Jennifer Lyon

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Weekend Roundup

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I now have a rough draft of POSSESSION! This is the absolute roughest drafter I’ve ever written.  I need to fill out one scene then I’ll read through it and see if there’s hope for the book.  I’m crossing my fingers. I’m trying to streamline my process into something a little faster. There’s no way to make it easier, writing is always hard. But getting a draft down gives me something solid to work with and then I can agonize over the finer details, descriptions, word choices and finessing plot lines. The hardest task is always setting up and executing emotional scenes.  I really want to get POSSESSION to the editor next week and let her take a crack at it. I think I’ll be able to do an even more powerful revision with her input. But it has to be in good enough shape for her to get a solid feel in order for her to  give me constructive feedback. So we’ll see.

On Saturday, we got the lights in the bathroom. They look exactly as we hoped, we’re so happy! We have a great handy man that is doing the electrical and plumbing for the bathrooms as we need it. Wizard could do this but he’s busy enough patching, painting, etc.  He’s done the lion’s share of pulling all this together too. Weirdly he gets mad when I say that. He always says, “We’re a team.” And that’s true. I’ve done everything he asked, including getting a quote on mirrors that is going to save us $270.00 so I’m not entirely useless. But he really has done most of it while I write.

Here’s a picture of the granite I think we’re putting in the two upstairs bathrooms. This piece is broken, but the slab will be a full piece with no seams. Then they’ll cut out the sinks and faucets once they line them up.


bathroom granite


The granite color is petty bold, but I’m tired of so much white. In the kitchen we have something softer in mind. But we’re going to see how they do in the bathrooms before we make a final decision on the kitchen.

So how was your weekend?

10 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Viki S.
    April 8th, 2013 at 2:34 am · Link

    I can not imagine how hard it is to write a book. I’m very honest that I can’t write at all so I have great respect for those of you who entertain me with the written word.

    I have my fingers crossed that you get the scene to work out. I have faith in you :).

    It must be so nice to see that the lights you picked fit just as you hoped. I love the granite. Wizard is right – you’re a team that really seems to work well together.

    We didn’t do anything special this weekend. Just a little (and I mean little) spring cleaning. It was 72 here today so we fired up the grill. That was nice. I think the snow may be gone for a while ;).

    Have a great day!

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    April 8th, 2013 at 6:54 am · Link

    I’m back!

    I’m glad things are going well with your remodel. Love the granite. And congratulations on getting the dirty draft of Possession done. Like I say, ‘you can’t fix what ain’t there’, so at least you’ve got it there to fix it. =o)

    We spent the weekend unpacking, buying new stuff for the house, and helping put out a wildfire. Yeah, that last one wasn’t on the list of stuff to do, but it was kinda necessary. (See my post at Killer Chicks for the deets.) Needless to say, I’m bushed. And there’s still loads to do. It’ll all be worth it when we get it all done though. =o)

  3. Kat
    April 8th, 2013 at 7:40 am · Link

    BE what a welcome to your new home. Wow.

    Viki I hope you are right about the snow. My husband grilled for 2 meals this weekend and I think he is trying to figure out how to make every meal we have planned for this week on the grill. He already makes a great grilled pizza. Less cooking and cleaning for me. :) I made it out of my daughter’s room a live this weekend. Acutually the clean up and re-organization of her room went well. Now just to have her keep it that way.

    Jen the granite is great. Glad you can work through all the remod stuff. Me I would be finding every excuse to be out of the house until it is done.

  4. Jenn
    April 8th, 2013 at 11:20 am · Link

    Viki, are you feeling better now? You were really sick. So glad the weather is getting nicer for you!

    Thank you on the books. Writing is an internal struggle for me (and I imagine for a lot of writers) in turning off my internal control freak who craves structure. I like things organized and streamlined. But writing doesn’t work that way for me, so it’s always a struggle between my two sides. Which is probably why I enjoy revising more–that’s bringing order to the chaos.

    By the way, am I remembering correctly that you are an engineer? I thought you said that once.

    Even a little spring cleaning is good! All I did was clean bathrooms. I almost want to spring clean but it has to wait.

  5. Jenn
    April 8th, 2013 at 11:23 am · Link

    Congrats BE on getting there! I know there’s more work to do to get settled, but you’re there! Do you love your house?

    Seriously on the fire? You had enough of those where you lived before. But it’s out now and everyone is safe, right? Man you are living way too much excitement lately. I’ll try to get to Killer Chicks, but I’m barely answering email right now.

    This is the ugliest first draft I’ve ever written–I’m actually kind of proud of that in a weird way–it means I conquered my internal editor for a while.

  6. Jenn
    April 8th, 2013 at 11:26 am · Link

    Kat, YAY!! You got out safe! LOL. What a great feeling to clean and organize like that. I want to do that as well.

    Grilled pizza? I’ve heard of it but we’ve never done it. Wizard BBQ’ year round here in So Cal. He’s even BBQs in the rain cuz it helps me out. We’ll have to try grilled pizza :-)

    Normally I say I’m going to work through reno stuff, but I don’t. Now I just flat out have no choice so I do it.

  7. B.E. Sanderson
    April 9th, 2013 at 7:10 am · Link

    Yeah, seriously on fire. The old guy across the street was burning leaves and the flames jumped. Hubs figures about 2-3 acres burned before we got it out.

  8. Jen Lyon
    April 9th, 2013 at 11:57 am · Link

    B.E., So glad you got it out. I really hope that guy finds a better way to dispose of leaves. Scary!

  9. Viki S.
    April 9th, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Jenn – Yes, I am a Ceramic engineer. I used to work in aerospace on turbine blades. Thanks for asking, I think I’m all better now. There is still a slight cough but nothing major.

    Kat – I’m glad you made it out alive :). I got to thinking how my mom used to say my brother had mushrooms growing under the stuff on his floor. Kids ;). I was never like that. I had to have a spotless room.

  10. Jen Lyon
    April 9th, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Viki, sooo glad you’re better! Still the lingering cough can be very annoying.

    Ceramic engineer, nice and smart–you’re the whole package :-) I thought of your career when you said you couldn’t imagine writing a book. I’m sure you could do it, but you’d use a much more organized and structured methodology than I do. And produce cleaner manuscripts.

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