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Writing Wednesday: First Christmas Gathering

Sunday afternoon we had a Christmas party to go to for the kids at the local Moose lodge. That’s one nice thing our membership gives us. Plus, we go in almost every Friday night for dinner and the four of us eat for right around $25. Not many restaurants where you can get that. The boy got a race track set and the girl got a new bookbag. This is the last year she’ll get anything, since it’s only for 10 & under.

Tonight we have the Christmas party at the fire station for the kids/grandkids of the firefighters. Saturday is my niece’s birthday party and then Christmas with my dad. And then just over a week until three days of celebrating Christmas in a row. By then, I will certainly be all peopled out.

Got our tree up on Saturday

Today the school is on a 2 hour delay. I’m not surprised, we got snow dumped on us last night. I need to go out and shovel still. I’ll get to that, but first it’s time for another WiPPet Snippet. Last week, I said I’d share what got Isaac so spooked in that snippet, so here we go. I have 7 sentences(1+2+1+3) following directly after last week’s snippet.

The man behind him still had a cruel smile on his face. Apparently prison hadn’t gotten rid of that. Instead it almost seemed to have been carved even deeper. Isaac tried to focus on the road, on getting home. It would only satisfy his father if he ended up killing himself on the drive. He’d probably call it some kind of justice. Since it had been because of Isaac, at least partly, that he’d spent the last seven years in prison.

Yeah, Isaac’s father is not a nice guy, just in case you were wondering.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Still Burning – Outline Act 4 – Outlined 12/12 scenes
  • Secondary: Outline Act 4 for Green Hills & Smoky Fields 1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm –General character mind map done and Connor’s mind map. Started Camella’s.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 42500 words on main projects – 16585/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 9788/25000, 3574 this week
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 2091/5000, 762 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 1870/5000, 589 this week
    • High on Loving You – 1914/5000, 604 this week
    • By the Gun – 922/2500, 250 this week
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 1978/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 200/750
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 404/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 213/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 204/750
    • Hawk – 344/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 87/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 428/750
    • Desmund – 0/500
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 7/35

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – beta edits – 0/21 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits – 0/25 Chapters
  • Stretch: Protecting the Heart – transfer from One Note to Scrivener – 7/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 8/30
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – Finished this Monday morning. LOVED it. All the stories in it.
    • Faerie Blood(ReGi McClain) – At 45%
    • Snow White on the Run(Sidney Bristol) – At 28%
    • Flashpoint(Suzanne Brockmann) – On page 291/452
    • Prophecy(Ellen Oh) – At 79%
    • Not Otherwise Specified(Hannah Moskowitz) Read this Sunday. Loved it.
    • Rock & Release(Riley Edgewood) – Got to 40%. Having issues with this one. There’s supposed to be a love triangle, but the other guy is coming off as a total ass, and nope, I just don’t care anymore.
    • Shadows in the Garden Hotel(Krista Walsh) – At 18%
  • Secondary: Listen to 5 audio books – 3/5
    • Boy Meets Boy(David Levithan) – Finished this Monday morning. Liked it, but felt kind of meh most of the way through.
    • Strange the Dreamer(Laini Taylor) – On Chapter 16/68

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 9/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2x – 1/2

Crafting:

  • Knit: Split Crescents Knit Dishcloth – Cast on stitches. Knit 21/61 rows
  • Crochet: Blended Granny Lapghan – 0/9 blocks, have first block started
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Writing Wednesday: Chaotic Time

