A Very Productive Vacation

Isis waits patiently for playtime

Isis waits patiently for playtime

We’re not supposed to work on vacation, right? Except I did–because in this case, “work” was something fun–writing!–and I didn’t go anywhere.

On Thursday, DH and I saw our daughter off to Germany, where she’s doing a study abroad for two months (Heidelberg and Berlin, if anyone’s curious). Then DH took off on his motorcycle for his annual pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.,  where he participates in Rolling Thunder, one of the largest rides in the U.S., to honor POWs, MIAs, and other vets.

I took Friday off of work, hence “vacation” for me, too. I took Isis for her daily walk and went out to dinner with my parents, but otherwise, I stayed home and spent time writing. I also played a lot of ball with Isis. Let me say, it’s a challenge to get editing done when a dog is dropping a ball into one’s lap every thirty seconds!

What I read this week: Still working on the novel I started the week before, but also read–wait for it!–MY upcoming release! I will post a cover reveal and tell all about it here once it gets back from my editor.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I finished my revision, and did a read-through. And it was a good thing I did, because this book was written more out-of-order than any I’ve ever written, and there were quite a few piddly little continuity errors. The more I catch before handing off to the beta readers, the better. I actually enjoyed reading my own book, which is good, since I write the books I want to read! It’s now off to the beta readers, so that’s something to celebrate. So the remainder of this ROW80 Round, I plan to focus on marketing tasks. Up this week: rewrite the product descriptions (i.e., blurbs, or back cover copy) for my existing books, as well as the upcoming book. I hope to get more done than that, but I also have a cover design to do for one of my beta readers, so any other marketing tasks will be a bonus.

What about you–did you do anything fun this holiday weekend? Do you consider it a vacation for you, too, when your partner goes out of town? Do you work when you’re on vacation? And if you’re a writer, do you read (and enjoy) your own books? 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. I love reading my own books! Man, if I didn’t, how could I expect anyone else to?

    I did “work” on this holiday. I went to the gym! Surprised myself, but so glad I did it. I gotta stick to the M-F at least or I’m sunk!

    Went to our friend’s place today for BBQ. She kicked us out too early, though. I had hoped to stay and play games, but she wanted to go shopping. Oh well, not much I could do about that!

    Glad you had a fun “vacation.” Nothing better than sitting around writing, huh?

  2. Wow – sounds like my kind of vacation!! So happy for you.

    And how exciting for your daughter. I know as a parent that’s a little scary but what a tremendous opportunity for your kiddo. I hope she comes home with lots of cool stories.

    Sounds like a great week!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. I love it when my DH is out of town. It’s a vacation.When I can watch chick flicks, lol.

    We had a quiet weekend, but those are sometimes better than a vacation you need a vacation to recover from.

    I do sometimes read my stories, and tend to like them. I’m glad to know I’m not alone!

  4. Lol! Oh that Isis is cute! What are you going to do. You’ve got to throw the ball mom! And congrats on the new release! See, you have been busy. Glad you’re getting lots of writing done. You go girl! 🙂

  5. Stacy, I know some authors who don’t ever read their own books once they’re done! I’m with you, I write what I want to read.

    Patricia, my daughter is having a blast in Germany! We miss her but it was too good to miss for her.

    LOL Elizabeth, when DH is gone, is vacation time for me, too!

    Karen, thanks so much!

    Coleen, it was fun!