Project Sample – the Sally series (#onthehustle)

If you’ve been here before you know that I am an author of several books of fiction (plus numerous short stories and poems) and that that (creative writing) is my passion; and you hopefully also know by now that I freelance as a writer, editor, writing coach, and course/workshop facilitator – a title that broadly tries to capture the range of interesting opportunities I’ve had to apply my training, skills, and experience (in mass communication and creative writing) to client projects. It’s always challenging and the best ones are never boring.

The writing of the Sally series certainly wasn’t and I’ve now added it to my Publications and Projects page, which serves as my online portfolio (re my writing, editing, and related services).


The Sally series of 2015 was a content creation project focused on the impact of climate change in a small island community – which I approached as a creative writing challenge exploring the seriousness of the issue and empowering the characters and hopefully the readers with community solutions. I always love working on environmental projects because it is so important, and it’s a challenge of finding a way to communicate that importance to folks who, like me and Sally, have bills to pay. It was meant to be serialized across various media platforms (and, as I was formatting it for posting here it occurred to me that it had potential as a video series as well). The realization of the potential of any project hangs on so many variables, of which the content creator is only one part – though it begins with you trying to get your message right.  You can judge for yourself if I did as I’ve gathered the Sally series in full here for the first time.

Give it a read.

This post was inspired in part by a potential client who asked to see samples of my work. Whether I get that gig or not, it seemed a good opportunity to remind other potential clients (companies, non-profits, individuals – big, small – local, multinational, global) that, if you need someone with my skills, you can check out some of what I’ve done and some of what my clients have had to say about some of it.

Then, of course, contact me to discuss your project.

Site updates – Services.

I did some tweaking to a couple of my jobs pages; so it seemed a good time to remind whomever it may concern…

I offer writing, editing, critiquing, training, coaching, consulting services. Here’s a breakdown. You do not need to be local to me to access those services.

I have been fortunate to receive positive feedback from clients and workshop participants, which I share only to help you decide if I’m the right service provider for you.

Latest sample feedback (this concerns the Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop series but is applicable to my coaching, mentoring, workshopping, tutoring, teaching services in general):

“I am really confident about writing now. I have been doing so well since I started it has grabbed the attention of my employers and colleagues… This workshop was really intriguing. I learnt a lot of things (of which) I had no knowledge. Joanne is also a fantastic teacher. ”

Here’s more.

Thanks. Remember, also to check out the latest installment of CREATIVE SPACE, an opportunity, if you’re a business operating in Antigua and Barbuda to boost your brand while boosting local arts and culture. Finally, my books may be just the thing for the book lover on your list – they include children’s picture books, teen/young adult fiction, and adult literature.

Thanks for reading.

Have a good one.


Jhohadli Writing Project

As I write this, I’ve wrapped the last of three (technically four) editing projects this week and prepping the next installment of the JWP Creative Writing Workshop series. Which is to say, two things:

1, There is still time to register for the JWP CWWS – themed Back to Basics and starting this Saturday, it will look at basic language and literary terms, and story structure and technique. The goal is, as always, to get you writing and to help you grow in the practice and use of craft to improve your writing. Remember that you can participate remotely from anywhere and, if in Antigua, remotely or in person. To register or for information, contact me at jhohadli at gmail dot com

For more on Jhohadli Writing Project, go here.
For more on Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series, go here.

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2, I am available for work and the work I do includes writing (for all types of projects and clientele), editing, training (coaching and through workshops) – the latter from creative writing to written communication. This past week I, also, received word that a piece I had been invited to submit for a publication out of Norway has been accepted as is. This publication found me through my platform (so, thanks, platform for working for me). Meanwhile, I continue to work. Hit me up at jhohadli at gmail dot com

For more on my services, go here.


…And now back to your regularly scheduled programme.

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!

