The First Ever How To Think Sideways Anthology #writers #readers

I’m passing this very cool piece of news from my community moderators over at

In May, the moderators of Holly’s Forum (that’s us), approached her with the idea of an anthology. With the 5th anniversary of “How to Think Sideways” drawing nearer, it seemed a good idea to match the release date with the anniversary. Holly agreed to the idea and even added a monetary prize for the top stories. After a very, very difficult selection process, we settled on thirty-five stories. It’s a pity that we couldn’t take them all. The scores were so close, we had lengthy discussions and finally went five stories over the 30 story limit we had planned.

With the stories selected and in Holly’s hands to pick a winner, we are proudly presenting to you:

The Adventure of Creation

The Think Sideways Anthology #1 presented by Holly Lisle


35 marvelous short stories by gifted new writers

Follow a girl to the Below-World to slay the Sharkshadow, or help a timid girl to overcome the destructive criticism of her art teacher. Witness a solitary drone on Mars or a naive homunculus struggle to become human. Sew with a mother who lost her daughter in a quilt, defeat super-villains in a bank robbery with an unlikely superhero, or join a great mage in the fire.

In thirty-five imaginative stories, emerging authors present the diversity of their creativity. Each author found a different angle for the unifying theme: The Adventure of Creation. Witness the talent nurtured by writing teacher, Holly Lisle. For the 5th anniversary of her first big writing course, How to Think Sideways, this anthology features the best of her talented students in a great variety of genres.

The eBook and print book will be released on the 24th of July. Help us spread the word. If the anthology is successful, we might do another one next year.


I’ll add that I picked the three winners. It took me three rounds and three different elimination processes to get to them, too. Rereading the stories that many times remained fun, interesting, and moving.

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By Holly

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

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9 years ago


When Cat Gerlach says “We are working hard” she means that she is working hard.

She’s a wonder and someone who inspires me every day.

Katharina Gerlach (pen-name, CatGerlach in forum)
Reply to  Texanne
9 years ago

Don’t give all the credit to me. You did your share as did the other moderators.

Katharina Gerlach (pen-name, CatGerlach in forum)
9 years ago

We are working hard to get this up as eBooks and paperback as fast as we can.

9 years ago

It will be available on the 24th of this month… 21 days! Can’t wait to read everyone’s stories.

9 years ago

Let us know, please, when it’s available for pre-order, if it’s being done through Kindle. I’d have ordered it right now, but I’m not finding it so far…

9 years ago

Wow! Where can I get a copy? When? (I want it now, whine whine.) Fantastic idea.

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