • Heart Seeker(Juliana Haygert) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Winter’s Heat(Cristin Harber) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Unraveled(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Monday morning. At 56%
    • Red Hot Christmas(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
  • Listen: 5 books – 7/5
    • Yours Forever(Farrah Rochon) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Animal Magnetism(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 24/26

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 7/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
    • This Week: What I’m Working On

Writing Wednesday: The End

Well, it’s almost the end of the month. And the RoW80 round ended last week. And just this morning, I wrote ‘The End’ on Flames of Knowledge! So, lots of ending going on around here.

Not a whole lot else going on. Got the kids’ report cards on Thursday. Both were great. Essentially all “A”s(they don’t actually use a letter grade anymore. it’s: Advanced, Proficient, Approaching Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic). The lowest either of them got this year was proficient. They were both promoted to the next grade(obviously) so I now have a 2nd & 5th grader. But first 2 more months of summer vacation to go.

Since I finished the first draft this morning, this will be the last snippet I share from Flames of Knowledge. At least until it makes it to the top of my editing list. I have 10 paragraphs(2+7=9+ 1 celebratory bonus one).

When he stepped outside, he nearly ran into Silas. “What are you doing here?” Connor asked him.
“Coming to see you. Jer’s at the station, and Corrin might as well have been swallowed by her computer.”
“Aw, and poor Silas didn’t have anyone to lavish him with attention?”
Silas laughed and lightly punched Connor’s shoulder. “Gio’s right. You are a brat.”
“Sorry. That was mean.”
Silas shook his head. “No, it was good. You don’t usually come up with those so easily. Maybe Ames is good for you.”
Connor could feel his cheeks heating by the minute. “So, why did you come by? I’m sure you have other people to keep you company.”
“But, I wanted to see you. Anyway, most of them don’t understand what I have with Jeremiah and Corrin. You know scientists. So logical.” He let out a mock shudder.
“Silas, I don’t understand what you have with them.”
“But, you accept it. That’s the difference.”

I didn’t even realize Silas and Connor were friends until I started planning this one out. So, I’ll probably have to go back through Playing with Fire and work that friendship in more. I guess that is one good thing about being so far ahead in writing the series, I can go back and add things when I realize something new about the characters who keep popping up.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit – 6/19 sheets
    • This Week – Sheet 3(also sheet 4, 5a, & 5b)

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 19996/~20000 words – so close, but the first draft is done!
    • This Week: Chapter 38, 39, 40, 41, & 42
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 6303/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 100 words – 133/100 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 100 words – 196/100 words
      • Arresting Callum(back story to Flames of Redemption) – 100 words – 134/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 11/11 scenes(I’ve still got about 4 scenes in this part to finish)
    • This Week: Chapter 12, 13

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 5 scenes – 1/5 scenes

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 25/10 books
    • More Than Music(Elizabeth Briggs) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Light Up the Night(Laura Trentham) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Hold Your Breath(Katie Ruggle) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 19/10
    • Dash of Peril(Lori Foster) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe(Benjamin Alire Saenz) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • American Pharoah(Joe Drape) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • Rock Courtship(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Rock Redemption(Nalini Singh) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 10/42.

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 20/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

Writing Wednesday: Ending a Round

Well, technically this round of RoW80 ends tomorrow. But, it is essentially the end of the round. I know this month has gone well, but I’ve adjusted goals throughout the round, so I’ll have to see how my progress matches up with those initial goals.

Not too much else to report on this week. I sent Flames of Renewal to proofreader last week. We put air conditioner units in windows over the weekend. I’m reaching the climax of Flames of Knowledge, so I should finish it this month.

And this week that’s what I’m sharing from. Today I have 11 paragraphs(6[month]+2[from the day]-1+8[year]=11). Just before this, Connor’s sister-in-law(who used to work at the fire station with these men) had a baby and Ames was at the hospital with him. Now, they are at work.

