Doing All the Things

Time's HolidayI feel like I did a lot this week, yet I didn’t quite manage to hit all my goals. In addition to my ROW80 goals, I reworked the cover for “Time’s Holiday,” my Christmas short story. My publisher is also redoing the formatting on the ebook and preparing a print version, so I reviewed proofs for those as well. So yes, “Time’s Holiday” will soon be available in print as a standalone book (more like a booklet). (More info and links to where you can get it on my Saturn Society Books page)

It all started with the cover, which I’ve never been completely happy with. On my other Saturn Society books, the scene at the bottom is an actual setting from the book, but for this one, I couldn’t find a good photo, so I settled for the generic Christmas tree close-up the publisher suggested. Last week, I decided it was time to do something about it, so I went downtown (Dayton) and took some photos of Courthouse Square, where the story opens. (I also took my daughter to dinner at Thai 9, to celebrate my NaNoWriMo win–because hey, we need to celebrate our accomplishments, right?) The photos turned out well–better than I expected–and the folks at Mythical Press agreed, so “Time’s Holiday” has a new look. I like the new cover much better!

They also did a little reworking of the covers to my other books, with the exception of Hangar 18. Nothing major, but on the covers I’ve done for friends, I’ve given them top billing, so I figured I get the same. And again, the folks at Mythical Press agreed. 😀

ROW80Logo175As for my ROW80 goals, here’s how they went:

  • 2,500 words on combined WIPs – Done!
  • Keep up with new writing workshop & assignments – Done!
  • Finish Checkout pages for website – Done!
  • Fitness 4 times, even if short – partial. Did 2 or 3.
  • Figure out what I’m doing for Christmas cards and gift list – partial. I did start shopping, but I need ideas for some of the people on my list, and still need to do the card design, as I’m still not sure what we’re doing here.

Here’s what’s up for this week:

  • 2,500 words on combined WIPs
  • Keep up with writing workshop assignments
  • Test and refine shipping calculations and Paypal integration for website
  • Fitness 4 times
  • Design Christmas cards, figure out rest of gift list, complete online shopping as much as possible (and I do as much of it online as possible–the older I get, the more I hate crowds)

Thanks to everyone who’s offered good wishes for my mom and my dog! My mom’s been pretty much laid up this week. Her doctor said she could walk, but doing much of that is painful. Wolfgang is still hobbling a bit, too, though he seems to do better once he gets a bit of walking in, yet it doesn’t seem to be getting better overall, as it did the last time he did this, so DH is taking him back to the vet.

What about you–do you ever have days or weeks where you feel like you’ve done a lot, but it’s still not what you planned? If you do gift-giving and/or send cards for the holidays, is your shopping done and are your cards sent? If you’re doing ROW80, or just have other specific goals, how are those going? Please share–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. Your poor mom and dog. I hope they both have a better week ahead.
    You’re rocking it though. Very nice. 😀 My Christmas cards are not done either. I still need to get a picture of the boys. I hope to complete that today. Here’s to a productive week.

  2. The new cover is very nice! I do sometimes have those weeks where I do a lot, but it’s not what I had planned. Unfortunately, more often, I just have weeks where I don’t get a lot done at all. I don’t know where the time goes – into the internet probably.

    I feel very far behind on my Christmas preparations, though I did get some fabric this weekend for the gifts I’m making my nieces, and I called my mom and got some gift ideas from her. Hopefully I can get most of the stuff I need to mail purchased this week. Next weekend: baking.

    Have a great week!

  3. SJ, thanks! Here’s hoping we both have a good, productive week!

    Coleen, thanks!

    Thanks, Leslie! I have a lot of those weeks where I just don’t get much done, too. Sometimes I can blame headaches, or otherwise not feeling well. Other times… I don’t know… too many computer games, maybe? Good luck with your Christmas gifts!

  4. I’m just getting back into a rhythm after one of those weeks – even though I knew it was coming.

    We visited friends in a neighboring state, and what I did mostly was sip coffee and chat and be with kids and light candles on the menorah I finally gave myself permission to buy. It was a day after Hannukah ended, and I’m not Jewish, but the hearth we used and three of the other menorah lighters were, and I learned the proper order for lighting, and the Hebrew prayer was sung (not by me!).

    I watched and downloaded some Enterprise episodes I especially love, to feed the plot tribble that’s wiggling around in my head. I connected with people I love, and I added to my pre-editing notes for my Monsterscript.

    Oh, and I drove for about 10 hours, loaded and unloaded the car twice, organized and put things away, took both kids to the huge thrift store near our friends’ home, and one to a homeschool ice skating day.

    I got involved in a heated thread on a facebook unschooling group or two, because I had something relevant to add.

    I didn’t write a single new word of fiction, but I was certainly not just twiddling my thumbs!

    It doesn’t seem that you were, either! I love your cover, and that you love it.

    Christmas has become a very relaxed affair here. The kids are more interested in getting specific things they’ve been wanting then surprises…we fill their stockings, still,but they already have their big gifts, which my 12 year old found and ordered!

    I stopped doing cards ten years ago, after our second child died. I had sent out a newsletter proclaiming the impending arrival of another baby boy – and I had no idea at all how to say that he had died at 12 days old. At the same time, I couldn’t ignore that he had lived.

    It was too deep a conundrum, and I never figured it out.

    Now, I simply wish people well on social media, and accept that this is what I can do. We get fewer cards, but more electronic greetings.

    May your preparations flow smoothly and with joy! =D

  5. Shan, it sounds like you were really busy! I don’t blame you for stopping sending cards. Hope your week goes well!

  6. You’re doing great.

    I’m taking my hubby to work tomorrow so I can get some Christmas running around accomplished. I have a few cards to send out and a couple of packages. I best get on that. 😀

    Have a Wonderful Christmas and an Amazing New Year.

  7. Wishing your mom and your dog speedy recoveries!

    I definitely have those weeks — like now. But isn’t the Christmas predestined to make us feel like? Cookies to bake, shopping, more socializing than usual … and the days are still only 24 hours and not 36. 🙂

    Good luck on your goals this week!

  8. I admire your dedicated efforts,Jennette. They inspire me (and since none of my in-person friends set weekly goals, reading about yours makes me feel I’m not so weird for having them myself). Besides the weekly goals, though, sometimes if I’m overwhelmed, I just ask myself, “What will make you feel that you really accomplished something significant today?” And I do that thing.

    When it comes to being a successful, productive writer, it makes sense to establish goals. Otherwise, it’s too easy to let life keep us from completing or even starting our writing projects.

    Happy writing, and congrats on a good looking cover!

  9. Steph, good luck getting your Christmas stuff done – and thanks!

    Ruth, wouldn’t it be great if we got some extra hours in the days over the holidays to make up for the extra stuff? Too bad it doesn’t work that way!

    Lynette – thanks! I like your idea of how to deal with an overwhelming to-do list by picking one thing that will make you feel you accomplished something. Sometimes I have to do that!

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