Last week I got a text from a friend(well, her ex-husband and my husband are good friends. I still consider her a friend though we don’t talk that much) asking if I could help with the Santa shop/book fair at the school this week. My first response was “I don’t wanna!” Because, if you haven’t figured it out yet, me and people don’t get along well. As well as noise and craziness. But, I said if I could find a ride there and home, I should be able to do it. Because, of course, I can’t just say no and risk disappointing someone. She said she could bring me home as long as I could stay there until 3(she drives a school bus and is done with her route by then). Of course the kids get home just before 3, so I’m trying to figure out how that will work. But, my husband’s uncle was able to bring me in. Monday wasn’t too busy, though it did get a little chaotic. I worked the book fair side, which was more manageable at least. And we got done early, so I got a ride from one of the other volunteers and got home just before the kids. Tuesday was…a lot more. More classes through, more noise, more craziness. Monday when I got home, I just felt exhausted. Like I’d been moving stuff around all day instead of sitting behind a table running the cash register. I’m typing this up Tuesday afternoon and the exhaustion hasn’t hit me yet. And even after 2 days of running the machine, I had moments of completely blanking on what I needed to do. Monday the first class that came in, their teacher gave them each a $5 coupon to spend, so they could all get a book. Which I thought was really nice. He gave us the money, so we were trying to take from it and it got a little complicated(since he gave us 5 twenties and a five, instead of 21 fives), but the money that was left over, he donated to the book fair, so we’ve been pulling from that if someone has needed a little extra(apparently this is the first year they’ve had to charge sales tax at the fair and apparently no one else was informed of this).

There’s only one more day of it, so I’m pretty sure I’ll survive. It hasn’t been quite as bad as I feared, but I will definitely be glad when it’s over. Needless to say, I am not ahead on my goals. I’m managing to stay somewhat on track(I think). My husband responded to a fire call(local livestock auction barn) Monday night, just as I was getting ready to go to bed. I woke up at 2, so I was able to get some writing done, and he didn’t get home until 4. I got just over 2000 words written before the kids were up at 6. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up later in the week.

For now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I have more Jonas & Isaac for you. I have 9 sentences(1+2+6) for you today. Isaac has just finished his last final and is heading out to his car when he notices something.

He couldn’t move, couldn’t press the button, couldn’t do anything. The figure moved closer, and Isaac’s hand shook so hard, his keys fell tot he ground. The sunlight was already dimming in the late afternoon, but the lights around the parking lot illuminated the man’s face.

“No,” Isaac said. “You can’t be here.”

He hadn’t thought he’d spoken loud enough for the man to hear him, but he laughed, so maybe he had. Isaac’s heart was pounding in his ears, but he dropped down and swiped for his keys, finally unlocking the door, and practically leaping inside. He locked the doors as soon as he was in the seat but just sat there as he tried to get his breathing under control. His heart was still racing, but he turned the key in the ignition and backed out of his parking space.

Who did he see? Why is he so frightened? What’s going to happen next? I’ll have more of this and some of those answers next week.

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Still Burning – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Outline Act 4 for Green Hills & Smoky Fields 1, Whatever It Takes, & High on Loving You
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 42500 words on main projects – 4580/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 2725/25000, 1858 this week
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 499/5000, 230 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 519/5000, 258 this week
    • High on Loving You – 536/5000, 237 this week
    • By the Gun – 301/2500, 165 words this week
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 280/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 16/750
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 0/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 0/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 69/750
    • Hawk – 0/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 0/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 100/750
    • Desmund – 0/500
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 1/35

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – beta edits – 0/21 chapters
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits – 0/25 Chapters
  • Stretch: Protecting the Heart – transfer from One Note to Scrivener – 1/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 4/30
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – Finished this Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – On page 144/475
    • Faerie Blood(ReGi McClain) – At 17%
    • Snow White on the Run(Sidney Bristol) – At 28%
  • Secondary: Listen to 5 audio books – 1/5
    • Mine to Possess(Nalini Singh) – Finished this Friday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Come Sundown(Nora Roberts) – On Chapter 4/32

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 3/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 2x – 0/2

Crafting:

  • Knit: Split Crescents Knit Dishcloth – Cast on stitches. Knit 2/61 rows
  • Crochet: Blended Granny Lapghan – 0/9 blocks, have first block started

Writing Wednesday: Finished!

Yes, that’s right, I finished NaNoWriMo early this morning. I almost had it finished last night, was less than 500 words away when I could barely keep my eyes open. So I decided to set it aside. I didn’t have any problem getting those last words this morning. I’m only a little more than halfway through the story, though. I might finish it in December, if it’s the main project I decide to put in first priority. We shall see.

Now, it’s time to WiPPet Wednesday again! And I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac. Last week, we had Konner giving Jonas a ride home after getting his prosthetic leg. Today I have the next 13 sentences(1+1+2+9).

