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Camp NaNo April – Day 28 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoYikes. Only two more days to go. I know I’m going to make it, but it still seems unbelievable to me. There have been months I’ve written more total words, but not while having written every single day.

And I’m so excited about all of the stories I’ve started (some even finished). The next few months are going to be busy finishing, revising, and posting stories. I can’t wait.

 

Day 28: sympathy

The last twenty-four hours have been hell for the entire camp. Bellamy feels like his insides were put through a blender–at least the parts he didn’t puke up while he was dying of the plague.

Somehow they got through it like they always do. They even stopped a grounder army from attacking in the process. He guesses it’s a win, but it doesn’t feel that way when they’re digging more graves.

Bellamy feels like death warmed over, but he’s not the only one that’s been put through the wringer. When he hears the faint crying, he thinks about ignoring it. It’s not unusual to hear the other kids waking with nightmares or crying for their mothers. But something changes his mind.

He finds Clarke in the darkness. He doesn’t like to see girls cry. And he doesn’t like thinking of Clarke as weak. She’s the rock he’s started to lean on to get through each crisis. He’s not sure when that happened, but he can at least admit it to himself. But this time, Clarke is the one that needs support.

He doesn’t know what to say to her, so the best he can offer is a shoulder to cry on.

The End.

Not the longest recap. I had trouble setting this story, so it might change drastically in the future.

Bonus:

Curious, he follows the noise into the darkness. The girl sniffles but suddenly quiets when she realizes she’s not alone. He squints at the figure sitting against the dropship. “Clarke?”

She doesn’t answer, just pulls her legs in closer, hugging them tightly. Bellamy squats down in front of her. “Hey,” he says, lightly touching her arm. “You okay?”

She wipes at her eyes and nods. “Fine.” She opes her mouth like she plans to say more but nothing comes out. She turns away, probably so he won’t see her cry.

He’s not sure what to do. Things have been weird between them since they went to the bunker. He can’t stop thinking about her, and it nearly gave him a heart attack when he saw her sick. When he looks at those fourteen graves, all he can think is thank god she’s not in one of them. He wonders if she ever has those thoughts about him.

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood 
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat 
Day 20 – breath
Day 21 – fall
Day 22 – mind
Day 23 – writer’s choice
Day 24 – mistake
Day 25 – collide
Day 26 – life
Day 27 – remember

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 27 recap

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Today’s story is brought to you by tvtropes.org. Okay, maybe not exactly, but as I was trying to think of an angle for the story, I remembered the site, and that made me think of all the cliched tropes I like to read. What better trope for the prompt, “remember,” than amnesia?

I’ve only written the first scene, and I’m already having way too much fun with this story. I’ve never done amnesia fic before, but I’ve read some. I also remembered a show I saw on Discovery Channel many years ago about a woman that got amnesia but only forgot the last twenty years of her life. In her mind, she was twenty-three with one baby, not in her forties with grown children. It was really interesting. Put all of that in a blender and you get this…

Day 27: remember

Bellamy’s day was going pretty well he thought. His mom had some extra rations for him before his guard exam, Octavia left him alone for three full hours to study, and he knew he was going to ace the tests. He had to because it was the only way he was going to keep Octavia safe.

His day got even better after the exam. He did better than he’d hoped, and Aimee Mason asked him out. Him. She always had a thing for the guards. It was probably the best day of his life.

But then things get cloudy. Something must have happened because he wakes up to a pain splitting his skull open. He has no idea where he is or what is going on. The last thing he remembers is the exam. And Aimee. And then… nothing. Only pain and confusion.

There are other people with him, but he doesn’t dare open his eyes. He’s sure they’ll just pop right out of his head. Probably right after his brain liquefies and dribbles out of his ears. He can tell at least one of the voices belongs to a doctor, but she’s not making any sense.

Animals? Woods? Grounders? He knows the words, but she might as well be speaking a foreign language for all Bellamy can understand. He must have hit his head pretty hard.

