One Goal Down

…and time for another! More on that below. This week was kind of a lull for the kitchen work, as we’re waiting for our granite countertop. That is due to be installed Wednesday, and our friend who works at the granite supplier sent us photos of ours being cut. The plumber is then due on Friday to finish up the sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. Can’t wait!

This is a short entry, because I have some family stuff going on today–a cookout at my brother’s, in celebration of not only Labor Day, but also our dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!

SM24What I’ve been reading: I finished Bad Beat, the novel in Smith’s Monthly #24 by Dean Wesley Smith. This is a Cold Poker Gang novel, about a group of retired cops in Vegas who get together to play poker and solve cold cases. I love these because the characters are so likeable and real. This series has somewhat of a cozy mystery feel, with an older protagonist, a hobby aspect (poker), and a sweet romance brewing between the two main characters. Also, there is no profanity. But it has a few notable aspects that make it definitely not a cozy: the characters are not amateurs, but experienced detectives; and while the murders occur off-page, our heroes discover some really grisly scenes and wind up tracking down some super creepy serial killers. What makes them especially exciting is that it’s always a decades-old case brings them in, but there’s always a connection to a current case that has the cops stumped (or that they haven’t found yet), where lives are in peril. If you like mysteries, I highly recommend these!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: As you can see from the title, my main goal has been accomplished, and the 25 scenes I needed to revise in my WIP are now done. It took longer than I anticipated, but it’s done! Now it’s time for the fun part: writing the rest of it! But that’s going to get off to a slow start, as I expect to be doing work in the kitchen this week. Also, it’s been months since I wrote new material, so that will get off to a slow start anyway. So I’m shooting for 2000 words this week–that’s 500 words/day for four days, leaving me time to do a little review and planning first.

What about you–accomplished any goals lately? How are you doing on those you’re still working on? If you’re in the U.S., what are you doing for Labor Day? Read any good books lately? 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. We’re going to have a BBQ which is our Labor Day tradition. Should be nice. 🙂 I’ve gotten my ROW80 post up, and I’m hoping to get some serious writing in today.

    Congrats on making your goal! Drafting has always been my favorite part of the process.

  2. My husband and I are discussing possibly seeing a movie and having dinner. We’re not sure yet, the holiday caught us a bit flat footed.

    I hope the installations in your new kitchen go well. I hate it when my kitchen is out of order. Hopefully the wait will be worth it for you.

    Congratulations on your progress. Best wishes on the next step and have an awesome Labor Day.

  3. Labor Bay was a restful day, here, after a busy week that included my son’s birthday. Yup. Fifteen years back, I spent most of Labor Day weekend in labor, which I might have found more amusing if it hadn’t hurt so much….

    Hooray for the met goal. I’ve got progress happening here, but nothing new completed this week. Eventually…

  4. I bet you cannot wait until your kitchen is finished Jennette. It’s a huge project, one that takes a lot of patience, but you’re almost done! Yay! Can’t wait to see pictures of its completion. You are just going to love cooking on that new stove with convection oven. I’m so happy for you! Meanwhile, boy oh boy, do I ever know how it feels to restart the creative juices after letting a manuscript sit for a while. It can be a challenge to get into the groove again. So may the force be with you. And have a wonderful productive week! 😊

  5. I’ve been following your kitchen progress–hope to see pics when you’re done! I’m toggling between a couple writing projects right now, so it seems so much slower than usual! But happy to be making progress. 😉 Hope you have a great week!

  6. Erin, I hope your cookout was fun!

    Elizabeth, holidays catch me off-guard sometimes too. Hope yours was fun – and thanks!

    Patricia, thanks!

    Shan, that sounds like some very productive but unpleasant labor. But the result is very worthwhile, isn’t it?

    Karen, I can’t wait! But putting everything away is going to be a huuuuuge task, and will take a while. Thanks!

    Coleen, thanks, and you too!