Holly Around the World | January

Holly Around the World

The first month of 2023 is about to come to an end. It’s a bit scary when you think about it. One-twelfth is already over. If this is how the rest of the year is gonna go, then I don’t really know how I’ll manage to keep up.

It’s not that I haven’t done things, I have! I’ve written, I’ve planned, I’ve organised – both for my life as an author and for everything that’s going on in my ‘real life.’ 

There are still a lot of things up in the air in my real-life situation. Papers, Mum’s house etc, but we’re getting there. Not really, but we’ve taken steps 🤯

And while that chaos is playing out in the background, I’ve released the first story of 2023. Squirrel Circus!!!

I wrote it for Squirrel Appreciation Day. I’ve wanted to write a story for Squirrel Appreciation Day since I started writing as Holly, and now I’ve done it! Time to pick a new day to pine after. I’ve already cleared all my deadlines for 2023 with my publisher and which days my stories gonna be written for, so it has to be something for 2024. But it’s just eleven-twelfths of the year left, so it’s time to make plans! 😂

Back to the now!

I’ve visited a few blogs on my quest to let everyone know there’s a story about a nut-hoarding squirrel shifter. First, I was at Addison Albright’s, and there I talked about Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Next up on the tour was Nell Iris. There I talked about squirrels, how they misplace 75% of the food, and how I feel as if I’ve had to live with a squirrel brain for the last few months.

Last, I was at Ofelia Gränd’s where I talked about fated mates and how Squirrel Circus is a rejected mate story.

Next month, we’ll be talking Nutella instead of squirrels 😆

Squirrel sandwitch

Holly Around the World | December

Holly Around the World

The last Holly Around the World post of the year! I’m still in a daze, and when this came up on the to-do (thank you, recurring tasks on ClickUp, I never would’ve managed without you 😅) I had one of those ‘Shit, I haven’t visited any blogs this month’ moments.

I have… I think 😆 Let me check my bujo (thank you, bullet journal, I never would’ve known what I’ve done unless I could go back and check 😅)

Right, let’s pretend I’m in control of this show and have a look, shall we?

Willow Road was part of the JMS Books Advent calendar, which meant that it was free on the 21st. It was released on the 17th, and then I talked about it here on the blog, but on the 21st, I visited both Addison Albright and Nell Iris.

Over at Addison’s, I talked about my relationship with crossword puzzles since I wrote Willow Road to celebrate Crossword Puzzle Day, and got a little nostalgic about Mum.

Over at Nell’s, I talked about the setting. Most often when I write stories, I borrow streets, buildings, and the sea from where I grew up, but I’ve set this story where I live now. With some modifications, of course.

Then I was at Ofelia’s a few days after, and there I’m saying Willow Road is 50% off over at Smashwords till January 1st (so there is still time!) I talk a little about the plot too, but the main thing is that you can get it for half price 😁

I was supposed to be at A.L. Lester’s blog first of all, but the post got kidnapped by cyber monsters (yes, it’s true!) so it didn’t come up until recently. In it, Ally is asking me about how I come to write what I do, among other things.

That’s it for this year!

Human mate

Holly Around the World | November

Holly Around the World

I’ve walked around in a daze this month. My mother passed away on the 16th, and the days leading up to that, my siblings, my sister-in-law, and I spent in the hospital. 

I did manage to write this month’s blog posts before Mum got worse though, so I have been visiting blogs, I just can’t remember much about what I wrote. That daze… 

Returning to the Werewolf is celebrating Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, and it’s the first time I’ve written a story for a week instead of a day, but it worked just fine 😊

On release day, I visited both Nell Iris and Addison Albright. Over at Nell’s, I was talking about – hang on while I check 😂 – oh yeah, daylight saving time. Neither Nell nor I are fans of this switching time idiocy, and since Drowsy Driving Prevention Week follows the time change, that was what I was chatting about.

At Addison’s, I was talking about snow and how when I lived up north, it almost always snowed the last week in October. I always travelled home to Mum in that last week, and most years it started snowing right around the time I was going.

Then I visited Ofelia’s blog. There I talked about how Lex is convinced he’s fallen asleep while driving since he sees a naked man on the road in the middle of nowhere.

Naked Man