Would the FBI talk to you about this book?

Hangar 18: LegacyThe other day, I had a really funny dream. I dreamed that the FBI kept calling me, stopping by my house, wanting to know how I found out about the aliens stashed away at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and what more did I know. Being in a dream, I was a bit slow on the uptake, but I finally figured out that they were referring to my book Hangar 18: Legacy.

“It’s fiction!” I told them. “I don’t know about any aliens on the base. I made this stuff up!” I had to be very insistent about the fact that, while I’m a software developer like the heroine in the book, the projects I work on are nowhere near as interesting as those she deals with, and even if there were aliens on the base, I’d never know. It took several more pestering phone calls, but the FBI people finally got the message. Later, they sent me cookies to apologize for bothering me. ūüėÄ I woke up smiling.

My ROW80 goals are a sort-of smile, sort of not, as they were rather hit-and-miss. Actually, they were mostly miss, as the only one I hit was the writing, and that wasn’t until about one AM this morning. I count it as yesterday, and therefore being made, because I didn’t go to bed until after I hit the wordcount goal. Here’s the nitty-gritty:

  • ROW80Logo1754000 words on new ms – Yes!
  • 4 workouts – partial – got three in.
  • One chapter in estate planning book – no
  • Spend 15 minutes decluttering – no

The novel’s now over 12,000 words, so I’m making good progress toward my overall ROW goal of 20k on the book. I’m going to keep the weekly goals the same for this week. I already got 300 words written today, so that’s a good start. I might just jump in on the estate planning book and the decluttering tomorrow, since it’s a holiday. We’ll see how that goes – plans have a tendency to change. My daughter decided to come home for the long weekend (I think mostly for the AC, LOL, which her dorm doesn’t have). I’ve enjoyed (and spent a lot of time) talking to her, catching up, and vicariously reliving the college experience. That has impacted my goals a little, but is well worth it.

What about you – I know a lot of authors get story ideas from dreams, but have you ever dreamed about a book you’ve already written (or read, if you’re not a writer)? Whether or not you’re doing ROW80, how are you doing on whatever goals you might have had this week? 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.

At last, the secrets are told! Hangar 18 is out!

IT’S HERE! Well, okay, it’s on Amazon! Hangar 18: Legacy is now out, and available for purchase for Kindle, and in¬†paperback. Here’s what it’s all about:

Hangar 18: LegacyIn July, 1947, a craft of indeterminate origin crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The United States Army transported the wreckage and the bodies of several extraterrestrial beings to Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio, where they were examined, placed in storage, and forgotten. But these beings weren’t dead. Now one has awoken, and he’s angrier than hell…

Psychic Air Force officer and researcher Adam Keller is used to sensing the thoughts and emotions of others, so he keeps people at a distance. But when a desperate, telepathic voice demands rescue, dark thoughts of death threaten to overwhelm Adam. Then he meets a woman whose attraction to him‚ÄĒand his to her‚ÄĒquiets, if not silences, the voice. All he has to do is risk his heart and experience the emotions he‚Äôs long denied himself.

Skeptical programmer Lisa Stark wants nothing more than to finish the subliminal messaging software she’s worked on for over a year, a project someone wants badly enough to kill for. Then Adam discovers the voice plaguing him is an imprisoned extraterrestrial thought dead for decades. Lisa‚Äôs software is key to freeing the being and silencing the voice‚Ķ if she lives to finish it.


So that’s one big ROW80 goal accomplished! If Hangar 18: Legacy sounds like your kind of book, why not hop over to Amazon and take a look? I am currently offering it exclusively through Amazon, but it will be available in other formats at other retailers this spring. I also have a few review copies still available in other formats as well, so let me know if you’d like one.

ROW80Logo175My ROW80 goals were a bit spotty this week¬†— I always forget how time-consuming formatting and doing all the release stuff is. So that’s pretty much the extent of my ROW80 success this week, along with most of my fitness. Here are the rest of the details:

  • Finish formatting¬†Hangar 18: Legacy¬†in ebook, register copyright, send out review copies, and RELEASE IT! – Done!
  • One hour of brainstorming/outlining my next book, a futuristic romance – No
  • Fitness activity 5x – partial – got 4x in
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide – No
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum – Done!

