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Writing Wednesday: Cruising Along

Well, I managed to survive all the socialness of the last weekend. On Sunday, I mentioned the boy dancing at the festival Friday night. I finally managed to get the video up.

INathan Dancing from Fallon Brown 

I took Monday mostly off, which seems to be working well for me. I did finish curating a master character list for my Flames series. Fourteen stories so far and about 190 characters. Some of those only show up in one story. Next week I’ll be moving on to the Gilbert, Co series, updating the timeline and starting the character list.

Tuesday I made it through almost all my writing goals for the week: Drafting, editing, plotting, & side projects. The only ones I had left were Jonas & Isaac and By the Gun. I finished the goal for J&I this morning. So, I’m on to By the Gun now.

So, that’s what I’ll be sharing from for this week’s WiPPet Wednesday. I have the first 11 paragraphs of Part 3 this week. I just wrote this last week, so it’s still rough. The last time I shared from this, we were in Alejandro’s POV. Part 3 is mostly from Carlos'(Alejandro’s younger brother) POV.

“We cannot keep meeting out here this way,” Catherine said.
But, Carlos was shaking as he stared at her. Months had gone by. Months and he was wondering if he was even seeing the real person. “Did you know?” he demanded.
“Know what?” she asked, sliding down from the saddle and moving toward him.
He pulled slightly on his horse’s reins, making his horse take a step back. “Just tell me,” he demanded.
She shook her head. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. My father is getting suspicious, though. I barely escaped notice by his men tonight. We are going to have to stop for a while.”
They might have to be stopping for good. Thank the Christ all they had ever done was talk and kiss. If more had passed between them, the betrayal might be even harsher. “Did you know?” he asked again. “Did you know your father paid men to teach my father a lesson? Which apparently included killing nearly his whole family. Did you know all that destruction was started by your father’s wounded pride?”
Catherine stared at him, color draining from her face. “No,” she finally said. “You have to be wrong. Father would not do something like that. He wanted to work with your father on something, some kind of partnership. But, he wouldn’t have done that just because he said no.”
“You said it yourself when we first met,” he reminded her. “No one tells him no and walks away unscathed. You can’t tell me you didn’t know.”
“Yes,” she said, “I can. I know Father can be ruthless in business, but even he would not go this far.”
She seemed to actually believe that, but Carlos couldn’t make himself trust that. He forced his horse back another step. He’d been reeling since Alejandro had told him what Patrick had said before their gunfight almost two weeks ago. And to think, he’d still been coming out here to see Catherine when his brother could have been dying. Because of something her father put into motion. He was such an idiot.
“I won’t be coming back out here,” he told her. “And I’m not going to let your father take the rest of my family from me. I can’t believe I let myself start to fall for you.”

Uh oh. Who is right? Will Carlos regret his actions?

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Romance Arc
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 9731/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – Finished 4/4 scenes
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 2762/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – 250 words – 264/250 words
      • Hawk – 250 words – 363/250 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 250 words – 384/250 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 6.25/15 pages
    • This Week: 3 pages – 3.25/3 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 1/4 chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 2– Finished 0/2 scenes

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Bree & Jenny – 1 scene
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 13/20 books
    • Heart Seeker(Juliana Haygert) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Winter’s Heat(Cristin Harber) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Unraveled(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Monday morning. At 56%
    • Red Hot Christmas(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
  • Listen: 5 books – 7/5
    • Yours Forever(Farrah Rochon) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Animal Magnetism(Jill Shalvis) – Started this Tuesday morning. On Chapter 24/26

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 7/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 1/3
    • This Week: What I’m Working On

Sunday Summary: Busy Times

It’s been a busy week. Tuesday night we went out to see fireworks over the bay(on Lake Erie). Wednesday we actually didn’t do much because it was HOT, but my husband was home, so that threw my routine off a bit. Friday afternoon we get a call at 12;30 that someone wants to look at the house at 3. THE SAME DAY!!  Thankfully they rescheduled it for Saturday evening, so that gave us more time to get things picked up a bit. Friday night we went to the Gathering at French creek that they have in town every year. Ate crappy food(I mean it was good, but holy grease). The kids did some crafts and played some games. The boy danced(I got it on video, but I can’t post it straight from my phone here. I’ll try to get it up sometime this week). Then, there were fireworks. I was an anxious mess by the end of the night.

