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Random Ramblings–SKOL Vikings!


We’re getting so close. Soooo close. And I’m sure everyone across the country (well, except for Philly (Eagles are going down!), Jacksonville (Jaguars), and New England (Patriots) is wondering what the fuss is about.

I never really get this excited about football, mostly because the Vikes usually choke by now. And they almost did so again last week (which I totally expected them to do because, well, that’s what they do) except for that unbelieveable, much-overplayed last catch and run to the end zone, now heralded as the Minnesota Miracle.


You have to realize it’s been over 40 years since the Vikes have won the privilege of being in the Super Bowl. It’s been almost 10 years since they got this far in the playoffs. (For those who aren’t familiar with American football, we have two divisions: the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference). Whoever wins the title of each conference gets to play in the Super Bowl. This weekend is the conference championship.)

And the Vikes, despite three four appearances in the Super Bowl (all over 40 years ago), have never won it.

So, yeah, pretty wild around here.

Which is exacerbated by all the “SKOL Vikings” fuss. The SKOL thing wasn’t really much of a thing until we moved into our new stadium. One of our news stations did a nice story on it:

I don’t do any “watching the game at the sports bar” stuff. Hubs and I watch the game from the comfort of our own home (and with the benefit of a DVR, fast-forward through all the boring parts (like commercials) and spend a grand total of, like, an hour or a little more watching a 3- to 4-hour game). Of course, that means we don’t start watching until the game is at least half over. Still, beats sitting through commercials and commentary.

Since my Muse seems to be scarce these days, I’m spending my pre-game time working on my presentation for the Writers’ Institute in April. What was I thinking? I’ve given presentations at work for work stuff, but this is different. I’m trying to figure out what format (no, not just talking about Powerpoint versus Keynote versus Prezi) to do this in. I’ve got notecards with talking points. It’s more a matter of how to go through the material without boring eager writers to death.

And no, stand-up comedy is not on the agenda 😉

At least I’ve got one of my writing sisters with me on this. We’re co-presenting, so once I have something cobbled together, I’ll see if she’s got any suggestions. It’ll all work out.

It’s something I can work on that isn’t really affected by me being stuck in the mud on my WIP. That’s a whole ‘nother subject. It’s supposed to be nice out again today–above freezing–so I’m planning a long walk to get my head clear and the creative energy fired up.

Have a great weekend! Happy Writing!



Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for 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, seven 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.

20 thoughts on “Random Ramblings–SKOL Vikings!

  1. So Julie, you are having Super Bowl now. Big thing over there as I understand it.
    Well, I will have to say, may the Vikings win……..
    SKÅL. or as it is written on the T-shirts and such Skol. SkÃ¥l menas ‘ Cheers’ really. You lift your glass for a toast and say skÃ¥l.
    Skol now menas. = School. 😊

    Either way…cheers to the Vikings 🎶


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    • School? Hmm. Sounds logical. When I searched for the meaning of Skol, I did find the “Cheers” definition. Like “Prost” in German. I thought the news station did a good job researching why we use it now as a chant.

      Tomorrow is the last playoff game before the Super Bowl. I suppose it’s kinda like the World Cup of American football. Crossing my finger the Vikes don’t choke. It’d be great to see them in the Super Bowl, which will be played here in MN this year. Lots of stuff going on for that.

      Have a great weekend, Miriam!


  2. Wishing you better luck than we had. Steelers flamed out in our playoff game.

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  3. Watched the video. Interesting. I wonder if my husband knows this. I’ll be sharing it with him for sure. Now I’m nervous for the next game. So much pressure to follow that miracle win.

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    • I know, right? I’m crossing my fingers that they won’t choke in this game. They almost choked last week, except for that awesome last-10-seconds-of-the-game play. Here’s hoping they keep it together until the end.

      SKOL Vikings!


  4. Julie, is that the same as the Institute for Writers in CT? I read about that online. Impressive. In the late 60s I took a writers course from a company in Westport (I think) CT. Got feedback from one instructor by mail. It was worth it. Not a football fan, but Go Vickings!
    Happy weekend! 📚 Christine

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    • Nope, not the one in CT. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Education department runs the one I go to. The WI is incredible. This year all my writing sisters will be there; we’re doing an author panel. It’s close, affordable, and very good. So many writers, so much great energy. I’ll be posting more about it in the coming months.

