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 swallowing were much more difficult than I’d remembered.

My NEXT tongue surgery is July 26th.

In between now and then, I’m working crazy hours to make sure the OTHER site is running smoothly, because I discovered with the last surgery that I don’t bounce back quite as quickly as I imagined I would.

How to Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers
How to Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers

Months late, Dan and I got the software on the other site stable enough for me to bring back How To Think Sideways (AVAILABLE HERE NOW). It’s launching now, and everything is WORKING correctly now, so I can finally announce it over here.

And once that’s done, Dan is going to move the front end of the site out of beta, and I’m going to get to work on bringing back How to Write a Series.


Once HTWAS is back, I’m going back to writing fiction full-time. I’ll be spending time every day in the classroom, I’ll update my classes and offer live-online workshops, and I’ll keep both the big and little classes available.

But I have books and stories that have been waiting long enough. And while the site rebuild that I imagined would take six months is now in its second year, the rebuild has been worth it. Things work, and work well. They’ll keep working better. And I am gradually getting time back from this work that, once the classes are fixed, I can put into my own writing again.

I’m excited. My plan is:
Finish Longview.
Write Emerald Sun.
Write Cady stuff.

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5 responses to “Between tongue surgery, site rebuilding, and bringing back How to Think Sideways…”

  1. Amy Keeley Avatar


    Looking forward to Longview, et. al., but especially Longview. Very curious about the owner and his plans.

    Glad to hear you’re healing. 🙂 Take care.

  2. Deb Salisbury Avatar

    I’m so happy to read you’ll be writing fiction again!

    Hugs on the slow recovery, but I’m glad that you’re doing well, and making plans.

  3. BJ Steeves Avatar
    BJ Steeves

    I am happy to hear that the recovery is progressing, although slower than you like. Great to see that you’ll be back writing too! I look forward to your new stuff!

  4. Shani Avatar

    So glad to see you posting again. Glad you are okay. I do sincerely hope your next surgery goes very smoothly and a quick recovery.

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Thanks. I’m going to be a little scarce in here for a while yet. But the other site is coming together, and my fiction is scootching closer and closer.

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