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Back in the flow — sort of #amwriting

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Last weekend’s writing conference was a blast, even if it was busy for me, with panels and presentations and one-on-one meetings with other writers. As an introvert, that sort of event, even if it is a wonderful meeting of writers doing writerly things and talking everything writing, is draining. On the other side of it, though, is the sheer amount of creative energy that coalesces at these events. I think it has a lot to do with all those muses getting together. It’s like a muse convention.

In any case, that creative energy has clung to me, and I have started writing again. Nothing major, but it’s a start. Right now I’m writing longhand, because I think that encourages the process somehow. And I can feel a sort of relief as I’m writing again. It’s like I get anxious when I don’t write for too long.

Then again, maybe that anxiety has to do with the blizzard we had this week, with around 5 inches of heavy wet snow. And damn it, the grass was just starting to turn green and the trees are starting to bud. Ugh. And now it melts. So, three inches of slushy snow + gravel driveway = almost impassable even with 4WD. I hope things dry out a bit by the time I go back to work on Monday.

In the meantime, I have the weekend slated for Easter entertaining preparation (read: spring cleaning). Nothing like the thought of relatives coming over to kick off a frenzy of cobweb chasing and dust bunny wrangling. But what better way to put off cleaning than to sit down and write?

I open the door to my writing office and discover the light is already on. And guess who is chilling behind my desk?

“It’s about time, love. I thought you would be a bit more industrious after the conference.” My Muse pulls his feet off my desk and exits my chair, sweeping an arm in its direction. “I warmed it up for you.” The smirk on his face tells me he probably did more than warm it up. I’d better check for whoopi cushions or tacks.

“Would I do that to you?” He sits on a corner of the desk, one leg dangling. His dark denim jeans, white t-shirt, and flannel shirt in the traditional red and black checkerboard pattern, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, makes me wonder what he’s up to. It’s like he’s preparing for a wilderness tour. Not that I’m complaining. Nope. Not complaining about the rugged look at all. I should be thankful there is no fedora or bullwhip in sight.

“Really, love? Why would I be up to anything but nurturing your creativity?” His crooked smile tells me I’m more right than I hoped.

“Uh-huh. Like you and all those other muses at the conference didn’t swap ‘how to get your writer’s butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard’ stories? I’m sure you have a few new ideas.”

“I do. But I won’t use them unless I have to. You seem to be getting your stride back. Good job.”

“Don’t get too excited. You know I have to get ready for Easter.”

“Yes, but you’re writing again. And you set yourself up to be accountable with your project.”

What I suspect he didn’t say was something about being disappointed that being accountable to him isn’t enough. “You know, you are really good at your job. It’s just … I need someone who can help me work through the process again.”

“Do you know how long I’ve been helping writers work through the process?”

Honestly, I’m afraid to ask. With my luck he probably worked with Dante. Probably gave the man the idea for the circles of Hell. “No, but I’m good with that. Not knowing. I’ll be diving in to that after Easter. Promise.”

He studies me with those blue eyes of his. The room is getting warmer. I swear it is. His eyes narrow. “Good. I’m going to hold you to that, love.”

Ahh, yeah. O-kay. Anyway …

This weekend focusing on a much-needed, long-delayed bout of spring cleaning. Despite the three inches of rapidly-melting slush outside. Ick. Just when everything had finally dried out, we get this. Winter, you made your point, now go on vacation until, like, Christmas. Okay, maybe Thanksgiving. Just go away.

Have a wonderful writing week!

 

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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, three 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.

25 thoughts on “Back in the flow — sort of #amwriting

  1. I hope you finally get some actual spring there soon. In the meantime, it’s good to hear that you’re writing again, It’s a good feeling, isn’t it, when the juices start flowing, even if it’s only a little at a time. Enjoy the weekend!

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    • I’m hoping that winter storm was the last for the season, but of course you never know. The writing feels good, and I wish I could dedicate time to it instead of spring cleaning. I always like to reassure my in-laws that we don’t live in a hovel ๐Ÿ˜€

      Enjoy your week, Margot!

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  2. Writer’s conferences and workshops always inspire me, yet I’m always a bit overwhelmed from all the info. Takes me a while to process everything. Get those dust bunnies out of the way and write! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I need to do the same things – cleaning and writing.)

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    • There is definitely a lot of information to take in. and yes, it takes a while to work through it all. I’m chasing dust bunnies and finding new homes for clutter (unfortunately, much of the clutter belongs to my other half, so it’s his job to relocate it, as much as I would like to do so (he probably wouldn’t appreciate where I think the stuff should go)). One more week! Once Easter is out of the way, the path is pretty clear (and the spring cleaning should be done ๐Ÿ˜€ )

      Have a great week, Joan!

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  3. I feel your pain on all counts, Julie. I’ve been having a hard time with writing motivation, and we had 5 snow events in the first 10 days of April! Luckily it is going to be in the 60’s today so it will all melt. Of course, producing a new crop of MUD! Yikes! And cleaning?? Oh, my. I can’t even think about it. I would have asked to ‘borrow’ your muse until I read this passage (my favorite BTW), “Honestly, I’m afraid to ask. With my luck he probably worked with Dante. Probably gave the man the idea for the circles of Hell.” Hahaha! Happy Easter!

