Facets of a Muse

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Merriam-Webster: Surreal: very strange or unusual : having the quality of a dream

Dictonary.com: having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

I can’t help staring out the window of my writing office at the autumn colors now in full force. Blazing pinks, bold reds, glowing oranges, and brilliant golds create a mosaic of natural beauty, a symphony for the eyes.

Surreal. Dream-like.


Aaaand, there it goes. I turn to find my Muse restocking the small fridge with New Glarus Brewery’s Spotted Cow. “No Moon Man?”

He looks at me like he’s bored. “Variety is good, love.” He finishes, closes the fridge, and makes his way around the recliners. “You’re doing great. Why aren’t you writing?” He points at the calendar on the wall. “Two weeks. You need to have your draft out to your betas before the end of the month.”

“I know.”

“Sooo, why are you staring out the window instead of writing? You only have a couple scenes left.”

“Is this even real?” It doesn’t feel real. It just doesn’t. “Am I going to wake up and this will all be some sort of practical joke dream?”

My Muse wraps an arm around my shoulders and we stare out the window together. My Night Fury conscience chases a leaf across our view. “You didn’t expect this.”

“No, I didn’t. Not even close.” It didn’t even seem entirely real until last night.

“Patience, love. These things take time, just like revisions. Which, by the way, you’re supposed to be working on.”

“I know, I know. I need to work through the hangar scene. It still doesn’t feel right.”

“It will. You’ll get it.” He heads to the wall-sized white board and starts a list complete with dates. “Does this help?”

One line stands out to me. One I can’t do anything about. “I wish I could compress that one into weeks instead of months.”

“It’s out of your control, love. You know that. Besides, there’s no obligation.”

“Yet.” Hoping. Crossing my fingers. “Is this going to bite me in the butt?” That’s my biggest worry, I suppose. I’ve got an opportunity, but the timing is not ideal. I’m not talking my schedule, but schedules outside my control.

“You’ve done what you are supposed to do. Now you wait. Get used to it. Get your revisions done.” He hands me a dark chocolate and sea salt caramel Ghirardelli square. “Here. Enjoy this, then back to work. You can have a beer later, after you revise the scenes.”

Persistence and patience. One is akin to stubbornness, which I have in spades (why spades? Why not diamonds or hearts or clubs?), the other … not so much. My dad used to chastise me whenever we went fishing because I could never leave my line out for more than five minutes. Usually less. I think I lost more worms by reeling and casting than fish ever stole.

For those of you prepping for NaNo this year, you should be halfway through your outline. Unless you’re a pantser. Then you’re probably lining up all the snacks and coffee or tea you’ll need to fuel your writing marathon. Get psyched up, y’all! It’s gonna be a good NaNo year.

Also, lots of blog tours and raffles and giveaways going on. Check out the Story Empire blog. There’s a scavenger hunt going on with their writers. Stop by their Paranormal Bar & Grille and have some fun!

And here’s another cat pic (because I know someone who LOVES cat pics πŸ˜€ )


Have a great weekend! Write well, write on!

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, four 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.

16 thoughts on “Surreal

  1. Aww, a cat pic! You know I am such a sucker for them πŸ™‚
    Many thanks for the Story Empire and Paranormal Bar & Grille mention. Goodies abound!

    I wish I were doing NaNo this year. I guess in some ways I’m sort of doing it now because I’ve got a major writing marathon going on in an effort to finish my book by deadline. It sounds like you are very close to meeting yours. I know you’ll pull it off. I think both of our muses will be thrilled when we wrap our WIPs up. I can already seen them pub crawling and congratulating themselves for doing their job, LOL

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    • OMG! Can you imagine what their celebratory pub crawl will be like? Wonder how many days it’ll take them to recover. πŸ˜‰

      Hope your writing marathon is going well! I’ve got a couple scenes left, then a couple days to “cool-off” before one more eyeball. Then off to the betas!

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  2. Keep going, Julie. After you’re done enjoying the surreal fall colors. You are getting so close. Finish up and then let it loose πŸ™‚ Good luck down the last stretch. πŸ™‚

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  3. You know someone who LOVES cat pictures? Really?! So do I! It’s me! Oh… wait! πŸ˜‰
    Your Night Fury chases a leaf… Awesomeness. Way to keep plugging along, and OMG, quit bragging about your muse handing you awesome chocolate. She’s got the cat, she’s got the chocolate… an endless revolving supply of beer. Sheesh.

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  4. On second thought, I’ll just send this post to my husband with the words HINT HINT in giant letters. Maybe I’ll even get a cat out of it! πŸ˜‰

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  5. It disturbs me a little that you haven’t responded to this.

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    • LOL! I’ve been spending the past hours trying to picture just what color muumuu would really set off your curls. πŸ˜€ Oh, and I”m sure you’ve got at least 2 or 3 beanie baby kittens in each cavernous pocket of said muumuu. And kitten slippers. And an infinite cup of coffee (with just enough Kahlua to cut the bitterness of the coffee). πŸ˜€ Have a great weekend!


  6. Ahh…I love the cat photo and it sure seems to have the right idea on this coldish Autumn Sunday! You can do this, Julie, with your ever helpful muse at your side, the odd blogging break, the very important drifting in thoughts and admiring the view stage intermingled with work. As always I am so impressed by everyone taking part in NaNo. I expect the blogging community to become quiet next month.

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    • LOL! In a way I’ll miss doing NaNo, but I don’t think I can dedicate the time this year. We’ve been spoiled so far this fall. It’s been in the upper 60s/low 70s (Fahrenheit) the past couple days. The raspberries are going nuts. I’ve almost got enough frozen for a batch of jelly πŸ™‚ I did, however, clean out the garden today. Done until next year!

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