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Sunday Summary: Blocking Time

Once again, I’ve slightly adjusted how I’m getting things done. I’ve been working in blocks of time, usually shorter ones, though. Half an hour to an hour. Or working on each of my main projects for half an hour then once I’m through the list, doing chores or whatever else in on my to-do list. Well, this past week, during one of our lengthy #writingcrew chats(though we mostly seem to have dropped the hashtag, I usually forget it anyway), Lauren mentions a day map and working in 2 hour blocks. And I start thinking, this could work. I tried it out Friday, and I’m still fine-tuning how it will work best for me. I’m thinking of starting the day with a 2 hour block of writing(working on a different project each half hour or so), then 2 hours of chores, workout breakfast, then back to writing for next 2 hours. I’ll see how this works for me over the next week or so and adjust my bullet journal format for the day maps too.

New blue shoes

Saturday we took the kids to one of the local county fairs. It was the first day of it, so not everything was there, but it also meant not quite as many people. Which I certainly don’t have a problem with(there were still more than enough for me). We walked through a couple barns, got some food to eat, walked around some more, shared a funnel cake with mother-in-law(she was there working for the bank), and got ice cream from the 4-H stand. It was a very long line to wait in, but it was worth it. It’s one of the things that’s become traditional to get when we go there(for me as a kid it was cotton candy & sno cones, then the cowboy kettle corn). We walked through one of the draft horse barns before leaving and saw a couple people riding these huge horses. They actually had to use step ladders to get in the saddle.

We have church this morning and a meeting later today, but other than that, not much to do. Although we may get the boy’s birthday presents after the meeting since the kids won’t be with us, and we’re having his party next weekend.

But, for right now, I have my RoW80 update for the week

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 32471/50000 Pretty much on target
    • Heart of Christmas – 2831 words – a good bit of this was from an SOCS post I wrote back in March, just had to adjust it to fit in with where the story was at.
      • “How could you?” Alaina asked. “You fell in love with my brother. And he’s pretty much perfect.”
        Eva burst out with laughter at that. “Really, Alaina? Perfect? You grew up with him. He helped raise you. You, of all people, should know better than that.”
        Alaina let out a watery laugh at that. “I did say pretty much. Not completely. But, you know what I mean. He’d do anything for you. He nearly gave his life for you.”
        “And I’m thankful every day he didn’t have to.” Eva stroked Alaina’s hair. “I’ve seen the way Caelen looks at you. I don’t doubt he’d do the very same for you.”
    • Still Burning – 2628 words
      • You were right. Why the hell had he told her that? She probably thought he meant about them not being good for each other. Except that hadn’t been what she said, had it? No, it had been I’m not good for you. How could she think that? She’d seen something he hadn’t even been able to fathom.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2533 words
      • She should be used to that attitude. But, she couldn’t get Carisa’s words out of her head. “You’re a lot stronger than I could ever be.”
        Would she still think that if she knew everything Jayla had done in her life? It didn’t matter. On the drive here, Jayla had kept telling herself it didn’t matter. This thing, whatever it was—attraction, desire, lust—couldn’t go anywhere. It just couldn’t. So, she might as well stop even thinking about it.
        If only she could actually make that happen.
    • High on Loving You – 2552 words
      • Morgan slumped back in the chair. “I know, Brian. It was stupid. I should have just gone straight to the diner to get Raina from Anna. Taking care of my daughter isn’t anything she signed up for. But, like I said, I was freaked out.”
    • By the Gun – 2515 words
      • “And what are you then? If Tierney is a killer.”
        “Nothing I haven’t claimed I am. I never tried to hide it. Never tried to pretend I was just an innocent rancher. You hired me for a reason, Daniels, you can’t complain about that reason now.”
        Daniels’ face twisted with disgust, and he tossed the small pouch of money over to Patrick. “Just get out of here. I don’t want to lay eyes on you again.”
        Patrick smirked as he bent to retrieve his payment. It wasn’t the first time he’d heard that. And they always found him again when they once more found themselves in need of his services. He doubted this man would be any different.
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 5498/10000 nearly on target here, too.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 197 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 113 words
    • Roman – 212 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 284 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 153 words
    • Mike & Fadil– 239 words
    • Preggers – 186 words
    • Hawk – 206 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 215 words
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 186 words & this one is done!
  • Stretch: Write 50 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story47/50