He has no idea what’s going on, but he knows it’s bad. He wants his mom, but he’s too afraid to bring attention to her. This is like his worst nightmare. How could his perfect day fall apart so quickly. And why can’t he remember what happened?

The End.

That’s about as far as I got in my actual writing. He’s about ten seconds away from finding out he’s lost his memories from the last five years. This is going to be so much fun to write.

Bonus:

“Bellamy, I need you to open your eyes so I can check you out, okay? You have to tell me what happened so I can help you.”

He didn’t know what happened. Why can’t they understand that? Who were these people anyway?

“Let me try.” The other voice sounded younger–maybe his age. She leaned closer and brushed his hair away from his forehead. His entire body trembled at her touch. He had no idea why, but it distracted him from the atomic bomb going off in his head. Slowly, she slid her hands over his, curling her fingers around his palms.

“Bellamy,” she said, her voice soft and calm. “Can you move your hands? You don’t have to open your eyes, okay? Just move your hands, so we can check you out.”

He frowned. He didn’t want to move. His head hurt so much. But when her fingers tightened, he let her pull his hands from his face.

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood 
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat 
Day 20 – breath
Day 21 – fall
Day 22 – mind
Day 23 – writer’s choice
Day 24 – mistake
Day 25 – collide
Day 26 – life

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

 

Camp NaNo April – Day 26 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoI don’t think I have anything interesting or snarky to say today, so I’ll jut get right to the recap.

Day 26: life

Ten years ago, they sealed the doors to the underground bunker they thought they would be calling home for five years. They weren’t prepared for the extended stay. At the five-year mark, twelve people treated with the Nightblood therapy went to the surface. Ten came back. Barely.

Since then, they’ve occasionally sent people out to test the radiation levels. After ten years, they’re hoping this mission will give them the good news that the Earth is survivable again. Because they’re not really sure how long they can stay underground before the entire population loses its collective minds.

Bellamy and Clarke are leading the expedition. That is if Abby will ever let them leave. Her maternal worrying has grown out of control over the years since her stroke. There’s only so much of it they can stand. Kane, though, manages to distract Abby long enough for them to make their escape.

The surface is nothing like they left it–nothing like when they landed. Nothing the grounders remember. It’s barren and haunted. If they’re lucky, they’ll find signs of life this time. Little bits of grass pushing through the cracked ground. Maybe a bird. A bug. Anything will do.

Bellamy isn’t looking forward to this mission. As much as he hates the bunker, seeing the wasteland on the surface makes him ill. On top of that, Roan has invited himself along. He refuses to admit his title of “king” means nothing after all of these years. Bellamy isn’t in the mood to butt heads with him.

Then there’s Clarke. Who isn’t exactly talking to him at the moment. Which is fine because he doesn’t want to talk to her either. He’s not sure when their friendship fell apart or why. Sometimes, he’s not even sure he cares. Between the potential radiation sickness, Roan’s moaning, and dealing with Clarke, his day is looking bleaker and bleaker.

The End.

Sorry, most of what I wrote was world building and Abby babying Bellamy. And it might not sound like it, but it’s totally a love story. Bellamy and Clarke will always find their way back to each other somehow.

Bonus:

Abby gave him one of those looks that always make him feel like a little boy. “Be careful. Okay? I know your tolerance to the radiation is high, but you can still have symptoms. If you start to feel sick come straight back. Any symptom–upset stomach, itchy skin that could mean lesions, dizziness.

“I know,” Bellamy said, checking his pack again.

“Abby,” Kane said, pulling her away, “quit mothering the boy to death.”

Bellamy shot him a thankful look.

“I just want to make sure he’s going to be okay.”

Kane sighed. “He knows what he’s doing. And Clarke will be with him. What could possibly go wrong?”

A few feet away, Clarke snorted. Bellamy ignored her then snapped his bag closed, tossing it over his shoulder. “I’ll be fine, Abby; I promise. I’ll watch for symptoms and check my readings-” he tapped the radiation monitor clipped to his jacket “-and I won’t eat any strange plants or animals.”

