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Writerly inspirations #amwriting



So I ran across this quote through a fellow writer on Facebook. I read it and thought “YES! SO MUCH THIS!”

Um. Yeah. Then i got back to my writing office and found this:
indianna-jones-hat-whipAnyone else think my Muse didn’t find the quote’s image of a muse as humorous as I did?

I haven’t seen the fedora and bullwhip for a while, and I didn’t expect to see them; I’ve been writing–working on my homework for my writing class. Now that my writing teacher has finished her week-long writing retreat, I’m planning to turn in my next assignment in a few days. The first 20 pages of my book.

Hey, it’s incentive. *eyes the fedora and bullwhip*


Um, he’s behind me, isn’t he. Yeah, not a question.

“I hope you aren’t taking Ms. Kingsolver’s advice literally, love.”

Gulp. I turn to find my Muse standing inside my personal space. Rather, looming. He’s six-foot-two to my five-foot four. I look up, but slowly. I mean, he’s so close I may as well take advantage, right? I don’t get this kind of view of broad chest and lean muscle every day. Even if it is covered with a royal blue t-shirt that fits him quite well. And is that coconut scent from sunscreen? I always think of the beach when I smell that. The beach and Banana Boat sunscreen. Do they even make that anymore?


Oh, yeah. I finish getting my eyeful and reach his face. “You are in my personal space,” I say as an excuse, though I’m pretty sure he sees right through that.

“Yes, I am. And do you rememberΒ why I’m in your personal space?”

I show him my notebook, complete with line-outs, scribble-outs, and arrows. “I’m doing my homework. See.” I indicate the fedora and whip. “I don’t know why you brought those. I’m working.”

He shrugs. “I got inspired by your writing teacher.”

What? Oh, the quote on Facebook. “Aren’t you supposed to meet Mr. E for a pub crawl?” Not that I think he’ll be distracted by the idea, but it’s worth a shot.

His strong hands land on my shoulders and he turns me around, adding a tiny shove toward my computer. “No. I’m here until you get your homework done.”

Okay. I can work with that. I mean, he is my Muse after all. Heck, he’s been my Muse since my senior year in high school. And no, I’m not going to tell you how long ago that was.

“Focus, love.” He bends close, until I feel his breath on my ear. “And remember, your writing teacher approves this message.”

You had to be there. Seriously.

Welcome to Summer! (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, then it’s winter) And now we get to watch the days get shorter (I know, still 24 hrs, but a few less minutes of daylight every day from now until the winter solstice. Boo.)

And here’s another Barbara Kingsolver quote for inspiration:


Happy Writing!


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.

17 thoughts on “Writerly inspirations #amwriting

  1. Yup, a lot of writing is just showing up and doing it. The rest is editing. I think it’s helpful to be reminded of that from time to time, even if your Muse chose a strong message. Wishing you well as you get that writing done!

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    • Thanks, Margot! Yes, showing up and especially doing it. Like Nike’s motto: Just Do It. Now that summer is winding up, I’ll be juggling writing and weeding. Writing about weeding? Eh. I’d better stick to my homework πŸ˜€

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. Hmm. Chaining your muse to your desk. I can’t speak for you, but I don’t think that would help me.

    Twenty pages is a great start. Sounds like you’re really enjoying that class.

    Happy summer (even though the days are getting shorter).

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  3. We all have that cat in us, Julie. Your muse, though–he’s a taskmaster!

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    • He is! But I think I need it; I seem to be able to find reasons not to write when I struggle with the story. My class is helping me a lot in that respect.

      Enjoy your lazy cat weekend, Jacqui πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  4. Man, that kitty cat has the life! Glad to see your Muse made it back to you in time for this blog post. He enjoyed his brief jaunt out here to visit me, though. Perhaps a bit jet lagged, but he goes where he needs to to keep you in line. Totally worth it. πŸ˜‰

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    • Aha, so that’s why the coconut sun lotion! And he did look a bit burnished, like he spent time in more sun than we’ve had around here this week. I think I could stand to be a cat (in a good home) for a day. I mean, what’s not to like about lazing around in the sunshine without a care in the world? πŸ˜€

      Have a great weekend, Betsy!

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  5. Both great quotes, Julie! I’m glad your writing class is going so well and your muse is helping out:) Have a great week!

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  6. Zoey looks like she soaking up the sun of Midsummer πŸ™‚

    I think E took off on that pub crawl ahead of time. He hasn’t made an appearance lately (probably because I’ve been stuck in editing mode so he’s taking advantage of the break).

    20 pages is great! Between your writing teacher and your muse, you are kicking story butt! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Mae! I can feel the noveling energy starting to roll. Finally. I really believe the accountability is what I need at this point, and my writing teacher is great.

      And I think one day as a cat relaxing in the sun would be great πŸ˜€

      Have a great week, Mae!

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  7. The thought of suntan lotion smelling like coconut brought back memories, Julie. Now instead of writing I’ll be googling β€˜Banana Boat Suntan Lotion.’ Haha! You are making great progress. Love the quotes. Does your muse know that he both helps you focus and is a distraction at the same time? Happy weeding and writing!

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    • I know, right? I remember as a kid smelling the coconut suntan lotion and being on the shore of a lake, so the lake smell and hot sand under my toes.

      And I suspect he knows perfectly well he’s both–and enjoys it πŸ˜€

      Have a great week, Molly!

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  8. Hi Julie, just dropping by to check in and wish you a wonderful summer, despite the receding daylight. I haven’t written a word in a month, but can’t wait for my muse to loom. Great quotes and so true. There is an element of discipline that comes with this vocation. Happy Writing!

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    • Hi Diana! And yes, there is a definitely an element of discipline, which I’ve been lacking for a while, and the reason I’m taking my writing class. The accountability helps a lot.

      Take care of yourself, Diana! Have a great weekend πŸ˜€


  9. Wonderful. I quite agree. πŸ“


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