Another Good Week

Isis and friend

Isis and friend get some human greetings

I’m happy to report that last week’s pattern of getting stuff done has continued (and no funerals).

I’m continuing to declutter one cabinet or cupboard in the kitchen each evening, and am making progress there. Yesterday, I cleaned out the refrigerator, which hadn’t been done is waaaaaaay too long. Not going to say how much, because my mother reads this blog. 🙂 That took a good bit longer than fifteen minutes, and now, I know some of my writer friends are thinking, I must be trying to avoid writing, or just “why???” Actually, I’m not trying to avoid writing; I’d rather work on that. But it was getting to the point where I was afraid my daughter would call a HAZMAT crew when she returns from Germany in a few weeks, so I cleaned it. (She mentioned that when she was home for spring break–back in March.) The good part? It’s like having a new refrigerator! DH said now when he opens it, he wonders, “is this OUR refrigerator?” then opens the freezer, and thinks, “yep.” That’s today’s decluttering task, and should take a lot less time, since there should be no spilled gunk to clean.

Isis had some more play dates–in fact, her friend is over now, as I write this:

This is the typical speed of a doggy play date

This is the typical speed of a doggy play date

HuntressSet1-3D-1000I did some book covers this week, one for Athena Grayson’s Huntress of the Star Empire series, this time a bundle of the first three novellas. The second cover was for another writer friend whose small press publisher went out of business, and who kindly gave its authors their rights back. I’ll show the cover here when she releases the book, as it’s currently not available at all.

UnleashMoon Huntress11-300What I read this week: Unleash the Moon by Zoe Winters, and Huntress of the Star Empire, Episode 11 by Athena Grayson. I picked up Unleash the Moon when I ran out of Huntress episodes, then had to finish Into the Savage Country, which I discussed last week, because it was a library book. Finally, this week I got back to Unleash and finished it. As with all of Zoe Winter’s books, it was an enjoyable read, although this book felt a little anticlimactic after Forbidden, the prior book in the series. Still good, and still worthwhile, this book is the conclusion of her Preternaturals series.

Huntress just keeps cranking up, leading to the next, and last book in the serial. In this episode, the intense action of Episode 10 lets up, as the Huntress begins to come to grips with who she really is.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goal last week was to get the prequel short story in my series reformatted (my publisher wants to upgrade the interior look of their older ebooks, and I do this for them as a contractor), and get it and the first book to my publisher. Did that, so this week’s definitely a win! So this week, my plans are to reformat the next one and get it to the publisher, with some additional mailing list setup stuff as a bonus.

What about you–how has your week been? Have you read any good books lately? Do you ever stop reading one book, then come back to it after finishing another, and if so, why? How are you doing on whatever goals you might 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. Excellent work! You’ve just reminded me that my fridge needs to be cleaned and is in a similar condition as yours was. Time just gets away from me. Glad you were able to finish it. 😉

  2. Your frig sounds like my freezer when I cleaned it a few years ago. There was stuff in there with dates from five and six years before. Probably not good anymore. The best though was when I cleaned out the frig once, opened a container, and asked “when did we have meatballs?” It wasn’t meatballs, it was strawberries! I know, ick.

    Also, my puppy had a play date on Friday with my new grandpuppy. We will be having lots more of those visits.

    Have a great week.

  3. I’m finally getting around to cleaning the kitchen floor. My son is bringing over her girlfriend tonight, so it was the LEAST I could do. If she doesn’t like the rest of the mess… tough! Haha!

    I will not stop one book to read another. I’d probably never go back to the one I stopped. Because if I could stop to read another, then the book is probably not all that good. Just saying…

  4. I just finished reading “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness, and I liked it, although there were a lot of tangents and the pacing was rather slow. But the writing was strong and the world was really, really interesting. Currently reading “Wickedly Charming” by Kristine Grayson and loving it. It’s about Cinderella’s (now ex) Prince Charming and Snow White’s stepmother, who decides to write a book to counter the whole “evil stepmother” archetype.

    Glad Isis has a playmate. Our apartment complex has a dog park, so our dog can meet fellow canines there, but she meets plenty of dogs on our walks. She’s older (16) so she’s not really into playing anymore–just sniffing. Have a wonderful week, Jennette!

  5. Thanks, Erin, and good luck with yours!

    LOL Chris–you found meatcake! I found popsicle sludge in one of my freezer drawers, but nothing else too scary.

    Stacy, the floor is the one I really put off! And believe me, I wouldn’t have stopped reading Huntress, but it’s a serial and I caught up to it.

    Denise, A dog park would be great, especially if one lives in an apartment. I read Wickedly Charming a couple years ago and loved it!

  6. I need to clean my frig too. I’ve just been avoiding it. You bundle cover looks real nice! I bet your client was quite pleased. Glad to hear you had a good week. Hope it keeps going well! 🙂

  7. I’m currently reading several books. I’m not sure why I do that. Maybe it’s because they’re all different genres–YA, MG, cookbooks, memoir. I guess it’s whatever I’m in the mood for at the time?
    We just got back from vacation so it’s back to work, but I did get our pantry cleaned out before we left–including cleaning muck of shelves. A lot of times the cooking spray tends to accidentally get sprayed when removing it from the pantry. So it messy in there!
    Hope your week is a good one. 🙂

  8. Thanks, Patricia!

    Gloria, she was very happy. Always a good thing!

    Coleen, my mood definitely affects what I choose to read. I’m saving the baking supplies cabinet for last–that one also contains the cooking spray!

  9. I teach 8th grade and school just got out. I have Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson on my nightstand and I’ll be making a list to read through before school goes back in August. I am teaching US History in the coming year and looking to make a list of middle level historical fiction novels to share with my students. Learning never ends. I am sure I’ll be cleaning something out before summer is over. Have a great week and enjoy time with your daughter.

  10. Oh goodness Jennette. I just found you in my email. I’m a little behind this week. I’ve had my head stuck in editing and I am determined to push through it. Thus I have piles of emails and haven’t blogged. Again. I have got to learn how to multitask.

    Yay! You got a lot accomplished. Nothing like a clean fridge. It’s a nasty job, but someone’s got to do it. And you know it’s always us, don’t ya? What a challenge it is to keep the conflict and climax building during a series. I just finish the second book of a series and found the content lacked the finesse that the first book had. It happens. Glad you’re on a roll! 🙂

  11. Clay – “The learning never ends.” That is so true, and great, isn’t it? Thanks!

    Karen, that happens to me too! IMO multitasking is overrated. I did tell my daughter she was welcome to clean the fridge when she was on break, but did she? LOL