“Don’t eat anything!”

He smiled. She hadn’t been the same since her stroke a few years ago, but underneath she was still Dr. Griffin. “I promise I won’t eat anything. If I try, I’m sure Clarke will smack some sense into me or something.”

Clarke snorted again.

Abby pressed her hand to his cheek. “You’re a good boy.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood 
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat 
Day 20 – breath
Day 21 – fall
Day 22 – mind
Day 23 – writer’s choice
Day 24 – mistake
Day 25 – collide

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

 

Camp NaNo April – Day 25 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoJust five more days to go. I’m lucky Camp is ending because the weather next week is supposed to be beautiful. Even into the 70s on Wednesday. The kids are going to want to be outside. I’m going to wan’t to be outside. Taking the kids to the park or for a walk is not conducive to writing. I know; I’ve tried.

Next month is going to be spent finishing and editing some of these stories. At least that’s the plan.

 

Day 25: collide

It’s been a year since the took Octavia away. A year since he watched his mom get floated. A year since his entire world collapsed and his life destroyed. Bellamy’s resigned himself to his fate. In fact, he relishes it. After all, it’s what he deserves.

Working maintenance isn’t always bad. He’s mostly left alone which suits him fine. He’s not in the mood to deal with other people and their stares. Their whispers. Their curiosity. If he never spoke to another human being again, he’d be okay with that.

Today is one of those days he’s been blissfully working alone preparing an old section of Alpha Station for new residents–kids of the elite that have grown up and started their own families. The quarters here are large and comfortable. Nothing like Bellamy’s used to. It makes him sick to think of how they crammed three people into a space these people will have for one bedroom.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. He cleans up his supplies and heads back to the only home he’s ever known. He’s got a lot more space now that it’s just him. And he hates every inch of it. He’s considering what he might do after he clocks out when he slams into someone turning the corner.

A smaller someone that ends up on her backside. Bellamy can tell right away that she doesn’t belong here. At least not yet. In a few years, once she’s married, her Alpha Station Princess ass might move into one of these apartments. But for now, she’s just some spoiled kid that doesn’t know how to read the Keep Out signs.

The End.

This is set in an alternate reality where the Ark didn’t run out of oxygen, but Octavia was still found.

Bonus:

He turned the corner and ran smack into someone. She let out a startled yelp then fell back on her butt. Bellamy just stared down at her. She looked to be about Octavia’s age with blond hair and hard, icy eyes. Her clothes were a lot less tattered than most people he knew. Definitely Alpha Station.

He cocked an eyebrow. “You lost, princess.”

Her eyes narrowed. “What did you call me?”

He chuckled. “Princess. You have Alpha Station royalty written all over you.”

She got to her feet, glaring. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“No, you probably don’t.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood 
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat 
Day 20 – breath
Day 21 – fall
Day 22 – mind
Day 23 – writer’s choice
Day 24 – mistake

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 24 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoWe are in the home stretch now. Just one week left of starting random stories that will take months to finish. Although it’s been difficult at times and often seemed fruitless, I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot about my writing process and how to push through the “blank page paralysis” that often trips up writers. I’ve also tried out different story styles I never thought I’d ever write.

I am worn out, though. It’s getting harder and harder to come up with fresh stories. My wrists are killing me from the way they sit on the laptop. And I’m just plain exhausted from the mental challenge of writing that many words consistently over a long period. Next month is going to be a chill month for sure.

Anyway, on to today’s recap.

Day 24: mistake

We’re going canon-divergent again because it’s easier that way. Two years have passed since the Ark was sealed up. Being stuck in a small, confined space should be second nature to the residents of Arkadia. I mean, this is how they grew up. But even for them, it’s proving tedious.

It doesn’t help that things keep breaking all over the Ark. Bellamy has no idea why Raven sent him and Clarke to check the pressure on the water pipe. She said he could handle it. When will Raven learn to send the professionals. One little tap and the gauge went flying. Bellamy and Clarke are soaked. Air was a problem in space, but on the ground, water is precious.

