I’m at the midpoint of Ohio 5, the stakes are high, my MC has just discovered for the first time in the series HOW high… and, to rearrange some Rush lyrics that THEY borrowed, I’ve just discovered, from John Barth’s The Tidewater Tales, My characters will pay the price, but they will not count the cost. I’d… Continue reading A second day of uphill — but progress uphill is still progress
Category: Feature Stories
The Write Stuff 2022 Story Bundle… and me!
This year I was invited for into a StoryBundle for the first time… and I accepted the invitation because the bundle includes not just a bunch of really good writers of both fiction and nonfiction, but two of my genuine writing heroes — Lawrence Block, whose Telling Lies for Fun and Profit helped me teach myself… Continue reading The Write Stuff 2022 Story Bundle… and me!
More good words: 762 for the day, 24,969 total… and heading somewhere I didn’t expect
Books surprise you. Characters surprise you. And my two MCs are, after a bit of stress and angst, heading toward a solution I didn’t see coming from a character I had not expected to take on a role of major importance. But this is what characters do. They start out looking like these goofy buggers… Continue reading More good words: 762 for the day, 24,969 total… and heading somewhere I didn’t expect
151 words — Got started early on the HWC upgrade and am still working on that.
I’m glad I got words. I didn’t get many, and this late in the day (when I got these early this morning), I don’t even remember if they were particularly good, or fun, or anything. After an entire day of working on a website — and I’ve been over at HollysWritingClasses.com since 7:30 AM today… Continue reading 151 words — Got started early on the HWC upgrade and am still working on that.
409 words on Ohio Five… and the shoe dropped. PLUS a site update.
My MC’s bad day just got a whole lot worse… But then (as I finally get to bring out into the open a secret story thread that started back in Book 1) I got to add a tiny bit of sunshine to the story. My poor main character is still going to have a rotten day.… Continue reading 409 words on Ohio Five… and the shoe dropped. PLUS a site update.
Finished Chapter 1 of Ohio Five!
And it was not easy. I wrote words, then deleted a BUNCH of words, including some of the ones I’d just written, and then got the right words. I managed to capture this in pictures. My starting wordcount… The wordcount after I realized I was writing in the wrong direction and deleted a hefty chunk… Continue reading Finished Chapter 1 of Ohio Five!
Another stolen hour on Ohio Five… 541 words, and a new discovery. AND a website update.
In Ohio Five this morning, I got a bit of additional backstory on the terribly important guy who has now gone missing, and am moving to a big moment for my main character. And I got to write some more fiction, which was a pure joy. Now back to the website, with the knowledge that… Continue reading Another stolen hour on Ohio Five… 541 words, and a new discovery. AND a website update.
Still building the website… Asking for help from HTTS students…
Most of the classes are built, but there’s this series of “Quick-Fix” bonuses I was building for How to Think Sideways before the site software broke (and then hurricane… and hurricane… and then we moved, and my programmer moved on, and I got kind of buried in stuff)… …that I’m having a helluva time finding.… Continue reading Still building the website… Asking for help from HTTS students…
6:47 AM – Finishing Ohio 4, starting Ohio 5, while building the new HollysWritingClasses.com site
SO… My website over on HollysWritingClasses.com is undergoing a massive overhaul (complete site rebuild). And I anticipated the process taking FOUR months. Turns out… it’s probably not anything like that. My amazing community moderators over there have already finished building all the classrooms in the new software, and getting all the class materials into them… Continue reading 6:47 AM – Finishing Ohio 4, starting Ohio 5, while building the new HollysWritingClasses.com site
I know how Book 4 ends!!! And will probably finish the novel TODAY!
I woke up this morning knowing the ending. As has happened sometimes in the past with novels, it was just there, something my brain figured out while my body was asleep, and dumped into the hopper for me to see when I woke up. So TODAY, I need to dump about 1200-1400 words that went in… Continue reading I know how Book 4 ends!!! And will probably finish the novel TODAY!