My goal with this blog, beside providing some helpful tips about writing and publishing, it is be as honest as possible about my journey as writer and what it takes to get a story from idea, to draft, to finished product. So with that in mind, here comes a middle of the week unscheduled post. … Continue reading The Emotional Toll of Being a Writer
It’s the middle of October which means we are just weeks away from the start of my favorite time of the year, National Novel Writing Month or as the cool kids call it NaNo. For those of you that don’t know, NaNo is a non-profit organization that puts on writing challenges throughout the year. The biggest … Continue reading Why I NaNoWriMo
Writer conference season will be here before you know it. Though there are writing conferences that take place throughout the year, most of them take place in the spring. If you’ve never attended a conference, I highly recommend it. There is nothing more inspirational than being in a room full of other writers and sharing … Continue reading How to prepare for your first writer conference
I had heard ton of tips and tricks on how to self-publish, had even attended a few conferences about it, before I ever decided that was the right path for me. One of the key things I took away from the speakers that was self-publishing is fast and you have to move fast if want … Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Learned
I’m Back! It’s been a well over a year since I last wrote a blog post, and even back then I only wrote a few before abandoning it. Not this time. This time I’m determined to keep with it. I have even planned out the weekly posts for the next few months to help keep … Continue reading Take Two: Life update and blog relaunch
My first interview as an author.
We at Cabin in the Woods are so excited to bring you our first Indie Author Interview – with one of our founding members, no less!
Holly Ash is the author of the underwater science fiction series The Journey Missions. She has worked for the last ten years as an Environmental Engineer after receiving degrees in Environmental Science and English Literature from Central Michigan University. Her first published novel, Crystal & Flint, debuts one month from today!
Crystal & Flint follows Lieutenant Commander Crystal Wolf as she races to finish construction of the mega submarine, Journey, in order to calm political tensions on the planet Neophia and cement her already stellar military career. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Desiree Flint is facing the end of her own military career; determined to rebuild her reputation on Neophia, no matter the cost, she sets her sights on dethroning Commander Wolf in…
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I found an old flash drive in our safe. On it was an old draft of The Journey Missions: Crystal and Flint. I don’t think it’s the first draft, but it’s dated 2013 so it’s certainly one of the earliest. I skimmed through the document and it’s amazing how the story has transformed. It’s still … Continue reading First Draft to Final Draft
April was a crazy busy month. There were family obligations, holidays, and a ton of things to get done at work. But here we are at the end of it and I thought it would be fun to do a summary of everything I accomplished this month and everything I wanted to get done but … Continue reading April Recap
Treat your writing like a business. I’ve heard it at conferences and read it in countless articles, but no one really explains what they mean by that. Sure, it could be just a fancy way of saying take your work seriously, but I think it means a lot more than that. I’ve spent the last … Continue reading The Business of Writing
It’s been roughly nine months since I decided to make a real commitment to my writing. Since then I’ve completed three drafts of the first book in my science fiction series, and I’m getting ready to start the process of trying to get it published. I’ve also written the first draft of the second book … Continue reading Finding the Voices