A Crazy Few Weeks

The last few weeks have been crazy-busy around here! And all good stuff. Most of that is due to the kitchen remodel, which is on schedule, so that’s good. My daughter also turned 21 a couple weeks ago (I, know,  😯 ) so we had a little party for her–a bit of a challenge without a kitchen, but workable with our party room in the back garage. A good time was had by all, and though it wasn’t a barf-day for my daughter, it was for her friend who came home with her!

More craziness came from their house, which we own and rent to them and two other kids. We contacted our Realtor to put it up for sale, figuring it could take a while for the right buyer to come along. WRONG! We had an offer the very next day! It was a lowball amount, but they eventually came up to a price that will give us a tidy profit, and is still a fair price for them, considering the rent the place brings in. Our daughter and her friends met the buyers when they looked at the house, and said they seemed like they’d be very nice landlords. Best of all, we don’t have to worry about renting it for next year–that’s now the buyer’s responsibility.

Kitchen tileSo back to the kitchen. My evenings have been taken up with trips to Lowe’s, and also doing some of the work. Last week, I painted the few sections of the walls that wouldn’t be hidden by cabinets or backsplash. This past week has been tiling. DH did 90% of that, but the remaining 10% was a bear. We thought we’d save some time and get the all-in-one grout that doesn’t need any mix-ins or sealer. But this stuff hardens much faster, and doesn’t just wipe off with a wet sponge–it needed to be scraped. If we were to do this over, we’d definitely use traditional grout! In any case, it’s done now, and looks great! DH got the appliances today (which are currently sitting in my garage), and the cabinets go in tomorrow. Progress!

SandAndStormWhat I’ve been reading: I dug into a fantasy this past week, Sand and Storm, by Patty Jansen. While the characters drew me in with how well-developed they were, the worldbuilding in this book was the real star. Many, rich cultures and all the politics of their interactions and their histories… yet it wasn’t an info-dump bore, but deftly worked into the story. The book did end on a cliffhanger, with little resolved, which I know is common in fantasy but still not my fave. However, it was such a good book I went and preordered the sequel, which is due out in a month. This author is pretty prolific, so I’m confident she’ll deliver. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy fantasy!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: Judging from all that’s gone on, you might guess that not much has been done on the writing front. And two weeks ago, you’d have been right. But last week, I finally powered through the last (I hope) sloppily-written, PITA to revise scene, plus two others. This week, three more scenes revised. Things are still busy this week, as I expect to be putting stuff away in the new kitchen cabinets, but I’m still going to shoot for 3-4 more scenes revised. A big bonus would be to finish all seven remaining.

What about you–any crazy busy-ness in your life? Here’s hoping it’s all good! Or maybe you’re lucky enough to be enjoying a more settled summer. Either way, what have you been up to? And how are you doing on whatever goals you have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

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. Things are about to get busier, between a camping trip next weekend to my sister’s birthday a few weeks following that, plus writing deadlines in between! But hopefully things will calm down soon.

    Starting to get going on my goals again, and so far it’s going well.

    Looks like you had your hands full with the kitchen remodel! I’m sure it will be beautiful once it’s done. And awesome on the revised chapters!

  2. Crazy-busy-obsessed with the Olympics. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks. So glad it’s ending tonight. I need to get back to work on my WIP!!

  3. Erin, have fun on your camping trip, and good luck with your goals!

    Stacy, I’ve had a few late nights myself watching Olympics. 🙂 Time to get back to the writing!

  4. The property I own seems to be falling apart. The stove is dying, and the tech who “fixed” the AC unit apparently punctured a freon line, driving the tenants to a hotel for a week. The stove is fixable, but the freon problem has been going on for almost a month, so guess who had to hulk out on the poor call center rep.

    On the more positive side, did my first science fiction con in 20 years. For once, I was one of the few normally dressed people there. Bought a really cool print of Harley Quinn as the cover model of a Playboy (not the centerfold. There were families present.) 🙂

    And I’ve been reformatting Jim Winter’s back catalog. The collections promise to be a challenge when it comes to print.

  5. I’m looking forward to the after pictures of your new kitchen. I bet you’re getting excited about having your space back.

    Congratulations on selling the house and your kiddo turning 21! They sure grow up fast don’t they?

    I came across this article today and I thought of you. Not sure if it’s something that might work for you, but here it is just in case. At least you know someone was thinking about you today if nothing else. Hey, that’s something right?



  6. I can’t wait to see the pictures of your new kitchen, Jennette. All that hard work, but totally worth it in the end!

    This summer has sped by in a whirlwind of upgrading a deck, replacing outside wood with stones, a one day writer’s retreat (fun!), and I’m just doing final rewrites on a secret group project before I turn it over to the editor.

  7. TS, bummer about the rental unit! Yeah, that can definitely add to some crazy-busy. But the con sounds like fun, and yay for re-releasing Jim’s backlist!

    Patricia, the article was interesting, thanks! And yes, can’t wait to get my kitchen back.

    Sheila, thanks! Sounds like you’ve had some crazy-busy, too.

  8. Homeschool paperwork has me feeling like I’m climbing a mountain – but the last of the overdue will go out this weekend, and about half of the pending or soon-to-be-due is already finished, so, by the middle of next month, I should be able to breathe a little more easily, and immerse myself more completely in writing-stuff.

    Hooray for the kitchen progress, the house sale, the birthday, and the revision.

  9. My life? A member of my critique group who escaped to Tennessee is back in town and will attend our meeting tomorrow. Actually, she tried to escape we had her email address, so… She’s just too good a friend to lose. Congratulations on the new kitchen and on selling the house. Big accomplishments.

  10. I swear, I don’t know how you do it! Have a party, sell a house, celebrate a special birthday, are smack dab in the middle of a kitchen re-do…and still write! Golly….I am so jealous! Glad so much has worked out in a good way for you……. ! sandy pennington

  11. The daughter is 21? Where has the time gone? That’s just crazy Jennette! On the flip side, you got rid of property and gaining a new kitchen. Ah yeah, the all in one grout is a pain. Glad that’s done eh? I hope the installation of the cabs goes well. And next comes the counter top and backsplash. Then the the appliances. You’re getting closer. So happy for you!

  12. Sandy, sometimes I don’t know how I do it either! And thanks. Always great to see you here!

    Karen, I know, right? Crazy for sure. But we got a ton done on the kitchen this week, so should have some more dramatic pics on Sunday. And thanks!