Facets of a Muse

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Time, where did you go?


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Have you looked at the calendar lately? I thought we just finished Halloween, and now, in a week and a half, it will be Christmas.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Granted, Turkey Day was late this year, but still. I have to keep reminding myself there’s only one more week before Christmas. And guess what? I haven’t even started my shopping, much less finished it.

I’m almost finished with my draft of Book 2, but with the kids coming home for winter break, I’ll have to adjust my expectations of writing time and energy.

I know a lot of writers put their writing on “pause” during this time of year because let’s face it, there’s a hella lot of stuff going on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Trees to trim, lights to string, cookies to bake (erm, I think I missed that on my list), cards to send (damn, another thing I forgot on my list), gifts to buy (ugh), families to gather, you get the picture.

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I’ve had a lot of excuses to put my writing on pause over the past year or so (hey, legit struggles with the plot, y’all). I finally took a writing class to counter my procrastination, and it worked! I even managed to hack out 50k words (added up across multiple projects) during NaNo.

But now what? How do I keep up the momentum I built during NaNoWriMo? That’s the whole reason I do NaNo to begin with. Now with the annual holiday slump that seems to get worse every year, I struggle to make progress.

Wait! That’s it! The cure for the holiday slump, which in some circles is called “being a Grinch”, and in other circles is called “bah, Humbug!” Heh, let me try this out:

Sorry I didn’t get a gift for the exchange (the gifts-in-a-pile-then-random-selection game), I was working on the climax for Book 2.

Not bad. Here’s another one: Oh, sorry, I didn’t have time to make cookies this year. I had to write the big reveal for Book 2.

Hmm. I kinda like this. I could go places with this: Hey, I know I was supposed to bring the figgy pudding and mulled cider for the family Christmas, but my characters said if I didn’t get their big conflict scene written, they were going to stop talking to me for their New Year’s resolution. πŸ˜€

I’ve had it wrong all this time! Brilliant! Good thing the kids are in college so they won’t be so bummed when they realize I didn’t get them anything this year.

Despite the hustle and bustle of the season (wasn’t that part of a Christmas song?), give a bit of attention to your writing. Hey, what could be more theraputic than writing a little revenge short story starring Great-aunt Edith and her blood-red lipstick (that you still haven’t gotten out of last year’s cashmire sweater), or the stench of the perfume she bathes in? What about Great-uncle Horace who hasn’t cleaned his dentures for, yeesh, that long.

Next week is the solstice! Yippee! Finally, the days start getting longer. After that, I’ll be taking a break until after the new year.

As Dory would say:

And of course, can’t forget Zoey …

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, four 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.

23 thoughts on “Time, where did you go?

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  2. I wrote 1 000 words this morning and I plan to keep that going for the next few weeks of work being slower. Well done on your momentum, Julie. We’ll keep it going together.

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  3. I like the way you think, Julie! And any writer would understand the ‘Sorry I didn’t bake cookies, but…’ explanation. It’s just a crazy time of year, no matter how muted you try to keep things. Besides, this is a good way to keep that Muse of yours happy. Hey, if he wraps gifts and bakes cookies, you’ve got it made! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Can’t have your characters stop talking to you!

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  5. I can’t believe Christmas is is so close! I finally sent our some cards, but less this year and I call them vintages cards from years past. I’ve been in editing mode, but life is starting to interfer, so I focused on finishing up my blogs and newsletter. I like your writers explanation, Julie. We certainly can’t upset our characters with baking.:) Have a great week, Julie!

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    • I’m still thinking I should have at least two more weeks until Christmas! I still haven’t sent out cards, and I haven’t even thought about making cookies. Margot suggested maybe my Muse could do some baking for me (if only! πŸ˜€ )

      Have a great weekend, Denise!

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  6. From one who has tried those excuses, they definitely work. Though, you may not be invited back again. Which may not be all bad…

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  7. CAN’T forget Zoey! And, by all means, prioritize woman! I’ve done approximately squat for Christmas, so… right there with you!
    I got notes on ch. 1 back from an editor I met through Miss Snark’s blog. SUCH a keen eye! And, sigh, so much for me to work on. 😦 That’s the writing I’ll be doing!

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    • LOL! The kids are home, and one of the first things my daughter says is: where are the Christmas lights? We left them for her to put up (wink, wink)

      there’s always so much to work on, right? Good luck with the editor!

      Have a great week, Betsy! And make sure you have a few ribbons and bows around for the cats to play with πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  8. I like your approach, Julie. Do you think it will work?
    I’m a grinch too. I can’t wait for January. πŸ˜€

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  10. Does time fly even faster because our heads are in our writing? I look up and a week has passed – which is dangerous at this time of year πŸ™‚

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  11. Julie, good for you and your dedication to writing … I am sure everyone will understand.

    Have a wonderful holiday time (with writing!) and enjoy the blogging break!

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  12. LOL! I love your excuses for missing holiday happenings. I may have to try a few of them out.
    I’m still kind of freaking about Christmas being just around the winter wonderland corner, but it’s a good freaking out.
    I’m such a sap for the holidays, LOL!

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