“So, I heard there’s a new baby in the Riley family,” one of the men said when Ames walked up into the lounge.
“Doesn’t that happen like every other day?” one of the other men asked.
Ames just stared at the two men for a moment. They hadn’t gotten much sleep after leaving Connor at the hospital. So, the fact Garro and Truman were joking around took a minute to register. “Ha. Ha.” Ames turned away from them to deposit their bag in the bunk room. When Ames returned, the men were still chuckling. “You two are not nearly as funny as you think you are.”
Truman grinned at them, though. “Heard you were there with the Con boy.”
Ames couldn’t help but snort out a laugh. “Don’t call him that. What kind of a nickname is that, even?”
“It made you laugh,” Truman pointed out, “so you must have thought it was at least somewhat funny.”
Ames shook their head. “In complete bafflement of you maybe.”
“See, you even talk like he does sometimes. You two are obviously a match made in heaven.”
Ames didn’t blush too easily, but they could feel their face warming right now. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He opened his mouth, but Garro tugged on his arm. “Leave Ames alone,” he told his partner. “Whatever they and Connor are doing isn’t any of your business.”
Ames flashed a thankful smile at Garro. They didn’t mind it being talked about or even being teased. It was what they all did to show affection. Ames got that. But, they weren’t even sure what they and Connor were doing.

 

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit
    • This Week – Initial Concept(Sheet 1/18)

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 14614/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – 3/4 scene done
      • Chapter 36(1 scene)
      • Chapter 37(1 scene)
      • Chapter 38(2 scenes) – 1/2 scenes done
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 5035/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 500 words – 649/500 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words – 775/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter(I’ll be doing this when my new pages goal is met for the month)
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 7/11 scenes
    • This Week: 3 scenes
      • Chapter 10(1 scene)
      • Chapter 11(2 scenes)

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 3 scenes – 3/3 scenes/1684 words

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 16/10 books
    • Retrieval(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Transfer(Aly Martinez) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Chase the Sun(Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Thrive(Aly Martinez) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 14/10
    • Bare It All(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Getting Rowdy(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday evening. On Chapter 7/25

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 15/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday 
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

And for how the round has gone(I know I’ll get a little more done over the next day, but this is close enough):

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Craving You(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John Neil & Lin) – 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 – 13045/10000
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 47.88/45
  • 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 – 63/60 books
  • Listen: 15 books – 53/15

Social Media:

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

Crafting:

  • Knit – 3 projects – 1/3
  • Crochet – 2 projects – 1/2

A few things I didn’t get to during the round. I may finish 1 or 2 before the end of the month. Otherwise they’ll be moved to the next round.

Writing Wednesday: Another Showing

We’ve got another showing for our house today. Hoping something will actually come of this one. The last time we were told the people who looked at it were really interested and planned to go to the bank, but then we heard nothing else. Of course, the house we’d been looking at in town sold, so we’ll have to find something else.

We had a busy weekend, went to see a minor league baseball game Saturday night. Didn’t get home until really late. Got up early Sunday morning to help mother-in-law move to a new apartment. Just about killed my knees from all the stairs and jumping down out of the back of a friend’s truck a few times. Then, we had our monthly motorcycle club meeting, which should have been this upcoming Sunday, but it got pushed up because of Father’s Day. By the end of all that, I was wiped out. Good thing I already planned to take a Mellow Monday(although I actually got more writing done Monday than I did Tuesday *shrug*).

Tuesday morning I was combing the girl’s hair out and found a bunch of lice. *shudder* First time we’ve had to deal with this(as parents. I had it when I was 4/5 and had to get my middle of the back length hair cut off). Husband brought home stuff to treat it last night, and I spent 2 hours combing through it to get rid of them. Not sure how successful I was. I’ll comb through it again this morning to see if I can find more.

I feel behind on just about everything this week. I guess that should balanced out last week where I was incredibly ahead. It can just be hard to convince my brain that’s really okay. And I did finish this week’s goal on Flames of Knowledge this morning. So, that’s something.

The people came to look at the house half an hour early. I’d *just* finished cleaning and hadn’t put the dogs away yet. The old dog ran into the younger dog’s crate(they’re the same size but hers is out in the garage because she really hates people coming into our house, even when they’re people we know). So I ended up putting him on the leash and just taking him to the neighbor’s with us. Now, they’re gone, and I’m hoping to finish this post.

Got this last week. Created by: Marianne Nowicki.

It’s WiPPet Wednesday time again!! I was working on Flames of Renewal during my last writing block of time and still have it open, so that’s what I’m sharing from this week. I’m working on polishing this up then sending it to proofreader, so hopefully it will be ready to go out by the end of the month or early July. here James is talking to Teresa’s 15-year-old son. I have 13 paragraphs

He laughed as he left the kitchen and found himself wondering again why being with her brought this playful side out of him. Christopher looked up as he stepped into the living room. “What happened to your hand?”
“I tried to put a dent in a brick wall.”
One of the boy’s eyebrows quirked up, but otherwise there was no change in his expression. “I take it the wall won.”
The smile spread over his face. “Yep.”
He set the guitar down. “This about the phone call Mom got at work today?”
His lips fell. “Yep.”
There was that eyebrow twitch again. He had a quick flash of Teresa doing the exact same thing when she’d been younger. He didn’t take completely after his father apparently. “How is punching a wall supposed to make all this go away?”
“It was supposed to make me feel better.”
“Did that work?”
The boy’s voice was so dry, James couldn’t help but laugh. “No, it didn’t. I never said it was a good idea.”
“Are you going to be sticking around?”
James’ lips turned up again. “Are you asking my intentions, Christopher?”
The boy glanced over at him as he reached for the guitar again. “Someone’s gotta do it.”

