Another Quick Update

This week has been another of those where it feels like I’ve been busy all week, but haven’t accomplished much. This time, it wasn’t Facebook, but TAXES. Yep, it’s that time of year in the U.S., and I had to collect all the tax documentation for our accountant. You’d think this would be easy, because I’m fairly organized with our paperwork, but with five businesses, it still adds up.

Yes, five businesses. None that are very big, but still, all have their own paperwork. Four of these were rental properties we owned (all but one of which are now sold). The other is my writing business. Got that done and met with the accountant yesterday, only to realize a couple hours later that I totally forgot to tally up the mileage and a few random business expenses here and there that were paid by personal credit card, and add those to our business expenses. :facepalm: So now I have that to do this week.

Tennessee update: Nothing much has happened there, because all it’s done this week is RAIN. Rain, rain, and more rain. There are roads closed all over Knoxville due to flooding, and one of our neighbors’ business places is flooded, too. No worries for our house, as it’s on a ridgetop, but I feel for those who have all this water to deal with. The rest of the windows came in last week, but haven’t been installed due to the constant rain. They’re supposed to have a few dry days until they get a little more rain at the end of the week, so the windows should go in soon. Our hot tub was also delivered, as it will be much more easily installed if they can take it through the house before drywall goes in, which should start soon after the last windows are installed. But more important, I hope those whose homes and businesses have flooded are able to dry them out.

What I’ve Been Reading: Back to reading fiction (other than mine), a novel I’m really enjoying! But you know the drill. I’ll write about it here when I’m finished.

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What I’ve Been Writing: No new writing. The goal was to get through my corrections. I came close, but due to the time I needed to spend on collecting stuff for taxes, I didn’t quite get done. I do expect to finish this week, and get the book off to my first reader, and after that, it’s time to start the next book.

This is where it gets scary. I’ve never written a whole book into the dark before, so we’ll see how that goes. My goal for that is just to start.

I also need to do some work on my computer. It’s been overheating lately, mostly if I walk away from it and leave it on. I pulled it out and opened it up the other day, and confirmed what I’d suspected–the case cooling fan isn’t running. As long as I’m using the computer, it stays within an OK temperature, but if I walk away, it heats up pretty quickly. So I need to figure out if the fan’s bad, or possibly just disconnected. Hoping it’s not a software issue, as that’s not software I have any kind of expertise with. The computer is nine years old, so nothing would surprise me. But it’s fine other than the overheating, and I see no reason to replace the whole thing if only a fan needs to be replaced.

What about you–are you staying warm and dry? It’s dry here in Ohio today, but super windy! If you’re in the U.S., do you have your taxes filed yet? What else has been going on in your life? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I 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. Rain is the worst for me. We’ve had a lot more snow than usual here. At least for a day or two the snow is pretty. After that it’s not and it’s a lot of work. Fortunately my son comes over and uses the snowblower on the drive and front porch so all I have to do is clear a path in the back for my itty bitty dogs.

    I have my papers together for taxes but haven’t delved into it yet. I’m gonna try that on my own (with TurboTax) this year. It should be much easier as we’ve closed all but my writing business.

    I’ve been immersing myself in second draft changes and pushing hard to get this puppy done and to my beta readers. And that’s pretty much all I’ve been doing.

  2. Oh man, I feel so bad for those folks in Tennessee, too. Yay that your new home is up high and safe from floods. We’ve had a ton of rain in California lately, but the past few days have been dry, but cold. The snow level got down to 1300 feet.

    We have our tax paper work in order, so we just need to get it done. I can’t imagine dealing with paper work for five businesses. My laptop has always overheated easily. I had it overhauled and it still overheats, but I’m used to keeping a fan handy and turning it on whenever I hear it starting to heat up. Your computer is a year older than mine. Good deal that it’s lasted this long.

    This probably sounds like a stupid question, but what does writing into the dark mean? I’m curious.

    Hope you have a great week, Jennette.

