I’m on Ello!

optimized (2)A few days ago, I started hearing about Ello. Ello? What in the world was Ello? All of the sudden, everyone was talking about it. I was fortunate enough to get an invite last night, and I’m absolutely loving it!

Posting in the Courier font makes me feel all poetic and profound. The design is sleek, clean, and beautiful to my designer senses. And it’s blessedly simple.

I do believe I could get lost in this place. I was an early adopter of Pinterest, too, and it was fantastic to watch it grow and evolve. Ello? I have no idea what will happen, but it will surely be fun.

If you want to follow along, I’m @hollyheisey

Hope to see you there!

Excursions into the Land of Wattpad

Deep (12)I have been poking around Wattpad for a while now, alternately not quite sure what to make of this unwieldy engine of storytelling, and giddy to give it a try for myself.

So, I did.

Up on Wattpad for experimental purposes and your reading pleasure is my short story “Deep Runner Lullaby,” which was first published as “Fully Human” in Aoife’s Kiss, September 2011.

Yes, it is an older story. There is much here I might have fixed, or made better, or whipped into mirror-clear polish, but I chose to leave it as it is. This is how the story was originally published (barring a very few line edits, and the title, of course), and I’m different enough as a writer now that I didn’t want to destroy the soul of what I had created before. Call this a milestone along my way.

I love this story, in all its awesomeness and imperfections. It still moves me when I read it, and I’m giddy that I have a place to put it up again to be read.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

I’m a Finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest!

I found out a few days ago that I’m a second quarter finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. All the squees! This is my second time around, and it’s even more of a blast because a good handful of my fellow finalists are friends, and I’m already making new friends. I have so many people to cheer on!

I’ll happy dance for everyone, keep my fingers and toes and nose hairs crossed, and cheer everyone to the finish line. We should have results in a few weeks, so I’ll keep you posted.

SECOND QUARTER FINALISTS

Kary English of California
Joshua Essoe of California
Holly Heisey of Arizona
Samantha Murray of Perth, Australia
Scott Parkin of Utah
Kevin Pitorak of Ohio
Daniel Rosen of Minnesota
D.L. Young of Texas

Hooray, and good luck to us all!

EDIT: I didn’t make the top three, but congratulations to Kary English, Samantha Murray, and Scott Parkin! I still have a shot at being a published finalist, so my fingers are crossed.

“An Understanding” is up on Escape Pod!

EscapePodToday my short story “An Understanding” is up on Escape Pod! This is awesome for many reasons, but not the least of which is that because I’ve been reading almost exclusively in audiobooks for the last few years, hearing one of my stories read to me by a narrator has risen pretty high up on my bucket list. Today, I got to check that item off.

I can’t even explain the utter coolness of hearing what I wrote and formed in my head, the voices of these characters I’ve grown to love, come alive in the performance of a narrator. And Wilson Fowlie does an amazing job, far exceeding any expectations on my part. If you could only see the huge grin on my face right now, it would make you smile, too.

The second reason this is awesome is that this marks my first professional short story sale, which is a major milestone. I’ve done it! I’ve reached this hill and planted my flag! And now onward to the next one. But maybe I’ll just sit and bask in the coolness of this a little while longer.

Prologue to a Comeback

No, internetz, I have not forgotten about you! I’ve been hard at work these last few weeks and months, writing and editing and generally getting more awesome.

News is coming soon, and I’m giddy with glee to share it!

Until then, please hold your bated breath.

Avenir Eclectia (Volume 1)

Avenir Eclectia (Volume 1) edited by Grace Bridges and Travis Perry is up in print and ebook versions on Amazon and other bookstores this month. This is an anthology selection of stories from the Avenir Eclectia shared fiction project, and has my stories “Cafeteria Duty” and “A Very Important Question” in the mix. This is the first time I’ve had my name on a front cover (exciting!), and I’m in good company here.

There’s also a soundtrack by Michael L. Rogers to the Avenir Eclectia stories, with breezy ambient electronica tracks. The song “Hoepi (Miner of Sheba” is based on my character from “Cafeteria Duty.” Definitely worth a listen!

Color Coding Your Writing Journals

I keep my writing notes in journal form to jot down ideas on the go, but this makes search and organization difficult, especially when my ideas cross a handful of projects. A few months ago, I came up with a color coding system to help, and so far it’s streamlined my process.  

The basic idea is to assign each of your current projects a color, and then mark a symbol beside each note that corresponds to its project and type. This lets you know at a glance which projects and types of notes for those projects are on a page. If something within the note is important, underline it with the right color. Numbering your pages and journals helps for cross-reference.

I use a 10-pack of Crayola basic markers because they don’t bleed through the journal pages. Bolder is better so you’ll be able to flip through the journals and see the symbols clearly.

This may not work for everyone, and feel free to adapt it for your own use. But it’s been a great help to me, so I thought I’d share!