Writer Wednesday

So-o, trudging through this weird summer, had a wonderfully creative weekend – not because I did a lot, but because Cristina came to work at my place (see what she’s working on?) and I could feel the creative energy flooding between the two of us. I finished a translation and inked a few pages of SKYBAND – and then it was Monday and the nausea was back. Meh.

Anyhow, saw the doctor, grabbed a med and went back to work. Started translating Saif’s Legacy, so I’ll be done when I leave for London and will be ready to start on Hakeem’s Rival, although probably neither this nor Kilig’s Heart will come out before October. But then, I need to send them out to Dear Beta who sometimes gets lost in life rolls… ;)

And then I’m thinking about creating that mailing list, but I’m not sure which novella I could offer as exclusive to new subscriber – something that won’t be published, so it might be something I still need to write. I’ve read a few more tips here, since even with NoiseTrade things are not going that well. Maybe offering a freebie will work?

Who knows. See this discussion on Goodreads about free and cheap books… in the meantime, I might upload another title on NoiseTrade, taking down the one that has been there for longer… I still don’t know how long I should leave them there sort-of free (tip is welcome, but not mandatory on NoiseTrade…).

Writerly links: how authors are not united – and if you’d like to see how those talkative best sellers see us (or even mid-list trad pubbed writers), go check Joe Konrath’s blog. Personally, I’m sick of the Amazon/Hachette diatribe and won’t sign any petition. And since I don’t read the best-sellers who are so loud online, they won’t miss me anyway. I only hope that wannabe writers don’t follow them as gospel.

Last link: The CMO guide to the 2014 social landscape. Feel free to follow or ignore its suggestions – I’ll stick to what I have! :) Have a great week!

Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

Summer Sale only until Aug.30 – 2014, only at these retailers: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Apple and Kobo.

BoI BoxSetFive novels at the very discounted price of 2,99$ only for Kindle, Nook, i-Pad and Kobo e-reader! Only until Aug.30.

Welcome to Silvery Earth. Winged beings, water people, shape-shifting dragons and Immortals mingle with Humans as they try to find their place in the world and someone to love.

The five books of the Immortals in one box set for a limited time only. Five centuries of history of Silvery Earth, from the southern kingdoms inspired by India and Persia to the new kingdoms after the fall of the Varian Empire.

BoI box setBooks of the Immortals – Air

Winged Jesminder, a Sila, searches for her Destiny (aka love) as her Human friend, Sarita the sculptor, does the same. Meanwhile Takeshi the soldier flees his country for a murder he doesn’t remember committing. As Takeshi looks for his past, Kumar the adventurer runs away from his –from and his wife, Princess Indira, who he rescued from an evil fate only for money. Their paths converge, leading them to the final confrontation with the Black Dame, High Priestess of the Sect. Winged beings, water people, shape-shifting dragons and the Immortal, Air, which likes to meddle in Human affairs for its own reasons, come together in a story of bitterness and love, darkness and light.

Books of the Immortals – Fire

A half-blood warrior fails to prevent an ambush. Hit by an enemy spell, he sleeps for a century. He wakes up in a future where he doesn’t belong.
He made a mistake. Now he must find a way to undo history to fix it.

Books of the Immortals – Water

Kiss a goddess. Become invulnerable to everything.
Even death.
Can you ever feel human again?

Books of the Immortals – Ether

Healer. Magic user. Victim. A natural non-human magic user against a minion of a Pond of Dark Magic.
The struggle for power between Humans and Genn is only at the beginning.

Books of the Immortals – Earth

500 years later – has the magic all vanished?
In the last Book of the Immortals the Magical Races are gone. Can Humans deal with the loss?
An actress turned journalist. The legitimized bastard son of a nobleman. A mercenary turned police woman. A runaway prince turned courtesan. Outsiders and witnesses of a hot summer of mysterious royal murders.
Silvery Earth faces its future without magic.

Bundle at the very discounted price of 2,99$ only for Kindle, Nook, i-Pad and Kobo e-reader! Only until Aug.30. The above links are to the US stores, if the retailer has a store in your country, please follow the link anyway and change the country accordingly.

Random Friday

So, this was the week of morning nausea (and no, I’m not pregnant, it’s either the summer/winter and temperature excursion, low blood pressure, a virus or a womanly thing) and headaches, therefore I couldn’t do much. Thus I don’t have much to say today. I hope next week I’ll feel better or I won’t be able to attend the writers group meeting – and I really need their comments on a couple of stories I want to submit by the end of the month.

