A New Beginning: Random & Real

I’ve set a goal! My goal is to start blogging at least twice a month, hopefully increasing that to once a week… maybe… eventually.

This blog will be dedicated to real life, random, mostly happy, feel-good posts. There are enough (more than enough… an overabundance… way too many) political posts, rants, negativity going on out there and I want this to be the anti-political/rant/negative blog. It will be random. That’s how my brain works.

If any of you follow me on FaceBook at Author Holli Anderson you’ve maybe seen some of my #reallife , #childhoodconfessions , and #embarassingmoments posts. I’ll be doing more of that here. Plus the occasional book review, guest post, and author or artist interview.

I’ll keep the posts short–most of the time–because I don’t want to see any of that “tl;dr” crap.

Here’s an example of an #embarrassingmoment post (this is a new, never before seen embarrassing moment):

I can’t remember how old I was, maybe six, definitely a gullible age… okay, I can still be a little gullible. My older brother who is sixteen months older than me, and my cousin who is about a year older than me,and I were at my grandpa’s farm, hanging out around one of the horse and cattle corrals. We were sitting on the fence, looking in at a large expanse of manure. And, by large, at least in my early childhood mind, I mean maybe ten yards across or more.

My brother, whom I should have known better than to trust at this point in my life, said, “Holli, if you run really fast I bet you can get across that manure without sinking.”

My helpful cousin agreed with him (and she should have been on my side, you know, girls against boys and such).

Now, in my defense, the top of the manure pile was crusty. I didn’t weigh much. I had no idea how deep it was. And, I wanted to impress the older kids. So, I jumped off the fence, into the corral, and took off running.

Sort of.

Less than two steps in, I sank. To my knees.

And… I freaked out because I was stuck. The manure grasped onto my legs like the tentacles of an angry kraken and the harder I pulled, the harder it gripped. I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation for this– displaced air, suction, demonic parasites inhabiting the manure, blah, blah, blah…

After my brother, Shawn, and cousin stopped laughing and Shawn realized how much trouble he was going to be in after I tattled on him, he devised a plan of how to get me out. That plan included throwing me a rope and pulling me back to the fence. Because, you know, he didn’t want to get his feet dirty.

After much tugging on his part and crying on my part, I made it to the fence without losing a shoe. I climbed out. During the long walk back to my grandparents’ house Shawn tried to talk me into not telling on him. I usually succumbed to his wishes because I always felt guilty when he got in trouble–even if it was for tormenting me.

I don’t remember how the truth came out– I probably caved to my parents’ questioning because I was, and still am, a terrible liar. Because of the strong odor and huge mess my shoes and pants had become, I had to ride home in the back of the truck (it’s okay, it was the ’70s, we did stuff like that back then). My loyal dog, Chana, rode with me. And, as punishment, Shawn was forced to ride in the back with me, too.

My family still teases me about it to this day, decades later.

WesterCon and FantasyCon Panels & Events

Here is a list of the panels and events I’ll be participating in at WesterCon and FantasyCon in Salt Lake City July 3rd-5th:

WesterCon:

Thursday, July 3rd at 4:00 pm in Salon D&E–Power Up! Rain Boots On!
Saturday, July 5th at 1:00 pm in the Boardroom–BYOD and Meet Authors: Andrea Pearson & Holli Anderson
Saturday, July 5th at 6:00 pm in Salon B,C,D, & E–Tag Team Jeopardy & the Avenue of Awesomeness Author Book signing!

FantasyCon:

Thursday, July 3rd at 1:00 pm–Fantasy Comes of Age
Thursday, July 3rd at 2:00 pm–Urban Fantasy vs. Epic Fantasy
Friday, July 4th at 6:00 pm–Contemporary Fantasy
Saturday, July 5th at 4:00 pm–Mormon Mages

Plus, in-between panels and events I’ll be at the Curiosity Quills booth with two fellow-authors, Jason King and James Wymore. So, stop by and get some signed books! See ya’ there!

From Dream to Reality

To celebrate the release date of my first published novel, I decided to blog about how I came up with the idea for the story. As cliché as it may sound, the truth is that the idea came from a dream I had.
I have very vivid dreams at times—and I love it! Even the scary or intense ones that cause my heart to race as I wake up in a cold sweat. Come to think of it, those are my favorite ones. I’ve found that I have poor recall of my dreams come morning, so I keep a notebook and pencil at my bedside—my husband is used to me turning the lamp on in the middle of the night to scribble the details of a dream down before I forget them. There are many times when I awake in the morning and read what I’ve written, excited to rediscover a grand dream and possible subject for a new writing project, only to discover that what seemed amazing at 3:00am, is gibberish at a more decent hour of the day.
That, however, was not the case when I dreamt about a group of teen-aged kids scrambling around in an underground setting, fighting for their place there. I wrote it down. It was still awesome in the morning. It was still exciting the next day. It stayed with me and demanded to be written weeks later.
That is where the initial premise came from for FIVE OUT OF THE DARK. I didn’t know of the Seattle Underground at that time, and thought of Chicago as the setting for the book. While researching things to do in Seattle before a family vacation there, I discovered that there is an Underground there with quite an amazing story. So, Seattle Underground it was.
I had another dream after I started writing FIVE, one of the few that hasn’t faded from my memory with time, and I knew I had to make it part of my story. I can’t tell you about it other than to say it’s now part of the end of the book, and my favorite scene.
I don’t always get my writing ideas from dreams, but I try to never fail to write down a good one for future reference.
Happy reading!!

Now Entering the Blogging World

Well, here goes, my first blog post. I’ll be using this blog mostly to keep you all informed about upcoming events and current and future writing projects.

I’m super excited for the Book Launch party where we’ll be celebrating the release of my first novel– Five: Out of the Dark. The new Grantsville Library has been absolutely wonderful to work with and I’m so glad they’re letting me have the party there. The outpouring of support from my hometown has been wonderful and I hope to see a big crowd on August 20th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Check out the Event calendar on my website to see what else is coming up.

I hope you all love the book!

Holli Anderson