A Week of I Don’t Wanna

The title pretty much sums it up when it came to writing this week. And blogging today–that’s why this is coming so late. But I decided not to break my streak of blogging every Sunday this year, so here I am.

I did have somewhat of an excuse: I went for a motorcycle ride with my husband this afternoon. We’ve had some great weather for Ohio in February, so we had to take advantage. It was windy, but otherwise wonderful, a fitting end to a fine week. And yesterday, I went out looking at new kitchen cabinets, and met with a designer at Lowe’s. We’re not actually going to start onΒ the kitchen until late July, but we learned at our meeting that now is the time to start planning. When I got home from our motorcycle ride today, I wasted all kinds of time looking at kitchen stuff and pinning on Pinterest. Yes, I’m there, I’ve just never used it until now. My page is here if anyone’s dying of curiosity. πŸ˜€

My cooking day last Sunday went well, too, and there are now 25 meals in my freezer. 25 instead of 30, because we already ate a few. Some were fantastic “make-this-again-every-week” good, and some were… not so much. Not because of my cooking, but the recipe just wasn’t that great. But that’s one cool thing about once a month cooking, is that it keeps us out of a rut and trying new things.

smith16What I’ve been reading: for reading this week: I stuck with the tried-and-true: Smith’s Monthly #16, by Dean Wesley Smith. I read all of it this week, both the short stories, and the novel, Lake Roosevelt, another of his Thunder Mountain time travel series. The last two were much better, but this one was still enjoyable.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I’ve got nothing. This is the I Don’t Wanna part–revisions. Every time I sat down to work on them, I found myself doing anything else I could. After several days of this, I tried to figure out why, and realized it was because the two new scenes I’d planned were not the right way to go. For one thing, both were mostly just characters talking, which = boring! But I didn’t want to add more complexity to them by making more going on in them. So I’m going to just plow ahead with the revision , and try to work in the information and thematic stuff my reader and I talked about into the existing material. I suspect it’s still going to be slow going, so I’m going to shoot for getting through two chapters this week.

What about you–ever have one of those times when you just don’t wanna? What did you do to get through it? How are you doing on whatever goals you may have, whether writing or not? 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 let myself do other things. Sometimes, life takes over. This week had a trip to the state museum and a rare lunch date with my Accomplice, so I wrote less. That’s OK. I had experiences that will inspire, and I’ve done some sprints of revision.

    Best of luck with the shopping and planning! =D

  2. In training for the Flying Pig in May, I realized that I have to spend pretty much all day Sunday running for the next two months. A big I Don’t Wanna for me. But I sucked it up and headed out the door about 2 yesterday. The sun was down when I got back. Somedays, you just have to force yourself to do it.

    Kind of like getting up in the morning.

  3. Every morning when I wake up, I don’t wanna go to the fitness center. But I do.

    Somedays I don’t wanna write, but I do. I find though, on those days, it’s because I screwed up somewhere and don’t know how to fix it. Or it’s a scene I’m just not comfortable writing. Like now. I have to write this confrontational scene. I’m not good with confrontations, so I’m putting it off (just like in real life!!). I hope to get that sucker written today. At least a first draft. Gotta think of someone I want to yell at and then just yell. On paper, that is. πŸ™‚

  4. Boy I hear ya on the I don’t wanna. We’ve had a few very lovely days here as well and all I want to do is sit on my porch swing and soak up the sun. This editing project I have going is sitting here collecting dust and I have to get back to it, but dag nabbit, I just can’t bring myself to hoist that red pen.

    I wish I had 25 meals in my freezer right now because, well, I don’t wanna go fix dinner.

    Have a great week and get out there on that bike and enjoy life!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Shan, thanks! I’ve been letting myself do other things all week, hoping I’ll figure out how to work this.

    TS, that’s for sure!

    Erin, exactly! And thanks.

    Stacy, that’s the problem–it’s screwed up somewhere, and I’m not sure how to fix it.

    Patricia, that’s exactly where I am! But those freezer meals are good to have. πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve had the flu the past couple of days, so I don’t wanna either! lol. A motorcycles ride on a warm day in February in Ohio sounds amazing Jennette. It’s warmer here by at least 15 degrees so we expect a ferocious, wicked hot summer. I am a believer of global warming after experiencing the warmest winter on record. But you got to take out the bike. Right on girlfriend! No guilt. Today is a new day, a new week, a new start. πŸ™‚