SURPRISE!!!

By Holly Lisle

talyn_coverTake a look at Talyn‘s new cover. I received a bindery copy today, courtesy of Anna Genoese, and it’s GORGEOUS!

And, omigawd, the maps in the interior are amazing. And it smells good. It’s heavy. The paper feels rich and velvet-edged.

God, but I’m happy with this book. Tor really did it right.

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The Kid Graduated Basic

By Holly Lisle

Yesterday, my older son finished the last of Air Force basic training and graduated. He has base liberty and a couple of days of town pass before he and several of the guys he graduated with go on to their tech school, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, at Presidio of Monterey, where they’ll be taking tests like this. He’s excited, intimidated, and determined.

And I’m very proud of him.

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Amazon/ WalMart

By Holly Lisle

Fascinating discussion here about the difference between Amazon numbers and WalMart numbers.

Link via Alison Kent

As someone who, for the first time in my career, has (with my debut into suspense) landed a couple of titles on WalMart shelves, I’m more than a bit interested in what effect this will really have on my sales. Won’t see even first inklings until around this December, but if I can get any meaninful numbers, I’ll share.

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Finished Second Version of Outline

By Holly Lisle

I’ll take the weekend and make sure that it’s okay, and send it off to my agent on Monday.

I’m happy with it right now, though.

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Got What I Need

By Holly Lisle

This rough east-cost map (located by Jim Woosley), made it clear that I had one place in Costa Rica where I could drop my wreck and use the methods I want to use to have my folks find it. Boca del Rio Colorado, which serves as the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Isla Brava, slightly inland from the mouth of the river, may play a part, too. This isn’t ideal — a place close to Limon, much farther south, would have been perfect. But the shelf didn’t cooperate.

And silt deposition from the river may actually play into my favor, story-wise.

Thanks to everyone who hunted or is hunting. Additional links are still welcome, and I’ll give credit to finders for those I can use.

Wish I could send my folks to the west coast. It’s much better designed for my needs, but that would entail a trip through the Panama Canal, which would be a plot drag.

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Need Some Research Help with the Onyx Proposal

By Holly Lisle

I’m looking for topographical maps or images of the seafloor off the east coast of Costa Rica, out to about five miles — though more would be better than less — and preferably presented on the web, though if the maps are attainable through simple, reasonably-priced purchase (twenty bucks max), that would be okay, too. I need as much of the area as I can get. I’m trying to place a wreck, and I need a specific type of seafloor terrain for its placement (ties in to the plot). I’ve not had any luck finding what I need in this regard. I’ll credit the person who suggests workable resources in the acknowledgments, provided the book sells. And thanks for any help on this.

Other research is going well; resources on wreck diving and shipbuilding are plentiful online, and I have good books in hand or on order for the specifics I’ll need to do this book. Yeah, I’m pretty confident about this one.

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New Reader Review of TALYN Up

By Holly Lisle

Teribella at Rain On Tulips has put up a good review of Talyn. No big spoilers; take a look.

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And — Hidden Talent Quiz

By Holly Lisle

Your Hidden Talent
You have the power to persuade and influence others.
You’re the type of person who can turn a whole room around.
The potential for great leadership is there, as long as you don’t abuse it.
Always remember, you have a lot more power over people than you might think!
What’s Your Hidden Talent?

This from Stephanie’s blog.

Though frankly, today I think my hidden talent is distractibility.

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Personality Quiz

By Holly Lisle


You are dreamy, peaceful, and young at heart.
Optimistic and caring, you tend to see the best in people.
You tend to be always smiling – and making others smile.

You are shy and intelligent… and a very hard worker.
You’re also funny, but many people don’t see your funny side.
Your subtle dry humor leaves your close friends in stitches.

The World’s Shortest Personality Test

Found on Jean’s blog.

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New Weblog Names

By Holly Lisle

So here are the four choices I’ve so far come up with.

REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL
A back-of-the-cover quote on my second novel, Bones of the Past, from publisher Jim Baen about my first novel, Fire in the Mist, which won the Compton Crook, sold well beyond anyone’s expectations, and stayed in print continuously for about ten years. I’ve always liked the combination of surprise and pleasure indicated in those two little words. The fact that anyone can make a living in this business for any length of time makes him or her remarkably successful.

EXUBERANT TENACITY
I make my living and support my family writing books. And only writing books. This is how I do it. ‘Nuff said.

DAMN LUCKY
What I think most mornings when I sit down to work.

POCKET FULL OF WORDS
A writerish sort of title. Kind of pretty.

Comments are welcome, votes will be considered but also non-binding. (Meaning when I figure out which one I like the best, I’m going to use that one, but comments and votes may help me figure out which one I like the best.

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