Back at the end of June, 2011, I read a book that succeeded because of a lie, and I turned my entire life upside down as a result of that lie. The book was, of course, John Locke’s How I Sold 1 Million Ebooks in 5 Months. Like a lot of other writers, I let myself be suckered in. I … Continue reading →
I’ve had to take a bunch of days off, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, when I’ve been up to it, I’ve been working. On Rebel Tales, on NovelWritingSchool.com, and also on fiction. I was doing pretty well with TalysMana, but my daughter has some scheduling problems right now, so we’re having to put that on hold … Continue reading →
Got an email from a reader who loved Talyn and wanted to make herself a Tonk Shielder uniform. She used Talyn as her basic reference, and got a lot of the rest of the details from the Tonk Stuff I’ve posted online. She asked me a few additional questions, though, I provided details, and she sent me her Halloween pictures, … Continue reading →
The writer of this is Quaker (I used to be) and a visiting scholar at Yale Divinity School. My personal take on any religion is “no, thanks,” but I am a firm supporter of freedom of religion. And of tolerance, defined as follows: I will tolerate you, your quirks, and your beliefs, if you will tolerate me, my quirks, and … Continue reading →
This is the first of my own books I’ve ever received a notification about. I thought it was kind of cool. Dear Amazon.com Customer, As someone who has purchased or rated books by Holly Lisle, you might like to know that Hawkspar: A Novel of Korre will be released on June 24, 2008. You can pre-order yours at a … Continue reading →
Arconna said—The fact that Democrats accused Republicans of fiddling with votes and intentionally disenfranchising voters who had names similar to criminals is just as disturbing as Democrats doing the same thing. All that that proves is that no party has the interests of the American people in mind, just their own. Iâ€™m absolutely sick of this divide between parties.
YES! That’s it. That’s my secret agenda! I want the Democrats and the Republicans, people in any third parties, and those of us who have NO party that stands for what we think and believe, to work together for the good of the country, and the good of the citizens in it.
All the ceaseless bickering partisanship, all the Democrats Are Bad, Republicans Are Bad, We’re Better Than You Are idiocy, is destroying all of us. The nation is too big to and to diverse to speak with one voice. But its varied voices need to start talking to each other, rather than at each other.
The Romans invented “Divide and Conquer” and both Republicans and Democrats from the far edges of their respective constituencies, and we are a nation deeply divided, when most of us share the common ground of love of liberty, a belief in human rights and freedoms, the right to the pursuit of happiness, and the value of representative government made up of people who ACTUALLY REPRESENT US. Our divisions are taking all of that away from us, a piece here and a piece there, from both ends of the spectrum.
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I’ve been haunting the local bookstore, and THE RUBY KEY isn’t on the shelves yet, so it didn’t really dawn on me that people are already reading it. But Tina already has a review up (and is giving a copy away), and I’m not ready. I knit two pairs of Genna’s socks to give away, and they’re done, but not … Continue reading →
Done, done, and done the way I meant the book to be. My editor should have that massive stack of pages in her hands tomorrow. I’m relieved, exhausted, and just a little bit jubilant. The whole book is there. In June of next year, it’ll be on shelves. Probably for about fifteen minutes, as was Talyn. But it will, by … Continue reading →
I’m doing the copyedit of HAWKSPAR right now. This time, everything is still there. It’s a much more pleasant experience than going through your manuscript and discovering your editor removed your second protagonist, lemme tell you. Have to have the manuscript back by November 1st, and it’s a big, big book, so I’m going to be scarce for a while.
I heard from my Tor editor today that HAWKSPAR will be coming out at full length in one volume. The odds of Tor wanting REDBIRD, the third stand-alone in the world, are somewhere between slim and none, but at least the second book will be right, not ruined. I’m very, very happy about this news.
Basically, the news is, there is no news. The book’s been moved back in the schedule to June, 2008, but what we do from there is still up in the air. I’m exhausted. I can’t stand even thinking about the book anymore. It is, I think, the best story I’ve ever told, and I can’t bear to look at it. … Continue reading →
Time flies when someone is wrecking your book. I can’t believe it’s Friday again. Here’s Aaran (that unnecessary male) when he makes his first appearance in HAWKSPAR. Second scene–the entire second scene, not just a snippet, so it’s really long. (Hence the more note two paragraphs down so that I don’t kill the important shipping notice for international Book Giveaway … Continue reading →
The GREEN MAGIC I proposal left at the beginning of the week, unmentioned and unlauded, but done at last to my satisfaction. HAWKSPAR is unresolved–I won’t know anything more about it until I hear back from my agent, Robin. And I am in the midst of happier–much happier–things. THE RUBY KEY, you see, felt short to my Scholastic editor, and … Continue reading →
It ain’t all over yet, but here’s what happened with HAWKSPAR, and where I am now: Back in November-ish of last year, the editor working with me on HAWKSPAR (we’ll leave names out of this) told me about 55,000 words needed to come out of the 190,000-word story if I wanted to have it printed as one book instead of … Continue reading →
Some significant editing problems surfaced during my revision of the copyedit of HAWKSPAR. I’m on hold on the revision while we sort them out. So this week I’ll be finishing the type-in of the GREEN MAGIC proposal, and getting back to the revision concepts for RUBY KEY.
