I got pretty much nothing done on the writing this week, mostly because my focus has been elsewhere. Fortunately, it’s because of something good–my husband and I, after living in this house for 23 years, decided it’s time to remodel the kitchen. This kitchen was the worst part of the house when we bought it way back when, and aside from some new appliances early on, it’s only gotten worse since. It’s very small, and it’s arranged haphazardly, with useless, inaccessible corner cabinets and wasted space. Not only that, the cabinets were not in great shape when we bought the house, much less after 23 more years of use. We can’t change how much space there is, as knocking out exterior walls and adding on is not in our budget, but we can  fix the layout woes and make better use of what space we have. Therefore, much of my week has been taken up in planning, getting ideas, researching, and then creating a fun 3-D diagram in Lowe’s Virtual Designer (don’t know if we’ll buy cabinets there or not, but the software is cool). Even when not actively working on it, that’s what my mind has been on, rather than book cover design and description.

What I’ve been reading: I did find time to read, of course. I even finished the book I mentioned last week. Since I’ve been critical of it, I’m not going to mention the author, title or even genre. It never did get any “deeper” with good setting and description, but the storytelling got better as it went, and was enough to keep me reading. However, I don’t plan to continue with the author’s next book. Too many better stories to read. But it does go to show that depth in setting and character building is important, but good storytelling can make up for a lot.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: Nothing to report here. I’d like to keep the same goal this week (book description and cover design), but that could be stretching it, since I see some shopping in my near future, and I also have my monthly writing group meeting next Saturday. Plus, I have a print book to layout to do for Mythical Press, and also a wraparound cover to design, as the book currently has only an ebook cover (i.e., front only). So with that, anything I get done on my book will be a bonus.

What about you–ever have one of those weeks where your focus was completely elsewhere than where you’d expected? Any suggestions for cool stuff for my small kitchen? And have you read any good books lately–or bad ones? (Please don’t share identifying details on the latter, but do tell us what you learned!) 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. My focus is never where it should be. Haha! Although, this week it should be on my novella (got edits back today), but I doubt I get much work on it. You see… I plan on doing my taxes. That will not put me in the mood to do much of anything else, but if I don’t get it done now, I’ll just drive myself nuts. Oh wait, I’m already there! 🙂

  2. Oh yes and in the past year has led me further from writing, I’m back with paper and keyboard again and the wilderness outside and in is under some kind of control! Life needs to be accommodated, gets jealous sometimes of words:)

    keep smiling – enjoy your new kitchen when it comes:)

  3. The condo I own has decided to torture the new tenants, and that has sucked up the last two weeks. Once I had the arrangements and finances for fixing some water damage (someone cut corners back in 1981 when the house was built), I thought I could relax and refocus. Nope. The 6-year-old furnace started behaving strangely. Turns out that was normal for a heat pump, but because I did not live there when it was installed and the new tenants never dealt with one before, there was a couple of day’s panic there. Home free after One Hour pronounced it healthy. Right?

    No. We had a new client at work that had trouble sending us the proper data. So instead of spending Singles Awareness Day watching James Bond and Mel Brooks,I found myself logged into work manually tweaking records one-by-one. At least I could watch James Bond while I did that.

    On the upside, I finally saw Silent Movie for the first time.

  4. My focus is often shunted toward other things – family, home (I so hear you about the kitchen; ours is a disheveled mess that doesn’t serve our purposes. There’s no real budget for a redo, but we’ve been putting time into deep cleaning, declutttering, and reorganization), reading, Star Trek, Welcome to Night Vale, any pretty shiny that comes along…

    That’s why I always have a variety of goals – I’m easily diverted, but that’s a way to channel my restless and sometimes reckless mind, at least somewhat.

  5. Oh yes, I’ve been distracted. But not my mind, my mind’s been on my stories. My distraction came in the form of a very full house for Valentine’s Day weekend. Breakfast, entertaining guests, laundry, shopping and the like, keep me away from my stories. Well, not mentally, but actually doing anything with them (like writing stuff down or editing).

    I love that you’re getting a new kitchen! How cool to experiment with design before you shop and buy. A virtual kitchen could certainly come in handy when contemplating a remodel. I hope you’ll post some before and after pics.

    Have a great week. And, get yourself engrossed in a better book.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Stacy, taxes is definitely one of those distractions. I have that one this week, too. Here’s hoping we both get them done quickly!

    Alberta, glad you’re back to writing! And thanks.

    TS, that’s what I’m talking about. Just glad my distractions last week were fun ones – now comes taxes….

    Shan, having a variety of goals so you can go for the one that’s pulling at you sounds like a good plan!

    Patricia, getting a lot of business is a good distraction! I read a short story yesterday that was very good, thanks. 🙂

  7. A new kitchen–nice!!! That software at Lowes sounds cool. I don’t have a kitchen to remodel (I live in an apartment) but I might have to try it next time i’m at the store. 😀 I can dream, right?

    My focus is all over the place lately. One week I have it under control, the next it’s nowhere to be found and I’m bouncing off the walls. It’s annoying. -.- I think it’s because I have so many things I want to get done, I can’t pinpoint which one to focus on. Or I focus on one and get distracted by another. LOL This is definitely something I need to work on this week!

    Have a great week!

  8. Oh my Jennette. You have taken on quite a job. My hubby and son designed kitchens and built cabinets so I know what you’re in for. But…You will be so happy once it’s done. There are sneaky ways of utilizing every square inch of your kitchen. My I just suggest that you stay away from the lazy Susan. They’re okay, but if you want more storage you’ll be better off with a corner cabinet with shelves and a bifold door. IMHO. Crown molding can dress things up nicely. And if you can afford it, put light rail up at the base of the upper cabinet. It’s a great way to hide task lighting and finish the upper cabinet. It doesn’t sound like you have that many cabinets so this shouldn’t be a huge expense. Just a suggestion since you’ll be living with these for like forever. Lol. Enjoy your distractions. Designing a kitchen can be so much fun. The counter tops, backsplash, sink, etc. Can you tell I love the process. Lol. Anyways, let me know how it goes or if I can be of any help. ((Hugs))

  9. Karen, thanks! Interesting about the Lazy Susans… that’s something I really want. My mom had one in her last house and loved it. I guess it’s just a matter of opinion. I do want under cabinet lights, those are cool. And yes, I’m having fun!

  10. Since I’m here to visit your new post, I thought I’d make a brief comment on the Lazy Susan. You’re right, it is a personal preference, and I’ve had both over the years. I guess it depends on what you hope to store/use that corner cabinet for. I always found the Lazy Susan was more convenient when storing food, especially if you don’t have a “pantry”. Otherwise, if I was using the corner for Pyrex, casserole and baking pans, colanders, etc, I found having shelves more practical since it gave me more room for storage because as you know, the shelves on the Lazy Susan do not extend throughout the length and width of the cabinet. So glad you’re having fun! I want pictures!! 🙂