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Writing Wednesday: Last Day of 30

Today is my last day as a 30 year old. I actually had to stop and think about that. But, yes, tomorrow I’ll turn 31. 🎂

This time change is really wrecking my sleep schedule. I’ve been waking up an hour before my alarm goes off then struggling to stay awake until nine at night. Last night I didn’t. I fell asleep on the couch around 7 and woke up at 11:30. Went to bed (and had to kick the dog out of my spot) and woke back up before 3. I’m sure I’ll adjust soon and then it will be almost time to change the clocks again.

Words have been going well so far this week. I’ve already got over 10k toward NaNoWriMo. More on that in a bit. First for a snippet from Guarding the Heart. I have 11 paragraphs from some of yesterday’s writing. Xavier works for Casey, he called him in to stay with Emelyn while he had to be somewhere else. And the [xx] is because I need to decide on a name for that guy, still.

“I still don’t understand,” Emelyn said as Xavier held the door open for her. “I was going to go back in and see Sarah when Alex came out. I don’t get why we had to leave. And why you’re sneaking me out like a celebrity with the paparazzi after her.”
Xavier didn’t say anything until after he’d shut her door and rounded the car to his own to slip inside. “That guy you were talking to, [xx] Turlington.”
“What about him? He can’t be that dangerous. He’s too soft to do anything.”
Xavier shook his head. “You apparently still have a lot to learn about people. It doesn’t take a lot of physical strength to be dangerous. He called the media.” Xavier pulled something up on his phone and handed it over to her as he backed out of the parking space. “They were right out in front of the hospital. That’s why we went out the back.”
Her stomach clenched as the video played out. “He keeps mentioning his sister. Who was she?”
“Our last client. And no matter what he, or anyone else in that family, says, what happened wasn’t Casey’s fault. He did everything right to protect her. She broke one of his rules, her ex-husband realized where she was, and he came after her. Nearly killed Casey before he went after Lydia. And Casey still stopped him, but it was too late for her.”
Tears filled her eyes when he said Casey almost died. So, she could have lost him before she’d ever even known him.
“What happened to him?” she asked, wanting to think about something else. “The ex-husband.”
“In jail. Hopefully he’ll rot there. He beat on Lydia almost daily, threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave him. And he saw that through.”
She thought she saw more than the loss of a client in his eyes. And she remembered the things he’d said to Turlington, how he’d talked to him. “You knew her, didn’t you? Before she was a client, I mean.”
His knuckles tightened against the steering wheel and for a moment she thought he wouldn’t answer. Then, he let out a long breath. “No wonder someone’s after you, Emelyn. You’re dangerous for a man’s secrets.”

This is coming along well this week. I realized on Friday that I had a big plot hole in the last quarter of it, so I re-plotted the end. Ended up cutting a few scenes and adding in a few others. I’ve already hit 80k(which is how long I figured it would be) and I still have at least 12 more scenes to finish. I’d still like to finish the first draft this week.

  • Guarding the Heart – finish 1st draft – making good progress on this. 10842 words so far this week.
  • Chasing the Ghost – 1st revisions – more than halfway through these. Have 4 scenes I might add in plus other changes. Still hoping to finish it this week but might not happen.
  • Read: Gotta Read It – 25% – 10% through this right now.
  • Read: The Heiress Effect(Courtney Milan), Bringing Home the Bad Boy(Jessica Lemmon), Hot On Her Heels(Susan Mallery), Forever Grace(Linda Poitevin), & Lucky In Love(Jill Shalvis) – I finished The Heiress Effect, really enjoyed it. Finished Bringing Home the Bad Boy last night. Liked it, though I had some issues with it. Started Hot on Her Heels last night, but didn’t get too far before falling asleep on the couch.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – Get through Strip 19 – made some progress on this yesterday.
  • Loom: Hat – Planning to work on this over the weekend.

Writing Wednesday: Rain and Progress

Wednesday again. This week has been going pretty well. Getting a lot of rain today. And wind. In fact it broke the umbrella this morning when I was walking back up to the house from getting the kids on the bus. Thought I could fix it easily enough, but the slide piece went all the way up, and it won’t come back down. Waiting until the last minute to go wait for boy’s bus to get here so I won’t have to get to wet.