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting.
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – Reorganized Midas’ Daughter chapters & sent to my kindle to read through. Read through Midas’ Daughter. Right on target, maybe even a bit ahead. 50/50 revisions made. 50/50 polished. Posted Chapter 1 of Staring at the Sun to Wattpad.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 18/30 Right on target
    • The Crepes of Wrath(Sarah Fox) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it, but there were a lot of parts where I was feeling meh. Added the next book to list anyway. I’ll probably grab it if it goes on sale. If it’s another ‘meh’, I probably won’t read the next.
    • The Upside of Unrequited(Becky Albertalli) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday evening. Just loved this so much.
    • Stranded with the Cyborg(Cara Bristol) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday afternoon. Was a fairly fun read, but a few things had me rolling my eyes. And didn’t enjoy it enough to get the next book in the series.
    • Into the Whirlwind(Kat Martin) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Thursday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Tough Luck Hero(Maisey Yates) – Started this Thursday night. Finished it Saturday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hot Rain(Kat Martin) – Started this Saturday morning. On page 334/414
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 4/4 Target reached
    • Rock Solid(Riley Hart) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Thursday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Need You for Always(Marina Adair) – Started this Thursday morning. On Chapter 6/18
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday(Chapter one of Staring at the Sun), SOCS(a playful moment between Jonas & Isaac), WeWriWa(the end of Chapter 1 of Hawk’s story), & Sunday Summary posts each week – 4/5 this week. Staying on target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Didn’t post anything this week. Trying to decide exactly what I want to post. If you were my patron(and you can be for only $1 a month), what would you want to see from me? I feel like I’m talking to a void there since I don’t have any patrons there, but I don’t want to just stop posting content.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Current as of Saturday morning

Writing Wednesday: Bury in Fiction

It can be hard to write a light-hearted intro when there’s bad stuff going down outside the window(not literally my window. It’s dark and peaceful right here). I tend to withdraw when there’s any kind of bad news or worry even, on the news or even in my own life. Like me completely blocking that my stepdad was having knee replacement surgery the other week(he was being stupid and doing more than he should shortly after getting home. So, you know, pretty typical). Last time he had surgery was on his heart about 8 years ago, and I was a nervous wreck the whole time.
So, that’s what I do. I shut out everything else, and I bury myself in fiction. Not necessarily a great way to deal with the world. I often care too much and get overwhelmed by it. Another reason it’s not good to tell your kids they’re too sensitive(which I’ve been guilty of myself and am trying to do better). It doesn’t give very many coping methods for dealing with an insensitive world.
Anyway, good stuff happening here. Went to the bookstore with the girl on Sunday. I got three new books, the girl got 2. And I got her to try a new series, which she seems to have liked(she’d read most of it on the way home). We also got our hair cut. Left it up to the kids how short they wanted to go. Girl decided to go with shoulder-length. I went a little shorter than before. It was starting to feel like I had a mop on top of my head. There’s a little bit of bangs I can twirl while I’m writing, though.


I’ve had a fairly good week of writing so far. Especially when it comes to the Jonas & Isaac project(considering I wasn’t supposed to start writing their story yet and don’t even have it plotted out, just a couple notes jotted down). I have more from that for my WiPPet Wednesday, a blog hop where we share a snippet from a current WiP that somehow pertains to the date. Today I have 7 paragraphs(1+6 for the day). This picks up almost right after last week’s(there’s only one paragraph between them).

    Jonas turned his head the other way, still refusing to look at him. “So, I guess you’re still angry with me,” Isaac said softly. “I never thought you’d be the type to hold a grudge, Jonas.”
His throat felt too thick to even respond. He’d stopped being angry by the time he’d finished boot camp. The heartache had taken longer to disappear. Maybe by the time he’d met Santiago when he was stationed in Texas while doing his combat medic training.
It had still hurt to think about him, though, so he’d done his best not to. Santiago had helped with that, until they realized they were better friends than lovers. He hadn’t been the last relationship Jonas had, though he hadn’t remained friends with the others.
And now when he needed Santiago the most, he wasn’t here.
He saw Isaac’s hand go up to brush hair away from his face. Bracelets clinked together on his wrists at the movement. The gesture and sound was so familiar, Jonas couldn’t help but look up.
He had a hard time focusing on Isaac’s face since his left eye didn’t like to cooperate. And even with the severe hearing loss in his left ear, he heard Isaac’s gasp. Or maybe he saw his mouth round and his brain interpreted it as a gasp. He didn’t know. It didn’t matter because Isaac was already turning away from him.
He was wrong, the heartache wasn’t gone. It was slamming into him, just like the medevac chopper had slammed into the ground a couple months ago. Only this time, he wasn’t sure he’d survive the crash.

Why did Isaac take off out of there like that? Will they ever be able to get back to where they were? Will Jonas survive this(I’m pretty sure we all know this answer;) )
Don’t forget you can visit the other WiPPeteers here.

