A moment of constructive chaos catches villains in action

By Holly Lisle

Fun, fun writing today. I got to pull out all the stops getting my good guys into position to catch bad guys attempting to do very bad things — and the scene went off without a hitch.

Chaos is a lot of fun to plot, especially when it is the finely-crafted impression of chaos set up by folks who, it’s going to turn out later, had been working on this chaos behind the scenes for a while, and who finally got a good opportunity to break out their plan and take it for a drive.

I got 1306 words out of 1250 planned, and a total of 69,362 on Book Four. Tomorrow I should (all things being equal) roll well over 70,000.

And I remain on schedule to get the book done by November 15th.

I’m very happy with what I accomplished today.

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Words went well, bad things happened…

By Holly Lisle

And once again, I loved what I got.

My poor, poor characters…

And I got 1351 words, and am now at 68,056 — and the villains in town have just done something really interesting, and my MC just got to see the first tip of a brand new iceberg…

But I now have to go work on the massive overhaul of the HollysWritingClasses.com site.

My moderators and I are rebuilding the whole thing (offsite, of course). I’m estimating that it’ll take us between two and four months to get the whole thing overhauled.

It will, however, be spiff as hell when it’s done.


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Ohio today — monsters and dinner

By Holly Lisle

Things have gotten pretty dicey in small-town Ohio. The bad guys brought in things far too evil to be mentioned by name in a blog post, and a couple of the good guys have become lunch.

I got 1139 words, and hit the logical place to stop for the day, so I did. Still have a bunch of hours of work ahead of me working on the HollysWritingClasses.com site update/upgrade.

But, MAN, do I love the words I got today.  66,734 total… and I’m already excited about what I’ll be writing tomorrow.

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So today I’m sixty-one… RIGHT…

By Holly Lisle

We had our little pizza and birthday-pie (I’m not a cake fan) celebration last night, because Matt doesn’t have today off.

So today, while I AM going to be taking the day off from the novel, I’m working on fixing the HollysWritingClasses.com website.

Doing a big overhaul, upgrading stuff to a new platform and new software, moving ALL the students and class owners…

This isn’t going to be done today. The actual work of it isn’t even going to be STARTED today. Today, my moderators and I are just figuring out the new software, and trying to find the easiest ways to bring everything over.

And…

I’m kind of thrilled, actually. I love doing this stuff — and I keep seeing how much more smoothly everything is going to work, and how much more fun it’s going to be to use.

And I’m still keeping my promise to myself that I would not work on the novel on my birthday.


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Has been hectic… but got the words.

By Holly Lisle

1264 out of 1250 needed.

Things are mean, and scary, and my MC is in deep trouble. Which isn’t nice, but which is in fact pretty much what you want to be going on in the middle of a novel.

I have NO CLUE how she’s going to get out of this. None.

When the nature of her problems revealed themselves to me, my gut response was, “Oh, shit…”

And tomorrow, when I come back to this, I’m still going to have that floating there.

Writing-wise, it has been a very good day.

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Made myself cry. It’s those ‘words from nowhere’ that get me…

By Holly Lisle

I leapt into the story this morning at the exact place where I left myself yesterday — a place with nothing even remotely transcendent about it. My main character was dealing with a situation that has turned ugly and scary, she’s in trouble, she’s facing an absolutely awful situation that affects not just her but everyone she loves and has ever loved…

And all of a sudden, this newish, very strange friend of hers who has until now liked her just because he liked her grandmother, answers a question she asked.

It was a question born of fear and desperation.

And he answered that question, but then he went beyond.

Way beyond. So beyond that while I was transcribing what he was saying to her in my head, I had tears running down my cheeks, and had to blink to see the damn screen.

And my MC started to cry, too — because hey, I’m not going to be the only wimp in the room.

And when he was done, she took the condensation of what he said to her — fifteen words total — and she went to a guy she knows who does good tattoos, and she got those fifteen words tattooed upside down on her right thigh.

And I’m in a great place to pick up the story on Monday… and it isn’t even remotely the place I thought I was going to be when I sat down to write this morning.

1280 words for the day (of 1250 planned), 60,331 total on the novel, and today was a magnificent writing day.


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My Ohio 4 folks face bad, badder, and YEESH!… Plus a Moon & Sun: Emerald Sun update

By Holly Lisle

In my Ohio main character’s living room, folks who have befriended her and worked with her have just got some very bad news… as in, “Well, guys… we’re now potentially looking at the end of us, the town, Ohio… the country… maybe the whole world…”

And there’s a certain amount of lack of support for keeping going in the face of what are almost certainly Dire Consequences.

