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First New Year goal = success! #amwriting #firstdrafts


YES! I did it! I finally finished my eighth (yes, my eighth start-over) first draft of Book 2! Woo-hoo!

Nobody’s around to see my Snoopy dance in my writing office.


Damn it. I can’t even celebrate finally reaching that elusive finish line by myself. “Really? C’mon, let me revel a bit. You know how long I’ve been working to reach the end of a draft for Book 2?”

“I’m well aware, love.” My Muse rests a hip on my desk and crosses his arms on his broad chest. He’s wearing a fisherman’s sweater in a powder-pale gray, along with dark gray lounge pants and slippers in the shape of …

“Are you seriously wearing koala slippers? They actually make those in your size?” I mean, I can see kids wearing koala slippers, but a grown man?

He sticks a foot out. “I have to support my fellow Aussies. Besides, they’re warm.”

O-kay. I admit, they are cute. I just never pictured a six foot-two inch tall, lean, muscular, oh-so-easy-on-the-eyes Muse with fuzzy koala bears on his feet.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, basking in the pre-revision glory of a finished draft. “You, ah, could go for a pub crawl with Mr. E.” I wonder if he’ll get the hint.

A crooked smile inches across his face. “In case you didn’t hear, love, there’s a major snowstorm raging outside through tonight. I think I’d rather hang out with my wonderful writer and work on her next project while she’s letting her shiny new draft rest.”

Ugh. “Fine. I have to rewrite the first chapter again anyway.”

An eyebrow arches. “Again? How many times have you done that already?”

“Erm, four. I think.”

My Muse rolls his eyes and sighs. “This isn’t going to be another Book 2, is it?”

I can’t resist. I stick out my tongue at him. “No. I know how this story will go. Mostly. Enough to get through the first draft, anyway. And I have to take two–wait, three more classes. Which reminds me, I have to sign up for one.”

His chest rises and falls with a deep breath. “You sure about that? Your daughter is home for the semester. Are you going to be able to focus on more than one thing?”

“She’ll work nights, just like she did over the summer and over winter break, so, yeah.”

He doesn’t look convinced. “Can you get the draft of this other project done before March? Because, as I recall, you have a lot going on that month. And,” he shakes a finger at me, “you will have to start revisions on Book 2.”

I drop into one of the corner recliners. “You sure know how to crash a party.”

“It’s not your first book, love. You know what you need to do.”

“Yeah, yeah. I know.”

So, while the wind wages war with all those frozen water flakes outside, I’ll be working on my next project. Wait, I have some long overdue reviews to write, too. Maybe I can pull out my fresh new seed catalogs when I need a break instead of shoveling off the deck šŸ˜€

Have a great writing weekend! For all those in the path of this latest snowstorm, stay safe, stay warm!

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.

30 thoughts on “First New Year goal = success! #amwriting #firstdrafts

  1. Yay for finishing your eighth first draft of book 2! And I thought I was the only one who counted drafts like that.:-)

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  2. So happy for you that you got that draft finished! That is fantastic, Julie! Of course, your Muse is right that you have other things to do, and that you’ll be busy. But, honestly, I’m glad you’re taking pride in this.

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  3. Congratulations on finishing your draft! And for having the sexiest, most entertaining Muse ever! I have Muse Envy. I must be doing something wrong. Or maybe it’s because Muses prefer to hang out with folks a wee bit younger than I. I could lure one with food, perhaps. Oh, wait. I hate cooking. I reckon it’s just me and my going-on-76-year-old wit around this place, unless you count six cats and an aging dachshund. And I’m guessing that means when I want to visit with a sexy, entertaining muse, I’ll swing by here! But that’s okay. They don’t come any better than yours, anyway. šŸ™‚ ā¤

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    • Thanks, Marcia! I can ask my Muse if he knows someone who needs a writer who loves animals and lives where it’s warm all year (warm is relative, of course, but compared to MN, yeah, you’re in a warm place šŸ˜€ ) I think he said he knows one who’s been mistaken for Sam Elliot on occasion. šŸ˜€

      Have a warm, sunny weekend! Or I can try to send some snow and cold your way … šŸ˜‰

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      • Sorry to be late in responding, Julie. I’m WAAAAY behind. (Obviously). Oh, it’s more than warm down here, I think. Warm is our winter weather. Sweltering comes along in spring. Then 50 Shades of Hell arrives about July. :O So, any Muse coming this way needs to wear warm weather attire. I figure low-slung board shorts should about do it. Nothing else required. And age is totally unimportant. Really. I’ll just be admiring from afar, so young, old, middle of the road–all will work, thanks. I’ll be listening for the doorbell. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

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      • Don’t feel bad, Marcia, I’m waaay behind, too. Love your classifications of weather down there šŸ˜€ Esp. 50 shades of Hell! LOL! Hmm. I’ll mention it to my Muse and see if he knows any fellows looking for a writer in a warm climate. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

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  4. Congratulations. Finishing the first draft is great.

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  5. 8! That is impressive. So it should be out soon? OK, now I also have long-overdue reviews to write!

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  6. Congrats, Julie. Do that happy dance. You deserve it. šŸ™‚ Now back to editing. Ha ha. Happy Writing!

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  7. Yay, Julie. Happy dance for you over here.

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  8. Congrats on finishing that first draft….yay! Happy weekend.

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  9. Congrats on finishing the draft! I know you have had your nose to the grindstone and been working non-stop. That is a well deserved Snoopy dance (even Mr. E. agrees).

    Our snow storm fizzled. Started at 5-8″, dropped to 3-5″, then 1-3″ and we ended up with a dusting and a lot of rain. We’re happy to have dodged a bullet!

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    • Lucky you! We got probably 5-6 inches (hard to tell with so much blowing), but hoo-boy, the wind! Ground blizzard all day long, and they are still advising no travel. Hopefully they’ll be able to deice the roads so my commute tomorrow is okay, but with temps still in the low teens, hard to say how well the chemicals will work. As long as the rain isn’t freezing, I’ll take it over snow šŸ˜€

      Have a great weekend!

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  10. Zoey looks safe and warm. That’s all *I* care about. šŸ˜‰ Congrats on getting the draft done! Way to push through.

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  12. Congratulations, Julie! šŸ˜€ Well done and you enjoy your Snoopy dance! šŸ˜€ I’m laughing at your Muse in his koala slipper … they are so cute! With a storm outside and your daughter resting during the day you’ll have plenty of time to write with a break now and then to plan for Spring gardens! Hooray! Daffodils in the house here and I’m imagining the bulbs soon blooming. Happy Writing, Editing … and all that goes with it! šŸ˜€

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  13. Congratulations your persistence pays off! Love your chat about your muse and please thank him for his valuable support for us Aussies – thoroughly enjoyed your post. šŸØšŸØšŸØšŸ’«

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  14. Absolutely! And praying for everyone, animals included, who is dealing with the fires. Stay safe! Thanks for stopping by!


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