Konner shook his head as he navigated the snowy streets. “Just that I had to run some errands. He was too busy studying for his last final to even ask what errands they were.”

Isaac had been distracted this week finishing a project and studying for tests. “So, he’ll be done after tomorrow?”

Konner sent him a crooked grin as he turned into the driveway. “No need to go fishing, Jonas. But, yes, he’ll be all yours for the next month.”

Jonas’ face burned now. “That’s not what I was asking.”

“Sure, it’s not. You coming to the center again tomorrow? Isaac should be there sooner, depending on how long that test takes him.”

Konner is so not believing your denial, Jonas. 🙂

As for all my progress this week:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky FieldsOutline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themOn Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 50004/50000 words Bullseye!
    • “So, I should just live me life knowing he killed our parents, that he killed people who gave us shelter. And not do a bloody thing about it?”
      “Aye. Because it would mean you were still living. Why can that not be enough for you?”
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 17801/17500 Bullseye!
    • Still Burning – 668 words
      • Jess felt exhausted, but the last thing she wanted to do was go to her apartment and sit. She couldn’t remember ever feeling restless and so damn tired at the same time. All day she’d had to field questions from the men. About why they’d been pulled off a job then suddenly called back. Why they were letting some coward cause chaos on their own job. Why she was still in charge if she couldn’t even handle something like this.
        Okay, so mostly that last had been asked by her in her own head. She didn’t want the other men to know just how much her confidence had suffered because of this. Maybe [xx] had been right and she only had this job because her father was the boss.
        No. She wasn’t going to think like that. Yes, her father might have given her a chance another boss might not have. It’s not like she was the only woman on a construction crew, though. And he never would have kept her on if she wasn’t good at her job. So she shouldn’t have these doubts.
    • Whatever It Takes – 899 words
      • Then, there was the fact she hadn’t heard anything from Alexa. Konner had told her Gail had given the girl her phone back after a couple days. But, she still didn’t respond to any of Jayla’s texts. It was worrying her. She’d given a message to Konner for their sister, though, and she hoped she’d heard something from him today. Soon, hopefully. Of course he was probably spending time with Isaac while they were both on break.
    • High on Loving You – 767 words
      • “Because he loves you, too. And it would be damn obvious if the both of you would open your eyes. Now, go. I have houses to sell.”
        Anna laughed, but she did exactly that. And she really hoped the woman was right. Otherwise she was going to lay everything on the line for nothing.
    • By the Gun – 350 words
      • Alejandro closed his eyes, even though he was afraid that would mean falling back asleep. “We were getting ready to ride out of the clearing. Something hit me. Shot. I was shot,” he remembered.
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 2518/2250 Bullseye!
    • Patrick & Sarah
    • Tavin & Haiwee
    • Roman
    • Dougal & Shae
    • Jacob & Matthew
    • Mike & Fadil
    • Hawk
    • Sean & Braeden
    • Melanie & Garren
    • Desmund – 174 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15 /15 Bullseye!

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Got chapter 5 back Wednesday morning. Transferred comments for 2/2 scenes Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 23/23 Bullseye!

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 19/30 Off Target
    • The Hunter(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday(11/16) evening. Finished it Tuesday(11/28) morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Slow Burn Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Saturday afternoon(11/18). Finished it Sunday(11/26) evening.
    • The Girl with the Red Balloon(Katherine Locke) – Started this Thursday afternoon. At 62%
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – On page 99/388
    • Chasing Destiny(Megan Erickson) – At 55%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 9/4 Bullseye!
    • Something About You(Julie James) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • When Tony Met Adam(Suzanne Brockmann) – Listened to this Monday morning. It’s a short story/novella in her Troubleshooters series. It’s a little farther along than where I’m at in the series currently, so I probably should have waited. But, I did enjoy it.
    • Mine to Possess(Nalini Singh) – On Chapter 25/50

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 17/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque –  Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf –  Bullseye!

Writing Wednesday: Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, here in the States at least. One thing I’m thankful for: We never host Thanksgiving dinner, so I don’t have to worry about doing a special cleaning of the house or cook or have to deal with people in my house. We’re going to my mom’s for the day and may stop at husband’s aunt’s on the way home. I’ll be taking a book/my kindle so I can hide away when I can’t take socializing any more.

