FUNNY words today — and 1389 of them. It was a very good writing day! Also… HWC Update.

So first the book, because that’s where my morning started. And it was a WONDERFUL morning. Not only did I get 1389 new words, but I also the answer to something that happened in Book 1, and that explained a lot. And I discovered a secret one character has kept through four novels, and just today finally came clean about.

And I made myself laugh. I love when that happens. The words just pop out, and they’re from the part of my mind that has no censor, and that will say goofy things. And this time, they were goofy while revealing stuff about character I thought I knew that gave them some extra depth. 

The counter showing my wordcount is wrong, though, because I discovered this morning that Chapter Five was three chapters long. So I cut all the many extra words from the chapter, and pasted it into a new one. And Scrivener counted them all as new words. The wordcount in the HEADER is right.


On to the frustrating bit. HWC members have started logging into the new site in spite of the fact that NO invitations have gone out, and the other fact that WE’RE NOT DONE YET.

So now I have to go write an email telling all the folks who jumped the gun to log out and wait patiently so they don’t break something.

We’re going to call this Good morning/ Bad morning.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

6 comments… add one
  • Mil Holmes Mar 2, 2022 @ 15:11

    Not sure what happened to my earlier comment. Your landing page gives the idea that your site is ready. The blue “Log in to your account here” is the most notice-able item on the page. Perhaps you canmake the other headline, “Temporary” bigger to make this line scroll down the page.

    • Holly Mar 2, 2022 @ 15:30

      Hi, Mildred. This is the reason I asked everyone to be on the HWC member list, and this is the reason I asked everyone to wait for their invitation to return. Right at the moment, the site looks like this:


      We’re working as hard as we can to get it done, but we are NOT READY for students.
      If you’re not yet on the Member Mailing List, please add yourself. We’ll invite small groups first to test the site and make sure things are working (or report problems they find), and then, once we know things are working, we’ll invite BIG groups.

      Add Yourself to the Member List

  • Mil Holmes Mar 2, 2022 @ 15:08

    And my friend agrees. I showed her the page and I asked what she would do. “log in”

    • Holly Mar 2, 2022 @ 15:40

      Please add yourself to the mailing list. We’re going to be inviting folks back, and testing the site at the same time. I explained this in email to the folks on the list, but if you’re not on the list, I have no way to talk to you or explain what’s going on during this update.
      Add yourself to the HCW Member Mailing List

  • Jamie DeBree Mar 2, 2022 @ 12:10

    Congrats on the fabulous writing morning! 🙂

    I just wanted to mention, if your web crew hasn’t already thought of it, that commenting out the login fields is an easy way to make sure no one can log into a site until you’re done working with it, and generally only takes a few seconds in the code.

    Good luck with the rest of the migration – I know firsthand how much of a hassle and headache that is!

    • Holly Mar 2, 2022 @ 15:41

      It is. We just happen to have to use them, too.

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