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One week in and keeping up so far #nanowrimo #amwriting


It appears that you will have to put up with me writing the post again. I suspect you’ll hear from me every week for the rest of the month.

Hell, I’ll gladly write these posts if it means my writer is actually writing. As I type, Julie is in her recliner in the corner with her laptop on her lap, and headphones on. Hmm. I don’t hear any typing.

I don’t even think her eyes are open.

“Hey, Julie.”

I know she has noise-cancelling headphones, but she should still be able to hear me. *snaps fingers* “Hey, Julie.”

Bloody hell.

She doesn’t even react until I’m standing at the foot of the recliner. I grab her slippered foot.


Heh. You should have seen her jump.

“What the hell?” she says.

“Were you sleeping, love? I’m not here to watch you sleep.”

She pulls off her headphones. “I wasn’t sleeping. I was thinking.”

“Oh, is that what you call it now?”

She rolls her eyes, then sticks out her tongue. As I expected. I’ve been her Muse too long for much of anything to surprise me.

“Hey, I’ve been writing. I’m keeping up. And I finally hit a spot where I can just write. I’ve been having trouble with the transitions. Which, come to think of it, you could help with. Since you’re my Muse.” She draws out the last in a way that makes me think of a snarky teenager.

“You are fecking lucky I know you so well, love.”

A knock at the door to her writing office interrupts. She sets her computer aside and goes to answer the door.

Sigh. I can feel the energy shift. I suspect my writer’s expected surge of words over the weekend is fading.

Julie closes the door and returns to her recliner. “Just because my daughter is home from school–which, by the way, I wasn’t expecting–doesn’t mean I won’t be able to make my word counts.”

“Remember that, love. And remember you are busy next week, so you have to get ahead in your word count this weekend.”

She grumbles. “Just finish the post already so you can help me concentrate.”

The end of the first week of NaNo. Three more weeks and 40,000 or so more words to go. Lovely. I might have to call in reinforcments. A book dragon, perhaps?

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.

18 thoughts on “One week in and keeping up so far #nanowrimo #amwriting

  1. Thank you for the update, Muse. I’m very glad Julie’s making progress, even with unexpected visitors. But you know, you really shouldn’t disturb writers when they’re thinking – that’s just rude! That said, though, Julie is lucky to have you to help her.

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  2. Those unexpected visitors! At least your daughter can fend for herself and you don’t need to entertain too much. Keep up the good work, Julie. So far so good. Have a great weekend and Happy Writing!

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  3. You’re already way ahead of me!

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  4. 10 000 words to date isn’t to bad, Julie. I managed 1300 today and I was pretty pleased. Due to the historical nature of the piece I am busy with, the writing is slow and cumbersome, but so interesting.

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  5. Distractions, distractions, distractions.

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  6. Yay! Glad your first week went well, Julie. I had a good first week too. Although I started to rebel when I forced myself to write on some days…lol. Happy writing.

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    • LOL! Sounds like me πŸ˜€ Some days I have a hard time motivating. However, sometimes I remind myself that if I don’t write, I have to do the treadmill, and if I do the treadmill, I’ll have less time to write. . . . wait, hmmm ….

      Have a great writing week, Denise!

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  7. I hope you don’t mind me saying that I enjoy when your muse writes your posts. I mean—not that I don’t like it when YOU, Julie, write the posts! It’s just that he has a certain exotic air about him. Don’t tell him I said so. I may blush.

    Look at that cozy sweet kitty! I went outside tonight and found Caramel, Panther, AND Panther’s twin sister whom we’ve named Midnight. SO. Much. Kitty!!!! I’m practically a real writer now that I (sort of) have cats!

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    • LOL! Well, the way it looks, he’ll be writing the rest of the posts this month. I’m keeping up with NaNo so far, but this week I have a bunch of stuff going on, and I’m not sure I’ll make my word counts. So, more catchup on the weekend πŸ™‚

      Seriously, I think the universe is telling you something. And the Cat Goddess. Or maybe the Cat Goddess is telling the universe to tell you that you need felines of your own. I mean, you do have a Cat Whisperer in the house. Just let Joe pick them out. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Have a great week!

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      • The funny thing is, Joe sort of runs from them when they get too close. Caramel licked him once, so now he’s always like, “Ahh! It’s gonna lick me!” Silly kid. At least my fears of him abusing them have been allayed; although, he did once dump a cup of water on Caramel. I was NOT happy. She seems to have quickly forgiven him, however, after drying herself on my warm, comforting legs. πŸ™‚

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  8. Julie, tell your muse that the thinking is integral part of writing! πŸ˜€ You’re doing great and how lovely to have an unexpected visit from your daughter! I hope she’s bringing you lots of refreshments and maybe you can brainstorm with her. Happy Writing! πŸ˜€

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