About 1450 words to count for today

The red-headed fiddler reappeared, and gave Aleksa a gift and a warning.

I’d like to write more, but that’s going to have to count for today. I have the survey results about tallied, and want to do the next Writer Crash Test.

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9 comments… add one
  • Tori Jun 19, 2009 @ 18:24

    I am learning some wondeful things from your course. I can’t wait for my next lesson!

  • Brittany Jun 19, 2009 @ 17:34

    Oh, I remember taking that.

    Are those videos going to be free?

  • Holly Lisle Jun 19, 2009 @ 11:28

    Hi, Tori—welcome, and I’m delighted that you’re already getting good things from the course.

    Stephanie—My grandfather was a carpenter, and ran me through his toolbox when I was helping him out doing his roof, when I was, I guess, seven or eight. I know that feeling as the recipient. To have created it for you makes me very happy.

    Brittany—“What writing problems are you having?” survey, linked here.

  • Brittany Jun 18, 2009 @ 14:22

    What survey results?

  • Tori Jun 18, 2009 @ 7:05

    Thank you Stephanie! When I read your response I just…knew I had to stop waiting. I had to sign up. So now I am finished with Lesson One and I have already learned so much. There are no words to describe what it made me feel, think and want to do.
    Can it possibly get better from here? I can’t even imagine it.

    I really like the thought of getting to use the odd looking tools I haven’t used before. And knowing when I am using them wrong, even tools I was sure I was using right.

    Holly- I cannot thank you enough for creating this course. It is exactly what I have been searching for and I can tell it will exceed my expectations. Because of you I am ready to set goals and find out how to reach them. Because of you I will not let go of my dreams.

  • stephanie Jun 18, 2009 @ 6:00


    I just had to answer your question about the Thinking Sideways course. Right now I am slightly less than half way through the course, and so far I have really enjoyed it.

    Its been rather like the wise old grandpa taking his grandson through his tool box…there’s been the standard hammer and screw-driver in there…and maybe you learn you’ve been using them right, most of the time, except for when you’re not! But then there are those odd looking tools, you know, the ones you never seen in a store before. Pretty sure she invented those in some special writers shop out back, just like that wise old grandpa made the tool he needed occassionally when the ones he had just wouldn’t work for what he was doing. And she shows you how they work, and explains why they work. Which is more than I ever got out of any high school/college english/writing class I ever took! Of course ymmv (actually should be ymwv depending upon how much work/time/effort you can put into learning/using/doing each lesson).

    (And Holly if you read this, please don’t take it as I am saying you are old..It is more of a feeling that comes through. A couple years ago my son was learning about tools from his great grandpa, going through every tool in grandpa’s toolbox. There was such patience, fun, just plain enjoyment embedded in the whole situation…well, I get a little bit of that feeling every time a new “tool” shows up in my lessons section of the class! Very Cool. And thanks!)


  • Tori Jun 18, 2009 @ 0:32

    I love the Writer Crash Tests as well! I learn so much in such a short period of time. You amaze me Holly. Truly.

    I’ve been thinking about signing up for Thinking Sideways…is anyone in the middle of the course at the moment, or finished, and can tell me whether or not it has reached their expectations? I have wanted to take this course for awhile now, but have been unsure as to what I can expect from it. Any thoughts on this will help me decide. Thanks.

  • Brittany Jun 17, 2009 @ 13:14

    Yay! Another Writer Crash Test! I love those!

  • TimK Jun 17, 2009 @ 12:12

    Hi, Holly. I admire your ability to switch tasks like that. I don’t know how you switch from project to project when the need arises. I seem only to be able to work on one thing at a time for a stretch. While I’m in the middle of one project, I find it almost impossible to focus on any other creative project, including non-fiction, even a blog post. That’s why when I’m in the thick of a project, as I am now, my blog goes quiet for a while.


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