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Sunday Summary: More Christmas

Yeah, it’s not quite Christmas yet. I know. But, as I mentioned on Wednesday, we have quite a few of them. Last Sunday was the Christmas party for the Moose lodge’s member’s kids. There the boy got a racetrack set and the girl got a new backpack(which was actually good because the one she was using didn’t fit all her stuff that well and the snap to keep it closed broke weeks ago). Wednesday night we had the Christmas party at the fire station for the kids. She got a Frozen activity set and the boy got a set of emergency vehicles.

Yesterday was my niece’s 9th birthday party. An hour drive away, in the snow. The roads ended up not being too bad thankfully. I read on the way there, which helps control some anxiety(if I’m not looking at the road, my brain is less likely to play a loop of the accidents that *could* happen). After the party, we had Christmas with my dad. We haven’t seen him since last December. And my stepmom made some comment about how much taller the girl was. I was just thinking, ‘yeah, kids tend to grow a lot in a year.’ Whatever. Not dwelling on being the daughter easily forgotten(okay, maybe just a little). But, my dad has always been under the assumption that he can buy our love, I guess. He does give us $100 in gift cards each year. The girl got Barnes & Noble & Toys R Us, the boy got Toys R Us, and I got $100 to spend at Amazon. Yeah, it’s already mostly spent in my head, I just have to add the stuff(yes, mostly books) to my cart & order. πŸ˜‰ My mom thought the list of books I gave her was long? My other list is even longer. πŸ˜€

This week started out pretty good, then Thursday I stumbled. Motivation totally drained away. I got through about half my goals for the day then…nothing. I took the afternoon off to read. Friday I woke up, and my first thought was, “I really don’t want to write.” So…I didn’t. I took care of chores and social media(though I didn’t write a Fiction Friday post), and I did write the first scene of a Christmas short I plan to put up on my Patreon, but other than that, I really just did a lot of reading. I wrote another scene for that short(as part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday). There will probably be one more, then I can have it up there in time for Christmas.

Friday I also read an article about how the 8 hour work day doesn’t really work. It suggested working for an hour then taking a fifteen minute break(actually getting away from desk and not doing anything work related even checking emails and making phone calls). So, I’ve been thinking of applying that to my day and seeing how it will work. I’m always willing to try a new approach and find what fits best. So, I’m planning to do this for the rest of the years(all 2 weeks of it). I figure I’ll write for an hour, read for 15 minutes, social media for an hour, read 15 minutes, chores for an hour, read for 15 minutes…and then back through. We’ll see how it goes.

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. Also Connor’s and Camella’s.

Writing:

  • Primary: Write 42500 words on main projects – 16775/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 10658/25000, 4444 this week
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 2332/5000, 1003 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 2222/5000, 941 this week
    • High on Loving You – 2309/5000, 999 this week
    • By the Gun – 1016/2500, 344 this week
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 3573/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 200/750
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 404/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 213/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 326/750
    • Hawk – 344/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 307/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 428/750
    • Desmund – 0/500
    • Christmas Short – 1253 words – this is a little something with Jeremiah, Corrin, & Silas that I hope to have up on my Patreon for Christmas.
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 8/35

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 – 8/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 14/30
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – Finished this Monday morning. LOVED it. All the stories in it.
    • Faerie Blood(ReGi McClain) – Finished this Thursday night. Really enjoyed it.
    • Snow White on the Run(Sidney Bristol) – Finished this Friday night. Enjoyed it.
    • Flashpoint(Suzanne Brockmann) – On page 291/452
    • Prophecy(Ellen Oh) – Finally finished this Saturday night. I liked it, but it did not really pull me into the story. Still added the next book to my wish list.
    • 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) – Finished this Wednesday night. Loved it, but the end just killed me dead. πŸ˜₯ And I instantly went and bought the next book.
    • Stop at Nothing(Kate SeRine) – Read this Friday. Really enjoyed it.
    • Angle of Truth(Lindsay Buroker) – Read this Saturday. Really enjoyed it.
  • 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 22/68

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 12/23
  • 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: 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

Sunday Summary: Getting on Track

Or nearly getting on track at least. I haven’t quite met any of my writing goals for the week. Though I’m close on most of them. Those first three days of being out and about threw me way off. I seriously do not know how you with jobs you have to leave the house for get it done. All I did was sit behind a table and ring up book transactions, and I was so drained I could barely stay awake until 8 those nights. And certainly didn’t feel up to putting brain power to words. I did get some writing done in the morning and a few chores, but it took a good bit of catching up on Thursday and Friday.

Next week will be calmer and hopefully I’ll be able to get all the words and maybe even some bonus ones done then.

We’ve got snow outside this morning, and it’s more than a dusting this time. And we’re supposed to be getting even more from Monday through Wednesday. Oh goody. I did get our Christmas tree up yesterday and decorated. Maybe with the snow, it will actually feel like Christmas is coming.