I’m doing Hawkspar copyedits today, so this snippet is fresh in my mind. This is from Aaran’s POV (Aaran is by this time captain of his own beat-up ship and on his way to rescue Hawkspar). Some of the men have caught a young stowaway on board, and locked him in one of the ship’s cells. Aaran has come in … Continue reading →
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This is a very short section of an enormous scene in HAWKSPAR, in which the heroine of the story, not yet Hawkspar, is being put on trial for the implied sins of her mentor. NOTICE: This material is copyrighted, first draft, probably buggy, and possibly not even going to be in the final draft. Do not quote or repost anywhere … Continue reading →
Writing of any variety hasn’t been going too well the last few days. Stress doesn’t go away when things start looking better, because the possibility that they’ll get worse again always exists. But I’m making nice progress on the type-in of the Green Magic proposal right now. It feels good to be writing again. I finally got a desktop client … Continue reading →
So we have the heroine breaking the hero out of prison, and the hero getting shot and being half an inch from death, and stuff I’m not going to tell you about, and more stuff I’m not going to tell you about, and then the heroine telling the hero that’s when she killed herself, and after that the synopsis. I’m feeling pretty good about the proposal now.Continue reading →
It’s been a grim week. Got most of the writing done, but it’s been hard. Snippet this week is from HAWKSPAR. Apologies for being so late with it. NOTICE: This material is copyrighted, first draft, probably buggy, and possibly not even going to be in the final draft. Do not quote or repost anywhere or in any format. Thanks Before … Continue reading →
I can barely believe this, and I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But… Tor is printing out galleys now for HAWKSPAR, and will be sending a few to me. Without cutting the book in half and printing it as two books. Without me cutting 60,000 words from the text. According to Robin, it’s to be printed in … Continue reading →
Okay. The Mac sending mail sound has just echoed across the computer, which means the finished Ruby Key is on its way to my agent, Robin. I’m pretty wiped out, but very happy with the book. It wrapped at 63,000 words, which was well within my target zone, the new ending worked beautifully, (though I was revising and adding and … Continue reading →
On my fifteen-minute stretch break, so this will have to be fast. Got news this morning that Anna Genoese is leaving Tor on the 20th, and that I’ll have a new editor. Anna says she’ll finish the edits on HAWKSPAR before she leaves, but obviously I won’t be able to finish them by the end of March (the previous due … Continue reading →
Deadline 1: Got the GREEN MAGIC proposal off to Robin a couple days ago, heard back from her yesterday with revision requests (very small—overall, she was excited about the proposal), made the revisions over a couple of hours yesterday and resent the complete package, and that will go off to the editor, possibly today. Deadline 2: I have Writer’s X’s … Continue reading →
The first draft of the Green Magic proposal went quickly. The second draft took another two days of massive work, because, well, I’m picky as hell and I ripped the first draft to shreds. It’s done, it’s a bit longer, and I’m doing type-in now, and will be working late into the night. The rest of the week will go … Continue reading →
My goals for the year coming: ================= Before the end of January Finish novel crit for Writer X ================= ================= Before the end of MARCH Finish RUBY KEY Write 50 pages and synopsis for Editor A Write three chapters and synopsis for for editor B (These are all solid, must-do goals) ================= ================= Before the end of the year (Will … Continue reading →
I’d like to take the time to thank each of you who has faced out a copy of Talyn at your bookstore, or bought a copy for yourself or someone else, or recommended it to a friend or a bookseller. I apologize for being so distracted by garbage that I haven’t taken the time to say this properly. It’s been … Continue reading →
Talyn debuts in paperback today. With luck, you’ll find it in local indie bookstores, where real people order books, and where support for my work has been strong. If you don’t have an indie store, then you may find it in your local chain bookstore, but computers order the books for chains, and they order to the net, a process … Continue reading →
Heard from Anna (my Tor editor). HAWKSPAR could go two ways—divided into two books because it’s so long (and the hardcover version of TALYN did not take over the world) or seriously cut and kept in one book. I’ve chosen option number two, because the book is one story, and cannot be made two stories, and I hate reading a … Continue reading →