Where Did the Week Go?

This has been one of those weeks where it doesn’t look like I got much done, but I feel like I was busy all week.

Some of it was holiday stuff – a get-together with friends, a little shopping.

I also met my writing goal – barely. It helped a lot that I took the busyness of December into account and set a very modest goal. But otherwise, I can’t figure out where the week went.

Fortunately, the same cannot be said in Tennessee. We didn’t expect much to be happening, especially since the builder didn’t text or call with an update like he usually does. However, my husband got a text from our next-door neighbor: “Your house is going up really fast!

Our response was, “Huh?”

She went over there and took photos yesterday in the rain. Our builder’s crew has has had a busy week, and unlike mine, it shows.

The basement has been framed (outside and load-bearing walls inside – we will be doing the rest later). The main level floor is in, and they started on the back wall.

 

   

In the photo on the left above, the big, concrete pad in the foreground is the garage. The photo on the right is viewed from the front of the house.

What I’ve Been Reading: Finally finished some fiction, yay! In paper, I read The Mycologist: The Diary of Bartholomew Leach, Professor of Natural Philosophy by Nicholas P. Money. This historical fiction book is not something I normally would have picked up–I didn’t even know what a mycologist was, until my daughter bought this for me (it’s someone who studies mushrooms). The author is a professor she worked with her senior year at Miami University (in Oxford, Ohio), who she really liked and had a great rapport with. She bought two copies of his book to support him, which I loved! She normally prefers to read nonfiction, but really enjoyed this book, and says the main character basically is the author. But I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a Marty Stu, because the character was really well-developed and appropriately flawed. The book is told in a diary format, and follows the main character’s struggles with being an atheist in an era where this was not acceptable. The voice was perfect for historical fiction featuring a British professor living in Ohio in 1858. But what I especially loved about it was seeing my alma matter’s and the city of Oxford’s history, and “meeting” several of the men after whom the buildings there were named. I also enjoyed seeing the part Oxford played in the Underground Railroad. Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction, especially if they’re interested in Ohio history.

In ebook, I finished The Demon Always Wins by Jeanne Oates Estridge. This was a fun paranormal romance featuring a demon who is forced to help Satan win a bet with God. While heavily steeped in Christian Biblical tradition, this was done in a humorous way so that it should be enjoyable to readers regardless of their religious faith or lack thereof (huh, interesting that both novels I finished last week had to do with religion?). Highly recommended for readers who like paranormal romance.

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What I’ve Been Writing: As noted above, I met my writing goal – barely! I wrote five days this week, for about 1200 words, and finished another scene, so I’m happy with that. I thought briefly about writing the short story that was the optional assignment in the Dean Wesley Smith workshop, but decided to just stick with the WIP instead, and I’m glad I did. I just did not have any more time to devote to writing this past week, and that won’t change this coming week.

I think ROW80 ends this week, but I’ll set a weekly goal anyway, since I need to keep up, and that is to finish watching the videos on the workshop, and to write at least five days, at least 200 words/day.

What about you–are you ready for the holidays? I’m not, though I am close. How are you keeping up with all the extra to-dos that December usually entails? And how are you doing on 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.

5 Responses to \

  1. How exciting to see the progress on your new house. That’s so cool that the neighbor went over there and took photos for you. Nice that you already know some of your neighbors, and they’re friendly! Big plus. This time of year isn’t a good time to get much writing done, but I hope to write one or two chapters this week. Have a good week, Jennette!

  2. What a nice neighbor! And how exciting that the house is going up! My writing goal this week was to revise my outline so that my midpoint actually worked. I think I’ve done that–we’ll see when I’m actually writing next week. I have a little Christmas to do–it’s so little I let it slide and now I’m under a pressing deadline. Yikes! Not really worried–it’ll be fun. Enjoy your week, Jennette.

  3. Your house is taking shape!! Yay! How often do you go down there to check things out? Not as often as you’d like, right???

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Jeanne’s book. It really was fun to read and I look forward to her next one.

    Yay on the writing, too! I didn’t do so well last week, but I’m determined to get back into it (I started by writing some on Sunday, which is a rare event indeed). I gotta figure out how this thing will end. I’m so close but still clueless! Haha!

  4. Wow good stuff. Despite the rapidly approaching holiday, you are getting it done my friend. The house is going up really fast. Keep up the good work.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Lynn, our neighbor is great, isn’t she? Good luck getting your writing done this week!

    Lynette, I hope you got your plotting figured out and can get the writing in – you know I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Stacy, looking forward to reading yours, too, so hoping the ending comes to you. I can’t wait to get back to TN to see the house – it’s getting more exciting with each week!

    Patricia, thanks!

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