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Can you believe we’re halfway through summer already? No, not the actual astronomical summer (you know, like the solstices and equinoxes), the school’s out summer.

We’re halfway through July. O. M. G.

I feel like I missed a big chunk of it so far. Wait, I did. Two weeks’ worth after my surgery. Not to mention all the other busy stuff.


Finally got the weeding finished (and of course I need to start over, but I’m tired). Started picking zucchini and green beans. Mmm! Fresh green beans from the garden trump frozen every time. Canned beans don’t even come close. And it’s early enough in the season that zucchini actually sounds good. (Yep, just wait a couple weeks 😮 )

I’d post pics, but I haven’t taken any since I beat the weeds back. I’ll try to post some next week. The corn is tassling, so we should have some in a week or so. Raspberries are ripening, but it seems like they do an every-other-year thing. Last year we had a bumper crop. This year, not so much. I’m not picking wild black raspberries this season, either. I made a couple batches of jelly with what I had frozen from last year, so we should be good for a bit. Besides, I really don’t want to be lunch for mosquitoes.

Made it two-thirds of the way through revising my WIP, and I should be able to finish this weekend. Whew! I’m behind, and the two weeks I was out of commission didn’t help. Now that I’ve caught up on weeding for a minute, I’m focusing on finishing.

The best thing coming up? Nope, not my sister’s visit next week, though I am looking forward to it. Nope, not the pool party family gathering the weekend after.


My writing sisters reunion retreat! Three weeks. *happy dance* Not only do I get to spend a few days with some crazy creative writers and good friends, but I get to focus on writing. All weekend. This year we’re having a plotting weekend. So. Much. Fun. There’s nothing quite like getting a bunch of writers together and helping each other with plotting new stories. We throw so many wild ideas out there, the brainstorming wall needs cleaning a couple times a day.

I’ve made some writer friends in the blog-o-sphere, and I was thinking about what it would be like to spend a day with them talking about plots, writing, and all the fun stuff that goes with those creative processes. Man, I think it’d be a hoot! We’re scattered across the country, many countries, but wouldn’t that be cool?

My point is, if you can gather with a couple writer friends for a weekend, just a girls/guys weekend where you do nothing but talk writing, do it. If you know a writer who lives fairly close, meet at a halfway point. There’s an energy that surrounds us creative folks that just seems to multiply when we get together.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wait. Almost forgot. I suppose you wanted an update on the orphans, right? Well, we found a new home for the pair. I put an ad in the local paper, and we got one call from a gentleman who wanted them both. He just got a kitten about the same age as the orphans, and wanted a buddy for him.

We dropped the kittens off last weekend. Now, before you worry about the sort of home our little foundlings are in now, let me tell you, we have no worries. The gentleman, in his late 70s or in his 80s, has a menagerie. Seriously. We drove up and saw a well-kept yard. Behind the house, a number of fenced areas housed chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, peacocks, and at least one donkey.

This gentleman took the kittens from their box and cradled them in his arms before handing them off to a couple friends rocking on the porch, one petting the other kitten. An old collie kept an eye on everything.

Yep, I think they’ll like their new home.

Okay, you want a couple final doses of cuteness? Here you go.



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.

14 thoughts on “Anticipation

  1. Congrats on finding a home for the orphans no-longer, and a happy one from the sounds of it. Actually, lots of good news on your front with the garden and progress on the WIP. Yay. I love getting together with other writers too – the energy is outrageous. We get all nerdy about plots and characters and verbs! Have fun 😀

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    • LOL! Verbs! Love it! Nerdy–love it! Now I can picture you with horn-rimmed glasses, white tape on the bridge, and a snorting laugh 😀 Yep, I can see the end of a tunnel, but not the last tunnel on the trip. I’ll go one more round with the WIP, and a beta reader lined up for this run who’s anxious to read it. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Yeah, a happy safe home for the orphans! Thank you for letting us know..l was trying to work out how to fly across and smuggle them back into the country! 😀😀 lovely to read about your garden, yummy fresh beans, everything from the garden tastes delicious. I actually had to throw away some shop bought carrots the other day as they were so horrid and just like eating cardboard! Well done on your WIP and so excited about your meet up with writing sisters – sounds fantastic! Do you get much writing done?? Have a wonderful time, Julie!

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    • LOL! I was trying to work out how to ship them to you! We’re glad the orphans are safe, too. When I saw the animals this gentleman had, and the neatness of yard, and how he lit up when he saw the kittens, I knew they’d be okay.

      Ugh. I hate throwing out veggies, but you’re right, sometimes they just don’t taste good, so either toss them or let them rot and then toss them. We got more rain last night, so I’ll have to wait to check the beans again. And weed (aw, shucks!). I’ll try to take some pics this week.

      I do get some writing done. I finished my revision round, and I’ve got some more feedback from a critique partner, so I’m going to work the first few pages over before I send it to my beta reader and my writing sisters. I’ve got to get it off to the agents, preferably before the reunion.

      Have a great weekend, Annika!

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  3. I know. I am not keen on the speed of summer passing either. Your writing retreat sounds awesome. And I am NOT NOT pleased that you’ve found a new home for the kittens. I mean, sure, it sounds like a place *I* would want to live, but this means no more kitten photos for me! And two, what happens when/if that old guy kicks the bucket? Who will look after the kittens then? Quick. Go get them back. It’s not too late!

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  4. Wow, so much good stuff going on in that post from the garden to the amazing progress on your WIP and your upcoming writer’s retreat. A whole weekend writing and plotting sounds fantastic. And then the orphans. It sounds like you found a wonderful home for them. They are going to have so much fun exploring with all thiose playmates. Good job!

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    • Thanks, Mae! And wouldn’t you know it, I finish the revision on my WIP, get feedback from my CP, and have to start all over again. Sigh. Such is the life of a writer! I will get it done before the reunion. I think–er, I know I can, I know I can, I know I can *train whistle*

      Have a great week! BTW, loving A Thousand Yesteryears 🙂

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  5. Oh no, on starting over, but you’ve got the right attitude for sure. Your muse will have you whopping that WIP in shape in no time. And I’m so excited to hear how much your enjoying Yesteryears. I can’t wait for you to meet Mr E in book 2 LOL

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  6. What a pair of little darlings… for now Lol 😀

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