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NaNoWriMo Eve, aka Halloween #nanowrimo #amrevising


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Hey, all! Just a quick post because I’m frantically working on my revisions. Almost forgot about Halloween. It’s my daughter’s fave holiday. Me, never got overly excited about it, except that first year my son was old enough to go trick-or-treating. Damn, that was a long time ago!

*shuffle, bang, tussle*


My Muse points to the recliner in the corner. “Revision, love.”

“But …”

His blue eyes narrow. “Don’t argue.”

Grumble. “Fine. I was going to do that right after I finish this post.”

His brow arches. “I will finish the post. You go write.”

I ponder another cup of coffee. Really. No, I am not admiring his burgundy henley with sleeves shoved to his elbows or his pajama pants complete with Jack o’lanterns and black cats on them. Okay, maybe I am admiring them a little. And his feet are bare. Is that scruff on his face? What was I going to do again?

“Over. There. Revise.” He gives me a little shove toward the corner recliners.

Oh, yeah. Revise.

My lovely writer plops into a recliner and swings out the footrest. About damn time. If she has her shit together, she can finish her revisions today. Tomorrow, all bets are off. I’ve been through this dance before with her. So many times.

Some years, she’s on top of things. This year? I have to give her credit. She’s giving it a good go despite being her Sisters in Crime chapter’s NaNo liason on top of her usual attempt at being a good little writer.

“I heard that!”

“Revise, love. I’ll be there in a minute.”

“You bringing my coffee, too?”

Sigh. I have a writer to wrangle. Those of you who are joining my writer for this year’s 50k-thousand-words-in-30-days marathon, good luck!

Here’s a useful Muse tip (at least it works with my writer): Save the good chocolate for your reward when you hit your daily word count. It really works as incentive.

Why are you looking at me? Get 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, 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.

17 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Eve, aka Halloween #nanowrimo #amrevising

  1. Save the good chocolate . . . that’s the best tip I’ve read all week! Happy Halloween!

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  2. Good luck, Julie. I am neck deep in editing again too. Now its the printer’s proof.

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  3. Wishing you well as you work on that revision, Julie! Hey, why are you reading this comment?! Didn’t you Muse tell you to revise??!! 😉

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  4. I love that Kermit clip! Good luck with Nano, Julie. And Happy Halloween!

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  5. To me it looked like Zoey was saying, “There’s good chocolate??”

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    • LOL! So, you’re saying I should probably hide my good chocolate from the cat? 😀 😀 Maybe not chocolate, but she has a tendency to eat dust bunnies. I’ve tried to tell her that they are not real bunnies, but she ignores me.

      And pass this along to Paul: SKOL Vikings! We beat the Packers AT LAMBEAU FIELD! Woo-hoo! Granted, the Vikes record is pathetic this year, BUT WE BEAT THE PACKERS ON THEIR TURF (helped along by the insane number of penalties the Packers collected in the second half 🙂

      Have a great week, Betsy!

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      • Message has been passed along. I love that you and Paul have this in common. We were at Mass Sunday and someone ahead of us was wearing a Packers face mask. I whispered to Paul, “Try to remain calm, but Packers face mask, 1:00.” He chuckled. After the game he made some sort of comment like, “Take that, Packers fan!” I asked if we should go back, try to find her, and rub it in her face. He declined. Very civil of him.

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      • Oh, and maybe the most effective way of hiding the good chocolate from Zoey is to just get it out of the house. Like, complete and total removal. No temptation available. It seems clear the best course of action is to simply mail the chocolate to me. I’ll text you the address. 😉

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      • LOL!! I have to tell you, I did laugh out loud at this! And here I thought you were going to suggest I just eat it, then it’s gone. 🙂 😀

        However, if you want to text me your address, I can send you a ball of cat fur straight from the Ginger Queen herself 😀

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      • Strangely, I was momentarily tempted by that offer. Oh, and that she eats dust bunnies? Awesome! Who needs a Roomba?!

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      • Response from Paul:

        If the Vikings can only win two games a year, I would want it to be against the Packers (they play twice)…if only one game, against the Packers at Lambeau field!

        So, pretty good year so far. 🙂

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  6. Good luck this year and happy writing 😉

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