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Wake-up call


I imagine everyone in the US has heard by now the first major storm of the season is marching across the country’s midsection. I think it’s Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that yes, it really is November, even though it’s been feeling like September and October.

It’s been sooo nice all fall. I’ve been going for walks at lunchtime all week. We’ve got a nice 2-mile walking path across the street from the building where I work. I’m not saying that I can’t walk once the snow flies. It’s just that I’m less motivated to do so when it’s cold. And good walking shoes/boots for the winter is a plus, but not a plus I have right now. I can’t find any I like (not that I’ve been looking very hard ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Anyway, I’m in the area of the state that won’t see a foot of snow from this storm – Yay!! It does remind me of my WIP, where a blizzard plays a significant role in the story, and in the relationship between the two main characters. (No, I’m not going to give you more hints. That would take all the fun out of it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So, after this storm, our daily highs in the 50s and 60s (F) are predicted to drop to highs just above freezing, complete with wind chills below freezing. Talk about a hard stop. The impending weather inspired me to buy a new winter hat and gloves. Yippee!

Why is this a biggish deal? My hubby is frugal. In the grand scheme of things, he won’t cut open the toothpaste tube to scrape the last vestiges of its contents, but he will pull it out of the garbage after I’ve squeezed every last bit from it (or so I think) because it has another 2 or 3 toothbrush coatings left in it. To his credit, though, he can fix almost anything, and we have never had car payments.

When I told him I was buying a new winter hat because mine has a hole in it and hell, I’ve had it for 30 years, he immediately offered to find me another one from the family hat collection (You know, the one that consists of hats that every family member wears and no one can remember where they came from. Kinda like the lost and found collection.).

Yeah–no. I figure I can buy one new hat (two if you count the one for my daughter) after 30 years, four of which were before we met. And a new pair of gloves that won’t unravel at the tips and costs a buck and a half at Walmart. And maybe a pair of mittens that I don’t have to wear buck-and-a-half gloves in for them to be warm enough.

Ha! Merry Thanksgiving to me! (I’ve got my Christmas gift all planned out, I’m just waiting for Black Friday ๐Ÿ˜€ )

It’s kinda like when you buy that new notebook and fancy pen or pencil. For writing, of course. There’s a sort of promise that comes with it, the anticipation of using the first fresh page. Maybe you sprang for that Moleskine journal and a fine-tipped gel pen, perfect for use during the drive to the in-laws for the holidays. Or you finally get an iPad. Or a new laptop/tablet/computer. Or that new writing software you’re trying out for NaNo. There’s an excitement, an eagerness to dig in and try it out.

It’s like a new story, the one that’s been mulling around in your head, when you finally get the chance to put it on paper. When the characters and the setting and the story line all come together and develop a life of their own. Or like a revision to a story already written, a revision you know will add that little extra facet and bring the whole thing together.

I’m at that excited point now, with my WIP revisions almost finished. Just a run through Grammarly, maybe another read-through, then it’s off to the agent and crossing fingers she’ll like what I’ve done.

Then Turkey Day.

For those NaNo-ers, you should be around 35k-40k words by the end of the weekend.

Have a great writing weekend!





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.

13 thoughts on “Wake-up call

  1. Glad to hear you’re not going to get any snow from the storm but sad to think winter is rearing it’s ugly head. We’re going to reach 64 degrees today and tomorrow, but then we’ll plummet into the 40s…a breath of your weather coming our way. Congrats on the new hat and gloves. That reminds me that I need to dig mine out before the weather turns nasty.

    And can you believe it’s almost turkey day? We’ll be putting up the Christmas tree soon!

    I still have another 10K to go on my book before the end of the month and plan a major writing marathon this weekend. Then I’ll be digging into revisions. Congrats on taking yet another step closer to sending your WIP off to the agent. Fingers crossed for you!

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    • Itโ€™s raining cats and dogs and guinea pigs here right now, so Iโ€™m hoping it stays liquid. Or as one of my coworkers suggested, maybe the rain will take all the moisture out of the air so thereโ€™s none left for snow. Weather people forecast the changeover to snow around noon. I hope itโ€™s later, like, after I get home from work later๐Ÿ˜€

      Oooh, good luck on your writing marathon, Mae! Iโ€™m crossing my fingers. I feel good about the revisions, so I hope sheโ€™ll like them. If not, Iโ€™ve got a nicely-revised version I can start querying in earnest๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Stay safe. I’m crossing my fingers no snow until after your work day ends (better yet, none at all). And you’re right…either way you come out on top with the revisions, but I’m pulling for the agent ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. You actually sound a little excited about the winter weather, Julie. I don’t believe your dread. And excited to have the mss just about tidied up and ready to go. Congrats on that! What a great story. By the way, we have a mystery hat basket too. Ignore Mr. Frugal and go out and get a new one! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Good luck with the agent. And hat shopping! At home we had a closet of miscellaneous slippers. I don’t know how they got there, but whenever you needed a pair, you just went to the slipper closet and found a pair that fit. At least it was handy. Or, in this case, footy!

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  4. Hope you have a most excellent holiday season. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Julie, I can feel you joy and excitement – so close to having it ready! As for your story snippet; that was just not enough, a slight hint and then you leave us floundering…I love the sound of your two mile walk and we too have had (until today) a calm sunny Autumn and I’ve managed to go on my walk most days too. Then today storm and biting rain. Oh well, nearly made it into December. Cosy lights, heating, rugs…soon time for my fingerless gloves whilst typing!

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    • LOL! We got just a half-inch of snow or so, with more predicted for later this week. Still, it’s a reminder that it’s November. And fingerless gloves sound like a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I might have to try some myself. My hands are always cold ๐Ÿ˜€

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