About Holly

Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

Minerva Wakes re-release, and new revision freebie

The Story: Ahead of a coming storm, Minerva Kiakra is fighting her way through crowded grocery aisles, when the last box of cereal is yanked from her grasp… …by the impossible. She does not see a dragon. Does not. Does NOT. And when the same dragon cuts her off in traffic? No, no, no. But the thing she doesn’t want … Continue reading →

Since last I posted…

Since last I posted, which I have just realized has been more than a month ago, Dan Allen (my website guy) and his team and I have done massive work on HollysWritingClasses.com, I relaunched How to Revise Your Novel, we had the Cat 4 walk-by of Hurricane Matthew, and I turned 56. I’ve been swamped, but it hasn’t been swamped … Continue reading →

No Man’s Sky: A Science Fiction Novelist (And Grown-Up Nerdy Girl) Reviews the Game

Before I review No Man’s Sky, you need to know two things about me. Well, three, but if you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you already know I’m a professional SF novelist. So, two. ONE: Back in 1970 when I was nine, we moved from Ohio — where I’d spent my entire life to that point — to Alaska, and … Continue reading →

And back from yet another surgery

Let me equivocate. I’m back-ish. Gah. This is the first day since the most recent tongue surgery—done June 26th to widen the margins on the PREVIOUS tongue surgery—that I haven’t woken up already in pain. I’ve been just about useless since the 26th, though I did have one really good fiction run with my Kellow story last week. I’ve worked … Continue reading →

Finding a surprise in my character: 776 Words

I started off this morning not liking the antagonist in my story very much. Which you sort of expect from most antagonists. One chance comment in reply to my other character changed my understanding of their relationship, though, and gave me this gorgeous twist that is going to completely alter the ending I’d had planned. I just LOVE the way … Continue reading →

I’ve started writing fiction again

This is such a delicate thing I’m almost afraid to mention it. But stories started sneaking back into my consciousness after the parathyroid surgery, and lately I’ve been starting each weekday morning writing a few hundred words. It’s what I can make time for before I start into the still-enormous daily workload of getting the HollysWritingClasses.com site up and running … Continue reading →