Reporting Late for Round 3

Once again, I’m a day late and… never mind. Let’s just say last weekend was a busy one with the holiday and all, and I didn’t realize until almost midnight that I hadn’t yet put up my blog. And it was the start of Row80 Round 3! But now that the round has begun, I should be good with my usual routine.

I took the week before off, since there was no ROW80 to report to, and also because there wasn’t much to report.

It is exhausting to be so beautiful!

It is exhausting to be so beautiful!

But the following week–at least the weekend–plenty was going on. For starters, Isis got another Goddess Treatment on Wednesday. When I got home from work, she was crashed on the couch! Such an ordeal, LOL!

We went to some friends’ house for a party on Friday night. These friends really go all out, with fantastic, catered food and major fireworks. We took Isis last year, and the fireworks didn’t bother her, so we figured she’d be fine this year, too.

WRONG. Of course, the fireworks started while DH was off talking to someone on the other side of the house, and Isis freaked! And of course, I was holding her leash, trying to keep her from running.

That wasn’t happening, and I ended up playing George Jetson until one of our friends joined me, right as Isis dragged me through a flowerbed.

I felt like Isis in the photo above by the time my husband got there to calm her and take over.

But otherwise, the party was fun.

We went to my brother’s on the actual holiday, where we had our typical (with him) very late cookout, then more fireworks. This time, we left Isis in the house. When we went to look for her, she was on my brother’s bed, in the farthest corner from where we were setting off fireworks! DH brought her outside, and she actually started to get acclimated to them by the time we left. Then again, our fireworks were nowhere near as big or loud as our friends’ the night before.

The main thing I’ve been working on lately is to get my newsletter signup system in place. Yes, I have one! A few of you may have even signed up for it, eons ago, and have yet to receive a newsletter. That will soon change. If you’re not already on the list, sign up and get a free ebook of “Time’s Holiday,” my Saturn Society short story prequel. If you’re already on the list and haven’t read “Holiday,” just let me know and I’ll be glad to send it to you.

Son Of the Moonless NightWhat I read this week: Son of the Moonless Night by C.D. Hersh. This is the third book in their Turning Stone series, which  features a very different take on shapeshifters. Also an excellent follow-up to the first two, as well as a great lead-in for a fourth book, which I am looking very forward to!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: It’s time to set goals for Round 3! Most of mine are stuff that didn’t get done last round. But even so, I still accomplished a decent bit. So let’s hope for more of that here. This is what I plan to do:

  • Work with my publisher to get Time’s Enemy made free for promotional purposes.
  • Make changes suggested by my beta readers that I agree with on my upcoming release, and submit it to my publisher (it’s already contracted, so no worries about acceptance).
  • Make changes suggested by my editor, and approve for publication!
  • Dig back in to my next Saturn Society novel that’s about half finished, revise the outline, and complete the first draft.
  • Send out newsletter once a month (maybe twice if I have major news).

Not ambitious at all, huh? 🙂  Actually, this stuff should be quite doable if I don’t get sick, have a family member injured, or anything like that.

This week, I am helping my publisher get my existing Saturn Society books reformatted (so they’re prettier and work better on a variety of devices), and re-published at the various retailers. I also want to review my beta readers’ comments on my upcoming work, and start revisions on that.

What about you–if you’re in the U.S., did you have a fun Fourth of July (Or July First, if you’re in Canada)? If you’re participating in ROW80, what are some of your goals for this round? And even if you don’t do ROW80, how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, writing or otherwise? 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. It’s Wednesday and I’m soooooo far behind in writing this week. Hopefully I’ll make up some of that today.

    Getting a newsletter out is a lot of work, though. I try to get it out once a month, but then the new month comes and I’ve got…NOTHING! Ooops. Time to scramble. Maybe I’ll get mine out by Friday. Of course, that’s a big MAYBE. Haha! 🙂

  2. Poor Isis. My dog is mostly deaf, so the fireworks don’t bother her as much as they do other dogs. I’m pretty sure she can hear them, but I’m sure the sound is muffled to her.

    I signed up for your newsletter and look forward to getting updates about your latest books!

    And I really didn’t do much for the fourth. Had breakfast with the in-laws then spent the rest of the day packing for the move. Nothing exciting, though I did listen to the fireworks down the street from us. 🙂

  3. Poor Isis. All that excitement combined with the tediousness of a Goddess treatment is just too much to endure. She’s got such a rough life.

    We cannot do fireworks here in California due to the drought and extremely high fire danger and all. It sucks because I love fireworks. Oh well. One more reason to really enjoy my trips to Disney World!

    Have a great week.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. Stacy, that’s what I’m worried about. To make sure I stay on schedule, I plan to keep mine simple and mostly focus on sales, cover reveals, and new release news.

    Denise, I hope you enjoy the newsletter! Thanks for signing up, and let me know if you don’t get your link to the free book.

    LOL Patricia, isn’t that the truth about Isis! I was glad to read that Californians were very good this year about obeying the ban, so no fireworks-related fires. I bet they’re great where you’re moving to!

  5. Poor Isis. Looks like she had a rough time. 🙁

    Good luck with your goals!

    My main goal is to finish the first draft of a fantasy novella. I’d like to publish it later on in the year and time is flying by.

  6. Overall a good 4th. It was on the quiet side, save for catching an errant neighbours rabbit. My husband always worries about the cats (ours and the neighbours) during fireworks based holidays. Lucy is calm about it, Bridget is the skid-dish one. I think she was under the bed or the armchair in my study. That’s her go to security spot.

    Isis sounds NOT spoiled AT ALL! 🙂 Much like my cats.

    Sounds like a pretty geared up Round. Best of luck and be seeing you around.

  7. Oh my goodness Jennette. Isis must have gone crazy. Fireworks are so hard on most animals. So glad you got the situation under control. Can’t imagine. She’s such a sweetie! And you are getting the writing thing down girl. Keep it up. You inspire me! 🙂