JWP #CantStop #WontStop

Riding the momentum of the fourth Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series since the start of 2018, we will be moving in to Series 5 later this month. Yes, we will be overlapping with Carnival when life as we know it typically pauses in Antigua and Barbuda BUT a pause is not a full stop. That said, if you’re a Carnival lover like me, you know I won’t be doing anything to interrupt the Carnival. I’ve checked the schedule and we can do this. We will do this. Onward.Promo July August 2018

Read more JWP and other workshops here.
Read about other services here.
Read Performance reviews here.

Read CREATIVE SPACE – an opportunity for Antiguan and Barbudan businesses and businesses operating in Antigua and Barbuda to boost their brand while boosting local art and culture.

Read about my books.
Read reviews of my books.

Lots more to discover on this site; like I said, can’t stop, won’t stop.



Linking up

I’m linking this post up to Talk of the Town at Jera’s Jamboree.

ETA: Post name change as I’m also linking this one up with the Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post which gives me the opportunity to remind you to check out my last posted review – Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers
– [review excerpt: ‘ Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is a damn good read…glad I stuck with it.’] 


Got some story writing done today (finished one story, did some plotting on another) and made little little progress on other reads, namely Elaine Spires’ Singles Holiday and Tananarive Due’s Black Rose (been reading the former way too long but finish line in sight, and the latter I’m into it’s just time, man). Final update of the update, the post after this is a bookish one – a share re one of my childhood favourites Charlotte’s Web (check it out).


(end ETA)

It’s been a weird week, the week of catchup  and trying to catch the rhythm of life, in as much as the freelancing life has any steady rhythm, after even a short trip usually is. Balls were dropped. But also writing was done (I do give thanks to the workshop I recently blogged for stimulating new writing and new focus); and overall the dance between being productive and being had its moments (even if I was somewhat very scattered).

Here’s a moment. A new review, this one from the Caffeinated Reviewer’s Nonna’s Corner which called my picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (audio book version) “a charming, honest narrative about friendship and adventure.” Thanks, Kimberly! Read the full review at the Caffeinated Reviewer and this and other reviews of this particular book here on Jhohadli.

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Here’s another moment. An interview I did with the Caribbean Literary Heritage website has gone live. Among other things I was asked about books. Here’s a sample: in response to the question about what writers I wish I knew more of (which I interpreted as which Caribbean writers I wish I knew more of), I answered: “No single writer in particular; just continuing to ‘discover’ the canon – classic and contemporary – in general. I’ve recently read or re-read, I’m not sure which, and reviewed Wide Sargasso Sea* and given that I’ve liked the other two Jean Rhys books I’ve read, and find her life interesting and mysterious, and her writing in some ways very modern and feminist for its time, I’m game to read more. I think Caryl Philips has a new biography of her, A View of the Empire at Sunset. I’d be interested in reading that.” Read the full interview.


New book-ish announcements (Talk of the Town being a book blogging meme and me doing next to no new reading this week – only a little peek in to one of my reads in progress, Faye Kellerman’s Straight into Darkness) on my other blog included announcements re Marlon James’ new book Black Leopard Red Wolf (which, okay, take my money!), awards for Edwidge Dandicat and Earl Lovelace (two writers I love; read everything!), and Zomo: the Rabbit (it’s not a review but the children’s book features  in one of my week’s experiences and this blog)… oh and a reading buddy teased the new (or new to me) Lestat/Anne Rice (so add that one to the TBR).


I have had to make peace as far as TBRs go with the fact that the journey not the destination is the thing – I will never finish every book (as a conversation just last night, reminding of all the Chimamanda Ngozie Adichies I haven’t yet read, reminded me) but I will savour every book I finish. Hope readers have the same relationship with my books.

And finally, congrats to the comic book duo Gambit and Rogue. couple

I haven’t read this one (as far as X-Men goes, I still have to get to the Storm collections I recently acquired first) but you can read my review of GamRog’s Ring of Fire mini-series here.

