Time to Get Crazy with a Middle Grade Novel


I need a giant to change that gear!

Holy Hectic Hairballs! Seems like stuff has been rolling down Mt. Everest at a breakneck speed gathering up all sorts of ick. In response, I’m changing things up.

Writing Mode

This month I’m switching gears. Life has been a lot lately and both my adult WIPs are on the dark side. I need to write something a bit more fun, a bit light. I’m working on my middle grade fantasy. Not that it’s all rainbows and unicorns but it’s not soul-searching, brink of death stuff either.

Less This More That

All that life stuff has me blogging less. However, I‘m tweeting more—it’s less work and I can still interact with writers via the various hashtag games.

On a Related Note

I opened an Instagram account. I’m not overly enamored with it so far. It’s built for mobile devices and though they’ve added functionality for iPods they haven’t made it PC friendly. I don’t like to use my phone for social media. There is a work around that tricks your PC into thinking it’s a mobile device. (click me for the workaround) It works but it’s annoying to have to do. I’m posting my photos and art work there for the most part. If you’d like to take a look, click here.


That’s it from me. What’s happening in your world?

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Updated: August 2, 2017 — 1:09 pm


  1. Twitter is easier although I don't tend to interact there as much as I do here.
    Glad you're working on something fun and new.

    1. Same here… That's why it's easier. 😀 Here I either respond and/or visit everyone. On Twitter it's not expected.

  2. Twitter overwhelms me because it's so fast, and because of my time constraints, I will probably never indulge to its full potential. It'd be nice to be able to spend my time focused on engaging in that conversation because it sounds like fun, but too many other things (like kids, pfft!) demand I pay attention to them first.

    1. I really did me too. Then I found the twitter games. They tend to have peaks. And kids! What! How needy are they?! LOL

  3. Bring on the MG! I love that stuff. In fact, I find myself reading it frequently just to keep a young heart.

    I LOVE Twitter. Been really lame on there lately because, yeah, I hate using my phone for social media too. And I haven't been in front of a computer much. At all. Maybe it's because I can't stand to sit for more than a few moments. That will end soon enough.

    So I hopped on Instagram RIGHT before they switched to the algorithm rather than the timeline approach. The switch took all the wind out of my sail, and I just can't get into it since. I understand why people love it, but it's just too dang awkward, typing on a phone, picture editing on a phone, etc. So yeah, I'm there with you.

    1. I'm hoping to bring back some of the playful innocent of youth. 🙂

  4. Cool! I love MG fantasies…..Sounds like you're have a blast! And you are right, sometimes you just need to write something completely different and have FUN with it!

    During the IWSG twitter pitch, my MG fantasy was liked by three. Two publishers and a NY agent… SQUEEEEEE! So I am back into it after leaving it for over a year. The agent only wanted the query, but at least it gives me a bit of time to TWEAK my first few chapters. They are the MOST IMPORTANT and the Trickiest to get perfect. The rest of the story falls into place beautifully. I started this piece three of four different ways, and they are all dodo. Not sure which way to go. It is the first in a series, but it is a stand alone. I had started the second YEARS ago, so it will be fun to jump back into that story and finish it, ESPECIALLY if the first one get picked up.

    Exciting times…. we shall see.

    1. That is so great. Getting the heart is a big deal–even if they don't end up loving your story. It is enough to keep you going and pursuing it.

  5. I'm always interested in MG books.

    I'm still not on Instagram. I'm more of a Pinterest junkie.

    1. Pinterest was a cool idea, then they block it with a registered user only interface. Now, they've relaxed that, which is great.

  6. I hear you about life. Life is in my way at the moment. I like Twitter. I'm in Instagram, but only post once in awhile.

    1. I have a feeling it may be that way for me too. We'll see.

  7. You have some lovely photos.
    Best wishes with your MG

  8. Hi Holly! You know what's happening in my world as you've visited my blog where I spilled my, er, guts, something that's out of character, but what the heck?

    Funny. We're opposites. I ONLY use my phone for social media. Never my laptop. That's for serious stuff like writing and blogging and researching. FB, Instagram and Twitter are done in my downtime, when travelling etc. I LOATHE FB, but LOVE Instagram. I've been on it for absolute ages. Used to love it more before all the writers found it and started pushing their books. I like Instagram for travel pics, inspirational quotes etc. I'm a little bit offended when it's becoming just another Twitter book selling site. Hmmm. My opinion only. I'll have to find you…

    1. We are opposites! But I loathe FB too. I've been lucky with Twitter, I found the good little groups. I almost think it's better to follow hashtags than look at your feed (which does get cluttered).

      1. So true. But the groups don't work so well when you're in completely opposite timezones! LIke that IWSG Twitter pitch–it went from 10pm – 10am Australian time. Urk!

        1. YIKES! You are so right. That's hard for the groups but for the pitches, I scheduled them to post for me through Hootsuite.

