Construction Update

I somehow managed to get a once-a-week blogging streak going, so I’m posting today’s update mostly to keep that.

This week was a busy one, as it probably was for most people with the holidays. I finished my shopping on Tuesday, which is better than I usually do. Normally, I put off buying stocking stuffers until a day or so before Christmas, but this year I got it all early. It’s more important now than in the past, as starting this year, stocking stuff is all my husband and I are getting for each other. Now all that’s left to do is tidy up the house, and cook Christmas dinner. My mom brings a lot of that, so that’s easier than it sounds.

Tennessee Update: the house is going up fast. The builder sent us these pictures just two days after our neighbor sent us last week’s.


From left to right, the back of the house, the front, and the garage. There will be decks all across the back side. And wow, does the place look huge! It isn’t that big a house – about 2000 square feet, plus the lower level. That will be unfinished, which we will do later.

What I’ve Been Reading: I’m reading an entertaining fiction book in a series I love, but haven’t finished anything this week. I have not had much time to read other than a chapter or so before bed, so it’s going slowly. I didn’t read any nonfiction this week besides blog posts.

What I’ve Been Writing: The writing is still coming along slowly. I hit my not-very-ambitious goal of writing at least 200 words, for five days this week, so that’s a win. I also finished Dean Wesley Smith’s video series about writing a clean first draft. Most of it was reiterating stuff I’ve already read/heard from him before, but he finally described his “cycling” method of writing the way I’ve always thought of it: revising as you go. I’ve been working toward this myself, as I find it a lot more fun than writing sloppy first, then doing a massive revision (which is how I used to write). I”m not convinced that this is the way to go for everyone (even Smith says “every writer is different”), but it might be something worth trying if you haven’t.

I also discovered some plot holes in my WIP–pretty typical when writing time travel. So this week, my goal is to spend at least an hour total on my WIP, starting with fixing this, and maybe or maybe not including new words.

What about you–what’s going on in your world? Are you finished with your holiday preparations, if you celebrate? What are your plans for the week? I love hearing from you–please share in the comments! And finally, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all!

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. Merry Christmas, Jennette! Your house is looking like a house! How fun! I finished my shopping on Tuesday as well. Last night I put the last of my decorations up. We aren’t doing a dinner this year, we’re doing a desert buffet so all those treats are ready and waiting. I need to sweep, mop and finish up dishes. Then I’ll be able to relax and have fun tomorrow and Christmas Day. I met my word count goals but some other stuff suffered a bit. But all and all this week was a win for me. Enjoy your holiday!

  2. Merry Christmas! I’m all set. Just have to wrap the stocking stuffers, but I tend to do that before I go to bed. Makes it easier to remember who gets what when I wrap and stuff at the same time and since I don’t know who will be coming by today I wait until night. Ah, but that’s when Santa does his work anyway, right? 😀

    You house is looking great, by the way!

  3. Lynette, a dessert buffet sounds like a fantastic idea! I also like getting the chores done today so you can enjoy tomorrow. Have a great holiday!

    Stacy, stuffing the stockings on Christmas Eve makes sense! Never know what Santa will bring. Have a great holiday, and thanks!

  4. Wow indeed! Things are moving along nicely on all fronts. Keep up the good work. Remember the tortoise and hare story – slow but steady wins the race.

    Happy holiday! Looking forward to a wonderful and eventful 2019!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. The house looks great, Jennette!

    I’ve been wanting to write cleaner first drafts. Revisions make me want to run away from my computer! So I like Dean’s method.

    I’ve just finished all of the preparations for Christmas day’s family get-together, so I’m kicking back for the rest of today. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. Patricia, Thanks! I suspect things will slow down a lot once the house is dried in!

    Thanks, Sheila! I used to like revising, but the more I did, the less I like it. If you want to learn more about Dean’s process, I recommend his book Writing into the Dark. Hope your Christmas was great!

  7. The holidays have been a whirlwind. You guys must be thrilled to see your new house coming together so nicely. I’m excited for you. Good going making progress on your new book. I’m way behind in my WIP. Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!