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 – 10806/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 6214/25000, 5347 this week
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 1329/5000, 1060 this week
    • Whatever It Takes – 1281/5000, 1020 this week
    • High on Loving You – 1310/5000, 1011 this week
    • By the Gun – 672/2500, 536 words this week
  • Secondary: Write 7250 words on side projects – 1272/7250
    • Patrick & Sarah – 95/750
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 200/750, 180 this week
    • Roman – 0/750
    • Dougal & Shae – 201/750
    • Jacob & Matthew – 213/750
    • Mike & Fadil – 69/750
    • Hawk – 237/750
    • Sean & Braeden – 87/750
    • Melanie & Garren – 164/750
    • Desmund – 0/500
  • Stretch: Write 35 pages on Jonas & Isaac – 4/35

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 – 5/24 Chapters

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 30 books – 6/30
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – Finished this Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it.
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – On page 148/475
    • Faerie Blood(ReGi McClain) – At 17%
    • Snow White on the Run(Sidney Bristol) – At 28%
    • Shadows of the Hidden(Anne Riley) – Read this Wednesday. Liked it, though I had some issues with it.
    • Flashpoint(Suzanne Brockmann) – On page 155/452
    • Prophecy(Ellen Oh) – At 79%
    • Dangerous in Love(Sidney Bristol) – Finished it Saturday evening. Liked it, though I felt like I skimmed a good bit. Don’t know why.
  • Secondary: Listen to 5 audio books – 2/5
    • Come Sundown(Nora Roberts) – Finished this Saturday morning. Enjoyed it.
    • Boy Meets Boy(David Levithan) – On Chapter 5/6

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 8/23
  • 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

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

Sunday Summary: Starting a New Month

I finished NaNoWriMo on Wednesday. Thursday I focused on editing Chapter 5 of Stained Blood. Friday I started on my new goals for December. I’d thought of just taking off until next week. Then, I got contacted about helping out with the book fair/santa shop at the school this coming week. So, I’m going to be out from about 8-3 Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday. You know, the majority of my writing time. So, I won’t be getting much writing done before Thursday. I’d planned to write this weekend and try to get ahead on my goals, but Saturday I just felt *tired*. Not in the ‘I need more sleep’ way. More in the ‘I need to just not do anything’ way. So, I didn’t. Well, not completely true. I did a good bit of reading on Saturday, just not much writing. It helped that my husband took the boy out hunting(his first time going). And the girl went with mother-in-law for the day. So, I had the house to myself all day. Yes, it was nice.

Any deer out there?

So, how did November turn out? Let’s see:

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 them – On 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!
    • β€œSo, 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?”
      β€œAye. 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
      • β€œBecause 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. β€œWe 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 – 1/22 Got chapter 5 back Wednesday morning. Transferred comments for 2/2 scenes. Edited 2/2 scenes. Added 537 words. Target Sighted in
  • 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 – 20/30 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 69%
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – On page 189/388
    • Chasing Destiny(Megan Erickson) – Loved this(I always love her books)
    • Silenced(Allison Brennan) – On page 73/405
    • Ruthless(Michelle St James) – At 49%
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – On page 51/475
    • Demolished(Cathryn Fox) – At 66%
  • 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 34/50

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post Writing Wednesday, Fiction Friday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Weekend Writing Warriors, & Sunday Summary each week – 19/21 Fell Off Target
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 4x – 2/4 Off Target
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – The Beginning
    • November Update(this one is available to the public)

Crafting:

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

A lot of blue for last month! And only a little red. Not too bad at all. Now, looking at this month(I’ll have any progress from Friday-Sunday in with the list of goals):

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 – 1832/42500
    • Still Burning(Mainest main project) – 867/25000
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – 269/5000
    • Whatever It Takes – 261/5000
    • High on Loving You – 299/5000
    • By the Gun – 136/2500
  • 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 – 3/30
    • The Girl with the Red Balloon(Katherine Locke) – Finished this Saturday morning. Really enjoyed it.
    • Beyond Reason(Kat Martin) – On page 305/388
    • Silenced(Allison Brennan) – Finished this Saturday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Language of Thorns(Leigh Bardugo) – On page 51/475
    • Demolished(Cathryn Fox) – Finished this one late Saturday morning. Liked it.
  • 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 2/32

Social Media:

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

Crafting:

  • Knit: Split Crescents Knit Dishcloth
  • Crochet: Blended Granny Lapghan

Fiction Friday: “Broke Him”

“I think I broke him.”

Her father laughed from the other side of the room. And still Maddix just gaped at her. What was wrong with him? All Maribel had done was walk into the room. At least she thought that was all she’d done.

She glanced over to her father and saw his eyes were twinkling. “Is he always like this? He can’t be too good at surveillance if he stares so obviously.”

Her dad chuckled, and Maddix finally snapped his mouth shut. “No,” her dad said. “I think you broke him, Mari. Are you going to fix him?”

Warmth filled her at his easy acceptance of what she wanted. He wouldn’t stand in her way. Maddix seemed to be the only one holding that position. She looked back at him. “If he’ll let me.”

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I’m back with Fiction Friday again! I took most of November off, since I was putting most of my words to NaNoWriMo(which I finished a day early!) This piece comes sometime after “You’re Drunk” and “Psst”. And is basically my response to all those fictional fathers/big brothers that are all “stay away from my baby girl/sister” even when she’s all grown up and can make her own decisions.

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. πŸ™‚

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 Fields – Outline Act 2, Act 3, & Act 4 as I come to them – On 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!
    • β€œSo, 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?”
      β€œAye. 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
      • β€œBecause 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. β€œWe 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 SquareΒ  & Dreamy Scarf –  Bullseye!

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