Small Changes

As you can guess from the title, nothing major has happened this week, but there were several other things going on. For starters, we’re finally getting some nice weather here in southwest Ohio, with some sunny and some rainy days in seasonal temperatures in the 40s and 50s. I especially love the first few days when it’s warm enough to drive with my windows down! We had two or three of those last week, and more to come this week. It’s also been good weather for this:

Isis ball 2

…although the field in the photo has been kind of soggy with the snowmelt and recent rain, so not too much throwing the ball in there yet. My husband is a good, devoted dog person who will walk Isis no matter how cold–it has to be a blizzard, a torrential downpour, or a foot of snow on the ground before he skips the dog walk. I, however, am a fair weather walker, but this week has been nice enough even for me. In fact, that’s probably what I’ll do this afternoon.

My husband got Lasik surgery yesterday, and has nice, clear vision now. Well, at least in one eye–the other isn’t quite there, but he called the doctor and goes for a follow-up tomorrow. The doctor didn’t sound too concerned, so here’s hoping that’s a good sign. Not wearing glasses will be a nice little change for my husband.

I also went to a write-in yesterday with some local writing friends and my new laptop that came last week. It worked like a champ, and connected to the library’s wifi right away! I got half of a new scene written, plus enjoyed some social time with my writer friends.

My other main focus in writing is an online marketing course I’ve been going through this week. That’s been taking a lot of time, but good stuff that I think I can actually use. To that end, I’ve been making some small changes in my website. Most of those have been on a copy that just runs on my computer, but if you look at my Books page, you can see one change I’ve implemented here. My next task is to make a more mobile-friendly version of my site.

Huntress4What I read this week: I finished Huntress of the Star Empire, Episode Four, by Athena Grayson. Another thrill-ride that has me looking forward to the next installment! This episode features a new cover design I did for Athena a couple of weeks ago, too. After finishing that, I read the short stories and serial segments in Smith’s Monthly #9, and started on the novel therein, which I’ll discuss next week.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I did not make as much progress here as I’d hoped, partly due to spending more time on the marketing workshop, and partly because one scene I needed to revise actually was three scenes, two of which were new ones I had yet to write. I got both done, but along with those, only revised two chapters, in addition to one more new scene I did know I needed. So this week, I have one more new scene to write, and would like to get the rest of the revisions done for two more chapters. I also want to get through one more segment of the marketing workshop. I have a couple of things going on later this week, so that may be pushing it–we’ll see!

What about you–are you getting any nice weather in your part of the world? Any recent changes in your life, big or small? How are you doing on whatever goals you might be working toward, whether writing or not? 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. It is definitely spring in northern Florida! Yay! All your little changes sound positive, Jennette. I wish I was in the revising stage. Lately, I’ve been finding that easier and more fun than the original writing.

  2. Sounds like you’re getting a ton of stuff done to me! It was about 95 here yesterday, so we’re having some crazy winter weather! I like the cover you designed. Multi-talented, Jennette! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. From the sound of things, you had an awesome week Jennette! I love the thought of a write-in. Wouldn’t that be encouraging. Glad to hear the snow has stopped and things are warming up you way. Enough is enough. Now if we can only get some rain. And your hubby is going to love not wearing glasses. Mine had the surgery done fifteen years ago and he had worn glasses all his life. He loves it! A new world has opened up! Have a great week girl! 🙂

  4. Stacy, I hope you feel better soon!

    Kassandra, funny thing is, I’ve had enough revising and wish I were done with it so I could move back to new writing!

    Lynn, thanks so much!

    Karen, sending good thoughts for some rain your way! And yes, DH is already enjoying life without needing glasses. Thanks!

  5. Sounds like a pretty good week . . . very nice to have that sense that winter is nearly over. Weather has warmed up here as well (finally!). I really liked your website design that reinforces your genre. Are you using Word Press? Interesting way to track that progress in writing by scene and chapter. I too am working on revisions, very much at the scene level. I’m reading Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE and am having a hard time putting it down — even though it’s all in present tense! Have a great week.

  6. I was out yesterday and it was heavenly! Soon I’ll be scrambling to get the spring gardening done. I’ve been working on my synopsis workshop presentation for the Midwest Writers Conference in Indianapolis, IN this April, and got so inspired by the workshop that I created two of my own synopsis for WIPs, and using the same method, wrote a synopsis for a 10,000 word Christmas story the hubby and I are collaborating on, wrote the first draft in four days, and have already sent the finished product off to the editor for consideration. Been busy, busy, busy.

  7. I’m loving the warmer weather! It’s been so nice to take walks outside, instead of exercising indoors. 🙂
    Happy writing–and I like the look of your books page!

  8. Beth, thanks! Yes, this is a WordPress site – it’s a custom theme I designed. I am a web developer in my day job, and used to be a graphic designer, so it’s nice that they help with my writing career too!

    Wow, Catherine, you have gotten a LOT done! And three synopses?? I have trouble writing one! Keep up the great work, enjoy the weather, and have fun at the conference next month!

    Coleen, this weather is great, isn’t it? And thanks!

  9. The weather’s been nice and mild in my part of the world with much-needed rain predicted for tomorrow and Saturday.

    That photo of Isis playing catch is too cute. She still has a puppy’s roundness but is growing. I can’t get enough photos of her.

    You had a productive week, Jennette!