Wednesday Weekly Roundup

Last week I wrote another 12K and started on the next (or previous?) book… proceeding slowly and almost in the dark, but that will make for nice author’s notes or possibly future backstage passes, LOL!

And RE: the latest Happiness is… (my first professional sale), Facebook reminded me a year ago I posted my author copy. It’s still out there, if you’d like to read it, in Pulphouse #5, although I plan on republishing that story soon.

If you have trouble with critical voice, now there’s a workshop to help you killing that critical voice. Personally, I don’t have a critical voice when I write, although every now and then self-doubt bites me when I’m least expecting it, but never while I’m writing. So if you need help in that department, to make writing fun again, go check that online workshop! πŸ™‚

According to some, it’s the right time to read crime novels. Which is perfect for the release of my cover artist and friend’s first novel, Viral Sin.

I’m going to quote an Amazon reviewer, since unfortunately I’m never in the mood of reading thrillers and crime novels:

It was a debut novel by Shafali Anand and let me congratulate her for the work she has done. The hype around corona virus and it’s impact on us is unquestionable that made me read this book. The book starts with multiple characters who lives in different parts of the country having different backgrounds and different kind of lives but fighting against the same enemy. The author has beautiful and in a very simple language explained the effects of this virus on their lives be it temporary or permanent. Some lost their lives while batteling and few won the battle. But life must go on. I would like to recommend this to all those people who are afraid of facing the situation. It will definitely bring positivity to their lives.

So check it out and give her some love! πŸ™‚ And there’s also this other friend of mine who has a suspense novel coming out soon. You can already check the pre-order at this link! Go check them out, right now! (One links to Amazon India, the other to, but I’m sure you can find your own Amazon shop if you’re not in those countries)

Me, I’m more for humor these days, so I’ll recommend this anthology about Nuns With Guns! How crazy is that? And yes, I wrote a story for this! πŸ™‚ This is part of a series, and the previous two volumes had my strips in them. But this time it’s a prose short story, so no drawings! πŸ˜‰

How’s the lockdown going for you? Are you a “covivert”? I am – I mean, I’m not thriving, but I’m not suffering either. Although I haven’t been in complete lockdown, unfortunately, since the demands of Day Job forced me out of the house! πŸ˜€

As announced, DeviantART changed its interface to the new Eclipse, which took away the only think I enjoyed – the llama trade. I was on DeviantART as hobbyist artist and I don’t care for all their new features – show of your portfolio and whatnot. So I’m giving it another couple of weeks, then I’ll close the account.

Some things better vanish from the internet, and the rest might end up in my Instagram. The Sunday Strip is still going, but I haven’t reached the newer strips (still to be colored, lettered and prepared for upload). I hope to catch up on that in the coming two weeks, when I’ll be off Day Job.

Meanwhile I added another mug to my Zazzle store, and hopefully today UPS should deliver my face mask, so next week I’ll post a pic! πŸ˜‰ Now I shall wait with dread for the new WordPress Editor… sigh. What happened to “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”? Can any IT person explain to me this need to upgrade stuff when nobody asks for it?!

Panic afternoon on Monday when I saw that D2D had sent to Vivlio the delisted Italian titles that I entered in KU. It ignored the delisted English titles, but probably decided that, since Vivlio is European, the Italian titles were meant to be distributed there. Erm, not.

Also, Vivlio seems to be worse than Apple for links inside the ebook… how dare I link to this very blog? So another title unpublished! πŸ˜‰ The clean-up continues… Now I better go back to writing, I have another book and a half to finish! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

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  1. Thank you, Barb πŸ™‚

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  2. Your friend’s book sounds like it might be worth a read. You know me, I’ll read most genres, I also happened to have a little money left from the money I got for my anniversary and hadn’t decided which book to spend it on yet, so… *shrugs* I’m not sure when I’ll end up reading the book, but I now have a copy. πŸ˜‰

    Glad you’ve had another good writing week. Mine wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t as good as planned due to circumstances out of my control. But never mind. I feel like I’m having to say things like that way too often though. *sigh*

    I think I’m still firmly in the introvert camp. Nothing about this has made me feel any desire to connect with people more. Yes, it’s nice catching up with people from time to time (and being able to do that online so I can walk away easily when I’ve had enough is a plus). But I don’t see people other than Kelly in person that often anyhow, and I’m content with that. Perhaps I’d feel differently if I lived alone, but perhaps not.


    • Hope things have gotten better – I got the cover art request, so you’re moving forward, now backward, which is definitely something! πŸ˜€
      I’m definitely more introvert than extrovert, and, like I said, I wasn’t in complete lockdown (although I dream of it – working from home, going out only when I feel like it or want to meet someone… one can dream, right?), but I heard a lot of people who had trouble coping with the lockdown.
      I hope the coming two weeks that I’m off Day Job will be quiet and with no more lines to buy food or other necessities, which were the worst things during lockdown for me – because… people! Socially distanced, but still a lot of people! And I hate crowds! πŸ˜€


  3. Yeah, moving forward, just slower than I’d like it to be. Thanks again about the cover. πŸ™‚

    There’s still lines to go in shops here. I’m so glad I get to stay home and let Kelly deal with them instead of me, since I share your opinion on crowds… Even if socially distanced crowds are a tiny bit less terrible than crowds before lockdown. Only a tiny bit mind you.


    • Exactly. It”s probably going to be the new normal soon. I had my fair share of hugs back in February (at the anthology workshop) to last me for the rest of the year, LOL!
      And of course I had to hug Dear Nephew after 2 months, even though he dared become talker than me (as expected)! πŸ™‚


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