Wednesday Weekly Roundup


And since I got four rejections in one day, I can now announce that Before Future Earth will come out in February and March, so one month earlier than originally programmed! The prequels are short books and the last will be an omnibus that contains all three – a very short trilogy! πŸ˜‰

And last week I dived into the Shelved Novel That Couldn’t Be Written last year, so I’m on a roll. I wrote 12K and finally have a plan and a form of worldbuilding and a story to sustain it. It’s slightly different from the original idea, but I’m quite happy with how it’s shaping up. It’s intercontinental urban fantasy – if such a thing exists! πŸ™‚ If not, I’m inventing it, LOL!

I’m not sure when it will be ready for public consumption, possibly in the second half of the year. I was stuck because I started working on it right before Covid hit us and wasn’t sure if I should set it before the pandemic or in the near future. I ended up chosing the present for reasons that will be clear when I publish it – I can always add prequels and sequels like I did with Future Earth Chronicles! πŸ˜‰

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Interesting articles I read on the internets: why middle-aged men have trouble sustaining friendships. I’m not a middle-agen man, so why did I found it interesting? Because unlike the journalist’s wife, I hate the phone. So I’m very bad at sustaining in-person friendships. If I don’t do stuff with my friends, I tend to drift away.

I miss the creative weekends with Cristina. I miss going to workshops and conventions, even the crowded comicons that allowed me to be sociable for maybe one hour a day (I’m still 100% introvert and still hate crowded places). I don’t like the phone, even though video-calls were kind of a life-saver during lockdown (but my parents hate them, and I can’t blame them).

I’m good at keeping in touch with social media or email, but a complete disaster with the phone. I know people are busy, and always feel I’m intruding, especially on the phone. Because they all have families and/or pets, or a busy working life or whatever. I feel I’m the one who isn’t very busy compared to them, and I don’t want to disturb them, especially by phone.

In-person it’s different, they had taken the time to meet me, so we can talk! πŸ™‚ One at a time, or I’d get confused and end up listening in a corner. That’s why I’m not too fond of gatherings. But if it’s coffee with just one friend, I’m very happy. And I hope I’ll be able to do some of this later this year, when we’ll be able to travel again and possibly to hug again. I’m not a hugger, but every now and then I need a hug! πŸ˜‰

Some daydreaming to conclude the post. When I’ll be able to travel again, I want to visit my friends in Milan and Turin first, hopefully attend a wedding in Lucca and then I want to get out of Italy, again to visit friends and explore Europe. I don’t think I’ll make it across the Atlantic this year, still aiming for 2023 for that.

Like Abhay Deol said, 2021 better be better! So here’s to a quiet 2021, since January seems to have been quite hectic, especially in the US! πŸ˜€ May things calm down, the virus be defeated and all of us able to visit each other soon! Have a great week!

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  1. Glad you’ve figured out when you’re setting the story and it’s coming along well. πŸ™‚

    I know what you mean. I don’t go out much even without lockdowns, and I rarely travel far when I do as I like to be able to be in my own bed at the end of the day as a rule. I also prefer my own company most of the time… Not because I’m particularly awesome as company goes, but because I find it draining dealing with other people for too long. But I do sometimes like to go to events and things, even if I don’t do so often, and I do sometimes like to meet up with people, even if I mostly prefer to either be by myself or just deal with people one on one. But I long for the day when I have the choice given back to me. It’s one thing to decide you don’t want to go to something, but another to not even have the option. Plus, even introverts sometimes need to interact with people. I mean, I know I’m luckier than some, because I live with Kelly, so I have him. I also get to sort of see my parents, since they’re helping us out with some stuff since they have cars and we don’t, which allows us to briefly see them when they drop off and pick up things. I know that’s more than a lot of people have, and I am grateful for it. But… Well, it’s all about having the choice taken away from me, you know?

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    • And I want to move and can’t! 😊 The travel ban is the the worst, at least for me… hopefully soon we’ll be able to move around again and I’ll find a place I want to call home…

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  2. When you find a place you want to be, you’ll probably be less likely to want to keep leaving it. Hopefully soon you can start looking again. πŸ™‚

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  3. I hate the phone too.

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    • Welcome to the club! πŸ™‚
      Another example why it’s bad to stereotype men and women… we’re all different and should embrace our uniqueness! ❀

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