Now, for my WiPPet snippet. Working on (well, worked since I finished 1st draft – WOOHOO) Let It Begin today,  so I’m sharing 29(1+0+28) sentences from what I wrote this morning.

“You already are what I need.”
“I can’t be,” she said. “You don’t need someone who might have a break down in the middle of the street because she thinks she saw her dead husband. Or who has a flashback to him hitting her because someone touches her shoulder, or she hears a raised voice. That’s not what you need, Patrick.”
“Don’t tell me what I need.” His voice was soft, but there was steel in it, too. “I’ve known what I’ve needed since I was seventeen years old. I tried to need something else when I couldn’t have it, but it’s never changed. If you break down, I’ll help you put the pieces back together. If you flash back, I’ll help pull you back here. If you hear his voice, tell me and I’ll do my best to drown it out.”
She could feel the moisture on her face even though she hadn’t realized she’d started crying. “Patrick-”
He shook his head, though, and took both of her hands. “That’s not why I came here, but you need to know. Maybe I wasn’t strong enough for you back then. I am now. I won’t ever raise my hand to you, or try to diminish who you are. I will never choose a night drinking in the bar to spending time with you. I won’t degrade you, and I’ll never abandon you. I love you, Natalie. I have for thirty-five years, and I will until the day I die. But, I’ll never ask you for more than you’re ready to give. You have to know that.”
She stepped toward him and laid her head on his shoulder. “I want to give you everything, but that frightens me.”
“Then just give me what you can for right now. You don’t have to be frightened.”

And now for my progress so far this week.

  • By the Gun – get to 3000 words – 4236/3000 words. Only 1925 of these were new words. The others came from the last attempt at this. Still counting them. And the new words came easier than any of the ones from that previous attempt. Hoping that’s a good sign.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – reach 16000 words – 16687/16000 words. These words came quite easily too.
  • Let It Begin – finish 1st draft – wrote 2937 words and the end on this today.
  • My Way to You – reach 6000 words – tomorrow’s project
  • Guarding the Heart – reach 70000 words – Friday’s project
  • Chasing the Ghost – revision note cards – I got through chapter 6/27 yesterday. A little behind where I’d like to be, but hoping to catch up this afternoon.
  • Just Add Moonlight – Finish revisions & submit – Saturday project
  • Read: 2k-5k – at 90%.
  • Read: Into the Devil’s Underground, Cutting Edge(Allison Brennan), Foolproof(Jennifer Blackwood), The Heiress Effect(Courtney Milan), & Bringing Home the Bad Boy(Jessica Lemmon) – didn’t get to any of these yet. Still working through my reread of the Living on the Edge series by Roni Loren. Almost done with it. About halfway through Yours All Along then just have Call On Me to read and can start Break Me Down, which came out yesterday.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – haven’t really worked on this at all this week. But it’s still technically in progress

Writing Wednesday: Making Progress

So, that snow we had on Sunday…it was gone on Monday. I’m sure it won’t be too long before it’s back. But, we got wood pellets delivered on Monday, so we’ll be ready to run our pellet stove once it gets cold again.

Not much else going on this week. The girl failed her hearing test at school on Monday. So, we have to take her in and have a more thorough test done. Other than that, I’ve been focused mostly on writing & some editing this week.

Today, I’ve been working on Some Fools Never Learn. Making some progress on it. Today I have 21 sentences that I wrote this morning. This is the second time Tate and Emilia have run into each other.