  3. Oh, my, so many things to answer for you!
    1) Took our taxes in on Friday as well. But forgot one of our forms. Hubby worked two jobs last year, got payments for two pensions, and started receiving social security. So one of those got left in his pile of papers at home.
    2) You read about our weather. Snow, snow and more snow. And now today the incessant wind. None of it is good.
    3) Hope you solve the problem with your computer. Darn things. And don’t forget to back up your files every time you walk away! I lost half of a story once when my laptop crashed on me when I turned my back on it!
    Have a great week!

  4. Lynette, less snow is one reason we’re moving to TN! No need for the snowblower there, at least in Knoxville. Good luck on your revisions! You know I’m waiting to read that next book. 🙂

    Lynn, “writing into the dark” just means without an outline. It’s what Dean Wesley Smith calls how he writes, because he hates the term “pantsing” (which I’m not fond of either). It worked pretty well for the second half of my current WIP, so hopefully that will continue.

    Chris, it’s been crazy-windy here too. But no snow, thank goodness. I use Dropbox to automatically backup, so I should be good there. And I save frequently too.

  5. Rain, snow, rain, snow. Warm, cold, warm, cold. I’m getting sick of it all!
    My goal of finishing my revisions this month will probably not be met. Guess it needed more work than I expected (being sick through some of it didn’t help any, either).
    As for taxes… I’ll wait until my revisions are done. It always puts me in a bad mood. Don’t need that in my writing!!

  6. Yeah, we still need to get our taxes done. I think we have everything together except my stuff(student loan, royalties and expenses, all that I have to print). Really should get on that.

    It’s really windy here, too(in NW PA) and we got more snow yesterday after what we had had just melted.

  7. In addition to all your other talents, Jennette, I CANNOT believe you know how to troubleshoot your computer hardware issues! If mine was overheating I’d be on the horn calling someone else!

    I admire the fact that you’ve finished your current book. Usually writing comes easily for me, but I’ve been fighting with a single essay for 2 months now. I’ve decided to confine it to my “In Progress” file and go on to something else. So I’m not getting any more writing done the you are right now.

    5 businesses! And I was complaining about having to organize my documents for one business.

    I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say about the novel you’re reading. And I always look forward to your updates.

  8. I’ve seen some pictures from Tennessee and it looks like a huge mess up there. The Mississippi River is supposed to crest here in Vicksburg next week so we’re concerned about flooding around town here as well. The flood walls are up and some of the businesses are sand bagging. We’re okay where we’re at, but some places are real close to the river.

    Now that taxes are out of the way, back to the writing cave right? That’s my plan as well.

    Have a great week.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  9. All of NY has been covered in 50mph winds for the last day or two. It’s scary sounding, and the trees are having a right time of it, but it is better than a couple feet of snow. That’s what I would expect this time of the season. I’ll be getting to the taxes soon myself, I hope it all goes smoothly.

  10. Stacy, me too! At least we haven’t gotten as much rain as they have in TN. Don’t blame you on the taxes. Good luck with the revisions!

    Fallon, good luck getting it all done!

    Lynette, if it’s not obvious that the fan is disconnected or bad, I’ll be calling my dad! As for your essay, setting it aside and moving on to something else is probably a good idea. I actually did that several times with this WIP, so there’s hope!

    Patricia, glad you’re on higher ground too – hope your friends and neighbors stay dry. My neighbors are cleaning out their business and hope to reopen tomorrow. And yes, back to the writing!

    Shannon, same here with the wind. Good luck getting those taxes taken care of!

  11. Hey Jennette! So excited with all the wonderful news about your new home. You’ll be moving in before you know it. Hopefully, the rain will have subsided by that time this happens. Although I know from family who live in the Knoxville area, they are prone to rain. Love that your home is on a hill. We also have had a lot of rain. But we needed it. And we’ve received enough rain to end our drought. So that’s good news. And even though I haven’t been around for a while, I do read your posts. I have just been pulled in so many directions and have been missing in action in the blogging world. Glad to know things are going well! Take care!! 🙂

  12. Karen, great to hear from you! Glad the rain has been needed where you are. Knoxville usually gets about the same amount of precipitation as we get here in southwest OH, but more of ours is snow. This winter, they haves had an exceptionally wet one in eastern TN. So far so good on the house, and so nice to see you hear – hope all is well for you. And thanks!