Changing Plans Already

The great thing about ROW80 (besides it being “the writing challenge that knows you have a life”) is the fact that it’s perfectly fine–encouraged, even–to change our goals when needed. After meeting with a writing friend to discuss my upcoming release, I’ve decided to do just that. Not with the stuff already in process, but with the later goals for this round.

Since Isis likes glasses so much, we figured she should try them on

Since Isis likes glasses so much, we figured she should try them on

But leading up to that: Monday was Dogs night at the ice cream shop, and Isis had been good, so she got her custard cup. Then after we got home, she chewed yet another pair of DH’s reading glasses! This is the sixth pair–good thing they’re cheap!

After that, it was a pretty quiet week until Thursday, when Traveling Daughter came home from Germany. What she was most looking forward to: unsweetened iced tea, and Mexican food. So the first place we went after picking her up at the airport was our local Mexican restaurant, which she greatly appreciated.

Friday was a take-it-easy day, especially since DH spent the weekend camping for the NASCAR race in Kentucky. Then on Saturday, my writing friend came over, kids and dog in tow. Our neighbors’ son moved, so Isis hasn’t had her friend over for a week. Yesterday, she got another play date with a new friend. My friend and I were so busy trying to corral dogs and kids that no one got any pictures. But not to worry, I got a photo after DH got home.

Between interruptions, my friend and I got some great brainstorming done. The result is that the next book I’ll be working on is a novella, to fill in some of the blanks between The Saturn Society Book 2 and Book 3.

Smiths-Monthly-Cover-10-webWhat I read this week: Smith’s Monthly #10 by Dean Wesley Smith. I read the short stories and serial segments, and started the novel, which I’m really enjoying.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 update: My plans for this week were to finish assisting my publisher getting the updated versions of my books onto the retailers’ sites. That’s all done, except for Apple, which they are working on now. So I’ll consider that a win! The other part of my goal was to review the beta readers’ comments on the upcoming novel. Instead, I sussed out the interim novella, and began outlining it, hence the start of the change in goals noted above.

Which brings me to my overall goals for the quarter: instead of finishing the first draft of the next novel, I’ll be outlining and writing this novella. I don’t have a title for it yet, which bugs me, but I’ll come up with something. The other goals remain the same. I want to get the novella outlined before digging into revisions for the novel, as I might need to add a couple of references to the new novella. So the plan for this week is to keep working on getting Time’s Enemy available for free everywhere, and to finish the outline for the new novella. My Saturday will be busy, so I’ll do well to get those things done.

What about you–have your goals changed lately, whether or not you’re doing ROW80? Do you think those glasses are “it” for Isis? Have you read anything good lately? 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. Loved those glasses on Isis. I take it those were NOT the pair she chewed.

    My goals changed this week when I realized at the last minute that I have hosting duties for the Sizzle and Sass Facebook page. Ooops. Guess I’ll be winging that one, since I have NOTHING prepared. So, no shutting off the internet this week. And writing? We’ll see how that goes.

  2. Hey, Jennette! It’s been a long time since I’ve checked in over here! Love reading what you’re up to, and about Isis, the glasses-loving dog. And I agree, changing goals can be a good thing.

    I just signed up for your newsletter using my email dedicated just for those – can’t wait to see what you put together!

  3. Our dogs don’t eat glasses, but they were concerned that my high-heeled shoes were bad for my feet, so they ate all of those instead. I now wear flats, which they approve of. Love the goals, and the fact that you’re flexible enough to change mid-stride. I look forward to following your ROW80 progress!

  4. Well there’s a lot going on at the Powell house! I’m quite sure you are so happy to have your daughter home. 🙂 What is it about dogs and glasses? But you are really going through them. lol. Sounds like your brainstorming session was a success Jennette. The title will come. At least you’re getting something done with the writing. I’m still plugging away. And then the beta readers. I hate to think how the MS will come back. How do you do it? I’m still rewriting and editing the first book. I don’t think it will ever be done. Anyway, see you soon! 🙂

  5. Jennifer, thanks!

    Kristen, surprisingly, Isis has only chewed one shoe – a gym shoe! And thanks.

    Karen, you might need to just throw that book out there and see what the beta readers think – you could be in for a nice surprise! Always good to see you here – thanks!