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Hometowns and history #amwriting #Englishteachers

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“Just come back later,” I tell my Muse, who is wearing a look of concern. Then again, he had that same look last night when I finally returned home from my author event. “I’ll make up the word count this weekend. Promise.”

My Muse crosses his arms over his broad chest and taps a foot. “You are supposed to be writing, love. You didn’t write anything yesterday.”

“I know, I know. I had an author event.”

“All the more reason I should be writing the post.”

I resist the urge to roll my eyes. “I’ll count these words, okay?”

He sighs. “Fine.” He waves a finger. “You will make up your word count and get ahead this weekend. Your kids are not home. No excuses.”

Except for the bathrooms that need cleaning. And the vacuuming. And …

“Julie. You need to write. Your short story has to be submitted by the end of the month.”

“I know, I know.”

Last evening I had an author event at my hometown library.

The “new” Myrtle Maybee Library in Belgrade, MN

When I was growing up, I spent a LOT of time there perusing their collection. I would ride my bike the five or six blocks (small town blocks, not city blocks) to the library at least once a week and check out enough books to last a week πŸ™‚ Despite being quite small in size, our local library had a lot of books. Then I discovered I could order books from other libraries!

Since then, the library has moved to a larger location. The new place used to be a hardware store, and is a little more than twice the size of the old place. Ah, the memories!

I saw some familiar faces and got to reminisce a bit. Since my dad sold the house last year, I haven’t had a reason to go back until now. So much has changed, but so much is still the same. I met people I haven’t seen for years, and to my pleasant surprise, I remembered their names! (You know what I mean, right? The old “I know I know you, but I can’t for the life of me remember your name” dilemma.)

The person I really wanted to see again showed up. My high school English teacher, Mrs. Anderson, was my favorite English teacher. She loved Anne McCaffery’s Pern books as much as I did. She may not remember, but I remember telling her I was going to write a book.

See, I did it! Me and Mrs. Anderson, my high school English teacher

It was a great crowd. The library scheduled my visit during the time the book club normally meets, so the book club members were there, along with a number of other locals. My old piano teacher was there; my siblings and I all took piano lessons from her. She is now teaching my nephew!

Mrs. Adrian and me. Still teaches piano to my family (my brother’s kids take lessons from her)

It was a long day, but a great day. Our former neighbor (she still lives there, we don’t) was kind enough to take pictures for me (thank you, Kathy!). There is something nostalgic, and somehow comforting, about going back to the place where you grew up (provided you had good experiences there, of course). I met my dad at the local cafe, but I had to smile when he called it by the name it had way back when we first moved to town. Since then, it changed names at least once, and is now a Mexican restaurant with a nice supper crowd.

Okay, back to my NaNo writing. I missed my word counts this week, but it was a busy week, with my Sisters in Crime meeting and a day of subbing at the library, plus the author event. No kids home this weekend, so I’m planning to hit it hard to catch up and give myself a bit of a buffer. We’ll see how that works out πŸ˜€

Have a productive writing weekend!

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.

14 thoughts on “Hometowns and history #amwriting #Englishteachers

  1. It sounds like a great event, Julie! It also sounds as though it went well, which is even better. I’m very, very happy for you, and how cool that it happened at the library you remember from your youth. What a homecoming. Y’know, that could be a story in itself: writer ‘comes home’ to do an event. Anything could happen…

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  2. I didn’t have a good writing week either, Julie. I had a crazy work week and then yesterday my younger son woke up with a temperature, cough and heavy cold. He had a terrible night last night and I took him to the doctor at 8.15am this morning. He is on cortisone, an antibiotic and medication for his chest and asthma.

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  3. Love the picture with your teacher. What a wonderful event:) Happy writing!

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  4. Zoey looks a little squished! What a fun night for you! Did you warn Mrs. Anderson about The Scene??

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    • LOL! Nope. I was thinking about the story assignment she gave us one time. The assignment was for a 2-3 page story, and I hit 10 pages (and it wasn’t even finished yet) when I turned it in. She was also the first person I remember talking to who liked Anne McCaffery’s Pern series as much as I did. Great memories πŸ™‚

      Have a great week, Betsy!

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  5. Julie, what a magical evening for you in your beloved library in your hometown. πŸ˜€It’s always special to go back to where you’ve lived so many years, even more so to meet such wonderful friends & mentors at your book event! I’m so happy for you, Julie and thank you for sharing with us! πŸ˜€ (You did right to give your Muse a gentle push aside this week!)

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    • It was a great event, and a good excuse to visit since Dad sold the house last year. I am so glad my English teacher was able to come. I like to think letting teachers know how much you appreciated them means something, since teaching is one of those underappreciated careers, I think.

      Have a wonderful week, Annika!

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      • Julie, how true that teachers are often under-appreciated and yours looked so happy for you here. Sadly, the teacher who inspired me passed away very young at only 27.

        Thank you so much, I’m having a great start to the week and proofs soon ready for my book before its release! I’m thrilled! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Happy Writing! πŸ˜€

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  6. It is fun to head back to the place we grew up. Looks like you had a good crowd and plenty of smiles. Back to writing, Julie. You’ll catch up. πŸ™‚

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