And I slept in until 7 Saturday morning(if you know me, you know this is a big deal). I still managed to get blog posts written and more cleaning done, then we went to my husband’s aunt’s for a picnic. He was working, but his mom took us over there. And after he got there, we went for a short ride on the motorcycle. After we were back, we ate more food. I got annoyed at how judgey his family is about other people and tried to distract myself by reading. Then, we watched more fireworks. And finally came home.

I may need a full week to recover from all the peopling this weekend. And of course next weekend is his family reunion, so I’ll have to do it all over again. Though without fireworks this time, so that will be something at least.

The girl and her dog cuddling

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Character Arcs – Marshall & Natalie
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 6867/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 Scenes – Finished scene 8/6
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 1751/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – 500 words – 513/500 words
      • Hawk – 500 words – 661/500 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words – 577/500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 3/15 pages
    • This Week: 2.5 pages – 3/2.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 1 – Finished scene 2/2, started Chapter 2

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Bree & Jenny – 1 scene
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 10/20 books
    • Prowl(Alexis Duran) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Pounce(Alexis Duran) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Roam(Alexis Duran) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • The Last Single Girl(Bria Quinlan) – Read this Monday afternoon.
    • Glutton for Pleasure(Alisha Rai) Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night.
    • Just Juliet(Charlotte Raegen) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Seared(Suleikha Snyder) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Shot to Hell(Cynthia Rayne) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • The Tiger’s Watch(Julia Ember) – Started this Thursday night. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • Fighting Silence(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday afternoon. Finished it Saturday night.
  • Listen: 5 books – 6/5
    • Restore Me(Tahereh Mafi) – Started this Friday morning. Finished this Sunday morning.
    • Level Up(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • One True Pairing(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Hooked(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Burning Up(Jennifer Blackwood) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Friday morning.
    • Autoboyography(Christina Lauren) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday morning.

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 6/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3

Weekend Writing Warriors: “Noah”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write, where we share 8-10 sentences from a project and sometimes get creative with punctuation. 😉 This week, I’m picking right back up where we left off.

He laughed again. “Because I didn’t think you’d be stupid enough to come into town when you knew Dad was coming after you. You did figure that out, right? The Gavin I used to know was pretty damn smart, or at least I always thought he was.”

My hand fell away from him at that. I stared hard at the kid, no, young man now. “Holy shit,” I whispered. “Noah?”

He grinned at me. “Been a long time, big brother.”

Anyone surprised? What does his brother really want? Is he there to help? Or something else?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Sup”

“I suppose you’re going to say you planned to come to the hospital.”

Isaac turned to look at Arcelia. He didn’t say anything, though. He wasn’t sure what to say, if he could say anything through the way it felt like his throat was closing up.

“You know he could use your support right now.”

That finally got his throat working again. “And what about what I need? Do you know what it’s like? To walk into a house, and think the person you love the most is dead? I’ve gone through it twice now. And the first time, my mom didn’t survive. My dad made it clear I was at fault for that, too. That I wasn’t worth enough for her to stick around. I can’t wait around for Jonas to come to the same conclusion.”

Arcelia didn’t get angry, like he’d thought she would. She always came to Jonas’ defense, whether he was in the right or not. They might fight  with each other, but neither let the other fight anyone else alone. Instead her face fell, and she stepped forward, her arms going around him. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I’m sorry you had to go through that. Again. You know he didn’t mean for that to happen.”

He wiped tears away from his face. “I can’t do it again,” he said. “It almost killed me the last time. I just can’t, Arcelia.”