Another thing I’m thankful for: We have internet that works again! Our old service kept going out(the modem said it was connected but nothing would work). I’d basically have to only have 1 thing connected at a time for it to work and if I connected my phone, it would completely go out. So, husband called the local cable company we used to use and he came Monday and reconnected our service. Now, I won’t have to go through all my data package on my phone in a month(it was pretty close last month).

Now, I just have to get a new wireless keyboard it seems. Mine periodically stops working. If it sits for a length of time, it won’t type when I try to use it again. Loosen one of the batteries and put it back in and it works again. I thought batteries might be low, but I changed them out yesterday and it was still doing it. So, yeah, I think it’s time for a new one.

And now it is time for WiPPet Wednesday!! I have more of Jonas & Isaac for you today. I had thought of rewinding and sharing a Thanksgiving scene for today. Instead I’ll share a scene with something Jonas is thankful for. I have 7 paragraphs today(22-11+2+0+1-7).

He used the crutches to keep himself steady as he walked–actually walked! He was still having trouble believing that– out of the office. The sky had dumped snow on the city earlier that day, but the sidewalk was shoveled and parking lot cleared. A dark blue car idled at the curb.

Jonas took careful steps toward it. The last thing he wanted to do was fall out here and mess something up already. When he reached the car, he opened the door and caught Konner grinning at him. “Looking good there,” Konner said. “Of course, you always do. But especially so with that walking.”

Jonas felt his face warm. It always did when Konner said things like that. When he flirted, with Jonas himself or Isaac. But, he just slid his crutches into the backseat and climbed in. “Thanks for agreeing to give me a ride. I wanted to show the whole family together.”

“Not a problem, man. Glad you were able to get it today.”

So was he. Jonas had thought he’d be able to take the leg home the week before when he first went in for the fitting. But, they’d had to make some adjustments. So he’d had to wait.

“Did you tell Isaac what you were doing?” He didn’t know why it mattered. But, he wanted to be the one to show him. Over the last two weeks, some sort of connection had formed between them again. Not what they’d had before, but maybe they could at least be friends.

He kept telling himself he could be content with that.

Sure, Jonas, you can believe that all you want. 😉

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky FieldsOutline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themOn Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 36882/50000 words On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 13775/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 679 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 648 words
    • High on Loving You – 669 words
    • By the Gun – 293 words
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 2075/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 69 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 55 words
    • Roman
    • Dougal & Shae
    • Jacob & Matthew
    • Mike & Fadil
    • Hawk – 58 words
    • Sean & Braeden
    • Melanie & Garren
    • Desmund
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 11 /15 On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 17/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 13/30 Off Target
    • Barefoot at Sunset(Roxanne St. Clair) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Really didn’t care about the characters by 30% so set this aside Tuesday.
    • The Hunter(Monica McCarty) – Started this Thursday evening. On page 81/380
    • Take Me, Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Friday morning. Set it aside Monday evening. So tired of the woman has to be taught how to be feminine trope. And apparently a man knows how to make that happen better than a woman. Just, no thanks.
    • Slow Burn Cowboy(Maisey Yates) – Started this Saturday afternoon. On page 119/367
    • Into the Firestorm(Kat Martin) – Started this Tuesday evening. On page 48/368
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 6/4 Bullseye!
    • Crossroads(Riley Hart) – Started this Friday(11/17) around noon. Not sure if it was narrator or what, but not pulling me in. On Chapter 20/43
    • A Seditious Affair(K.J. Charles) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished Sunday afternoon.
    • A Gentleman’s Postition(K.J. Charles) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday evening. Loved, loved, loved.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 14/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit 7 rows & finished brim, knit 48 rows of main pattern, Knit 14 rounds of decrease rounds. Finished Saturday morning(11/18)  Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square. Started Dreamy Scarf Saturday afternoon(11/18) About 35/66 inches long On Target