I tried to keep quiet and just let them talk, and they came up with some pretty good arguments for packing up their toys and going home.

So tomorrow, I’m going to have to see if my hero has anything she can put in front of them to change their minds.

Things are… Bad. Very bad. Very scary. 

Got 1335 words, more than the 1250 I needed. And I like what I got, though I really wasn’t expecting quite the level of vehement lack of support for T and her job.

I’m really hoping someone tomorrow is going to stand up and say, “You bunch of chickens… You lily-livered weasels…”

But with the stakes being whole-town, whole-planet, whole-solar-system… I don’t have a clue what any of them might say.

Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about that. 

Tomorrow-Holly is the one who will have that land on her plate.

THE MOON & SUN SERIES

I’ve had people asking me for years when I was going to write The Emerald Sun and finish the series.

Here’s the problem. I have no clue how many readers actually want to have the series back in print, or to read the as-yet-unwritten final novel.

And until yesterday, had no clue how to get in touch with the people who wanted to read those books.

And without being able to talk to the folks who want to read the series, there’s no point in writing it, because there’s no way to reach them to let them know when I do.

But I had one person from my big list write to me to say, “I’m waiting on your list because I want to read The Emerald Sun.”

One. But that’s why she was/ is there… and there might well be other folks who are waiting for the same thing.

If that’s you, here’s your page: https://hollylisle.com/i-want-to-read-the-emerald-sun/

Go there, add yourself to the Moon & Sun reader’s list, and if you have some friends who share your reading tastes, bring friends. Reply to the ONE email on that list — right now there’s just one. Talk to me.

The problem is — and always has been — that I need enough readers for the series to do the massive amount of work (and incur the large expense) to bring the first two books back to life and write the third one.

This — building the list, and then talking to readers and would-be readers of those books in a way that will allow me to let you know when the books are available for purchase — is the first step.


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In the Ohio series, geography begat magic… one of those little inspirations that’s really paying off

By Holly Lisle

I’m writing the Ohio novels in a highly fictionalized version of the town in which I live. I loved this place for a huge chunk of my life even though I spend most of my life away from it.

One of the things I did was to copy off a map of the place… and then start doodling on it.

And the doodles have really paid off over the last week-ish, as some sort of funky features of the town caught my attention. I set a couple of questions floating in the back of my mind:

Why does the river matter?

Why does the ancient flood plain matter?

Why does the SHAPE of the town matter?

Yesterday and today, I found out. Four books in, everything that has been happening since book one suddenly clicked — I had not imagined any of this until the scene and all its implications bounded along the balance beam like Mary Lou Retton — at at the ending, just nailed it.

It was the kind of day you really want to have in your writing… and hitting my wordcount at the same time did not hurt.

I love these books, and this world.

1360 words of 1250 planned for. And 55,031 total.


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I feel so sorry for my main character — but happy at the same time

By Holly Lisle

I knew last week that I’d left myself in a good place for this morning — a nice revelation, something terrible suggested in the past.

And as I read last week’s words before starting into today’s, everything clicked.

I’ve been writing since just before 7 AM, and the words flew. I got 1487 (out of the 1250 I needed to hit my goal),  even more than the 1321 I needed to stay on track to finish Ohio 4 on Oct 29th.

I now have 51,832 words total on the book. It’s officially a novel. (Anything over 50,000 words counts.)

Things I did not expect happened, but they were the natural outcomes of some really awful stuff in my MC’s past. Everything fit, it made sense… but it still surprised (and in one case, shocked) me. When that happens, I have a really good chance to surprise my reader.

So now I’m heading off to do the rest of the things on my list.

But this has already been a great Monday.


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Figured out a spiffy twist… and got carried away: 1797 words, 50,345 total

By Holly Lisle

Today was a “how are they doing it?” day with the novel, as something that has been going on since before Book One even started is revealed.

And for folks who, like me, watched a LOT of Scooby-Doo as kids, I’ll note that no rubber suits were involved. 

This was bloody, and gory, and truly evil… and when my MC discovered it, it revealed an explanation behind the history of the murder of someone who had been her whole world.

I ran long, because when I discovered this morning what had actually happened (it was a complete surprise to me, too) I just couldn’t stop writing.

And it’s just the fact that it’s Friday and I still have stuff on my list to get done that finally got me to put on the brakes.

AWESOME writing day, with a twist I didn’t see coming… and with the set-up now in place for one that I do.


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