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Whether you’re a writer just getting started, or writing your fiftieth short story or novel, or even if you’re a reader who is curious about the real story behind how fiction gets made, come hang out with us.

I’m Holly Lisle, and I’ve been writing and publishing both commercially and independently since 1991. Meanwhile, my daughter Rebecca Galardo is a long-time fiction writer but a new novelist. Together, we discuss our own adventures (and misadventures), answer listeners’ questions, and explore the weird job of writing fiction for a living.

And the show title? That’s not a strange joke. That’s just the job description.


 

Dead Man’s Party: Wrote the SERIES ending…

DEAD MAN’S PARTY Last week I wrote a stand-alone ending for Dead Man’s Party. This week, because I had one week and one chapter left, I wrote a series ending, and showed how I built out pieces of story that do not exist in the first draft, but that, if I decide I want Dead Man’s […]

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Overhauling the site

As you might have guessed (by the fact that everything is broken), I’m overhauling the site. I’m having a miserable, cussing, growling, horrible time of it. On the bright side, the site now loads fast. On the dark side — everyfuckingthing else is dark side. EVERYTHING. The blog is not on its page. The first few […]

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The Ohio Series: 693 words, and What’s In The Basement?

While I did not get a lot of words today — we have a bit of nice chaos going on here at the moment — the ones I got were good. First, cookies rear their dangerous heads in my fiction again, this time cookies that apparently have just a hint of magic to them. Second, […]

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The Ohio Series: 1408 words and a cliffhanger for me

Had a LOT of things going today, all of which were important, some of which were urgent, and all of which collided with my words. But I did get 1408, and I’m now on Chapter 4. And Tori got her bolt cutters, took the lock off the basement freezer, opened it, closed it again, and […]

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The Summer of Fiction Writing EVENT at HollysWritingClasses.com

To beat the summer doldrums, I’m going to be hosting a Summer of Fiction Writing event on HollysWritingClasses.com (HWC). During this three-month writing party, (June first – August 31st) folks in the free HCW writers’ community: Will focus on helping newer writers create smaller start-to-finish projects written in the months of June, July, and August, […]

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First Rewards for my supporters announced on Ko-fi

My Ko-Fi account funds my fiction writing. At the moment it’s funding less than an hour a day, but I am getting close to hitting that first goal. So today I announced the first rewards. Anyone who has funded me on Ko-fi EVER (who is not a family member or one of my indie contractors) […]

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Dead Man’s Party: Finished the novel first draft

I finished another novel today — this one pretty much on schedule. I’d planned it for 50,000 words, and came in at 50,085. Wrote 1847 words in a smidge over a hour to get there. I got a GOOD ending for the novel. Most of the time, great endings are something I build in revision, […]

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The Ohio Series: TGIF, and the magic digs deeper

I made myself cry three times today in the couple hours I was writing my 2056 words. I’m connecting deeply with the magic of a real and remembered place — with a town I loved, with a time I recall with a lot of powerful emotions. I’m dealing with my connection to this story with […]

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The Ohio Series: 1977 words, with Tori and the snake in the canoe

Fun, fun fiction writing day today. My heroine, Tori Gage, is in Ohio now, in the house she inherited from her grandma, and she’s just started doing the rounds — and has started in the basement. Where there are three freezers, one with meat, one with home-grown vegetables, and one with a lock and no […]

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The Ohio Series: Taking the measure of a novel

Yesterday was Marketing Day, and I got the first half of the 4th edition of Create a Plot Clinic finished. Next week if all goes well I’ll finish and do a new cover, and take that class live and wide. Today, I worked for several hours, and got 1010 words of the 2000 I’d planned. […]

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