The girl is ready for school to start in just under 2 weeks. Even found a cat bookbag.

And now for my RoW80 update. Internet has been acting wonky the last couple days, but it finally seems to be better. So hopefully I can get this posted without any problems.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 24862/50000 Pretty much on target
    • Heart of Christmas – 1053 words
    • Still Burning – 1341 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 1363 words
    • High on Loving You – 1259 words
    • By the Gun – 1115 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 4315/10000 nearly on target here, too.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 45 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 57 words
    • Roman – 71 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 56 words
    • Jacob & Matthew – 35 words
    • Mike & Fadil– 239 words

Had he truly been such an awful son? Well, he would start to make up for it. Starting right now. *Aw, Fadil. Your mother does not think that.

  • Preggers – 48 words
  • Hawk
  • Sean & Braeden – 111 words
  • Jacob’s Stepfather – 186 words & this one is done!

“Yes, son,” the officer said. “He had identification on him, and my partner here recognized him. Again, we’re sorry for your loss. Can we-”

“Good riddance,” Jared said before he could say more, then he slammed the door shut.

  • Stretch: Write 40 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 40/40. These boys are just relentless, especially on my wrists. The problem with writing by hand. Guess I’m upping the goal to 50 now(considering at the beginning of the month it was 20). Waaaaay ahead of target

The way she often colors and reads

Editing:

 

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters. Still waiting.
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – Reorganized Midas’ Daughter chapters & sent to my kindle to read through. Read through Midas’ Daughter. Right on target, maybe even a bit ahead.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 15/30 Right on target
    • The Crepes of Wrath(Sarah Fox) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Liked it, but there were a lot of parts where I was feeling meh. Added the next book to list anyway. I’ll probably grab it if it goes on sale. If it’s another ‘meh’, I probably won’t read the next.
    • The Upside of Unrequited(Becky Albertalli) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday evening. Just loved this so much.
    • Stranded with the Cyborg(Cara Bristol) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At about 75%.
  • Secondary: Listen 4 books – 3/4 Ahead of target
    • Rock Solid(Riley Hart) – Started this Sunday afternoon. On Chapter 28/45
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday(Cover for Staring at the Sun), SOCS(some of Jonas & Isaac’s story), WeWriWa(a bit of Hawk’s Story), & Sunday Summary(final check-in for last week) posts each week – 5/5 posts last week(all but WW linked above) Staying on target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Didn’t post anything this week. Trying to decide exactly what I want to post. If you were my patron(and you can be for only $1 a month), what would you want to see from me? I feel like I’m talking to a void there since I don’t have any patrons there, but I don’t want to just stop posting content.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Current as of Tuesday afternoon

 

 

Sunday Summary: In My Bubble

This has been a pretty good week, at least in my little bubble. A lot of writing. A lot of reading. So, pretty much immersing myself in fiction. Seems to be what I’m best at. So, I guess I’ll just get right to it.

Just like the kids, fighting one minute, being all lovey the next.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 19173/50000 words
    • Heart of Christmas – 2628 words
      • The door behind her slid open, and she didn’t have to turn to know it was Caelen coming inside. She held her breath for a moment. Maybe he had realized he was being an idiot, and everything could be okay again. But, he didn’t even come anywhere near her.
    • Still Burning – 2501 words
      • No. That was ridiculous. His father hadn’t wanted anything to do with him for the last twenty-seven years. Why would he now? And why would he be staking out Jess? That really didn’t make sense. She didn’t want anything to do with him, either.
    • Whatever It Takes – 2703 words
      • “So, Alexa,” he said, “anyone here today you want to try to hook Jayla up with? Or did you give up on that?”
        “I promised her I wouldn’t try to set her up with any other waiters,” Alexa said.
        Konner met Carisa’s eyes, and his grin widened. “I didn’t say anything about waiters, did I?”
    • High on Loving You – 2535 words
      • Morgan just stared at his phone for several minutes. It had to be because he hadn’t had any coffee yet. Hadn’t even taken a shower. That’s why he thought he read on the screen: Raina’s at the diner. Not sure what exactly happened, but was scared to stay at Kacy’s. She’s okay. Let me know what you want to do.
        What he wanted to do? He wanted to go and pound his fists on Kacy’s door and demand to know what she was doing that was scaring their daughter so much.
    • By the Gun – 2515 words
      • Because a trip to town was usually an all day to-do. “What are we going to do in the meantime?” he asked. “We can’t just let the cows keep escaping. We can’t lose that many.”
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects -3467/10000 words(only including some snippets from these)
    • Patrick & Sarah – 123 words
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 203 words
    • Roman – 174 words
    • Dougal & Shae – 160 words
      • “I said she’s stupid. If she doesn’t think my baby brother is a catch, then what else would describe her?” *Aw, sibling loyalty. 🙂
    • Jacob & Matthew – 261 words
      • So, he would do what he could to keep himself safe. And Matthew. There was always Matthew. No matter how much he knew it would be better to stay away. He just couldn’t.
    • Mike & Fadil – 266 words
      • Which meant he had to stop thinking about Mike Keech, no matter how good looking he was. They both had too much on their plates for any involvement. He knew all too well what that kind of thing could lead to. And he couldn’t do it again.
    • Preggers – 210 words
      • “Grieve for me, Lyndi. I won’t be able to stop you. But, don’t spend the rest of your life not living just because I’m gone.” She’d hated when he brought it up, before each deployment it seemed, but he’d been adamant that he’d want her to move on if something did happen to him. She wished he’d had the same conversation with his family, though.
    • Hawk – 354 words
    • Sean & Braeden – 203 words
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 204 words
      • The officer shook his head. “I’m sorry to inform you, your stepfather is dead.”
  • Stretch: Write 20 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story(already had 2 pages written at beginning of month) – 29/20 pages. Raising this to 40 pages.