They managed to get the water shut off before too much is wasted. Maybe the stress is getting to them because they can’t stop laughing. And Clarke can’t stop looking at Bellamy’s lips. And Bellamy can’t stop- Well, Bellamy just can’t stop himself. He’s tired of waiting.

The kiss is soft and sweet and damn near perfect. For him. Clarke doesn’t react as well. She’s not sure if she’s ready for things to change. Bellamy’s tired of hearing excuses, but he can’t stand to see Clarke cry, either. So he’ll just step back and keep waiting.

Octavia, though, is sick of watching Clarke walk all over her brother. She’s barely speaking to Bellamy, but that doesn’t mean can’t care about him. Bellamy’s too emotionally raw to deal with her after Clarke just broke his heart. Again.

The End.

So, yeah, this story starts with a kiss and things just spiral out of control after that. I told you I have trouble writing fluff. This is pure angst. I honestly haven’t decided which direction I’m taking the story. I only planned until Bellamy talks to Octavia. After that it’s up in the air.

Bonus:

Clarke froze at first, but then her mouth softened to his touch. He could barely believe this was finally happening. Every inch of him vibrated with anticipation.

Then Clarke jerked away. He could feel her tense in his arms, so he slowly let go, making sure she was steady on her feet. She took a step back. Then two. She wasn’t looking at him, and his world crashed in around him.

“I can’t do this, Bellamy. I can’t do this now.”

“Then when, Clarke? It’s been two years, and I don’t know if I can-” He didn’t know how to finish that sentence. It sounded too much like an ultimatum, and that’s not what he wanted. He covered his eyes with his hand and took a deep breath. “Clarke-”

“This was a mistake.”

Bonus bonus:

Octavia fell into step next to him. “How long are you going to let her keep breaking your heart?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He sped up, but Octavia kept pace.

“Yes you do. You keep going back for more, and she keeps kicking you down. I don’t get it.”

He stopped to glare at her. “What do you care anyway? You’ve made it perfectly clear that I’m not welcome in your business. Well, it goes both ways. So mind your own business and leave me alone.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (surviving is only the beginning)
Day 2 – redo (head trauma is no joke)
Day 3 – sunshine (can’t appreciate the sun without walking in the darkness)
Day 4 – fear (fear keeps them apart)
Day 5 – inside (inside is where it hurts the most)
Day 6 – share (sharing is caring) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (we always annoy the ones we love)
Day 8 – guard (like season one but on the Ark)
Day 9 – Heaven (Bellamy is great with kids)
Day 10 – blood (nothing like a quick dip to wash away your sins)
Day 11 – promise (promises are made to be broken)
Day 12 – discover (talk to him before deciding he’s a jerk)
Day 13 – together (“my mom’s totally not going to figure out we’re faking it”)
Day 14 – try (trying to push the rover out of the mud is hard)
Day 15 – experiment (“where are the keys to these cuffs?”)
Day 16 – illusive (hallucinations are confusing)
Day 17 – phone (the ultimate game of phone tag)
Day 18 – trust (Clarke trusts Bellamy with more than her life)
Day 19 – threat (going back to Arkadia was a bad idea)
Day 20 – breath (not much of a winter wonderland)
Day 21 – fall (Bellamy never listens)
Day 22 – mind (getting up on the wrong side of the bed)
Day 23 – writer’s choice (Hollywood… The 100 style)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 23 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Twitter-HeaderToday’s story is completely different for me. Not only is it a modern AU, but it’s themed. My first ever celebrity AU. These things are my guilty pleasure. I mean, not just in fanfic. Last year, I read every book on my shelf that had a celebrity theme–singers hiding out in small towns, kids of famous people, finding out your online crush is famous. My 2015 NaNo novel was about a girl whose famous brother comes to live with her which disrupts her entire life. This is my trope.

But it’s the first time I’m trying anything like this. I had fun writing the first few scenes.

