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A taste of … summer? And Musing revisions #amrevising

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One day. We are due to experience ONE day of realistic spring/summer temps close to 70 degrees F–well, half a day before the storms move in–before going back to the almost-spring temps in the 40s.

I am so DONE with this not-quite-spring. We’re three-quarters of the way through April; we are usually starting to debate prepping the garden about now. I never plant before mid-May, because in MN we can get a freeze or frost up through Memorial Day. And there was this big bright ball of fire in the sky a couple days ago. Rumor has it they call it “sun”. I went for a short walk, because even though the nice, bright light said, “hey, it’s beautiful out here”, the breeze said, “don’t get your hopes up, it’s not going to get very warm.”

It’s been so gloomy the past freaking month I pulled out my SAD therapy light again, after I thought I was done needing it for the season.

“It’s a good excuse to work on your manuscript, love.”

I can’t help rolling my eyes. My Muse drops into the other recliner in the alcove. Today his wardrobe includes navy sweatpants and a long-sleeved T-shirt with a vintage AC/DC album cover on the front. Hell, there’s probably a list of concert appearances from the 80s on the back.

“Yeah. I read through my agent’s comments on Book 2. I have to let them simmer a bit before I come up with any sort of revision plan. That doesn’t mean I like the crap-ass weather we’ve been having. I’d feel a lot better if, you know, it almost felt like spring instead of … whatever this gray, wet, cool, hella-windy stuff is.” Heck, those few days in Albuquerque were the days where I saw the sun for more than a couple hours.

“Besides, if the weather was half-way decent, I could at least go for a walk to help me with my revision plan.”

He flips out the footrest and settles in. “What am I? Chopped liver?”

“No, of course not. But you know as well as I do that walking helps me brainstorm. And when you walk with me, it’s even better.” I just have to remember to bring along something to write down the great ideas I get. I’ll have to check that out on my Apple watch; I think it has a record function.

“I always walk with you, love.”

Actually, he doesn’t, but I don’t need to call him on it. Sometimes he leaves me alone on purpose. I know this because those are the times I do nothing but zone out. I think they call it “walking meditation”.

“Whatever. You need to help me figure out how to strengthen a couple characters in Book 2, and who I need to axe. I have an idea, but I’m not sure how to fix the hole if I get rid of him.”

“Well, get out the brainstorming bucket, love. We’ve got a whole wall we can throw at to see what sticks.”

Hope everyone is doing well, especially those in the path of whatever this week’s flavor of extreme weather is. Which reminds me, I have a friend in AZ I need to check in on.

Stay Calm, beg Spring to stick around, and Keep 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, two 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.

5 thoughts on “A taste of … summer? And Musing revisions #amrevising

  1. It’s so interesting, isn’t it, Julie, to see how the weather affects us. And you’re right; when it’s not quite spring and you still feel ‘wintery,’ it’s hard to get that feeling of energy and ‘fresh air’ that you get in the spring. I hope your weather breaks soon. And in the meantime, at least you’re staying productive and brainstorming!

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    • Yes, you are so right, Margot! This long, cold, gray, windy not-quite-spring is really crashing my vibe.

      Crossing fingers we get some SPRING before summer shows up. Spring is my favorite season, and I always get bummed when we don’t get much of one.

      Happy Writing!

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  2. The neighbors white scaredy cat is sleeping on top of the kids’ play structure outside my window. I can just see the top of his fuzzy side as he lays there. How I wish I could go run my fingers through that furrrr… Mmmm. Prrrr.
    Sorry, Zoey’s not reading this, right? I wouldn’t want her to feel jealous. I will always love her.

    Saw an SNL weather report from MN sketch recently. The guy just looked defeated. “How’s the weather? What do you think? It’s Minnesota. April, cold. May, cold. June, cold. July, somehow hotter than hell.” Made me think of you and smile. 🙂

    Good luck on your revisions!

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    • LOL! I missed that one–I’ll have to check on YouTube. Pretty accurate so far this year!

      Kitty!! Zoey’s started begging for petting in the mornings again. She didn’t for a long time. However, she doesn’t like being picked up, and won’t sit on anyone’s lap. So, she walks back and forth beside my work chair so I can reach down and pet her. Or brush her now that she’s starting to SHED. OMG, my black sweatpants have enough cat hair to knit a sweater. Sheesh.

      And those pics–SOOO CUTE! Are you sure you can resist making those kittens part of the Kerekes fam?

      Happy Writing! (and happy neighbor kitty petter–makes me really think again about getting kittens. Zoey would NOT appreciate it 😀 )

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      • You gotta keep getting Zoey warmed up to the idea of kittens by catsitting for your son and his gf again. 🙂

        The girls do kind of want a kitten, but our experience with the kittens we catsat last year… not great.

        Ew, the shedding. That would drive me nuts, but I’m glad Zoey is into being pet again. 🙂

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