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I got nuthin’


Yep. Sittin’ here, staring at my screen, tapping, tapping on my desktop–er, okay, desktop doesn’t rhyme with “chamber door.” I swear if a raven shows up …

Hey, it’s October, gotta have some Poe around.

So, I need to write a blog post, but I can’t think of anything interesting to write about. Next week will be easier; I’m going to see John Sandford at a signing for his new book, “Deep Freeze”, at an independent bookstore that is locally famous for supporting MN mystery writers. More on that next week.

But this week, I’ve got nuthin’. I could bring my Muse in–that’s always entertaining. Mostly. Except I’ve been lacking a bit on the writing front. Okay, okay, lacking a lot. I’m doing another read-through of my manuscript before I turn it in to my editor, so that should count, right? (Not the final version, because my editor will request revisions, I’m sure.)

I could talk about my poor, frost-killed garden. Everything except the kale, Brussels sprouts, and the peppers (which I made a half-hearted attempt to cover against the frost) is dead. Woo-hoo! Except for the fact I have to clean the garden up now. Oh, and the raspberries are doing okay. I’m picking enough berries every three days or so to put on my bowl of cereal in the morning. Pretty sure I won’t have enough to make any jelly this year. They seem to have a heavy crop every other year or so.

NaNo is coming up. Who’s in? Since my September self-imposed NaNo went bust, I think I’m going to utilize the NaNoWriMo energy coming up in November to redraft (read: rewrite from scratch) my WIP. Or another project I was going to work on this spring.

Then again, I’ve got some serious revisions to do on my other manuscript. It’s kind of weird, really. I spent years writing and revising my other manuscript, won a contest with it, and after not reading it for months, maybe even a year, I read it and cringed at the things that need to be fixed.

My agent found the same issues (and many more–I still haven’t gone through all her notes). Thing is, I’m not sure if I want to tackle those now or wait until I’ve got my second contracted manuscript put together. And maybe my small-town mystery.


“Why is it when I leave you alone you get nothing done, love?” My Muse shuts the door to my writing office, bringing a scent of fried food and beer in with him, along with a suspicious stain on the front of his Green Bay Packers jersey.

Packers? Traitor.

“Gee, I don’t know. You’re my Muse. I’m a writer. Something tells me I should be able to write more when my Muse is close by rather than cheering for the Packers. Seriously? The Packers don’t play until Sunday. And the Vikings will win.” I hope. Wait. “So, where did you get that stain and why are you wearing a Packer jersey when the game isn’t until Sunday?”

“Doesn’t matter, love. You done with that blog post yet? You’ve got some work to do for your WIP if you plan on rewriting it during NaNo.”

Boy, it sure was nice and quiet before he showed up.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Keep on writing!

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.

19 thoughts on “I got nuthin’

  1. Julie, behind that ‘nuthin” lies quite a lot of work! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ Two read throughs are something and very important too…and yes, I’m sure your publishers will always want some changes! Actual writing is just part of the massive process of publishing. Frost?! Already? The raspberries sound yummy…here an unseasonal 20 degrees centrigrade – not that I’m complaining. Happy Writing and a very happy weekend to you! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

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    • Thanks, Annika! Yep, the raspberries always seem to have a better go-round in fall than they do in early summer. As long as we don’t get a hard frost (or freeze, where the temp gets 4 or 5 degrees below freezing), the raspberries will keep going. As long as the bees are still working. Last year I got so many I made a couple batches of jelly, and my daughter informed me we still had berries in the freezer!

      I’ve got to start doing some actual writing; I’ve been slacking way too much. Part of that is struggling with plotlines, I know. but I think I have a lot of the wrinkles smoothed out. I need to free-write the rest of the outline, I think. Then, NaNo. Provided I’m not working against deadlines for my manuscript ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. Julie,
    Some days just feel like that and like you we don’t realise what we have achieved.
    Tell that muse of yours to take the rest of the day off whilst you go for a long, lovely walk.
    Followed by reading a good book in a comfy place and have your favourite drink by your side.

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    • I love the way you think, Miriam! Yes, a good long walk always helps me focus my creative energies. And I do have to get some reading done; I’m reading my first John Sandford book, since I’ll be seeing him at a signing next week.

      Have a great weekend!

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  3. I’m glad the Brussel sprouts survived. They’re my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚
    I need to start on the 2nd book of a series and was contemplating doing NaNo in November but I don’t have enough notes, so I don’t think it’s going to happen. It sounds like you have a lot of book projects in the works and plenty to choose from. Whatever you end up with, I’m sure it will be a winner!

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    • High five for Brussels sprouts!
      Yep, lots of book projects. Now all I need is a nice writing cabin where I can focus on writing ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been dragging my heels a bit lately. I’ve used NaNo in the past to get my butt in gear, so might as well utilitze it again. And work on getting my son’s room set up as a writing nook ๐Ÿ˜€

      Have a great rest of your weekend, Mae!

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  4. I had a self-imposed NaNo a couple of years ago in October that went bust much the same way. I have so many projects to work on– I think the new euphemism is multi-passionate. Hopefully I can stick to one for a month in November and get it done. Also, those Muses– they sure have their own minds! However, I think mulling is much underrated. Bring on the brussel sprouts, yummo!

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  5. My husband’s b-day was yesterday. One of his friends said that in his honor, he ordered a Vikings win over the Packers. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good luck cleaning up the frost-bitten garden.

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    • Tell your hubby’s friend the order went through–against the Packers, no less. Of course, Aaron Rodgers got injured early in the game (wait, that had absolutely nothing to do with it (large dose of sarcasm) ๐Ÿ˜€ )

      And I haven’t forgotten Chaps 5 & 6. I’m working on them ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a busy week this week, but I’ll try to get back to you by the weekend.

      Have a great week!

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  6. Oh, Julie. You’ll get it back. Maybe it’s like post-partum after finding a publisher. You just need to collapse and take a vacation. I’ve been doing a semi-NaNo since the mercenary muse kicked my butt. I’m signing up for the official run in November, but I’ll be playing along. Hope to see you turn into a writing machine!

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    • Thanks, Diana! LOL on a vacation! Iโ€™ve been on a writing โ€œvacationโ€ for the past month, or is it procrastination? Had a conference call last night with my publisher, editor, and agent, a sort of โ€œhand-offโ€ call. My manuscript is due in a couple weeks, so with the deadline coming up, I think Iโ€™m getting back into, well, editing anyway. Still planning to take advantage of NaNo, though. I find the determination to write 2k every day helps kick me out of the slump. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. I love your post about nuthinโ€™, Julie. I feel like Iโ€™ve sat down and had coffee with you. Whatโ€™s up with the kale? Indestructible? What do you think happens when you eat it? Is it still there years later? Maybe that is the best thing about having a colonoscopy. It cleans out the kale. Anyway, it sounds like you have a lot to do with your book and your muse is keeping you on track. Even though he is somewhat of a slob. Which I can totally relate to. Good luck!

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    • LOL! Thank you! I’m up for coffee ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL about kale–it’s in the cabbage family, so yep, it’s pretty tough when it comes to colder weather. It even stands up to light snow. Unfortunately, the cabbage worms take that relationship to heart and munch on the kale as happily as they do the Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Boo on them!

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  8. I often stare at my screen with no clue of what to write when it comes to my blog. Youโ€™re not alone. I love the idea of using NaNo to revise a manuscript, I might join you.

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