Writing Wednesday: In the Middle

We’ve come to the middle of the month. I’m halfway to my NaNoWriMo(or was very close to it as of Tuesday night. Won’t have a problem hitting it today Hit it this morning). I’m at the halfway point of Whatever It Takes(and nearly ready to outline Act 3). And that’s about all the middle stuff I can come up with. 🙂

On Sunday we went to a birthday party for one of the boy’s friends. His older brother is also in the girl’s grade, and their father is friends with my husband, so both kids were invited. The birthday party was at Chuck E Cheese, which is basically my personal version of Hell. Up until now I’ve gotten away from having to go to any parties there. Usually only 1 kid is invited, so I take the other one to do something else(if the girl stays with me, we usually go to the bookstore, the boy prefers Toys R Us). It was…not as bad as I feared. We followed the kids around a bit at first, and there were too many people among all the games. But when we sat down, it wasn’t quite as…socially claustrophobic(this is the term I used before I knew social anxiety was a thing). I felt on edge the whole time we were there, but I survived, so there’s that. And the kids had a good time.

During last week’s writing of Green Hills & Smoky Fields(really need to come up with a different title since book 1 takes place all in the Green Hills part), a new character popped up, surprising me(If you want, you can meet him in the Stream of Consciousness Saturday post I have linked below). And he has me adding quite a few words and scenes I hadn’t planned on into it. And it also already has me thinking about what might happen in book 2. Except I’m not even halfway through this one yet. Oops?

And now that it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday!! A blog hop, hosted by the amazing Emily Wrayburn for us to share a snippet from a current Work in Progress that someone pertains to the date. I’m still sharing from Jonas & Isaac’s story. I have the last 6 paragraphs(1+5 for the day) from the scene I started sharing from last week.

“You did say you wanted to know why he keeps coming by, hanging out when you’re not busy. But, he leaves just as that tension starts snapping between you.”

That wasn’t quite what he’d said. And Jonas did seem to get enjoyment out of helping the kids. But, there had to be more to it, didn’t there? “I don’t need a private investigator for those answers. I don’t need those answers.” Wasn’t sure he wanted them.

“You keep telling yourself that, Isaac. I can see the truth. Hell, everyone around here sees the truth.”

“I will,” Isaac said, ignoring the last two statements. “Thank you very much for your permission.”

Konner snorted again and bumped his shoulder against Isaac’s. Then, he started rambling on about…something. Isaac barely followed the conversation. Because why did Jonas keep coming by? Was it really only about helping? Or something more?

He shouldn’t care about the answer. But, he did. and he was afraid finding out would destroy him.

Will Isaac get those answers? Would he really like what they were?

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky FieldsOutline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themOn Target
  • Secondary: Outline Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 26225/50000 words On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 9904/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 1099 words
    • Whatever It Takes –948 words
    • High on Loving You –726 words
    • By the Gun – 388 words
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 1893/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 54 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 36 words
    • Roman – 108 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 51 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 60 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 32 words
    • Hawk – 63 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 46 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 76 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 8/15 On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 9/23 On Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 10/30 Off Target
    • Dangerous in Training(Sidney Bristol) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Tuesday morning.
    • Softly at Sunrise(Maya Banks) – Started this Saturday night. It’s a novella included with Shades of Gray. Finished it Sunday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • The Rogue Prince(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Monday afternoon. At 24%
    • All He Ever Needed(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Monday evening. On page 123/272
    • A Gentleman’s Position(K.J. Charles) – Started this Tuesday morning. At 11%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 2/4
    • Imprudence(Gail Carriger) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 13/19

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 11/21 On Target
    • Fiction Friday: Dear Diary – A short story with Silas(from Playing with Fire) when he’s a teenager
    • Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Arm – a bit from Green Hills & Smoky Fields & Eamonn’s doomed crush.
    • WeWriWa: Out of My Head – a snippet from Hawk’s story
    • Sunday Summary – Weekly update
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 1/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit 7 rows & finished brim, knit 28 rows of main pattern Target Sighted in
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

Writing Wednesday: Plugging Along

Pup has priorities straight. Snuggled up on a cold day

That feels like all I’m doing. Just making my word count for NaNo each day. Except Sunday. I didn’t do any writing then. Stories like those in my Flames series spoil me for ones like Green Hills and Smoky Fields(going to be series title, but haven’t come up with one for first book). These words are coming out slower, which isn’t likely a bad thing. Just makes it all feel so slow and may not have made it the best choice for NaNo. But, I’ll keep going with it.

