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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.
Herog decided to be difficult this morning. I had what he was going to do all nicely planned out, and then it didn’t go the way I’d planned at all. Cady is now in a bad situation that’s about to get worse, Herog is in a dreadful situation that he might not be able to handle, the first part of … Continue reading →
I’m over on Ko-Fi now (instead of Patreon), and I’m trying to figure out what would be cool to offer my supporters. I’m shooting for “best rewards imaginable — that I can do within the limited time I have to create them.” So I’m asking for you to vote on what’s already come in, and SUGGEST other ideas. Here’s the … Continue reading →
Today was fun. I got 2024 words, two complete scenes, and am now rolling out the end game for the part of the story that I haven’t been hiding. I’ve hinted a couple times at the part I have been hiding — it’s cheating if you don’t. But by the end of this week, I should have the obvious story … Continue reading →
Had a hard time getting going today, but something Becky mentioned in one of our recent podcasts (with derision and loathing) turned out to be a step that helped… Her comment? A reminder that at one time I’d written to an eternally looped version of Classical Gas played by Mason Williams. That was back in the days when I was … Continue reading →
Today went well, and when I say that, I say it with a positively evil laugh. The little secret I’ve hinted at in the Settled Space series emails is now open knowledge to Cady and her team. Well, the fact that Cady has a problem is now open knowledge. The person behind the problem remains well hidden. So Cady and … Continue reading →
Got 1883 words of the 2000 I’d planned for the day. Had, however, a brutal time getting anything done at all. Have been fasting since Sunday, (just water and coffee and a bit of salt), and today my focus was just gone. So I broke my fast with some pecans and cheese. Tomorrow will be a better writing day. Did … Continue reading →
Today is the last day of my How to Write a Novel launch, so I’m pulling this post from an email that just went out. I apologize for duplicating, but this needs to go to all my folks, and this is…. Efficient. Today, I need that. Quick catch-up if you missed it. I left Patreon. When I left, I had … Continue reading →
I’d intended to send a Questions & Answers email to my How to Write a Novel launch list, but that’s going to have to wait.Instead, I did THIS. Closed my “Move out of Florida while writing fiction” fundraiser. Here’s why — it’s this clause in the Patreon Legal Agreement https://www.patreon.com/legal By posting content to Patreon you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, sublicensable, … Continue reading →
Monday I asked my existing students the following question: What is the best thing about my How to Write a Novel class? I explained that I would be using their words along with their names or forum IDs to tell people not yet in class what mattered most about it to them. I asked only on the private How to … Continue reading →
Spiffy, spiffy day today, though kind of horrifying, too. I followed Cady’s situation to its logical conclusion, and she’s literally up to her neck in one of those moments I would have previously identifyed as “bad,” but which some of my readers have told me counts as horror. Well, folks who have read and liked Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood and Warpaint and are still … Continue reading →