He knew she’d never seen his scars, but that didn’t mean she didn’t know they were there. That she didn’t know exactly what he meant. “I’m sorry,” she said softly. “he’s not going to do it again. We’re going to be there to get him through this. I know it would help if you were, too, but I understand if that’s not something you can do.”

She finally pulled back from him and turned to walk away. The ache that had been in his chest since finding Jonas on the kitchen floor only spread wider. He just wished he knew what to do.

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This week’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was to use “sup” either on its own or as part of another word. I got a couple words in. So, what is Isaac going to do? Are him and Jonas ever going to be okay again? I’m still working on that part.

Fiction Friday: “Do What”

“The sun hasn’t even come up yet, and you’re wanting me to do what?”

She laughed at me and tugged on my hand, making the sheet slip further down my body. Her eyes still twinkled. “It’s called a run. It’s not like it’s a special favor.”

“I’d do any special favor for you, as long as it was here in this bed. There’s no reason to get out of it, is there? We can work up a sweat here.”

She just grinned at me and finished pulling the sheet away. “Come on. We can do that after the run.”

Finally, some incentive for me to actually get out of bed.

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No idea who these characters actually are. Whether they’re actually already existing characters or not. Maybe they’ll tell me eventually. 😉

Writing Wednesday: Starting Again

It’s a new round of RoW80, a new month, and a new project to work on. That is the next story in my Gilbert, Co series. I wrote parts of this years ago. Back then it was actually book 3 in the series, now it’s book 8(not counting the novellas). If you read book 1, Duty to Protect, you’ll recognize the main character. Except he was sixteen in that one. This one takes place about five years later.

It hasn’t been a bad start to the month, though I haven’t made as much progress as I’d hope. Still, it’s only the first Wednesday. Last night we went and watched fireworks set off over Presque Isle Bay. Fireworks are not my favorite thing, but the kids enjoyed it. We got there 2 hours early, the display only lasted 20 minutes, then we waited another hour just to get out of the parking lot. More fireworks Friday for a local festival and then our community is doing their fourth of July fireworks on the 7th.

I don’t have a whole lot of Nowhere to Run written yet, so I am going to share a little more from Flames of Knowledge. This actually happens a little bit before last week’s.

He put his hand over theirs, and Ames jerked slightly. “Sorry,” they said and started to pull their hand away. “I shouldn’t have…”
They trailed off when he tightened his hand over theirs. “Don’t,” he said, his voice coming out hoarse. “Please don’t.”
Their eyes widened slightly, but their hand stayed there, relaxing in his grip. Even when he let go, Ames kept the hand right where it was. “Do you feel that?” he asked. “No one else has done that to me. Not in a long time.” Ever maybe. But, that felt like too much to admit. This soon at least.
“A rapidly beating heart is not a good thing, Connor. It means your heart’s trying to work too hard.”
His lips curled up. “This is what I get. I am often too literal, and when I try to expose myself, it gets thrown back in my face.”
Ames’ lips quirked. “You better not be exposing yourself outside this apartment, or your brother might have to arrest you.”
His mouth fell open then he’d realized exactly what he’d said and laughed. When he rested his forehead against theirs, he said, “You know that is not what I meant. I’m trying to tell you something, Ames.”
“I know,” they said, smiling up at him. “I’m trying to not let you get too serious.”
“Too late. Ask anyone in my family, I’ve always been too serious.”
Ames smiled and ran their thumb along his lips. “I don’t know about that. You lighten up occasionally.”
The more they touched him, the faster the blood seemed to rush through him. He wasn’t used to this. He got turned on occasionally, but never this quick. Then again, maybe it wasn’t quick. He and Ames had been dancing around each other for more than two months now. Still, he didn’t want to make the wrong move.

