Facets of a Muse

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Happy Spring! #amreading #amwriting


Minnesota welcomed the vernal equinox with rain. And more rain. And the next day? Below freezing temps in the morning. On the bright side, it was sunny all day, albeit with a nice brisk, crisp, north wind.

Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

Nothing like March to assure us Mother Nature is dealing with indecision. Spring? Nah, maybe more winter. Well, on the other hand, spring is kinda the thing now.


To make things worse more interesting, everyone, for the most part, is in quarantine. I’ve been working from home pretty much all week, and for the foreseeable future. On the plus side, no hour commute each way. On the negative side, since I do not have a dedicated office, and this whole “don’t go out if you don’t absolutely have to” thing, it’s getting to be an interesting exercise in co-habitation.

If hubs and I were thirty years younger, we could really enjoy it πŸ˜‰

In any case, I am taking the opportunity to continue procrastinating on spring cleaning in order to work on Book 2. Of course, with those two extra hours, I should really catch up on that.

“Yes, you should, love.”

I look up from my writing desk. My Muse, with the sleeves of his burgundy henley shoved halfway up his forearms, shows me a finger coated with dust. He wipes his finger on his worn-well jeans before he saunters to my desk and rests a hip on a corner near me.

I lean back in my chair. “I thought you needed a break. Besides, it isn’t like you are susceptible to this COVID-19 thing.”

“I’m not, but they have cancelled writerly gatherings everywhere.”

“And? It’s not like you need an excuse, is it?” Not that I want him to go anywhere, but he’s started reminiscing about his adventures, like, all the time. If I hear another story from the bubonic plague in Australia

He leans over me. I catch a scent of the woods in spring, with that fresh, loamy musk promising new growth. “You realize, love, this is a great opportunity–with few excuses, mind you–to work on Book 2.”

“Yes, I know. And I am. I have pages of notes.” And it isn’t as bad as I thought. I think once I finally nailed down the plot (after writing more than three-quarters of the story), things fell into place. Now it’s a matter of verifying the timeline and fleshing things out.

“I’m aware. And without that commute, you have two more hours each day to spend on it.” He straightens and crosses his toned arms over his broad chest. “With me.”

Who the hell else would I spend them with if I’m writing? I stand to face him eye-to-eye, since he’s still leaning on my desk. Wow. I’m always amazed at how blue his eyes are. “You’re not thinking about moving on, are you? To another less-aggravating writer?” He can’t. After all these years, I don’t think I could work with another muse. Or Muse.

A crooked grin deepens the divot in his chin. His low chuckle raises the temperature in my office. Or maybe it’s just me. “No, love. I don’t want to break in another writer. I’m talking about your distractions.”

“You mean like the veneer of dust you so helpfully pointed out?”

“That, and the rest. I know how you get when there’s too much other activity in the house.”

“Which is why I have this.” I sweep my hand to indicate my writing office.

“Hmph. This isn’t a physical space, love. You need a physical space.”

“I’ve been doing fine for years.”

An eyebrow arches. “Really, love? Let’s work on that during your breaks from Book 2, when you let the story sit after each round of revision.”

Whatever. After I manage some spring cleaning. We postponed our family Easter gathering, so there is no hard deadline. Still, I’ve been letting things languish way too long. I’ll have to collect cobwebs and chase out the dust bunnies before it’s time to plant the garden. πŸ˜€

Stay safe, everyone! Stay calm, wash your hands, maintain social distance, and WRITE ON!

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.

28 thoughts on “Happy Spring! #amreading #amwriting

  1. You made me chuckle.:-)

    Thanks for the kitty photo at the end. I think cute pet photos are needed right now!

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  2. Even without this whole virus thing, spring’s an odd time, isn’t it, Julie? The weather can’t make up its mind, and there really is, I think, such a thing as ‘spring fever.’ I think we all have to accustom ourselves to staying at home for a while. It certainly requires some adjustment, but we’ll manage. In the meantime, your Muse is right: keep making time and space to write.

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    • Spring fever? Absolutely! Every spring when it starts getting nice (but I know it isn’t going to stay nice yet) I wait for the grass to green up and the trees to start opening their leaves. I’ve been trying to get out and walk when the sun is out, because sun just makes me feel better (as long as it isn’t 80+ degrees out πŸ™‚ )

      Stay safe and have a great weekend, Margot!


  3. I’m glad you’re doing some writing, Julie. And I can’t wait until things warm up here a bit so I can get into the garden. It’s a good stress-reducer. Enjoy your productive isolation and stay safe. πŸ™‚

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    • This whole work-from-home-until-who-knows-when thing is good; I can reason the two extra hours mean I have less of an excuse πŸ™‚ And I hear you about the garden. My seedlings are just coming up, and I love to see the changes every day. Another week or two and they’ll have their true leaves; I’ll transplant them into bigger containers and wait for planting time πŸ˜€

      Have a wonderful weekend, Diana, and stay safe!

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  4. Can I borrow your muse for a while? I need some prodding.

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  5. Excellent advice. And how wonderful that Spring has sprung! Trees, birds, flowers, and pets are friends with whom we can safely and happily socialize. πŸ™‚

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    • Absolutely, Paul! Spring is wonderful; the birds are starting to come back. The wood duck pairs that stop over at our place every year have arrived, and will move on in a week or so.

      Stay safe and have a great weekend!


  6. Good way to start my day–including the happy kitty pic.

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  7. My goodness, Zoey is a cutie. Thankfully the two neighbor cats still run to me when I make an appearance. I’m not so sure that this quarantine is going to do my writing any favors. I try to escape into my bedroom, but now that’s my husband’s new office. I guess there’s always the car in the driveway. :/

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  8. A very entertaining post as always, Julie. I am also making more progress with my book now that I am not commuting to school and work. It is fantastic. I don’t mind being isolated that much as I prefer to do my hobbies anyhow and work remains unchanged. I am, of course, worried but fondant art helps dull it down.

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    • Agreed! It’s amazing how much time the commute takes up. I’m starting revisions, and my homework for my writing class. And spending time staring longingly at the brown yard hoping to see green start popping up. I’d be more productive, I think, if I had more time alone. Now’s a good opportunity to start working on turning my son’s room into a writing office πŸ˜€

      Stay safe! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Our spring is doing the same thing here and burying our poor daffodils. I hope this time is productive for you. I’m finding myself on the distracted side. Have a great rest of weekend, Julie:)

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    • I hear you about distracted. Being stuck at home means being reminded more often how far behind I am in the cleaning and organizing chores. I have to set aside some time to address those, I suppose. My seedlings are coming up, so I watch them and wait for things to warm up so I can get in the garden. Or at least pick asparagus!

      Have a wonderful weekend, Denise! Stay safe!


  10. I’d love to have a Muse like yours, but he’d be more distracting to me than any dust:) Hope you get VOLUMES of writing done.

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  11. Happy Spring, Julie. Stay safe and well. πŸ™‚

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  12. Spring gives the soul a much needed boost – and now more than ever this year πŸ”†πŸŒΎTake care.

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