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Hitting the Home Stretch (and a taste of Siberia)


One week until March! Woo-hoo!

Wait, the weather guy said next week will be a copy of this week. Cold, not so cold, freaking cold, not so cold, and cold again. Last week, minus thirty-five degrees F in International Falls–Sooo glad I don’t live up north! Today’s high temp might reach zero. Maybe.

Hear that whistle? It’s the Siberian Express! Step on up to the platform and the conductor will check your tickets.

Remember, the vernal equinox is March 20, less than a month away. Keep thinking of that. Equal parts day and night, and the official start of Spring!

Not much for today’s post; sorry, gang. On a roll with the NaNo project. Ever get to a certain point with a manuscript at which the creative energy starts to boil over? Sometimes it’s slow going until you hit that one scene, then the rest just tumbles out from there to the final scene. I hit that yesterday, so I got my word quota in for today as well. My Muse is kicking back and looking pretty damn proud. Don’t hurt yourself patting your own back, T!

Since I’ve got my quota, working today on polishing (again) the first 10k words of another mss for a contest entry. One thing I love is the writing community. I found a new CP in a writing group, and she’s doing a wonderful job helping me out with the mss. If you don’t have a critique partner, I suggest finding one. Having another writer (preferably more than one) review your work is essential in the process, in my opinion. Those other writers can see the things you can’t as the author, and you do the same for them when you review their work. Check out this post for recommendations: 40 Places to Find a Critique Partner

Technology is so awesome these days; my CP and I were both looking at my mss in Google Docs (I don’t like to promote any one online service over any other, that’s just what we are using) at the same time! So cool! Take advantage of it if you can with your CP.

Word count yesterday: 39,408

Write on and stay warm!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

2 thoughts on “Hitting the Home Stretch (and a taste of Siberia)

  1. Congrats on all your progress, AND on finding a good CP. I work with two on a weekly basis and they’re both invaluable. Happy writing and stay warm. I can’t wait for spring! 🙂


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