ROW80: Why do I do this to myself?

ROW80Logo175I’ve missed a few ROW80 check-ins this round, and while I don’t believe in excuses, I do have a couple of reasons.

One is “Life: the Good Stuff.” This includes my daughter’s graduation, various end-of -year programs leading up to that (and after), and a subsequent graduation party which went very well. Yesterday and the day before, we had college orientation.

In  the middle of that, I managed to get my short story revised, so my other reason was “hiding out in the revision cave.” Sometimes, writing a blog post is just one thing too many. It’s like during the holidays, when we have too many things to do, and we need to evaluate what we can drop from the list, and avoid getting stressed out.

The revisions wouldn’t have been a big deal–after all, it’s just a short story–but they turned out to be somewhat extensive. You see, after writing the first draft, I realized I’d set my story in the wrong place. And after beginning revisions, I realized I’d also set it in the wrong time.

I knew I had to make these changes, but at the same time, I asked myself, “Why do I do this to myself?”

I’d initially set the story at a fictitious beach resort in order to be able to just get something written. This is a Saturn Society story, and so far, those have all taken place primarily in real locales (barring Hollowville, Tennessee in Time’s Fugitive, which is fictitious). It was missing something, that little dose of real history that is one of the things in my books my readers have told me they love. And therein was the answer to my question: I do it for my readers. It’s also for me: once I’d made the decision to change time and place, I was a lot more excited about the story, and found some way fun history to work in, which I will share here when the story is released.

And that makes it all worthwhile.

As for this week’s ROW80 goals stated on Wednesday, I did complete the three book cover designs. One of the authors is out of town, so I haven’t heard back on that one, and another is for the anthology that “Time’s Tempest” will appear in. I haven’t sent it to anyone yet, but I’m publishing it, and I’m happy with it. 😀 I sent out, got approval, and finalized one for my friend Jim Winter, and he and I are both very happy with it! I’ll be giving all three some cover lovin’ here soon. So a successful week to be sure!

This week, I need to figure out what my next project will be, and if my other friend gets back to me on her cover, I’ll finalize that as well.

What about you–knocked out any goals lately? Have you had any change, and needed to ask yourself why? And if so, did you find the answers? 🙂 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. Those are fabulous reasons and, I agree, blogging can sometimes push your schedule too far. Good for you for cutting it from your to do list.

    I was in an editing cave this week. I had to get my short story submitted. At some point, I was asking myself why, why do I do this to myself, lol. It’s done, I hit send and now I’m moving on. It feels so good to have that goal complete.

    I hope you have a great week.

  2. In the immortal words of John Lennon, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” I’ve always interpreted that a bit differently…whatever you’re doing is what you’re meant to be doing. You’ve done a lot, Jennette!

  3. I admit, I’d probably throw a mini-cow-fit if I realized I had to rewrite time AND place on a story. Not that mini-cow-fits are helpful…but I’d probably be in that zone. I am impressed with your ability to cope. Care to share a little of that equanimity? Lol! I’m seriously impressed with the size and volume of your endeavors…and, yes, life events must always come first.

  4. SJ, congrats on getting your revisions done! It does feel good, doesn’t it?

    Debra, that’s a great way to look at it – and thanks!

    Anna, I love the term “mini cow fit!” I might have to appropriate that one. I think the main reason I didn’t throw one was because I chose to make these changes myself, because I knew they’d make the story something my readers, and I, would love much more. Now if an editor demanded this much of me, that might be a problem.

  5. Heh, I’m in a similar place, Jennette, not having blogged in over a week until today. The weather *finally* turned better here in Central Europe, and there was so much catching up to do in the garden! And writing takes precedence over blogging in my book every day, so if there isn’t as much time available, writing it is. 🙂

    Have a great week!

  6. Congrats on your daughter’s graduation!! I’ve got tissues handy if you need them.:)
    And I know what you mean about having to make wip changes. That’s where I’m at right now. At first when I realized what I need to do, I got exhausted just thinking about it, but then it also excited me.
    Hope you have a great week!

  7. Congratulations to the graduate! That’s a huge accomplishment. And now going off to college? Super fantastic!

    Glad you realized the problems with your short story and took the time to fix them. For me, that’s not always an easy task.

    Now let’s get on to those goals! Have a great week!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. Ruth, that’s just it – when it came to working on my revisions or blogging, I worked on my revisions. Glad it worked out for you!

    Coleen, thanks! And congrats to you on yours. 🙂 The revisions were tough, but very worthwhile – hope yours are, too!

    Jim, I had so much fun designing that one – thanks!

    Patricia, the revisions were a bit of work, but really made the story better. Thanks for your encouragement!

  9. Aw, congratulations on your daughter’s graduation. And college orientation already? Wow! Hope you all had a blast at the grad party. So another Saturn Society short story? WOO HOO! Looking forward to reading it. And that cover you designed for Jim Winter looks awesome. Nice work. Looking forward to seeing the other covers you designed. Have a great week, Jennette!

  10. I’m happy to hear I am not the only one who has a cave!

    Maybe you do it to yourself to get to that place of excitement.

    Maybe you wouldn’t have found the kernel of excitement without that out of place and time version, first.

    I once wrote over 30,000 words of internal wandering before Eden Mabee (we’ve been friends almost forever, loooong before ROW) came to my dreams, walked with me at the Albany Rural Cemetery, then turned to me and said, “You know what you have to do, right? You have to burn down the Globe.”

    Even in my dreams, she’s a smart cookie. That was exactly what I needed to do!

    I think i need to read some of these Saturn Society stories – they sound fun, and maybe my almost-12 with the time travel fascination would like them, as well…

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  12. Lynn, thanks so much on all counts! You know you’re one of those readers I write for!

    Shan, interesting way to look at it, and maybe you’re right – I think getting the story down quickly helped, even if it was a pain to go back and make so many revisions! I hope you enjoy the Saturn Society if you try one, but as an FYI, my books aren’t erotica by any means, but they’re not for kids. 😉

  13. Congrats on your daughter’s graduation and the college orientation. meanwhile, the revisions you imposed on yourself give me the kick in the pants I need to finish a scene tonight. Thanks!