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Plants, chats, and more


Tomato seedlings
Tomato seedlings

Week 8 of working from home. I love my family, but I really miss my empty nest. And I really miss work days without the interruption of TV noise (hubs is a soft-core news junkie). Walks in the spring sunshine are a sanity-saving therapeutic!

Except Spring seems to be taking a few days off. Even though it’s the second weekend of May, I do live in MN. We shouldn’t be within spitting distance of freezing for more than a day or two this time of year, but the weather wonks are saying we have a week of frost threats coming up. In any case, I can still plant potatoes and some seeds that aren’t bothered by the chill.

My seedlings seem to like the grow lights. Check out my tomato seedlings above. I transplanted the pepper seedlings as well, and the kale babies look great.

Pepper and kale seedlings
Pepper and kale seedlings

The onions are doing good, too. I’m hoping to put some of the garden in next weekend, depending on weather.

Have you been keeping in touch with friends or family through video chats? Last week I got to “see” a number of author friends, and this past week I video chatted with my writing sisters, some gals from work, and our Sisters in Crime chapter had our monthly meeting on Zoom (an interview with Allen Eskens!). Luckily our internet behaved pretty well, so the video chats weren’t too broken up. We’re supposed to get our new internet service this week–yippee! Crossing my fingers the new service is as good as I envision.

Speaking of Allen Eskens, if you ever have the opportunity, try to catch an interview with him or listen to him speak. He’s local; he lives just outside Mankato, where my kids go to college, so an hour away. He talked about his writing process a bit, and the things he said about how to create an emotional response in readers made something click in my writer’s brain. My online class delves into emotion and conflict, so I have a venue for testing out some of his suggestions.

If you caught my post last week, I mentioned I have an announcement. What I didn’t mention is I need your help 😀

Drumroll, please.


Murder in Plane SIght is a 2020 RONE Award nominee for mystery
Save the date!

InD’tale Magazine gave Murder in Plane Sight a great review in the July-August 2019 issue. Head over to my website to find an excerpt from the review and a link to the full review.

Readers vote for the finalists in each category/genre. Yes, the annoying thing is you need to create an account in order to vote (but you don’t have to keep it). You might want to; the magazine has some great author interviews, and they review indie books and small-press books in loads of genres every couple months.

HELP! The voting window for my genre opens on Monday, May 11 and closes on May 17. So, I’m asking you to put a reminder on your calendar for this week to pop over there and vote for Murder in Plane Sight.

Please. Pretty please with sugar on top.

Thank you, thank you in advance! I’ll be posting reminders on Twitter and FB as well.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! Enjoy your special day, then get back to writing!

Zoey sitting outside

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.

30 thoughts on “Plants, chats, and more

  1. Marking my calendar, Julie! 🙂 Good luck!! ❤

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  2. Will do–BRB

    Hooboy, they require an account… OK… See you there, Julie!

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  3. How do you get your cat to sit still for a photo. I usually capture the butt-end as it dashes off. (Dogs are easier!) Good luck with the RONE voting!

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    • I try to ambush her when she’s not paying too much attention. Then again, she’s either is okay with the camera, or she doesn’t believe I’ll actually take the picture. And a lot of the pictures are of her sleeping — heh.

      Have a great weekend, Priscilla!


  4. I will be sure to vote, Julie. I finally got my seeds and I can get started on my garden. We’ve had hot weather and dry but should get done needed rain this week. Nature sure helps with this shut in. Congrats on your review and have a fantastic week!

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    • Thanks, Denise! I have to pick up a few more seeds, and seed potatoes. I don’t think our local greenhouse has gotten their vegetables in yet, but I’ll have to pick up a few of those, too. Jalepenos and Brussels sprouts for sure.

      Have a great weekend!

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  5. Zoey’s like, “What? My human got nominated for an award?!”
    Calendar marked!! So exciting! Hope you win!

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  6. Your plants look great, Julie! A lovely sign of spring. And I’m glad you’ve been getting some ‘outdoor therapy/’ I think that helps all of us, to be honest.

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  7. I will definitely vote. Congratulations!

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  8. Looking forward to watching your garden grow. Happy writing!!!

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  9. Hi, Julie! Sorry, I’m late. I’m just now getting back into the swing of blogging and making rounds again after a long absence. Congratulations on begin nominated for a Rone! I do have an account already, so of course I hopped over and voted. Fingers crossed for you 🙂

    Your plants look great. You take such good care of your babies 🙂

    We’ve have three nights of below freezing temperatures. The other night we hit an all-time record low ,and the day before that we had SNOW. Most flurries but they kept up for a good 10-15 minutes. How freaking wrong is that? Fortunately, upper 70s are moving in the end of the this week.

    Stay safe. Raven sends hellos to Zoey 🙂

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    • Thanks so much! I’m so far behind in keeping up with blogs I think I might have to pick a point and move forward from there. We’ve had frost warnings for the past week or so, but no snow here. They did get snow a bit farther north. We’re supposed to be in the 60s-70s this week, and OMG 80 by early next week. Too warm for me, but no snow!

      Zoey says hi back to Raven 😀 😀 Have a great rest of your week!

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  10. Congrats on the great review and nomination. I’ll head over and vote.
    And I can relate to the hubby-news-noise. Sigh. Outside is a great place for a break. I planted my starts on Friday and I’m crossing my fingers that we won’t have a frost. High speed is getting close! Enjoy.

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