But, all he wanted to do was dry her eyes. It was an unfamiliar urge.
“It’s nothing,” she said, trying to wave him off. “Just frustrated with bullshit.”
Her words took him by surprise. Mostly because he hadn’t expected her to swear. Maybe she wasn’t as prim and proper as he’d assumed. He wanted to push and find out what kind of bullshit she was dealing with, but a throat cleared behind them.
He turned and saw the director glaring at them. “You’re late, Mr. Hunter.”
Tate let out a long breath and turned back toward Emilia. “I could really start to hate him,” he muttered.
To his surprise, Emilia smiled at him. “Well, I’m the president of that club. But, feel free to put in an application for membership.”
He chuckled at her words then turned to face the director. There was definitely something about him Tate just didn’t like. He could hear Emilia’s heels clicking on the tile of the floor as she headed down the hallway. He hoped she wasn’t leaving. Only a couple minutes of talking to her just wasn’t enough. Not even close to enough.

Like I said, things are going well so far this week.

  • By the Gun -finish outline – got this done. Can start writing this new version next week
  • Let It Begin – reach 29000 words – 30289/29000 words. I only have 3 scenes left to write in this one. Should have it finished next week.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – reach 13000 words – 13497/13000 words.
  • Guarding the Heart – reach 67000 words
  • My Way To You – reach 3000 words
  • Stained Blood – finish polishing – making progress on this. Should still finish it this week.
  • Just Add Moonlight – Revise – weekend project
  • Read: 2k-10k – 85% – A little over 70% right now
  • Read: A Kiss for Midwinter (Courtney Milan), Broken Spell (Fabio Bueno), Fifty First Times(various), Into the Devil’s Underground (Stacy Green), The Summit (Kat Martin), & Slow Heat(Jill Shalvis) – I finished A Kiss for Midwinter but couldn’t get into Broken Spell. I read most of the stories in Fifty First Times but skipped a few of them. Then, I decided to do a re-read of Roni Loren’s Loving on the Edge series, despite the fact I have plenty still on my TBR list. I may read some of my other books between the ones in the series.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – making slow progress on this still.

Writing Wednesday:

This week’s been going well so far. Other than the cough I seem to have developed. The girl had it for about 3 weeks, now it looks like it’s my turn.

But, the writing, that has been going well. And I’ll get more into that below. But, first is Wippet Wednesday. Today I have 6 paragraphs(1+0+1+4) from Guarding the Heart. These are the last 6 paragraphs I wrote on this last week. Alex is Casey’s partner, and his wife, Sarah, has gone missing.

She reached out to him. “I need to be here until she’s back. Alex needs you, and I do, too. You can’t watch me at a safe house and be here for him, too. I need to be here. With you.”
His arms wrapped tight around her. “I can’t. I can’t let anything hurt you, Em. I can’t…I couldn’t handle it,” he whispered.
“Once she’s back,” she said, “I’ll do whatever you want, go wherever you say. But, I’ve already lost one friend, I have to be here until she’s found.”
His arms tightened, and he buried his face in her hair. “Okay,” he finally said. “You do what I say, though. Whatever I say. Can you promise me that?”
“Yes, Casey. I’ll listen to you.”
His mouth quirked up at one corner. “Well, princess, that will be a first.”

So, will she actually listen to him? Or will this lead to more trouble? Well…oh, did you actually think I was going to tell you? 😉

  • Write: 3k each on Let It Begin, Guarding the Heart, and Some Fools Never Learn – I wrote 3639 words on Let It Begin and 3563 on Guarding the Heart. Some Fools is tomorrow’s project.
  • Outline: Bryan & Leo & By the Gun – I finished the outline for Bryan & Leo’s story (now titled My Way to You) and got the first 400 words written on it. By the Gun is Friday’s project.
  • Revise: Stained Blood – 2nd round revisions.  If time: start polishing – I finished the revisions yesterday. I’ll be starting the polishing round today.
  • Just Add Moonlight: Flesh out – weekend project
  • Read: 2k – 10k – 60% – I’m 45% through this.
  • Read: Just a Little Crush,  Someday Girl, City of Lost Souls (Cassandra Clare), Showdown at Yellow Butte (Louis L’Amour ), All For You (Jessica Scott), & Behind the Scenes (Dahlia Adler) – I enjoyed both of the ones I finished (though Just a Little Crush had a side character,  Fallon,  and that was weird to keep reading my name in the book and she’s the main character in the next book in the series). More than halfway through City of Lost Souls. I might even finish it today.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – Still making progress on this.

