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Five Days, Five Photos Challenge — Day Five


P_20150620_201208For Day Five, I had to shout-out to my Writing Sisters. Hey, gals!

Three years ago, I signed up for the Write-By-The-Lake Retreat at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It’s a week-long event that gives writers a week to focus only on their writing, whatever it may be. It was close enough I could drive there, and reasonable enough I was able to save up for it.

It was a fork-in-the-road moment. I needed to get to the next level in my writing, and the Master Novel program seemed like the way to do it. The Master Novel class is taught by Christine DeSmet, and I’d read rave reviews about it. The class is limited to six writers and their complete novels. I signed up for a week of intense novel examination with five other women and a writing teacher with many years of experience.

Little did any of us know that week would be the start of friendships that would continue for years.

After three years, we are still cheerleaders for each other, offering encouragement when we lose our drive, ideas and suggestions when we run into a road block, and just all-around camaraderie. We all started in the Midwest, and now we’re scattered from Michigan to California, yet we manage to keep in touch.

Treasure the connections you make with other writers. We’re a fickle, crazy, hermetic lot. I’ve met so many neat people in the past few years; the Internet is great for helping us get in touch with each other. To all the great writers I’ve met online–glad to have the chance to know you!

What a great challenge this has been! If you are tagged by a fellow writer for a challenge, just try it. It’ll be fun 🙂

I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Andrea Connolly, who shared wonderful images of the sea and sailing, along with great prose.

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive day
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!


Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, 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". 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. 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, two 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 “Five Days, Five Photos Challenge — Day Five

  1. Sounds like a great experience (wish there was something like that in my neck of the woods) and that you made amazing friendships. I joined a local writing group several months ago and it’s been great to bond and network with local writers again—something I haven’t been able to do for years for lack of groups in my area.

    And like you, I’ve met so many wonderful writers online. I love have those connections! 🙂

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    • It was a wonderful experience. I’m always amazed when I think about how rare it is that 6 complete (okay, two of the ladies knew each other from an earlier writing conference) strangers (7 including Chris) can meet and form a bond the way we have. Can’t wait to see everyone again in a few weeks! We have incredible creative energy when we get together.

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