This weekend I’ll have my cover artist coming over, so I’ll let her go through the pencils of S.K.Y.B.A.N.D., since – like in #12 – I have a couple of pages with naked people in it, so I’ll need her expertise! ;)

I’m thinking about a new story – I have a vague idea of the characters, but I’m not sure what’s going to happen to them, so if my brain doesn’t turn completely to jelly, maybe by Loncon I’ll have at least jotted down an outline and decided when it’s set in the long history of Silvery Earth. I have considered doing another graphic novel, but considering how long it’s taking me to finish S.K.Y.B.A.N.D., my failing eyes and the fact that I couldn’t even set up the idea I got last year or earlier, it’s probably going to be a prose story – it has more chances of seing the light! :D

If I stick to what I have now, it will be further in the past of Silvery Earth, before the stories that came out so far – and I will also rewrite in prose the old graphic novels that are so badly drawn that they better stay in their folders forever. Sorry, only a few lucky people can say they own the paper zines I did in the 1990s. Unless I gather fans at the Loncon panel and start selling my graphic novels, that is (although I’ll probably do also the prose version anyway)!

Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday

MTSK4DTFNew title out! More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms is now live on Kobo, Kindle, DriveThruFiction, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble and Apple! A collections of stories of the Southern Kingdoms, including Amrendra and the Hooded Man. If you haven’t checked the single novellas, go get the anthology now!

By the way, for the final weeks of the Smashwords sale, I enrolled even the previous two titles – 50% off, like the rest. So the latest upload is the only one at full price! :) The sale is ending soon, so hurry! Get that honorable mention novella for 1,50$ NOW! ;)

I’m almost done with the S.K.Y.B.A.N.D. pencils, but then I’ll need to ink and then to color and then to letter and then the summer will be over before I know it, also because I’ll be away for a week and I don’t intend to take the drawing stuff with me. I’ll be writing then – Hakeem’s Rival probably, part 3 of the Assassins’ Guild story. So #14 won’t be ready for Loncon, even if it would be a good timing. But since I don’t do the print version of single issues anymore, it’s not that bad after all! :D

And my final schedule for Loncon is as follow:

Old New Classics: The Off-Beat and Indie Comics of Yore

Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL)

When people discuss the Golden Age and Silver Age of Comics the conversation is often dominated by the emergence of the superhero in both DC and Marvel. However, from its inception comics were always a fertile breeding ground for fun, weird, and alternative stories.
What influential, under-appreciated comics from the past deserve a higher profile today? What kind of comics would people like to see more of now, that were plentiful in the past?
Are we more progressive in comics today, or re-learning to embrace the medium?

with Scott Edelman, Smuzz, Allan J. Sim, Peter Sutton, Barbara G.Tarn

If you happen to be there, please show up and then we can have a coffee together! ;)

This week’s buzz is, of course, Kindle Unlimited. In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ve gathered a few links for you: Lucky Bat Books, Scott William Carter, Hugh Howey, David Gaughran, Smashwords… and I’m sure you can find tonz more. Enough for an informed decision.

The other “controversy” is the numbers shared by AuthorsEarnings.com. What about those numbers? The Guardian wrote about it, and Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler had to comment… Or, like PG says “since nobody on the tradpub side seems to act like a rational adult when discussions of self-publishing and Amazon occur, we’re unlikely to be able to schedule an adult debate any time soon.”

Anyhow, welcome to the new and changing landscape of publishing. If you need help to cope, here’s a post for you. And like Jeff Bezos says “Your fear is my opportunity” (read the rest on Hugh Howey’s blog)… Have a great week!

Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

And it’s WoW Sunday – or writers on writing, words of wisdom, whatever you want to call it. Enjoy these writers’ quotes and have a great Sunday!

But the one position I never write from is the one-book writer. It’s a position I honestly don’t understand. And that gets me in trouble with some of you who read this blog. Some of you think I don’t do enough to support my “book”; some of  you believe I don’t understand what it’s like to be a beginner (what, was I born fully formed from the forehead of Zeus?); some of you think I could never understand how hard writing is.
I understand all of that. What I don’t understand is why some of you believe that your book (singular) is a sacred and holy text. Why you believe that once you’ve published your one book, you’re done.
Kristine Katryn Rusch

I have never been able to understand how people can complain about being lonely or bored; there are so many interesting things to do, so many fascinating people to know. I love my work, and I hope to go on doing it till I drop at the age of 99.
– Barbara Mertz