It’s weird, whenever I start one of these book meme posts, I’m sure I have nothing new to report (I just don’t read as fast as the rest of the community seems to – I mean my deepest read this week was a participant submission to the Jhohadli Writing Workshop Creative Writing Workshop Series, which I facilitate) but there you have it, looks like I had a word after all. Now hopefully more words will spill unto the page (not here, off line) as I keep writing.

My Favourite Thing

This post links up with the My Favourite Thing To Do Next To Reading Meme.

This is a bit of a cheat since this Favourite Thing intersects with things bookish. I’m just back from a writers’ workshop. DfItCrWWAAITc7VA full week at Ocean Spray Apartments in Barbados where each night I fell asleep to the sound of the waves bashing against the rocks of Bim’s south coast and each day I sat half the day, with the rest of the day for my own pursuits in between one-on-ones with our tutors, with other writers under a gazebo alongside those ocean waves immersed in writing related learning. As I said in the review at the end, a Commonwealth sponsored, writer/editor Jacob Ross and sci-fi writer Karen Lord facilitated opportunity to re-learn things I know, learn new things, and be a part of a community of writers from across the Caribbean (St. Lucia, Grenada, Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, my own Antigua-Barbuda, and, of course, Barbados) – learning together, drawing strength from each others’ experience, reading (yes, we had a joint public reading at which I made the last minute decision to read from my children’s picture book With Grace, the three copies I took with me now on shelves in Barbados and the Bahamas), laughing and eating (the food at Ocean Spray was so good and fresh, a rare blend of healthy and tasty) and beachcombing (though like Antigua, Barbados is currently having sargassum troubles) and shopping/window shopping and dancing (soca music for we soul) and eating (there was also a pizza night at author Ingrid Persaud’s beautiful home that was muah) and hiking (my legs are still mad at me for this one but they did enjoy traipsing up and down Coco Hill Forest – lush and rich with diverse plant life, just beautiful; again a side of Barbados I’ve never really seen and it is one of the Caribbean islands I’ve visited quite a bit, comparatively speaking). As I always say with my own small islands, there is always more to discover; it will take a lifetime and then some.


I return home feeling energized and motivated re my writing (having received specific feedback on works in progress, re-affirmation re my writing, and reminders that though it may often feel that way, re our experiences as writers/artists/creatives in the Caribbean region, we are not alone) – though already real life is starting to insist on my time (doesn’t it seem sometimes like life is trying to punish us for taking some us time?). I did take the day, on returning, to go to the beach with a friend – and there is no better way to recover from a sleepless  night and an early morning flight.  I will try to hold on as much as possible to the energy of the week that has been so far one of my favourite adventures of 2018.

This being a book blogging community, I will end by sharing that I finally finished Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers – what an interesting read. Check out my review.

Let’s try to stay positive, and pain free, motivated and energized. You and me both.

(re photos – I hope to have more soon[ETASee more photos in this post on my Wadadli Pen blog] – these were grabbed from various participants’ social media – one for sure is Nailah Imoja and the other I don’t remember, so apologies to them for that)

Haven’t checked out any of my books yet? Children’s picture book to teen/young adult fic to adult novels; read more.

Because Rounding Up Beats Rounding Down

33403333_10155321700632633_3227424024636162048_nSo this is a quick-ish round-up of recent posts of mine that you might have missed. You’re welcome (lol).