  9. Hi Holly – we all need change .. and if it lightens your mood – all the better. Enjoy letting those stories out. I don't do any of the social media things … just 'quietly' get on with my blogging! Cheers Hilary

    1. I get that! I started Twitter because agents and publishers were on it and they give insights into what they are seeking. I started Instagram because The Happy Whisk raved about it. 🙂

  10. I'm on Insta but rarely go on as it's too much like Twitter, which I'm on too, but hate. Basically, I open accounts and leave it, or set an automation of some sort, and pop in 2-3 times a month. Facebook is my only real SM outlet and even that bores me. Blogging is more fun but takes more time. God I sound miserable. Lol!

    MG isn't my scene but it sounds like you know what you're doing. I prefer adult protagonists in dark lit or horror (not gore).

    1. LOL it's okay to sound miserable! Those are all time-suckers. I love dark lit and horror too (no gore either). I don't really care for peppy adult books–or maybe I just haven't found any that I like.

  11. Twitter is easier, and I do enjoy it more than Facebook. I'm trying to catch up on things now that my little guy is back in school. Good luck with the MG book! I could use a little fun light-heartedness in my writing life too. 🙂

    1. I hope you get it too. 🙂

  12. Ha! That's exactly why I wrote my paranormal comedy. I was totally sick of delving into "the dark side," and needed a change. Good luck! I do like my story, but I also do find myself apologizing to elder aunts and cousins and "serious" people for it and suggesting that they probably shouldn't read it. I'm the worst marketing person EVER.

    1. You're probably right, that is not the best marketing strategy. LOL

  13. Everybody needs to lighten up sometimes. I've taken a break in the middle of novel-writing to pen a short story, usually something funny because I just can't stand the tension. I get way too wrapped up in these make-believe people of mine. 🙂

  14. Happy Instagraming! I don't have an account there as I still refuse to buy a smartphone LOL

  15. Hi Holly!
    The phrase Holy Hectic Hairballs made me smile… and reminded me of Captain Haddock's colorful vocabulary "Blistering Barnacles" and other crazy words in the Adventures Of Tin-Tin books. 🙂
    I followed you on Instagram.
    Good luck with your middle grade novel.

  16. Glad I learned about the author confession tag thanks to you!! I've never been able to feel comfortable on Twitter because I find it overwhelming but the games seem fun. Going to give them a try.
    Will follow you on Insta as well. I find all social media hard because I'm such an introvert by nature but I'm trying to interact more.

    1. That hashtag game has just opened up Twitter for me. 51writers too. I'm naturally introverted too so I get where you are coming from.

  17. middle grade fantasy? woo hoo! they're so fun to write!
    we should swap wips sometime!

    going to follow you on insta and okay, i'm intrigued about the hashtag games – clue me in!

    lastly, you are the gem queen! so naturally, i came to you with a gem question – I have some character traits I need to match gems to – think you could help? if so, give me a shout!

    <a href="http://taratylertalks.blogspot.com/">Tara Tyler Talks</a>

    1. Yes to swapping and yes to gem questions!

  18. I understand the need to go for something different in your writing. That often shakes things up and makes it easier to write. At least it does for me.

    1. So far, it seems to be working. 🙂

  19. Funny, I was just in the same writing situation. Working on something too dark, it was bringing down my mood, so now I'm working on something more lighthearted.

    Also, I'm with you on Twitter. So much easier to just let something idiotic escape my fingers in a 140 character burst than make an actual post. Let's get Twitter famous, yeah? Easiest job in the world.

    1. I'm with you! We can do it. We shall live in infamy on Twitter. That's not corny, right?

  20. I wrote short stories when I first tried my hand at fiction. All but a few were dark. Noir. When I decided to write a novel, I was certain it would be the same. As much as I planned it to be, it wasn't. I found I couldn't sustain that dark tone. I always found something humorous to slip in. So I ran with it. I haven't tried writing a new short story in many years, but I sometimes wonder if those would still show my dark side. Now that I've written novels for a while, I don't think I could stay in that dark place for the length of time it would take. So I'm guessing my subconscious already knew that and took charge of it for me.

  21. Good luck with your new WIP. Sounds like it'll be a nice diversion. I'm exploring Twitter more and just learnt how to schedule tweets. However, I need to be careful not to just leave them and forget to engage.

    1. I used scheduling for things like tweeting out my blog post. I used it for #trickortreat reads too, so I wouldn't forget.

  22. Have fun with your new WIP! For social media, I tend to check Facebook the most because I'm on some author groups that are interesting. I wish I liked Twitter better. It's just too fast paced and chaotic for me. Instagram is pretty cool, but I don't take pictures or like to use social media on my phone, so I haven't created an account there.

    1. Finding the interest groups are what make the social media work, whichever one it is.

  23. Yeah I have to say, I'd use Instagram a lot more if I could use it on my computer. I'm at instagram.com/mishagerrick if you want company. ^_^

    1. Yes, my usage has already declined. LOL

  24. I'm glad you have something a little lighter to fall back on. I haven't tried Instagram yet, and I'm not sure that I will. The rest of social media is already too much!

  25. I don't really interact with people on Twitter much. I prefer Facebook or directly through my blog.

    1. I'm totally fascinated on how and why the different social media things engage us so differently.

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