Writer Wednesday


Okay, first here’s the Booklinker Amazon Link of the latest title, click on it before Booklinker starts sending me emails that I didn’t put it to good use and I’m missing sales. Since I have no way to unsubscribe to those, I’d rather you just click on the damn link so they’ll shut up.

I’m doing it for all the new titles, but sometimes I set it up before I actually publish the title on the Publisher Page, and so a week goes by before the link actually goes live and I get those silly reminders. I wonder what happens when I start making the links for the old books. I guess I’ll make a post with all of them and kindly request you to click on them even if you don’t have a Kindle or an Amazon account!😉

So, Amazon Fall is slowly coming out on all retailers. I’ve had sore throat and fever over the weekend, so I’m late in uploading (and there’s a holiday in Canada, so Kobo is slower than ever). I guess I’ll let the publisher announce it properly along with whatever else is planned for the site!😉

Putting back my writing hat on – current WiP is definitely a novel. Part 1 is around 45K (and I’ll have to change slightly that map I posted on Saturday) and then there’s part 2 that I think will be around 20K or 30K. So the whole novel will come out after the summer, I guess. Part 1 will be in the Tales of the Nortern Kingdoms (volume 1) and Part 2 in More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms (volume 2) as well.

With the Blog Hop I didn’t have time to check other blogs, but on a mailing list I was sent these two links on how Amazon works, so I thought I’d share them with you: part 1 and part 2. Now I better send out that prize for the Blog Hop.

I will give a special mention to one reviewer who wrote a very poignant blog post for the hop – I assure you that I will always write the stories I want to write, not the stories that sell!:) I will probably have more ACE characters from now on, except on Silvery Earth they don’t have those labels, so you’ll have to look for them!😉

Have a great week!

EDIT: blog hop winner contacted with special thanks to Random.org. Thanks to all who stopped and left a comment during the hop!

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Saturday post


Since this week is screwed anyway with three posts in a row, I thought I’d do one on Saturday instead of Friday. And since it’s not a usual day for a post, I’ll do an unusual post – the maps post!:)

I’m working on the tales of the northern kingdoms, so here’s a little chronology of the most wandering characters – Beautiful, Prince Splendor and Quests.

First is Beautiful, set in the year 1350 – same map as the upcoming Lovers, but Rithvik and Kerrien seem to wander a lot more, or better, they make a journey that can be followed on a map.

Beautiful_resizeThen we have Prince Splendor that is set twenty years later (1370), and the borders are more or less the same, the itinerary slightly different.

P&A_resizeFinally we have Quests. It’s set in 1405 and as you can see, the borders are shifting. Soon the Varians and the Blackmore will start the long war that will end with the birth of the Varian Empire (see full chronology).

Quests_resizeHere’s the complete journey, improvised as I wrote along that brought the wordcount up to 40K almost. I hope to finish this weekend, like I said, but simply looking at the map made for an excellent plot of the heroes’ journey!😉

And… little spoiler! See the yellow arrow? Yes, I’ll be soon writing more tales of the southern kingdoms with two very special half-bloods visiting them!:)

All the maps are by the awesome Federico Distefano, although the writing and the itineraries are added by yours truly. They’re like the real maps of Silvery Earth where the Sila draw them and the Genn put in the writing (although I’m afraid he doesn’t have wings and I don’t have pointed ears)!😉

Have a great weekend!:)

Writer Wednesday


And welcome back to the regular scheduling. So the current WiP has a title, hopefully the last and final, Quests. I even made some cover attempts, but I might tinker with them a little more. What was supposed to be a short story is now well over 30K in and I’m not done yet. So I guess it will be a short novel. Sigh.

I will still include it in the Tales of the Northern Kingdoms, though. Because the characters are on the cover of that book and I can’t ask (and pay) for another cover – teaches me to order covers before the story is written, haha! So you’ll see them in two versions, by me on e-book and by Silvano Beltramo on e-book and paperback!:)

As soon as I finish the above (hopefully by the weekend, but it’s a crazy week), I will start working on a story involving the battle of Hastings and some of my vampires for Wyrd Worlds III or whatever it will be called. I will write the whole  second life of one of Bran’s fledglings who didn’t really make it through many centuries (turned 1066, killed 1200)!😉

The Painter gathered its first rejection. Onward to the the next submission. I’ll keep it on submission throughout the summer, just in case. And then will publish it in the collection of all the Amazons stories sometime towards the end of the year.

