Wednesday Weekly Roundup

So, I’ve been kindly reminded (meaning it was a general reminder, not to me personally) that professionals never talk about what they are writing or wrote until it is published. Therefore I’ll keep updating you on my yearly wordcount, but not what I’m working on.

Last week I wrote a little less than 9K, but Friday before lunchtime I got back the manuscript from the proofreader, so I spent from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning catching typo faeries on those short stories I wrote in the past month. And mailed four of them on Sunday morning (the rest are not open yet, so I jotted down the date on the calendar, lest I forget to submit them).

And I published the prose version of Silvery Earth Kids with a couple of related short stories. You might want to check that while you wait for the release of Magical Friends, it’s a very nice introduction with not too many spoilers for the novel, but filling in the background! πŸ˜‰

Or you can get the paperback of the strip… December is definitely going to be Torik and Copperscales’s month, as you can see from my Facebook page! Stay tuned on more on these two! Should I interview them like I did in the past? Would you like a character interview?

And you can tell me which version you prefer, I won’t be offended it you think Ravven’s depiction (slightly modified in its colors) is better than my doodles! πŸ˜‰ I haven’t even downloaded DAZ Studio yet, can’t imagine doing art with it anytime soon! So I’ll keep my ancient way of doing things – pencil and marker on paper, then scan and digital colors.

What can I say, this Gen X gal who grew up in the age of the typewriter and used to handwrite her first drafts up to 2015 in spite of being a typist likes her old “tech” too much. New things and continuous upgrades actually get on my nerves (can you hear me, Facebook?).

But! There’s only ONWARD, therefore I shall stop looking back. Keep writing and doodling and publishing and all that stuff. Even if some of those stories will never get off my hard-drive (or my old notebooks… got still plenty of those from the 80s and 90s)… well, it’s called practice, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

And excellent article by Kristen Lamb for writers old and new. In a glutted market, how can authors stand apart? Go read it. Now. Don’t be like me! πŸ˜‰ I’m sure eventually I’ll find my readers, it’s just taking longer than expected. At least I’m learning patience, LOL!

Also, if you want a preview of what Star Minds Kids and Teens strip will be like, go check I Like My Science…MAD (Blaze Ward Presents Book 2)!

How mad, you ask? Come with us on a twisted journey of science gone wrong and gods rising to threaten us all. Of private detectives on the moon and dieselpunk ladies saving the day. Academics making dark pacts and taking vengeance into their own hands.

The second Blaze Ward Presents anthology asks writers and readers to envision mad science and entertain us all.

They succeeded. Come see.

I would like to thank Blaze Ward for kicking me into gear with that strip. I had been postponing it for too long! Go check the adventures of Child Kol-ian and read the other mad science stories in this awesome collection! πŸ™‚

Here’s an open call for you cat-lovers out there! It should be well-known by now that yours truly has no pets and no affection for furry friends… but if you do, check this out:

It’s time to turn the β€œman and his dog wandering through a dystopian world” trope on its head, and tell the stories about cats and their women – their badass women – in appropriately dystopian settings. It’s time for CAT LADIES OF THE APOCALYPSE!
We’re looking for short stories feature a strong woman with at least one cat, in tales that bring hope in the darkest of times.
Length: 4000 – 8000 words
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Pay: Royalty-Share, via PayPal
More information: 🐈

And. last but not least, it’s Infinite Bard day again! Hop off to the site for a new free short story! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

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  1. I actually think it’s up to the individual how much you can or should share of what you’re working on. Personally, I keep details vague until I’m in the pre-publishing phase, but will talk about the projects a little (usually refering to them with vague names like “that pirate adventure story” or “the story about Lilie” or something like that, until I reach that pre-release phase). So do things however you want to.

    Oh, and… Yes. I would like some character interviews. Those are always fun. πŸ™‚

    I’m with you on the technology thing. It’s great, and useful, and sometimes it’s cool to think we can do certain things with it. On the other hand, I feel like I’m just figuring out how things work, and there’s a new update, or a newer alternative, or whatever. Sometimes I just wish we could do things more slowly. Make progress and move forward… Sure. But at a slightly slower pace, so maybe we can actually keep up without feeling dizzy, if you know what I mean.


    • Well, when I published almost as soon as I finished stuff, it actually worked, now that publishing is a little more sparse… I guess I’ll have to be more vague anyway! πŸ™‚
      I shall get down to the character interviews soon. I’ve just realized that I haven’t lowered the price of the pre-order on Amazon and now it’s locked. I’ll have to remember to do it on Sunday, lest someone report the lower price elsewhere. Sigh.
      And I’m with you with technology. Slow down, please.


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