Wednesday Weekly Roundup

And for the third week in a row I was under 5K, but the yearly total is almost 450K. This week I hope to plunge back into writing, although I have a couple of books to edit/format/upload, but since I’m off DayJob, I should be able to up my wordcount and go back to my usual standards.

Last week I went to Lucca Comics and Games, so I was out of town from Wednesday to Sunday lunchtime. I started the new short story Sunday afternoon and should be almost done by now. I also thought what else to write in the next two weeks – things that will be published next year anyway.

For the rest of the year, unless writing for the Anthology Workshop, I’ll either go back to the Star Minds Lone Wolves (a couple more titles and the new team started with Mission #30 that is still unpublished) or Silvery Earth (I had ideas for a 5th Quests book, now I have another 3, so I could start working on another Quests book – or a Silvery Earth Heroine).

By the end of the week I’ll send off to Mighty Editor everything I wrote besides The Beast, or Torik’s story, like we call it between me and Mighty Editor, since at 95K it’s the longest Silvery Earth novel to date (beaten only by Star Minds the Trilogy). And “the rest” is over 50K, a batch of short stories and novellas to either submit to magazines or that will be published next year.

At the comicon, besides showing Silvery Earth Kids proof around (with no success, so I’ll be busy lettering the Italian version this week), I also went to a couple of workshops with a tax expert (yes, I found one, yay!). Unfortunately it seems laws in this country are even worse than I thought and they keep changing (our man mentioned the law changed 4 times in the past 7 years), so now I’m looking for someone living in a country with fixed laws to do business who is willing to adopt this grumpy old spinster! πŸ˜‰

Just kidding, but I see my independence (or the top of my mountain, like Michael Anderle calls it) going back a little more. I shall start working on some kind of plan soon, I doubt luck will come into play before the end of the year. Next year is next year and we’ll see!

I’ll do more experiments, probably sign up with Book Funnel and try group giveaways, or maybe trying to get a Bookbub or something. I don’t know, there’s still two months and some accounting to do before I make up my mind. It might not have been a bad year all in all, but still not a runaway success. Oh, well.

Besides taking pictures of cosplayers and steampunkers, I bought some indie comics and made some new connections. The weather was dreadful, it rained 2 days out of the 3 I spent in Lucca (Wednesday and Sunday were for travels), but it was a nice trip with my siblings (with Mom worried she’d lose us all on the way back, LOL! Moms…).

Among my booty, there was this English comic, Boylord: Genesis. I might have missed the Kickstarter, but I found it at the comicon and even have a drawing of awesome artist Manuela Soriani in my copy! πŸ˜‰ Like that reviewer says on Amazon, it’s a nice blend of fantasy and sci-fi.

Now back home, busy working on the non-existend business and creating more things while trying to clean up my house and throw away or resell stuff because I accumulated too many things and I want to move to a smaller place. I feel doing this physical cleaning of stuff kind of helps also cleaning my mind/spirit/soul and prepare me for what’s to come. I might be wrong – I’ve been wrong before and will be again – but at the moment it feels like the right thing to do.

Back to writing or formatting and wishing you a wonderful week! πŸ™‚ And if you’re NaNoWriMoing, happy writing! πŸ™‚

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  1. The only way I got even close to 5K most weeks this year is if you count blog posts and comments along with actual writing, so… Yeah. You’re way ahead of me on word count, and have the excuse of travelling. I can’t even use health as an excuse now I’m officially recovered from all that. I think I kind of pushed myself too hard while dealing with the health stuff though, so I’m not worrying about it too much for now. Planning to get back to my proper productivity starting in the new year. Hopefully by then these last couple of books will be sorted in audio too, so I can get a bit of a break from the publishing side of things while I work on just writing some stuff for a bit (which is probably also a contributing factor in my lack of productivity… I haven’t had a single break from the publisher side of things in the last couple of years, because I’ve had the audiobooks on a production line… So glad I literally just have two more to get finished now, and one of those I should be getting the final version for in about a week).

    Glad you made some connections, even if Lucca Comics and Games didn’t help you achieve anything else, and it rained a lot. Funny about your Mother worrying about losing you guys… I think it’s a Mother thing worldwide. πŸ˜‰

    We’d adopt you, only our place isn’t big enough, and our laws are even less settled than yours at the moment with the whole Brexit thing and all. Kelly’d probably be glad for me to have someone else to talk about my writing to. Haha!

    Hey, if decluttering feels like the right thing to do, go with it. It can’t hurt, and they say decluttering your home can help you declutter your mind too, so maybe it will help you figure things out.


    • I hear you about publishing burnout… here’s to a new year full of new writing and less publishing for both of us! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the adoption offer, but yeah, I guess old Europe still has some trouble with laws, taxes and all. Not sure North America is better, though, so I’ll just keep going one step at the time! πŸ™‚
      Will declutter, look for new stimuli in DayJob, move house and then in a couple of years we’ll see. I’ve just renewed my yearly bus pass for Rome, so I’m probably not going anywhere yet.
      By the way, I was able to use the Moovit app in London, I was soo happy! It went “I see you’re in London South West, would you like to stay in Rome Lazio?” and I was like “Yeah, show me London, so I’ll know how to get to the theater and how long it will take!” – except they didn’t know about the Sunday works on the District Line, but when I used it on Tuesday it was just fine – took me to Wembley and back! πŸ™‚


  2. Definitely with you on the more writing and less publishing next year. πŸ™‚

    Yeah… Pretty much everywhere’s having issues with figuring laws out these days. Especially Europe and America, but I hear trickles of news about issues elsewhere too. So staying put and just decluttering while things hopefully get figured out is probably the best plan for now. Plus, then you can decide for sure where you want to go.

    Awesome about the app. Yep, those kinds of things aren’t so great with high traffic times, but at least it worked out on Tuesday. πŸ™‚


    • I gave myself 4 years to figure out where l can set up my business. I’m even willing to take a sabbatic year and try various places… and as second income, l might become a translator, but l better start practising now! 😊


  3. Good luck. πŸ™‚

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  4. gabriannamiller

     /  08/11/2019

    Ick, Taxes. I’m just getting started with indie writing, so lucky (or maybe unlucky?) for me getting the tax/business-side settled is still a little ways off. Good luck with word count and business whatnot.

    I am actually doing Nano this year and it’s been great– I’m already at 15k (I had a bit of a head start with a virtual write-in the week before Nano though, so maybe that’s cheatsy lol). I love the idea of your weekly roundup and just followed the blog!

    Feel free to come chat with me over at my little hole in the internet (it’s new~)
    ❀ Anna


    • Hello, Gabrianna,
      and welcome to this 10-year-old blog! The weekly post started after 10 years of blogging every other day, I guess I was kind of tired by it all, LOL! πŸ˜€
      I think Italy is the only country that has specific people to do taxes for freelancers (if you’re a regular employee, it’s on your salary)… hence I despair ever becoming one.
      I never did NaNo because I write all year long, but I understand it’s useful to just get in the habit of writing regularly, so good luck and keep writing! πŸ™‚


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