Now, some writerly links! Defy Reality, Become An Artist (and ignore the F-word)! Can’t vs Don’t – yes, you can, unless you don’t want to. Write it and then let it go, like pulp writers did. You might have guessed that I’m trying to be a pulp writer myself, although I haven’t reached that pulp speed yet – but I’m working on it!😉

To destroy writing myths, I present you Chuck Wendig (single post) and Dean Wesley Smith (lots of links, for trad and indie)! Get rid of your preconceptions about writing! Be free! Be yourself! Be happy! Like Chuck says:

Write if you wanna write. You don’t even need to marry being a writer with being published. If you want to write, write independently of your desire to be published. That secondary part can come later. Write to write, don’t write to be published. It matters little what age you are. Age lends weight and experience to the work. You’ll be fine.

And them for your enjoyment only, Terry Pratchet’s 50 best quotes!:) Have a great week!😀

 

Blog Hop Special Post


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Hello visitor! This post will be sticky for the duration of the blog hop!

Since I assume you’re new to this blog, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a writer, sometimes an artist, and of course a goddess on earth, since being a world-creator that’s what I am, haha! I have two series – a fantasy series of standalone books sent on Silvery Earth and a science fantasy series with some kind of reading order called Star Minds. Both are QUILTBAG friendly.

There is more, but not specific to this blog hop – unless you count the body switches that have some gay characters. When I’m not writing in those two worlds above, I like to dabble in m/m (not necessarily romance, though).

I like to talk about characters who are outsiders or outcasts and either try to fit in or just stay out of whatever society they live in. I’m an ACE, so one lucky commenter will have an e-copy of my book Yash&Ryo Lost in the Milky Way, which is the first story with an official ACE character (although on Silvery Earth they don’t have all those labels, besides same-sex love, therefore none of those characters would never ever call him/herself asexual).

Yash is asexual and traumatized, Ryo is gay and smitten.
Yash runs away from his home planet, a matriarchal world where men have few rights, to escape abuse.
A short-lived rush through the Milky Way with Ryo of Xi-kong, a mob-boss son who is not very loved on his patriarchal planet.
Getting away from the Star Nations might be the only way out – or certain death at an early age…
Part one is included in Star Minds Interregnum.
This is the story the Star Nations never get to know.

It’s practically a standalone. So leave a comment with your email and I’ll send the winner a coupon code for a free download from Smashwords at the end of the blog hop!

Now head back to the main blog and continue the hop. Happy hopping!

 

 

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Random Friday


I had time to watch a couple of movies between stories (Barb can watch a movie only after she’s done with the current WiP). One I bought and watched immediately because it was “short” (the usual 90minutes), the others stayed on the “to watch” pile for a little longer.

So, first I watched Mustang. I found it at the newsagent and was intrigued by the blurb. As you should know by now, I love world movies, so I watched it in Turkish with Italian subtitles (I might watch it dubbed once, but I enjoyed listening to the real voices even if I couldn’t understand a word).

It’s a lovely movie and the little girl is the smartest of the lot!:) She is the true protagonist (and in case you can’t be bothered to follow the above link, here’s the blurb)!

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

It’s not a comedy, but it’s not total drama either, it does have a happy ending!😉 So if you’re sick of those Hollywood blockbusters for teenagers or superhero movies, go watch Mustang.

Then I watched Snow White and the Huntsman, and wasn’t impressed at all. I mean, Charlize is Charlize is Charlize, but the rest, I could live without. Yes, even without Mr Thor. For a Snow White retelling, Mirror Mirror was better IMHO.

Will I see the sequel/prequel? Probably not. But thank you for asking. Unless I really miss Charlize, but I still have to watch a few of her movies that sound more interesting first!😉 Like A Million Ways to Die in the West – anyone seen it? (And no, not interested in Mad Max either).

Now I have to watch Pan and the French Beauty and the Beast… but not until I finish the current WiP! Happy Friday 13!😉

Writer Wednesday


Today People is now available in print. A new ebook is out, Amazons, that I (re)wrote in 2014 and left in a drawer for two years. I’m not rewriting the other story I wanted to put with this, so I’m just publishing as is. Cheer, I’m learning to leave the old stories alone!😉

Still working on the new Silvery Earth story, it’s a novella for now (14K) and might become a short novel eventually. Since I still don’t like the title, I’ll just call it the current WiP until I’m done. Then I shuffled the writing projects around for May and the summer for various reasons.