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    • Eeek! 5 snow events in 10 days! Okay, I feel much better about our 1 snow event in the first 10 days of April. And yes, MUD! At least my husband managed to clear the snow from the driveway so it has a chance to dry out before the rain forecast for later this week. Ugh.

      It kinda scares me a bit to think my Muse worked with Dante. Then I wonder who else he might have worked with…

      Have a great week, Molly! May spring come to stay (and no more snow!)

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  4. I have Easter prep to do, too. And I’m so behind. I hhope you get your cleaning done, but remember, it’s family. They have to love you even if you aren’t Martha Stewart.

    So glad you’re getting back into the zone! (And take heart; my muse worked with Shakespeare. No pressure, right?)

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    • I chuckled at “they have to love you even if you aren’t Martha Stewart”. I’d still like to give them the impression I have some clue about straightening things out. And dusting. Ugh. One thing about having a pellet stove is the dust.

      Heh, yeah, no pressure. Makes me wonder who else my Muse has worked with!

      Have a great week, Staci!

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  5. It appears if you’re a cat, all that cleaning and writing starts with a nap. He may know something we don’t!

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  6. So glad you are inspired after the conference:) Sorry about winter still hanging around, ick. My house needs a major dose of spring cleaning. Hapoy Easter week!

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    • The inspiration (and the excuse to think of nothing but writing) is the best part of the conference. And hopefully this will be the last hurrah for winter this season. Things are slowly drying out, but they are forecasting soaking rain for Thursday. So just as things might get dried out, we get wet again. Mud, it is!

      Enjoy your week, Denise!

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  7. Jacqui, back to writing, spring cleaning, Easter coming & a snow storm! Wow! And that rugged, handsome Muse (who probably worked with Dante). Iโ€™d say you deal with multiple things all at once and still get things done. I keeping thinking I need a MaleMuse, but the protagonistโ€™s fictional โ€œfiancรฉโ€ in the book is enough testosterone to keep me โ€œengagedโ€ in writing. Happy spring coming soon! ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽถ Christine

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    • LOL! A good male main character can be a nice substitute for a male muse. For a while ๐Ÿ˜€ Not looking forward to the spring cleaning, but I always feel better afterward. Until things start collecting dust again ๐Ÿ˜

      Have a great week, Christine!

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      • ๐Ÿคจ Oh, how the dust doth gather in my house, too! The middle & end of the book includes Elizabethโ€™s handsome fiancรฉ Erik (a medical doctor). So heโ€™s front & center, and keeps me writing! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’

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  8. I wish I could curl up and sleep anywhere like Zoey. She’s so talented. Ah, to be a cat.
    Glad the conference got you so jazzed!
    “Easter entertaining preparation (read: spring cleaning)”=hilarious. Love that euphemism.
    Best of luck with the slush. :/

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    • Wouldn’t that be great? Nothing to do all day long but nap and find sunbeams to enjoy! And I’m digging into the spring cleaning, because the sooner I get it done (ugh) the sooner I can get back to writing without thinking “I should really be cleaning”. Then again, writing is a great reason to procrastinate cleaning ๐Ÿ˜€

      Enjoy your week!

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  9. Julie, great that you had a brilliant time at the conference! Your muse sounds very understanding and conciliatory… should we be worried?! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is good to get out and meet others and find renewed inspiration. Enjoy your new vigour of writing … in between the Spring cleaning of course! ๐Ÿ˜€As for winter, Spring sunshine has blessed the past whole week Iโ€™ve been here in Sweden and is forecast for the week ahead. After the grey and rain at home I feel Iโ€™m in heaven! Wishing you warmth and sunshine, my friend! Have a wonderful Easter with family. Hugs xx๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ

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    • I’ve thought about that, worrying that he’s so “chill” with it. I keep waiting for the fedora and the bullwhip to appear ๐Ÿ˜€ Man, spring sunshine in Sweden sounds lovely! We had some nice spring sunshine, until we got that nasty snowstorm. And now we have lots of mud to show for it, and not the fun warm kind we get in the summer …

      Enjoy your week–and Swedish spring–Annika!

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  10. I was thinking of you with all of the nasty storms to the west. Seriously, what is up with that? It’s freaking mid-April! You need lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. It’s getting there in my neck of the woods, with trees blooming and lots of (cough-cough) pollen. I’l l take the pollen over the snow any day.

    Wishing you happy writing and hugs to Zoey!

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    • I know, right? Of course, last year we had a blizzard at about the same time, and I was stranded in WI at the Writers’ Institute. Next year the conference is a week earlier. Crossing my fingers that snow won’t be on the menu then!

      Can’t wait to see the blooming! Nothing quite like the trees and flowers and, well, okay, not the pollen.

      Have a great week!

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  11. Sort of Amwriting is better than Notwriting, Julie, which seems to be my thing these days. I’m glad you had fun at the conference. Now just get through Easter and you’re on your way into wri…gardening!

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    • LOL! I saw what you did there ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, sort of writing is definitely better than not writing, but you have had a lot of stuff going on with moving your folks. I find I am eager for Easter to come and go, so I can put more brain energy into writing. I’m going to take shortcuts this year with the garden–I’m not going to start any plants this year, just buy seeds, sets, and plants like everyone else ๐Ÿ™‚ Except maybe the kale. And smaller again. Really. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Have a great week, Diana!

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