Post-holiday Catch-up

It has mostly been a quiet week around here. I’ve been making good progress on my writing (more on that below), and my daughter went back to university today. Isis has also been quiet and laid back, so we were starting to leave her out of her crate when going out for a short time, like to dinner. That worked out fine a few times, until last Sunday night she decided to chew up the AC adapter to the daughter’s Nintendo WiiU system.

We were not amused, and Isis got a good scolding. After that, she went upstairs to pout, as dogs do oh so well:

Naughty Isis

But within a few days, she’d made up with DD, and even allowed her to use her as a lapdesk while she watched the turtle:

Isis lapdesk

For DD’s last day before going back to school, one of my friends from college and her partner came over for our annual belated Christmas get-together. We always do this a few weeks after Christmas, so we can get each other stuff we didn’t get–great fun! Afterward, we spent a few hours at Carillon Historical Park, which is the place to go for Dayton history and to see what’s so cool about it. They live in Columbus and had never been there, and my husband hadn’t since he was a kid, and everyone had a great time. Then we went to dinner, which also turned out to be something special as it was Restaurant Week, which was a great chance to try something new and tasty at the Hawthorn Grill. Everything was wonderful, and we all went home stuffed (and with several take-home boxes)!

Smiths-Monthly-Cover-8-ebook3-e1396313431717What I read this week: Smith’s Monthly #8, which included the novel Life of a Dream. A really enjoyable issue, especially with the way the same character from the first short story ended up being one of the main characters in the novel, which took place some 15-20 years later. Amazing how a story that takes place in a nursing home can end up so positive and uplifting, and also very entertaining! Parts of the novel also took place there as well, and the same is definitely true for it. What’s interesting is reading it after reading about his process in writing it. This novel actually started out as four connected short stories, and it was obvious when reading it. Not in a bad way, and maybe it wouldn’t have been so much if I hadn’t known that. Just interesting, that’s all.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goal last week was to do an overall scene review, then begin the markup for revision. The scene review went quickly, since I did a lot of notes on that after writing each scene, and I also grouped them into chapters. As for the markup, I tend to write fast first drafts (yeah, I know, this one didn’t feel fast, but it was), and jot notes where I need to fill in some research detail or whatnot. There are a lot of these since it’s a time travel, but one where the time travel is between two historical periods, not one contemporary and one (or more) historical, with one main character from each. So I have to make sure both time periods are accurate, and both characters say things appropriate to his/her time period. The good news is I got through 7 chapters, so making good progress there. So this week’s goal is to get the markup done through Chapter 20, or the end of the book (Chapter 25) if I’m extra-productive.

What about you–have you tried anything new or fun lately, whether it’s someplace to go, or something to eat, or something else? Read any good books lately? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing-related or not? 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. I have no goals this year. Well… except for reading those 9 books by Mar 1 for the contest I’m judging. Other than that, I’m just tootling along. I probably SHOULD have goals. I just haven’t felt like setting any!

    At least I finished my content edits on Blind Temptation and it is now with my daughter for copy/line editing. So I’m one more step closer to publishing that sucker! Whoo hoo!

  2. I attended a board-game night at a friend’s house recently. We played Pandemic, a cooperative game in which you’re trying to stop an outbreak; another cooperative game called Forbidden Island; and Cards Against Humanity, which is entertaining and so wrong at the same time.

    I’m currently reading “Wizard’s First Rule,” the first book in Terry Goodkind’s fantasy series The Sword of Truth. He is a master of using vivid details to bring his world to life. I’m definitely learning a lot about world-building–in addition to just enjoying the read.

  3. I’ve played with some food in the last couple of weeks, and attended a new write-in at a bookstore I hadn’t been to in several years. Upcoming is a cross-country flight with the kids, 10 and 13, neither of whom have ever flown…

    That’ll be a biggie!

    I’m making good goal progress – I like having a lot, and then going where the spirit moves me.

    You’re doing well. =)

    I hope the cord was replaced before your daughter left!

  4. Sounds like another productive week, well except for that Isis incident, but hopefully that wont be repeated.

    Good progress on the book.

    Have a great week!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Stacy, I hope you enjoy those books–and get your edits done soon, because I want to read that one!

    Denise, Cards Against Humanity is hilarious! I played a writers’ version and it was great. Sounds like a good read you have going, too!

    Shan, hope the kids’ first flight goes well! DD ordered the replacement for her Nintendo from Amazon, so she should get it soon.

    Patricia, thanks!

  6. Jennette, I’m trying hard not to laugh about Isis pouting, but I’ve seen dogs and cats do it, and I’m sorry, it’s just funny. Our Puppy pouts at us with those liquid brown eyes, and melts Mom’s heart every time. The little stinker always seems to get her way with Mom.

    Sounds like you’re doing pretty well with your goals. That’s fantastic! Mine are still going slow – the habits I’m trying to build aren’t really taking yet; any interruption throws me off for most of the day, and life’s been interrupting all over the place.