2019 Goals

It’s late as I write this, because I had a usual Sunday of stuff to do around the house, then trying to get back into the habit of cooking healthy dinners, and then–who knew?–writing! So I’m blogging late, but got my writing in, so that’s a win. And I just checked out the ROW80 Blog and saw that the Round starts tomorrow (Monday), not next week like I thought. Luckily, I’ve been thinking about goals these past few days, so I was prepared.

But first, how about an update from Tennessee? I hope these aren’t boring folks too much, but really, I’m documenting the build for myself as much as to share. We got an unexpected, additional Christmas gift this year when our neighbor sent us some new pictures–apparently, there are a bunch of carpenters in Knoxville who wanted to earn some extra Christmas money, because they totally kicked some butt on Christmas Eve!

I like the top two pictures because they’re finally starting to look more like the size the house will be (about 2000 sq. ft.), rather than ridiculously huge(for us) . Then there’s the view out the back of the house, and oh, how about a cute dog pic, because it’s been too long since I’ve had one on here?




What I’ve Been Reading: Cleon Moon, by Lindsay Buroker, the fifth in her Fallen Empire series. I’m really enjoying these, and am glad there are three more to go, plus what looks like a second, spinoff series. No link today because I’m lazy and I need to get this post done.

What I’ve Been Writing: I figured out and fixed the logistical inconsistency I found last week, plus added another fifteen hundred words. Five hundred of those were last night, as I decided it’s time to up my game and get this book done.

Which brings me to my 2019 goals.

This is pretty ambitious, and I feel crazy for even attempting this, with the move and all. Maybe I’ve been watching too many videos from Dean Wesley Smith, but hey, writing’s getting to be fun again, and now that the craziness of the holidays is over, I think I can do this: I’m going to finish this WIP, which only has 5-10,000 words to go. And I’m going to finish the next book in the series this year. Which doesn’t sound like such a big deal, except I write looooooooonnnnnng books. As in, 140,000-words long. Also, packing, moving, getting settled in a new state and all that goes along with it.


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So yeah, kind of crazy. But doable, maybe! Because here’s the thing. When I make it a point to do the writing regularly, I can write 1,000 words an hour without too much problem. That comes out to 5,000 words/week, allowing for two days off.

And I only have to do it thirty weeks this year to hit that. Even if I don’t hit it, I’m likely to get a lot more done than I otherwise would (what Smith calls “failing to success” – I love that!). I’ve done a good job (if I say so myself) getting back into a habit of writing through the months of November and December, so now I just have to keep it up. The catch will be to devote an hour to it a day, rather than the 15 minutes or so I’ve been doing.

There will be weeks around the move where I’ll do well to get 1,000 words in for the whole week, but I’m going to try doing just that, keeping it a habit even during the busy times.

For this Round (through March 20th), I want to finish this book, and get another 40,000-45,000 words in on the next (depending on how much it takes to finish this one), for a total of 50,000 words.

For this week: Since I’ve been going slowly for the past month due to the holidays, I’m still ramping up. This week, I want to get a total of 2,500 words, or 500 words a day for five days. I already got today’s 500 in, and did 500 yesterday too, and it wasn’t difficult. So far, so good, but we’ll have to see how that goes when I go back to work.

What about you–how was your holiday? Got any exciting plans for New Year’s Eve? (I don’t, but that’s OK.) How did your 2018 wrap up, and what plans do you have for 2019? I love to hear from you! Please share in the comments–and whatever your plans are, have a fantastic, happy, fun, safe, and prosperous New Year!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.


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  1. Wow on the house and Wow on the writing. Yay, you!!

    I made a goal to finish my WIP by January 31st. I’m so close to the end, it’s stupid. I just need to get it written. If I end up changing the end during revisions, so be it, but something needs to be on the page first. I’d like this book ready for a convention I’m going to in July. Aaack!!!

    Going to my Columbus friends’ (you met them at my house party) place tonight for surf and turf. Yum! And then we’ll toast in the new year before driving home. Hopefully the weather stays at rain (or better yet–dry) and doesn’t turn into anything frozen.

    Happy New Year!!

  2. Your updates and photos of the new house aren’t boring at all. I love watching the progress of it. Good for you getting back into the writing groove, Jennette. I need to get back on track. There’s been so much going on with family: new grandson. He stole my heart at first glance. Can’t believe he’s 8 weeks old already. Then my folks having major health issues and my brother-in-law, too, and other issues. Many blessings, too, so it’s been life with all the ups and downs, but every day is a bonus, so I can’t complain.

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Jennette. I’m looking forward to seeing your house when it’s finished and following your journey in moving to Tennessee. And, of course, I always look forward to reading your new books! Cheers to wonderful times in the new year!

  3. Wow, you are a busy (and determined) lady! It’s always inspiring to read your posts, although I do wonder if you ever sleep!

    I’ve got to go cook a new chicken recipe, so I’ll address myself to your stimulating questions later. In the meantime,

    Happy 2019 to you!

  4. LOL Stacy – I am with you on my WIP, so close to the end it’s stupid! And I definitely want to finish it by the end of January, preferably before. Have a safe and fun time tonight!

    Lynn, thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad you’re enjoying the house updates! With the writing, health and family need to come first. Especially new grandchildren! Enjoy those times, and get to the writing after. It will happen! And I’m glad you like my sweet puppy pic. 🙂

    Lynette, I’ve done so little writing in the past couple of years it’s really getting to me, so yes, I am nothing if not determined! Let’s hope it pulls me through when the fatigue hits. Hope your new recipe is tasty, and happy New Year to you too!

  5. Sometimes those last few chapters are the hardest ones to close in on… the brain says “Oh, but what about this, and this, and…” Here’s to your being able to write this two little words that feel so good to writers “The End” before the end of this round, Jennette.

    That’s not to say there won’t be challenges. Moving to another state is definitely daunting! But as you say, failing to success. You’ve set a solid wordcount goal for the round. It should be easily doable, especially since you also gave yourself a five-day work week for your words.

    You’ve got this.

  6. Love the house pictures. I’m sure you can’t wait to move.

    Just think how happy your readers are going to be reading the last part of your book. That should be enough inspiration.

    Good luck during this round!

  7. This is the year I wrap up The Compact Universe (Well, Storming Amargosa will now be out in January, 2020, but still…) I am also going to get Holland Bay into a major press. Time to throw everything I have into it. And it’s the year I get serious about freelance writing.

  8. Lila, knowing that readers are waiting is definitely a big motivator. Thanks!

    Tom, you have some ambitious goals, but I’ve no doubt you can meet them. Good luck with traditional publishing, and with freelancing!

  9. Yay – good for you!! I’ll be your cheering section!! Go Jennette go!!!!!!

    I am not at all bored with the pictures of the construction. I love them. Keep them coming. And, nobody can resist a cute dog picture right?

    Keep it up girl. You’re on your way.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt