Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote a little over 5K, mostly revisions of the books I took with me for editing. I also wrote a short story, but I don’t like it and my beta-reader found many faults in it, so I doubt I’ll ever get back to it. I also started another, but meh. So I decided to go back to the manuscript I had left before my short trip to Massa Carrara to celebrate my birthday and leave it at that.

Having to follow the rules for a “marketable” story is taking the fun out of writing. Also, I’m as much in transition as the world is, so I don’t know what I want to write next. Probably next year will be a sabbatic year from publishing, and I’ll try to read more and possibly explore other genres. But there’s still four months to go, and I might change my mind four times until then, LOL!

It’s been a long hot summer and it’s not over yet, so I better not make important decision while my brain is fried. So I’ll keep saying “I’m OK, I’m OK” (in an Orlando Jones voice, I absolutely love The Replacements!) or “I’m fine” even if I’m not, since I won’t be able to explain what’s wrong or what’s going on anyway. I change my mind way took quickly between excitement and exhaustion, so there. Time out. Gimme a break! 😉

I am aware I need to find my focus, but right now I don’t have the strength. I will, though, and I’m lucky to be a one-person household with a steady job, although I’m still hoping to quit and move elsewhere, but right now I can’t go anywhere and I probably wouldn’t be able to focus. I will have to learn to pivot, I guess! 🙂

The Curated Anthologies are selling, including the paperbacks, so definitely when I get a couple of weeks off DayJob, I’ll get back to doing paperbacks. By then even the new books of Future Earth Chronicles will be almost all out, so I can format the paperback so it comes out along with the ebook for the last two! 😉

But first I must finish the prequel, which I hope to do in a couple of weeks. Then I will try again to write short stories to submit. Or I will have to figure out what to write for the rest of the year. After reading about this guy who used AI and Photoshop to bring ancient Roman emperors back to life, I’m thinking it’s time I tell my Roman vampire’s story – now I even know what his emperor and his successors look like, LOL!

I’m going to end with this quote… seemingly quite fitting. By the way, I think Stephen Fry is really the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde, like Keanu Reeves is the reincarnation of Paul Mounet, LOL! And by the way, Happy Birthday, Keanu! 😀 Have a great week!

Image may contain: 2 people, text that says '"Oscar Wilde said that ifyou know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it that is your punishment, but ifyou never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. am not a thing- an actor, writer- am a person who does things Iwrite, Lact- act and I never know what I am going to do next. think you can be imprisoned ifyou think of yourself as a noun." -Stephen Fry'

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  1. That’s why I don’t write to market, and never try submitting to magazines or anything: I like the freedom to make up my own mind what I write about, how I do it, how long it will be, etc, which you only get with self-publishing. Admittedly it means I don’t get the potential attention andmoney from any other method of publishing, but that’s not guaranteed anyway, so… *shrugs*

    Definitely don’t make any decisions while it’s still hot and your brain is still fried. Especially not big life-changing ones. It’s cooler here now, thankfully, but I’m still in no mental shape to be making any more decisions than I absolutely have to. I’m OK though… Yep, doing just fine, thanks.

    Oh, and great quote.

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    • Well, trying costs nothing, and sometimes an editor might light your story! 😉 Another good way of spreading the word – I mean, the author’s name – is collaboration anthologies… even if the royalty share is not as high as a professional rate, it might trickle in for longer.
      I am pondering on what to do next, but definitely nothing that I can implement right now. Just brainstorming ideas for other income streams that don’t depend on royalties, since I can’t control that. It’s getting cooler over here too,and a couple of weeks off are approaching, so I’ll concentrate on catching up on paperbacks first! 😉 Then I might consider other projects.
      And figure out what to write after Future Earth Chronicles as well. I’m going to write, not be a writer (as per the quote)! 😉

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  2. I know submitting my work elsewhere could mean more exposure, and it’s true that trying costs nothing, but I probably still won’t bother. I’d consider doing anthologies if I like the theme and think I could write something for it in the time given, but even that I haven’t really gone in for much, since I don’t play well with others most of the time, so have to really want to be a part of something, or want to work with the person, for it to happen. Hence my only getting around to being a part of one anthology in the eight years I’ve been publishing.

    Glad it’s starting to cool down with you too.

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  3. I will try to come up with a theme you’d love to write to! 😉 Or I might invite you to a broader project sometime in the future – it’s all still in the brainstorming stages, not even planning, so…
    Happy writing! 🙂

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  4. Well, you’re half way there, because you’re someone I would be happy to work with. 😉 So, if you come up with a theme – or have a project on a theme – I’m interested enough in that I want to write for it, I’d at least be interested in having full details, and maybe even agree to do it. 🙂

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