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Na-no-na-no-na-no-na-no-WriMo! #amwriting #nanowrimo


Holy earworm, Batman! It’s our theme song.

I can’t help but roll my eyes. “Very funny.”

My Muse raises an eyebrow, adding to his roguish appeal, as if his cream-colored fisherman’s sweater, worn-well jeans, and five o’clock shadow wasn’t enough. “I was thinking campy.”

I have to add another eye roll, because what else do you do? “Har, har. Just write the post, please.”

He leans back in my office chair, fingers laced over his lean middle. “Relax, love. This isn’t my first post, and I suspect won’t be my last. How many words have you written today?”

Erm, yeah. About that. “I’m not quite at my target for today yet.”

“And why not?”

Damn. “I’m trying.”

“Not hard enough, obviously. This is the first day, love. You have to get your ass in gear if you’re going to hit fifty thousand words.”

“I know. I know. It’s only the first day.”

He leans forward, rests his crossed arms on my desk, and focuses his sharp blue eyes on me. “I’m writing your post. Your job is butt in chair, fingers on keyboard.”

I flip the leg rest out on my recliner and adjust my laptop. “I’m almost there. I’ll hit my daily goal today.”

“What about tomorrow’s goal? You have a local author fair tomorrow.”

“I know, I know.”

“And you need to turn in the next chunk of pages to your writing teacher, right?” He shakes his head. “I can only do so much, love. Do I need to bring Grumpy back for a month?”

Oh, gawd. “No. Don’t you dare. I’ve got my plan. It’ll come together.”

My Muse offers a wry smile. “It better.”

I open my mouth, then snap it shut before I blurt out the inevitable ‘or else what?’.

He chuckles.


His crooked grin hits me like a Taser shot. Not sure whether that’s good or bad. “Get back to work.”

“Don’t forget Zoey.”

“Not my first post, love. It’s under control.”

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.

21 thoughts on “Na-no-na-no-na-no-na-no-WriMo! #amwriting #nanowrimo

  1. Julie, you’ve got this! πŸ˜€ It’s only day two and you need to get out and about as well! Have a fabulous writing month … and let the Muse keep writing the posts! Happy Writing Weekend!πŸ˜€

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    • Heh, I’m kinda scared to let him keep writing posts, but he’s right about him having written posts before. I have a little trouble letting him do posts on his own, but I suppose I shouldn’t worry πŸ˜€ It’s day two, and I’m almost off to my author event, then back to writing!

      Have a great weekend, Annika!

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  2. Ah, yes, NaNoWriMo… You’ll get there, Julie. Keep at it, be kind to you, too, and break it all into manageable chunks.

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  3. Yeah, planning ahead for those interruptions is a pain. It ups the word count goals on the other days and it’s easy to get behind. Keep churning out the words, and you’ll get there. πŸ™‚

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  4. I don’t do this November writing festival, Julie. I find that with all the research I have to do for my books, 1 000 to 1 500 words is a good day for me and I can’t manage it every day with work. I am admiring of those who can do it.

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  5. I’m with you, Julie. I’m already a day behind and today probably won’t help that. Sigh.

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  6. I’m glad your muse is back in charge of writing posts, so you can work! Happy writing.

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  7. Heehee. So glad your muse has the Zoey pic routine down now. Good man. Best of luck to you keeping up with Nano! I’m not even thinking of attempting it any year soon! (But I wish!) Sometimes when I announce bath time, I start it off with the Batman theme song. Instead of Batman, it’s “Bath time!” My dad heard me do it once and laughed. My kids totally don’t get it, of course, so I’m glad he was there to appreciate my brilliance. πŸ˜‰

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    • Haha! You might have to introduce your kids to the 60’s campy Batman. I mean, who’s better than Adam West as Batman? If nothing else, they might get a kick out of the BLAM! POOF! CRACK! special effects πŸ˜€

      I’m keeping up so far, but it’s only day 2, and I need to get a little ahead over the next week or so because the following week will be busy, and I know already I won’t be able to write every day.

      Hi to Panther! πŸ˜€ (see what I did there πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ )

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      • Haha. Hi to Panther. You’re a riot. Tonight I was about to close the garage when I noticed the cat we call Caramel asleep on a carpet square. I had to shoo the poor kitty out. She comes a’callin’ daily now! I think she wants us to adopt her, but NO, Julie. I know what you’re thinking. She already has a home. We get to reap the benefits of someone else feeding her and taking her to the vet. πŸ™‚

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  8. Jumping jibberish, Julie!!! Lol… love grumpy and Zoey… they know the score! πŸ˜€

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  9. As Dory from the movie Nemo says (I have young kids, can you tell?) “Just keep writing, just keep writing , , ,” ah, well, something like that! πŸ™‚

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