Good Grief, Fall is sneaking up on me

In the states, Labor Day marks the last days of summer and back to school days – and fall. Though technically, we still have a couple of weeks before summer ends, the larger picture tells me I’ve got to get moving.

Summer was a whirlwind. My writing got lost in the hectic season. Work was unusually busy for summer, but that’s good I think. Maybe is a positive sign for the future?

I did manage to edit and reformat my remaining cookbooks and they will all go up for sale this fall. Stay tuned.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my creative writing this last week. Was I truly not able to find time to write? Or was I a scaredy cat? Probably a little of both.

Sometimes I worry that I will be the only one who likes my stuff or “gets it.” The purely logical side of my brain tells me there’s a whole bunch of people in this world and surely someone  somewhere would like it – but still…the non-rational side shoves itself to the foreground with things like…

  • People will read the first paragraph, roll their eyes, and say terrible things (like some of the really nasty things I’ve read on amazon).
  • People will say, “Obvious, saw that coming”, “Is this for real?”, “This is just lame.”

And that is scary.

But what if — what if — they say something like…“Nice little read.”

There is only one way to find out. Yes?

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Updated: November 23, 2016 — 11:30 am


  1. Let me know when those books are up and ready, and I’ll do a shout-out in the Ninja News.
    You write so well here – have faith your fiction will captivate others.

  2. It’s always a scary thought. I have faith you’ll do well.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I would like to post about your cookery books so when you are ready, please drop me an email.

    As for summer, I am sad to say that I don’t remember most of it. But I am excited for autumn. Woohoo.

    PS: I’m having problems commenting. A note pops up that reads I’ve already said that.

    1. They both showed up but needed to be reviewed (probably ’cause of your special email address;)).

      Those there were some really weird problems here for a good chunk of the morning – like the post disappearing and comments showing one minute and then not the next. It must be some weird caching thing. I cleared the blogs cache to see if that helps too.

  4. Ugh, I so know what you mean. I’m a perfectly sane writer until I hand something off to someone else to read, and then I turn into psycho woman. I just know it’s pure crap and they won’t have the heart to tell me. The exchange usually goes a little better than that, but that’s how I always imagine it in my head. I can’t imagine reading reviews on Amazon for a novel of mine and not having a mental breakdown. 😛

    1. Ah, yes here in lies the next fear…

  5. Hi Holly
    I bet you’ll get good reviews. If you go the distance, edit, critique and finally hire an editor, then you will have quality stuff. Some of those e-books are written by people who haven’t bothered to learn the craft of writing, who don’t edit and who don’t hire an editor. Then again, some reviews you wonder at like one of mine. He said, “I downloaded this book, glanced at it, decided it would be a waste of time and didn’t read it. I probably shouldn’t write a review.” Go figure!

    1. Really? That is so weird. I, for one, love your book. I even have my favorite lines and passages highlighted.

  6. You are going to rock it. I’m so excited for all of your adventures! 😀

    1. It’s the cool website, right? 😉

  7. Holly, those that roll their eyes aren’t worth another thought!

    Please let me know when your cookbooks are available. The tasty treats and dishes you post here are wonderful.

  8. Awesome on the cookbooks.

    As to the creative writing, there will always be naysayers. Never let someone else stop you from doing what you love and what you want to do.

  9. You never get over that fear of what people will think of your writing. I’m excited to have a book coming out in May, but between now and then I will have to face … ta dum dum dum … professional reviews. Talk about “heart in your mouth.” With my last book, a publicity person for the publisher emailed each one to me and let me know whether it was good or bad before I read it. He really got that I needed to have the blow cushioned when necessary!

    Last night I sent a WIP to my agent. I was nervous pressing send on that, too.

    No matter how many things I write, I bet I’ll feel this anxiety every time …

  10. It’s especially crushing when you were right. 😛 But it’s better to be positive than always expecting the worse.

    I didn’t get much writing done over the summer either. Yay for the fall!

  11. The sad thing about fiction writing is that there is always going to be someone who doesn’t get it or just plain hates your work.
    I didn’t get much writing done either but I like to think of it as a marathon not a sprint. 🙂
    Thank you for your comment on my guest post.

  12. Hi Holly – I bought one of your books a while ago .. for a friend … she loves it.

    Good luck with all your plans .. cheers for now -Hilary

  13. I always worry about that – ALWAYS! I wish one day I could look at my writing and think: I love it. Sigh!

  14. Amazon is, as in its real counterpart, filled with evil piranhas and trolls 🙂 Some truly horrid books get nice marks there and some nice ones get attacked by trolls.
    Can’t wait for Autumn to come, the summer burned me up and down and all around 🙂

  15. You can do it! I think you need to get some good crit partners who will help bolster you and your confidence up! Then the idea of the bad stuff isn’t so scary anymore

  16. How can anyone say an unkind word when food is involved? Tell me when you publish. I’d love to post about it on my blog if you’d like be there. Writers need good recipes!

  17. Don’t worry so much, you’ll be fine. Don’t worry so much about who likes your stuff. There’s always going to be someone who won’t but they don’t matter, only those who do like your works matter.

  18. I’d be happy to shout-out when they are released. I’m sure they are fabulous based on what you’ve shared on your blog. 🙂 Yum!

  19. I’m sure people will enjoy your books! People say harsh things in reviews–but I bet you’ll find your audience. 🙂

  20. I agree it’s hard to believe fall is here. I see little kids trudging to school with their backpacks and think “What?” I guess this whole year has whizzed by.

    Also hear you about the reviews. They can be tough. I think a lot of people write them at work and vent their frustrations. 🙂

    Ah well. What can you do? If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years, it’s that writing and the whole publishing gig is not a rose garden. We can only hope people will pursue it anyway. Would be a pity to lose those original works. Remember: only you can tell your story.

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