In my defense, I wasn’t really able to complete the estate planning stuff, because the next chapter involves things I have to ask my husband, and he was out of town all week. I also signed up for a 6-week, online writing workshop that starts next weekend, so my goals on my next WIP may change, depending on how that goes.

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Two hours of brainstorming/prewriting my next book
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum
  • Write press release for¬†Hangar 18: Legacy

How are you doing on your goals this week, whether or not you’re doing ROW80?¬†Have you accomplished any of your big goals yet this year? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

I Have Nothing

Formatting

Formatting in Sigil – I can use code view, which makes me very happy.

I haven’t seen any new releases ¬†from my writing peeps this past week. Normally, I’d come up with something else–a book review, at least!–but¬†I’ve been deep in the weeds of formatting Hangar 18: Legacy for ebook, and didn’t prepare a blog post for today. I am also documenting the process I go through in formatting, because I’m going to present to my RWA chapter in March. That’s one of my nonfiction projects mentioned in my 2013 goals.

ROW80As for Hangar 18, it’s coming!

Quick ROW80 update: I’m almost done formatting my epub of Hangar 18: Legacy, and after that, it’s an easy matter to format for Kindle. I’ve also gotten two workouts in, so on track for the week in both areas!

How are you doing this week, whether or not you’re participating in ROW80? Ever have one of those days where you planned to do something (like blog <cough>) but you just forgot?

 

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.

 

Cleaning Up Our Act, and ROW80

H18printLast week, I was working on Hangar 18: Legacy, and noticed that a bad guy in the book shares a last name with one of my friends who’s also a reader. I brought up the subject at lunch a few days ago, asking “what would you think” in a generic way first. Everyone pretty much agreed that no matter what I name him, it will be¬†someone’s name. Then when I revealed who it was, my friend laughed and said her husband had some pretty shady relatives (although not murderers, I’d hope!). ūüôā

I finished the print formatting and got the proof back and it’s pretty!

I worked on the ebook formatting for that yesterday, but kept getting sidetracked. You see, our kitchen was a disaster area, and I had to do something about it.

Normally this is not a problem. My writing desk is upstairs, so out of sight is normally out of mind. But this time, it was worse than usual. My daughter had oral surgery on Friday (wisdom teeth – she’s fine ūüôā ), and she’s the one who usually cleans up. But for the past couple days, she’s been taking it easy (as she should) and DH has been getting her stuff. Or she gets for herself, as I’ve been doing. And no one’s been picking up after themselves.

So it needed to be done. Sometimes, you can focus better on the mental tasks (writing) when the brainless, but necessary stuff is done. I also cleaned the gerbil tank, and set up a new, second filter in the turtle’s tank.

ROW80Logo175I did well with my ROW80 goals, too¬†— I even got the estate planning chapter done, although I admit it was a really short and easy one. Here are the rest of the details:

  • Review¬†Hangar 18: Legacy¬†proof when I get it, and address any corrections needed – Done!
  • Find people to review it ¬†– Done! I’m still looking, so if you’re interested, I’ll send you a free ebook in the format of your choice! Just¬†let me know. ūüôā¬†
  • Fitness activity 5x – Mostly – got 4x in
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide – Done!
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum – Done!
  • BONUS: Begin formatting the ebook version of¬†Hangar 18: Legacy – Done!

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Finish formatting¬†Hangar 18: Legacy in ebook, register copyright, send out review copies, and RELEASE IT!
  • One hour of brainstorming/outlining my next book, a futuristic romance
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum
  • BONUS: Write a press release for¬†Hangar 18: Legacy

Does it bother you when your place is a mess, or can you ignore it? Does it ever get to the point where you can’t ignore it any longer?¬†How are your goals coming along this week, whether or not you’re participating in ROW80? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

Murder and Magic Plus ROW80 Check-in

We have murder and magic for WANA Wednesday this week! Check out these exciting new releases from two of my In Real Life friends:

