I’m Back

Six weeks ago, we moved into our new house.

In a way, it’s been a long six weeks. In another way, it seems like it’s been no time at all.

The house wasn’t 100% finished when we moved in. We gave the builder a punch list when we were here on Labor Day weekend. They finished the things they needed to get a Certificate of Occupancy, but didn’t fix any paint dings, unevenly-hung doors, or things like that.

Nor did they clean (they wanted $3000 to do that, then came down to $1500. Plus the builder’s 15% fee. No thanks).

But the move finally happened three weeks later. We’re here, and slowly cleaning, fixing things, and unpacking.

But never mind all that. How about some pictures?

Even U-Haul’s biggest moving truck couldn’t fit all our stuff! DH has had to make several trips back to Ohio, mostly for garage stuff. Maybe we have too much?
The disaster that was my office after moving day
The kitchen and dining room three weeks later, after our daughter and her partner helped us clean. There were still boxes shoved against the island.
Husband and dogs napping in the family room
The view off our deck one foggy morning, with clouds layered between the mountains
After a couple weeks of constantly sweeping dog hair, we got a robot vacuum. Isis still isn’t sure what she thinks of it.
One day my husband kept hearing something going clunk… clunk… near his truck. Then he saw the legs underneath. I guess this wild turkey thought he found a new friend in the truck’s shiny, black door!
The front of the house, complete with junk still on the front porch.
The back of the house, with some grass growing now that we’re finally getting some rain!
Taking a walk down the driveway. The dogs love it out here!
The office is no longer a disaster! Isis approves.
…but there are still plenty of boxes to be unpacked, mostly books (does that surprise anyone?)

As you can guess, there hasn’t been much writing happening. Since early summer until this past week, I think I broke out the WIP twice, maybe three times. And those Big Hairy Audacious Goals I came up with back in January?

Um, yeah. Not happening.

But I’m now getting back into my WIP. This past week, I went to Las Vegas for Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Business Master Class for writers. Well worthwhile, though much of what I learned there is future oriented–as in, information I’m not ready to put to use right now, but that will be good to know for planning, ideas, and just knowing what’s possible.

I also got to meet some cool and interesting people, including Smith, creator and owner of Bookfunnel Damon Courtney, BundleRabbit creator and owner Chuck Heintzelman, Mark LeFebvre of Draft2Digital, and Allison Longuiera who runs WMG Publishing for Smith and Rusch. 

While the learning opportunity was great and met my expectations, the workshop helped me achieve my other main goals: 1) get my writing mojo back and 2) bust out of my comfort zone.

Granted, the whole move has been about the latter, especially given that I’ve been interviewed on TV twice since then! That was for our neighborhood group that continues to fight the business that’s trying to go in across the street from my house. They are trying some different tactics now (requesting a new mixed-use zoning designation instead of commercial), but so are we. All is still up in the air, though I highly doubt they’ll get to do as large an enterprise as they’re shooting for.

What I’ve Been Reading

Plenty! I have to read at least a little bit to go to sleep at night. But this is already going long, so I’ll go over some of those books next time.

What I’ve Been Writing

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As noted above, not much! After I returned from Vegas, my goal was to simply open my WIP each night and just write something. I did that. Now it’s time to jump back into ROW80, “the Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life.” For those unfamiliar with the group, the year is broken up into four quarters, or “rounds.” They’re already well into Round 4, but what’s great about ROW80 is you can jump in any time, set goals that work for you, and get that accountability some of us need on their blog or Facebook page. 

I still have a lot to do in my office and around the house, so I’m going to keep this week’s goals modest: 100 words/day, for six days. Wish me luck! And visit other ROW80 members on the blog or on Facebook.

What have you been up to lately? I’ve tried to keep up with my blog reading this summer, but that too has been down a bit in the past few weeks, so let me know! Did you make any Big Hairy Audacious Goals at the beginning of the year? If so, how are you doing on them? 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.

11 Responses to \

  1. Welcome back, Jennette! I’m glad the dust is settling in your life. Your new house is amazing. My life continues to have its challenges but I’m managing to write the first draft of book two in the My Soul to Keep series. I hope things continue to calm and settle into place for you. Good luck with the writing.

  2. Yay!! I’m so excited about your move. In no time at all you’ll be all settled into your new place and you’ll be comfortable in your office and the writing will just flow out of you.

    Thanks for the pictures. The house looks really neat!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Thanks, Lynette! Great job keeping up with the writing amidst whatever else life’s been throwing at you. And I’m glad you are, because I’m looking forward to that next book!

    Patricia, I sure hope that’s how it works! So far, just doing any writing is good. And thanks!

  4. Gorgeous house and grounds; great pictures! Soon all will be in place and you’ll be able to settle back into your routine. Just keep that in mind. Good luck getting back to writing, too.

  5. Wow! You’re new home looks AWESOME! So glad everything’s working out for you.
    No huge goals were set this year. I don’t think. And I haven’t been doing any first draft writing in over a month because I’ve been more focused on getting Perry’s story ready for the editors. Almost there, too. I think April Fool’s Day will be a good release day for his book. And it’ll give a long pre-order, too. Good job on your writing. You have to start small just to get back into things. That’s where I am now, back to my ghost book. My goal is to add 12K words to that this month. Not NaNo numbers, but then I never did do NaNo.

  6. Wow! Your new house is spectacular. What a dream house. I love it! Gorgeous view from your back deck. Awesome land around your driveway to take walks on. A wild turkey! Haha! Let the new adventure continue. Congratulations on your new home. Looking forward to your next book and following all the happenings at your new place. Good luck with the fight against the business setting up across from your home.

  7. Lynette #4, thanks so much!

    Thanks, Stacy! You are so right about baby steps – that’s definitely what I’m doing. Good luck with the edits on Perry’s story – you know I’m looking forward to reading it! And April Fool’s Day sounds like the perfect day for a release. 😀

    Thanks, Chris!

    Lynn, it is definitely an adventure! And thanks so much.

    Thanks, Fallon!

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