Wednesday Weekly Roundup

And we have another title out, a short story this time. I experimented with a different way of telling on this one, and threw in some of my historical research I did for other stories. The piece in Uruk, 2600BCE is short and brand new, but for the Spartan at the Thermopilae I referenced the two books I read for Helios of Sparta (although he’s born about a century later). And the two 12th century knights appear briefly in The Fern and The Cross as adults.

Rohan is married to Charlie, but the lockdown is hard on their relationship. Rohan tries to relieve past lives to see if thereโ€™s bad karma between them that needs to be cleansed.

So go check Lessons From Past Lives, at 99c on your favorite retailer! ๐Ÿ˜€ And don’t forget the epic fantasy bundle… Do you love big books and epic adventures? Longing for elves and wizards and dragons? Then look no further.

Last week I wrote about 6800 words and gave up the idea of writing more Star Minds short stories. The three that I have already written will come out at some point, but I don’t feel like writing more at this time. I want to keep experimenting and trying new genres.

Like I said, I did the Writing Time Travel workshop, and it gave me a few ideas. It also reminded me of some time travel movies I hadn’t watched in years, so I used the weekend to rewatch Freejack only to discover the jump into the future was from 1991 to… a dystopian 2009! So it wasn’t only Back to the Future Part 2 that promised flying cars when we still have none!

The 2009 New York of Freejack is less dark than the 1997 one of Escape from New York, but it still is badly outdated. So yeah, I guess writing time travel into the future is hard, so I’ll probably stick to the past for the time being. Historical time travel appeals to me more than jumping into the future at this time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Or I might try time loops, if I rewatch Groundhog Day… We’ll see. I’ve taken Earth out of a century-long time loop in Star Minds, I should play with shorter time loops, LOL!

And by the way, if you want to do that time travel workshop, WMG is again doing a sale on all their workshops. Stay in and learn, so when we get back to some kind of normal, we’ll have the tools to conquer the world… er… the readers! ๐Ÿ™‚ Next week I start the Portals Collections workshop, so I’m already set for the next two months…

โ€œThe writer who thinks the whole purpose of writing is suffering isnโ€™t one Iโ€™m much interested in. The one that tells a story for the joy of telling it is the one Iโ€™m interested in. Writing can be hard, but it shouldnโ€™t be miserable. Some days it might be, but on the whole it should be an exciting, if occasionally, frustrated adventure. A story is made better by style, character, dialogue. All the tools that make it work, but the most important component is joyful passion and a willingness to improve on your passion to make it yours and to have it read well. I like to go to work with a certain excitement that gives me pleasure, and hopefully will give the same to the reader. We are not all pleased by the same thing, but if I can write for myself with joy and enthusiasm, Iโ€™m confident readers will feel that in the work and some of them will share that enthusiasm and be swept along by the story. I enjoy writing as well as having written. I enjoy finding my story as I go, figuring it out, and putting it down for myself, and no one else, with the confidence I will find some similar souls out there that enjoy the sort of tale I have told.โ€ (Joe Landsale)

And with these words of wisdom, I wish you a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Victoria Zigler

     /  28/04/2021

    That’s a great quote… Words of wisdom for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I saw there was a new title out. Definitely going to need to do another Barbathon soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If you’re going to do things set in the future, you definitely want to go a very long way in to it, that way you at least have a chance at being partially right anyhow. I wonder though why it is that so many people predicted we’d have flying cars by now?


    • the hopes and dreams of the 20th century, I guess! ๐Ÿ˜€ Except we failed to follow through.
      Besides, I’m already writing alternative futures, so I don’t think I want to time-travel to the future with other stories.
      I’ll definitely stick to the past – not limited to the 18th-19th and 20th century like most American authors who seem to have forgotten their European roots, LOL!
      But I don’t know when these time travel stories will come out. I might try to send them to mags first. We’ll see. I think you have plenty for another Barbathon anyway! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Victoria Zigler

     /  28/04/2021

    True… And with many of your books being short, the Barbathon can help me catch up on my reading goal. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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