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight and Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – 34/34 polished for In the Moonlight, made cover for Staring at the Sun, 50/50 polished for Staring at the Sun, created the page for Staring at the Sun on Wattpad and uploaded cover.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 13/30
    • Two of a Kind(Susan Mallery) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Interborough(Santino Hassell) – Started this Sunday night. Finished it Monday night. Loved it.
    • Fatal Justice(Marie Force) – started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Undeniably Yours(Shannon Stacey) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished Wednesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Beauty and the Mustache(Penny Reid) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Tempting Mr. Weatherstone(Vivienne Lorret) – Read this Friday morning. It was a novella, so a really quick read.
    • Asking for Trouble(Tessa Bailey) – Read this Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • When I Fall(Tamara Morgan) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • Free Fall(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Saturday evening. Enjoyed it.
    • Naughty But Nice(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Saturday night. Enjoyed it.
  • Secondary: Listen to 4 audio books – 3/4
    • Carry Me Home(Rosalind James) – Started this Friday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon. Liked it. Though I could handle not ever reading/hearing another male character telling a female character to act/dress/look feminine. In the context in this book, it wasn’t so bad, but I’ve heard it enough in my own life that I’m rather tired of it.
    • Forgotten Memories(Robin Perini) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Friday morning. Enjoyed it.
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts each week – 5/5 for this week once this one posts.
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – Posted excerpt from Still Burning on Monday.
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – current as of Saturday morning. Have a few from yesterday to catch up on.

Sunday Summary: 10th Birthday

Four more days until I have a child in the double digits. And we’re having her birthday party today. Yesterday we had to take the dogs to the vet in the morning. Then, the motorcycle club we ride with had their annual ride benefiting a local oncology clinic. So we helped with that, went on the ride, and stayed for the after party. They also do a pub crawl, but we had to come home and start getting ready for the girl’s birthday party. It was a beautiful day, if a little chilly with the wind.

She gives him belly rubs, he gives her kisses.

