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Writing Wednesday: Picking Back Up

Last week I was having a bit of a slump. My brain was just in a “don’t wanna” mode. I ended up basically taking Friday off. Other than doing my Story a Day piece, I didn’t do any writing. I also decided to start up with my Mellow Monday. So, this week I did finish the chapter I’d been struggling with in Flames of Knowledge and my Story a Day, but I didn’t worry about anything else. I got all the laundry for the week done, as well as a bunch of other household stuff.

Then, yesterday, I wrote over 3000 words on Flames of Knowledge. That did take me most of the day, along with getting other stuff done, but it was more than what I wrote all together last week. So, taking that break seems to have helped. I’ll continue taking Mondays off as long as it keeps working for me. 🙂

My husband started his new job on Monday. Two days is a little soon to say it’s going well, but he’s seemed less stressed when he’s gotten home, so I’m taking that as a good sign that it was the right move.

And now that it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday! I’ve been working straight through my list of goals for the week. First, writing, then editing, then plotting and side projects. So, I’ll be sharing from whatever I happen to be working on when I get to this post. Right now, that happens to be Craving You, the next in my Kurztown series. I’m currently still plotting this, so I don’t have many words written. I say many, because I’ve used these characters for a couple of the Story a Day prompts this month. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ve likely seen snippets of Erik. He’s been a bit of a scene stealer. But, now he’s finally getting his story.  I have 16 sentences to share today.

Erik swung the basket a little as he headed for the far aisle of the grocery store. He hadn’t made a list. Gabriel always got after him about that, but really, what was so wrong with the list in his head? He knew what they needed. For dinner tonight, since Lora would finally be home. Really, with the way Gabriel was acting, he would have thought the woman had been gone a month instead of just a weekend.
But, the two of them were so in love, it almost made Erik sick. Okay, that wasn’t the right word. Jealous, envious, green-eyed. Those all worked a lot better, and it was getting harder not to let it show. Not that he wasn’t happy for both of them, and it wasn’t even either of them he wanted. The night the three of them had spent together had been great, but it wasn’t really what he wanted.
He just wanted what they had. With someone who would look at him the way they looked at each other, but that person would barely even look his way.
Maybe it was better that way. Erik was good at ruining things, but not so good at keeping them together.

Aw, Erik. Just wait. 😉

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
    • This Week – Character Arc 2, Romance Arc, Subplot, Event Brainstorm 1, Event Brainstorm 2
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 28 – 10525/~15000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 26 – Through Chapter 26/26
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 1820/3350 words
    • This Week: Riley Fire – 1000 words – 0/1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.08/15 pages
    • This Week: 3.25 pages – 0/3.25 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: Compile comments through Chapter 15 – Finished through Chapter 15/15
  • 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 – Sent it her way Wednesday.

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 11/20
    • Yours for Christmas(Susan Mallery) – Started this Sunday afternoon.
    • Inkmistress(Audrey Coulthurst) – Started this Sunday night. On page 124/387
    • Oaths(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 33%
  • Listen: 5 books – 10/5 books
    • Joy Ride(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon
    • Neanderthal Marries Human(Penny Reid) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Friends Without Benefits(Penny Reid) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 14/33

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 11/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 15/31
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts1/3

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 3 – 10/56 rows
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week – Get through Row 80 – 70/80 rows
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Writing Wednesday: Slow Week

This week started out slow. Monday I woke late, and didn’t have time to get any of my ‘first thing in the morning’ writing done. Which always tends to throw me off. I did manage a little writing later in the morning, but my usual focus just wasn’t there. I did keep on track with Story a Day and I was able to do some plotting and work on Jonas & Isaac’s story in the notebook. But my other goals didn’t really happen.

Tuesday I woke up with my alarm and to an email from my beta reader for Flames of Renewal. So, a much better start to the day. 🙂 I did get more written though not nearly as much as I wanted to. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I tell my brain it’s time to work this week, it goes “but wouldn’t just reading be more fun.” Well, sure, but that doesn’t mean I can just forget about everything else. Stupid brain.