Day 23: writer’s choice

When Octavia told him she was struggling to make ends meet in L.A., Bellamy thought the brotherly thing to do would be to pack up his life and go help her. After all, it’s pretty much all he knows how to do.

He hasn’t even had a chance to skim the want ads before Octavia is roping him into helping her with her job designing costumes at Arkadia Studios. When he said he was going to help, he meant paying the bills, not carrying her boxes.

L.A. is a completely alien place to him, but Octavia seems to have adapted well. She knows how to move through traffic like a NASCAR driver, knows where to get the best coffee, and knows how to sweet talk everyone she meets.

He’s starting to think helping her out won’t be so bad until he hears the tantrum coming from the dressing room down the hall.

The End.

Didn’t get too far, but I have plans. Plans, I tell you! Lots of fun bickering, angst, and a slow burn romance. Why can’t this be written already?

Bonus:

The girl noticed Bellamy, her eyes widening as she stepped all the way into the room. She was about Octavia’s height and age with blond hair hanging just past her shoulders and bright brown eyes. She leaned against he door frame, crossing her arms over her chest. “Who’s your friend?”

“Nobody.” Octavia handed Bellamy the plastic wrapped dresses and grabbed the coffees. “He’s my brother, and we’re going to be late.”

The girl fell into step next to them. “I’m Harper, by the way. Assistant to the assistant to an assistant of someone that isn’t important.”

Bellamy arched an eyebrow. “Then what exactly do you do?”

“Hell if I know. Mostly I run around reminding people that they’re late. It’s not as easy as it sounds.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (the one about torture)
Day 2 – redo (the one about regrets)
Day 3 – sunshine (the one about demons)
Day 4 – fear (the one about feelings)
Day 5 – inside (the one about hoarding)
Day 6 – share (the one full of food) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (the one about flirting)
Day 8 – guard (the one about life on the Ark)
Day 9 – Heaven (the one about the kid and the guy)
Day 10 – blood (the one about cracking under pressure)
Day 11 – promise (the one about betrayal)
Day 12 – discover (the one about the neighbor)
Day 13 – together (the one about fake dates)
Day 14 – try (the muddy one)
Day 15 – experiment (the one about finding a key)
Day 16 – illusive (the one about a bad acid trip)
Day 17 – phone (the one about a picture of a girl)
Day 18 – trust (the one about giving her a gift)
Day 19 – threat (the one where Pike’s a bastard) 
Day 20 – breath (the one when they start to get along)
Day 21 – fall (the one where Clarke finally makes a move)
Day 22 – mind (the one about screwing everything up)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 22 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoLike Day 16, today’s story picks up where season 4, episode 8 left off. Of course, it goes completely off the canon rails after that.

I’m just going to say right off that Bellamy with Bree (yes, that’s the blond chick’s name–the one that wants to dance with Bellamy) just equals bad news. At least in my fantasy land.

Day 22: mind

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but Bellamy isn’t feeling fine at all. His mouth is dry, and his head is pounding. No more jobi nuts ever. What’s worse is that he doesn’t wake up alone.

It wouldn’t have been so bad except the blond in his bed isn’t the one he wants. He knows he’s screwed up, and he knows it’s going to be messy to fix. Especially as clingy as Bree is. What the hell was he thinking?

His best bet is to get out of there fast. Distract and deflect. Sure it’s the coward’s way out, but his head is hurting too damn much to deal with over-emotional girls. Like Bree told him, “the world’s going to end anyway, so what does it matter?” Apparently it matters a lot. At least to Bellamy.

He manages to get Bree dressed and out the door, but she sneaks in a good-bye kiss. Bellamy’s just glad to see her gone until he realizes their farewell had an audience.

The trip back to Arkadia left Clarke worn out and worn down. She just needed a friendly face to talk to. And maybe she needed visual confirmation that Bellamy was alive and well. She never expected to find a girl sneaking out of his room. Wearing his shirt.

