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A Muse break


“This one?”

“Is it the one at Once Upon a Crime? The one Meg took?”

“You know, you could come over here and look, love.”

“I’m doing my homework.” My writer, sitting across the office in one of the recliners, glances up from her notebook. “I don’t care. Just pick one. I’m trying to get this done, which is the whole point of you doing my blog post, remember?”

Bloody hell. Fine. “Then don’t complain if it’s the wrong one.” There. “You know, you should have had more books on the table.”


Author signing at Once Upon a Crime bookstore

She rolls her eyes. “Whatever.”

All in all, she said the event went well, even if she didn’t know beforehand the bookstore sells the books on a consignment basis instead of ordering them ahead of time. I tried to tell her, but she didn’t listen. Luckily she had a bunch of books in her car. She came home with no books, and reveled in her fortune for the rest of the day. Not much writing got done despite my efforts.

“What are you writing?”

“If you want to know, you could write the post yourself, love.”

She shakes her head and puts her headphones on.

As frustrating as it’s been to get her settled enough to write again, she’s putting in some nice effort. I keep telling her she has to focus more. If things were up to me, she would go away to a quiet cabin somewhere for a week, where I could really work on her. There is a place I put on her radar. Will she take my suggestion? Who the hell knows.

Of course, when I look up to check on her, she’s watching me instead of writing. Cute, but not productive. “Focus, love.”

She slides one headphone off. “What?”

“You know exactly what. Get your homework done.”

She sticks out her tongue before sliding the headphone back into place. At least she’s writing. When she declared she was going to take an online writing class, I wasn’t sure that was a good idea. I mean, she’s got a book to write, and a class would distract her.

No worries. Julie has been far more focused because, she says, the class is helping her write the infamous Book 2. And it’s with her writing teacher.

Thank the gods. I was considering pushing her into that urban fantasy again. And no, that has nothing to do with getting a cameo. We Muses work our magic away from the spotlight.

But it would be kinda fun to see what she comes up with.

“Don’t forget to put a picture of Zoey at the end.”

“I’ve got it, love. Finish your homework.” Which might be a challenge over the next months since her kids are home from college for the summer. Maybe I can get her to repurpose her son’s room sooner rather than later. And her book promo stuff. I miss the days when all my writer had to do was write.

zoey couch2

“Did you put in a picture of Zoey?”

Sigh. “Yes, love. Get back to work.”

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, six 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.

24 thoughts on “A Muse break

  1. Very nice of you, Muse, to take over the blog for the day, so you writer could do her work. Very kind of you, indeed. I’m glad the whole event went well for her, and that you remembered that ‘photo of Zoey. No post here is complete without one, you know…

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  2. I wish my muse would take over blogging for a day. Julie’s pretty lucky. And that cabin in the woods… sounds like a great idea. And the class… another great idea. Tell Julie that I’m feeling a little envious over here. Ha ha.

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    • I could talk to your muse, Diana, if you like. However, both she and her backup have a reputation for ignoring advice from other muses. I think my writer would have more success focusing if she got away, but of course, she resists. And trust me, Julie is envious of your writing space, and your woods. I met a wood nymph once who had tended a nice bit of forest out there. Nice lady, but not my type.

      Write on!

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  3. So much to love about this!!! Of course you know the ending was my favorite in all forms: picture and dialogue surrounding it. I feel so special and loved. Furthermore, it was hard to remember that your muse wasn’t ACTUALLY writing this. Way to get into character. So believable. And way to go with selling all your books. You’re clearly becoming a pro at this. You go, girl! And well done, Muse. 🙂

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    • *aside* Back off! Let me get this one. *shoves Muse away from keyboard” Sorry, Betsy. I think he’s taking this writing my blog on occasion thing a little too far. I didn’t catch him before he answered earlier comments.

      BTW, he says I can’t impersonate him; he’s got his own voice and I’m supposed to trust him. Ha! Well, actually, I have to admit he did a pretty good job, but don’t tell him. He’ll start wanted to post on his own instead of subbing for me.

      Have a great weekend! And Zoey says “Mrrow purr mew meow purr.” (so glad you understand cat 😀 )

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  4. You write a good blog muse! Thank you:)
    So happy the next event went well, too and you went home bookless. Happy writing and have a great weekend.

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  5. I’m not sure how you convinced your muse to do some of your writing for you, but I want to know how. I need to use the same trick on mine!

    Loved this post, Julie. Glad you had a successful event, and can’t wait to hear more about your writing class and your WIP.

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    • *shoves Muse from keyboard* C’mon, it’s my blog! Let me answer a few of these. Sheesh! Sometimes I wonder why I ask him to sub for me. I should just put up a graphic that says “Gone Writing” for those weeks I’m trying to get too much done.

      *shoves Julie from keyboard* Hey, Staci, you might try mentioning Cyrano de Bergerac, but I can’t guarantee he’ll refrain from poetry. *aside* I got it. Go sit back down over there, love.

      Write well!

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  6. Nice post, MuseMan! You’ve got Julie’s back! Good! And you got Zoey’s Photo in. You (sigh) take direction well. Tell Julie, happy writing this weekend. 📚🎶 Christine

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    • Thank you, Christine! *aside* See, love, I have your best interests in mind. I don’t know why she insists on adding the cat to every post. It’s not that I don’t like cats; I prefer them elsewhere.

      Julie says ‘Thanks, and happy writing back atcha’.

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  7. Well, Muse, you know how to write a good blog post when you’re not pub crawling with Mr. E. And you even managed to include a shot of Zoey (I need to talk to E. about Raven photos).

    A writing class AND writing. Sounds like Julie has got it in the bag—with your help, of course. Writers know we are noting without our muses 😉

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  8. Oh to have my tyrannical muse do some work for me for a change… What a blessing! Loving Zoey! 😀

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  9. It’s got to be hard letting go of control, Julie. But you did it! This may be the beginning of a lot of free time for you with your Muse being so accommodating. I need to get my Muse to step up. My motivation has been low recently and I could use some concentrated writing time.

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    • LOL! He just left to meet Mr. E for one of their pub crawls–whew! Accommodating? More like “I won’t take a break from my project if you do my post for me this week”. Bribery? Perhaps. I hear ya about low motivation. I have so many things still to do with promo stuff for my book that I’m struggling to choose between writing and trying to figure out marketing. Oh, and it’s just about garden time, too. Sigh.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Molly!

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