Slow “Vacation” Week

You would think I could have gotten a lot done this past week, given that my husband went to Florida for Bike Week, leaving me here with the critters. This is what my mom refers to as a “vacation.” :D. But no.

He came home Friday night, which was just as well as Bike Week shut down early due to virus fears (and not a bad call either). He and his friend actually didn’t participate in Bike Week at all, as they were staying with his friend’s relative, and wound up just cruising through the center of town where the activities were supposed to be. Attendance was sparse, so they just rode through and didn’t even go into any of the bars or music venues. My husband came down with a sore throat and wasn’t feeling well for the ride home, but he made it safely and was feeling better the next day, leading us to conclude he just had a cold or mild flu. However, he’s staying home, just in case. As for supplies? We’re lucky to have made our regular monthly Costco run a week before the panic struck, so we’re good. And I already work from home, so I’m fortunate there as well.

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been reading a couple of nonfiction books, as well as novel that I’m really enjoying, but I didn’t finish anything this week. So this too, will have to wait until next week.

What I’ve Been Writing


Part of my slow writing week may be that I had some extra bookkeeping to do for our businesses, finishing up things for taxes and such, and updating records since we sold our old house. That was in fact the case–but not all week.

I’m still having trouble keeping going on the WIP without knowing where it’s going. I mean, I have an idea of how it will end, but no idea of how what I’m writing now will lead to that or even tie in.

I got about 700 words written before totally bogging down again. My WIP is boring to me, so what else could it be to readers?

Time to regroup–AGAIN. I need to just spend the week getting a better idea of what will happen, and maybe even do some rudimentary outlining. I never end up following the outline, which is why I quit doing them, but maybe my creative brain needs something to latch onto before it can suggest something better. We’ll see!

On another note, I did get my learning done, and completed another week of my online workshop. I want to do another week of it this week, as well as do some reading on copyright.

How has your week been? Have you been affected by the virus pandemic? I hope you and yours are staying healthy! How are you doing with whatever goals you might have, whether 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. Sorry you’re stuck in your story again. Could you try writing a diary/journal of one character and maybe get some ideas that way? If nothing else, you’re at least writing. Make it something fun, like a trip he/she went on or an event he/she attended. A trip/event from hell kind of thing. Maybe that will give your imagination a kick.

    We are affected by the pandemic in that Hubby’s job is making him work from home. His school is too (although most of his classes were already on line). He was on spring break last week, but this week is the start of his on-line teaching. We’ll see how that goes.

    So far he hasn’t bugged me TOO much. But then, he’s only worked from home on the day job since Thursday. We’ll see how I am after a week of him being home. I know, I have to expect this eventually if he plans to retire. But after the hit we got from the stock market (401K), maybe he doesn’t have to retire so soon? We’ll see.

    I also had to cancel my trip to Vegas (still hoping to get a refund from Travelocity for the airline tickets). Kind of glad my choice to go was taken away, since the NHL suspended the season and the main reason we were going out there was to attend three hockey games.

    I just hope this all blows over before we leave on our cruise to London in June. Because I’ve been looking forward to this trip for over a year. I will be bummed beyond bummed if we have cancel.

  2. Your week sounds about like mine. I feel like I’ve had nothing but time and yet I’ve gotten nothing done.

    As a business owner who relies 100% on tourism, this virus lockdown is killing me. Last year we were hit by flooding. People canceled because it was hard to get here even though we were perfectly fine. This year, right now during our busiest season, people are told to stay home. I think we’ll be contemplating bankruptcy if something doesn’t change soon. And that’s pretty much all I can focus on right now. I’m trying to find creative ways to get some income. It’s scary.

    But, this too shall pass. And sometimes, times like these are what our brains need to get us back on track. A shock to the old noggin’ will get the synapses firing again.

    Take care. Have a great week! Let’s hope this one is better than the last.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Sorry you’re stuck again. For me, outlines are guidelines more than a roadmap I must follow. But without the outline, I get stuck all the time.

    We’re not panicked by the virus but taking sensible precautions since my husband is at extreme risk and I am at high risk.

    I learned about a legal-financial situation (unrelated to the virus) and am having to do a lot of research and preparing. So that has taken a large amount of my energy and time this week.

    I fell short of my intended word count this week, but still managed to get a little more than 5,000 words written. That makes me happy.

    This next week I’ll have the same intentions and try to stretch for them. I’ll be gaining a little time as I won’t be having my grandson over (a precaution) and my husband and I have fewer appointments this week. Hopefully I’ll get my word count accomplished.

    Patricia–I’m so sorry you’re bearing the brunt of the isolation lockdown. That sucks.

    Good luck, Jen–and stay well.

  4. Sounds like many are in the same boat. Just two weeks before all these shutdowns, my daughter’s employer was getting them up to speed for working from home, so she will start that on Tuesday. Hubby has still been off work because of his broken arm, and now that schools are all closed, we don’t know if he’ll continue to get paid from work comp, as his injury happened at work. And me? Because I work in health care, I’ll be expected to continue to show up to work every day, and maybe more if co-workers get sick. But because I work in health care, and have probably already been exposed to COVID-19, there is a reasonable chance that I will get it. So, there is all of that.

    Kind of inspires me to write something post-apocalyptic, right?

  5. Glad your husband made it home okay and is feeling better from whatever he had. We have the kids home now, and husband just started a new job(today’s his first day actually) that will see him on 3rd shift once his training is done, so he’ll be home during the day, too. So, my whole routine might be upended.
    But, I’ll adjust.

  6. When the plot isn’t going you can always throw a character into a volcano! Ok maybe that doesn’t work for every plot, but throwing off the wall ideas around can really help me get unstuck. I hope you find something that works for you!

  7. Stacy, those are some good ideas – thanks! And I sure hope this is over by summer, too.

    Patricia, I’ve been thinking of you and others in the hospitality industry. We are close to Gatlinburg, so everyone knows someone who’s been affected. Definitely hope it passes soon!

    Lynette, I’m glad you’re writing! And I hope the other situation gets resolved to your benefit.

    Chris, I so feel for you folks who work in healthcare! And I hope your husband continues to be compensated.

    Fallon, thanks! And good luck adjusting to your new routine.

    Shannon, LOL that might be just what I need – and yes, that could happen in my books. Thanks!