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So many directions at once #mnspring #amrevising


Do you ever have one of those weeks where things just seem to happen all at the same time? Welcome to my last couple of weeks. Hence my delay in getting this post written.

On the bright side, it was because I was working on my police procedural πŸ™‚

Any-hoo, half of what’s been taking my time has been writing-related. We attempted our first hybrid meeting for our Sisters in Crime chapter meeting. Not too bad, ran into a few hiccups. Fortunately, I also attended a Zoom meeting for another SinC chapter that discussed hybrid meetings, and learned how they handled those same bumps in the road. Had a chapter board meeting after that (that’s 3 evening meetings this week, in case you’re keeping track πŸ™‚ ) and discussed a few items. Handled a few items. All good!

Okay, other writing stuff includes the beta read I’m doing as part of the Inlet Beta Readers Club (that was one of those opportunities I mentioned last week) and continuing the revision process on my police procedural project. I will say, I’ve been able to get through the reorganization now. I’ve got to go back and add a few details, and a few additional short scenes. After that comes the “set it aside and let it cool” part. That’ll work out fine, because after I get this pass done, I have the Blueprint for a Book project I’m doing with a fellow SinC chapter author who’s working toward Author Accelerator certification.

So, remember that road trip I mentioned a couple weeks ago that upended my planned personal writing retreat? Yeah, that one. We adjusted that plan–I won’t fly back at all. I’ll drive out to CA with hubs, and our son will fly in mid-week to drive back with us. Simpler, because I don’t have to futz around with flying back, but knowing my husband, things might get complicated on the way back. Meaning, his brother (who passed away last fall) had a couple vehicles–CA vehicles, which means no rust–he is interested in bringing (driving) back (it’s a 1700 mile drive). Keep in mind these vehicles have likely not been driven for a long while (the tabs are a couple years expired). His super power is fixing things, and he has a habit of acquiring vehicles, especially vehicles with no rust (because every car on the road for more than a couple winters in MN has rust). (PS: do not ask me how many vehicles we currently possess (that may or may not be roadworthy). Just don’t.)

Yep. Here’s hoping his brother convinces him it’s not worth it (and may have some regulatory complications that make it too big of a PITA to do it).

Not to mention that we have a week to get stuff organized for the trip. Mind you, hubs is excellent at planning for contingencies. His contingencies, however, are on the mechanical side of things. Which leaves all the other stuff (food, camping if necessary, other associated stuff, anything having to do with computers) for me to plan. Then to make sure daughter, who will be remaining at the homestead, has what she needs and remembers to do important stuff like feeding the animals. That’s besides the day program she’ll be starting, which requires her to drive to the Cities every day.


No wonder it seems like time is flying by. Sheesh.

Anyway, next week I’ll be on the road heading West, and the following week I’ll be on the road heading back home, so you may not hear from me for a couple weeks except for canned posts.

Until then, keep on writing!

A furry belly to keep you smiling!

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??), one dog, 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.

5 thoughts on “So many directions at once #mnspring #amrevising

  1. I hope your trip goes smoothly, Julie. It’s a lot to manage, with everyone’s needs having to be considered. I’m glad your hybrid meeting went pretty well, even if there were a few glitches here and there. There’s so much possible now with Zoom (and similar) technology. I’m glad you’re working on your police procedural. Your Muse bribed encouraged me to remind you that you should be doing that. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks, Margot! And it would be just like him to brib–encourage you πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ Zoom and pretty much having to use it over the past few years has made it easier and people more comfortable with it. Yay for technology (when it works πŸ˜‰ )

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. I’m exhausted reading this. Wishing you well and hope you survive it all with your usual good sense of humor. Couldn’t Mr. Muse do some of this for you?

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  3. Wowsa! So much planning and just so many things in general here! And your daughter being in charge but also having to drive to the cities daily? I know that’s a long drive. Uffda indeed!

    But oooooooohhhhhh that fuzzy bellyyyyyyyyy. Ooooosshhheebooboo!!!!


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