Crazy, Freaky

By that, I mean the weather. As I write this on January 22, I have my windows open. It’s over 60 degrees here in southwest Ohio. I just got back from taking the dogs for a walk with DH, first time I’ve done so since we got Skeet. Yesterday, my husband went hunting and almost got struck by lightning when a popup thunderstorm came up while he was in a tree stand. Not fun for him.

As nice as the weather is now, it’s just not right. I’m used to cold and often, snow, this time of year! Not that I’m complaining.

What I’ve been reading: Dead Money by Dean Wesley Smith. This is the novel in Smith’s Monthly #22, which is an issue I missed. Studying how he did point-of-view in it was one of the exercises in a workshop I recently finished (“Plotting with Depth” – highly recommend for writers!). I went ahead and read the rest, and it was as entertaining as I know I can count on from him. Even though it’s set in an arena that doesn’t particularly interest me (professional poker), the book still kept my attention throughout. A fast-paced, exciting thriller where someone is systematically killing off the members of a group of old poker buddies, one of whom is the president of the U.S. One need not know anything about poker to enjoy reading!

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Writing/ROW80 Update: I figured out a few more things about my stuck story, but still no idea of the end. That’s no big deal for some writers (and I envy them), but for a planner like me, it’s paralyzing. I have no idea what comes next if I don’t know where I’m ultimately headed. Yes, I’m one of those people who looooooooves maps, always have, even back when they were paper.

I also realized that there were some basic things about my story I’d failed to determine as well, like what the main characters needed to learn in this one, and–duh–the basic premise of the story. As in, “the sentence” that tells what it’s all about. So I looked into a plotting aid I read about recently, The Story Toolkit by Susan Bischoff. It’s a set of worksheets of questions to answer about the story, plus a book to explain the details. It’s not vastly different than some other workshops/books I’ve read, but arranged differently enough that it may jar some stuff loose, so I figure why not give it a try. This week, I want to work through as much of that as I can, although I have a lot going on this weekend, so probably won’t get through it all.

What about you–how’s the weather where you are? Is it as crazy as here? Are you someone who likes to know where you’re going, whether you’re writing or driving? Or do you like to discover as you go? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have? 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 know – what is UP with this weather. We have a 50+ temperature difference in a 24-hour period a couple of weeks ago. Seriously? from 75 to 22 in one day? It’s been up and down within 20 degrees for the past 3 weeks.

    And enough with the tornadoes. I’m done with that crap, too.

    I was also going to blog about the weather this week, but I figured folks were tired of the complaining. I’m glad you went with it.

    Have a great week.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Hey, the weather is the same for me. Wonder why that is? Haha! 😀

    I like to know where I’m driving, and in a way I do know where I’m going when I’m writing–a happily ever after! It’s how they get there that I don’t plan and it’s where the fun is. Hope you get unstuck soon!

  3. I’m Australian, so it’s currently stupidly hot (if my conversions are correct, temps in the 90s…) We have had a few cooler days, though, which has been a nice bit of reprieve.

    I’ve had the problem of not knowing the ending of my story before and it’s maddening! I hope you can nut it out soon enough!

  4. It’s warm here, too. Don’t even have our heat turned on and still don’t need sweatshirt or anything. But it’s supposed to snow again this weekend.

    Hope you can figure your story out.

  5. Patricia, I’m not complaining, but you folks who are dealing with tornadoes have every right to. Please no more of those!

    Stacy, we can always count on that HEA in romance. But you’re right, it’s how they get there that’s fun–for me, as a reader! As a writer, I need a bit more info. Thanks!

    Emily, if we’re getting in the 60s in January, I really wonder what we’ll get in July – ugh! And I love the phrase “nut it out” – thanks!

    Fallon, I heard we’re supposed to get snow this weekend too. Ugh! And thanks.

  6. We’re having our own fair share of warm in Upstate NY, so I hear you on that 60. I’d say enjoy it, and just be careful when it changes back.

    That “what do the characters need to learn from this experience” thing… our local RWA chapter had a nice talk about that at the last monthly meeting. I realized then, that I hadn’t considered that very thing! At lot of us seemed to be feeling that way. Maybe it’s the New Year, and a new way of looking at our stories? 😀

  7. Winter weather in Virginia is a bit of a roller coaster! A couple of weeks ago it was only 1 degree when I woke up, but then 3 days later we had a 72 degree afternoon. I enjoyed that!! But thankfully the 1 degree thing is pretty rare, most days i don’t need a big winter coat to be outside. Today it’s a moderate 54. 🙂 Hope you get to enjoy the warm!

  8. Feels like Wyoming in upstate New York, to me. Yesterday was warm; today we have a fire. Ground is bare; they’re not even getting snow in the mountains.

    I try a new plotting method every year; this year, it’s The Story Toolkit. I’m using it as-is for a short story that will eventually kick off a novella, and will use it along with elements of Rock Your Plot and The Writer’s Coloring Book for my three upcoming 2017 novels (drafting in NaNo months).

    Happy writing, Jeannette!

  9. Crazy Freaky is right. Y’all are having extremely warm temps. Here in Phoenix, I would say that it’s normal. Although it’s freezing to us because it’s such an extreme difference from our summertime temps. I guess it’s too much to ask for perfect, eh? Meanwhile, I hope you hubby stays away from the lightening Jennette. That’s no muy bueno! But do enjoy walking the dogs in the warmer temps because as you know, it won’t stay like that for long. 🙂