Facets of a Muse

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March into Spring–or Winter?

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P_20150322_MarSnowThe first day of Spring was March 20, a glorious, wonderful day, with sunshine and mild temperatures. It was a day to embrace as the end of Winter!

Yeah. Shoulda known it wouldn’t last.

Sunday night = Eight inches of snow. Count ’em. And as you can see in the picture, it was a grand ol’ snowstorm.

Sigh.

March is one of our snowiest months, but we had such a nice, mild winter, it just doesn’t seem right to get blasted a week and a half before April. We do need the moisture, but I’m good with rain. Really. We don’t have to shovel rain.

On the bright side, it won’t stick around for long. Getting 8 inches of snow in March is far different from getting it in October or November.

We’ve got some great stuff coming up in the next few weeks. April 1st (Fool’s Day), April 5th (Easter), and April 15 (Tax Day) are all on the calendar, but the best part about April (typically speaking) is the sheer number of muses the month holds. There’s Spring and all the great things that go with it: trees budding, flowers blooming, grass greening, weeds growing, birds returning. Then we get the holidays: Fool’s Day and Easter. What? Don’t think Fool’s Day is a muse? How many practical jokes can you find on the Internet on April 1?

When you find yourself cooped up inside the house during an April shower, take advantage of the muse and write about the smell, the sound, the way the lawn seems to turn green before your eyes. Can’t hear yourself think when you walk outside because of all the birds squawking? What omen are they announcing? Write about how the birds’ return coincides with the discovery of a time capsule sealed with a pentagram.

How about a homicide disguised as a practical joke (rather than an accidental death) on April 1st? Wow, great muse. I might have to use that one. Easter is another muse inspired by family gatherings, egg hunts, and jellybean-pooping bunny rabbits.

What inspires you this time of year? Anything in particular? Or do you wind the writing down and let the spring chores take over–cleaning, planting, mowing?

Shameless plug: My writing teacher’s new Door County book is due to be released next week: Five-Alarm Fudge Check it out!

Finally, for anyone wondering how our three-legged lab is doing with her new status, she’s moving around well. She’ll get her stitches out next week, then it’s back to “normal”.

Write on!

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Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen name: J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". Currently I have two polished novels ready for the world and a number of others waiting their turn. I write adult mystery with extrasensory elements, mystery with a touch of romance, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, one chicken, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our "au natural" hobby farm, and Ma Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

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