We’ll see if I can do better today. Though it’s been another slow start. Hopefully it’ll pick up.

Now, it’s time for another WiPPetWednesday! Today I only have one snippet for you. Still working on Jonas & Isaac and things are getting pretty intense there. But, for now, I’m just going to share from Flames of Knowledge. Today I have 9 paragraphs where Silas shows up at Connor’s apartment(I was actually struggling until Silas showed up. He’s such a scene stealer).

 “Did you just want to touch all my things, or is there a valid reason you’re here?” He didn’t mean to sound impatient, but he really wanted to get back to his canvas, now that he had a vision clear in his head.
Silas turned toward him and winked. “I wouldn’t mind touching your things, Connor, but I can only handle one Riley at a time. And Corrin’s taking up that spot.”
Connor’s face suddenly felt on fire. He hadn’t even realized there would be an innuendo for Silas to pick up. Of course, sometimes he thought the other man plucked them right out of the air. “That’s not what I meant.”
Silas snickered. “I know, but you made it too easy. What have you been up to? I imagine it isn’t letting anyone else touch your things. Lin said you haven’t been by the group lately.”
Connor could feel his face flushing hot again. “The beginning of the semester has been chaotic.”
“Lin’s just been worried. Are you sure everything’s okay?”
“Yeah, of course. Why wouldn’t it be?”
“Because you’re acting weird.” He grinned. “Weirder than usual, I mean.”
“Haha, very funny,” Connor commented. “And I’m not acting weird.”

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
    • This Week – Supporting Characters, Character Arc 1, Character Arc 2, Romance Arc, Subplot
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 6346/~35000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 28 – On Chapter 25/28
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 1258/3350 words
    • This Week: Riley Fire – 1000 words – 443/1000 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 5.17/15 pages
    • This Week: 3.5 pages – 2/3.5 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) – started compiling comments into Scrivener
  • Primary2: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
      • This Week: 5 scenes – 0/5 scenes finished
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas*
    • Changing History
  • Tertiary: Paint Me a Picture – Transfer to Scrivener
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – sent another message to CP to see if she’s ready for it yet.

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 5/20
    • Love and Murder(Kassandra Lamb) – Started this Saturday night. At 87%
    • Hold Me Down Hard(Cathryn Fox) – Read this Monday afternoon.
    • Danger in the Stars(Veronica Scott) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • In the Stars Part II(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 3%
  • Listen: 5 books – 5/5 books
    • The Darkest Corner(Liliana Hart) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Full Package(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • Big Rock(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 26/33

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 6/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 8/31
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts0/3

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 2 – 56/56 rows
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week – Get through Row 70 – 60/70 rows

Writing Wednesday: Starting Behind

I seem to be falling behind on goals at the beginning of this month. I really don’t like that feeling, even though I have time to catch up. I’ve been having trouble waking up with my alarm the last couple days, leaving me not much time to write before the kids wake up. And that tends to be my best writing time. I did manage to finish Camp NaNo on time, but only because I cut my initial goal in half. I’m still working on Monday’s chapter today(finished it between writing that and posting). But, I’m hoping to start getting caught up.

Checking things out the open window

Some of the stress that may have been eating away at my focus the last few months may ease up soon. Husband was offered a new job. We’ve really been struggling this winter. He didn’t make as much money last year, so we weren’t as far ahead when he got laid off in November. And when our mortgage is almost as much as one unemployment payment(which we get every 2 weeks), we’ve fallen behind. Tax refund helped, but not quite enough. This new job is actually less $ an hour than he’s making now, but it’s guaranteed hours(between 55-60 every week). Right now, he’s not even getting 40 hours a week, and may not until June, if then. And it’s year round, so we won’t have to deal with unemployment every winter. He hasn’t officially accepted, but when we talked about it yesterday, neither of us saw a reason to turn it down.

