Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Artistry of Life


I'm back in my ceramics class and working at learning to throw on a wheel.  It's not easy.  Not easy at all.  I can't tell you how many pieces have gone caliwumpus (that's a technical term...LOL). But I sit back down at the wheel and try again. And again. And again.  I'm not sure if it's a passion for pottery or just plain stubbornness.  But there I am, clay splattered and trying.

The school will have an Empty Bowl fundraiser in the spring and I signed on to make 50 bowls.  Yesterday, I trimmed the bottom of ten...so now I'm at 32/50.  And I'm learning about finishing, too.  A finished bowl has a foot on it. It's not just decorative. It thins out the bottom of the bowl so it fires better, and it helps keep glaze on the bowl, not on the bottom of the kiln.  Real potters will pick up a piece and check the bottom to see how it's finished.  I guess the true mark of artistry is making something no one sees beautiful.


I like that thought.

Artistry can be something no one else really sees.

It's a nice thought that applies to real life.  I think we should all strive to be an artist at life. Doing kind things no one else will ever see or notice.  I like to think kindness is contagious. So while I'm working at getting better at pottery (my goal is to have my professor pick up a bowl and say, I'd use this) I think I'll try to get better at the artistry of life.  Doing small acts of kindness (maybe large acts of kindness LOL) and spewing kindness like I try to spew glee.  The world can always use a bit more kindness and glee!


Those 50 bowls I've promised to make turned into 51. So many people have asked for my pottery, I thought giving one away would be fun.  The problem with that is how to draw one name.  I've been doing more of my giveaways through my email list. So if you want a chance at a bowl, all you have to do to have your name in the hat (not a real hat LOL) is be signed up for my newsletter. You can do that here.  I'll draw in November.

As we all go out today, let's try to be artists of life and spread some kindness and glee!!


Holly

PS





Monday's newest Trippin' with Holly and Susan. 

If you've missed episodes, you can find them here.



PPS  
Don't forget my new release Polished Off: A Maid in LA Mystery is out! Check out Quincy's newest adventure!

Then go back to school with three PTA Moms.  There's a bonus short story included! Check out the PTA Mom Collection!!

Able to Love Again...There's a new episode out today!






PTA Moms: the Collection

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As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!


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In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books

Friday, September 14, 2018

Trippin' with Holly and Susan—28






As a reader I love reading book series...and as a writer I love writing them! Find out why in Trippin' with Holly and Susan today!  

And when you're done, check out the newly released series: The PTA Mom Collection (Includes Bestselling Once Upon a Thanksgiving, Once Upon a Christmas, Once Upon a Valentine's and a bonus story...Once Upon Three Weddings) and my new Maid in LA Mystery #5, Polished Off (Quincy's found another dead body...seriously, how many murders can one maid clean up??)!

Holly

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As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!


Find my books at:

In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books

Monday, September 10, 2018

Stoning, Wolfing and Learning...oh my.



I spend a lot of My Novel Freshman Experience posts talking about going back to school and learning new things (so far just about ceramics, but maybe someday soon I'll take another type of class LOL).  But here's the big thing I hope to share...learning something new doesn't require going back to school.  This weekend Himself and I started stoning behind the woodstove at The Cottage.  That is something very new.  We've laid tile before, but this is a different process altogether.  We're hoping to finish it over the course of a few visits.

It's not just people who learn new skills.  Since we lost Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald has had to learn to be an only dog.  She's been more than a little lost.  But she's getting better.  We've been trying to convince her she's a camp dog.  She's pretty sure she's not, but we're still trying.  After we finished our stoning this weekend, we headed out to the truck. I didn't bother to put Ella on her lead...she's always happy to leave camp and head back to the house.  But this time...she took off.  She found her inner-wolf and led us on a merry chase.  Well, merry on her part.  She is very fast for a small sausage dog.  

But in the end, we lured her back to the truck with a treat.  She learned that camp can be fun.  We learned that she is a dog who will continued using her lead...even if it's just a short walk to the truck.  (This picture was taken after her wild wolf run...she doesn't looked the least bit sorry, does she?)





I'm still loving ceramics, but it's led me to painting as well.  I'm enjoying that as well.  That's the thing with learning...one thing leads to another.  I'm hoping Ella's done learning about her inner-wolf, but I know I'm not done learning about pottery and painting and stoning and...  Well, I'm not done with any of it.

I hope you have your Monday Glee today and that you find something new to learn about and maybe love!


Here's a couple more Trippin' with Holly and Susan videos.  We're still touring Erie with this round.  So come to Erie (at least in the videos, but we'd love if you came in real life, too!) and talk about books with us.  If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss, please let me know!

Holly




Today Susan and I are talking about writing assistants. And we're continuing our tour of Erie, PA. We're at the courthouse in this episode...on the outside, not the inside! LOL  


Reader Expectations...they're something writers try to meet. Find out why in our newest video. When you pick up a Holly Jacobs' book, what do you expect?
I talked about the three types of books I write...comedy, drama and cozy mystery. Check out all three and tell me if you can find what they have in common. Comedy...PTA Moms: The Collection Drama...Briar Hill Road Cozy Mystery...Polished Off

PS
Don't forget my new release Polished Off: A Maid in LA Mystery is out! Check out Quincy's newest adventure!

Then go back to school with three PTA Moms.  There's a bonus short story included! Check out the PTA Mom Collection!!

Able to Love Again...There's a new episode out today!






PTA Moms: the Collection

Don't want to miss any new releases in the future? Subscribe to my Newsletter!! I'll keep you up-to-date and I frequently have something special for subscribers!


