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Holly Messinger

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Holly Messinger started writing Madeleine L'Engle fanfic in the third grade, and by the time she completed her BA in English, had written more than a million words of original fiction. She has a fetish for late-19th-century Americana, and her stories inevitably feature snarky female anti-heroes.

In addition to writing, Holly has worked as a land title researcher, a copyeditor for motorcycle magazines, a liquor store clerk, an insurance agent, and a costume designer. She appeared as a judge on SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay in 2013. Sometimes she teaches parasol self-defense workshop in a corset and petticoats

Holly's short fiction credits include "End of the Line," which appeared in Baen's Universe; and "Moreau's Daughter," featured in Beneath Cea

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Just watched A Quiet Place, and despite the undeniable quality of production and the acting, there are so many gaffes and gaps in common sense that by halfway through I was completely disengaged and pissed off.


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Description: Here's a bit of prewriting I did back in fall of 2004, when I was still brainstorming adventures for Trace & Boz. You could even say there's a bit of foreshadowing here, although I wasn't conscious of it at the time.

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“I know that it's easier to portray a world that's filled with cynicism and anger, where problems are solved with violence. What's a whole lot tougher is to offer alternatives, to present other ways conflicts can be resolved, and to show that you can have a positive impact on your world. To do that, you have to put yourself out on a limb, take chances, and run the risk of being called a do-gooder.”
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“My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.”
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