After we got home, I made two pans of zucchini bread and the cake starting at after 8:30 at night. This morning I need to finish cleaning things up(including putting rest of groceries away-I only worried about the cold stuff when we got home Friday night), decorate the cake, and get the rest of the food ready(which is pretty much putting out bags of chips and the fruit and veggie trays we bought the other night).
The week itself has gone pretty well for me.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 6530/50000 words
    • Heart of Christmas – 1126 words
      • Sean and Braeden were sitting on the couch, and she caught Sean grinning. Of course, that could have just as much to do with Braeden’s hand on his thigh as it did the back and forth between her and Declan.
    • Still Burning – 1390 words
      • “What if I don’t want to talk?” she asked.
        “Then, I don’t think you would have let me up. You would have told me to fuck off and go away. You’re pretty good at that.”
    • Whatever It Takes – 1184 words
      • There just had to be something she could do. She looked over at the table again, and Jayla quickly averted her eyes.
        Carisa would have to figure it out.
    • High on Loving You – 1350 words
      • Maybe Anna should try to talk to Morgan about it. But what exactly would she say? That Kacy had been strict with her own daughter. Anna wouldn’t treat any child like that, let alone her own. But, maybe that was just her. Was it really her business to interfere?
    • By the Gun – 391 words
      • No matter what Carlos seemed to think, the ranch still needed people to run it. It was a big responsibility. If Pa had left it with her, she wouldn’t be complaining about it.
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 1412/10000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah – 138 words
      • That had been a waste of his time. But, he would ride by Sarah’s house one more time and make sure everything was well there.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 39 words
      • “He is asleep,” Eydyami finally said. “But, he will wake again. Then, he should be on his way.”
    • Roman – 88 words
      • When he reached the house, the light in the kitchen was on, but the rest of the house was dark. It was late, but not that late. He didn’t know why almost all the lights would be off already.
    • Dougal & Shae – 150 words
      • Dougal shook his head. “It was a mistake to go. A matchmaking attempt by a new friend.”
    • Jacob & Matthew – 51 words
      • Jacob walked down the sidewalk, glad to be done with chores until tonight. He needed to get away from things for a bit. He really couldn’t wait to ride out to that game up in North Fork. He’d expected to meet Matthew up there, but now they could ride together.
    • Mike & Fadil – 381 words
      • He hurried past Fadil, needing to escape before he made a fool of himself. He thought that might be all too easy around that man.
    • Preggers – 131 words
      • And yet somehow they’d come together.
    • Hawk – 113 words
      • “Yes, he would have,” I said before he could finish that thought. “He wanted me dead eight years ago. He thought I was, or close to it, when he dumped me in that ditch. He’ll just think of it as finally finishing the job.”
    • Sean & Braeden – 230 words
      • Braeden hesitated for a moment. He really didn’t want to run into Sean again. But, he also wouldn’t leave his brother in danger because of his own troublesome heart.
    • Jared’s Stepfather(for Patreon bonus content) – 100 words
      • “Jared McDermott?” the police officer asked.
  • Stretch: Write 20 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 12/20 pages

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – Polished 21/34 In the Moonlight

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 3/30
    • Falling for the Fake Fiance(Jennifer Blackwood) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday evening. Loved it.
    • Wrapped Together(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hold Me(Courtney Milan) – Started this Wednesday evening. Finished it Thursday evening. Loved it.
    • Two of a Kind(Susan Mallery) – Started this Friday afternoon. On page 311/379
  • Secondary: Listen to 4 audio books – 1/4
    • Timeless(Gail Carriger) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Friday afternoon. Loved it, even if I thought I’d have to throw my phone for a while(really hate when it’s hinted and not corrected for more than a chapter that a main character died).
    • Carry Me Home(Rosalind James) – Started this Friday afternoon. On Chapter 6/56
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts each week – posted 4/5. Skipped Fiction Friday as I don’t have Staring at the Sun ready to start putting up on Wattpad yet. Posted SoCS early Saturday morning(though technically wrote it Friday. Yeah, I sort of cheated). And I got WeWriWa posted. And this one in just a moment.
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – technically, I did post this week, though it was still in July. Still, you can read about Still Burning and the other stories in the Hunter Family series(all my content is currently being put at the $1 level until I build up some patrons).
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – currently current

Writing Wednesday: Burnt

Ouch. I mentioned in Sunday’s post, that we were taking the kids to the local water park with some friends and their kids. And we did. They had a lot of fun. Especially with the new attraction: “The Battle of Lake Erie”. it even has the Brig Niagara up top that dumps out water and references to Erie’s role in the War of 1812. We were there for 5 hours and I managed to get rather burned. And that was even with putting sun screen on. The kids’ face got a little pink, but otherwise they didn’t seem to get anything. Me, on the other hand:

And I usually don’t burn too bad.

Other than dealing with the sunburn, this week has been pretty good. I spent Monday finishing up my July goals(and I posted my July Wrap-up on Tuesday). Tuesday I planned to focus on working on By the Gun for the day. But, the words just weren’t coming. So, I decided to switch things up again. At least for this month, I’ll be spending an hour on each of my main projects, an hour for editing, then an hour on side projects. That leaves me another hour at the end of the day to play around with another project(that I have mentioned below). We’ll see how this works for me.

And for now, it’s time for WiPPet Wednesday, the blog hop where we share a snippet of a current work in progress that somehow coincides with the date. Today I’m going to be sharing from that new project I mentioned up above. You may recognize characters here, though it’s been about five years since we see them in Whatever It Takes. Today I have 6 paragraphs(8-2) from the very beginning of this story.

“So, the hero returns.”

Jonas Pedera looked toward the voice. He’d always liked Carlos Armas. Right now, he just wanted to punch him in the face.

“Vete a la mierda.”

He saw Carlos flinch at the harsh words, but he didn’t care. Using his crutches, he swung his way to an empty table. At least in the couple months he’d been stateside, he’d gotten more adept at using them. He doubted that was the silver lining his therapist wanted him to look for.

“Someone’s been teaching him more Spanish, I see.”

