View from our back deck, with snow-covered mountains

This has been a week of progress on many fronts.

It finally stopped raining for long enough in Tennessee that our builder was able to pour concrete for the front porch and lower level back patio.

The back patio now has concrete

And we got confirmation that the business wanting the commercial zoning across the street has again postponed their zoning hearing. Even better, a similar request is on the docket for this month’s meeting, and the agenda packet already has the board’s recommendation: Deny–for all the same reasons as our rationale for denial of the one across the street. So it looks like the zoning commission is very closely following their published policies–a very promising precedent for our group! One of our neighbors wound up getting into a long conversation with the landowner yesterday. While he was cagey as usual, she interpreted his hints as leaning toward downscaling his operation to the point that it will work within agricultural zoning.

Which makes me very hopeful, as our #1 goal is to avoid the commercial zoning. There could still be some undesirable effects if the downscaled business goes in, especially for the neighbor who spoke with the landowner (she’s right next door to his property), but he’s now on the county and environmental agencies’ radar, and we’re hoping they’ll also give him some pushback.

Despite these things, our group is not making any assumptions, and we aren’t resting! We’re about to launch a website, which I put together a couple weeks ago, and spent most of yesterday writing content for. It’s one way I can contribute from 300 miles away. Now I’m waiting for just a few more things from others, and it will be ready to go. So more progress!

What I’ve Been Reading: In nonfiction, I read Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach. This book is a classic in the personal finance category, and has been recently updated. While it was an easy and worthwhile read, I probably didn’t get as much out of it as a lot of people would, simply because my husband and I already do a lot of the things he suggests. But if nothing else, it made me feel better about our prospects (mostly regarding retirement, and what we’re doing with our move).


What I’ve Been Writing: Over 1500 words on the new WIP! My goal was 250 words/day for five days, or a total of 1250 words. I wanted to start slowly, as I don’t know where this is going (this is the first time I’ve started a book without outlining, which is new and scary for me, but I think the right choice). In some ways it’s harder than finishing a book, because there’s so much I don’t know. But in another way it’s not difficult, because I at least already know my characters and what’s gone on with them before. So this week, continuing on, with a goal to write 500 words/day, for five days.

What kind of progress have you seen or made lately? Or if you don’t feel you have, why do you think that is? How are you doing on whatever goals you might be working toward, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I 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, yay, and yay!!! That’s good news all the way around. I’m glad that you’re able to contribute to the new neighborhood from afar. I’m sure that makes your new neighbors feel good about your move into their territory. And, you are correct, there are major issues once an area allows commercial zoning. We’re in a residential area but our house is zoned commercial. We pay all kinds of taxes and exorbitant taxes and assessment fees and such that our neighbors don’t. It’s bizarre. And not fair.

    And, even better news on the book front. That’s exciting as well. I’m trying to get my second book published before the end of April, but things are taking longer than expected on that front. It’s frustrating. But, I’m not giving up hope.

    Here’s hoping for another rainfree week and lots of progress everywhere.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. I’m glad that the situation in your new neighborhood appears to be resolving for the good of the area. What a relief! But like you say, you still can’t become complacent about it.

    Most of my goals are coming along, slow but sure, except for word count on my next book. Can’t remember when I wrote on it last, just too many other more pressing goals, I guess. I’ll get there though!

    Best Wishes!

  3. Very glad to hear the positive news about the zoning.

    My financial goal was completed this week and I’m at least caught up with my school goal. Those are the biggest progress parts I have right now.

  4. Yay for all your wins.

    I’m slowly making progress on re-writes. Slower than I’d like, but they’re going in the right direction. This next week I need to start taxes, so that’ll keep me slowed down for a while. Hopefully not long.

  5. I’m just about finished with my revisions and hope to send Biting the Curse to Michele this week (if I don’t get any interruptions). Whew! What a relief.

    Next up: taxes. I am not looking forward to that, but I want them out of the way.

    Good job on your writing. I always write without an outline so that never freaks me out. It’s kind of fun. Maybe I’ll get back into Perry’s story this week. After the taxes.

  6. Thanks, Patricia! Yeah, the taxes are definitely something I don’t want to deal with for commercial, even though it would be just the designated parcels. TN has no personal income tax – they get it from businesses! And thanks on the book – good luck on yours!

    Chris, I hear you on too many more pressing issues! That was how it was for me for a long time, and probably again this summer. Good luck getting back to your writing, and thanks!

    Shannon, good going on your financial and school goals – and thanks!

    Lynette, better to take your time and get it right, huh? Hope the taxes get done quickly, so you can get back to focusing on writing!

    Stacy, good going getting those revisions done. You know I’m looking forward to reading it! Writing without an outline is definitely more fun, especially since I always deviated from them when I wrote them.

    Thanks, Fallon!

  7. Wow, your patio is huge! Nice, nice, nice! Good for you getting that website up so all the neighbors can join together for the sake of the neighborhood. Wonderful progress on your new book. You’re amazing!

    I’m revising my Toastmasters speech for the next level of competition. Am having a lot of fun with it. Have a wonderful week, Jennette.

  8. Steps forward in all directions! You’ll be glad of both that nice poured patio AND the flowers the rain brought later. It’s nice you’ll be able to get them both now that the rain’s let up for a bit.

    And yep… continued vigilance.