It’s Official

Last week, we closed on our property in Tennessee. It’s now ours! Part of me still can’t believe it, especially when we went there the following day and it’s even more beautiful than I remembered (that photo does not even come close to doing it justice). We met with our builder the afternoon we closed. He’s a friend of a friend, and we really liked him. He gave us a tour through his current WIP, a 12,000-foot monstrosity being built for a fraction-of-a-1%er who’s moving there from California. Amazing! And a major testament to our builder’s (and his trades peoples’) work. He wants to start on our house when he’s done with the current project, probably in April or May. Things are moving along!

What I’ve been reading: Not going to name the book today, because I don’t have much good to say about it. I picked it up because it’s based on a computer game I recently got sucked into, and it was free. The only reason I finished it was because it was short (a novella), and there were just enough references from the game to keep it mildly interesting. Otherwise, the poorly-developed characters and lack of depth would have had me putting the book down a couple chapters in. There was also an amateurish feel to the writing. I don’t expect a literary masterpiece–I read mostly genre fiction, and simple, workmanship writing is normally fine with me, but this was lacking something more that I can’t quite put my finger on. Most of the reviews mentioned things like this, so it wasn’t just me. On to better things!

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Writing/ROW80 update: As you might guess from my first paragraph, my mind has not been on the writing. Also, we’ve been a bit under the weather here–between our closing, meeting with the builder, and a little walking over the land in Tennessee, we spent most of our weekend there taking it easy at the hotel. Nothing major, just a bad cold/mild flu that took a while to let up. We’re better now, but it’s been slow going. So no, not much has happened on the writing front, other than me working through a couple more sections of The Story Toolkit. I’m not expecting much more this week, as I have to collect all our tax stuff for the accountant, whom I have an appointment with next weekend. But I’ll do my best to spend a little time on The Story Toolkit each day, and see how that works.

What about you–read any stinkers lately? Or how about good books? Have you and your family managed to keep healthy? Seems like everyone I know has had that cold going around here! What else has been going on with you, and how are you doing on whatever goals you might have? 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. Congrats on your new property, Jennette, and getting a builder lined up. Lots of exciting things in your future. I’m looking forward to your next Saturn Society book. I love the series!

  2. Congrats on closing on the property!!!

    I did read one book (an ARC) that completely confused me, so I didn’t give it a very good review. It was intriguing at first but then fell apart. 🙁 I felt bad, b/c I hate giving bad reviews (this is the second bad one I’ve given ever) but it was the truth, and I am a firm believer in giving honest reviews.

    Awesome that you got some writing work done with everything else going on. I just got over being sick, so I sympathize.

  3. I hate when a book ends up disappointing you. I’ve read some that are missing something I can’t quite put a finger on, but they just don’t pull you in. I usually end up setting them aside before I get too far though.

    Congrats on closing on your property. That’s great! And that you’ve gotten through more of the Toolkit.

  4. I have trouble setting aside a book that I really hate (sometimes I feel I owe it to the author to give the work a chance, sometimes it’s just cussedness), so I definitely feel your pain here.

    And your joy! I can imagine, knowing how photos of lush greenery never have the “oomph” of the real thing when I take them either… that place must be lovely. Here’s to a comfortable, welcoming home for years to come.

    The writing will get there too. Just imagine yourself, sitting with a warm cuppa some morning, looking out at that view, with your laptop on your lap and ideas filling your head.

  5. My first finished read of the year was on the weak side, but things have been looking up, reading-wise, since then.

    Oh my, that’s beautiful land, even in a picture. How exciting to have a house built there!

  6. Wow – how exciting!! I’m sure you’ll have many ups and downs this year as you go through the building phase. What an exciting time for you.

    And, I know exactly what you mean about reading a ho-hum book. I’ve started 3 this past week and put them all down after only a chapter or two. What’s the point of continuing with a blah story? There are so many other books out there waiting to discover, I’m not going to waste my time with a bad one. Although, I have been known to finish a so-so book only because it was just interesting enough.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon and back at it.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  7. Lynn, thanks so much! And thanks for your kind words about my books. Knowing readers are waiting sure helps keep me going!

    Erin, thanks! I don’t like leaving bad reviews either, that’s why I focus on what I learned from it, and don’t name the book or author. Hope you’re feeling better!

    Thanks, Fallon, and Eden!

    Patricia, three DNFs? That’s a bummer. But I totally agree, there are too many good books out there to waste time on those we don’t enjoy. And thanks!

  8. I’ve read quite a few stinkers lately. I wouldn’t have finished them if I weren’t obligated to read them, and since I’m honest, I read them. I’ll be glad when I’m finished, though.

    Congrats on the closing of your land. I know how excited you are about moving there. Look forward to seeing pictures of the house you plan on having built, too!

  9. Well done on closing on your property; exciting times. Hope you’re soon feeling fighting fit. Funnily enough, I’ve been reading quite a few books lately that turned out to be disappointments … perhaps I’ve got more critical in recent years!

  10. Congratulations on finalizing the property deal, Jennette. I’m thrilled for you and your husband!

    I just finished reading The Happiness Project…and discovered I’m a pretty happy person. Of course, I knew that already:) but I also know there’s always room for improvement. I’ve decided that I’m actually going to implement a few things from the book so I can be happier during those OMG-why-did-i-ever-think-i-could-write-a-book moments, lol!

    I also finished reading Kristan Higgins latest book (sorry, can’t remember the name). This is only the third book of hers that I’ve read. I have a funny feeling I’ll be reading her entire backlist. Good times ahead!