Christopher is a sweetheart, but he feels rather protective of his mom. I actually have a story planned(only in my head so far) for him. But, it will take place a few years+ after this.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories – Wrote Natalie, Marshall’s & Maia’s back stories.
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries – Short & medium summaries done

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 11817/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 5 scenes – 5/5 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 2804/850 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 9.66/9.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 5/11 scenes
    • This Week: Write 2 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits – Through Chapter 24/24
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish –14/49 items polished
    • This Week: Finish polishing
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 9/10 books
    • Hot Pursuit(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Getting Worked Up(Erin Nicholas) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Vanish(Becca J Campbell) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 17%
  • Listen: 10 books – 10/10
    • Night Watch(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Monday morning.
    • Run the Risk(Lori Foster) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 2/24

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 10/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday 
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 2/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up
    • This Week: Get through Row 56 – Through Row 56/56

Writing Wednesday: Last Day

Today is the kids’ last day of school. And it’s only a half day. So, my routine may change slightly. My kids do tend to be pretty independent, so there might not be too much of a change. Just having them home does tend to mess with my routine, though. I like having a quiet house. But, I’m pretty sure we’ll all survive the summer.

She’s been braiding her own hair.

Our washer is still broken. Hubby thought it was a plastic coupler on the end of the motor. But, nope, that was actually fine. Thankfully that part only cost $10. Which is why we were hoping that was it. Unfortunately we have to buy a whole new transmission apparently. That’s like $150. Great. But, it should be here Friday, then hopefully husband can fix it.

I’ve been making a lot of good progress this week. I’m already almost through my writing goals. I finished this week’s goals for the first side project and am halfway through the other. If I finish that, a couple pages for Jonas & Isaac,(managed that since typing this up)and 3 scenes of By the Gun, I’ll start over with Flames of Knowledge again and get ahead on next week’s goals.

It’s WiPPet Wednesday, so that means it’s time for another snippet of what I’m working on. Right now, that’s By the Gun. It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything from this, if I have. I have just been working on it when I get my goals for the month done, but I decided to do things a little differently this month. I have the first twelve sentences(6+6) of Part 2. The first part was written mostly from Luke’s POV. Part 2 is written mostly from his oldest son’s(Alejandro) POV. Part 3 will be mostly from Alejandro’s brother’s POV. You’ll see why I couldn’t use Luke’s POV for the rest of the story.

Alejandro stood at the foot of the grave, his hands clutching his hat in front of him. He knew he was mangling the crown of the hat, but he couldn’t find it in himself to care right now. He hadn’t slept a wink since the day he and Diego had ridden out of that town, his father’s dead body tied over the saddle of their now extra horse.
His father was dead. He lay in that coffin down in that hole that some priest was droning on about. The evils of violence had taken a good man from the world and… Alejandro tuned him out. Not that it wasn’t true. He still believed his father to be a good man. And Patrick Steinwehr an evil one. But, his father hadn’t been the man they’d all thought him to be. And he still didn’t know what to make of that.

This is very much not a happy, fluffy story. If you couldn’t tell. Not a romance either, though there are some romantic lines running through it. Which may be part of why it’s been harder for me to write.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories – Wrote Natalie’s back story.
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 4761/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 scenes – 6/6 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 1470/850 words
    • This Week: 
      • Derek – 500 words – 583/500 words
      • Hawk – 500 words – 530/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 4/9.5 pages
    • This Week: 2.5 pages – 3.5/2.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes
    • This Week: Write 3 scenes – 58 words into 1/3 scenes.

