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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Much Progress in Two Days!!

Funny how Wednesdays creeps up on you when you miss a Sunday check-in. Not surprised really, just left to rush through the the check-in. I guess it's not rushing because it's only about 6:30 (EST). Yesterday we had pretty big thunderstorm pass through that really cooled down the temperatures. It been quite the damp and cool summer this year. I guess it doesn't bother me, but I am partial to the hot weather that comes with summer, and right now we get about two days of traditional summer weather to one to two days of cool and/or wet weather.

How goes the weather in your neck of the woods, Dear Readers? What type of weather is your favourite?

I like a good thunderstorm, especially after it's been really hot. Feel so good. A good dance in the rain is often nice. I really love the sunny days with a subtle breeze. Just enough to keep it cool, but still warm/hot to be enjoyable. Give me a balmy 75 to 80 degree day and I am in bliss.


On to the check-in. It's been a good if quiet build up post Connecticon. I don't mind, give me a chance to see where I am and what to do next. The mornings are my reading times. I get up early and will read for an hour or two, depends on what book I am reading and where I am in the book. If I am towards the end, any of the three books I am currently reading become a single book to the finish line. It's those last two or three chapters (sometimes more if the book is that good) that makes the book.

This Week:
    *Reading: just finished The Subtle Knife (Phillip Pullman). ZOMG!!! Second books in trilogies are tough reads as they usually leave you hanging by the end. This is the second read through of The Subtle Knife and I am picking up more detail and falling in love with the characters all over again. Lyra was a personal favourite, but I am really enjoying Will Parry this go around. Still creeping through The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) and Smoke and Mirrors (Neil Gaiman) is a fun read.
    *Writing: wrote Monday and today (Tuesday). Writing blitz of about 900 words and a new story and possible novella? I think it'll work for #writestuff's monthly challenge. Go and check it out! Did a little creative brainstorming with Ofthewilds and amyunchained on Twitter last night, also when I looked up the names of the muse. I got another idea. Now I am swimming with ideas. Nothing new on the Top Secret project, but tonight's writing blitz is dedicated to that one.
    *Submissions: Oddly enough last night a contest fell into my Twitter lap, so I submitted a couple of flash pieces (able to submit up to 3 pieces) and today I submit a poem to an online journal. The Reverie Journal, it's new to me and gonna wander the halls of it's buildings.
     *Social Media: visited 4 blog daily each day (Monday and Tuesday), including my sponsor duties. Been active on Twitter. Yesterday was the tweet chat #writestuff.

Not for two days of work....

This (upcoming) week:
     *Reading: start The Amber Spyglass (Phillip Pullman), and continue with The Night Circus, Smoke and Mirrors, and start Murder Comes Ashore (Julie Anne Lindsey). I have 10 books to finish in this Round.
     *Writing: write daily, at least 300 words. Work on Top Secret Project and maybe start one of these other new ideas. Review my Doctor Who story I started last year.
     *Editing: 2 pages (at least) The Real Road Trip (my 2014 NaNoWriMo). Work on some smaller pieces through the coming weeks.
     *Submissions: 1 new submission.
     *Blogging: 1 new non-ROW80 post.
     *Social Media: Sponsor duties and 4 blogs daily (from list of blogs I follow and ROW80 new blogs).
     *Exercise: take a walk at least 1 day between now and Sunday.

What is ROW80? It's a blog challenge where you set some goal. Post them and your progress on your blog (required), and then post the blog link on the linky page. A Round of Words in 80 Days knows you have a life and you can adjust your goals as necessary. Come visit the Blog Hop!

Today is also WIPpet Wednesday. The brain child of author K.L. Schwengel. Here authors post snippets of their WIP using the WIPpet math. Take today's date: 7/15 use some math like 7 - 1 + 5 = 11 lines. Post 11 lines from your current WIP on the Linky Page. Giving a little set up to the readers and see what happens.

UPDATED: I feel I need to clarify. I do hate when I am unclear. This is the opening bit when you meet Stratus and Cumi for the first time. We get a little bit of her relationship with Strat. This is going back a little from the previous snippet. We are seeing a little banter bewteen the two of them.

“Sup, Slacker?” a voice called over Stratus' head. He smiled at the voice and knowing full well that is wasn’t the Queen high and mighty spying on him. He relaxed a little and took a drag on his cigarette. He tilted his head up and gazing out across the sky saw a friendly face shuffling along the low clouds.