Ten times I thought a female emcee was fire! (this is in Joanne’s Picks which is just for fun and changes with the mood so catch it quick and get your rap on)
I added a single page author kit in pdf format to my BiO page (because it’s another of a million ideas I’ve come across for authors to boost their brand and … it’s not like I was writing, right?)
CREATIVE SPACE update (I’m still excited about this series and hopeful that businesses in Antigua and Barbuda will embrace it as an opportunity to boost their brand while boosting local art and culture)
CREATIVE SPACE #4 of 2018 (…in which I make a credible case that tennis qualifies for this series)
The Writing Life (it sees, it saws; and every now and again someone lifts you up)
Appearances (this page hasn’t been updated in a while so take a look to see what I have coming up, and see you there)
Re Beach Access in Antigua and Barbuda (how many years in to this blogging thing I’m still trying to find the right balance tone and content wise. I’m clearly in my zone talking about my own journey writing, discussing books and TV shows/movies, sharing music I like and other things that grab my interest…and that latter category is the bug because I could literally rant about a million things a day…I don’t but I could. Yet this is my second rant about beach access on my islands)
More Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series (An invitation to register interest in future sessions by sharing what the experience was like for the last round of participants in their own words; to be clear this is a paid workshop series on the craft of fiction writing open to anyone whether based in Antigua-Barbuda or not)
Reviews – Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (this book, relative to my other books, has never had the kind of sales it merited based on the reader and critical feedback; so every chance I get to remind you to check it out, pass it on, even if due to only a minor update to the reviews page, I’m going to take it)Dancing 10 cover
Blogger on Books Vl (2018) (I had a reading burst right after finishing A Brief History of Seven Killings, the latest addition to this page review here, almost like I’d been backed up…this book and I have been trapped in it for a while #notaquickread In fact, I shared my linked review with a friend with whom I’d been discussing the book and she confessed that she’d tapped out a while ago, and I sense some side-eyeing on her part in my #bothsides approach to the review…but this is what I really thought). ETA: Oh the reading burst has seen me make progress on The Black Rose by Tananarive Due (loving it), Straight into Darkness by Faye Kellerman (getting into it), Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (slow start compared to others in the series but okay so far), Rogue and Gambit (one of my favourite comic couplings) – ETA: read the review, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (which is still blowing my mind); and two new books came in the mail Wartime at Woolworth’s by Elaine Everest and the Nakedness of New by Althea Romeo-Mark. Yay!


You still there?

Any interest in updates to the other blog?

Real quick, and not just because I’m loving the new banner, which features Antiguan and Barbudan book covers randomly selected and rotated every quarter, and want to show it off.

Current Caribbean Controversies – Linked (just keeping you in the loop)
Reading Room and Gallery 28 (where I share short stories, poems, interviews, vids etc. that grabbed my interest; this is number 28 in the series)
Mailbox – Dame Nellie Robinson Scripted! (a dope woman who did dope things in a very oppressive time for marginalized groups…no not 2018, 1898…she is Antigua and Barbuda’s lone female national hero)
Mailbox – Commonwealth Short Story Prize (I keep it all the way real!…nah not 100, more like 98, but close enough)
Also peep the additions to the Antigua and Barbuda bibliographies (the record I try to keep of books published by and about Antigua and Barbuda), so be sure to check those out as well. Let me start you off, here’s the non-fiction page.

ETA: Link-ups (because all of these won’t be of interest to everyone but I haven’t done a link up in a while and, *shrug*, all it takes is one thing and one person to make a connection): Sunday Salon, the Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post, Tynga’s Staking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday, It’s Monday What Are You Reading?, and probably some other ones (so many memes, so little time, like this one I found recently but haven’t participated in yet)…which reminds me, is there a link up for Caribbean book bloggers (books being blogged by Caribbean people but not necessarily limited to Caribbean books…you know, like me)? Maybe I should look in to how to do one some time if there isn’t…hmmmm (pauses to consider if she’s ready for that kind of commitment when she doesn’t even blog on a regular schedule). We’ll see. Anyway, on TV I’ve been watching The Chi (uneven but engaging) and on film, though I haven’t felt driven to watch anything since Black Panther, recently re-watched Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet (his fun and mildly angsty take on forbidden love pre-Brokeback), and watched both Avengers Infinity War and Deadpool 2 (the latter did what it did before but with a bigger budget – so it was funny but also felt a bit been-there; and the former had a lot more heart than I anticipated…so, team…Avengers?) hope you read + enjoy one or more of the links.