Writing Wednesday: Just Starting

We’re only a couple days into the new ROW80 round, so I won’t claim to be doing well or poorly. Monday actually started out well.  Today I barely managed to write 1k (my goal is 3k a day). I’ve really been struggling with this story and I’m not quite sure why. I’m going to keep with it, at least for a little while longer. I may end up setting it aside though.

Since it’s Wednesday,  that means is time for a snippet from. ..one of my WiPPet for Wippet Wednesday. I’m drafting By the Gun today, even though it is slow going. So, I suppose I should share something from it. Instead I think I’ll share from the one I’m revising, Stained Blood. This is the third(and probably final) in my western series. I’d thought there might be a fourth book, but that character isn’t talking to me, so it might not happen. For today, I have the first 7 paragraphs from Chapter 1. One of the few bits I can share that doesn’t really have any spoilers for the first 2 books.

Deryn Glas looked out the window of the stagecoach as it rattled toward the town. She already knew who else occupied the coach with her. An older man who had sniffed when she’d been helped inside. Beside him sat a woman, probably only a few years older than her, with a little boy who didn’t seem to want to sit still. The woman wouldn’t meet Deryn’s eyes, either, but that was probably just as well.
If they didn’t look at her, they were less likely to remember her later.
Next to her sat another woman, who looked to be just a little younger than herself. The woman had smiled briefly at her. The man with her, who held onto the little girl who seemed to only be a little more than a year old, had seemed friendly, too, but had remained quiet, only whispering to the woman at his side.
She could already see the buildings growing in the distance and could feel her hands sweating inside her gloves. She tried to ignore the rolling in her stomach. Just nerves, she told herself. She knew better, but she kept repeating it until she’d almost convinced herself.
No one here would recognize her. No one would know who she really was or try to make her go back. She would be safe. For at least a little while, she would be safe.
The driver shouted up from the box, and the horses started to slow. Deryn gripped her hands tighter, wishing she knew what she could expect while she was here. She’d been hoping to get to California, but it turned out the little money she’d saved wouldn’t take her that far. Instead, it looked like Lander, Wyoming Territory was going to be the end of her road. At least until she could save up some more money.
She hoped it would be far enough.

Looking at my calendar,  next week I should be sharing from Guarding the Heart again.

Monday when the boy got home from school,  he wanted to put together his Lego helicopter. So we started working on that. Then we couldn’t find the next piece we needed.  I’d seen him playing with it earlier and now it was gone. Finally found it later that evening. So Tuesday we worked on it again from when he got home until lunchtime. And again today, though we couldn’t find one piece. And that was after he lost the whole helicopter this morning. Found it on their bathroom counter finally.  Not sure why he had it in there in the first place.

  • Write 12k words – 7103 words. Monday was the best writing day.  Yesterday want bad,  but today it felt like I was fighting for every word.
  • Outline Bryan & Leo – planning to work on this tomorrow
  • Into the Sun – Submit – haven’t touched this yet
  • Just Add Moonlight – Read Through & Revision Notes – or this
  • Read: 2k-10k – 35% – about 20% through this
  • Read: Bare It All (Lori Foster), Instant Gratification (Jill Shalvis), Inflame (Tessa Teevan), Just a Little Crush (Renita Pizzitola), Someday Girl (Melanie Shawn) – enjoyed Bare It All and Instant Gratification.  Just started Inflame last night.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – Strip 18 – Still making progress on this although it’s slow

Hoping things pick back up for the second half of this week.

Writing Wednesday: Nearing the End

So the round doesn’t actually end until tomorrow,  but I have my routine/schedule I like to stick to,  so I’ll be doing my round wrap-up today.

I mentioned on Sunday that I’m changing up how I’m doing things yet again.  Bouncing between projects.  This means you might be getting something different from me on a weekly basis for Wippet Wednesday. Also,  depending on whether I start my post in the morning or afternoon,  you’ll either get something from what I’m drafting or what I’m revising. This week I’m working on Guarding the Heart and By the Gun.  Today’sa Guarding the Heat day though so you get 14 paragraphs (9+2+3) from the scene I was working on this morning.  A lot has happened since the last bit I posted,  but you can probably catch that from what’s here. Alex is Casey’s partner,  and Sarah is his wife.

