One Step Closer to Tennessee

Just a quick post, as it’s already late. Once again, I did not get any writing done. It’s frustrating, as I know how the next scene will unfold, once I have a chance to sit down and write it!

But other things are moving along. Progress continues at the rental house, with the bathrooms almost complete, as well as the painting and trim throughout the house. I finished the staining I set out to do last week, and have the pantry shelves cut, assembled and ready for paint.

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Our land in Tennessee

But the best news is on two other rental properties. We put our two four-unit apartment buildings up for sale, planning to (partially) fund our new house build with that. We got offers for both this week! And for close to asking price (they were priced reasonably to begin with). Two different people–one with an FHA loan, one with VA. Hopefully the inspections won’t be too onerous. One is set to close in mid-April, the other in mid-May, I guess because VA takes a little longer due to the extra paperwork. Both are new investors planning to “house hack” (live in the buildings), which is a great way to get started, so I wish them the best.

Once we close on those, we’ll be able to apply for our construction loan for the rest, and sign a contract with our builder. Because of course, it’s not a done deal until the closings happen, and checks are in our hands.

What I’ve Been Reading: The Adventures of Hawk, the novel in Smith’s Monthly #40, by Dean Wesley Smith. My main complaint about this book? It was too short! If it’s the start of a series, that works for me, but there were so many plot threads left unresolved, though the main one was tied up well… good enough. But this was such a fun read–sort of like a YA Indiana Jones adventure story that took a group of 19 year old guys all over Africa. What gave it a cool twist was that it took place in 1970–so no cell phones, no personal computers, and the politics and events of that time like the Vietnam war, and Apartheid. Very cool–I so want to read more. Might have to email him and ask if more are planned! I have a feeling it will happen if and when Smith feels like writing another one. That’s how he rolls.

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What I’ve Been Writing: As noted above, nothing. πŸ™ Just too much going on to wrap my head around my story, I think. But this is a new week, and a new chance to try again, right?

So what about you–ever have one of those weeks where a lot happens, but none of what you planned? What do you do to get back into your own projects? Read any good books lately? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? 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. Yay on the sale! I’m so happy for you.
    The thing that helped me get back into my project was having QUESTIONS written down on the stuff I was struggling with and then brainstorming with some other writers (I was really ill-prepared in our meeting!). They helped me figure out the backstory to my heroine and villain, which apparently was all I needed to write!
    Hope you get time to work on your project soon. I think once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

  2. Congrats on selling both properties. I hope the escrows go smooth and fast so the construction can begin on your new place. How exciting! It’s been a busy week for me. Went to an all-day seminar on brain health Friday. The speaker is humorous and interesting and extremely knowledgeable, so I loved every minute of it, even though my brain felt fried by the end of the day. Yesterday went to niece’s baby shower and spent time with my sisters and parents after the shower, then rushed off to a birthday party for my brother-in-law. George wasn’t with me. I went to the wrong house! Was on the wrong street. Am still laughing about it and am so glad the door was locked because I tried to open it to go inside for the party!

    I need to catch up on my sleep and then hope to get back on track with the writing. Hope you have a great week, Jennette!

  3. Congrats on selling the two houses, Jennette! That’s great. Hope there are no snags in the process for you. You are doing so much other stuff, of course, there’s no time or energy for writing. Take care of yourself. Sounds like you’re kind of beating on yourself for not writing. Jot some notes. Give yourself five minutes every morning or evening. That might make you feel better about the writing.

    Me, I’m making slow progress on the short story I’m writing(almost none last week) But I’m critiquing a friend’s novel, going over book cover concepts that my cover artist sent me, working part-time, and getting beta comments back. All-in-all I’m getting close to having this book ready to publish–still have a few months of work to go but there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

  4. Stacy, I think villain backstory is something I need to work on. They’re so much harder than the heroes! Thanks!

    Lynn, thanks so much! I am LOL at you going to the wrong house for the party. Hope you found the right place!

    Lynette, you’re right, even five minutes thinking about it and taking a few notes would be good. Thanks!

    Thanks, Patricia! I think we will too. πŸ™‚

  5. Yay on the house sales! Once they go through, it’ll be one less thing to worry about, which is always a good thing. πŸ™‚ And you’ll get back to the writing when you have more energy and time on your plate. You always have to take care of yourself first.