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New month, renewed focus? #amwriting


So, it’s finally February. Here in MN, we’ve had the longest run of cloudy days ever recorded. Seriously. They’ve talked about it on the news.

Granted, it’s been mild. Balmy, even. Our temps have been running at or just below freezing, helped a bit by the insulating cloud cover.

However, I’m starting to wonder if the sun is just a rumor. Someone said they saw it, or a facsimile of it, for about 30 seconds the other day.

So, what has this got to do with writing? Beside the whole gloomy atmosphere? Nothing. Well, maybe something. I was all ready to make up for a lack of writing this week, considering I’m doing a self-imposed NaNoWriMo to get the draft of my rural MN mystery done, and then … crash. Kids are home, and drama (son is reeling from his girlfriend of three years dumping him, and daughter’s confident plan of working at the place she did over winter break got torpedoed), so I need to shift into mom mode rather than “I’m going to shut myself away in the bedroom and write tonight” mode.

Mom mode isn’t terribly conducive to writing, at least for me. There’s the part of me that knows I need to engage. And there’s the part of me that wants to rail against the situation, take my laptop, and go play somewhere quiet. Which doesn’t help kids who are looking for parental reassurance from Mom. Mom has a different place in their world than Dad does. I think that’s the case for most everyone: Mom is a little higher on the list when it comes to family and comfort.

I hit the jackpot with hubs, who sees the kids more than I do due to that pesky full-time job thing. He’s wonderful at talking with them (better than I am, honestly). I keep telling the kids they should be thankful he’s such a great dad. Eventually, they’ll realize it.

So, despite my intentions to kick ass on this new project this weekend to make up for the lack of writing this week, it seems that will be a bit of a struggle. Oh, and rumor has it the sun is supposed to come out this weekend for a day. A whole day.

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I will enjoy as much sun as I can (considering it’s still a wee bit chilly to wear shorts and a t-shirt), and recharge my “happy” energy. And yes, take my laptop and go play someplace quiet.

PS to Marcia: my Muse is sending an applicant. Says the guy helped inspire all those Elvis beach movies and surfing movies. Your mileage may vary, but it sounds like he’s looking forward to testing the waves out your way πŸ˜€

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.

20 thoughts on “New month, renewed focus? #amwriting

  1. That’s the thing about parenting, isn’t it, Julie? It takes precedence over everything. As parents, we’ll drop it all and be right there if our children need us. I’d have done the same. I hope both your kids’ drama eases, and that the sun comes out!

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    • Yes, you are so right, Margot! I hope their drama eases soon as well. The sun came out today (didn’t they write a song about that? πŸ™‚ ), and for a little bit yesterday, so I took advantage with a few walks. The gravel road is mucky now with the thaw, but man, sure feels good to be outside in actual sunshine!

      Have a great week!

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  2. Mom mode, I totally get it! Your snow pic is pretty. We haven’t had any this winter (central Virginia).

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    • Yep. That whole “empty nest” thing was nicely conducive to writing while it lasted πŸ˜€ We haven’t had snow since last week, but there’s still plenty around. I’m sure we’ll get more over the next couple months. I’m enjoying the melting!

      Have a great week, Priscilla!

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  3. Your weather sounds horrible, Julie. It is very hot here. Not nice hot, tooooooo hot. I also know about mom mode. My youngest started high school recently so I’ve been doing my fair share of it too.

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  4. I could not live without sun. We’re having unusually sunny, hot days here in CA. I will see if I can send some your way.

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  5. Sometimes we just need to put writing on the back burner and not worry about it. Sounds like mom is in high demand. I hope things settle down soon, Julie, so you can get back to the laptop. πŸ™‚

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    • Me too. My son seems to be slowly getting to “okay” with the whole thing. He’s started playing guitar and working out with friends, so at least he has an outlet. My daughter is looking for other jobs, and in the meantime getting some hours at the grocery store where she worked when in high school. So the wrinkles are starting to smooth out.

      Have a wonderful week, Diana!

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  6. Okay, I don’t have the mom mode excuse. Just have to entertain my cats on occasion. I’m looking at February with renewed determination. After reaching 50K during NaNo, I’ve been pretty much zilch since then. Wishing you all the best.

    BTW, our temps aren’t nearly as cold, but we’ve had clouds and drizzle all week. The sun is out today and it makes a world of difference.

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    • Yes, it’s amazing how nice the sun is after days–weeks–of gloomy. And some days I’d love to just entertain some cats πŸ˜€ I’m doing okay on my project, but I should have twice as many words as I have now. This week is busy, so I’ll try, but I don’t anticipate catching up to where I should be this week. Sigh.

      Have a great week, Joan!

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  7. So sorry for your son. What a letdown! At least he knows now that she’s not the right girl for him rather than waste any more years on her while the right girl has been waiting for him to show up. That’s my take, anyway.
    I’ll bet you can’t wait to come to SD in March. I sure hope the weather is dressed to impress!

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    • So true! But at this point, he’s still in the “she’s the right girl” mode, and he doesn’t want to hear the ol’ “it wasn’t meant to be” line (even though secretly I don’t think she was the right one for him, even though she’s a really nice girl) We’re trying to reassure him that now isn’t the right time. Maybe things will work out down the road, but for right now, keep moving forward.

      I can’t wait to come out to SD! I know it’ll be here before I know it. And I’m looking forward to better weather than we typically have here in March. πŸ˜€

      Have a great week, Betsy!

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      • Funny you should say that you know she wasn’t the right girl. That’s one of the things that got me thinking to write the second book: 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person–something a college prof said: Ask what your mother thinks about the other person. Moms always know if someone is right for their kid or not, and they have an objective opinion on the matter. The person in the relationship is too close to it and too emotional to see the truth. I liked the wrong person in college. My roommate, speaking from experience, kept reminding me that it IS possible to fall in love with the wrong person. Happens all the time, sadly. (Not with me! But just saying.) πŸ™‚

        SD can hardly wait for you! (And me either.) πŸ™‚

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  8. Parenting is a life long job and I agree filled with drama, too:) Our sons are in the same boat. I hope you get that sun this week, Julie.

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    • We did get sun yesterday and today! I took some walks to enjoy both the sun and the balmy temps (except the wind was a bit cold today). My son is redirecting his energy into learning guitar and working out with his friends, so I think he’ll be okay. My daughter is looking for another job, so the drama is winding down. For now πŸ˜€

      Have a great week, Denise!


  9. Mom mode always takes priority, but you’ll find your way back to your nice quiet writing niche eventually. And wow, you just really be in gray havens mode out there, I hope the sun shows up soon. I have been away for a long weekend, and it was gorgeous–sunshine and upper 40s at the beach, In February, that’s a killer weekend. Came home to flurries, but tomorrow and Tuesday are upper 50s and low 60s. Freaking crazy weather, LOL!

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    • The sun showed up for a while yesterday and today. I even got to see sunrises! It’s amazing how good the sun feels after so long with clouds and gloom. You get 50s and 60s in February? Nice! It is wacky weather, though. We’re being spoiled this year with the mild Jan and Feb. Maybe this is our reward for the nasty winter we got a couple years ago. And last year was cold. What do they say? Don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it’ll change πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Have a wonderful week, Mae!

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