Facets of a Muse

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High Five and Fireworks


I finish erasing lists on the white board in my writing office, leaving a single publisher. Nope. I erase it, then rewrite it bigger, with fancy 3D letters and everything. Maybe some colors. Oh, and fireworks arcs and explosions. Hmm, my board’s not quite big enough.

The door to my office whooshes open, but before I can turn, two strong hands grab my shoulders, spin me around, and my Muse gives me a bear hug that leaves me breathless, as in “Let go, too tight. Can’t breathe.”

He gives me one last squeeze and steps back. He’s wearing my favorite (on him πŸ˜‰ ) burgundy henley shirt, sleeves pushed up his forearms, and his so-well-worn jeans. “I knew you could do it, love.”

“The work’s just beginning. I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ll have to do. Hoo boy.” I turn back to the board. “How was the pub crawl? You’ve been pretty scarce. Hangover much?”

He settles an arm around my shoulders. “No hangover, but a few of the others had a rough night. Figured I’d make sure they all found their ways back to their writers.”

“For a whole day?” Something sounds suspicious. “You sure you didn’t spend some extra time with one of the gals? Moka? Latte?”

He gives me the stink-eye. “That whole pub crawl turned into something like a roaming street party. I have no idea how many muses showed up. Enough so that it was dawn before they even headed home. It was great.”

O-kay. Not my idea of fun–too many people, er, muses in one place.

“You might want to post what happened today, love.” He hands me a bottle of Moon Man. “Then we can get to work.”

He’s right. So, here’s my news:

I’ve signed a two-book deal:


Woo-hoo! High fives all around! Happy dance! graphics-snoopy-360370

There will be a lot of work in the coming months. Right now, the estimated release for my first book is 2019. I’ll be trying to do all those things authors are supposed to do over the next months. Yikes!

It’s still sinking in. Whew! The journey’s not over, but it’s getting even more interesting. πŸ˜€

Have a great weekend everyone! Hope your muses made it home πŸ˜€

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.

31 thoughts on “High Five and Fireworks

  1. Congratulations! that’s really great news.

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  2. Yay! How wonderful, Julie. You did it! And two books! High Fives and Hoorays. Enjoy the glow!!! ❀ πŸ˜€

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  3. Wow Julie, fantastic news! Congratulations and put on some music and dance. 🌈🍾πŸ₯πŸ˜Š

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  4. WOOHOO!!! I doing my own Snoopy dance at this end. I knew you could do it…and a two-book contract to boot. WAY TO GO!!!!

    I’m uber-excited for you. Giddy! πŸ™‚
    All your hard work has paid off.

    I can’t wait to hear more news as you move ahead with the release. For now—CELEBRATE!!!!
    I’m toasting you with virtual champagne. Cheers, Julie!

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    • Thanks, Mae! I’ll need to pick up some nice real champagne for celebrating πŸ˜€

      So glad I can share this with you and all the others. I’ll keep posting about my journey as I go through it. I think a lot of writers are curious about the process.

      It’s still surreal, but sinking in. And then realizing just how much work I’ll have to do …Hoo-boy. Yikes! Scary and exciting all at the same time πŸ˜€

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  5. Yippee!! πŸΎπŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Julie, I’m so happy for you and will join you and snoopy in a dancing with joy!! This is fabululous news and all your hard work at finding a publisher has paid off and with a two-book deal to boot. Congratulations and definitely a time to celebrate!! Hugs β€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  6. YESSSSSS!!!! Go Julie!!! I’m so excited for you! TWO BOOK DEAL! You’re amazing!!! I can’t wait to buy your books!!

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  7. Ooh! This is so exciting! Congratulations! πŸ™‚


  8. Yay!!!! Congratulations to you! Can’t wait to read your books πŸ˜„πŸŒΉ


  9. Nice one, Julie!


  10. Congratulations Julie. I’m very, very happy for your accomplishment. Good luck with your book.

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  11. YEAHHHHHHH!!!!! It happened! It finally happened! Muchas congratulations, Julie! Very happy and excited for you. Phew! Was getting a little tense there for a while. Maybe not for you, but for me! I couldn’t take it much longer! πŸ™‚

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  12. Heartiest of congratulations! Snoopy’s excitement has nothing on how I feel.

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