Enough of all that. It’s time for WiPPet Wednesday again!! Thanks to the inimitable Emily Wrayburn for hosting this each week! I’m doubling up again this week. Since it’s 5/2, I once again have 5 paragraphs from each of my 2 projects. As usual, first up is Jonas & Isaac. And they aren’t exactly following Arcelia’s order to not do anything she wouldn’t from last week:

“Isn’t this a part of your body?” Isaac asked, kissing under his chin. “And here.” The corner of his jaw. “Or here.” Just under his ear.

“Is,” Jonas hissed as Isaac sucked on that patch of skin. “Please. Down further.”

Isaac’s lips brushed the front of his shoulder. “This far enough?”

“No, damn it,” Jonas growled.

Isaac laughed then his hands moved up under Jonas’ shirt, his fingers just tickling under the other man’s ribs. He could feel his body taut under him, one part straining more than the rest. He knew that was the part Jonas really wanted touched, but this game of teasing was too much fun.

Mean, mean Isaac. Not that Jonas is complaining too much. 😉

And for Flames of Knowledge. Connor’s older brother has come by and is trying to talk him into joining a family thing. He was a bit hesitant as their family gatherings tend to be large and he’s unsettled around a lot of people, even family(Yes, I’ve thrown personal experience into aspects of this character).

Connor wasn’t sure about the glint in Adrian’s eyes. But, he’d been in as soon as he mentioned the firefighters. Ames wasn’t one, but they worked with them. So, maybe they’d be there as well.
“Yeah, I’ll come,” he said, hoping he didn’t sound too eager about it.
“You might want to wash up first,” Adrian said with a smirk. “You’ve got paint in your hair.”
“How?” Connor said, exasperated. “I didn’t even actually paint today.”
Adrian roared with laughter as Connor headed into the bathroom. At least someone got a kick out of this. No wonder Ames didn’t want anything to do with him. He was an utter mess.

That’s not it at all, Connor. And Ames will want something to do with you. Just give them a chance. 😉

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: Story Toolkit(sheet 3) –
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 35035/~35000 words
    • This Week: Chapter 21
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 3673/3350 words
    • This week: Hawk – 200 words – 229/200 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15.63/15 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

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

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 25/20
    • Some Like It Charming(Megan Bryce) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Playing to Win(Avery Cockburn) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Monday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 18/5
    • Scandal and the Duchess(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday morning(just before noon).
    • Rules for a Proper Governess(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Monday afternoon. On Chapter 5/29

Social Media:

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

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: Finish border, side 2 – 28/56 rows done
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get through row 50 – 42/50 rows

Since it’s the end of the month, I’ll evaluate how the round is going so far:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Craving You(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline – Started on Story Toolkit
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John Neil & Lin) – Outline

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – about halfway through
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – 1st draft
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft
  • Stretch1: Side projects – add 10000 words – 3673/10000 words
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 15.63/45 pages
  • Stretch3: By the Gun – Finish part 2

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Secondary: Flames of RenewalSend to betas, beta edits, polish
  • Tertiary: Short Story collection – edit Contemporary stories – 2/5 edited
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP, CP edits

Publishing:

  • Flames of Renewal – publish

Reading:

  • Read: 60 books – 25/60
  • Listen: 15 books – 18/5

Social Media:

  • Primary: A-Z Challenge – 26/26
  • Secondary: Story a Day
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 9 posts – 3/9

Crafting:

  • Knit – 3 projects – 0/3 – still working on Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
  • Crochet – 2 projects – 0/2 – still working on Boxy Blanket

And now goals for May:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Craving You – Story Toolkit 
    • This Week: Major Plot Points, Protagonist 1, Protagonist 2, & Antagonist sheets
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline Act 1 
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 3 & 4
    • This Week: Outline Act 3
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 1753/~35000 words
    • This Week: Get through Chapter 25 – On Chapter 22/25
  • Side Projects – 3350 words – 0/3350 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 0/15 pages
  • By the Gun – 6 scenes