Compleat KeplerMy friend Jim Winter has just released The Compleat Kepler, a boxed set of crime fiction featuring Cleveland P.I. Nick Kepler. From a sheriff’s deputy harassed by an insane stalker to a fugitive trying to escape on 9/11 to an interrupted tryst with a newly divorced lady friend, life is never boring for Nick Kepler.¬†The star of Northcoast Shakedown and Second Hand Goods returns in 13 tales of crime on America’s Northcoast.¬†The collection includes thirteen short stories, including¬†“Walk in the Rain”. All of these works have been published in respected e-zines, and some have appeared in paper magazines. I have read a few of these stories, but not all, so this one’s on my Kindle now! More info at:¬†http://eviljwinter.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/the-compleat-kepler-arrives/


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Perhaps a different kind of mayhem is more to your taste? Writing buddy Diane J.  Reed sneaked a new release into the world last month, that I just found last week: Robin in the Hood. This YA romance is the story of Robin McArthur, a sophomore at the prestigious Pinnacle Boarding School for Girls, who thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:  they’re broke. And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad’s hospital room to collect on the millions he’s racked up in debt.

His only saving grace is what he reveals to Robin in between drools‚ÄĒhe truly¬†does¬†love her, in spite of all his mistakes.¬†Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices: either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.

Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek‚Äôs help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan‚ÄĒthey should team up to rob banks¬†together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin‚Äôs whole world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can‚Äôt buy…

If this is anything like Diane’s debut novel, Twixt, it’s sure to be a lovely tale of magic and beauty found in places we wouldn’t expect. This one too, is on my Kindle in my TBR list! For more info:¬†http://www.banditsranch.com/p/twixt.html


ROW80Logo175And now, a brief ROW80 upate: I’ve looked over the digital proof of¬†Hangar 18: Legacy¬†and I’m now waiting for a hardcopy proof! I’m doing the print book first this time, as I see more mistakes in that form. I have¬†also¬†kept up with my fitness so far, working out both days. I’m still looking for review readers for Hangar 18, so if that sounds like something you’d enjoy, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a free review copy. You can read a description of it on my Other Books page.

What about you? Do you like to read about murder, or is magic (and¬†thievery¬† more to your taste? Have you read any good books lately, or know of any exciting new releases? Please share – I’d love to hear from you!

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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.

 

Is your hometown diverse? What about your books?

I’m in the final stages of preparing my new novel, Hangar 18: Legacy, for release. And here in the U.S., it’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day, where we celebrate the life of Dr. King and his fight for civil rights–equality for all people regardless of race or gender. As I worked through the final proofread and formatting of my book, I noticed it had a fairly diverse cast.

Teenagers JumpingDid I do this intentionally? Yes and no. It was something I thought about, for my book takes place in Dayton, specifically at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. And neither would be accurate if it wasn’t racially diverse.

Lisa Stark, the heroine of Hangar 18, is Asian.This was intentional: as a child adopted by white Americans, in an all-white small town, she looked different, but really wasn’t–she’s as American as I am. In contrast, my hero looks like a typical military guy, but he has unique, psychic abilities. But with other characters, I didn’t necessarily plan them to be black or Hispanic, I just imagined them that way. And no, they aren’t all in stereotypical, subservient roles, but do a variety of jobs–just like in real life. I’d like to think that I imagined a diverse cast of characters because this mimics real life.

My Saturn Society books are similar. Some characters just appeared to me as non-white. For example, the head of the Dayton Saturn Society House, Chad Everly, is Hispanic. Since the time-travel ability originated in Latin America, this leads into some interesting backstory for him, which isn’t in any of the books (yet). Theodore Pippin, who ran the Dayton Saturn Society House in the 1930s, is black, and that was done for a reason. At first he wasn’t, but I had a problem: he was in pursuit of Tony, the main character, but I needed a reason he couldn’t just walk into the restaurant where Tony was eating and apprehend him.

TimesEnemy211The solution was perfect, as it fit into the time period. It also emphasized how monumental a thing Tony had done by going into the past. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Tony hesitated as he reached for the door handle of Irving’s Restaurant. The narrow, old frame structure and its hand-lettered front window reminded him of the tobacco shop where he and Charlotte had found refuge during the flood.

