The View Out the Window

Holly author, balance, human brain, New world, Patience and writing, persevere, Pinterest, Readers, Reviewers 1 Comment

Sometimes we can get caught up in minutia.. narrowing our focus too much and miss something special. We all do it. Perhaps we see what someone has “liked” and “like” it too without really looking at it. That happened to a item I posted on Pinterest. The picture was a roll of the multi-flavored fruit lifesavers and under it was …

Blog Tours and Other Fantastical Creatures

Holly author, Blog tour, Dreams, Fantasy creatures, human brain, no monsters, process of getting published, Reviewers, the creative process, Uncategorized 2 Comments

On August 5 my blog tour for The Founders starts. Yea! This is fun, exciting and a great opportunity to meet bloggers and readers. The timing is wonderful as it introduces my prequel to readers just as the second book in the Sage Seed Chronicles prepares to launch. A very exciting month. I am so appreciative of the bloggers who …

Editing

Holly author, balance, Paper Crane Books, Patience and writing, persevere, process of getting published, Readers, red ink editing, strength to overcome, the creative process 2 Comments

No learning is wasted and if we are striving to perfect our craft we learn everyday. I don’t believe we ever have all of the answers though over time, as we learn, we make fewer errors. As long as we realize this we are progressing. My first agent didn’t do me any favors by telling me that “no edits were …

Perspective

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“Perspective” is a lovely word with so many layers. Our personal perspective is a sum of our experiences, background and learning. An example of this relates to one of my favorite childhood possessions: a new box of Crayola Crayons. I could amuse myself for hours with those beautiful little things, learning color names while I created. There was one crayon …

Where Do the Characters Come From?

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People have asked where my characters have come from. The answer is… Any number of sources. The character “Ree”, who is introduced in my second book (due out July-August) is loosely based on my Grandmother Cherie. “Mari” in The Founders somewhat is like my mother and some of the things she says came straight out of my mother’s mouth. But …

Are We Original?

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Many years ago I submitted a design to Danbury Mint for a Christmas ornament. The man in charge of the submissions department was a patient and professional voice on the other end of the phone. Over the weeks we spoke several times as my design made its way beyond several levels of cuts. One of the things he said has …

Little Gifts for the Imagination

hollybarbo author, Dreams, eco world, inspiration, the creative process 2 Comments

Serendipity. You have to love it. As a writer it has helped me through plot walls, flawed dialog and incomplete settings. Let me give you an example. I was about six chapters into The Founders (which will be out late this month or early May). Marisily had fled her childhood home after watching her mother die…to go… Somewhere. Hmm. Blank …