Jonas tightened his hands around the grips of the crutches. Santiago. They’d spent many nights talking and he’d taught Jonas more of the language from the heritage they shared. Jonas’ own father had taught him some before he died, and so did his mother and brother, but they’d left out all the curses. Santiago had taught him even more than that. And now he was gone.

Why is Jonas so angry about being called a hero? What exactly happened to him? Both are explained a little later in this scene. I think I’ll be sharing from this for now, so you may get to see that soon. 🙂 As for what Jonas told Carlos, it basically translates to “fuck off/you.” There are some benefits to still having my Spanish dictionary from college. 😉

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects – 1743/50000 words
    • Heart of Christmas – 165 words
    • Still Burning – 367 words
    • Whatever It Takes – 190 words
    • High on Loving You – 630 words
    • By the Gun – 391 words
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects – 431/10000 words
    • Patrick & Sarah
    • Tavin & Haiwee
    • Roman
    • Dougal & Shae – 150 words
    • Jacob & Matthew
    • Mike & Fadil – 381 words
    • Preggers
    • Hawk
    • Sean & Braeden
    • Jared’s Stepfather(for Patreon bonus content) 
  • Stretch: Write 20 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story – 2/20 pages

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back – 0/25 chapters
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back – 0/25 chapters
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight & Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter – Polished 3/34 In the Moonlight

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 1/30
    • Falling for the Fake Fiance(Jennifer Blackwood) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Tuesday evening. Loved it.
    • Wrapped Together(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Tuesday evening. At 43%
  • Secondary: Listen to 4 audio books – 0/4
    • Timeless(Gail Carriger) – Started this Monday morning. On Chapter 7/20
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book – 0/1

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts each week
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week – technically, I did post this week, though it was still in July. Still, you can read about Still Burning and the other stories in the Hunter Family series(all my content is currently being put at the $1 level until I build up some patrons).
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments – Caught up as of time of posting this.

July Wrap-Up

I was going to wait and do this with my regular Wednesday post, but doing it that way makes for a really long post. So, I decided to do the wrap-up today instead. Then, I’ll copy my new goals for August for Wednesday’s check-in. But, first to see how the month has gone.

Writing:

  • Heart of Christmas – 10000 words – 10080/10000 words, 165 this week
    • He grabbed the shopping bag out of the front seat and started the trek out to his cottage. He nearly stumbled when he heard Alaina’s laugh again. No. He couldn’t do it. He couldn’t go to her. No matter how much he’d like to. He forced his steps to continue across the yard.
  • Still Burning – 10000 words – 10033/10000 words, 341 this week
    • His mother laughed at that. He loved the trill of it. His mom happy had always been one of her favorite things. “Tell me my brother didn’t actually say any of that.”
      “Can’t. You taught me never to lie.”
    • If you’re willing to spend $1 a month, I put up a post Monday about this story and the rest of the Hunter Family series on my Patreon. I’ll also be posting excerpts from various WiPs as well as bonus content
  • Whatever It Takes – 10000 words – 10032/10000 words, 329 this week
    • “I came for dinner. And maybe to speak to my brother a few minutes if he’s not too busy in the kitchen. What about you? You’re not afraid Jonas might stop in? You did know he’s home for about another week, didn’t you?”
      From the way his face paled, she thought maybe he hadn’t. Maybe he hadn’t known he was home at all.
  • High on Loving You10000 words – 10173/10000 words
  • By the Gun10000 words – 10092/10000 words
  • Side Projects – 10000 words – 11686/10000 words, 1715 this week
    • Patrick & Sarah – 238 words – She grabbed the shawl Patrick had given her just the other day and headed out of the house. This really needed to stop. Thomas needed to start listening to her. Somehow she’d have to find a way to make that happen.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 181 words – She had to wait another moment for Eydyami to come out as well. Finally he did, and she looked to his face for any sign of what the word would be. She couldn’t read it there, though.
    • Roman – 198 words – Carlos was right about one thing. His job here was done. But, he didn’t want to just leave it at this. He might give it a couple days, he did have other cases he needed to focus on now, but he would make sure Carlos was okay where he was.
    • Dougal & Shae – 248 words – For a moment, he thought about ignoring it. If it was Eliana, she’d probably leave whatever it was on the doormat. And it wasn’t like he needed more food to shove in his refrigerator. He wondered how much Eliana thought one bachelor could eat.
    • Preggers – 136 words – Still, she hadn’t mentioned Marika to Darren’s family yet. She’d only said she was spending time with someone she met the last time she went to meet with her group. It wasn’t exactly a lie, even if it wasn’t quite the whole truth.
    • Hawk – 325 words – “Yeah,” Hawk said. Then, he added, “Fuck.”
    • Sean & Braeden – 177 words – Caelen’s head dropped down, almost in a nod that didn’t finish. “I did. But why would he hire me? He doesn’t even know I’d do a good job.”
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 212 words – His stomach flipped and twisted. David wouldn’t knock, would just barge right in. Which meant it was someone else. Jared just hoped it wasn’t one of his stepfather’s buddies. He didn’t want to deal with any of them right now.