 

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Character Arcs – Marshall & Natalie
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 2694/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 6 Scenes – Finished scene 3/6
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 693/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Arresting Callum – 500 words – 513/500 words
      • Hawk – 500 words – 180/500 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages
    • This Week: 2.5 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters
    • This Week: Chapter 1

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Bree & Jenny – 1 scene
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 6/20 books
    • Prowl(Alexis Duran) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Pounce(Alexis Duran) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Roam(Alexis Duran) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • The Last Single Girl(Bria Quinlan) – Read this Monday afternoon.
    • Glutton for Pleasure(Alisha Rai) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night.
    • Just Juliet(Charlotte Raegen) – Started this Monday night. Finished it Wednesday morning.
  • Listen: 5 books – 4/5
    • Restore Me(Tahereh Mafi) – Started this Friday morning. Finished this Sunday morning.
    • Level Up(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • One True Pairing(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Hooked(Cathy Yardley) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Burning Up(Jennifer Blackwood) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 5/27

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 2/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3

Sunday Summary: A New Month

We’ve closed out another month. It was a pretty good month for me. I was able to get a lot done, even with the kids going on summer vacation 6 days into the month then discovering the girl had lice(which we’re still fighting, but I think we’re finally getting the upper hand). A lot of words, a couple things finished, and others started.

She finally agreed to us cutting her hair

I’m hoping July will be a good one, too. I have my goals for the next round of RoW80 as well as next month’s goals at the end of this post. But, first, a final look at how June went.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit – 10/22 sheets
    • This Week – Sheet 3(also sheet 4, 5a, & 5b, 6, 7a, 7b, 7c)

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 19996/~20000 words – so close, but the first draft is done!
    • This Week: Chapter 38, 39, 40, 41, & 42
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 6303/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 100 words – 133/100 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 100 words – 196/100 words
      • Arresting Callum(back story to Flames of Redemption) – 100 words – 134/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages  12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter – 5/1 chapters
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 16/11 scenes – finished Part 2! Finally!
    • This Week: Chapter 12, 13

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 5 scenes – 2/5 scenes

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 26/10 books
    • More Than Music(Elizabeth Briggs) Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Light Up the Night(Laura Trentham) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Hold Your Breath(Katie Ruggle) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • Blood of the Empire(Christina Ochs) – Started this Wednesday night. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Prowl(Alexis Duran) – Started this Saturday night. At 41%
  • Listen: 10 books – 21/10
    • Dash of Peril(Lori Foster) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe(Benjamin Alire Saenz) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • American Pharoah(Joe Drape) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • Rock Courtship(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Rock Redemption(Nalini Singh) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • Rock Wedding(Nalini Singh) – Started this Thursday morning. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • Restore Me(Tahereh Mafi) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 28/39

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 23/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 4/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon
    • Bonus Content: Derek

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

And now it’s time to set up new goals for the next round of RoW80 and then I’ll break those down into next month’s goals. But, first I’ll evaluate how this year is going so far.

2018(so far)

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge: Outline
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields 2: Outline
  • Tertiary: James & Tracy’s Story(Gilbert, CO) : Title & Outline
  • Stretch: Craving You(Kurztown) & Heart to Heart: Outlines

Drafting:

  • Primary: Finish 4 in Progress drafts
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields
    • Whatever It Takes
    • High on Loving You
    • By the Gun
  • Secondary: Draft 5 new novels
    • Flames of Knowledge
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
    • James & Tracy’s Story
    • Craving You(Erik & Jeff’s story)
    • Heart to Heart(stand-alone)
  • Tertiary: Side Projects – finish 10 first drafts
  • Stretch: Jonas & Isaac – 1st draft

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • Tertiary: Law of Choice – send to CP
  • Stretch: Transfer 5 projects from One Note to Scrivener

Publishing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal
  • Tertiary: Law of Choice
  • Stretch: 2 collections of short stories

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 250 books
  • Secondary: Listen 50 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge
  • Tertiary: Story a Day(May & September)
  • Stretch: Patreon – 24 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: 6 projects
  • Crochet: 6 projects