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits – Through Chapter 24/24
    • This Week: Edit through Chapter 24– Through Chapter 24/24
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 3/10 books
    • Aydarr(Veronica Scott) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Lost in Prophecy(S.M. Reine) – Started this Monday morning. At 20%
    • A Midnight Clear(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
  • Listen: 10 books – 6/10
    • Everyday, Average Jones(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday morning.
    • Harvard’s Education(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Hawken’s Heart(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Admiral’s Bride(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Wednesday morning.
    • Identity: Unknown(Suzanne Brockmann) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 4/16

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 5/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday 
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up
    • This Week: Get through Row 56 – Through Row 53/56

Writing Wednesday: Hanging In

This week isn’t going quite as well as the last one did. I’m still making slow progress, though. Sunday we went down to the local ice cream place and took both dogs with us. They give a special doggie ice cream(a small cup of vanilla with a milk bone on top). That was an experience. Our older dog stayed in the backseat of the truck, but kept going from window to window. Our younger dog, however…sitting on the girl, then climbing over the boy’s lap then into the front and climbing all over me. And it was much the same on the way back. I still have a small scratch on my leg today from him.

The Baron Bridge 😉

We didn’t really do much Monday. Husband had to work in the morning. I started doing the week’s laundry, though I decided to wait until Tuesday to worry about any of the other chores. The second load was on the second rinse cycle when the washer started making a grinding noise. I threw my clothes, sopping wet, into the dryer, since I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and they were just about done anyway. It took about 2 hours for them to dry, though. Husband did some research when he got home and thinks it’s a plastic coupler on the motor(I think is what he said). The washer is almost 12 years old, and it’s the first we’ve had a problem with it. He ordered the parts, but they’re not supposed to be here until Monday. Our neighbor is letting me use her washer today for the kids’ clothes, at least. Hopefully we’ll have it fixed next week.

But, right now, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I’m still working on this week’s goal for Flames of Knowledge, so I’ll be sharing from that this week. I have 30 sentences today(Too hot to do more complicated math). Connor went to the pub to talk to his cousin(Gio, who you may remember) and Ames comes in with some of the firefighters from the station to celebrate their birthday. When Connor learns this, he decides to sketch a picture and get it to Ames.

He saw they’d smudged a line of the face and instantly dug a pencil and eraser from his bag. “It’s okay,” he said. “I can fix it.”
Ames jerked their head up and stared at him. “You did this?”
He suddenly found it hard to swallow. “Yeah. It was just real quick. It’s not a big deal.”
He could feel their eyes on him as he bent over the paper and touched up the line that had been smudged. Then, he took a step back. If they didn’t like it, he didn’t know what he was going to do. Probably run out and find a hole he could bury himself in until the embarrassment finally faded away.
“If this was real quick, what would it be like when you take your time?”
There were a few chuckles around him, and Connor guessed there was an innuendo in there. Those so often flew over his head, but he just kept his gaze on the paper in front of him. “Better,” he said.
There was more laughter, and he felt one elbow nudge him, but he turned away. “Sorry. I’ll go. I wasn’t invited. I just wanted you to have that. I…I’ll go,” he said again, knowing he sounded like an idiot but not sure what else to do.
“No, wait,” Ames said.
Connor was pretty sure he stopped breathing. But, no, then he would pass out and hit the floor. At least there were plenty of people with emergency medical training on the premises.
“Why don’t you join us?”
His knees felt a little weak, so he dropped into the closest chair. At least that would keep him from hitting the floor too hard.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
    • This week: Outline act 1, list rest of chapter & scenes
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 28 – 13370/~15000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 28 – Through Chapter 27/28
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 4566/3350 words
    • This Week: Riley Fire – Edit, Hawk – add 1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 19.67/15 pages
    • This week: 3/0 pages
  • By the Gun – 6 scenes

Editing

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta edits(I wasn’t sure if I’d get these back before the end of the month, so I hadn’t initially included it. But I did) 
    • This Week:
      • Edit through Chapter 12– Through Chapter 0/24
      • Get Cover art – emailed cover designer Tuesday night.
  • Primary2: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas*
    • Changing History
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – Transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP 

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 24/20
    • Fearless(R.G. Alexander) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Taking Flight(Siera Maley) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday evening.
    • A Girl Like Her(Talia Hibbert) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Taking Chances(Kris Jett) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Defenseless(Elizabeth Dyer) – Started this Tuesday night. At 12%
  • Listen: 5 books – 22/5 books
    • Trace of Fever(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Savor the Danger(Lori Foster) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • A Perfect Storm(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 34/43

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 21/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 30/31
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts3/3
    • This week: Post: Bonus Story – Riley Fire

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 4 – 4/56 rows. I couldn’t even make myself work with yarn yesterday. It was too hot.
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket

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