In Closing…

No, not quitting the blog. I mean that more as a summary. Also another kind of closing, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

ROW80 is officially on hiatus this week, and will start up again tomorrow, Monday the 6th. I didn’t get near what I wanted on my goals, mostly due to “life happenings.” One of those was my husband breaking his arm, but my continued working on fatigue and my own productivity was in there as well. When life happens, you can’t beat yourself up over it, just dust yourself off, get up, and move on. Easy to say, not always so easy to do. One thing I learned was that even opening the file and saying, “just write 100 words” always adds up to much more than I expect, so that’s a tool I plan to use again when life happens.

The other happening was that DH and I bought another apartment building, and had our closing last week. That brings us up to three buildings. Managing them is DH’s job. Fortunately, much of that is talking on the phone, something that doesn’t require the use to two arms. This building is right next door to the first one we bought and have owned for over ten years, and we bought it from the real estate agents who handled the sale of the other two, and the price was right so it was a no-brainer. Where it became a life-happens event was that we somehow got saddled with a loan officer who was totally incompetent and dragged the process out much longer than it should have been, and caused me to keep having to dig up additional paperwork (sometimes the same thing more than once), when it should have been once and done. But it’s over now, so all is good. We went over there one evening and met the two tenants who’d lived there a while, both really nice people who seemed like the good kind you want–i.e., take care of the place and pay on time.

Smiths-Monthly-Cover-6-web-coverWhat I read this week: Kill Game, the novel in Smith’s Monthly #6. This is a cozy mystery, and I’m not quite done with it, but enjoying it very much! There is a nice bit of romance in it, common for cozy mysteries, and I like how this one is very genuine, not forced, and works perfectly with the characters and the story. I also like that the main characters are in their 50s and 60s–retired cops who play poker and solve very old, cold cases. This one has lots of fun twists and surprising things that weren’t discovered when the case was initially investigated, much due to advances in technology. While poker playing is what brings the characters together, there’s none of it in the book, which also suits me, since I don’t find it interesting and the actual play wouldn’t affect or impact the story. The novel should be out standalone in a couple months–a good, fun mystery read!

ROW80Logo175I didn’t get much writing done at all until last night, when I managed to get almost 1,000 words. It’s amazing how fast and easy the writing goes when you can kick the internal editor out of the way and keep them out. That is what I want to work on this coming ROW80–to kick the internal editor, critical voice out of my head and keep it out so I can get a lot more written this time.

Which leads me to this round’s goals, which I am again keeping simple: Finish the current WIP and get it to the beta readers. That’s it. I also like ROW80 founder Kait Nolan’s goal of writing 20 days out of 30, so I’m adopting something similar: I want to write–something, even if only 100 words–5 days out of every week. So we’ll see how that goes!

What about you–how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or not? If you’re participating in ROW80, what are your goals for this round? And have you had any “closings” or openings recently? 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. Glad you’re not closing the blog, Jennette! Sorry you had an incompetent loan officer to deal with. That stuff is always stressful. Glad its closed now. Congrats on acquiring a new apartment building with good tenants! Yay for getting 1,000 words written last night. Yes, the darn internal editor always getting int he way. I can so relate! Looking forward to reading your WIP that’s going to beta readers. Woo hoo! I signed up to do Rachel’s Fast Draft. Not sure how Ill manage that while caring for the grands and running a business, but I figure even 100 words a day is better than zero! Then I’ll keep plugging along during NanoWriMo even though the book is already started and I don’t expect to write 50,000 words, but its good to give it a shot and keep on going, no matter how long it takes! Have a great week, and I hope your hubby’s arm heals fast.

  2. Your title had me fooled. Glad you’re not quitting the blog! And congrats on the apt bldg. I understand stupid loan officers, though. We’ve had our share!

    I haven’t QUITE reached my weekly goal, but I’m getting closer. It helped when I met my daily goal once (and what a great feeling that was, too!!). 2000 words a day really isn’t all that much, when you know what the scene is about. When your brain needs to do some thinking, 2000 words is WAY TOO MUCH! Haha! I’m not changing my goal, though.

  3. Yay for the 1,000 words! I’m also not a fan of the internal editor–I find myself nudging it aside every now and then. 🙂
    Hope you and yours have a good week.

  4. Well good job and way to go on acquiring more real estate. I hope the arm heals quickly and that things get “back to normal,” (whatever that is) soon. Life has a way of changing things up without notice so it’s best to remain flexible and go with the flow.

    Only thing missing? New picture of puppy. (sad face)

    Hang in there Jennette and good luck on the goals.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Two things happened when I read about the apartment sale. First, I thought you’d asked my wife to guest blog when you mentioned incompetent loan officers. She’s a processor and the one who has to send the loan officers back to ask for all the stuff they forgot to ask for in the first place.

    Second, I had flashbacks to when I refi’d my condo after the divorce. My loan officer was a complete idiot who wouldn’t talk to me about my loan app until my fiancee (now wife) pinged her from her work email. She saw the real estate company address and suddenly became a chatty Cathy.

    And this loan officer was an improvement over the previous one who wanted me to commit a felony with my first mortgage app.

    Hmm… Why did 2008 happen again?

    Mortgage loan officers.

  6. Lynn, thanks! And good luck with your Fast Draft. You might be surprised how much you write with a challenge like that.

    Stacy, 2k/day is quite a respectable goal! And I totally get the part about “when your brain doesn’t want to” LOL. Gotta figure those out first!

    Coleen, thanks!

    Patricia, I didn’t have a chance to get any new puppy pics! I’ll do better next time. 😀

    Jim, my sympathies! The lender we used is out of Cincy – I hope your wife doesn’t have to deal with this asshat. The other thing he did was, every time he dropped the ball, he blamed someone else, usually the underwriters or processors. We’ve been around this enough that we could see through his nonsense and knew who was really at fault.

  7. Life is really happening! Congrats on the new building, and good job on those 1000 words! The internal editor can be a pain, but you just have to keep on going, and as you say, kick her out of the way:)!

  8. Hi Jennette:

    Congrats on getting that 3rd building—and the nice tenants who came with it.

    Thanks for the story recommendation. Kill Game sounds like my kind of mystery.

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite some time now, and been inspired by the way you make it a point to set goals. So I’m “taking a leaf from you book”: I’ve decided on a deadline for completing the edits to my first memoir, “My Mother’s Money.” Last July I coached a writer through the summer version of NaNoWriMo (Camp NaNo). So I’m making November my own NaNoWriMo month to finish those edits. (Although I’m cheating a little bit by beginning this month, I think that’s okay.)

    I’ll let you and your site visitors know how it works out for me. And thanks again for all your inspiration! Hope you and your hubby will both be feeling better soon.