 

RoW80 Round 3

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – Finish Outlining
  • Secondary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Acts 2, 3 & 4
  • Tertiary: Neil & Lin(The Rileys #2) – Outline
  • Stretch: Pictures of the Past(Gilbert, Co #8) – Outline

Writing: 

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 15000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – Write Part 3

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP Edits

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading: 

  • Read: 60 books
  • Listen: 15 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 Regular Weekly Blog posts
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 9 times
  • Tertiary: September Story a Day

July

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words 
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 0/20 books
    • Prowl(Alexis Duran) – Started this Saturday night. At 41%
  • Listen: 5 books – 0/5
    • Restore Me(Tahereh Mafi) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 29/39

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 1/21 posts
    • This Week:
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3

Fiction Friday: Under the Bed

Mom kissed me on the forehead and the door clicked behind her. Then, something shifted under the bed. I waited a moment before whispering, “You can come out now.”

The monster under my bed slid out and put their hands on their sides as they stared at my door. “What did the evil one want this time?”

“My mom just wanted to kiss me good night again.”

“That thing is not your mother, and that wasn’t all she wanted. I promise I will not let her get away with harming you.”

“She’s my mother. She wouldn’t.”

“It doesn’t matter what skin she wears, she’s a monster, and she’s up to something. I’ll figure out what it is and keep you safe.”

I didn’t believe them about my mother, but I still felt safer with them in my room. So I snuggled under the blankets and closed my eyes.

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The first two lines of this was the prompt for today’s Fiction Friday post. I have a couple other pieces with this theme, and I may try to tie them all together into one story.

Writing Wednesday: The End

Well, it’s almost the end of the month. And the RoW80 round ended last week. And just this morning, I wrote ‘The End’ on Flames of Knowledge! So, lots of ending going on around here.

Not a whole lot else going on. Got the kids’ report cards on Thursday. Both were great. Essentially all “A”s(they don’t actually use a letter grade anymore. it’s: Advanced, Proficient, Approaching Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic). The lowest either of them got this year was proficient. They were both promoted to the next grade(obviously) so I now have a 2nd & 5th grader. But first 2 more months of summer vacation to go.

Since I finished the first draft this morning, this will be the last snippet I share from Flames of Knowledge. At least until it makes it to the top of my editing list. I have 10 paragraphs(2+7=9+ 1 celebratory bonus one).

When he stepped outside, he nearly ran into Silas. “What are you doing here?” Connor asked him.
“Coming to see you. Jer’s at the station, and Corrin might as well have been swallowed by her computer.”
“Aw, and poor Silas didn’t have anyone to lavish him with attention?”
Silas laughed and lightly punched Connor’s shoulder. “Gio’s right. You are a brat.”
“Sorry. That was mean.”
Silas shook his head. “No, it was good. You don’t usually come up with those so easily. Maybe Ames is good for you.”
Connor could feel his cheeks heating by the minute. “So, why did you come by? I’m sure you have other people to keep you company.”
“But, I wanted to see you. Anyway, most of them don’t understand what I have with Jeremiah and Corrin. You know scientists. So logical.” He let out a mock shudder.
“Silas, I don’t understand what you have with them.”
“But, you accept it. That’s the difference.”

I didn’t even realize Silas and Connor were friends until I started planning this one out. So, I’ll probably have to go back through Playing with Fire and work that friendship in more. I guess that is one good thing about being so far ahead in writing the series, I can go back and add things when I realize something new about the characters who keep popping up.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit – 6/19 sheets
    • This Week – Sheet 3(also sheet 4, 5a, & 5b)

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 19996/~20000 words – so close, but the first draft is done!
    • This Week: Chapter 38, 39, 40, 41, & 42
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 6303/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 100 words – 133/100 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 100 words – 196/100 words
      • Arresting Callum(back story to Flames of Redemption) – 100 words – 134/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 11/11 scenes(I’ve still got about 4 scenes in this part to finish)
    • This Week: Chapter 12, 13