Editing

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Short Story Collection
    • Bree & Jenny
      • This Week: Write 4 scenes
    • 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 – 0/20
    • The Queen of Dauphine Street(Thea De Salle) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 23%
  • Listen: 5 books – 1/5 books
    • Rules for a Proper Governess(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday morning.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 1/21
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: Post 31 stories for Story a Day – 1/31
    • This Week:
  • Tertiary: Make 3 Patreon posts – 0/3

Crafting

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This Week – Finish Side 2 – 34/56 rows
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week – Get through Row 50 – 45/50 rows

Writing Wednesday: Warm Up

It’s finally started to warm up here. It was really nice Monday. Nice enough I took the pup(ok, he’s 2.5 so he’s not a puppy anymore.) for a walk. It was going pretty well. Then, we walked past a yard with four dogs running around. There was a toy poodle, Chihuahua, yorkie, and another small dog. The three smallest came right into the road after us. And there was my dog, who is at least twice the size of any of these dogs, cowering away from them. And they’re running in circles around him. He’ll jump all over our lab, who is quite a bit bigger than him. But, these little things had him terrified. I was going to come back up the road, but decided to take another route to avoid them. It ended up being a little over a mile walk.

It was raining yesterday, so we didn’t go for a walk. And today looks to be the same. But hopefully we’ll get in at least one more walk this week.

When he doesn’t have a person to cuddle with, he’ll take a pillow

Writing’s going fairly well this week too. Steady at least. I’ll get more into that below.

For now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday again. Today is the 25th, so I have 2 snippets with 5 paragraphs each. First up is Jonas & Isaac. Isaac’s shown up at Jonas’ mom’s house, and they’re sitting on the couch together.

“I’m heading out,” Arcelia called from the hallway. “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

“But, Arce,” Jonas said, putting a whine in his voice even as he winked at Isaac, “that doesn’t leave us many options. You never do anything.

“Exactly my point,” Arcelia said primly. “I sit on that couch, too.”

Isaac snorted out a laugh and leaned into Jonas. “It surprises me how much I’ve missed the bickering between you two,” he said after they heard the front door close.

Jonas laughed and turned into him. “that’s not bickering. It’s some friendly sibling teasing. I didn’t realized how much I missed her while I was gone,” he admitted. “Emails and video chats just weren’t the same.”

And from Flames of Knowledge:

“Silas made them.”
Ames glanced over at him and saw a faint pink tinge to his cheeks. And, yes, his ears were certainly red. “You’re blushing. Why are you blushing?”
“No reason,” Jeremiah insisted. “Not a single reason at all.”
Yet, Ames found their lips curling up. “Really? It certainly sounds like there’s a reason.”
“Nope,” Jeremiah said firmly, though his cheeks reddened more. “I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Silas didn’t…never mind,” he said quickly, obviously realizing he was about to give himself away.

So what exactly did Silas do while making this treat that Jeremiah brought to work? I’ll just leave that to your imaginations. 😉

And now for my progress so far:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
  • Secondary: Craving You – Outline
    • This week: Jeff’s backstory, Jakob’s back story, Plot summaries, Story Toolkit(2 sheets) – finished all the back stories
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Chapter 21/42 – 29676/~35000 words
    • This week: Get through Chapter 20 – 18/20 chapters drafted
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words – 3320/3350 words
    • This week: Kayla & Reese – 1000 words(or finish 1st draft) – 427/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 13.79/15 pages
    • This week: 2 pages – 1.125/2 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On 
      • This Week: edit 4 scenes & polish – deleted 1 scene – 2/4 scenes, added 105 words
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 20/20
    • Love on the Tracks(Tamsen Parker) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • House Rules(Cathryn Fox) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Dead Wait(Stacy Green) – Read this Sunday evening.
    • It Takes Two to Tumble(Cat Sebastian) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 14/5
    • The Duke’s Perfect Wife(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • A Mackenzie Family Christmas(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • The Seduction of Elliot McBride(Jennifer Ashley) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. On Chapter 11/30

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 17/21 posts
    • This week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 22/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 2/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
    • This week: Finish border, side 2 – 13/56 rows done
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket
    • This week: get through row 50

