Pull back the curtain and see how a suspense writer puts the thrills and chills together.


Hello dear readers,

Hopefully you can forgive me, but I ducked out on the blog, the novel, and all other forms of responsibility yesterday. Instead, I went to the beach. (Above is a pic of the actual beach I visited.)

It was one of those all-too-rare perfect summer days: sunny, warm, with just a hint of a cool breeze now and then. No humidity in sight. I went with my best friend and a girl she’s known since kindergarten, and we had a fantastic time. Every now and then, I figure one has to play hooky. That’s what living your best life is all about.

Even so, I couldn’t quite get away from the thought of what I should be doing. The beach was filled with dragonflies, and since my work-in-progress is titled Dragonfly Summer, I took it as a sign. It was an incredible sight – everywhere you looked, the sky was full of these amazing creatures gliding, diving, and–most important–eating. Go, dragonflies, go! Thanks to their hard work, there was nary a mosquito or fish fly to be found.

This week will be filled with celebrations for The Boy’s birthday, but next week I will have no more excuses!

Do you find it harder to stick to your goals in the summer? What are your favorite summer activities?

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  1. Jocé

    Hi Holli, I’m just catching up on Blog reading. (playing my own version of hooky with our house guest, Oliver, the big black lab) Wow, this is uncanny – there are whirring gatherings of Dragonflies all over the Province obviously, on our park walks, and now in my own back yard. It is truly a Dragon Fly Summer 🙂 Wonderful, I love them too. And yes this has to be propitious for your book. Okay, hooky is over – back to the page. Unless of course we catch another perfect day (like today) summer is just too short to overlook. 🙂

  2. Story Teller

    Hi Jocelyn! Welcome back, I’ve missed you. There’s something so wonderful about dragonflies. I can watch them for hours.

    I’ve been really neglecting my book lately. I’m hoping to get in a few good hours on Sunday, and I’ll have really exciting news on the writing front that I’ll post on the blog tomorrow!


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