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Holly Lisle: Writer

read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:27:52 +0000


Me, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Tongue Cancer, and Jason Fung, MD

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:08:55 +0000

Something you might not know about me. Back in the early 2000’s, I was fat. Not chubby. Not “just need to lose a few pounds.” Morbidy obese. The point at which I stopped weighing myself and just gave up was when the scale hit 220, but I didn’t quit eating, and didn’t quit needing roomier clothes. So I weighed more Continue reading →

How to Write Short Stories: Outline for Upcoming Class

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:57:57 +0000

WEEK 1: How to Think Short: Learning the Concepts Behind Short Stories WEEK 2: How to Plan Short: Building the Pieces of Short Fiction WEEK 3: How to Write Short: Writing to Submission Lengths WEEK 4: How to End Short: Landing The Twist and The Meaning WEEK 5: Contests, Anthologies, Collections: Writing To A Theme WEEK 6: Time and the Continue reading →

Revision for Vipers’ Nest, plus building How to Write Short Stories

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:34:25 +0000

Got everything set up yesterday. So for the next week or so, I’ll be doing the revision of the 30,000-word Vipers’ Nest, and following that each day, building the curriculum for my next new writing class, How to Write Short Stories. My Patreon folks will get the inside look at the Vipers’ Nest revision with marked-up revision pages of a Continue reading →

Three hours of writing, and the third first draft of Vipers’ Nest is now done!

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:39:13 +0000

The story came in at 30,073 words. Close enough to the 30,000 I’d planned to make me happy. It’s really different this time. I ended up not using anything from the previous (two – sigh) first drafts. The story focuses on Shay, Melie, Wils Bailey (THE Bailey from Bailey’s Irish Space Station), the station, Herog (and peripherally Cady), and on Continue reading →

Considering Knitting Process and Story Yarns

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:17:28 +0000

I have mentioned (from time to time), that I am incapable of sitting still. Moving fingers prevent me from having to bounce a foot. A moving foot while I read allows me to keep my hands still for a bit. Awake, I find myself randomly walking down the hall in the middle of work without any conscious awareness that I Continue reading →

4 hours of Vipers’ Nest & How to Write Villains Lesson 7 this week!

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:12:08 +0000

HAH! In spite of having to do a ton of work on income tax this week, I still managed to get in four writing hours (and nearly 4,000 words) of Vipers’ Nest. So I’ll do one more hour tomorrow morning to catch up with my Patreon writing. Getting close to the end, and THIS time the story is tighter, and holding Continue reading →

PDF and Print Page Options are back

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:01:23 +0000

This took a bit of time and effort (and deleting one really annoying plugin that required an email address before you could get your PDF), and replacing the annoying plugin with a sort of pricy but really nice new one. But at the bottom of every article and post on the site now, you’ll find both a “Download as PDF” Continue reading →

Site updates to reflect what I’m doing as a writer

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:27:50 +0000

I’m doing some rearranging of the site. I’ll be adding links to what I’m creating. Aside from semi-regular posts in the blog and the occasional new writing article or fiction snippet, I’ve been running the blog along for years without doing much with it. But here’s the thing: I’m back to writing new fiction every weekday. I’m back to writing Continue reading →

Need better villains for your stories?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:48:11 +0000

Yesterday, my first new class in quite a few years went live. This is How to Write Villains. The class will take eight weeks (minimum – it could a couple lessons more depending on questions I get in class as I’m building it), and right now I’m covering: LESSON 1: Understanding Evil and Villainy (FINISHED) LESSON 2: Creating Good, Bad, Continue reading →

Not feeling well

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:15:04 +0000

Not sure what’s going on, but I am feeling sick to my stomach, kind of week, and listless, and after staring at the keyboard for an hour trying to get words on Vipers’ Nest, I’m throwing in the towel. Words accomplished? Zero. This is either sick, stuck, or stuck because I’m sick. I’m taking the day off no matter which Continue reading →