Facets of a Muse

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9th annual Writing Sisters Reunion #amwriting #amediting


Crystal River

“Come on. I asked you, and you said you would, and I quote, ‘be happy to write your post’.”

“That was before …”

“Uh-uh. Nope. No excuses. We have an agreement.”

“Not part of my job description, love.”

“It falls under the ‘and other duties as required’ clause.”

I give my writer my best narrowed-eyes look. “On one condition.”

“No conditions. You know damn well I’m trying to be productive, even if it’s being in a critique discussion with the rest of my Writing Sisters.” My writer plants her fists on her hips. “What did you do besides float down the river yesterday?” she asks in a tone of suspicion.

“I relaxed.” And a little recreation, but I’m not inclined to mention that. So what if I got caught up in a game of Frisbee golf? “Besides, you went on an outing, too.”

She narrows her eyes at me and raises a brow. “We went to a historical house-slash-museum.”

I allow an eye-roll. “Because you write historical fiction, right?”

“No, because it was an activity, it was interesting, and what if I do decide to write something historical?” She purses her lips. “C’mon. I work, and you write my blog post. I’m working on my writing.”

Sometimes I can’t resist yanking her chain. “I haven’t seen a whole lot of writing so far, love.”

“You know how this works. We go over everyone’s stuff. Today is my turn. Besides, we always whip up creative energy when we get together. I’ll be charged up by this afternoon when we have our writing time.” She adds a finger wag. “And I’m expecting you to be available, not off on some kayak down the river.”

I have to smile. Gods, I love when she gets fired up like this. It’s a special kind of energy those eight women wind up, even if one of them is connecting through whatever video chat thing they have going. “Of course I’ll be available, love.”

“And you’ll write my blog post?”

I toss an arm around her shoulders. “You know I will, as long as you are working.”

“Great!” She hands me her computer. “Here you go. I’m going to go for a run before breakfast.”

The ladies had a great session yesterday, from what the other muses tell me, so I’m not too worried. I’d better get another game of golf in before they start up today. Keep writing!

Tibbers and Nyx

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.

15 thoughts on “9th annual Writing Sisters Reunion #amwriting #amediting

  1. Frisbee gold, huh? And your muse says that you were the one taking time off?! 😉 Seriously, I’m glad you had a good reunion with your Writing Sisters. Isn’t the community of writers great? It’s not a zero-sum game; we all do well when we help each other.

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    • LOL! We were on our way to tour the museum and I saw him floating down the river on an inflatable raft. I figured he’d find some way to enjoy himself while I was working on actual writing stuff 😀

      The reunion was wonderful! After we hadn’t seen each other in person since 2019, it felt so good to laugh with them and get wonderful feedback and ideas. A writing community is so valuable!

      Have a wonderful week, Margot!

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  2. Argh! I meant *Frisbee golf!* Oops!

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  3. I am glad you are meeting up with your Writing Sisters again. I feel this winter I’ve just come through has been the worst one of my entire life. A third wave of covid and very bad weather added up to a difficult time not matter how hard I found against feeling dismal. I am glad things are starting to normalise everywhere, including here.

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  4. I’m glad you had a great time with your writing sisters. How did you get a muse who works? Mine is a slave driver when he decided to show up these days.

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  5. Julie, it is fun reading about you writing sisters. Playing frisbee and leaving your writing a rest.
    I bet the many laughs will inspire more writing. The two cats look quite bewildered as they
    observe the humans. 🤗.


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  6. Oh, that Muse of yours, Julie. What a character. 😉
    Sounds like you’re having a lovely time. No surprise there.
    Tibbers and Nyx are so grown up and beautiful!

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    • LOL! We had a great time. Lots of laughter, lots of sisterhood, and even managed to get some writing in 🙂 Next year is our tenth anniversary. We’ll have to whoop it up!

      Those kittens–actually, cats now–are still adorable. My son’s girlfriend moved in with him and brought her cat, so now they have three. And Nyx is apparently still a troublemaker 🙂

      Happy Writing, Betsy!

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