Family First

This week, I lowered my writing goals a bit, because I knew I’d be spending more time with my family–and family comes first in my priorities, definitely above writing. Kristine Kathryn Rusch wrote a good blog post about this a few weeks ago, and it’s worth the read on the importance of setting these priorities, especially when we have limited time and energy.

When regifting is cool: the bell to the left of our wedding cake topper was a gift from my mom – she received it for her 25th anniversary!

This week, we celebrated my being married to my own personal hero for 25 years. That’s a long time! And it’s been great. We’re looking forward to 25 more years, starting with an adventure moving to a new house in a new state. DH and I went out to our favorite special-occasion restaurant on Tuesday, the day of our anniversary. We’d planned to have my parents and our daughter and her partner over for a celebration at our home yesterday. My mom wound up hurting her back, so we went to see her on Friday instead, and enjoyed spending time with the kids over the weekend. My mom was feeling a bit better, and we had a nice visit (with my dad, too). And having the kids over is always fun.

So not much focus on the writing, but that’s OK.

Nothing to report on in Tennessee, but I hope to have some more house pictures soon. Oh, and this is why my husband and I didn’t buy each other any gifts–we’re buying each other a new house, LOL!

What I’ve Been Reading: I’m not going to name this week’s book, because while I enjoyed it, it really ticked me off.

I knew when I bought it that it was short, no problem. I knew it was the start of a series, so I expected that there would be some plot points not tied up at the end.

Except what it actually was, was the start of a serial.

Meaning nothing was tied up. It left off in the middle of the action, and nothing was complete.

I’ve read serials before, and it’s fine when I know that’s what I’m getting into. I’ll typically wait on them until the whole series is out, so I can grab the next book right away. In this case, there’s one more book out, but I have zero expectation that it’s finished, so I’ll pass on that. Fool me once, you know?

I also got a nonfiction book from the library that just wasn’t doing anything for me, so I let the loan expire. No big deal.

So not a good week for reading. I’ve started another novel by an author I know will deliver, and I bought an omnibus of the series, so no worries about being left hanging. I already read the first book, and it was appropriately tied up (with a few things left loose) so I have no worries about this one.

What I’ve Been Writing: With all the celebrations, I lowered my weekly goal to four days writing, of 500 words each. I hit that goal with 2200 words. Normally, I’d raise the words/day for this week, but it could be a busy one too, so I’m leaving it at 500. I’m also still getting a feel for the story, so more is pushing it.

What about you–any celebrations in your life lately? They don’t need to be a milestone like mine! How’s your reading been? Do you like serials, or stick to fully-finished books? How have you been doing on whatever goals you’re working on, whether writing or otherwise? 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. Congratulations on 25 years! That’s a big one. You have a lot of irons in the fire. I bet the weeks are flying by. I have so many projects and activities and family stuff, I don’t know if I’m coming or going. Still working hard on my TM speech for the contest in April. It’s a fun speech so I’m not sick of it. It makes me laugh because it brings back memories that weren’t funny at the time but they’re hilarious after the fact. Life is full of blessings and I can’t complain about a thing.

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Jennette!

  2. Happy Anniversary!! Hubby and I never got each other gifts for our anniversary. It was usually something for the house that we picked out together. Now? It’s pretty much cruising. Which we will do for our 40th this December. Forty years. That just seems unreal, doesn’t it?

    My reading is picking up now that I’m reading something I’m enjoying–a lot! But I did finally finish the one I struggled with (not a Rita book, by the way, just a friend’s, which makes it worse, I think).

    As for serials, I stay away from them. Not a fan. I like series, but not cliffhangers. I say, make me want to read the next book because you write awesome books, not because you left me hanging!

  3. Congratulations!! 25 years is a big deal. I’m glad you got to spend it how you wanted to – with the ones who matter most.

    Have a great week.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. Lynn, thanks so much! Good luck with your speech – what a great way to make use of those fun memories!

    Stacy, I thought about you when I got mad at that book, LOL! And forty years is fantastic! Big congrats in advance!

    Thanks, Patricia!

  5. Hi Jennette: I know what you feel about family. My husband and I went to DC a couple of weeks ago and spent part of the time with my family. I always leave with my endorphins high! It’s okay to ignore our writing when we’re having a good, love-filled time. I actually feel that it’s healthy!

    I know I browsed a couple of books recently that were disappointments, but fortunately, I can’t remember much about either, except that the characters were either boring or unlikable or actually both.