It has been a CRAZY 13 Days

Oh my goodness.  Between the podcast (you can visit the site for Alone in a Room with Invisible People or just the Podbean Link itself here) and the insane amount of work it took to start it, get the extra episodes ready to air so I wouldn’t have to worry about it during and after my trip, my bug hunter work (they got their information on the 27th, a day early) and my 10 year anniversary that came up, I was running on steam!

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I have to take a minute to mention this because it was an amazing anniversary weekend. 12 years together, 10 married and this man blew me away.  I have only just realized that I am not the romantic one!  HA!  He booked a cottage room on the beach, a schooner boat ride with a singer who had a truly lovely voice I was glad I could hear over all of the other people on the boat and then we did about a half dozen other things.  In about three days, HA!  Also, we chilled like crazy on the back “porch” area of the cottage.


He even had a cake, champagne and rose petals all over the room after our romantic (and delicious) dinner.

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On our last day at the cottage we watched the dolphins swimming not too far out and even tried to reach them, but it was too far for us in the dark water.  If we’d been in Key West or Hawaii, we would have booked it!

It was one of the best weekends with him I have ever had and I needed it.  He is a workaholic – the pot calling the kettle black, I know it.  Only thing, his work takes him out of the house.  EMT and a volunteer firefighter.  So he might have a day off a week.  Usually it’s half a day and many weeks it’s been no days off.  He typically works two jobs a day.


Today I also had to finish up my first drafts of my Query Letter and my Synopsis (fitting Harlequin’s specs), so that was a surprising amount of work.  I was grateful that a part of How to Revise Your Novel shows you how to create both, especially the fact that the synopsis is taken from your earlier work!

And yes, I know I talk a lot about Holly’s classes, but I use them constantly!  Just like Syd Field’s series of books on writing screenplays, these courses have just become a part of who I am and how I work.

So, now I am taking on plotting the second book in my Wandalucia series.  I was already throwing out some ideas here and there for it, today I planned to start plotting.  Brock and Angie are getting their book, which was definitely the plan as I started to develop Brock’s character.  When I found the first draft came in under goal (word count) I was more than happy to add in another POV – Brock’s.  Already planning to write the next book about him and Angie, I got a chance to explore Brock a little from the inside and also, bring more of the relationship he shares with Dom into the book.  Being best friends, I plan to have Dom in book two as well.

I went ahead and downloaded my copy of Professional Plot Outline (the only non-affiliate link here of Holly’s, it’s a .99 cents, pure and practical guide but she is not currently selling it on her site as she wants to rewrite it and beef it up to be more helpful) and then pulled out the two clinics just in case I wanted to (or needed to, if my Muse had been stingy today) use them: Create a Plot Clinic and Create a Character Clinic.  Those are under $10 each and I have found them incredibly helpful in the past.

I didn’t end up needing them today.  I did about 2800 words on background information and a bunch of research for characters and their pasts.  I wrote a lot about Brock and discovered some really amazing things about him.  And I found out some cool shit about Angie’s mother (Belinda), her half-brother Richard’s mother (Sandy) and a little bit that makes me like their father, Phil, even more than I already did.  I also enjoyed discovering how Dom and Brock became friends.

Angie’s past and the actual plotting will have to wait.  Tomorrow morning I am getting to work on my final version of Leaving Wandalucia before submission.  I am nervous, but also excited and downright chipper to get to work thanks to the amazing help from my bug hunters!!  They’ve all worked so hard and come through for me and I cannot be more grateful.  I should be receiving the last two early in the morning before I wake up, so I’ll be getting to work both before and after the ultrasound I have at my OBGYN.  We have to check on the cysts from my PCOS and the tumor I have on my ovary before deciding on any next steps.


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It has been a CRAZY 13 Days

Leaving Wandalucia

Early this year I was going through a bit of a crisis with Glass House. I had fallen in love with this book and the stories that would follow for another 7 books.  I didn’t want to risk my mother’s history with traditional publication by taking that route with them.

Why?  Because even if they were successful, a publishing house could feel they weren’t successful enough and cancel the series, forcing me (as my mother had to do decades before) to wrap up the series early.  And worse?  They’d have the rights to the world for many, many years.  Decades, even.

Um… Fuck that.  Not only are there 8 books I want to write in the Glass House series, but many, many more follow that entire WORLD.  I want to write so many in these different connected towns full of mystery and magic that I’ve created and dreamed of since I was 19.  I can’t imagine someone else holding the legal rights to my dreamworld.

However, I had made that promise to my husband that I would submit a novel to a traditional publisher.  So what was I to do?

I put aside Glass House and focused on getting back into writing romance.  This time, Suspenseful Romance.  I love the very wide genres of romance and erotica, despite all the shit they catch and the sometimes less than stellar books out there.

On March 6th I started plotting here and there.  Then forgot about it until the 31st.  I started writing it on the 31st.  Finished it on April 19th, missing only one day of writing in that time!  I took 4 days off and started revisions on April 23rd.

I cannot be grateful enough for the course, How to Revise Your Novel.  I know, if you follow me on Instagram you have seen my hashtags and yes, I am mentioning it again.

Thanks to that INSANELY in depth course I handed off my book to my content editor on July 6th.  He sent me back his comments over the weekend (he doesn’t actually WORK weekends, but I think his schedule was wonky).  I opened them today and instead of the week long slog I was anticipating fixing all of my errors and plot-holes and poorly developed storylines or characters – I spent less than two hours.

This credit is given to the course, 100%.

The How to Revise Your Novel course was very literally the hardest and most insightful (at times infuriating) course I have ever taken.  It was the hardest task I have ever given to myself.  At times you’re wondering how in the world what you’re doing will relate to the book or even how in the world you can REPAIR this book.  Because you get so damn close to the subject, you’re torn, thinking your book is crap and you should just start over.

That’s not the case.  You rebuild after you tear down.  And it’s amazing.

I have my first two readers in love with the story and characters.  So I have only one issue left to work on before sending it out to my bug hunters on the 28th.  I pushed aside the sex scenes focusing on the story itself.  This was important, I wanted the characters to be lovable, the story compelling and the sex, hot, yes, but I needed the story to be right before I could work out the sex.

Strange, because I’ve never needed that before!

So I have roughly two weeks to ‘work out the kinks’ in the intimacy department and my bug hunters will receive my novel!  I am so excited and nervous!

I’ve started plotting book two (started on the 7th of July LOL) and I’ll be sharing my methods here.

Looking forward to submitting this new book.  The working title is from my content editor, Matt Turano (from MattContentEdits not an affiliate link) :

Leaving Wandalucia.


(the above links to HTRYN are affiliate links and never charges anyone extra, but you can always just Google “Holly Lisle How to Revise Your Novel” as well).


Leaving Wandalucia