Pup chewed a hole in girl’s blanket, so we had to patch it up. My sewing will win no awards.

And my sinuses are starting to feel plugged up. Just when I thought I might avoid the cold everyone else in the house seems to have gotten. Blah. But, at least I had a pretty good birthday on Sunday. Got my strawberry banana pancakes at IHoP, went to barnes & noble and got They Both Die at the End(Adam Silvera) & the girl used up my gift card on one of her books. Then, we went to the used book store and I got three more books(Hot Target – Suzanne Brockmann, Fatal Consequences – Marie Force, & Before We Kiss – Susan Mallery). Stopped at Michael’s and got yarn for my other crochet project for the month(still not the exact yarn called for, different brand, but I think it will work. Got my hair cut, got groceries, and picked up some strawberry and orange wine. Had a glass of the strawberry Sunday night. It was GOOD. I’m not much of a wine drinker(not much of a drinker at all, really), but this stuff could change my mind.

After having my hair short for over a year, it still surprises me how much better I feel right after a cut.

And now it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday. Which means it’s time for more Jonas & Isaac! They may be a little upset with me. They are *this close* to kissing, and I keep leaving them hanging. You’ll get there, boys. Just a little longer. 😉 But, I’m not quite there in snippets yet(need to have some room so I don’t catch up to myself). Anyway, today I have 10 paragraphs(1+1+8) from the next scene after last week’s.

“What do you think his motive is?” Konner shuffled some papers on the desk but didn’t look up at Isaac.

He didn’t even need to ask who Konner was talking about. Still, he didn’t feel like addressing it either. Instead, he just asked, “What are we, starring on a cop show now?”

Konner laughed, probably more than the statement warranted. He’d been like that a lot lately. Of course, Konner had always been able to find more humor in every day things than Isaac had. And it wasn’t because he’d had an easier life.

He hadn’t. But, he apparently had something that was broken in Isaac. He ruthlessly shoved those thoughts–planted there by his father so many years ago, even though he’d thought he’d uprooted them by now–and turned back to the discussion. “Anyway, i thought it was your brother who was the investigator now.” And Konner had encouraged Jonas to stick around and help. Why the suspicion now?

Konner smirked. “I could set Maddix on him if you want. A little surveillance, and we’d have some answers.”

Isaac shook his head. “I’m not setting your private investigator brother on my ex-boyfriend. He hasn’t done anything.”

“Last time I saw him, he looked like he wanted to be your current boyfriend once again.”

Isaac knew that wasn’t true, but he smirked at Konner and asked, “Jealous?”

Somethine flashed through Konner’s eyes, but he just grinned back at Isaac. “What would I be jealous of? I’m single and loving it, babe.”

Isaac knew when Konner used that pet name, he was covering something up. And Konner, single? Yeah, that never lasted long. “You are chronically falling in love, Kon. Single isn’t a state you exist in well.”

So, is Konner jealous? Or is there something else going on with him. And obviously, Jonas’ plan to stay away from the center, and Isaac, isn’t going so well. 😉

We had some visitors this morning. Chicken nuggets, anyone?(Kidding, kidding)

Color Code:

Monthly Goal Met/Finished

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to themTarget Not Sighted In
  • Secondary: Plot Upcoming Acts for Still Burning & Whatever It Takes Target Not Sighted in
  • Stretch: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm Target Not Sighted In

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 11962/50000 words A little short for today’s goal, but still On Target
  • Secondary: Other main projects – Write 17500 words – 5246/17500 On Target
    • Still Burning – 694 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 572 words
    • High on Loving You – 632 words
    • By the Gun –403 words
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 1367/2250 On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 51  words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 81 words
    • Roman – 68 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 86 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 110 words
    • Mike & Fadil – 69 words
    • Hawk – 89 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 74 words
    • Melanie & Garren – 65 words
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3/15 On Edge of Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22 Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP Target Not Sighted in Yet
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 4/23 Slightly Off Target

