Facets of a Muse

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Summer of a-Muse-ment #amrevising #amreading


“You’re hovering.”

“I’m here, love.”

I push back from my desk in my writing office and narrowly miss my Muse’s toes. “I know, and I appreciate it, but you are hovering.” I plant a hand on his solid–oh, yes, broad and solid–chest and push him back so I don’t crack my head into his chin. “Give me some space. Sheesh. Why are you hovering?”

A crooked grin eases onto his face, giving his dimple an excuse to appear. “Because you are riding a surge of creative energy, and I want to make sure you take advantage of it.”

He rests a hip on the corner of my desk. Today he’s got a beach bum theme going: blue board shorts, flip-flops, and a tank top sporting a hand flashing the universal “hang loose” sign. He smells like the ocean, sand and sun and coconut tanning lotion. His skin is burnished bronze, and his hair is sun-bleached on the edges. I suspect he spent some time enjoying wind and waves while I visited with my family last weekend.

“Uh-huh.” I brush past him and try to ignore the rising temperature of the room. Or is it just me? Or maybe it’s the upper-eighties temps outside–naw, the air conditioning is working pretty well. Must be one of those fabled “hot flashes”.

Yeah, let’s go with that. Wait, that means I’m, ah, …

My Muse chuckles, a deep, baritone rumbling that raises the room temp even more. “You’re only as old as you think you are.”

Dang, it’s hot in here. I focus my next steps on crossing the office to grab water from the mini-fridge. The fewer times I stumble when he’s around, the less chance his ego has to take center stage. “I want to get my revisions done and sent back to my agent by the end of the month, before the reunion.”

“You’ll have them done,” he assures me, “unless you get distracted.”

I swallow a quarter of the bottle of water before I turn toward him. “I’m really trying not to get distracted, but we have my hubby’s nephew’s wedding out in Virginia at the end of September, and oh, my god, trying to figure out the best”–and cheapest–“way to get there and back is like falling into an internet rabbit hole.” I think we spent three hours last night (on top of the three hours I spent last week putting together a spreadsheet of flights and prices for Hubs (because he likes to see everything written down; I’ve known him for over 30 years, so yes, I spent the time)) trying to determine the best way to get around out there. The Metro Lines? Do we have to rent a car? Which Metro stations have parking? When should we sightsee? When are we flying out? Which airport is better? Oh. My. Gawd. This is one reason I hate traveling.

“That’s not your only distraction, love. You have creative distractions.”

“No thanks to you.” It seems I’m riding a surge of creative energy right now, but I have to put any thoughts about next projects aside until my revision is done, which is frustrating in a lot of ways. Man, I need a writing sabbatical in a little cabin in the woods.

“You’re welcome.”

“Wait, you’re warning me about creative distractions pulling me away from my revision, and you’re smug about it?”

His grin widens. “You are receptive right now, so yes.”

“Well, put a pin in it for now. I have stuff to do this weekend, like clean and make pickles.” I hate the thought of breaking away from my writing at this point, but real life has to be handled when it has to be handled, and the house won’t clean itself (damn!).

He saunters to me and rests a hand on my shoulder, the scent of coconut tanning lotion surrounding us. “I’ll still be here, love.”

“Well, don’t hover.”

“I can’t make any promises.”

Uff-da. The worst thing about having all the creative energy is not being able to sit down and take advantage of it. Hope you are all staying cool and able to take advantage of your own creative energies.

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.

9 thoughts on “Summer of a-Muse-ment #amrevising #amreading

  1. That’s the way life goes sometimes, isn’t it, Julie? You feel good, you have creative energy, you know what you want to accomplish, and that that’s when the outside world comes a’ knockin’ on the door. It happens to me, too. I find it best to hang up the (for me, virtual) ‘not available’ sign for a certain period of time, so I can get writing things done. Then I do the ‘rest of the world’ things. I wish you well juggling it all!

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    • Great idea for the “not available” sign in the virtual space. I’ve been doing that, sort of–I’ve been avoiding blog reading and other such endeavors in the interest of working on Book 2, which makes me feel a bit disconnected. And all the real life stuff that seems to pile up every so often. And sometimes I can only put off the real-life stuff so long before I have to face it (cleaning 🙂 )

      Happy Writing, Margot!

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  2. Love this. It definitely reflects how I’ve been feeling the past couple of months with so much I want to accomplish, but also so many other fun things to distract me, as well as the house cleaning, cooking, etc. But I’m slowly making progress . . . good luck with your revisions! I’ll be over here working on mine!

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    • Fun things for distraction–I hear ya! And all those other mundane things seem to “crash the vibe”. And yes, the list of “stuff I really want to get done” never seems to get any smaller; another addition for every item checked off. Good luck with your revisions, Liz! And if you’re out in Oshkosh this weekend, hope you have fun! I thought about going, but I’ll be out in WI this coming weekend (plus a bunch of other vacation days between now and Nov and work stuff to get done).

      Happy Writing!


  3. Ah, Zoey. She’s looking right at me again. Oh no. She looks like she knows I was petting the gray kitty that came to the door. I’m sorry, Zoey! I was weak! I’d say it won’t happen again, but….

    Uffda on the trip to VA. That does sound like an unfun jigsaw puzzle to put together. I hope you find a happy outcome!

    Talking about writing distractions. Does your Muse not realize he’s one of them? Sheesh! 😉

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    • LOL! If my Muse does realize he’s one of the distractions, he’s either ignoring the fact or testing me with it 😉 And about Zoey–I explained to her that if any kitty shows up to be petted, well, we humans have an obligation to pet them. It’s in the cat-human contract, isn’t it? And I got to visit my son and the kitties this week–Juniper is soooo adorable! And soft! Like petting a cashmere sweater, except she purrs 🙂

      Happy Writing, Betsy!

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