“Not slacking. On break, Loser,” he said pointing to his cigarette and then to the cloud that the young lady was currently walking on. “What about you, Butt-head?” and Stratus giggled, his voice sounding awfully like the cartoon that he spent watching on his day off.

“Well I can’t very well do ANYTHING since you currently on deck.” The young lady was wearing a tee-shirt with a blue police box on the front and her brownish hair in a ponytail and jean shorts and pointing skyward. “I am on the waiting list, so I figured that I would come down and bother you while you were working." 


  1. I like the banter going on here. Sounds like you've been busy!

    1. Cumi and Strat are becoming my favourite characters is this piece. I also think they are going to be the Mains.

      Yeah, summer is clearly a busy time, even when not doing theatre it seems. Hope all is going well for you.

  2. Interesting. I admit to being a tad lost, but that's due to things being out of context, I'm sure. I don't quite have a sense of who's talking to who in this bit.

    My favorite weather is high 60 to low 70, puffy clouds, good breeze off the lake (that would be Lake Michigan). I also love storms. Love to sit and watch them roll in. And winter. Love winter.

    1. Yeah, I re-read the snippet. I should have explained a bit more about the lead in and pull back to show more of the scene. And yeah I see the confusion. Sorry about that.

  3. I love warm summer days full of sunshine and thunderstorms in the evening, though I also enjoy a brisk, blustery fall day when I can curl up with a cup of tea and a book. I am not a fan of the cold, winter months. My cold tolerance is just so low that it hurts to go outside. I definitely prefer summer and autumn.

    Good luck with your ROW80 goals. Sounds like you're doing well so far!

    1. Another thunderstorm lover. Awesome! Favourite place to be in the thunderstorm is sitting on my porch. They are so peaceful. You and I really like a lot of the same weather, warm summer days, thunderstorm, and crisp autumn days. Huzzah!

      I also loath winter and cold. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by, Denise.

  4. Heh. They obviously have a long-standing relationship to be bantering like that. Though, not sure if it's a truly friendly one, or more of a frienemies thing. Hmm...

    1. There's a history there, in some way a long history. Certainly more to come. The fun part is having the two of them start to tell me about it.

  5. I loved storms right up until I lived in aa travel trailer in Montans...follow that up with a child who, upon there being a powerful thunderstorm right over our house on the eve of her ninth birthday, screamed, "I'm going to die before I get to turn nine!"

    I still love rain. And weather that's warm and breezy, and with clouds dancing through...

    I just picked up on the fact that Cumi and stratus have cloud names...I'm a little lost,, like Kathi , I expect context would really help with that.

    If I'm right about the cloud thing - very very cool premise! An the police call box T-shirt - nice little nod!

    1. Yeah, I goofed on my snippet this week. I went and cleaned up a few things and made the intro easier to understand what I was setting up.

      You're right Shan! Thanks, I got this random idea and it started tugging at me. :-)

      I am huge into rain and a good thunderstorm or two. I love to sit and watch the rain fall and the thunder and lightening explode across the sky. Give me much inspiration.

  6. With things out of context here (I missed one full week and almost missed this one because of... Real Life)... I'm a bit lost. Still, the interplay between the characters is cool. And the cloud bit... that definitely was inspired (though you can have all my hot overly steamy summer days. I'm a Spring and Fall person. :-D

    1. Been trying to stick to snippet in order so I don't confuse people. Doesn't always work that way. Oh well! Thanks for stopping by and I will take your hot steamy days. Although I love a good crisp fall day to break the pattern.

  7. I'd love to be dancing in the rain here, but nothing except hot and humid the past few weeks. I don't go out much when it's like this. Really like the dialogue here - nice banter.

    1. Thank you! Oh the next rainy day, I will probably go dancing. That's a favourite things to do in the rain, when not watching it. I am fond of several type of weather, depending on my mood and the weather's mood.

  8. I love the way they talk to each other, it sounds nicely natural and like they've got a good friendship. The bits you hint at with their jobs and the description are intriguing! I hope they tell you more!

    Wednesdays do definitely sneak up... *cough* It's raining right now, no thunder though. I quite like rain and thunder when I'm indoors (pets are a bit less enamoured), but it's a bit inconvenient today as I was supposed to be mowing the lawn...

    1. I think Cumi and Strat are going to be my favourite characters in this story. I have some more that haven't some out yet to play. Soon!


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