Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote 16K+, and after adding and subtracting and editing what I already had, I started on what I thought would be a short story and turned out to be a novella of vampires into the future, so it will probably have its own e-book. I was at 11K by Sunday night and wasn’t done yet.

I finished on Monday and will probably have to write another couple of books (again, both sides of the story, the humans’ and the vampires’), so I screwed up the schedule again. The good news is, this might take me to the end of the year. The bad news is, there will be a break anyway because I will send a first batch to Mighty Editor on October 19th, so I won’t have anything ready until the following weekend.

But FEC 10 comes out this weekend. Then I’ll have to skip to the 24th, when I’ll probably publish that novella (still working on a title I like), and the following weekend I’ll release Mortals Apocalypse, or the vampires’ view of the apocalypse, on Nov.1, like the four novels of Vampires Through the Centuries. Two weeks later, FEC0 or the origins of Rainbow Towns lockdowns.

December will probably box set time, but I haven’t decided yet. Might be those two sequels… As for the new curated anthology, it’s probably for the new year, unless I manage to put it together after the American elections, which might mean for the Holidays. Maybe. Don’t count on it! 😉

Re: those typo faeries, here’s why it’s so hard to catch your own typos. Because my eyes don’t like staring at a screen for too long, I usually print out stuff, both for beta-reading and editing. That’s how I caught many typo faeries, when going through the paperbacks of the first five Future Earth Chronicles books! Now I hope to have the time to check also the second five, but first I’ll have to receive my author copies, LOL! They’re scheduled for delivery next week, so we’ll see…

And I was a guest, rambling on J. Scott Coatsworth’s blog about Future Earth Chronicles (a.k.a. FEC), Azur and other stuff… go check it out! 🙂 Another guest post I did was never posted (the author is very busy), so I’m going to put it here before it’s too late. Have a great week! 🙂

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I have kept an article from February 1997 of Focus that predicted how we’d live in 2020, because I knew we’d get there! Remember 1997? The dawn of internet, the first cell phones, and two years before The Matrix? Yeah, that world. The journalists played sci-fi writers for that issue.

What did they predict? A little less than 8 billion people on the planet. A global market, with factories in space (where are they, though?). Health-wise, we should worry only about non-transmittable sicknesses like cancer, but they also mentioning the possibility of mutated viruses that could start epidemics like it happened with AIDS (hello, Covid-19! Full blown pandemic was not in their predictions, though).

According to their predictions, someone born in 1997 had the following possibilities of careers: technology economist, online creator, bioengineer, virtual director and problem solver. Except for online creators (influencers, artists, writers, musicians and YouTubers), I don’t see any of those yet.

What would vanish: land lines (almost gone), moka pot (even here in Italy, most people have other coffee machines, I’m the only one still using the moka pot), cash and old light bulbs (almost gone as well). They predicted a “travel screen” (although it looks quite different from smartphones and tablets, but it’s close enough), a watch that can become a videophone (again, smartphones), micro-cameras, a graphic tablet to draw upon (most artists no longer use pencil and paper these days, they’ve all gone digital), and some “scanner-reader” that is basically a text-to-speech thing (or other software for the visually impaired).

The smart homes would have cameras and monitors and speakers everywhere (hello, Alexa and its peers), computers will be invisible (not yet, I don’t see many virtual keyboards or screens anywhere) and e-ink (hello, ebooks!).

Welcome to 2020! Some of those predictions came true, other are still sci-fi, but well, here we are. How do you deal with living in the future? Well, you stay in the present as much as you can, I guess. It’s not always easy, especially in such trying times.

How do you stay sane in a world gone crazy? Personally, I’m glad it’s breaking down, because I was sick of our poisonous way of life. I hope we’ll come out of this better, after re-prioritizing and re-focusing ourselves. I certainly don’t want to go back to 1997, or even 2007 for that matter.

I might have lost quite a few dreams in the meantime, and can’t see myself anywhere in three or five years, but eventually I’ll find my focus. It’s been a long hot summer and the only relief was writing my Future Earth Chronicles, because it reminded me there’s life after the apocalypse. Especially in the 25th century, LOL!

Now I’m trying to write the prequel about the apocalypse itself (a few decades in the second half of this century), and I manage it because, again, I know these people will be all right – or at least the vampires who live through the centuries will get to see the future narrated in the series.

It might be a good topic for me at this time, because I’m also changing. Age does that to a person, and even though I love the double five on my birthday cake, I’m also aware of how my body and mind are changing. But then, that’s what life is all about, change.

Going through the change is painful, but things can only get better. Soon I’ll be able to resume traveling and looking for a place I want to move to. I’ll be able to focus on what I want to do for a living if I manage to get an early retirement from a Day Job that is killing my soul.

I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, but I know it’s there and I keep going. I’m still blogging after ten years and next year I’ll celebrate ten years of indie publishing. I might take a break from publishing next year, or slow down the writing – I haven’t decided yet.

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  1. I always find it interesting comparing predictions to how things actually are, and seeing what did happen (or came close to it) and what was way off the mark. By the way, they do have something very similar to that text to speach scanner thing. I remember getting to try out a device that essentially did that once in a library for a school for the blind, and I hear they’ve improved on it since. It’s not as awesome as the predictions thought it would be, and still costs so much even most schools struggle to afford one that the students can share, so forget about most of us affording one. But it does technically exist. Now if they can just make it so we can actually afford to buy one…

    I catch some of my typo fairies by having JAWS read the document from start to finish. There are some bits that it doesn’t work for, but JAWS won’t read things quite right if the sentence isn’t written quite right, so it helps. It’s one of the times I’m glad to need to rely on text to speach software. Of course, I have to go through it carefully as well, making sure I haven’t used the wrong version of words that sound the same, etc. But every typo fairy JAWS catches is one less I need to worry about.

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    • those predictions allow people to write real sci-fi… not me, though, LOL! I’m done with the apocalypse, so I can now make up stuff again in the steampunk future! 🙂
      I probably won’t publish much after those two books about the apocalypse, though. Mighty Editor is busy all November, so either I do a quick release for the Holidays of the sequels, or I push everything to January, when things will hopefully be quieter for everybody.
      I guess this year everybody is improvising. And supposedly Covid should have brought out the best of humanity, but showed the worst instead. Hopefully we will recover. All over the world. I wouldn’t want the Future Earth Chronicles to come to pass! 🙂
      Hugs

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  2. Yes, this year definitely brought out the worst rather than the best of humanity. I’m with you on not wanting things to go the way they did in your Future Earth Chronicles… Same goes for the other apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Sometimes I don’t want the predictions to come true. Hopefully enough of the world learned from 2020 that we’ll have a better 2021. I’m sure hoping for a better 2021 anyhow.

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    • Here’s to a better 2021 and full recovery by 2023, when I hope to make it back to the US… meanwhile, I’ll have to settle on the UK! 😉

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  3. You can explore parts of the UK you haven’t seen much of while you wait for things to improve on the other side of the pond. 🙂

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    • There’s still plenty of the UK I haven’t seen… a tour of the castles would be great, I’ve seen only Leeds and Warwick that I loved, and I know there are plenty more! Even Harlech castle in Wales looked beautiful, but it was closed when I got there, so worthy of another trip! 😉

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