“Shut it off,” Casey snapped and wrapped his arms tighter around Emelyn. She was shaking. The TV switched off, and he heard Alex’s steps as he left the room. He pulled Emelyn so she was practically sitting on his lap, his arms banded around her. If he couldn’t feel it against his neck, he’d worry he constricted her breath.
Tears splashed on his neck, but he didn’t loosen his hold on her. He had to focus so he didn’t squeeze her even tighter. All he could think was that if they’d stayed, it could have been Emelyn being wheeled out of that house in a bag. That thought nearly shattered him.
“I’m so sorry,” he said, wanting her tears to stop. “Em, please-”
Her fist struck his collarbone, numbing one arm so it dropped away from her. “It’s your fault. This is your fault,” she yelled. “We could have brought her with us. She’d still be alive. You were supposed to protect us, and you didn’t do it. You just left her there to be killed.”
He’d thought Melissa could have been behind the break-in. He knew her death didn’t completely absolve her of that suspicion either. She could have just been a loose end, a pawn, to get off the board. He wasn’t going to mention that, though. Not right now.
“I didn’t think she was in danger,” he said instead. “I was hired to keep you safe, and that’s what I did. You were the target. I thought-”
“You thought wrong,” she shouted at him, twisting so she could beat both fists against his chest. “You were wrong and now she’s dead. My best friend. She’d dead. How could you do this?”
His throat burned, but he had to push down his own emotions right now. “I’m so sorry, Emelyn. If I would have known this would happen…” He couldn’t tell her that, couldn’t lie. He wasn’t sure he would have done anything different. His only concern that night had been making sure she was safe. He’d done that. But, at what expense?
“It might not be connected.” He was grasping at straws, and he knew it. It was very unlikely that two crimes had been committed at the same location in so short a time.
He was almost sure of it. Melissa had been some pawn in a game she didn’t know she was playing. And whoever had been moving her around the board was snipping loose ends.
Emelyn still sobbed against him. “You should have saved her. You were there to protect us. I’m not the only important one.”
You are to me. The words were so close to coming out, and he was nearly shocked enough to let them spill. He couldn’t do that, though.
Her fists still hit against his chest, but he didn’t release her. Then, Sarah was there pulling her away. Emelyn turned into the other woman, her head against her shoulder, even as the sobs continued to wrack her body. Each sob ripped right through his own chest. Even as Sarah led Emelyn down the hallway toward the guest bedrooms. It hadn’t even been an hour since they’d been in one of them together. Since he’d been inside her.

Will Emelyn keep blaming him?  Will he blame himself?  Where will they go from here? You may get another snippet another day.

  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1) – add 9000 words – Making good progress on this.  Only wrote about 2200 on Monday,  but managed 3927 words today.  6200 for the week so far.  So on track.
  • By the Gun (western standalone) – 6000 words – I managed 2032 on this yesterday.  Got the first chapter written. 
  • Stained Blood (Stained #3) – revision note cards. If time: 1st revisions – almost finished with the revision cards.  Only have 7 more to do.
  • Into the Sun – finish proofreading & submit – silk working through this.  Hopefully will finish this weekend
  • Read: Take Off Your Pants – 80% through this.
  • Read: The Falconer(Elizabeth May), Wings (Aprilynne Pike), Heartless (L.S Engler ), On the Fence(Kasie West), & Openly Straight (Bill Konigsberg) – loved The Falconer,  but that ending…just killed me. Can’t wait for the next book.  I felt kind of meh about Wings,  it wasn’t bad just didn’t really pull me in.  42% through Heartless. 
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – hoping to be at least halfway finished with this – Making slow progress on this, too.

Round 3 Goals:


  • Ready When You Are(Kelan’s Story) – finish outline. Shouldn’t take long as all I have to do is put scenes into Scrivener and do the G,M,C,D. – got this done early in the round then set it aside
  • Jessica’s Story(Hunter Family #4) – Outline – didn’t get to this one.


