Scale Back for a Win! and Down in a Hole in Dayton, plus ROW80

Scaling down my fitness goals this week totally worked for me! I’m still dealing with some lingering health issues–again, nothing major, just enough that I don’t feel up to much of a workout. But telling myself “just five or ten minutes” did the trick, and I was able to do just that! It’s true, you really can do anything for five or ten minutes.

I also did well in getting the middle of my book mapped out, and feel good about the direction it’s going. I did a lot of research reading, which leads me to this week’s My Town Monday Fun Fact:

My Town Monday Fun Fact: Dayton’s First Jail

Newcom Tavern

Newcom’s Tavern today, in Carillon Historical Park

The first substantial building constructed in early Dayton was Newcom’s Tavern, built in 1798-99. The two-story log cabin was unique at the time, the first in the budding town to use mortar as log chinking. In addition to being the general gathering place for the small community, Newcom’s was also the sheriffs’s office, courthouse, church, school, and general store. Its proprietor, George Newcom, served as the county Sheriff until 1809.

But the town didn’t have a real jail until December of 1804, when a sturdy log structure featuring iron-barred windows was completed. And while there were only a couple dozen families living in Dayton (if that), there were enough people there that disagreements happened, and someone occasionally decided to solve a dispute with his fists, or by taking it upon himself to collect payment in the form of livestock, etc. Natives also lived in the area, and while they adhered to the 1795 Treaty of Greenville and no longer attacked settlers, they occasionally helped themselves to someone’s chickens.

Native American offenders were locked up in the corncrib behind Newcom’s until they were brought to trial (which was a much speedier process back then than today). But white offenders were lowered into Newcom’s well! (It was dry; Newcom must’ve dug another one). Today, “the hole” refers to being in solitary confinement, a practice decried by some prisoners’ rights advocates. Imagine what they would have thought of Dayton’s first jail!

ROW80Logo175So now back to my ROW80 Goals. Last week’s were:

  • Finish sketching out/outlining middle of WIP – Done!
  • Keep up with lessons and homework for Promotions workshop – Done!
  • Refine layout of Shopping Cart page and individual product page for family member’s web site – No
  • Fitness 4 times, no matter how short – Done!

I didn’t get to the web site, so that stays on the list for this week. Things are going to change a little bit too, because I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, and that starts November 1! Yes, I’m planning to get that 50,000 words written this month. I’ve done it twice before, so I know I can, even though it’s ambitious. I’m not even shoving other stuff off to do it–it really doesn’t take that long to get the words written, once you sit down and do it. I am, however, going to stick to the shorter workouts, though I’ll spend longer times on the treadmill if/when I feel up to it. So here are this week’s goals:

  • 4500 words on WIP
  • Keep up with lessons and homework for Promotions workshop
  • Refine layout of Shopping Cart page and individual product page for family member’s web site
  • Fitness 4 times, no matter how short

What about you–if you’re a writer, are you, or have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? (If you are, I’d love to be your buddy – I’m jennettemariepowell over there.) If you’re not a writer, or not doing NaNo, have you taken on any super-ambitious goals lately with something else?  Can you imagine being jailed by being tossed into a well? 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. Not doing NaNo. Not sure I ever will! As for an ambitious project, well, I guess it WAS my exercise, although at the time I didn’t think it was so ambitious! But with the colder weather, walking two days a week (outside) isn’t looking tempting (since I hate the cold), so I changed my exercise routine at the gym from M,W,F (3 days, working everything) to M-F (5 days, alternating between arm and leg exercises). In order to keep my hour time, I increased the number of exercises. Guess it wasn’t a bright decision since I hadn’t exercised for 10 days (due to my vacation). Ouch! I sure felt it the next day (and the next and the next). Eventually, I’ll work the knots out. I hope!!! 🙂

  2. You’re doing so well. I just wish you were feeling your best too. I’m excited for you for NaNoWriMo. I have a short story I plan to start and finish during the month of November. So, I’ll be doing a mini version. Here’s to a great week. 🙂

  3. Stacy, it’s hard to get back into a fitness routine when you’ve been away – work back into it gradually, and you’ll be back where you were in no time!

    Ruth, I’m a rebel this round too, as I already started my story, but hey, I need to get more than 50k written, so why not? Looking forward to seeing you there!

    SJ, a mini-NaNo sounds like a great idea! Good luck to you, and thanks for the encouragement!

  4. I added both Jennette and Ruth as NaNo buddies, but I couldn’t figure out S.J. Maylee’s userid. 🙁 Maybe she can find me; I joined a few years ago as go2thebook.

    The “hole” sounds unpleasant even if it was a dry hole, but I’m sure it was pretty secure. Have a great week getting ready for November 1.

  5. I think I’m doing NaNo…haven’t decided yet. But I added you as a buddy. 🙂
    A well for solitary? That is absolutely a deterrent in my mind. Yikes. Isn’t that similar to the premise behind that horror movie The Ring? *shiver*

  6. Kathrese, I didn’t read about any escapes in my research!

    Coleen, I bet the Ring is indeed a scary movie – haven’t seen it and probably wont’!

  7. Shame on me Jennette! I’m so sorry that I’ve missed My Town Mondays. I had Strep for two weeks and am just getting back on my feet. I literally could think to write, let alone visit blogs. That stuff kicked my butt.

    Isn’t it interesting to think of your town as like a village? It’s almost hard to imagine it could’ve been such a small place. And yet, they needed a jail. People just cannot behave Jennette. Could you see them at a rock concert? lol. And what would they think of Alice Cooper?

    So you’re attempting to participate in Nano? There’s a fairly large Wana group being organized by Jenny Hansen. But I know there’s quite a few on twitter also. You can do it Jennette. I, on the other hand, do not have that kind of energy. May the force be with you! 🙂

  8. Aww, Karen, thanks so much! Sorry to see you’ve been sick – glad you’re better now and back at the writing, even if not at NaNoWriMo levels!