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The Write Stuff?


I’m going to do it. I am. I am going to do a self-imposed NaNoWriMo this month.

Yep. Gonna. Not book 2, though. I think I need to let that sit for a bit (as if I’ve touched it much in the past month). I’m going to rewrite my other WIP. And I’m going to get the draft finished before the Writers’ Institute.

You heard me.

“Yes, I heard you, love.”

Gulp. My Muse is standing in front of my writing desk, strong arms crossed on his broad chest. He’s wearing a medium blue sweatshirt proclaiming “Bold North”, the Minnesota theme for Super Bowl 52.

I suppose they wanted to head off the inevitable “Cold North”. Secretly, I’m glad we’re colder than average this week. We should be somewhere in the vicinity of 20 F. We’ve had high temps this week in the single digits. And now:


Just proves we really are cold in the winter (not that anyone doubted it). Heh. Yes, we live where the air can hurt your face. And we still spend time outside (as evidenced by the St Paul Winter Carnival going on besides all the activitiesย and outdoor concerts for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis).

Back to the “Bold North” sweatshirt. “So, er, did you enjoy the ‘Super Bowl Experience’?” I, on the other hand, was catching up with a bunch of paperwork, including FSA and tax stuff. Ugh.

He looks at his shirt. “Meh. Best part was listening to all those people from warmer climates ‘enjoying’ the weather here.”

“You, ah, do any pub crawls?” Here’s hoping he doesn’t catch on to the fact I’m trying to distract him.

“Actually, yes. Mr. E and I found a new bar. It’s got atmosphere, and no karaoke. I hate karaoke. So, love, when are you planning to start this NaNo February? Which, according to the calendar, you should have started last night.”

“You were apparently at a new bar last night, so I took the opportunity to catch up on some paperwork. Atmosphere, huh? What else did that bar have? Did you guys get in a few rounds of pool? Darts? No bar fights?”

“We never get into bar fights.” He frowns, those piercing blue eyes of his narrowed. “Stop trying to distract me, love. I already told Mr. E no pub crawls for a few weeks. Should be enough time for you to do your ‘NaNo’. Then we’re gong to dig back into Book 2.”

“I haven’t heard back from my editor yet. I’ll have to work on that manuscript first.”

“Of course.” He plants hands on my desk and leans over me. “But until then, you will work on that WIP.”

“Hey, I’ve got some stuff to do for the Writers’ Institute in April, and I’ve got some interview questions I need to answer and send back by next week.”


“Legit.” I pull out the sheet of questions from a marketing person at UW-Madison. “See.”

He doesn’t look. “Uh-huh. Don’t think I’m going to go off on any more pub crawls and leave you unsupervised until you hit 50k words on your WIP.”

“Good.” I think. Yep, pretty sure it’s good.

“And no Super Bowl. The Vikings aren’t playing anyway.”

“I’m okay with that.”

He straightens, makes a beeline for one of the recliners in a corner of my writing office, and settles in. “I’ll be watching you.”

Sheesh. At least there’s no bullwhip in sight. indianna-jones-hat-whip

“Looking for this?” My Muse holds up a leather coil.



I’ll be writing this weekend. Will you?


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.

22 thoughts on “The Write Stuff?

  1. I give you a lot of credit for doing this. I hope you’ll keep us posted on your progress.

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  2. oooh, the muse is getting harsh. mine is lazing around somewhere outside.

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  3. That muse of yours is relentless, Julie. I think mine is lost in a snow drift. I’ve been doing more editing lately than new writing and I cannot imagine committing to the NaNoWriMo. At least you picked a short month. And don’t let the muse talk you out of watching the Super Bowl. It is going to be a hot time and you need to warm up from those cold temps. It was 9 below zero in Maine the morning. More brutal than the bull whip!

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    • Ooo, nine below in Maine? You guys don’t usually get that cold. We’ve hit that a few times in the past month. It’s not bad as long as it isn’t too windy. And I wrote my book that’ll be out next year during a self-imposed NaNo in February, so I’ve got high hopes ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Get rid of that comfy recliner in the corner. That might help. Or make it soooo comfy that he falls asleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Good for you, Julie. Those self-imposed NaNo’s can really work. No reason to only do one once a year! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry to hear about the cold weather. Northern Oregon has mild winters. We’re in the 50’s and should hit the 60’s soon. If only we had more sunshine! The muse has his eye on you, so better get writing!

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    • Yes, they really do! Now to get my butt in the chair ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so lucky–winters in the 50s. There is something to be said about sun, though. We’ve had some lovely sunny days, with single-digit highs, but the sunshine is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend, Diana!

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  6. I’ve had to have a serious chat with Mr. E too, especially after the guys got distracted with Staci’s bar. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No self-imposed NaNo for me, but I’ve got to catch up on the WIP. I am so far behind word count it will be panic attack time soon.

    Maybe I’ll get inspired by all the success you’re sure to have. I know you’ve got this. And considering those ungodly temperatures, there isn’t a better time to stay indoors and write!

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    • LOL! Today’s high: all of 4 degrees above zero, not counting the wind chill. So staying indoors to write! I think I’ve got the plotline down; I’ve got 2 timelines since the crime happened back during WWII and the main story takes place “now-ish”, so hopefully I can get on a roll.

      Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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  7. Julie, I hope you had a good time writing of the weekend and didnโ€™t have too many distractions! You sound organised and at least youโ€™re keeping warm and cosy indoors – venturing outdoors is an artic feat from those temperatures. Iโ€™m editing/writing, blogging and working with a friend who is translating my book into German (which I read fluently) – interesting discusssing all the English idioms etc! Have a great month on your self-imposed writing marathon! Xx

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    • I got some writing done this weekend. And yes, venturing outdoors is not on my to-do list, although I did walk down the 1/4 mile driveway to get the mail (and yes, I bundled up. MN born and raised–we know how to dress for cold ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Oh boy, translating into German? That must be an adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great writing week!

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  8. Wow, I am very impressed – with you and your muse! My writing challenge is to translate my German historical novel into English. Very challenging.

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