I finished the Author Voice workshop and immediately signed up for another one – Teams in Fiction. I won’t be writing that novel in eight days, because it’s the story of a team, or better, the protagonist has teams with her (rebels in part 1, crewmembers in part 2, traveling companions in part 3), so I’ll just do this other workshop before tackling the novel.

So in May I will finish that current WiP, then write a story for an anthology celebrating the battle of Hastings of 1066, so you’ll see some of my vampires roaming the battlefield sometime around the end of the year. As for those 8 days off DayJob, I will use them to finish working on the publisher page and maybe write an extra story or two to submit. I haven’t been submitting lately, and it kinda sucks.

For the publishing side, this month you’ll have another collection of Amazon stories, although none is new. The new short story will be going out to traditional markets throughout the summer, then we’ll see. The Tales of the Northern Kingdoms will start coming out next month.

A link to a serious discussion: how do you support an author? By buying her books! But there are still people who want free books. Seriously? Yes, seriously. Sigh. I always thought that those who got only free books were not readers but downloaders (who wouldn’t read the books anyway)…

And then I get a google alert of a pirate site where everybody seems to love my book. But again, they’re not willing to pay for it. Sigh. I hope some day my true fans will find me and support me.

And don’t forget it’s the last days for the sci-fi bundle! It will soon be gone! Go get it now! Up to 52$ of books real cheap! Don’t miss this!

Have a great week!

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Sunday Surprise


Words of wisdom, writers on writing, take your pic. Here’s May batch. Have a great Sunday!

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.
Madeleine L’Engle

2016
This year, I’m boiling my resolutions down to the essence:
WRITE.
It’s so easy to get caught up in different aspects of a writing career. I’ve had phases where I tried to help other writers, started my own company, blogged, collaborated, fought the publishing world, evangelized, experimented, promoted, tried to figure things out, and spent a whole lot of time doing stuff other than writing.
I’m happy I did all that. But it has taken me away from the thing I like most.
I might be a blogger, and a teacher, and an innovator, and a pundit. But first and foremost, I’m a writer.
And writers write.
So for 2016, I’m going to write more than I’ve ever written before. I’m going to finish those stories I’ve put aside, I’m going to break new ground, and I’m going to get back to my roots. I’ve spent a lot of time tending to my career. And for good reason. A backlist is a garden that needs attention to grow and prosper.
But now I’m going to spend the lion’s share of my time planting more seeds.
I’m looking for 2016 to be my most productive year ever.
Joe Konrath

There’s no wrong way to do it, as long as you’re doing it.
There’s no timetable, as long as you’re taking the time.
Nobody can tell you how you do it. They can only tell you how they do it or what illusions they hold about the process — illusions that often wither under actual implementation.
They can offer suggestions. And you are free to take them, hold them up in the light, and see if there is anything there of value. And if there isn’t? Then you can fling it into the trash compactor on the detention level where it will be ogled and eaten by the one-eyed Dianoga.
That’s not to say there aren’t people you should listen to — a good editor or agent, a trusted friend, a beloved author. But even there, you want to find people who will clarify and improve your process and your work — not substitute it with something that isn’t really yours.
So, in 2016, I advise you to give your middle fingers a proper workout and elevate them accordingly to any who would diminish who you are, what you make, or how you make it. You don’t need to wall yourself off from it, but you also don’t need to be a sweater hanging on the clothesline, either. Get some tooth around that nerve.
Know who you are. Learn your process. Find your way. And don’t let anyone else define who you are as a creator, as an artist, as a writing writer who motherfucking writes.
Chuck Wendig

Repeat after me:
I can do this. So I do.
That confidence has to exist long before the first sale. That confidence, that willingness to say I can do this needs to exist when the writer first turns on their computer or first puts a pen to paper.
The confidence, the belief in one’s self and one’s work, has to be the core of every writer.
Yes, yes, I know, we’re all insecure. As I’ve told my writing students, we’re all a combination of extreme confidence and horrid insecurity. After all, the impulse to write—the belief that we have something to say that others will listen to—takes confidence. Extreme confidence.
Kris Rusch

To survive, you must tell stories.
Umberto Eco From The Island of the Day Before

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