      Have a great weekend, Christine!

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  5. Not that I want to highlight this point…but the Vikings have been to, and lost, FOUR Superbowls. (4, 8,9,11) 😦 But like they say, 5th times the charm.


  6. I never watch football, but the hubby made me watch the replay after he shouted, “Wow, you gotta see this.” Congrats to the MN fans. It’s pretty exciting. And good luck with the presentation. It sounds like you’re not too nervous. I’m certain you’ll do fine. Most of all, have fun.
    GO Vikings. 🙂

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    • That was an unbelievable play, wasn’t it? And how fortunate that the closest Saints player missed the tackle! The game is later than usual tomorrow (5:40p CST), so there’s a whole day to wonder how the Vikes will do. The presentation is coming along; I’m not really nervous speaking in front of people (yeah, I say that now… 😉 ). I just hope the information is helpful to other writers.

      Have a great weekend, Diana!

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  7. Yeah, Go Vikings!! 😀 How can I not be cheering along with you … it must be electric to watch it!! Who knows, they might even win, but great to get this far! Good luck with your presentation preparation. What is the exact topic? How long does it need to be? Great that one your writing sisters will be co-presenting. A writing friend of mine had a story writing workshop for children over the weekend and she suggested we run one for adults. Of course, I immediately said what a great idea and we could do this together…and of course the next moment I’m panicking! Could be fun … reckon I’ll come to you and a few others here for tips! Light snow out here, I love a reminder of actual winter instead of usual grey, rain, raw damp! Hope you got a good long walk in! 😀

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    • We’ll be watching the game later–oh, I’m so hoping they don’t flounder! I’m getting through my presentation. We’ve got an hour, but need to leave about 15 minutes for questions, so we’ve got 45 minutes to fill. We’ll be talking about writing mysteries. I’ll do a few posts about the process I took. So glad you’re going to do one as well!

      We’re forecasted to get inches of snow tonight into tomorrow here, so I’m thinking I’ll probablly work from home tomorrow–better than being on the road with dozens of other drivers. Part of me looks forward to snow, but I went for a walk today in the spring-like temperatures (a little above freezing) and thought how nice it would be if we didn’t get cold anymore and jumped into spring 🙂

      Have a great weekend!

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  8. It hasn’t been our year of football being a Raider fan, but I wish your team luck. I will be rooting for them. I would LOVE to see someone new win the Superbowl. Good luck with your presentation!

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    • Thanks, Denise! Crossing my fingers that the Vikes won’t muck things up. Bummer about the Raiders; maybe next year 🙂 I just hope people like the presentation. I’m almost at a point where I can send it to my writing sister to get her feedback. It should be fun, anyway!

      Have a great rest of your weekend!

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      • Sorry about the Vikings…now all I can hope is New England doesn’t win again. Its awesome your sister can help you with that. Always nice to get feedback. Thanks, have a great rest of week!

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  9. I was buried in writing yesterday and made good progress so I missed the games. Hubby kept calling out stats to me. So um, I know your Vikings didn’t make the cut in the end, but come on–they were playing against the Eagles. I had to cheer for them!

    Believe it or not, I’ve been a Patriot’s fan since the mid-90,s but the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl. I'[m going to be cheering for my home team this time.

    I’ve got an April presentation to do too. I just found out my local library is having their book festival on the 28th, so I signed up. Now I’ve got to get busy on swag and a short 15-min presentation. April will be here before we know it!

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    • Yep, well, you didn’t miss much. I figured the Vikes would flame out–it’s their modus operandi. And the Vikes have never won a Super Bowl either. They were favored to win. Don’t know what happened–their league-leading defense was pathetic. Oh, well. Maybe next year. I’m all for rooting for the Eagles; the Patriots have won their share of Super Bowls, they could stand to lose one 😀

      Finished the first draft of my presentation, and sent the outline off to my writing sister. we need to fill 45 minutes (leaving 15 min for questions), so I think it’ll be fine. And you’re right, it won’t be long!

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