The one thing a creator can bring to the table when everybody else has all the money and power is a centeredness and the ability to walk away. Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from.
– Joss Whedon

The key to success is keeping at it until you succeed. For me, that took over twenty years of hard work, and I still fail all the time. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying hard enough.
Keep writing, keep experimenting, try to learn from your failures, and never give up.
Joe Konrath

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. — Ira Glass

Art Friday

Since I don’t have watermarked versions of my drawings, I’ll point you to DeviantART instead – okay, maybe I could download the watermarked version and repost it here, but I’ll let you do a little extra work if you wish to see Da Muses latest portraits. Keanu is here, and Hrithik is here. Yes, I had a busy weekend! ;)

I’m also half done with the pencils of SKYBAND – since apparently at Loncon I’ll be on a comics panel, I thought I might as well get back to my graphic novel. When I’ll have the final schedule, I’ll post it, but I’m still sort of negotiating. I want to be on the program, so if there’s nothing else, I’ll do that single panel they gave me! ;)

Speaking of artists, have a look at this Kickstarter project. And if you’re an indie author… you might find your next cover from an Award-winning illustrator at a cheaper price than her usual fee! Now, if I could come up with a nice project to kickstart… I guess I’ll keep supporting others until I decide what to do!

I have more comics (that came out as photocopied zines in the 90s), but I should scan them all, and it’s hundreds of pages… since I’m not really selling any (neither 15 years nor SKYBAND nor Fleur de Lys), I don’t see why I should do it. Besides some are really badly drawn! ;) Not to mention the unfinished ones…

Now I’d love to do another story with both Muses, but I don’t think I will. It’s taking way too long to finish SKYBAND, and even doing the last pages of 15 years took me 3 months… so probably not. They’ll still be in my stories, but no more comics.

Unless I start drawing real chibis or try to use the motion book tool… But enough random ramblings… have a wonderful weekend! :)

Writer Wednesday

I was rejected by the Rejections Anthology, but it was a nice rejection letter! ;)


It was a pleasure to read your essay. I know it sounds like bullshit for me to say that, but it is true. Writing is hard, but submission is harder, and we appreciate the time it took for you to submit, and the time we spent reading your work. While we didn’t find the piece a good fit, we hope it finds a suitable home.

We were overwhelmed with the number of entries, and so took extra care to read through each. What is most remarkable to me, personally, is how many voices are out there, demanding to be heard, and how many voices should be heard. Please continue working.

The idea for a book about rejection is not, pinky-swear, to solicit stories about failure.  The idea is to encourage resilience. The hard truth about writing is that one must continue doing it.

We know you will.



Absolutely, Marc. Here I am, still writing and enjoying the process. I’m kinda having fun collecting rejection letters – when I’ll be famous if will be even funnier! ;)

I uploaded another title on NoiseTrade – again, tip optional but not mandatory – The Warrior Woman. Allan de Sayek will be there until the end of the month. And of course, there’s still the Smashwords sale – everything 50% off except the latest title, so some stories have gone FREE.

Good news for the SKYBAND reader (hi, Jo!) – while typing the translation at the office, I’m penciling the pages of chapter 14 at home, so maybe before the end of the summer I’ll be done with another chapter! :D Maybe-perhaps-hopefully, I mean.

Writerly links: I’m tired of the Hachette/Amazon controversy, but if you don’t have enough yet, you can go to the usual suspects for updates (David Gaughran, Joe Konrath). Personally, I’m going to start boycotting those best sellers who are so scared of change – except… oh, wait! I’m not among their readers anyway! Ops! How does Mr Patterson actually write? I have no idea. Those people at the so called Authors Guild? Never read them either… bad writer and bad reader, huh?

Well, it’s my money and my reading time, so I’ll keep reading indies and looking for stories I’m interested in. I sure hope you don’t feel the need to be validated by an obsolete traditional publisher anymore, but if you’re still scared of the indie life, I’ll just point you to Hugh Howey’s post on Exciting Press – I’m also a nano press, but I’m not open to submissions! ;) So if you really think your job is ONLY to write, find a nano press for your needs.

Me, I’ll keep doing what I’m already doing. Until I have fun. When I don’t have fun anymore, I’ll just stop pushing that “publish” button (note: not writing, but publishing). Maybe I’ll keep submitting the shorter pieces for a little longer, then I’ll just go back to my writing cave and live happily ever after with Mr Writing! :D

Have a great week!

Happiness is…

108I should change that banner – now I’m more active in the Smashwords Authors group! ;) But it’s still Goodreads, so it’s fine… :D



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