About Holly

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

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 →

Between tongue surgery, site rebuilding, and bringing back How to Think Sideways…

I’ve been swamped. Recovering from the last tongue surgery has so far taken a month and a half, and I’m not fully back yet. I can speak, but still have some problems. I still have some pain. I thought I was doing great that first week. And then I tried to move off of liquids and discovered that eating and … Continue reading →

Done with the last tongue surgery…plus, the contrary child and the sideways-thinking washcloths

Friday I was first in line in the outpatient OR. The folks were good, the surgery was brief (for me—I slept through the whole thing), and I came out with the bottom half of my face swollen to twice its normal and my tongue looking like it lost a fight with a tiger. It’s Monday, and I’m creeping toward feeling … Continue reading →

The writing shop on HollysWritingClasses.com is now live

Even though my new Holly’s Writing Classes site is still in high beta, I’m delighted to finally have the writing shop open. We haven’t made the site pretty yet, and for the moment the shop is very plain and simple (no frills), but things work now. So I’ve brought back many of my previous classes, and am still working on … Continue reading →

A Sky Full of Stars: Hyperparathyroidism versus the Writer

On Saturday, something happened as a result of the parathyroidectomy that was totally unexpected. My spontaneous story ideas came back. I hadn’t even noticed they were gone. I’ve been working hard for the past couple of years trying to get the site fixed, I’ve been under a lot of strain both physically and financially, and my processes for creating fiction … Continue reading →