  • Guarding the Heart – 1st draft – not there yet. At 51443 words
  • Some Fools Never Learn – 20k words – didn’t do this one either. I will be picking it up next week though


  • First Choice, Second Chance(formerly The Choice) – beta edits & proofread – yes
  • Law of Choice – 2nd round revisions & polish for CP – yes
  • Demons Rising – 2 revision rounds(lot of rewriting on this one, so that may be pushing it) – yes


  • First Choice, Second Chance – Got this out last month
  • Stained Snow – if I can…will be late in the round, though -nope


  • Listen/read – 49 books – 71/49. 17 of those were audiobooks.
  • 3 craft/research books – working on the third one.  Read Super Structure (James Scott Bell) & Goal, Motivation,  Conflict(Debra Dixon)


  • Knit: 3 projects – Dino cap, Hive Dishcloth,  about 1/4 of the way through Cuddly Chevron Blanket
  • Crochet: 3 projects – Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie, Spring Training Cap

Writing Wednesday: Cooling Off

Well, Fall is definitely approaching here in Northwestern PA. Over the weekend, it didn’t get above 60. Nights and mornings are cooler, even though this week, it’s supposed to be back up into the 70s & 80s during the day. Still, I won’t be one to complain about the slightly cooler temps. I handle them a lot better than the heat.

Today also happens to be my ninth wedding anniversary.  Stingrays that’s hard to believe (I was going to fix that autocorrect mistake,  but I think I just made up a new curse. Some days = stingrays). Overall it’s been a pretty good nine years.

Got a new project for Wippet Wednesday this week. It’s a novella in my Kurztown series,  and takes place just a couple months after Scars and All.  If anyone remembers my snippets from Law of Choice,  this is Brian’s boss (and Natalie is Brian’s mom). I have the first 17 sentences(16 for the day + 1 as a bonus for my anniversary).

Patrick DiSalvo adjusted his tie, first loosening then tightening the knot he’d already fussed over for much too long. He let out a disgusted sigh and turned away from the mirror. “Get over yourself,” he muttered but couldn’t quite stop himself from tugging on it one more time.
She wasn’t going to care anyway. He’d been putting himself out there for almost five years, and she still never cared. He should have taken a hint a long time ago.
At fifty, it was long past time to get over his high school sweetheart.
Maybe he could if he didn’t see the flash of…something in her eyes from time to time. Something Caleb Sharrock hadn’t completely smothered out. Even after that man had died, Patrick had known Natalie would need some time. He may have been little more than an abusive bully, but Natalie had been his wife for more than twenty years. So, he’d waited. More than three years he waited while she got back on her feet. And he saw her thrive. And while he did see that spark of whatever it was from time to time, more often than not, it was still fear and shadows he saw there.
He wanted to wipe all of that away. If only she would let him.

Is all of Patrick’s waiting going to be rewarded?  Well. ..ha! Did you actually think I was going to tell you? 😉

  • Let It Begin – 25k (that’s 5k a day.  I should be able to get this, but we’ll see) – I’ve written 11898 words so far this week. Hoping to hit 15k today.
  • Leo & Bryan – finish back stories – haven’t done any of this yet this week.
  • Into the Sun – finish proofreading & submit – weekend project
  • Read: Take Off Your Pants – 70% – I’m a little over 55% through this. On track.
  • Read: Hot Head(Damon Suede), The Falconer (Elizabeth May), Wings (Aprilynne Pike), & Heartless (L.S. Engler) – I finished the Klaus Brothers set on Monday and finished Hot Head last night. I really enjoyed it. I’ll be staying The Falconer today.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – I’ve made some progress on this.  Not a lot,  but some.

Doing good so far this week.  Hope that continues.

