Browsing Archive: March, 2010

Motivation

Posted by Holly Gaskin on Sunday, March 28, 2010,
I am coming to realize that I am practically anemic in the motivation department. I can write, write, write, but I can't get motivated to promote myself. I think I have a genuine phobia about writing query letters, making phone calls, networking, etc. I can't put my finger on it. I feel... intimidated and inferior, like "Why should this person give me the time of day? They're smart and successful and I'm not." I think I have more of a fear of success than of failure. If I get a "big break," t...
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Fear

Posted by Holly Gaskin on Monday, March 22, 2010,
I always say that if you're afraid of the water, jump in. If you're afraid of fire, strike a match. The only way to conquer fears is to face them head-on. But I'm finding this is easier said than done. I'm forcing myself to practice what I preach, but my heart is lodged firmly in my throat this evening. I'll elaborate at a later date.

HG

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A review and my response

Posted by Holly GFaskin on Thursday, March 11, 2010,
I entered "A Little Company" in the 2009 Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards. While I wasn't among the winners, I received a review from "Judge 1." I will share it and my thoughts here.


On a scale from 1 to 5, 5 being “excellent”….

Plot: 2

Grammar: 4

Character Development: 4

Cover Design: 3

 

What did you like about this book?

A Little Company is an interesting concept—a horror book set in the Grea...


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Boston in May

Posted by Holly Gaskin on Monday, March 8, 2010,
I am so excited to be going to Boston in May! Pete and I will be spending our anniversary weekend there. We will be visiting my father, who I was recently reunited with after 30 years. Also, the city is rich with American history, and we didn't get to experience nearly enough of it when we last visited. Our first trip there inspired one short story, "Adolph," and I expect our return to Beantown will give me fodder for even more creativity!

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In the works

Posted by Holly Gaskin on Sunday, March 7, 2010,
While I haven't entirely stopped work on "The Hungry Monster," I am seriously considering publishing an anthology of short stories first. I have many of these on file, and I'm currently writing two more. If I decide to go the short story collection route, I'd like to have it "out there" by summertime. Hmm... Who doesn't love a good Beach Book??? :^)

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