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 4/30 Off Target
    • Killing Fear(Allison Brennan) – Started this Thursday afternoon(when my kindle had to charge). Read the prologue(10 pages but was numbered with roman numerals. Chapter 1 started with page 1, which seems weird to me, but oh well). On page 389/421
    • Concourse(Santino Hassell) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Loved it. *In my head, I kept calling this Intercourse. The last book was Interborough, and for some reason my brain mashed the two together. And I’d snicker every time I realized what I’d called it. Because I am so very mature.
    • Unicorn Tracks(Julia Ember) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Once Upon a Wedding(Kait Nolan) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Was a quick, sweet read.
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 1/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). Finished it Monday morning(11/6)
    • A Merciful Truth(Kendra Elliot) – Started this Monday afternoon. On Chapter 12/32

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 6/21 On Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque – Started this Tuesday evening(11/7). Cast on & knit one row Target Sighted in
  • Crochet: Prayer Square  & Dreamy Scarf – 17/17 remaining rows on Prayer Square Target in Sight

Writing Wednesday: NaNo Time!

Yes, that’s right! It’s November 1! That actually means a couple things for me. First, it’s the start of another NaNoWriMo. Of course, that’s pretty much every month for me(there are only 3 months I haven’t written at least 50k, one of those I was only short about 50 words). But, I still get excited about the official challenge every year. And this year, I’m actually not being a rebel and working on several projects/something already in progress like the last few years. As of this morning, I have a bright blank slate to work on. 😀 I tried to stay up to start it at midnight. Yeah, I made it to 10. :/ This should not be a surprise to anyone. I used to be able to stay up late and get up early. Anymore it’s only the getting up early part.

November 1 also means yesterday was Halloween! Okay, I don’t really get that excited about it. We live out in the country, and we don’t really decorate for it. Who would see it anyway? But, the kids like dressing up, and we take them into town to visit houses. We don’t do themed costumes(unless the kids want to be something from the same thing). One year they were Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. So, that worked out. This year the boy picked Marshall(from Paw Patrol). The girl wanted to be Everest(also Paw Patrol) but we couldn’t find a costume in her size. She ended up being the Pink Power Ranger. That was actually surprising because she usually rolls her eyes when the boy watches one of the many versions of it. But, it was her choice. We walked for a little less than an hour, and they got quite a bit of candy. But, it was pretty cold out(no snow at least, so that’s something).

The third thing November means is that it’s almost my birthday! Yes, on Sunday, I’m going to be the big 3-3(wait, is that a big deal? Probably not). Another year older. Woohoo(I mean that both sincerely and sarcastically, if that’s possible). No big plans, though I do hope to get my hair cut again this weekend(it’s getting shaggy and driving me a bit nuts).

But, for now, it’s WiPPet Wednesday!! And time to visit with Jonas & Isaac again. Since it’s my birthday month, I’m taking the digits of my upcoming age and adding them together(3+3 = 6) and giving you 6 paragraphs from the next scene. Jonas is trying to make sense of what happened in that moment between him and Isaac and what to do about it.

Then, Isaac had shown up. He hadn’t realized he’d been there so long. And just a hand on his leg had sent him spinning. God, he was a loser. How many times would he have to tell himself it would be better to stay away from Isaac before his body believed it?

“Are you okay?” his mom asked. “You didn’t push yourself too hard again, did you?”

“No, mama,” Jonas said. “I mean, I didn’t. I’m fine.”

“Then, why are you so quiet? You’ve been excited the last times I picked you up. Today you are subdued. What is different?”

“Nothing.” Everything. But, he couldn’t even explain that to himself, let alone his mother. Maybe he was just going to have to stay away from the youth center until he got his head and feelings sorted out.

Yeah, that was what he’d do.

