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The Other Lane, Chapter One

Publication day is only six weeks away! I’m so pumped, and I can’t wait to share Abe and Lane with you. So I’m not. Here’s your free sneak peek of the entire first chapter. The Other Lane¬†will be for sale in print and eBook July […]

I Guess I’m an AuthorTuber Now

Ya’ll probably remember a few months ago when I posted a few mitten knitting videos. I loved making the videos, but I have this problem with knitting for anything but my own enjoyment, so the videos I promised back in December completely stalled out. That, […]

Review of The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing

(Note: This review was unsolicited and totally independent. The authors don’t know me. The links, however, are amazon affiliate links.) I picked this book up on Amazon a few weeks ago when I was trying to fit a few more hours into my day. And […]

The Story Behind The Other Lane

A post shared by Marla Holt (@tinydinostudios) on Apr 14, 2018 at 8:11am PDT It’s no secret that I wrote The Other Lane for Nanowrimo in 2014, but what I haven’t mentioned was that I first wrote Lane as a character in a short story […]

What I’m Reading Vol. 1

As a writer, I consider it part of my job to do a lot of reading. <—- Holy shit, how pretentious was that sentence? Let’s be real, I devour books at lightning speed without excuse, and I don’t apologize for it either. Sometimes the books […]

Gluten Free, Lactose Free Vanilla Cupcakes

My middle kiddo, Felix, turns four today. So, it’s a day to celebrate. I don’t talk much about the kiddos on the blog, except to say how much work they are. But Felix is so amazing. He loves the alphabet and numbers and drawing people […]

How to Beat the Overwhelm

I have big dreams. That’s never been a secret around here. And making those dreams into a reality takes work. And it’s work I’m excited to get done, even if it’s big and scary, like announcing my debut novel, which comes out in 77 days, […]

Announcing The Other Lane

Can’t wait for July and need a sneak peek now? You’re in luck, I have one. On November 1st, 2014, I opened my laptop with a steely determination to actually win Nanowrimo and finish a novel by November 30th. I had been out of school […]

Even A Badass Needs a Nap

I woke up at 8:06 this morning. We leave for school at 8:05. I know what you’re thinking, what happened to getting up at 5:30 to get your word count in? I thought that was a thing you were doing. It is, and I am. […]

A New Experiment: Getting Up Early as Hell

This morning, I woke up at 5:30am. On purpose. I am horrible at this. Back when I was working at the coffee shop, we opened at 6am, so I had to be at work at 5:30 in the morning. I used to stumble in the […]

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