But it was the sign above the door that made the enormity of what he’d done hit him like a sucker punch to the gut: Whites Only.

He‚Äôd gone back a century in time by will alone. A time where men still tipped their hats to women‚ÄĒladies‚ÄĒand offered them their seats on the bus, and no one got offended. A time before civil rights, when it was acceptable to deny someone entrance to a public establishment solely on the basis of race. Even an honest, respectable businessman like his friend Bernie.

Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of people like Dr. King, it’s hard for me to imagine this kind of discrimination, as I can’t remember a time when it was allowed. As Dr. King said, we’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go. Discrimination was real (and unfortunately still is, albeit to a lesser extent), it was historically accurate, and giving my book a diverse cast helped me to lend this extra little bit of historical authenticity to Time’s Enemy.

What about you–have you read books where everyone was white-bread American, or were they diverse? If they didn’t reflect reality, did you notice? Have you read any good, racially-diverse books lately–or any where the historical lack of civil rights was a key part of the story? I’d love to hear from you!

Do You Share a Name with a Villain? And ROW80

Hangar 18: LegacyOne of my goals this week was to proofread my upcoming science fiction romance, Hangar 18: Legacy, and ready it for print. It’s coming along well, proofreading is done, and it’s uploaded to the printer, so that one’s met! However, while I was proofreading, I realized something I hadn’t noticed before: one of the bad guys–a murderer–shares a last name with one of my Awesome Coworkers, who’s also a friend–and a reader.

That struck me as weird. How will she feel about that when she reads this? Of course, it has nothing to do with her (or her husband)–I wrote this book years before I came to work at the current place. I didn’t yet know her when I did my last major revision on it. And her last name’s not an unusual one.

It’s never happened to me–which is kind of surprising, as Powell isn’t exactly an unusual name. And when I thought about it, I probably would think, huh that’s funny, and keep reading, no big deal. It would strike me as weird if I ran across my married surname in a book for any character, as ¬†it’s not a common name at all.

So what I think I’ll do with my coworker is mention, hey, this bad guy in this book has your last name–I wrote it years ago, just so you know! And I expect all will be fine.

ROW80Logo175I did well with my other ROW80 goals this week, too, except once again, I did not get to the estate planning, as the proofreading and formatting took longer than I expected. Here are the details:

  • Format¬†Hangar 18: Legacy¬†for print, proofread, and upload to printer¬†– Done!
  • Fitness activity 5x¬†– Done!
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide – uh, no.
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum.¬†¬†– Done!

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Review¬†Hangar 18: Legacy proof when I get it, and address any corrections needed
  • Find people to review it (hint: if you’re interested, I’ll send you a free ebook in the format of your choice! Just let me know. ūüôā )
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum
  • BONUS: Begin formatting the ebook version of Hangar 18: Legacy

Have you ever run across a character in a book with your last name? What did you think–especially if it was a bad guy? Or how are your goals coming along this week, whether or not you’re participating in ROW80? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

Is Your Blog Secure? And ROW80

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting of the Dayton WordPress Users Group, where we talked about security.

This was something I’d thought about a while back, when I read this blog by Marcy Kennedy. I knew a few other writers whose blogs had been hacked. I’d never had any problems myself, but that’s one of those things where it’s far better to be preemptive. So a while back, I installed one of the security plug ins Marcy mentioned. I learned a few things at our local user group meeting too, and I was able to contribute, because the guy presenting hadn’t heard of the plug-in I used.

Bottom line with your website/blog’s security, get it before you need it!

ROW80Logo175I did well with my ROW80 goals this week, too – I accomplished the main thing I set out to, which was complete the edits for my upcoming science fiction romance novel. I then went one better and got some formatting done too!

  • Finish edits for Hangar 18: Legacy – Done!
  • Fitness activity 5x¬†– Done!
  • One chapter’s exercises in Get it Together, an estate planning guide. I wanted to do this last ROW, but wound up putting it off when I decided to do NaNoWriMo. This is stuff that isn’t very fun to do (or even think about), but that really needs to be done. – uh, no.
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum.¬†¬†– Done!