Writing Wednesday: New Routine







We had the boy’s birthday party on Sunday. It went well although none of his friends showed up. I was afraid of that with it being labor day weekend. May have to plan it for the weekend before or after from now on.wpid-wp-1441810733979.jpgwpid-wp-1441810754665.jpgwpid-wp-1441810773064.jpgwpid-wp-1441810788007.jpg(do you notice a trend in these pictures)

Monday,  my husband dropped the kids off with his mom then came back,  and we got on the motorcycle and took off. We haven’t been on a ride in a month. It felt so good to get out again. I didn’t get a lot of work (or chores) done,  but mostly caught up on Tuesday.

The boy and his mermaid sister at the beach Tuesday.

The boy and his mermaid sister at the beach Tuesday.

And on Monday,  I was on twitter and Krista Walsh mentioned alternating weeks working on projects.  I decided to try this out,  switching between drafting and editing projects.  This week, I had already started my read through of Scars and All,  so I decided to stick with it. Then I changed my calendars to go with this new routine.  So,  next week I’ll start writing on a new project. The next book(novella actually) in my Kurztown series. I’ll probably be adjusting it as I finish projects since I guessed on how long it will take me to finish things.

For today’s WiPPeT, I’m back to Scars and All. I’ve got 10 sentences(9+9-2-0-1-5) from a scene I added during the first round of revisions to Chapter 6.

Doren stood in the door of the garage bay, staring at Cassie’s retreating form. He was such an idiot. No, more than that. He was a damn asshole.
She hadn’t been trying to hurt him with those words. Even as a part of him knew that, he hadn’t been able to stop himself from lashing out. At one time, that had been a pretty normal reaction to just about anything someone said that could be taken the wrong way.
She was right about history, though. It was important. It could change absolutely everything about a person.

Despite not getting much done on Monday,  things are still going well.  Only thing I haven’t gotten anything done on is my knitting & plotting

  • Scars and All: Read Through.  Possibly: 2nd revisions.  If time: start polishing round – I finished the read through this morning. And 6/29 chapters revised.
  • Leo & Bryan – keep plotting – none of this yet
  • Into the Sun: proofread & submit – weekend project
  • Read: Take Off Your Pants – 45% I’m through 30% so far
  • Read: Sweetest Mistake(Candis Terry), Run the Risk(Lori Foster), The Klaus Brothers set(Penny Watson), & Hot Head(Damon Suede) I finished Sweetest Mistake last night. Love this series. Read the first few pages of Run the Risk this morning.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – nothing yet this week

Should be able to get more done this week. Hopefully most of it, but we’ll see.

Writing Wednesday: New Month, New Project

Okay, so I actually started this last month.  But it hadn’t been my focus for the month. I’m more than a month ahead of when I originally planned to start revising Scars and All.  I’ve adjusted my calendar to reflect this.

Before we get to more on that, I’ve got my WiPPet snippet to share.  Last week I said I might share more from the scene with Bryan.  So,  here it is.  19(9+2+2+0+1+5=19) sentences where Bryan finds out who this guy he’s been talking to actually is. I actually need to give the other guy in this scene a name ( for now it’s [xx])

   Bryan’s gaze shot to the man standing beside the table. This was more what he’d been expecting. An older gentleman, fitted with a suit and tie, his hair cut neat and short with silver shot through it. His gaze fell back to the hand that still rated over his then up to the eyes that went with it. They looked a little sad now.
“Sorry, ” the man said. “I tried to tell you, but you kept rolling on. And I admit it was a little hot.” He squeezed Bryan’s hand then released it. “I was just finishing my lunch when you showed up. I work out at the Rocking A Ranch but have the day off. Maybe we could meet up later and talk. ”
He reached out and slid a pen from [xx]’s, the real [xx xx]’s pocket and scribbled something on a napkin before sliding it across to Bryan. “Call me when you’re done. ”
Then, he stood from the chair in a simple, lithe move. He handed the pen back to [xx], who took it gingerly as if it had been contaminated. Bryan glanced down at the number on the napkin. And the name scribbled above it. Leo Rusak.

I am equal parts excited & nervous about writing this story.  I didn’t think I would at all,  but they are in my head now,  saying they have a story to tell.  And they deserve that as much as any of my other characters. So I just hope I can do it well. You may be seeing more of them(or at least Leo) when I start revising Chasing the Ghost,  possibly next month and certainly when I start drafting their story in November.

