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Six Sentence Sampler

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More Uncalled For Actions:

“But what?” He fiddled with the buttons on his coat, avoiding Tarvek’s eyes again. He hated being so insecure.

“But,” Tarvek said, grabbing Gil’s hand to get his attention, “too bad we already ate breakfast. It’s not really a picnic without food.”

Gil looked at their joined hands then slowly up to Tarvek’s smiling if blotchy face, relief filling him–maybe he hadn’t completely messed everything else.

Still at home waiting to hear back from my daughter that her labor has actually started. Last I heard, she was still 2cm after half the night. Going to try to get some sleep now.

Six Sentence Sampler

6/4/19

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More from part 17 of Uncalled For Actions:

“Talk to me, please.” Gil felt tears welling in his own eyes and blinked them away–Tarvek needed him to be the strong one now. “Did I do something wrong again? I don’t understand–you know I’m stupid when it comes to, well, being around people.”

Tarvek shook his head, apparently unable to answer then just walked right past Gil into the small forest. Gil followed a few feet behind, his bloody fingers worrying the edge of his waistcoat.

On a side note… I’m almost caught up with my backlog of sentences for this story. I got horribly behind in March and nearly caught up in April, but never got the last six days done. Then I took all of May off. I now have only two more days from April left to write and then I’ll be into the June sentences which are resetting back to one sentence on the 1st. That should be quick to catch up. I’m hoping to be back on track this weekend (with part 17 posted today).

Of course, my daughter is being induced tonight so who knows when this baby will get here and how that will throw a kink in the works.

Six Sentence Sampler

6/3/19

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From Uncalled For Actions:

He snatched Tarvek’s hand and started running, Tarvek struggling to keep up as usual. They wound their way out of the school and through the forbidden halls of Castle Wulfenbach, garnering some attention from the crew, but no one stopped them.

“Where are we going?” Tarvek finally asked when they started heading into a restricted area.

Gil tugged on his hand, but Tarvek dug his heels in, refusing to budge. “Don’t you trust me?” Gil asked, batting his extra-long lashes.

Tarvek chewed his lip for a moment like he was weighing his options or trying to decide if he did trust Gil–his hesitation hurt more than Gil wanted to admit.

Six Sentence Sampler

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More Gil and Tarvek as kids from Uncalled For Actions:

Gil groaned–why was he being so difficult? “We’ll just say you thought you were better but you were wrong and felt icky after eating so went back to bed, okay?”

“Gil-”

“Come on, Tarvek, what’s one more day?”

Tarvek frowned at his bowl of fruit that he’d barely touched then sighed, letting Gil known he’d finally won. Gil pumped his fist in the air in celebration of his win.

Six Sentences on Sunday

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

From Uncalled For Actions:

“Well, I think those memories were a little too much for Tarvek to manage yesterday–it happens when we’re away from our loved ones. They call it home-sickness.”

“Oh,” Gil said again even though he had no understanding of homesickness.  Castle Wulfenbach was the only home he knew, and there was no one here that he would miss if he left. Except Tarvek. The thought of being away from him even for one night left his stomach roiling and his heart aching.

Six Sentence Sample

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From a future chapter of Uncalled For Actions I was working on last night (yes, I was actually writing!):

Miss Ziegler and several of the kids nodded in agreement, but Tarvek only stared at his paper, brow furrowed.

“And why’s that?”

His frowned only intensified, but then he took a deep, steady breath. “When I was little–before I came to Castle Wulfenbach–my father would get really busy so my mother would take my sister and me on picnics. It didn’t matter the weather. Even in the dead of winter, we would sit on wool blankets and eat steamy bowls of chowder in the snow.”

June Goals

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Recap from May:

Reading: Only read one of four books, but… I caught up on all but Unsounded and I only have two and a half chapters left of that to read. So I guess that’s sort of fifty/fifty? C
Writing: Um, yeah… totally bombed this. I decided after the month started that I wouldn’t be doing new sentences for Uncalled For Actions. I would just finish the ones from April and catch up on typing. But I did neither of those things. In fact, I didn’t write anything all month. Ugh. D– (because I kept my streak with my journal… barely)
Finishing/Editing: Hey, I did this. Sort of. I edited two stories other than Uncalled For. Well, I did a pass of editing on two different stories. The editing wasn’t completed. BUT that still counts. I didn’t get much of Uncalled For typed up, though. C
Posting: Yep, totally failed this one. And I reminded myself with a week to go that I needed to edit and post some stuff. Then forgot. Figures. F

I decided at the beginning of May that the month would be a loss for writing. With my grandson coming soon, I wanted to get some projects finished that I put off in April because of Camp NaNo. But I slacked off way more than I’d intended with not even trying to get my sentences typed up. I’ll try harder this month, I guess. F


June Goals:

Reading:

Writing:

  • write every day in my writing journal/keep my streak going
  • catch up on the days I still have missing from April for Uncalled For Actions

Finishing/Editing:

  • edit a story other than Uncalled For
  • edit/finish two chapters of Heaven Can’t Wait (I really need to work on this again)
  • type up and edit as much of Uncalled For as my hands will allow

Posting:

  • post the chapters of Uncalled For that I get done
  • post one other story
(Pretty much just keeping the same goals with a few little tweaks. This baby should be here any day so who knows what June will be like.)

May Round-up

All things reading and writing.

Reading:

Well…

I finished one full novel. I know, overwhelming. I just got busy making things for the baby (who should hopefully be here this weekend). I did also read several chapters of Unsounded (a webcomic) which is actually a lot. It’s taken me the better part of the last week or so to do that. That’s something.

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Writing:

Nothing. Well, as close to nothing as possible. Besides the first two days where I wrote blog updates, I only wrote two other days for less than 100 words each day. Editing. Pathetic but not a total loss, I guess. I’m still embarrassed that I didn’t even try. A grand total of 1,014 words for the month!

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YTD total: 67,118

Streak: Still going strong with journaling at 881 days (since January 1, 2017)!

Editing/Finishing:

Hey, I actually did some editing. That’s progress. But only two days and nothing came of it. I did work on Heaven Can’t Wait and Girl Genius story I wrote last year.

Posting:

Nothing. I never got around to typing up all Uncalled For Actions I have written because of the numbness in my hands.

Six Sentence Sample

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Six sentences in the middle of what I was editing yesterday:

When he reaches for the box, Jasper backs into the hall, banging into Heaven on his way out.

She growls, baring her teeth. It’s adorable and manages to calm the anger building in his gut. “Enjoy it while it lasts,” he finishes, waving at Jasper who sticks his tongue out at each of them. Heaven mirrors the move in the fiercest way possible.

One of the kids on the table snickers.

From chapter 38 of Heaven Can’t Wait.

It’s been a long time (six months) since I even looked at this story. I got stuck and stressed out about it, but I’m hoping the new season will get me more inspired to work on it and figure out why I got stuck.

Six Sentence Sample

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I decided I liked doing the sample posts at the end of working on something so every time I write something or edit a story, I’m going to post the six sentences right in the middle as proof I did something.

Here’s from a Girl Genius story I edited yesterday:

He tossed the book to the foot of the bed. It was open to a picture of a couple kissing. Ew.

Tarvek shoved the book off the bed. “What do you want to do now? We could play chess?”

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