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 5 scenes – 1/5 scenes

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 25/10 books
    • More Than Music(Elizabeth Briggs) – Started this Sunday morning. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Light Up the Night(Laura Trentham) – Started this Sunday evening. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Hold Your Breath(Katie Ruggle) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 19/10
    • Dash of Peril(Lori Foster) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Sunday morning.
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe(Benjamin Alire Saenz) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • American Pharoah(Joe Drape) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday evening.
    • Rock Courtship(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Wednesday morning.
    • Rock Redemption(Nalini Singh) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 10/42.

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 20/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

Sunday Summary: Zooming Along

You’ll be able to see from the list below just how well this month is going, this week particularly. I was able to restart my list of goals 3 times this past week. See, I start out my list of goals each week by figuring out how much I need to do each day to meet the goal by the end of the month, then take that by 5(since I don’t usually work on the weekends). Then I work straight through my writing goal, then editing, plotting, side projects and my stretch project(By the Gun). If I finish all those before Friday, I start all over again. Like I said, I restarted them 3 times this week, though I didn’t make it all the way through the third set of goals. So, yeah, it’s been a good week.

Looks like she’s planning to build the means of our destruction.

Color Code

Goal Met

Progress

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Act 4
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart – Character Back Stories 
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Plot Summaries 
  • Stretch2: Heart to Heart – Story Toolkit – 2/18 sheets
    • This Week – Initial Concept(Sheet 1/18), Worldbuilding

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft – 16741/~20000 words
    • This Week: Write 4 scenes – 6/4 scene done
      • Chapter 36(1 scene)
      • Chapter 37(1 scene)
      • Chapter 38(2 scenes) – 4/2 scenes done
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 850 words – 5840/850 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 500 words1109 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 500 words – 1017/500 words
      • Arresting Callum(back story to Flames of Redemption) – 100 words – 103/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 9.5 pages – 12.58/9.5 pages
    • This Week: Type 1 chapter(I’ll be doing this when my new pages goal is met for the month) – 2/1 chapters(started Chapter 3)
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 11 scenes – 11/11 scenes(I’ve still got about 4 scenes in this part to finish)
    • This Week: 3 scenes – 4/3 scenes
      • Chapter 10(1 scene)
      • Chapter 11(3 scenes)

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Beta Edits 
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Polish 
  • Tertiary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Stretch: Short Story Collection – Fleshing out Bree & Jenny
    • This Week: 3 scenes – 4/3 scenes/1730 words

Reading:

  • Read: 10 books – 22/10 books
    • Retrieval(Aly Martinez) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Sunday afternoon.
    • Transfer(Aly Martinez) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Sunday night.
    • Chase the Sun(Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday night.
    • Thrive(Aly Martinez) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night.
    • More Than Exes(Elizabeth Briggs) – Read this Wednesday afternoon.
    • The Devil in Disguise(Cynthia Eden) – Started this Wednesday afternoon. Finished it Wednesday night.
    • The Fallen(Cole McCade) – Read this Thursday afternoon.
    • Unspoken(Lauren Hawkeye) – Started this Thursday afternoon. Finished it Thursday evening.
    • Test Drive(Marie Harte) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Zero Day Exploit(Cole McCade) – Started this Saturday evening. Finished it Saturday night.
  • Listen: 10 books – 15/10
    • Bare It All(Lori Foster) – Started this Friday morning. Finished it Tuesday afternoon.
    • Getting Rowdy(Lori Foster) – Started this Tuesday evening. Finished it Thursday afternoon.
    • Dash of Peril(Lori Foster) – Started this Thursday afternoon. On Chapter 22/27

Social Media:

  • Post 5 regular weekly posts – 19/23 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3 posts
    • Flames of Renewal Cover Reveal
    • What I’m Working On
    • Coming Soon

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – finish side 4 and finish up

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