The Teenage Tumor and Me: My Mini-Parathyroid Surgery and the Norman Parathyroid Center

I’m back following a parathyroidectomy and a couple days recovery. I’m tired, my neck is a bit swollen still and kind of sore, I’m bruised (I’m an easy bruiser, though). And I am happily rid of one thumb-above-the-distal-joint-sized parathyroid tumor that was between twelve and fifteen years old when Drs. Norman, Boone, and Parrack removed it in a fifteen-ish minute … Continue reading →

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Surgery postponed for second surgery that takes priority

I’m not having surgery on my tongue tomorrow. I’ve now heard from my primary physician that pre-op labs and follow-ups revealed that I have primary hyperparathyroidism, which is usually caused by benign tumors on one or more of the four parathyroid glands. It’s fairly common in men and women in their fifties. Information on hyperparathyroidism and a very good video … Continue reading →

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I’ve put the HollysWritingClasses.com T-Shirts back on sale

I’m doing my best to stay calm, and I’m putting together a workshop on developing your writing voice that I hope to be able to offer before I have surgery. Because we’re still doing major site development integrating the forums, classrooms, and account, though, there’s no guarantee that this workshop will be available by then. However, a lot of people … Continue reading →

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Welcome to 2016. Do something small right now

New Year resolutions tend to be enormous. Lose 100 lbs. Become a professional novelist. Make a million dollars. By making resolutions this way, we make them impossible. The ONLY New Year resolution I completed successfully was this one. “Finish a novel before I turn 25.” And I finished that one because I sat down and figured out how many pages … Continue reading →

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On the new site

We thought we were going to be ready to go live with HollysWritingClasses.com December 1st. Get all the members in, have the first couple of classes done and in place with the rest in progress. We’ve hit a completely unexpected problem—well, the Group B beta testers have hit it, actually—and while making our desired December 1st date for taking the … Continue reading →

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Requesting 5 HTRYN Grad volunteers to test inside HollysWritingClasses.com

Rough tests on the first section of HollysWritingClasses.com are done. I’m now asking for 5 students with current accounts (you’ve been using your account within the past month or two) who are graduates of HTRYN and who would be willing to go in over the weekend and use the first part of the software we’ve built. This is still pretty … Continue reading →

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Writing contest sites, and fiction versus the NBA

I never recommend writing contest sites that charge an entry fee. No exceptions. I’ve never entered one, because I was out to make a living from my writing, and contests were an unnecessary diversion from my path. Your mileage may vary. But I received an interesting request from someone building a “perpetual writing contest site” and once I removed all … Continue reading →

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Trying Again: Sign-up for the Website Paper Test Version 1.1

Paper Testing ROUND 2 I’ll be gone next week for another tongue biopsy/surgery (not sure how much he’s going to need to do, but the recovery for both is the same). After that, I’ll set up the next paper tests. Parts of the site design look pretty close to ready. Parts of the site have proved to me that paper … Continue reading →

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Round 1 Testing for New Holly Lisle Writing School Website: 39 Volunteers Requested Now

CANCELLED WebinarJam has crashed every time but one on this, with people unable to reach rooms I’m in. I’ve checked my links, I’ve checked their links, and at this point, the only thing I can do to stop wasting people’s time is give up. I’m going to see if there’s some way to do this same process with Skype. I’ll … Continue reading →

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