Quick Update

This has been another of those weeks that were largely uneventful, but unfortunately, not one of those where I got a ton of writing done.

What I Read This Week

I am currently reading a cozy mystery that I’m really enjoying, but haven’t yet finished, so I’ll post about that next week.

I did finish a nonfiction book, Fair Play by Eve Rodsky, that was entertaining and really interesting. It’s a solution to the outsized mental load that most wives/moms carry in their households, by basically making a card game of it, the main purpose of which is to shine a light on all the “invisible” work we do, open up discussion, and ultimately, help couples work out a way to divvy this stuff up more fairly. While I definitely bear more of the mental load in my household, this book also made me realize that I have it pretty good compared to a lot of people, so I don’t know if I’ll suggest playing the game or not (printables of the cards can be downloaded from the author’s website). But next time I have a ton going on and my husband asks what he can do to help, maybe I’ll try it! If this is an issue in your home, I highly recommend this book–good food for thought, if nothing else.

What I’ve Been Writing

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Ehh, not much. My goal this week was only 1,000 words, and I didn’t even hit that. I did finish out the scene I was working on at just over 500 words, then I needed to do some research. While I figured out a few things, I did not find the inspiration I was looking for to figure out what happens next–and this applies to the next three scenes, so I really need to figure it out. Looks like it’s time to make some lists of 20 Things.

This coming week is going to be a busy one, as I will be traveling for work. I never know if I’ll have the time and space to get to the writing. So I’m going to go with an easy goal: make a list of 20 Things that might happen for each of the next three scenes. I was also going to start back in on a workshop this week for my learning goal, but due to the travel, that might not work so well, so I’ll consider getting anything on that a bonus, as well as any writing beyond figuring out what comes next.

What about you–do you ever have trouble figuring out what comes next, whether in writing or something else? What do you think about dealing out household tasks like a card game? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have? 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. Ugh, Jennette, I hate when I hit writing roadblocks like that. But I do it all the time.

    I’m at one of those now (have been for two months). Part of the reason is that my caregiving workload has doubled in the past two months. Part of it is that my original (1st draft outline) didn’t set up opposing goals and the timeline very well. So I’m having to iron those two out. It’s coming but slower than usual due to time constraints.

    I don’t do the list of 20. I have a story board–literally a cardboard stand (like the ones for science fairs) with post-it note descriptions of each scene posted in story order on it. I research what I need to research then I stare at the storyboard and question each scene–does it go there or there…sometimes I discover new scenes are needed to bridge two events and sometimes just looking at the “whole” story brings new ideas.

    Good luck with the traveling and writing next week!

  2. Lynn, I can only imagine how hard it would be to be creative while being a caregiver. Interesting about your storyboard – whenever I try something like that, it ends up changing anyway, so I’ve stopped outlining. Though maybe I should try for something, just as a starting point. Good luck getting through your roadblock!

  3. I hope you can figure your way through your block and get some more words written. I ran into that problem a lot with my historical I finally finished last month. And now I’m planning a third book in the series(apparently I’m a glutton for punishment).

  4. I have a friend who is obsessed with her and her husband sharing all the housework evenly. It causes her way more stress than it should. I’ve told her that, but she just doesn’t get it. I can only imagine that dealing out household chores like a card game would make things even worse for them.

    On my side of things, I’ve been blessed with a husband who pretty much “gets it”. Some weeks, he’ll have to do more around here and other weeks I will, and it all evens out – or it doesn’t, and it’s not worth the stress thinking about it.

    Thanks for sharing about “Fair Play”, though, I’m sure it was an entertaining read.