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Format¬†Hangar 18: Legacy for print, proofread, and upload to printer
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the¬†estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum

What are you planning to do this week? If you have a website or blog, have you thought about securing it? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

Valentines, Witches, Thrills, and Romance Past and Present! Plus ROW80 Check-in

It’s WANA Wednesday and we have a little bit of everything this week! So there’s sure to be at least one of these five fantastic-looking books that’ll stir your passion! Check out…

The Valentine GrinchHow about some contemporary romance? Unless you’re a Grinch… as in The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook!

Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug! Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma Elvira’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost.

Fortunately, she’s not in this alone. Long time friend, Dane Weatherby, totally gets her grinchly attitude. Between Grandpa’s demands for her to stop the wedding, Grandma’s inability to let go of her dearly departed husband’s urn, and Amanda’s parents acting friskier than a couple of newlyweds, she’s ready to give in to her grinchness and head back to the city.

Only true love can stop Amanda. And if Dane has his way, he just might convince her to say I do instead of bah humbug. More info at: http://sheilaseabrook.com/2012/12/26/the-valentine-grinch-is-here/


Easy Bake CovenOr maybe you’d like to venture into the paranormal, with Liz Schulte‘s Easy Bake Coven, where the Abyss is watching her … waiting for her.

For Selena Warren being a witch is no big deal. She dabbles in harmless magic with her friends and never thinks much about it. When her grandmother is attacked, Selene uncovers an ancient grudge that threatens the lives of everyone she loves.¬†With no other choice, she puts her trust in a stranger who knows more about who she is than she does and shows her a world of elves, half-elves, fae — and one peculiar sekhmet named Femi.¬†This unusual new world could swallow Selene whole, take away everything that makes her who she is, but the with a forgotten past beating down her door, she will have to dive in to save her future. More info at:¬†http://www.lizschulte.com/2013/01/easy-bake-coven.html


In Her ShadowAugust McLaughlin released her debut thriller, In Her Shadow, last month, but is celebrating its launch this week. This is the story of one woman locked in a basement, nearing death and longing for escape. Another baffled by the inexplicable symptoms wreaking havoc on her life. Both are lost and alone, yet somehow connected. And time is running out…

Near the tenth anniversary of her parents’ unexpected death, Claire Fiksen, a lovely young Harvard-grad and gifted psychologist in Minnesota, develops bizarre symptoms of an eating disorder that threaten her fledgling career, her relationship with a handsome young medical student, her grasp on reality and, soon, her life.

When her beloved grandfather reveals that there may be more to her parents’ death than she’s realized, Claire’s pursuit of healing becomes a desperate search for answers as she delves into her family’s sordid past. Meanwhile, someone is watching her every move, plotting to draw her into her own twisted web of misery.¬†Claire has something he needs, and he’ll stop at nothing to obtain it. Every step Claire takes brings her closer to the truth and danger. And her life, she discovers, isn’t the only one at stake. More info at: ¬†http://www.augustmclaughlin.com/books.htm


Mystery of the HeartMy In Real Life writing friends have been busy too! This week, Jillian Kent celebrates her birthday and the release of the third in her Ravensmoore Chronicles historical inspirational romance series, Mystery of the Heart.

Lady Mercy Grayson has secretly been studying medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has dressed as a man to pursue the same passion her big brother Devlin, Lord Ravensmoore, pursued outside the acceptance of society. Her secret has been discovered. Now she’s running away from Scotland and her dreams. Will she be able to accomplish what she feels is God’s calling, or will the parameters of society and those who want to use her secret to accomplish their own selfish ends determine the course of her future?

Vincent Lyons, Lord Eden, is an adventurer coming home to London to deliver the mysterious Holy Lance to the prince regent who wants to see if the legends are true surrounding this relic that is said to possess both the power of healing and destruction. His life is catapulted in another direction when he meets Mercy who is pursuing a different kind of adventure that will cause him to question everything he believes.