That was bad enough, but then Bellamy had to turn into a super jerk. Like the Bellamy she met that first day on the ground. She’s not even sure what she did wrong, but she’s too emotionally raw to figure it out.

The End.

Note: This story in no way relates to Day 16 where Bellamy and Bree get wasted and make out together while Bellamy hallucinates. Trippy.

Bonus:

Bree stepped out ahead of him then turned, nearly knocking him over. She reached up and ran her fingers through his hair before leaning up and kissing the corner of his mouth.

“We should do this again. You know, before the world ends. Might as well enjoy our last days on Earth, right?”

He nodded dumbly. She ran her thumb over his lips then practically skipped down the hall. Bellamy rubbed his eyes as he pulled the door shut behind him.

“Rough night?”

He started at the voice behind him. His heart slammed against his chest. Crap. He turned slowly. Clarke cocked her head, watching him behind shuttered eyes. “When did you get back?” he asked.

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (torture is very wrong much bad)
Day 2 – redo (Back to the Future Ark!)
Day 3 – sunshine (raindrops keep falling on my head… wait)
Day 4 – fear (we have nothing to fear but revealing our feelings)
Day 5 – inside (inside a tent… get your mind out of the gutter)
Day 6 – share (share and share alike) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (one woman’s annoying is another man’s flirting)
Day 8 – guard (who let the guards out? who who)
Day 9 – Heaven (kid!fic)
Day 10 – blood (blood doesn’t need blood, just water to wash it away)
Day 11 – promise (promises, shromises)
Day 12 – discover (sometimes the hot jerk across the hall is just hot)
Day 13 – together (playing house)
Day 14 – try (muddy kisses)
Day 15 – experiment (handcuffs are less kinky when you hate the one you’re with
Day 16 – illusive (are the walls bleeding yet?)
Day 17 – phone (mysterious phone is mysterious)
Day 18 – trust (just plain fluffy goodness)
Day 19 – threat (the one where Pike’s a bastard)
Day 20 – breath (winter cold, Bellamy warm)
Day 21 – fall (Clarke falls for Bellamy after he falls off a wall in the fall)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~*~Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever.~*~

“God,” he moaned into his hands.

“What’s wrong?” Bree asked, running her hands over his chest, nails scratching his heated skin.

He grabbed her hands. “Nothing’s wrong.”

She fell away with a huff. When he glanced over his shoulder, she was sitting with her arms crossed over her chest in a pout.

From a fanfic I was writing the other night.

Camp NaNo April – Day 21 recap

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Things are winding down–April is almost over. I can hardly believe it. This week went really fast for me. I was standing at the sink this morning and realized I would have to do Six Sentences on Sunday tomorrow. It feels like I just posted the one from this week. Crazy.

Yesterday, the weather was amazing which meant my kids wanted to go do something. By the time we got back, cooked dinner, and cleaned up, it was after 8:30pm. I still had to eat my food (everyone else was done long before that). I finally sat down to do my writing around 9pm, and it was a struggle to get any words out. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I kept promising myself that when I finished, I could take a long bath. I got done with my recap at 11:54pm.

But I got my bath and slept rather well last night. So, I’m getting stuff done early today. That way I can relax and read. At least that’s the plan. Things rarely go how I expect. Anyway, on to the recap.

Day 21: fall

It’s been a year since the 100 landed on Earth. They’ve only had each other to depend on to survive a brutal winter and get through a sweltering summer. But now that the leaves are changing, there’s a sense of uncertainty in the air. Will they make it another year?

It’s a lot to carry on their shoulders, but Clarke and Bellamy do their best. Sometimes, though, you just need a break. Well, as much of a break as they can get. When Clarke wants to go hunt for medicinal plants, Bellamy volunteers to go along–anything to get away from the grind of camp.

The sun is still bright and warm, but the breeze is cooling. And for once the walk is pleasant. It’s taken a year, but the two have finally learned to get along. Even like each other’s company. Bellamy seems to be in an especially good mood. Maybe there’s something in the air.