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – Beta edits – Chapter 1/26, 0 this month
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • In the MoonlightRead Through & Revise , Polish– 16/50 polished 10/44 this week.
  • Hang On – Polish & Submit – 50/50 polished. Submitted.
  • Staring at the SunRead Through, Revise, Polish, & Post to Wattpad

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 books – 8/5
    • Timeless(Gail Carriger) – started this Monday morning. On Chapter 5/20
  • Read: 30 books – 31/30, 1 this week
    • The Three Brooches(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Saturday(7/15) morning. Finished it Monday(7/31) night. Enjoyed it.
    • Falling for the Fake Fiance(Jennifer Blackwood) – Started this Monday night. At 11%

It’s definitely been a really good month. Very little red in there, and one of those is because I’m still waiting to hear back from my critique partner. Not much I can do with that one until I do.

Now, for August goals:

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 50000 words on 5 main projects
  • Secondary: Write 10000 words on 10 side projects
  • Stretch: Write 20 pages in composition notebook on Jonas & Isaac’s story(already have 2 pages written)

Editing:

  • Primary: Edit Stained Blood as I get chapters back
  • Secondary: Edit Flames of Renewal once I get it back
  • Stretch: Polish In the Moonlight and Staring at the Sun, post Staring at the Sun on Wattpad, Edit Midas’ Daughter

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books
  • Secondary: Listen to 4 audio books
  • Stretch: Read 1 craft/research book

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, SOCS, WeWriWa, & Sunday Summary posts each week
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon at least 1x a week
  • Stretch: Stay current with blog comments

Sunday Summary: Busy Times

He found himself a (stuffed) dog bed

So, on Wednesday I mentioned we hadn’t had internet since I woke up Monday morning. They came out later that morning and fixed it. Apparently the box the inside wire feeds through(I think that’s what he said. Don’t take my word on it) wasn’t sealed right and got water in it. So he put in a new box that seals tighter and all has been good so far(a couple times my phone has lost connection with it, but I’m starting to think that’s an issue with our phones not the internet).

The kids were going to vacation bible school this week. I don’t consider myself an extremely religious person. We go to church most Sundays, I believe what I believe. And if you know me, you probably know I don’t hold a lot of conservative views, so I often feel out of place in this town and particularly the church(though our pastor seems like she’s more open-minded). But, the kids really enjoy going to bible school. And since MiL picks them up to take them in and husband brings them home when it’s over, it meant 3 hours for me to have the house to myself. Except for Thursday. It was the last day, so they put on a special program at the end of the night. So I went in with them so I’d be there for that. Ended up taking a walk around town while they were in there and stopped at McDonald’s for a milk shake. Then, we went and watched them sing.

Saturday there was a Fireman’s Carnival in one of the nearby-ish small towns, and they had a parade. So we went and watched that. Kids got some candy, and I didn’t have an anxiety meltdown, so all’s good. Then, we got dinner and went to get groceries. Got the girl’s cake mix & frosting. And a little tube of wild animals to decorate her cake(she wants a Wild Kratts theme, and that was the only thing I could think to do. I am not creative when it comes to decorating cakes).

Today we’re going to the water park with some friends and their kids(their son is right between our 2 kids & their daughter is a little younger than our son). And they have a new water slide area for the kids. So that should be fun.

Now for how I did this week. I’ll have the final monthly evaluation probably on Wednesday. For now, here’s this:

Writing:

  • Heart of Christmas – 10000 words – 9915/10000 words, 2257 this week
    • No, it was definitely better to pull away now. He’d have to make her see this was for the best. Somehow.
  • Still Burning – 10000 words – 9692/10000 words, 1965 this week
    • His mother’s face cleared. “Oh. So, this is about a girl.”
  • Whatever It Takes – 10000 words – 9703/10000 words, 2276 this week
    • “Two more,” Jayla said. She still hadn’t met Carisa’s eyes, though. “Konner said he’s bringing his new friend.”
      “You mean boyfriend,” Alexa said, the last word drawn out in a singsong voice.
  • High on Loving You – 10000 words – 10173/10000 words, 1120 this week
    • “I’m hungry,” she heard Raina tell her mother. “I want to eat here.”
      “I don’t really care,” Kacy snapped. “We’re leaving. Now.”
      “Can’t I even say hi to Aunt Ken. She’s right over there.”
      “No,” Kacy snapped. “I said we’re going. Come on. And don’t forget your bag.” *I so wanted to punch Kacy while writing this. Poor Raina.
  • By the Gun – 10000 words – 10092/10000 words, 1640 this week
    • Rosalyn sighed and shook her head then started up toward the house. “What?” Carlos yelled after her. “What does that mean?” *Ahh, siblings. 😉
  • Side Projects – 10000 words – 9971/10000 words, 2170 this week
    • Jacob & Matthew – 175 words – The boy frowned at that. As if he was thinking it over. Then, he asked, “Are you going to go away again?” *Matthew didn’t expect to be sentimental over the little brother he barely knows. And my goal on this one is met for the month.
    • Mike & Fadil – 271 words – Mike couldn’t help it, he laughed too. Then, he ran a hand over his hair. “I am sorry. I did not mean to be a bear.” *that’s not quite how Fadil would describe you, Mike. 😉
    • Patrick & Sarah – 138 words – “Where’s your brother?” she asked. Lord, it seemed she was forever asking him that question.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 213 words – “Haiwee is well,” the softer voice said, a hand on Tavin’s shoulder. “You are not. You must lay still and let [xx] tend to you. Haiwee will want to cut my heart out if you do not get well.”
    • Roman – 142 words – Roman relaxed at that. He squeezed her knee and smiled. “We’ve got a deal then, Tereza.” He just really hoped he’d be able to pull something off and not disappoint her.
    • Dougal & Shae – 281 words – She didn’t want there to be anything, and he knew he couldn’t push it, or he’d lose the chance at anything. Or she’d just kick his ass.
    • Preggers – 221 words – Lyndi shrugged. “Maybe not. But, it isn’t about them. They’ve been making everything since his death about them. Even my grief.” She pressed her lips tight together, as if she wasn’t sure she should have said all that.
    • Sean & Braeden – 250 words – “Shite,” Braeden said, before dropping to his knees beside his brother. “Dad was here?”
    • Hawk – 228 words – “What did he have to say?” I asked. It was usually Devil who was the impatient one, demanding immediate answers, not me.
    • Jared’s Stepfather – 311 words – She nodded then started getting the bread out. She was obviously used to fending for herself when he wasn’t here. And that killed Jared. he spread peanut butter and jelly on the bread for her and while she ate the sandwich, went back to their bedrooms. He wasn’t surprised to find his wrecked. David took any opportunity to mess with his stuff.

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – Beta edits – Chapter 1/26, 0 this month
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • In the MoonlightRead Through & Revise , Polish– Read through Chapter 32/32. Revised 308/308 notes. 6/50 polished.
  • Hang On – Polish & Submit – 50/50 polished. Submitted.
  • Staring at the SunRead Through, Revise, Polish, & Post to Wattpad – Read through Chapter 10/10. Revised 40/40 notes.

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 books – 8/5, 3 this week
    • The Delphi Effect(Rysa Walker) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday morning. Really enjoyed it, but the next book doesn’t come out until October! Patience is not one of my virtues when it comes to books. 😉
    • A Merciful Death(Kendra Elliot) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Wednesday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • A Million Worlds with You(Claudia Gray) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Saturday morning. Really enjoyed it and glad she made everything right that seemed to be wrong at the end of book 2. I was worried for a while there near the end.
  • Read: 30 books – 30/30, 8 this week
    • The Three Brooches(Katherine Lowry Logan) – Started this Saturday morning. At 42%
    • The Shadow Hour(Melissa Grey) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Sunday night. Really enjoyed this. And the final book in the trilogy came out like 2 weeks ago! Good timing(even though I won’t get it yet, b/c the kindle version is $10.99!)
    • The Magpie Lord(K.J. Charles) – Read this Monday. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Viper(Monica McCarty) – Started this Monday evening. Finished this Tuesday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Just One Kiss(Susan Mallery) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night. Really enjoyed it, though it kept alternating between saying a character was in the army then navy then army again. And I wanted to shout “they aren’t interchangeable”.
    • Hard to Let Go(Laura Kaye) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday afternoon. Loved it. Definitely a satisfying end to the series.
    • Truth or Beard(Penny Reid) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Friday night. Really enjoyed it. There were parts where I seriously laughed out loud.
    • Just Wicked Enough(Lorraine Heath) – Started this Friday night. Finished it Saturday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • At Attention(Annabeth Albert) – Started this late Saturday morning. Finished this Saturday night. Really enjoyed it.

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