More Reading than Writing

My plan to get back into a writing habit didn’t work out so well this week. No new pictures of the house either, though work has continued in Tennessee. The basement walls are now done and waterproofing has been applied. The crew also pumped concrete into the hollow cores of the blocks. The plumber was due to rough-in the drains in the basement either Friday or early this week, as our basement will eventually have two bathrooms and a kitchenette. Initially, it will be unfinished, and we’ll finish it out ourselves later. So for now, we just need drains before the floor is poured.

I also finished the electrical plan, aside from a few details I need from others.

It’s not as complicated as it looks… no wait, maybe it is

What I’ve Been Reading: I did a fair amount of reading this week (for me), and finished two books. In nonfiction, I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This book was mainly about how introverts (ME) see and process the world differently than extroverts. The best thing about it? How many times while reading it I thought, wow, it’s not just me! And that it’s OK to be introverted, even if we’re not the ones usually getting the attention (nor do we usually want it). Interesting and worth a read if you want to understand yourself a little better, or if you’re an extrovert, to better understand how our minds work.

I also finished a science fiction novel, Watcher’s Web by Patty Jansen. I looooooove Patty Jansen’s fantasy books, and this was one in a pack of four books you can get for free for signing up for her newsletter. Like the first book of hers I read, it took me a little while to really get into, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading. Jessica, the main character, gets pulled into another world (through a wormhole, so science fiction, not fantasy). There, she learns that not only is she not human, she’s part of an ancient race with some serious powers–and lots of people who would enslave her to get their hands on them. I will definitely be buying the next book, and eventually all, of this series of four.

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What I’ve Been Writing: As noted above, Not. Much. I started out well, and got my words in on Monday and Tuesday. But on Wednesday–I don’t remember what was going on–I think my husband went hunting, and we wound up eating a really late dinner, and that threw me off. I totally forgot about doing any writing until I was ready for bed, and then I was like, I’m tired, I’ll just jump back in tomorrow.

Well, you can guess how that went. One day off turned into two, then three, then… heck, I’ve already blown it, so much for that goal.

So for this week, I’m going to just set a total word count–something small and easy, and something I can break up into something even smaller and easier, or one I can catch up on if I do this nonsense again, let’s say 500 words this week. Such a small amount, surely I can hit this one? We’ll see!

What about you–ever have one of those weeks where you just can’t get much done, and there’s no reason for it? Have you read any good books lately, fiction or non? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have for yourself? I’d love to hear from you–please share in the comments!

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.

8 Responses to \

  1. You’ve got a lot going on, Jennette.That electrical plan looks pretty complicated. Wow! Sounds like the new house is coming aline mighty fine! I doing an unofficial NANO this month. New grandson was born this morning, so no writing progress yesterday, but after a good night’s sleep, back to making progress with writing. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. Yes. Last week was my week for not getting much done. I am very–SQUIRREL–right now. Every little thing–SQUIRREL. So while I’ve gotten some writing done, it was not anywhere near my goal word count. And not much else got done either. SQUIRREL. I think in my case it was a reaction to all that’s been happening over the past two months. So I’m trying to ride with it a bit, set lower goals, and not be too hard on myself. Sounds like you’re doing the same–taking care of yourself, I mean. BTW, reading is part of your job as a writer so give yourself props for getting that done. I’m WAY behind on that, too.

  3. So… How many SF is your new house going to be? It looks HUGE!!!
    My writing actually took off last week (yay!) and I hope to finish my short story this week. Although not today. One errand has turned into two and, well… Maybe I’ll just read! I’m reading Stephen King’s “Outsider” and liking it so far.

  4. That is quite an amazing diagram for the electrical stuff. If you did that all yourself, I am beyond amazed. Nice job my friend.

    Reading is one of the best ways a writer can spend their non-writing time so don’t be too hard on yourself. Especially when you’re getting great information, like the introverted stuff. None of that stuff is bad.

    So, keep up the good work. We’ll see the writing dam open real soon.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Lynn, congrats on the new grandbaby! That’s exciting news. Hope everyone is doing well, and that’s fantastic you’re getting back to your writing too!

    Lynette, LOL I have a bad case of SQUIRREL, that’s it! Now to kick it, because I have to get this book done!

    Stacy, the house is about 2000 sq.ft. – it also has a big deck all across the back, which makes it look a lot bigger. I like your "maybe I’ll just read" – I did a lot of that last week, but as Lynette noted, that’s not a bad thing in itself!

    Patricia, I have to do this right – my dad and brother are both electrical engineers! And I’m sure they’d find plenty at fault in it, but as long as it communicates what it needs to, I’m good. 🙂 And yes, reading is so important to us writers – it’s the other goofing off I do in between that’s a problem. And thanks!

  6. I too, loved “Quiet!” Finally someone understood us introverts!

    I just finished a couple of big creative writing projects, and as usual when that happens, I can’t seem to settle into a new project for weeks. So I’ve been catching up on all the errands, notes, household paperwork (there’s always SO MUCH!) in the interim. I do agree wth Patricia (above). Reading is one of the best ways a writer (or anyone) can spend her time!

    I’d better get back to blogging, too. I’ve neglected that for quite a while!

  7. We had a drain problem this past weekend that came to a head. At first, we thought the storm sewer had backed up. Then we looked in the seldom-used basement bathroom. Um… Yeah. Roto Rooter came out and got us fixed up, but guess who had to clean up the aftermath. And still I got my writing in!

  8. Lynette, maybe it’s still house stuff on the brain, and I’m having trouble shifting gears. Looking forward to your next blog!

    Tom, congrats on getting your writing in amidst the chaos! Can you send me some of that motivation and energy?

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