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Na-No-Not impressed #nanowrimo2018


I’m not even going to tell you how far behind I am. Let’s see. If I could do one week’s worth of writing over the weekend, I might catch up to where I’m supposed to be.

Grumpy is not impressed.

grumpy1And he keeps waiting for my Muse to come back so he can complain. About me. Which is probably why my Muse hasn’t come back from his pub crawl yet. Not to mention Mr. E had, like, an extended weekend off since his writer got sick.

Now, in my defense, I have been writing every day. This week has been a treasure trove of “stuff going on”, like a Sisters in Crime chapter meeting, and an author event (no, not me, but I’m doing a panel with the author in January and I had never met her). Aaand (Grumpy, stop with the evil eye *sticks out tongue*) I have a keyboard I can use with my iPad plus I bought the Scrivener app so I can keep writing while I’m passing the time until the events start. I got over 1200 words in during an hour and a half at the library!

“It ain’t enough.” Grumpy hrrumphs.

“Shut. Up.” Gawd. Maybe I can sell this grump-ass dragon to some unsuspecting …

“Hey,” he growls. “I ain’t for sale. Hell, I wouldn’t even be here if that damned Aussie muse of yours hadn’t pulled a full house in the last hand. This is worse than losing that Corellian freighter to that shady Lando.”

“Wait. You lost the Milleni…”

Grumpy holds up a hand. “That’s enough. Don’t want to get in trouble from those guys. They probably got lawyers on retainer in case I tell the rest of the story.”

Ooooh. “Which is what, exactly?”

“None of yer damned business. You gonna write or what? You ain’t gonna make up ten thousand words writing a blog post. You got two days to do it.”

“You know, my son and his girlfriend stopped in to visit last weekend, and my daughter wasn’t supposed to come home this weekend. And I had a migraine last weekend. That’s when I fell behind.” Damn head. Three episodes of Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting was about all I could muster. I couldn’t even do any reading.

“Excuses. I wanna see words. Five thousand each day. And next week you got what, a four-day weekend?”

“You can’t count Thanksgiving. Or Black Friday. That’s when I do all my Christmas shopping.” From the comfort of my own home, because going out in crowds is for the crazy people who think it’s fun.

Pale green smoke curls from his nostrils. “How the flaming hell has that Aussie muse put up with you for how long did he say? Thirty years?”

Er, yeah, I guess it has been that long. “Hey, I’ve ‘won’ every NaNo for the past thirteen years. Well, except the very first one. And the one I did after I did my own in February earlier in the year.” Was that two years ago? Last year?

“So what the hell is your problem now? And don’t give me any shit about working full time. Or migraines. Or kids coming home from college.”

Gawd, I can’t wait until my Muse comes back.

“You and me both. Now, finish that post and get your ass going on your WIP. Or whatever the hell you’re writing. Maybe you should write something different for a while. Yeah. Like a story about a dragon that loses a damn poker game and gets stuck babysitting a fracking pain-in-the-ass writer.”

“Hey, be nice. I’m bigger than you.”

Grumpy snorts. Tiny green flames illuminate his nostrils. “Fire trumps size, girly.” He extends wings I swear I’ve never seen before now. “And dragon magic. Don’t mess with dragon magic.”


Okay, I’d better sign off before he gets his undies–er, scales in a bunch (hey, 670 words! Woo-hoo!). We’ve got winter arriving–well, more winter arriving–tonight. To all my writing friends out East dealing with the Nor’easter–stay warm, stay safe.

Write on! (and add a furry lap blanket 😀 )




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.

27 thoughts on “Na-No-Not impressed #nanowrimo2018

  1. It’s important to have a Grumpy and a muse to help you focus. But it’s also important not to beat yourself up too much (or let them do it) when things don’t go as planned. Life happens as it needs to happen. Take a breath, start it up, put your head down and write, but without guilt, if that makes sense.