As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!


Find my books at:

In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books


Thursday, September 06, 2018

Holly's September Newsletter

It's back to school...


And all three of my PTA Mom books are now in one collection, along with a brand new short story.

Includes:
Once Upon a Thanksgiving
Once Upon a Christmas
Once Upon a Valentine's
Bonus Short Story: Once Upon Three Weddings

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And if you haven't picked up the 5th Maid in LA book, Polished Off,

check it out.

You can get the first four books in one handy collection! Maid in LA.





What's Up Here?

It's a busy time of year. I'm back at school. Yes, I'm still in ceramics class. Someday I'll take some other class, I promise. But right now, I'm having so much fun.  I'm still blogging about going back to school.  You can find My Novel Freshman Experience posts in here in Hollyworld.

The school has an Empty Bowls Event (a fundraiser to fight hunger) and I said I'd make 50 bowls for it.  Keep your fingers crossed. I just started throwing and I'm hoping to get to adequate someday soon!  LOL 

That's pretty much it. Clay, Books and Family.  Uh, not in that order.  

Thanks everyone who picked up Polished Off! If you have a moment, I'd appreciate the review! If you haven't picked up Quincy's last adventure, I hope you will!  And if you haven't read my PTA Moms, I hope this new collection helps put them all in one place!

I'll be back in November with a brand new book. And since I'm in the midst of bowl-palooza, I just might have one for one for one of my newsletter subscribers! If you're not subscribed, sign up here.(Wish I could make enough for all of you...but those 50 bowls are about all I can manage!) Until then, enjoy the fall!

Holly

PS.
I'm still playing with the Radish App.  You can find my story, Able to Love Again there.

And The Moments, a sequel to Briar Hill Road, is there as well.  I think there will be more stories to come soon!

As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!


Find my books at:

In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books




Monday, September 03, 2018

Labor Day Trippin'

Wow, I thought I posted all these, but obviously didn't.  So if you've been following my Trippin' with Holly and Susan here, you're a few behind.  So here's 23, 24 and 25!!  I'll try to do better!

Oh, and today is a new episode on my Radish story, Able to Love Again. If you have a moment, check out the story on the app. And if you don't have the app, check that out and then check out the story!!  LOL


And check out my PS. There's new releases, a free story and an on sale book today for Labor Day!

Holly











Don't forget my new release Polished Off: A Maid in LA Mystery is out! Check out Quincy's newest adventure!

On Sale today:
Swept Up
And Free for Labor Day...Labor Day: A Short Story.

Coming on September 6...go back to school with three PTA Moms.  There's a bonus short story included! Check out the PTA Mom Collection!!

Don't want to miss any new releases in the future? Subscribe to my Newsletter!! I'll keep you up-to-date and I frequently have something special for subscribers!


As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!


Find my books at:

In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books



Monday, August 27, 2018

Setting Goals: My Novel Freshman Experience

 Setting Goals.

When I first started writing, I treated my attempts like work. I set a goal and did everything I could to meet it.  I treated my writing like a business before it was a business. And that commitment worked for me and my vocation.


So as I'm starting my pottery avocation, I'm doing the same thing.  My big goal for the term is to get better.  I want to throw better (and better than not good should be doable.  LOL) and I want to get better at the things I'm already happy with (my Santas and log mugs). And I want to learn more studio skills.  

But I wanted a bigger goal.  There's a group at school that does Empty Bowls Dinner in the spring...it raises money to fill empty stomachs. Guests have a simple meal of soup and bread...and you get to keep a handcrafted pottery bowl.  They need a lot of bowls.  So I said...I'll do fifty.  Since I am so new to throwing, this is a hefty goal.  But  I'm hoping it improves my throwing and glazin. I'm hoping to learn to throw a shape and size consistently. And I need to find a design I like. And I like the idea of all that learning ultimately feeding people in need.

I made three smaller, wider bowls (on the left). They weren't bad, but I tried a taller, deeper bowl. I think that's a better design.  I made three of those, then tried one a bit taller.  

So seven.  I'm seven bowls into my goal.

Now, along the way I threw a very small, bad bowl.  But rather than let it go to waste, I tried my underglazing on it again.  Another poppy. It'll make an acceptable change or key bowl.  


Goals.  They're a way of moving forward in a vocation or avocation.  They SHOW you what you can do.  Uh, yeah that was a lead-in to today's Trippin' with Holly and Susan. We're talking about Show Don't Tell.  Yes, it's kind of a writerly topic, but even as a reader, understanding how a book goes together can enhance your reading experience.  So check it out...


 


A viewer (how cool is that to say or write?) wanted us to talk about Show Don't Tell—so here it is. And we discover Susan gets "tangry" and Holly might be a bit of a smart a$$. LOL Hope it gives you Monday Glee!
Holly

PS There's a new episode of Able to Love Again out on Radish today.  What's Radish? An app for your phone so you never run out of books to read.  You can check out The Moments for free there as well!


PSS
Don't forget my new release Polished Off: A Maid in LA Mystery is out! Check out Quincy's newest adventure!

And there's a salespalooza this month. Check out:
Just One Thing
Hold Her Heart
Everything But...series


Don't want to miss any new releases in the future? Subscribe to my Newsletter!! I'll keep you up-to-date and I frequently have something special for subscribers!

As always, you can find my ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks and available through Kindle Unlimited.  They're also available in a lot of other languages. I hope there's something for all of you!
Find my books at:


In Erie, you can find my books on the shelf at Werner Books! Stop in, check them out and tell them I said hi!