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It’s over! Now for my next trick #amwriting #nanowrimo


Whew! I did it. Managed 50k words in 30 days. Uff-da!

And of course, the week fight after NaNo, my schedule was … yeesh. Needless to say, I haven’t written a word for a week. Three evenings were filled with subbing at the library or our Sisters in Crime chapter year-end potluck. It’s all fun, but not conducive to writing much.

Just when I thought I could finally get back into my treadmill routine before an hour-plus writing session, the migraine hit. Double ugh. And this time it carried over for a second day because apparently it didn’t have enough fun the first day. Sigh. Even now it’s still jabbing me. I don’t get them often, but when I do, I can’t write. (For those who suffer with chronic migraines, I am in awe that you can carry on with everyday stuff when they hit. Especially if you can also write when your head is waging war within. Seriously.)

Needless to say, I haven’t written anything this week until now. Next week is finals week, so I have my empty nest for one more weekend before the kids are home for semester break.

How far did I get on my WIP? Not quite finished, but I’m at a point where the scenes should flow from brain to keyboard pretty well. Not quite to the climax, but close. If all goes well, I should be finished with the draft of Book 2 by, hmm, the end of next week.

To all my fellow NaNo-ers, congratulations! Whether you managed 50k words or more, or less, you have that many more words now than you did when you started. High five!

I’m still way behind on reading blogs, etc, so don’t be surprised if I finally get to the post you wrote two weeks ago. Or three. I’m also way behind on a lot of other stuff. I keep looking at my list hoping it’s getting shorter.

Not so much. In fact, I think my list just gained another three items. Dammit.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and managed to travel safely despite the winter storm. Nothing like a wham! Bam! Here I am! arrival of winter on a holiday weekend. So glad I couch-shop on Black Friday, aka the weekend all the die-hard shopping people brave crappy weather to just miss the best deals on the hugely-discounted items any store has, because they only have, like, three of them in stock. Anywhere.

I’m eager for the solstice. At least then the days will start getting longer again (yes, I know, still 24 hours in a day, but more of that time will be light.)

Okay, off to keep up the writing habit I redeveloped over NaNo. Stay safe, keep 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.

22 thoughts on “It’s over! Now for my next trick #amwriting #nanowrimo

  1. Sorry to hear about the migraine, Julie! Those can be so debilitating. I hope it’s better now. It sounds as though you’ve been busy, but a good busy. Hopefully things will calm down a bit, so you can get back into your routine.

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  2. Congrats on winning Nano! What an ultra-content cat.:-)

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  3. Congrats on reaching 50K. I managed to cross the line on November 29. I’ve written less than 250 words on my project since then, but plan to get back into it today. As long as I’m working full time, there’s no way I could keep that pace every month but it was fun.

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  4. Congrats on making your 50K words. You did it despite all the other demands on your time. The next two-three weeks are the busiest of the year for me and not much writing planned. I hope you get in a word or two, but enjoy the time with family, and rest your head. πŸ™‚ Happy holidays, Julie.

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  5. Look how much Zoey loves you! So comfy and peaceful. Mmmprrrr… Meow. Prrr…
    Great job completing Nano and being nearly done with Book 2 by the end of next week? Wow! You go, girl! Keep it up!

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    • Heh, yep, some days I wish I was a cat so I could just sleep … And I have to finish book 2, because honestly, I’m sick of it by now. I can’t wait to start another project that I’ve been thinking about (granted, it’ll be a heavy revision of an earlier draft, but still …)

      Have a great weekend!

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  6. Sorry about tbe migraines, Julie! I get them, too, but not too often anymore. Mine are more I can’t see anything but pretty colors so working out of the questions. Although one time I had words read my work to me but hard to focus on that. High five right back to you. I won’t get back to that story until the summer i think. Have a great week and good luck on your finals.

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    • Glad to hear you don’t get migraines often anymore. My doctor assures me that once I pass the “big change”, I won’t get them anymore. Gee, one thing to look forward to menopause for… I’m planning to finish this draft and start on a different story. I think I’m getting burned out with this one.

      Have a great weekend, Denise!

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  7. Yuck–migraines. I did have so many of them–multiple a week–for many decades that it was either declare my disabled or do the best I could with them. I chose the latter. They are much better, thankfully–new med. I hope yours get better, too!

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    • Oh, man. So glad new meds helped with your migraines. I know a lot of people suffer them far more often than I do, and I can’t imagine. I feel incredibly lucky that I only get them occasionally, and they only last about one-two days.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Jacqui!


  8. Well done! Enjoy some relaxation now – very well reserved.

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  9. I’ve never had a migraine. Tension headaches are bad enough. I can’t imagine how horrid migraines must be.

    Congrats on your NaNo win I’ve been mostly offline since the end of October with NaNo, Thanksgiving, then a mini vacation. I’m just now coming up for air, LOL.

    I am so not ready for this winter stuff. Ugh! I want those days with more light, too!

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    • I hadn’t ever had migraines until about 5 years ago. My mom had them, and my sister does, so I suppose it’s somewhat hereditary. I’m starting to think I should take an offline vacation. It seems like I feel I have more stuff going on when I’m paying attention online. Of course, the bad part is coming back and then having to catch up. Whew.

      I’m not ready for winter either. Sooo ready for more hours of daylight (but of course, the solstice is the first official day of winter. Ugh)

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  10. 50K Yay! That’s an ebook. And I can’t remember if I thanked you for the Apple Bread recipe. It’s a winner!!! Munchkins loved it.

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