Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote almost 15K, but had to wrap up the last book on Monday (holiday in Rome only). I’m starting to send them to the proofreader so by August they’ll be all shiny and ready to hit the retailers. Cover reveal will be at the end of the month for the whole series.

And welcome to Sci-Fi July! The first title is a collaboration anthology I’m quite proud of. Future Earth Tech features quite diverse stories set in the future of our planet. It’s part of my Curated Anthologies series and it’s available both in ebook and paperback.

The future of our planet and our technology – mind uploads, augmented humans, time travel, solar punk and all the good and bad future technology will bring. Be it post-apocalyptic or futuristic, our future is coming faster than we think.

The stories:
Legacy by David Bruns
Grow Beyond Your Limits by Katharina Gerlach
One Line of Bad Code by Barbara G.Tarn
The Last Woman on Earth by David H. Hendrickson
Scrap me by Stefon Mears
Remembrance by Debbie Mumford
The Quest of Souls by B.A. Paul
Sagan in the Past by Mary Jo Rabe
The Right Resources by Rei Rosenquist
Dancer by Blaze Ward

I enrolled all my books in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. Everything 50%off, but no free titles – the 99c titles stay at 99c. I have tried free, and it didn’t bring in any sales, so the cheapest stay cheap, the rest gets the discount. And the couple of new titles won’t be discounted either, feel free to wait for the next sale! πŸ™‚

Mark Coker has brushed off his imaginary crystal ball to predict post-pandemic publishing for indie authors. And if you still feel in shock or survival mode about all this, read Kris Rusch’s post on Shock, Survival, and Forgiveness.

I have dived in Homo Deus for research purposes (and because I’m curious like that, LOL!), but since it was written in 2016, I wanted to know Harari’s stand on the current pandemic. So I found this article – dates back to March, but on the spot. It mentions when the US banned all travel from Europe, and now Europe has banned travel from the still infected US… biting back their fearless (useless) leader a few months later! πŸ™‚

On Monday I forgot my mask when I went out for a walk and ended up NOT having breakfast outside as I normally do. They might have made an exception if I went quickly in and out, since I normally do wear a mask and they know me by now, but I decided not to risk it.

I just walked around the suburb (a green one, in the outskirts of Rome) and had breakfast at home instead. The coffee of the moka machine is less strong than the one I can get out there, but it’s enough to have me going, especially if I don’t have to go to work.

This week I’m working at another branch and must take 2 buses to get there, which isn’t that bad at 7.30am, but when I come out at lunch time it’s baaaaad. Did I mention I hate summer? (for newcomers – every single year of blogging! Hate the summer and can’t stand AC, hence I want to move to a northern country)

Yesterday I broke my glasses at 7.30, glad I don’t really need them for work! And the branch had a blackout, so we started working at 11 instead of 8.30, but whatever… still I took the afternoon off and didn’t go through the latest book. I prepared manuscripts for the upcoming titles, toyed with covers and went to the optician to have my glasses repaired in a couple of hours.

Today I’m going through the last book of Future Earth Chronicles, and tomorrow I’ll probably move to the next project… still not sure if I want to go back to Silvery Earth with more quests or do that project that I shelved back in March. We’ll see. I’ll try not to take the rest of the week off from writing, though! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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  1. Sounds like another very productive week. Sorry about your glasses, but glad you could manage for a while without them, and were able to get them fixed quickly.

    We had to go in to town the other day for the dogs to get groomed (they were about to be done when lockdown hit, so they were getting to be a bit of a mess) so we had a grab and go lunch while we were waiting for them to be done, and popped to one of the shops that do vegan sweets (since it was open, and I wanted something sweet). First time I’ve done anything outside other than walking the dogs since early March, since Kelly’s been going by himself. I felt like I was in one of those books/movies where people have to stick to their assigned areas, and are microchipped or something to make sure they follow the rules, with a voice reminding them to do so, because there were arrows we had to follow to make sure everyone was using the same route to go between shops, and reminders – both visual and audio ones – to follow the arrows, and keep two meters apart from anyone not part of your own household. I felt like any moment someone who didn’t want to walk all the way around to get to somewhere just over there was going to just cut across without following the arrows, and sirens would go off, followed by some kind of droid appearing from where it had been concealed, and one of its arms would be some kind of squirt gun loaded with disinfectant, which it would brandish while repeating something like, “Warning! You are out of bounds. Please submit for disinfection immediately, and then return to your assigned path.”

    Anyway, that anthology sounds good. Might have to grab it…

    I had a couple of poems I quickly made a note of the other day, and already got the fifteen minut sample back for the new book from the narrator for the audio version (which I was able to approve) but that’s it for my writerly stuff this week. Better than some weeks, but not as much as I wish I could have been doing. It’s not that I don’t feel I can any more, but that other stuff is getting in the way, and by the time I’ve dealt with that I’m so exhausted I don’t even manage to read for long before I fall asleep (actually fell asleep during my evening reading time yesterday… Woke to find the Kindle still on but about to run out of battery, and had to find where I last heard, because it had continued reading after I fell asleep… Yeah, I was that tired).

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    • Whew, you just wrote a flash fiction with your adventures! πŸ˜€
      I hear ya about life getting in the way and falling asleep at the wrong times… just hold on, and think about me with 35Β°C in the shadows and cicadas singing all day (the worst sound of summer, it means it’s damn hot!)…
      I’ll probably fall in some kind of summer letargy soon too, when I’m done with the Future Earth Chronicles, sigh! 😦
      Hugs
      Barb

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  2. Oddly enough, I was wondering if I should turn that in to a proper flash fiction piece… It’s almost there already after all. That’s the most writing I’ve had time to do in the past month. LOL!

    Ugh! Given the choice between your temperatures and physical exhaustion, I think I’ll stick with the physical exhaustion. Hang in there, and hopefully the time between now and the colder weather returning will go quickly.

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    • Like I mentioned on Facebook, today we had about one hour of thunderstorm and temperatures dropped. Unfortunately it’s July, so it won’t last. I hope to finish the latest project before my summer letargy, LOL!

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  3. I bet that was a glorious hour though… You sure seemed to be enjoying it anyhow, and I know I would have if I was you. πŸ˜‰

    Good luck finishing the current project before the heat gets too much for you to be able to think crookedly, let alone straight.

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