As for this week’s progress:

  • Scars and All: Finish revisions, Possibly: read through, if still time: 2nd revisions – about halfway through revisions.  Have cut several scenes and added in a few more.
  • Into the Sun: revisions – did manage to read through this on Sunday.  Going to be busy this weekend,  but still hoping to get these done.
  • Read: Take Off Your Pants(Libbie Hawker) – outlining book before anyone asks. 😉 – started this yesterday
  • Read: Turning Pointe, Against the Law(Kat Martin), The Demon in the Wood(Leigh Bardugo), & Winning Streak(Katie Kenyhercz) – read Turning Pointe and instantly got and started the next book, Second Position.  I loved both of these. I started Against the Law last night. Only through the first chapter so far.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – I got this started yesterday. This one might take a little while.
  • I’ve also started plotting(or at least brainstorming) Bryan & Leo’s story.

Writing Wednesday: Another Released

First Choice, Second Chance released yesterday! You can get it on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, or iBooks. Also, if you check the side bar, you’ll see the link to subscribe to my newsletter. I couldn’t figure out how to get just the box to put in your email, but I kind of worked around that. So, anyway, you can subscribe and get maybe 1-2 emails from me a month.

And that’s all my self-promotion. 🙂 Now, on to WiPPeT Wednesday! Working on polishing up Demons Rising still, so I’ll share from that since it’s what I have open currently. I have 27 sentences(8+19) from Chapter 8.

“Hey there, pretty lady.”
“Back off.” She pulled her badge out as he started to reach toward her. “Do not touch me. I’m looking for Todd Rudler. I thought this was his apartment.”
The man held his hands up, but the smirk didn’t leave his face. “Nah, he lives across the hall. 3A, this is 3D. You wanna come in and cuff me, Officer?” He gave her a wink as if that would drive her into his arms.
“Trust me, if I did, you wouldn’t like it.”
Then, she turned her back on him. His chuckle rolled across the hallway and she smiled despite herself. Then, the door across the hall opened and Todd stepped into the doorway. The smile instantly fled. Because there was nothing here that didn’t attract her. She couldn’t afford to think like that. “Sorry, Todd,” the man’s lazy voice came from across the hall. “Didn’t mean to try to steal your lady. You’ve got a feisty one this time.”
“Go away, Anthony,” he said with a roll of his eyes. She could hear the laugh in his voice.
She turned her head, and he held his hands up again. “I’m going. I’m going,” Anthony said, backing back into his apartment. “Didn’t realize I’d be infringing on your territory.”

This is probably the last snippet from this one(at least until after my CP gets her hands on it). Next week, I’ll either be back to Guarding the Heart or possibly share some from Flames of Justice, the next project in my editing line-up. This is a novella, so I’m thinking I can get through the revisions fairly quickly.

We have the boy’s K-4 orientation tonight. We’ll get to meet his teacher, see his classroom, ride the bus, and see who else is going to be in his class. They go back next Tuesday. We took them to the water park Sunday and ended up running into my best friend from high school. She was there with her husband and their oldest daughter(the younger one is only about 3 months old, so my friend’s mom was watching her). I haven’t seen her in quite a while, so that was nice.

  • Demons Rising: Polish – A little more than halfway through my list. Shouldn’t have any trouble finishing it this week. Though, I haven’t even touched ‘was’ yet(the one that usually takes the longest). I’ve cut 2350 words so far.
  • Guarding the Heart: Finish Chapter 18 – not quite there yet. I’ve added 1809 words to this.
  • Into the Sun: Finish 1st draft – really close. Like maybe 1 or 2 more scenes to go. I’ve added 1777 words so far this week.
  • Read: GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict – get through 75% – I’m 60% through right now. On track for this.
  • Read: Make It Count(Megan Erickson), & Second Chance at the Sugar Shack(Candis Terry) – finished both & loved both. Now I’m reading The Guy Next Door(anthology w/ Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, & Victoria Dahl).


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