Sure, you will, Jonas. Sure you will. 😉

And now for how I finished up the month of October:

Color Code:

Monthly Goal met/finished

Weekly Goal met

Progress made

Nothing done

Set aside

Plotting:

  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Story Toolkit, Outline Act 1 in Scrivener – Outlined first 5 chapters(Act 1) on Monday. Chapter 5 has about 8 scenes in it currently, so it will probably be split into at least 2 chapters, maybe more. I’ll outline acts as I finish one up. On Target

Drafting:

  • Primary: Write 35000 words on main projects – 33581/35000 words Off Target(about 1.5k off target)

    • Still Burning – 594 words
      • But, she shook her head. She wasn’t sure she could count on that. And was afraid it would just mean she’d end up hurting him more in the future. She had to put an end to it before that happened. But, she wasn’t sure how to say any of that to her dad, let alone Austin. But, since he was now heading toward her, she’d have to figure it out.
    • Whatever It Takes – 465 words
      • Jayla could only stare at Carisa as she finally wound down. She just didn’t have any words. What could she say to that?
        Absolutely nothing.
    • High on Loving You – 2685 words
      • She just shrugged one shoulder and climbed into her seat. He waited for her to buckle in before he closed her door and climbed into the front again. He flexed his hands around the steering wheel a few times before finally turning the key in the ignition. Raina didn’t speak on the drive home. Morgan thought about trying to pry answers about her day out of her, but he’d never had to do that before. Usually she volunteered all the information he could want. Even more than that most days.
        When they got to the house, she walked just as quietly into the house and went back to her room. She didn’t even ask him for a snack. She always had a snack when she got home from school. He needed to get to the bottom of what was wrong before his little girl faded away into nothing more than a ghost.
        He just didn’t even know where to start.
    • By the Gun – 821 words
  • Secondary: Write 4500 words on side projects – 4849/4500 words On Target
    • Patrick & Sarah – 56 words
    • Roman – 40 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 50 words
  • Stretch: Write 25 pages for Jonas & Isaac project – 26/25 pages. On Target

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in – 2/24 chapters,    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 – 11/11 chapters On Target

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 audiobooks – 8/5 Bullseye!
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 28/69.
  • Read: 30 books – 24/30 Off Target
    • Spiral(Mila Ferrera) – Started this Thursday night. Set aside at 54%. Just wasn’t doing anything for me. Disappointing because I’ve liked her other books.
    • Finding Miss McFarland(Vivienne Lorret) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished this Tuesday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Love in a Snowstorm(Zoe York) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished this Monday afternoon. It was ok, but kept almost putting it down
    • The Recruit(Monica McCarty) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Monday night. Really enjoyed this one.
    • Love is a Battlefield(Elle Kennedy & Vivian Arend) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.

Social Media

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 20/20 posts Bullseye!
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 Off Target

Crafting:

  • Knit: GENEie Hat – Started this Tuesday(10/3?). 6/6 rounds of ribbing done. 53/53 rounds of cable pattern done. Finished it Thursday(10/26) Bullseye!
  • Crochet: Dreamy Scarf – I need “Dreamy” yarn for this(I could probably use another kind, but the pattern is based on using this yarn) and I haven’t found it yet. So haven’t started this. It will get moved to November’s goals.
  • Since I don’t have the yarn for my other crochet project, I decided to do up some “prayer squares”. They were talking about these in church the other week, and I figured it would be easy enough if I could find a pattern(there are quite a few out there). So started one on Monday. Have 6/20 rows done.

So, it was a pretty good month overall, even though there were a couple things i didn’t get to. I seem to be finding the best way to organize my day, and those Mellow Mondays are going well(though my definition of Mellow is apparently broken. haha).

So, now to look forward to November:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them
  • Secondary: Flames of Knowledge – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Write 50000 words – 516/50000 words
  • Secondary: Other main project – Write 17500 words – 0/17500
  • Stretch: Side Projects – 2250 words – 0/2250
  • Stretchier: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 0/15

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Edit chapters as I get them back – 0/22
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Edit once I get it back from CP
  • Stretch: Transfer Ready When You Are from Word to Scrivener – 1/23

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 0/4
    • Keeping the Faith(A.M. Leibowitz) – Started this Wednesday morning. At 4%
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 0/4
    • Tower of Dawn(Sarah J Maas) – Started this Wednesday afternoon(10/25). On Chapter 37/69

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 1/21
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 0/4

Crafting:

  • Knit: Slip n Purl Toque
  • Crochet: Prayer Square & Dreamy Scarf – 0/14 remaining rows on Prayer Square

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