Showing off, though, often doesn’t end like you envision. When Bellamy starts climbing over the ruins, Clarke tries to warn him, but he doesn’t listen. Luckily he isn’t terribly hurt. Unless Clarke decides to knock some sense into him for being so reckless. She’s tired of him caring so much about everyone else’s safety while ignoring his own. And she’s tired of dancing around their feelings because watching him nearly break his back was like a punch straight to her heart.

It’s time to quit being a baby and make a move. So she does.

The End.

Bonus:

Clarke runs over, sliding to her knees next to him. “Are you okay?”

His eyes roll back as he fights for breath, but eventually, he gasps then sucks in needed air. Clarke waits for him to recover then smacks his chest. “I told you to be careful.”

“No, you didn’t,” he says with a grimace as he pries a rock out from under him, tossing it into the woods. “You just said I would fall.”

“And you did.”

He smirks. “Still didn’t tell me to be careful.”

“It’s implied, smart ass. Are you okay?”

He twists his hands and feet. “I think so.”

Clarke helps him sit up. “You know, there are easier ways to impress me.”

His face goes completely red. It is freaking adorable. “Why do you think I’m trying to impress you?”

Other recaps (I’ve been seriously slacking in the snarky descriptions department):
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat
Day 20 – breath

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Tools of the Trade: Habitica

In the past, I’ve often made promises to myself to do certain activities consistently. Like write every day. Go for walks. Make my bed. I usually follow through for a couple of weeks then give up for lack of motivation. It wasn’t like anyone was checking to make sure I did these things.

If you have a problem like this and need a good kick in the but to do chores, homework, or anything else, then habitica.com might be the place to look for motivation. I had never heard of this site until last month when I noticed it being recommended over and over on the 4thewords forums. People swore by it. So, I looked it up.

habitica6This site is exactly what I needed to organize everything I need to do and to get me to do them. Habitica is set up like a role-playing game, but it’s more involved than 4thewords. You start by picking an avatar. That’s me over there.

After that you set up tasks and habits you want to accomplish during a day or week.

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In my case, I set up “dailies” for all of my writing goals (on the right). These are things that have to be done every day or you health will be negatively affected. I set up my habits to give me “bonus points” for things like going over my word count goal for the day. Or getting by ass out of the chair to fill my own cup instead of having the kids do it. These are called “habits” on the site. There are also “tasks” that you can set up–sort of long term goals or other things that need to be done eventually. These can be broken down into smaller, more manageable goals. I use tasks to manage chores I need to do, breaking each one down to tiny components.

Habits, dailies and tasks earn you “experience” or affect your “health” (and later your “mana”).

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Gaining experience (the yellow line) allows your character to advance through the game. You also earn silver and gold–digital currency to buy things like armor and weapons which affect how much experience and gold you might earn or how much a missed daily will damage you. You will also randomly receive pets and food as rewards for completing any kind of task.

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There are a lot of different pets you can get. This is just the tip of the iceberg. They don’t actually do anything to your stats, but they’re cute and can be added to your avatar picture. If you feed the pets with the food you get, they grow into “mounts” that you can ride in the picture. It’s all just for fun.

habitica4Besides these things that you can do individually, you can also join guilds and parties. Guilds are just groups for people with similar interests. They offer a way to chat, get support, and participate in challenges to keep you accountable. Parties are more personalized, started by players who invite friends. They also have chats and challenges, but they can also go on quests. Quests can be about defeating a monster where completing tasks does damage. If you don’t complete your dailies, everyone in the party loses health. Talk about motivation. No one wants their friends mad at them for killing their digital character. My party consists of me and my eleven-year-old daughter. We’re currently on the hunt for eggs.

Put together, habitica offers a lot of ways to get you focused and on task. My productivity has really increased since I started using it. In fact, I’m writing this post because it’s one of the things on my task list which has turned red–meaning it’s old and needs to be done.

I highly recommend this site if you need a little extra motivation to write every day or get chores done.

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