Finished the Book!

It was thisclose, and I got it done! Now I am doing a read-through before sending it to my editor. More later in this post…

In Tennessee, things continue to escalate with the proposed new business, and our neighbors are meeting as I write this to strategize about some public meetings coming up. One of our neighbors rented a high-quality drone and took aerial photos of the grading, clearing, modification of a stream, and other environmental damages the owner has already done, all without permits. Unfortunately, from what I hear the typical MO in that area is to grade/clear/build first and ask forgiveness later. But while getting photos of the property in question, our neighbor also took some very cool pictures of our house.

He also took some video, and we could see the guys installing siding on the side of the house where the breezeway is. Cool! All the windows are in except for the trapezoids on top, and all the doors are in except for the front. They have been finishing up the siding and building the breezeway this past week. And no, our driveway is not as crazy-steep as it looks in the photo on the right. It’s steep, but not that bad!

What I’ve Been Reading: I not only finished writing my current book, but I also finished reading two books. For fiction, I read an anthology of short stories: Fiction River: Hard Choices, edited by Dean Wesley Smith. There were three of the twenty stories I skipped that just weren’t to my liking, one of which was in present tense (which I hate). Interestingly enough, there were two other present tense stories in the anthology, but they were so well-written it didn’t bother me enough to skip them! And two of the stories I didn’t like were in past. Just goes to show these things are always a matter of taste.

In nonfiction, I finished a book I bought and started probably three months ago, Find Your Focus Zone, by Lucy J. Palladino. I’m not sure why this book took me so long to read, unless it was because I mostly read it on the treadmill, and I split that time up by also watching workshop videos. It gave a lot of interesting psychological background on why we have trouble staying on task, and offered some techniques to deal with it. It was published in 2007 so was outdated. Most noticeable was the absence of any discussion on social media, but the techniques and background in the book about email and web surfing apply to that just fine. I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it, but it was worth a read.


What I’ve Been Writing: My goal this week was to write 5,000 words or finish the book. I met that goal! It only took about 2,000 words to finish the book, and thank goodness, as that thing clocked in at 155,000 words! My next longest book, Time’s Fugitive, is 143,000 words. So yes, I have some cutting to do. I also had all kinds of other writing-related stuff I wanted to work on this week, and none of that got done, mostly because I’ve been too wrapped up in Tennessee drama, and I’m watching Facebook like it’s a train wreck. Social media is normally not a problem for me because I just don’t get on it, but I need to keep up with this and contribute in any way I can from 300 miles away.

Anyway, back to writing: my goals for this week are to finish the read-through, and to send out a newsletter. I keep putting off the latter, and I need to get on it. I have TONS of books that I don’t want to move, and who better to give them to than my readers?

How about you–any cool surprises in your life recently? Any surprises at all? Have you read any good books lately? How are you doing with whatever goals you might be working on, 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. The house is really coming along. Drama or not, it’s gotta be exciting!

    Congrats on finishing the book, too.

    I haven’t been doing much writing, just feeling bogged down by winter and such. Hoping for an early Spring!

  2. Congrats on finishing the book! YAY!

    So sorry about the drama due to the development that wasn’t supposed to be. Ugh. That’s got to be difficult when you’re three hundred miles away.

    Nothing new here. I made my word count but because I made a deep cut in the manuscript–it’s not done. I’m hoping I can finish it this week, but it’s going to be a busy one.

    We fortunately didn’t have to deal with the Polar Vortex more than a couple of days. Today it’s 60! Feels like spring. Tomorrow the temp is supposed to drop like an anvil. That’s kind of a metaphor for my life–up and down. lol Good luck on this week’s goals, Jennette!

  3. YESSSS!!! There’s nothing like that feeling of finishing a book and sending it off to your editor. Congrats!

    I recently read an excellent article on focus (and why it’s so hard). I’ve been trying to find creative focus. The author actually talked about how humans aren’t wired to focus on one task for extended periods, that being distracted by stimuli in our environment is actually something we do because it’s how our ancestors sensed danger. Basically, our world and its expectations of us changed more quickly than our brains could keep up with!

    I hope (fingers crossed, knock wood) that I finish a revision of the first book in my Tangled Magic series and send it off to my final readers within the week. I hope to release all four books in the series this year, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. But I am also so excited!

  4. Woo hoo! I’m so excited you’ve finished the book. Hope all the editing goes smoothly because I can’t wait to read it.

    Your house is coming along so nicely. Wow! I enjoy reading the updates on the progress, but what a monkey wrench thrown into everything with the idiot building without permits and stirring up trouble. Very cool that your neighbor rented a drone and got pictures and videos for the public meetings.

    I’ve been deep in an online course for writing better speeches, stories, humor, presentations, and much more. Haven’t gotten to the keynote speaker presentation lessons yet, but I’m signed up for a year so I can go over the material as many times as I need, which will be a lot because at my age, repetition is the only way I’m able to learn anything new. I’ve been reading some nonfiction books: Speaker Leader Champion and The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle.

    Hope you have a great week, Jennette!

  5. I, too, despise most present tense stories.

    Bummer about the unethical builders. I hope you’re able to make productive things happen with the pics. WOOHOO for progress on your own house. 🙂

    Double WOOHOO for getting to write The End on a story!

  6. Thanks, Denise! It’s not to the editor yet, but soon! The book you read sounds very similar to Find Your Focus Zone. You have some ambitious goals, but I’ve no doubt you can meet them – good luck!

    Lynn, thanks so much! And good luck with your books, courses and learning. You’ve come so far with your public speaking!

    Thanks on all counts, ReGi!

  7. Congrats on finishing the book! Good luck with the read through and the newsletter. Which reminds me, I need to send out my newsletter!

    Awesome pics of the house!