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March 31st, 2009

11:51 pm - I've been interviewed!
(Cross-posted from Alien Places)

Check it out. I had a very nice chat with the most gracious hostess Emma Lai:

Emma Lai Writes: Author Interview - Masha Holl on The Brightest Heaven

Thank you Emma for inviting me!

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January 29th, 2009

07:05 pm - My Muse novella got a review!
The Brightest Heaven earned 4 1/2 books:

The Long And The Short Of It: The Brightest Heaven by Masha Holl

“The Brightest Heaven” is beautifully written and entirely unpredictable. Dialogue is snappy and believable. Modern life interweaves with mythological characters as if perfectly naturally; as if indeed, space and time wove them together.

I'm thrilled.

You know the greatest fear of an author is that no one will like her story.

Well, at least one person like mine. And made my day.

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November 15th, 2008

08:59 am - Announcement!
Check this out:

Alien Places: The Brightest Heaven is out in Print!

I'm on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! What a rush!

Current Mood: giddygiddy

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November 3rd, 2008

06:38 am - Websites 202 Returns!
Alien Places
Websites 202 Returns!

Websites 202 Workshop

Begins November 9

(That's next Sunday!)

Get inside a Web Page

Learn the Basics of HTML

How to add an Image

How to Add a Link

How to Edit a Template
Lots of Practice!

Registration Open Now

Duration: 2 weeks

Fee: $15

Visit Otter Creations

for more information

You can also click on the link below

or copy and paste the URL into your web browser:


Follow the directions in the email you will receive

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October 31st, 2008

07:34 am - Halloween Contest and Cyber Trick-or-Treating!
Alien Places: In Costume (cross-posted)
In Costume

Wind a pdf of The Brightest Heaven!
Go to my site: MashaHoll.com, find the article on "Russian things that are not." You may or may not know these facts. Come back to Alien Places (the link is there under blogs if you should lose your way), and post a comment on the article!
I know, I'm making you work. But hey, I'm a college instructor with no class! I'll know if you read the assignment!

There will be a drawing, and the winner will be announced tomorrow.

Current Mood: shockedshocked

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September 25th, 2008

10:29 am - 13 Ways to Mark the Time
(Cross-Posted from Alien Places)

I happen to be one of those strange people who are not afraid of passing time. There was high school, and I survived. There was college, and it was interesting. There was graduate school, and I thrived.

I'm always looking forward to new challenges, and I still feel like I'm growing up, not growing old.

The downside of it, is that I tend to forget my own age, too. So sometimes, it's a good thing to look back and compare who you were to who you are. And it's not a bad thing to learn from your own life in order to infuse your characters with the potential for change.

In no particular order (continued at Alien Places)

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September 21st, 2008

11:48 am - The A/C saga continues, but not all's bad...

This is what I've been up to...

New post at Alien Places

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September 1st, 2008

07:41 am - Blogging at Alien Places
Crossposted from Alien Places:
Alien Places: Hot... hot... Hot...

... and it's not the writing!

After a quick trip to visit our
longtime friends, we came back yesterday to a house that felt too warm.
In South Texas, that's a Very Bad Sign. The good side: it was late in
the day, and the house wasn't TOO hot yet. The bad side: yep, you
guessed it, the A/C wasn't working.

Now, anyone who hasn't lived
in a hot climate might think that it's no big deal. Just open the
windows and turn on the fans. Eat some ice cream and drink cold drinks.

when the night temperatures don't drop below the mid-seventies, the
morning is humid, and the daytime heat flirts with the 100 mark.
There's just no time for the house to cool down. And you never know
when the 100-mark will be reached or passed. Don't count on the
official reports to give you an accurate estimate of the temperature in
your neighborhood.

I mean, official readings in the shade at the
airport?? Come on! How about off the roof of my house? I'll even take a
reading in the shade on the northern side of my house.

So, all
right, I've weathered heat. I've camped in heat. I can take it for the
day or so it will take for the A/C guys to come and fix it.

real problem is my 82-year-old oh-so-European mother, who is still
baffled by the South Texas climate, even after 10 years of living in
it. She really doesn't do well in the heat.

I guess this won't be a good writing day for me.

Current Mood: groggygroggy

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August 28th, 2008

10:39 am - Blogging at Alien Places
Alien Places: They all have stories

One upon a time, your mother probably told you not to listen to gossip. Or to spread it, either.

What did you do?...

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August 8th, 2008

09:17 am - Blogging about Workshops

Check it out: Alien Places
It all started because I missed teaching. It turned out that teaching helps me focus my own thoughts and organize my knowledge. But it continued because I'm having fun.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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