Some Good News

This past week, we finally sold our house in Ohio! We actually got a contract on it a month ago, but we knew not to count on it until closing. That happened Wednesday, so we are now free and clear of it–and its bills!

The other good thing is that I finally made a writing goal. More on that below.

What I’ve Been Reading

This is a book I’ve been waiting to see published for a long time: Torn Between Worlds by Linda Chalk. Linda is a writing friend, and her book is pretty unique: a Native American historical romance where it’s the heroine who’s a Native American. Except in a way, she isn’t–brought up by white settlers from a very young age, she knows nothing of her heritage. She gets a chance at finding it when she joins a wagon train to California. The story is set in 1848 and covers the journey on the Oregon Trail, along with Lydia’s many discoveries, starting with the sexy trail boss Joe. I really enjoyed the historical detail that really brought this story alive–highly recommended!

What I’ve Been Writing


My goal this week was small–only 1000 words–but that did the trick. I met that goal, and also completed the next week of my online workshop on Secondary Plotlines. I also got a book about one of the time periods in my WIP, and started reading that.

This week, I’m going to keep my writing goal small, as I still don’t know where this book is going and that slows me down. So I’ll go for 250 words/day, for five days, or a total of 1250 words. I also want to read my research book, and complete another week of my online workshop.

What about you–what good things are happening in your life right now? Have you read any good books lately? How are you doing with whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I 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. Oh, boy. I know selling your house in Ohio has to be a great load off your mind (as well as your finances). Congrats!

    My week has gone pretty well. I exceeded my writing goals. Yay! Better yet, the story is finally taking a shape I love.

    I didn’t get any reading done but did a lot of statistics and analysis about my website and blog posts, etc. With changes in my personal life, the current plan for blogging takes time away from writing. I’m hoping to better define my author brand and re-focus my blog and write more. A process that may take me all year. LOL.

    Have a great week!

  2. Lynette, yay for a good writing week! I so hear you on the other stuff. I just don’t have time to deal with it now, so my website is soooo 2011, and I don’t even bother with stats or anything like that. Maybe after I’m retired LOL.

  3. Good news!! Congratulations on selling the house finally (whew)!!

    I love the book suggestion. I’m going to go look for it right now. It sounds like my kind of thing. And, I love the cover.

    Good work on the writing goals. I just got back from vacation so I haven’t written a thing in 2 weeks. I feel so lost and it’s hard to jump back in.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. Congrats on selling your house. That will be so nice to have behind you. Yay for meeting your writing goal. I’m just starting a book titled “My Name is Resolute” by Nancy E. Turner. It begins on a plantation in Jamaica, where 10-year-old Resolute and her siblings are kidnapped by pirates in 1729, and they are taken to New England. I believe it spans many years. Sounds like a winner to me. Now I just need some free time to read it! Hope you have a great week, Jennette!

  5. Congratulations on selling the house! What a load off your mind, right?

    Also, good job getting back to writing and reaching your week’s goal on word count.

    I just finished reading “In this House of Brede” by Rumer Godden. It was soo long and confusing at times, but overall, I liked it much better than I thought I would. I have a goal to read four novels considered classics this year, so that’s really why I read it. Now, I am back to reading a cozy mystery, something light and easy.

    Best wishes for another productive week.

  6. Congrats on selling your house! It was a relief for me when we finally did that last year. And congrats on your word count! I met my goal of 10K words in Feb, so I feel good about that. My goal for Mar is 10K or finish the sucker! I’m not sure it has 10K words left in it. We’ll see.

  7. Thanks, Patricia! I think you’ll like Torn Between Worlds.

    Thanks, Fallon!

    Lynn, it’s a huge relief to have that gone! Resolute sounds interesting – might have to look for that myself. And good luck getting time to read!

    Chris, exactly. And thanks!

    Stacy, you know all about that, don’t you? Congrats on hitting your word count, and good luck for March!