Slow Start

Starting back to writing, that is. The house is moving right along, and we now have basement walls!

House viewed from the front


As viewed from the back

There’s no back wall because it’s a walkout basement. These are very common in the Knoxville area, because it’s very hilly. Traditional, full basements are not common in that area, probably for the same reason.

We went with a block wall basement because, according to our builder, it’s about half the cost of a poured concrete wall. And they’re just as good as long as they’re waterproofed correctly (our current house also has a block wall basement). Once the walls are done, they’ll pump concrete into the interiors–the cost savings come about mainly because block walls don’t require forms. Next step (I believe) is to put the plumbing in. There is a kitchenette and two bathrooms in the basement. The builder won’t be putting these in–we’ll finish it ourselves later–but they will put in drain pipes before pouring the floor.

My goal was to get the electrical plans done this week. I did maybe half of it, mostly because some other stuff I had to do earlier in the week took more time than I thought. I should be able to get the electrical plans finished this week. It’s not like they need them yet, but I don’t like to do this stuff at the last minute; would rather have it done early so I have plenty of time to research–and yes, change my mind before it gets expensive. πŸ™‚

What I’ve Been Reading: I wanted to read some more of the great big paper TBR pile, so I pulled out Heart Dance, by Robin D. Owens. I used to really love this series–actually, I don’t know why I haven’t read any in many years, because I really enjoyed this one. What’s funny is a few chapters in, it started feeling really familiar. At first I put that down to there being a lot of similarities between the books in this series. They don’t need to be read in order, and are each about a different couple, but they’re in the same world and a lot of the same magical things happen to each couple as a result. But then some of the things from the main character’s backstory starting feeling familiar too, and I remembered a pivotal scene that most likely came from this book and sure enough, I’d read it before. Funny thing was, I didn’t remember much about it besides those familiar details and that one scene, though I knew the couple would end up together because duh, it’s a romance. πŸ˜€ I still enjoyed it, including the way the ending came about! It was probably 8-10 years ago that I read it, and given the number of books I read, I guess I can take a pass for not remembering. One thing it did was remind me how much I enjoy the series and its world, and make a point to check out the half dozen or so books in the series I know I haven’t read. The first book in the series, Heart Mate, wasΒ  RITA Award winner, way back in 2002. If you like fantasy romance with a bit of sci-fi tossed in, I highly recommend it!


What I’ve Been Writing: My brain’s still stuck on house stuff, so I almost forgot about my goal until last night–11:52, to be exact. So I opened up my WIP and wrote a few paragraphs, helped by the looming deadline I’d set for myself. So, a slow start, but goal met! If it hadn’t been late and I hadn’t been about ready for bed, I would have written more, as it was fun. I wrote a little over 100 words, so this week, I want to continue that, and write at least 100 words, for at least five days.

What about you–how are things in your world? Have you ever picked up a book you thought was new to you, only to find out it wasn’t? My mother-in-law used to do this often enough that she started making a list of everything she read, and she’d check it before buying new books. I do this too, but didn’t start until after I read Heart Dance the first time. How are you doing on whatever goals you might have? I’d love to hear from you–please share in the comments!

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. Re-reading a book: this is why I love Goodreads. A place for me to keep track of what I’ve read!! πŸ™‚

    Exciting stuff about your house, too. Probably a good thing you don’t live in the area. I bet you’d be going over there every night! I know that’s pretty much what we did with our old house (and almost that bad with the new).

    I did better this week with goals. I wrote down what I needed to do each day. It sure helps when my mind wanders (which it seems to do a lot of the time!!).

  2. I’m glad the house is coming along!

    My mother-in-law has a list of books she’s read, too. I have ones of the books I still need to read in a series. It’s a lot shorter! πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m less likely to do this with books than with television shows or movies. I’m very visually oriented, and I tend to “see” print and covers in my mind, so I usually know if I’ve read a book before. But television shows can’t be so easily flipped through, so sometimes I do what you did, and realize partway in.

    I am so inspired by your prowess with homebuilding. Could I please import your brain to upstate New York for a few days, to help me figure out my home repair stuff? I am a bit flummoxed over whether the plumber or flooring should happen first. The floors are compromised near plumbing that leaks, so I don’t want anyone to fall through, but I also don’t want new floors ruined….it’s a conundrum…and I’m not quite sure where to go to find the best option.

    On the other hand, I’m finally really writing again, for the first time in months. It’s been a tricky year, and we’re coming right up on the first anniversary of the day my husband’s terminal cancer was diagnosed. Little did we know that the 6-12 months we were hoping to stretch would end up being a day less than 2…

    I’m kind of glad he was diagnosed in November, because I can focus on NaNoing when I need to take a break from the reality of life today (which is mostly good, but also can become very overwhelming, as in the Great Flooring/Plumbing Connundrum of 2018.

    It’s good to see you here, Jennette, and to see both the progress with your new home, and your return, in baby steps, to writing.

  4. I hate when that happens to me (reading a book again and not remembering it) mainly because the reason I don’t remember books is because I really didn’t like it! So I’ll get pretty far into the book, realize I’ve read it before, and that I didn’t like it, and now I remember WHY I didn’t like it. So time wasted. If I like a book, I usually remember it well.
    As far as what I’m writing–not much. I have a western I keep trying to work on. But I’ve really been taken up lately with art work. I’ve done some colored pencil and now working on oil painting again.

  5. I’m excited to see the house beginning to take shape. I’m sure you’re thinking, “it’s about time.” Good luck moving forward with it.

    And, yes, I’ve started reading a book which I’ve read before without knowing it. That’s only happened once that I remember. I have read lots of my favorite books, though, many times.

  6. Wow – that’s a lot of work getting done since the last report.

    And good for you for getting back to the writing. I’m on the brink of digging out that unfinished manuscript soon as well. It’s hard to jump back into a story after being away for so long.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  7. Stacy, I wasn’t on Goodreads the first time I read that book. But I bet it helps! And you are right, I’d want to check on the house every day if it were local. LOL at wandering minds – same here!

    Fallon, good idea on the series list! I recently made a TBR list on Amazon, since that’s where I usually buy my ebooks.

    Shan, I’m no expert, but if possible, I would probably do the plumbing first. I think that’s what our restoration contractor did after our flip house burned. So glad to see you’re writing again! You’ve had a hell of a year. Good luck with both NaNo, and your home repairs!

    Michele, so good to hear from you! That’s what was weird about my forgetting this book – I did like it, both times I read it! Glad to hear you’re having fun with your artwork – the writing will be there later!

    Chris, it does feel like it’s been a long time coming. We closed on the land almost 2 years ago. I’ve re-read favorite books too, and that’s what this one ultimately felt like. So not bad!

    Patricia, it IS hard to get back into writing after a long time away. And CONGRATS on your new release! Good luck getting back into writing your NEXT book! πŸ˜€

  8. Wow, you all are making some progress on the house!! My mom has the already read it thing happen a lot. Not me (yet), but my mom reads a book a day and typically only from her local library, so chances of that happening are high. πŸ™‚ Happy house (and book) building!