Both will be forced to examine their personal motives when members of a voudon tribe, the Regent, and the London Legend Seekers Club search to possess the ancient relic for their own purposes. More info at: http://jilliankent.blogspot.com/2013/01/downton-abbey-my-birthday-books-prizes.html


Tempting the BillionaireFinally, Jessica Lemmon has big news – the release of her debut contemporary romance, Tempting the Billionaire! In this story,¬†Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she’s determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing.¬†Definitely¬†no falling in love…

Shane August is all business, all the time. He’s a self-made man who’s poured his heart and soul into his company, and he’d never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt-and he can’t keep his mind or his hands off her. But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger? More info at:¬†http://www.jessicalemmon.com/happy-debut-day-to-me/


ROW80Logo175And now, a brief ROW80 upate: I don’t usually get much done in the beginning of the week, especially since this ROW began on Monday so we’re only talking two days… yet I did get two chapters of Hangar 18: Legacy edited! I also have kept up with my fitness so far, working out both days.

What about you? Do you like light and fun romance, or are you more for thrills and chills? Have you read any good books lately, or know of any exciting new releases? Please share – I’d love to hear from you!

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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.

 

Blasting off for 2013

Blasting offWe’re taking a break from the usual My Town and Misfit Mondays today for the start of a new ROW80 – and a new set of goals!

I got a late start on this as usual. A lot of people posted new year’s goals last week, but I needed to really think about what I wanted to do–and more important, could accomplish–this year. For ROW80, we’re just dealing with 80 days, or 11-1/2 weeks.

But it’s best to start with something a little longer term. Many business experts advise having a five-year-plan. I’d like to say I have one of those, but I don’t. I do have an overall idea of where I want to be, both in my writing and life in general, but that’s it.

Back to those one-year goals. One thing I learned is, they need to be written down in a place you’ll remember–and will remember to consult at least quarterly. This is the part I missed last year. I vaguely remember making them, but I can’t find anything in the areas of my computer where I’d expect this to be. I did find 2009, 2010, and 2011 goals documents. (They were kind of funny, still focused on agents, editors, and selling to NY–boy, have things changed!) I never did find one for 2012, so maybe I was thinking of the list I wrote for 2011.

This year, I put the 2013 Goals list at the front of my Weekly Status Report document. This is where I document what I did each week, what my plans are for the next week, any issues, etc. (Here’s an example of what’s in my Weekly Status Report if anyone wants to see/use it.) I add a page each week, and start a new document each year. Each week when I update it, it of course opens to page 1. So BIG DUH – that’s where I should put my yearly goals!

So here’s the list:

  • Edit and publish Hangar 18: Legacy
  • Write/Publish new futuristic romance
  • Write two short nonfiction works
  • Write/publish one short story
  • Publish next OVRWA anthology through my publishing company, Mythical Press (may or may not contain the story noted above)
  • Revise contemporary YA written for NaNoWriMo 2012
  • Begin planning phase of Saturn Society Book 3 or continue work on urban fantasy started for NaNoWriMo 2009
  • I also have some professional goals relating to my day job, which are not detailed out above

Um… yeah, seeing it spelled out like that, it looks a bit ambitious. But that’s the beauty of setting goals and working on them through a group like ROW80–if we see they just aren’t going to happen, we can change them.

ROW80Logo175And with ROW80 comes the practical part: breaking them down into doable pieces. Here’s what I hope to accomplish this round (which ends March 28):

  • Finish editing and publish Hangar 18: Legacy (I want this released by the end of this month)
  • First draft of nonfiction piece–I’m doing a presentation based on it for my RWA chapter meeting on March 16, so it needs to be done by then.
  • Outline futuristic romance
  • 30,000 words on futuristic romance

Let’s break those goals down even more. Doing weekly goals helps me TONS. This is also where I add other, ongoing stuff, like fitness goals. So for this week, my plans are:

  • Finish edits for Hangar 18: Legacy
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in Get it Together, an estate planning guide. I wanted to do this last ROW, but wound up putting it off when I decided to do NaNoWriMo. This is stuff that isn’t very fun to do (or even think about), but that really needs to be done.
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum – yes, I’m a sponsor! It’s my first time for that, and I’m really looking forward to it. ūüôā

Whether or not you’re doing ROW80, what are your plans for this year? If you are doing ROW80, is this your first time, or are you an old hand? I’d love to hear from you – please share!