Life Rolls

This has been a “life happens” week, one where I knew I would not get much writing done. Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch calls times like this “life rolls,” and all we can do is just roll with it.

I had some family stuff going on,ย most of which was expected.ย When this stuff wasn’t actively going on, it was stuff that still occupied thoughts and sapped my energy. This was also expected.

It wasn’t all bad stuff–in fact, most of it wasn’t. For one, it was my daughter’s 20th birthday. We kept the celebration simple, and everyone seemed fine with that.

On a different note, I updated my computer to Windows 10. So far I’m happy with it. It’s everything the reviews have promised–all the best features of Windows 7, plus the best features of Windows 8 (and none of those people hate). I especially like the new Microsoft Edge web browser. I’ve been a Google Chrome user for years because it’s much faster than Internet Explorer or Firefox, but Edge blows Chrome away. I have noticed a few weird things on websites that don’t work exactly like in the other browsers, but they are minor (for example, the drag and drop photo upload to WordPress. Just use the old-style browse to photos). Definitely worthwhile! If you do the upgrade though, be sure to allow it at least a couple hours–it took a good while on my Internet computer to move all the files and update everything. And yes, all my programs work so far, including Photoshop, of which my version is over 1o years old!

We got the living room set up pretty nice!

We got the living room set up pretty nice!

We spent all day today moving DD into the off-campus house near her university, where she’ll live the next two years. I spent most of the afternoon taking her shopping, and helping her do things like put up curtains and hang pictures, plus fix a couple small things in the house while DH took care of bigger things. Isis went along and supervised, but we were all so busy, no one got any photos of her.

What I read this week: I have not had time to read much more than a chapter or so each night, and am less than halfway through, so I’ll discuss this week’s book when I finish it.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goal this week was to make the last few changes to my WIP and get it to my editor. That is DONE. However, I still need to get all the front matter and back matter, so that’s what’s on deck for writing this week.

What about you–have you had any “life rolls” recently? Or at least a “life happens” week? How long did it take you to get back in the swing afterward? If you’re a Windows user, have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? How are you doing on whatever goals you might be working toward, 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. Living room looks nice! Want to come over to my place and fix it up? Haha!

    I have Windows 7. I will eventually upgrade to Windows 10, but not until it gets close to the expiration date of when it’s no longer free. A big upgrade is supposed to happen in October to get rid of a lot of the bugs, but I’m sure it will just create others (don’t they always?). But when I do upgrade (and I don’t want to, but it seems stupid not to, I guess), I’ll probably then switch over from Word 2003 to LibreOffice. It seems the closest thing to Word 2003 (I HATE Word 2007 and up) and if I have to learn a new system, might as well learn something closer to what I’m used to. Of course, I’ve also toyed with just switching from a PC to a Mac, but then I noticed that those keyboards don’t have a backspace key. I don’t think I could live without my backspace key! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Well, life rolls, but it looks like fun. Just keep living and rolling, we’re all here rolling with you.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. I am old school and still have Windows Vista. I need to a new laptop eventually, so I don’t think that I am eligible to upgrade with Vista. That’s okay…soon I hope to get a new laptop, it the mean time Ol’ Betsy does right by me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I usually get off track with the weekend. I have been busy going out and doing things like conventions, ren faires, parties, and shows oh my!!! I feel bad that I don’t write more on the weekends, but it is my unplugged day. So therefore it is an important thing to have. It keeps me focused and not so tightly wound.

    Here’s to a productive week to come!!

  4. Stacy, your Word 2003 should still work on Win10. My Photoshop 7 still does.

    John, I’ll be sure to check out your story!

    Patricia, thanks!

    Sheila, you are so right!

    Cindy, an unplugged day sounds nice! If it weren’t for the day job….

  5. Yep, life rolls! And that would be why I didn’t make it by here last week. Too many things and not enough time. And you had a busy week too. So let’s roll along together, shall we? It’s about all that we can do sometimes. Have a great week Jennette! ๐Ÿ™‚