Writing Wednesday: Staying on Track

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, for my progress:

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

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

Writing:

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

Editing:

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

Reading:

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

Social Media:

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

Crafting:

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

Writing Wednesday: Adjusting

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

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

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

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

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

“Maybe I could talk to Dee.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

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

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 17315/~35000 words, 4548 this week. Not even close to how long I thought it would be. But I may add more during revisions. Still, the first draft is DONE!!!!!
    • He raised an eyebrow at her, and she couldn’t help smiling. “Raina convinced me extra whipped cream makes everything better.”
      That brought a low chuckle from him. “Of course she did,” he said, bending to kiss his daughter’s head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2629/5000 words, 619 this week
    • Melanie & Garren – 2183/~1000 words, first draft DONE!
    • Hawk – 444/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 12/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 1674 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

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

Social Media:

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

Crafting:

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

Writing Wednesday: Coming Back

I was sick over the weekend, but feeling a lot better now. And thankful I don’t get sick like that very often(it’s been a few years). I’d been hoping to get my hair cut, but sitting there while not sure if I was going to throw up again, wasn’t high on the list. So, that still hasn’t happened. Maybe this weekend when we go in to get our new glasses. The boy will be getting his first pair. He’ll just need to wear them for reading and doing school work.

For now, though, it’s WiPPet Wednesday time! Which means it’s time for more Jonas & Isaac. I’m now sharing from the second notebook of the story. I’m using composition books, so there’s 200 pages, though I’d used them for other things, so there are some pages missing. Still, I may be finished by the time I reach the end of this notebook. This picks up shortly after last week’s. 24 sentences(3+21).

“I hate you seeing me like this. Everyone, really, but especially you.”

Isaac’s hands stilled for a moment then he continued massaging the shampoo into Jonas’ hair. He felt the moan move through the other man and smiled to himself. Jonas had always liked this, whether there was shampoo involved or not.

“You saw me at some of my lowest moments,” he reminded Jonas. “And you never made me feel ashamed for needing any help. Why should it be any different for you?” Isaac rinsed the shampoo out of Jonas’ hair then ran a thumb down the scar on his face. “If my scars don’t define me, this doesn’t define you.”

“It’s different.” Jonas ducked his head.

“It isn’t.” Isaac moved and crouched down in front of him, the water now blasting his back. He laid his hand just below Jonas’ knee. “Losing this doesn’t make you any less.” He pressed his lips just above his hand.

He felt Jonas’ hand on the back of his head then his rough voice said, “Get up, Is.”

Isaac looked up, but those shadows had left Jonas’ eyes. “Thanks,” Jonas said then leaned forward to press his lips to Isaac’s. Water fell over them, and they broke apart, sputtering. “We should finish and get going.”

They did, but Isaac kept a close eye on Jonas, hoping that darkness didn’t fall over him again. He just wished he knew what to do if it did.

Unfortunately Isaac, I don’t think there’s a lot you can do. Jonas just may have to realize that just because he’s used to be the one taking care of others, doesn’t mean he can’t accept some of that now.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 2/18 sheets for Story Toolkit, starting on sheet 3
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7)

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 9657/~35000 words, 1549 this week
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1776/5000 words I’m doing this a little differently this month. Working on the one I plan to post to Patreon, then I’ll start on the others.
    • Melanie & Garren – 1776/~1500 words, 351 this week
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 7.5/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 234 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 12/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. On page 108/376
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday afternoon. At 13%
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this Friday afternoon. On page 215/343
    • Beauty and the Geek(Sidney Bristol) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. At 38%.
    • Finn Again(R.G. Alexander) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 6/5
    • Lion in the Valley(Elizabeth Peters) – Picked this back up Monday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Had its up and down moments, but ended up enjoying it.
    • Sweet Seduction(Maya Banks) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Indigo(Beverly Jenkins) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 8/23
    • A Lot Like Love(Julie James) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 6/33.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 13/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 17/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 14/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Triangle 7: 33/33, Triangle 8: 33/33 rows, seamed the 4 squares together.

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