I, Generator

By Mary Holland / February 4, 2019

We moved up to Boulder Creek in 1992. Both of us, my husband Bob and I, had lived all over the Santa Cruz Mountains for years. So we knew what we were getting in to and were able to reassure our anxious real estate agent that, yes, we knew about bad roads, extended commute times, difficulty getting services, and most importantly, power outages. Now, this house is not really remote by BC standards. The access … Read more

Little Boxes Full of Me

By Mary Holland / August 27, 2018

First off: I’m fine. As of today, as far as I know, I’m perfectly healthy, if you don’t count that mosquito bite on my ass and a distressing tendency to break into tears whenever anyone mentions Mingo. But a few weeks ago someone asked me about the Neptune Society and “pre-need” cremation and I remembered that, while Bob and I had done this for him, we’d never done it for me. It worked well after … Read more


By Mary Holland / April 16, 2018

Welcome to my re-designed website! There’s my free short story “The Divvy” for you to enjoy, set in the world of The Bone Road. The Chronicles of Mingo is my ongoing exasperated commentary on involuntarily raising a Maine Coon kitten and I’ve harvested all the old Facebook posts for anyone who wants to catch up with events. And if you click on each of my book titles below, there’s the first chapter. Try it; you’ll … Read more

Apology, A Long Time Coming

By Mary Holland / December 6, 2017

I want to apologize for a very bad thing I did in the summer of 1970. It’s been preying on my mind, and there is no way to find the person who I injured and apologize directly. Indeed, that person may be dead. I am publishing my apology to the universe or at least to that part of the universe that has Facebook or access to the internet. In 1970 I was hitchhiking down the … Read more

It’s Not Me

By Mary Holland / February 13, 2017

I’ve discovered Goodreads has linked my name and author page to a recent book published by an anti-vaxxer. I’ve asked them to remove the link and correct the error. So if you’re here for that, sorry. I’m for all vaccinations; I think anti-vaccination people are delusional, and their science is not science.

Writing again

By Mary Holland / October 17, 2016

I’m working on a completely new book. I’ve outlined the world structure and I have my main characters and a nice conflict. Writing every day is a stretch, but as usual the more I do the easier it is to get into the story. It’s a fantasy with two major POV’s, both women. I start and plan to end with a minor, male, character POV, although at this stage everything about the story is up … Read more

‘The Divvy’ published!

By Mary Holland / May 30, 2016

My award-winning short story ‘The Divvy‘ has published in the May/June online issue of The Stoneslide Corrective. The Divvy is set in the world of The Bone Road, and some of the characters from the novel make an appearance. (Please note that the box with ‘Warning’ which displays over the first page is part of the publisher’s humor and is not part of the story. Click ‘continue’ and it will disappear.)  

Sometimes life runs right over you

By Mary Holland / March 11, 2016

It’s not an excuse, but an explanation: my husband, Bob, died in February. So I’ll get back to this blog and hopefully, to my writing, when I can. 

It’s all about the timing: Critique groups

By Mary Holland / January 3, 2016

From mid-October to mid-December I submitted the first six chapters of my work-in-progess (tentatively titled ‘Parse’) to a virtual writers workshop. I’m not sure if it was or was not a success. The feedback on the first two chapters was positive, but the subsequent chapters were universally panned. For my last submission I revised chapters 3-4, and the feedback was slightly more encouraging. This post isn’t about the other participants in the workshop, nor about … Read more

Contest Winner!

By Mary Holland / September 23, 2015

My short story, ‘The Divvy’, won an award for ‘Propulsive Scene and/or Plot Line’ in the 2015 Stoneslide Story Contest. They may include it in their anthology or publish it on their website; as soon as I know I’ll post here and on Facebook and Twitter. Propulsive scene and/or plot line: “The Divvy,” by Mary Holland, starts with an unwanted and burdensome gift and moves at tremendous speed through complications and challenges, barreling toward revelation, … Read more