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Do not disturb the disturbed #amwriting #amrevising


Do not disturb sign

My writer has a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door to her writing office.

Cute. I enter the office. It’s too quiet. Even with the hum of the air conditioner, it still feels quiet.

She’s sitting in one of the corner recliners with her laptop, a glass of ice water on the end table, and a notebook beside her. She doesn’t even look up when I close the door.

“Well, look at you, love, all industrious and writerly.”

She sighs and flips me a pained expression. “Didn’t you read the sign?”

“I’m your Muse, love. ‘Do not disturb’ means you are all mine.” I grab a brew from the mini-fridge and settle into the other recliner.

“And here I thought you came to write my blog post for me.” She narrows her eyes. “Speaking of, why don’t you make yourself useful and do that.”

Oh. Hand to my heart. “That hurts, love. You know I’d much rather help you with the scene.”

She sighs and bounces her head against the headrest. “After you write the post. Please?” She bats her eyelashes at me like a swooning teenager. Come to think of it, she did that once when she was a teenager. That’s how I got my writer.

“You don’t do puppy-dog eyes very well.”

“It worked back in the day.”

“No.” Well, yes, but that’s not the point. “I was already working with you by then.”

Her eyes grow wide. “No, you weren’t.”

“Yes, I was. You just didn’t know it yet. We’re sneaky like that. That’s part of the capital ‘M’ in my title. I gave you a test, and you passed with flying colors.”

Her mouth gapes like a fish before she manages to speak. “Test? What test?” She shakes her head. “Never mind. Are you going to write my post or what? I’ve finally finished pickling, and turned in my assignment, so I’m going to work on my revision.”

“Fine, love. I am glad to see you working.” She’s been slacking the past couple weeks, with all the garden stuff.

“Har, har. You know I’ve been doing garden stuff. By the way, you saw the feedback I got on my last assignment, right? The one with objective third person and close third person.”

“Yes.” She got great feedback. “No more imposter syndrome self-talk, love.”

She frowns. “I should have had this book done and submitted by now.”

“What did I just say? I’ll write your post, you work.”

“Thanks! You’re the best Muse ever!” Her grin makes me wonder if she planned this.

Of course I planned it. By accident. Oh well. I finished my last batch of pickles this week, not because I ran out of cucumbers, but because I’m tired of it. And we’re running out of canning lids. Seems there’s a major shortage of canning lids now that everyone is staying close to home and people probably planted gardens for the first time. Ugh. I hacked the cucumber vines back, and any cukes that do grow I’ll let get nice and big for the chickens.

Happy Writing!

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, five 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 “Do not disturb the disturbed #amwriting #amrevising

  1. Funny how our Muses find us, even when we’re not looking for them, isn’t it, Julie? I’m glad you’re making progress on your writing, and focusing on that. My own Muse is pushing me to get back to it, too. I wonder if batting my eyelashes will convince my Muse to give me some brilliant ideas… 😉

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    • It’s been tough lately, with all the garden stuff. I have a love/hate relationship with the garden: love the taste of fresh veggies, hate weeding and trying to use up or preserve all the veggies before they go bad. Yeesh! Yes, try batting your eyelashes. Hey, can’t hurt 😀

      Have a great weekend, Margot!

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  2. A lovely post, Julie, I’m glad you are writing again. We are planning to do some canning this summer too.

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  3. Oh those muses! I’m just glad she didn’t do the fingers-as-heart symbol!

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  4. Your muse speaks so sultrily! I’m just so impressed that you continue to get cute cat photos when our cats’ photos are mostly black blur and tail ends!

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    • Heh. The trick is to get them when they’re sleeping. Except then all the pics are of sleeping cats. My son brought his two kittens over, and I tried to get pics of them. Little buggers wouldn’t stand still!

      Have a great weekend, Priscilla!


  5. I like to think I found my muse, but I’ve wondered…lol. Glad you got help with the post. Nice you got all that canning done, I’m still waiting on my cucumbers here. Been a strange weather year with growing but the heat is finally encouraging it. Have a great weekend and happy writing

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    • I am so relieved the canning is done. I like having finished, but getting there can be bumpy. Hope you get cucumbers. I’m about cucumbered out. The tomatoes are coming in, but the plants are dying fast, so crossing my fingers the plants last long enough to at least start ripening the tomatoes.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Denise!

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  6. Years back, your muse inspired me to write about my muse, Julie. But mine doesn’t write my posts for me. I should try to shame her into it. Lol
    Canning lids?? The big grocery store near me is STILL out of toilet paper! Isn’t that weird? What a strange time. Keep pushing forward on your writing. Have a lovely productive weekend. ❤

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    • I remember that post! We had a neat little muse story circle going for a bit. That was a blast! I definitely think you should try shaming her into writing a post, and don’t let her delegate the task to the howler monkey. Who knows what he’d come up with 😀

      Toilet paper is available around here, but not like it used to be. And people have resorted to buying canning jars with lids just to get the lids. Hopefully the supply will catch up soon. We’re already planning to stock up once we can find them. I have some reusable ones, but I hesitate to use them with the pressure canner.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Diana!

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  7. Great post, Julie, er, I mean, Muse! Congrats on the feedback. (I don’t even know what those different styles of third person mean.) Glad the pickles are done! And hehwo, my sweet kitty-kitty! Mwawr!

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    • I didn’t know there was even an objective third person. It was a fun assignment, and the next one was another fun one. I’m so glad the pickles are done, too! Now the tomato avalanche has arrived, and there is a canning lid shortage. I hadn’t planned to can tomatoes, but I didn’t know I’d be getting this many, either! Maybe we’ll freeze some (if we have any space left in the freezer 😐 )

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  8. Love this format so much, so loose and intimate. Not seen anything similar in a writing blog for ages.

    Closest thing I can think of is a guy called Austin’s who blogs over at https://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com/

    He writes about his writing interspersed with visits from the devil and other supernatural beings.

    Enjoyed your approach so much, will be subscribing today so I can keep up with you and your muse more. Thank you 🙂

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