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Writing Sisters Reunion–take #6

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View from the gazebo, Crystal River Inn

G’day all! It’s the first weekend in August, and Julie promised if I wrote her blog post today, she would work. Write, that is.

So far, I haven’t seen much writing going on. However, I have seen a lot of creative energy building up. So much the better. The other Muses don’t seem quite as frustrated as I’ve been, trying to get my writer to work.

Granted, Julie has loaded her calender a bit heavy this summer. I’ve been trying to convince her to take a break, spend some time away to write, but as usual, she resists. Something about “real life” and things like her job.

So every year I wait for this opportunity to ramp up my writer’s energy. They landed at this quaint B&B three years ago, and the energy of the river out back and the quiet setting make my job as a Muse a hell of a lot easier.

“I hope you’re writing my blog post.”

And now she decides to talk to me. “That was our deal, love. You write, I’ll do your blog post. So why are you not writing?”

“Did you hang out at the lake with us last night? Because we sure spent a lot of time talking about writing when it was supposed to be a break.”

View from the Blues Cruise

I debate whether to tell her. It was supposed to be a break from their critique circle, but four hours is a long time to listen to a very loud band below deck. If they hadn’t talked about writing, I would have been worried.

Besides, I wanted to hear the band. FYI, not my preferred type of music. “So what if I was, love? After the day you had in the critique circle, I figured I deserved a break, too.”

Still on the cruise as twilight rises.

My writer drops into a nearby chair. “It was a good session.”

She’s right. Her Writing Sisters were able to point out the things I’ve been trying to get her to see. It is so frustrating when she doesn’t listen to me or understand what I’m trying to tell her. Then again, she’s been distracted with all the stuff for her book–the bookstore appearances, the book fairs, and now the workshop for her Sisters in Crime meeting this coming week.

“Does this mean you are going to write today, love?”

She gets up to open the door to a screened-in porch that faces the river, letting in the song of the water. “I have to revise everything I’ve written so far.”

“It’s called writing.”

“I know, I know.” She blows out a breath. “When am I going to get my workshop done?” She shakes her head. “No, I’m going to work on book 2 today, not the workshop.”

“Good.”

“Did you find a good spot to hang out? They took the sitting log out from the river.”

The log that extended over the river is gone.

“Don’t worry about me. You focus on your writing, love. I’m around.”

She stands, turns to leave, then looks back. “Don’t forget the picture of Zoey.”

Cats. Every writer has them, it seems. “I won’t.”

Every year she does this, gets energized. The trick is keeping the energy going when she leaves.

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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, 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.

25 thoughts on “Writing Sisters Reunion–take #6

  1. It sure looks as though you had a great writing getaway! I’m glad you had that time to gather up your energy and talk writing, too. I think that can be very helpful. Those pictures are fabulous, too – looks like a lovely place!

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  2. Fabulous pics. And I’m glad you got rejuvenated and are raring to go. (Nice to hear from your muse, too.)

    Zoey looks very content. And interested in something. I hope it’s the clacking of her writer’s laptop keys!

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  3. Hey muse–I can see from across the world that Julie is getting inspired! I can’t wait to see what she writes.

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  4. A great muse you have, Julie. Mine is much more military in his approach and really cracks the whip.

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    • LOL! Thanks, Roberta! He can crack his own whip (and wear an Indiana Jones-style fedora) when I start to slack off. This weekend, though, did a good job recharging my creative energy, so I hope he’ll leave the whip at home πŸ˜€

      Have a great week!

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  5. Thanks for taking over for Jullie so she can get some writing done and enjoy herself:)

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  6. It’s almost as if Zoey sees the picture of the fish. “You have my attention!” she’s thinking. Or, in my case, saying, since I speak cat, of course.
    Those pics are heavenly. When I looked at that first one I thought, “And I bet they didn’t even have to clean the spiders off the table and chairs first.” Now that is heaven.

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  7. Beautiful photos, Julie. Nothing like some time away to get refreshed and rejuvenated.

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  8. Now that you mention it, many of my writer friends have cats. I haven’t had one since childhood. I’m a dog and horse type.

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  9. Kind of your muse to help you take a break, Julie. I guess he’s more than just a pretty face. Zoey, the wonder cat, is not only gorgeous but shows us how to relax!

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    • Yes, he does help, especially when he knows the break will help my writing, and make his life easier πŸ˜€ Sometimes I watch Zoey stretch out in a sunbeam and look so content. Man, to be a cat for a day πŸ˜€

      Have a great week, Molly!

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  10. I could so use a writer’s retreat to become energized again. Lately I can’t make any headway on the to-do list. I’m so glad you ha a great retreat. The place looks gorgeous. Sounds like your muse is happy with the results πŸ™‚

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful getaway!

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