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    • Thanks, Margot! It’s been nice and quiet around, for the most part, but of course the other life stuff gets shifted to the front of the line when it’s their turn. This past week has been unusually busy, so I’m hoping to focus this weekend (despite my daughter being here–besides, she has homework she needs to do) and “git ‘er done”.

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh, Julie, I’m totally buying all your excuses, I mean, challenges, that have gotten in the way of your word count. That dragon is ruthless! Now that I think about it, maybe I need to borrow him for a short stint, just to overcome some inertia I may be experiencing right now. I retired 2 weeks ago and though I have done some writing, I’ve also indulged in some time wasting activities, like going to the movies in the middle of the day, reading a book, and watching HGTV. I admit it. I’m conflicted about my goals now that I’ve stopped being someone’s employee. Can you send the dragon to Maine to give me a pep talk? Oh yes, and yesterday was my first ‘storm day’ since retirement. I loved it!

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    • Um, be careful what you wish for (just sayin’ 🙂 ). Sometimes when the routine of going to work is over, you just have to indulge a bit. Kinda like college kids away from home for the first time and able to sleep and eat whenever and whatever they want (as long as they get to class, of course 😀 ) Maybe I can persuade Grumpy to head your way when NaNo is over. I think he likes lobster….

      Stay safe during the storms out that way!

      Have a wonderful weekend, Molly!

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      • Yeah, you are right about the indulgence, Julie. I think I’m having a hard time to believe it is really okay, since I worked for so many years. I’m hoping I’ll settle into a good routine once I’ve adjusted better. I am happy to not be working the day after Thanksgiving this year! And no competition for time off over the holidays. Hallelujah!

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  3. Wow, he’s prickly. Who knew if a muse took a break, he (or she) could send a magic dragon to fill in? If you decide to go for the 5K words a day, good luck. Otherwise, enjoy your family and your holiday and the cyber-shopping deals. (I won’t go near a store that weekend, either.)

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    • I know, right? I’m going to try for the 5k, but with daughter home, might be a bit shy of that. Still, managing to write every day is still an accomplishment in my book; it’s the habit I’ve been trying to reinforce after slacking off this summer.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Staci!

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  4. I couldn’t find the Buy button for the ‘furry lap blanket’. Darn!

    You are exactly where I fear I’ll be next year, if/when I do NaNoWriMo. Hopelessly behind.


  5. “A story about a dragon that loses a damn poker game and gets stuck babysitting a fracking pain-in-the-ass writer.” Ha ha ha ha. So that’s how it happened. Gosh, he’s a grump. But whatever works, Julie. And November is a terrible time to have this writing challenge. It’s such a hectic time of year! Keep going… every word down is a word down. 🙂

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    • LOL! I’m sure my Muse had some strategy in mind when he engineered this whole thing, knowing him. And yes, NaNo in November is not the best time for a writing challenge with all the holiday prep etc., but the days off work can be an opportunity to catch up. And yes, every word is another word toward the quota. I am proud of myself that I’ve managed to write every day. 🙂 That was my main focus. Oh, and getting through my WIP draft.

      Enjoy your week, Diana!

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  6. I never thought I’d see you wishing for your Muse. And Star Wars references–another wow! Sorry for the weekend upset of your writing plans. Don’t you just hate it when the real world cuts into our fantasy world time? And hooray for the Zoey pic! I had a feeling when I started reading that this would be a Zoey post day. Aren’t you proud of me for not jumping ahead to make sure?!

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  7. This a a dragon that I’d like know his story:) Good luck with writing this week and Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday. I’m with you about shopping from home. Stay warm and send some weather our way.

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  8. Julie, you’re on a roll! That grumpy dragon’s got you all “fired up.” 🤣 Keep writing! 📚🎶 Christine

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  9. Julie, i loved that dragon, even if he’s being a pain. I should get one too. Take care and give yourself a break when you need it.
    Again, happy thanksgiving.

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  10. You wrote some great stuff here. Isn’t this part of your word count? Keep on going, I’m impressed.

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