Tying Up Loose Ends

This has been another week of closures, of varying types. We closed on our student rental house on Thursday, which was delightfully easy compared to the last purchase. Having to deal with one incompetent, ball-dropping person on the last one dragged out the process; luckily there was no one like that this time. So now we’re looking to see if we can find some short-term tenants to occupy the place until our next-school-year’s committed ones move in.

We celebrated with–wait for it–a trip to the pet store. We bought Isis a giant rawhide bone, which occupied her all evening. We were both tired afterward–my husband had run around doing errands all day, and I was my normal tired–and my husband decided it was the “best $20 we ever spent.” LOL!

"This is gonna take awhile..."

“This is gonna take awhile…”

Yesterday was somewhat of a beginning, for an end that came a couple weeks ago: the last meeting of my RWA chapter. We have no one qualified to run for president, so the November meeting was our last. We’re having a holiday party next month, then we’re done–at least as an RWA chapter. But there are other writing groups in the area, including a very small one my friend Jim Winter started a while back. We invited another of my writing friends yesterday, and for the first time ever (since I’ve attended at least), everyone was in attendance (well, except for the guy who moved to the west coast). Four professional writers and two relative beginners eager to learn, talking about writing and business and all sorts of nerdy stuff--great fun, as always.

What I read this week: Still going to wait on that, because I’m not much farther through any of it, and all is good and deserving of attention. I’m still working on The Indie Author’s Power Pack, and also started a new book on Adrenal Fatigue that the author offered to me for free after seeing my blog a couple weeks ago. That has some good info I haven’t seen before, so I will be discussing it when I finish. I’m still working on the same novel, too. Enjoying it, just slowly due to the nonfiction reading.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: The writing was also a finishing up of some loose ends–I completed not only the scene I was working on last week, but the next two as well (none were long scenes). My goal was to finish one of them and write at least 3,000 words; I exceeded that and wrote around 4,000. So a big win for me! However that brings me to a turning point. I have now finished all of the completely new scenes the book needs, and now need to go through and start working in changes elsewhere throughout the book. Some of this will be deletions, too. So my goal this week is to get through 1/4 of the book–at least marking where new sections go, if not actually writing them. I am hosting Thanksgiving, but my family is small and my mom, husband, and daughter share in the cooking, so it’s not stressful, and am hoping the time off will help.

What about you–have you tied up any loose ends lately? Or see any in your near future? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? What are you doing for Thanksgiving? 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. Mary’s dog (more her parents’ dog after we got married) loved those rawhide bones. My father-in-law would get big ones and cut them in half, because otherwise he’d be out a week later buying another one.

    Good job this week!

  2. Hi Jennette:

    As usual, I enjoyed your post.

    I teach teen creative writing and yesterday we had our public reading of their work. They and I work very hard the last weeks leading up to the presentations. (We do two a year.) It was excellent and I’m glad it’s over.

    Now I’m trying (unsuccessfully) to settle back into my routine, but I’m still getting over a cold and we’ve got the painters here today, so the house is in an uproar with nothing in its right place. But after I do some work for my writing clients, I hope to spend at least a little time on my own creative writing today. I’m still hoping to complete my manuscript revision by December 3.

    We’ve gotta be flexible and roll with the punches, hard as that can be sometimes.

    P.S. We’re having Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s house, so all we have to do it make a couple of dishes to take. Sweet.

  3. Isis seems to be enjoying her rawhide bone. Good for her! My dog loves Greenies, so that’s what we usually give her.

    We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at a family member’s house, so I won’t have to worry about cooking this year. I just get to show up and enjoy some good food. πŸ™‚

    Great progress on your goals. At your suggestion, I went ahead and bought the Indie Author Power Pack. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. John, it’s been four days, and Isis has barely made dents in that bone, though not for lack of trying, so here’s hoping it will last her a while!

    Stacy, I like your thinking!

    Lynette, it sounds like you’re doing a good job of being kind to yourself, which is so important! Enjoy your time with family!

    Thanks, Coleen, you too!

    Denise, we get Greenies for Isis too, but she is less enthused about them. Have fun on your no-cooking Thanksgiving, and hope you find the Indie Author Power Pack useful!

  5. You made great progress on your book. You’ve been busy in other ways as well. Great shot of dog and bone!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Loose ends? Hubby just had spine surgery again for the third time and got out of the hospital Friday. So he/we are convalescing over here. But it’s a good thing. A very good thing. Have a wonderful holiday weekend! πŸ™‚