Wednesday Weekly Roundup

Last week I forgot to post the cover of the new title… so next week you’ll get two, LOL! Yes, another story is coming, that might end up in Male Lovers of Silvery Earth Volume 4 if I ever write more in that area. Both covers have the M/M couple designed by Ravven, although in completely different contexts! πŸ˜‰

I’m starting the Portals Collection Workshop, so I don’t know how much writing I’ll be doing in the coming nine weeks. There is still a story I hope to write this week, but then I don’t know. Meanwhile, last week I wrote 8600 words, which might be less than usual, again, but it’s short stories. I write more when I plunge into longer works! πŸ˜€

I might have slowed down and become unhappy with what I write because the critical voice has awakened. I didn’t have it before, but now that I followed a few workshops on craft, sometimes I stop and I hear the teacher’s voice “Some setting would be nice!” or “You need more depth!” which kicks me out of creative voice, LOL!

But then, I always wrote the bones first and then added the meat. So in the end my process hasn’t changed much in the first draft, it’s the one revision that brings out those voices. I’m still having fun writing and exploring new genres, though, so I’m not going to stop. Like I said many times, I might give up publishing, not writing! πŸ˜€

I definitely need more income streams, so I’ll be studying that too this year. Comics and strips don’t seem to sell, so I’ve given up the third strip even on Instagram. Translations – I need to do a search of what sells in the Italian market before starting them, but I hear much resistance for e-books from my Italian friends.

They still want to go to the bookshop and buy paperbooks (when there’s no lockdown, of course), and going to the bookshops in my area is still on my mind, but then Covid happened, and this was put on a shelf for better times. When? Dunno. Hopefully some time in the next couple of years.

I still have at least until 2023 with the day job, so plenty of time to organize whatever will come next. Possibly more anthologies in collaboration with other authors, possibly more bundles, we’ll see. And speaking of bundles, don’t forget to check the twenty fantasy books for a single low price. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Last week I rewatched all the series of Robin of Sherwood for inspiration for my stories – although that’s historical fantasy, so I also checked my historical novel, The Fern and The Cross, to make sure the history and details were correct! πŸ™‚

Which meant I skipped my Saturday Night Fever with some Bollywood movie, but whatever! Next weekend I’ll watch two, LOL! I will also try to get back to reading, I’m falling behind again – and I even received two paperbacks I had ordered some time ago.

I guess that’s all for today! Have a nice week! πŸ™‚



  1. Victoria Zigler

     /  06/05/2021

    I’m the same: get the first draft done, and worry about the padding out of details in the revision stage. It slows book production and wordcount a bit, but it means you can focus on getting the story from your head to the paper (or screen) first, and worry about the rest later.

    People who have format preferences are why I make a point of making things available in as many formats as possible. That way those who want or need a particular format can potentially grab a copy. Or, at the very least, they can’t use it not being available in their prefered format as a valid excuse not to get a copy, so there’s a potential increased chance of a sale. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s something I can do that may help, so… *shrugs*

    The poetry anthology I joined Draft 2 Digital to contribute to is out now (it actually came out a couple of weeks ago, but can’t remember if I mentioned it before) so there was a bit of sharing posts around that hadn’t gone up until this past week. But that’s the extent of my writing-related activities for the week, since I haven’t had time or energy between getting blood tests done, attending a Zoom book club for the blind, the arrival and assembly of the swingseat we got me so I have somewhere nice to sit while the dogs are in the yard, Kelly’s birthday, an online roleplaying game, and attempts to find the energy to do at least the essential things between all that. As it is I’m behind on my reading too – even if you just go by the two book a week reading goal I have set on Goodreads – because I just haven’t had the energy to read, and also my head stillkeeps hurting a lot.


    • I hope you feel better soon. I know you miss reading! πŸ™‚ So here’s to you getting better and back on track.
      We shouldn’t bereave ourselves if we don’t reach our goals this year either. Things are definitely NOT back to normal yet, for anyone, so take it easy and enjoy the process.
      I’ve seen D2D offers multi-author options and split royalties, and I even heard from them that they seem to want to open a shop, like Smashwords, so here’s to the poetry anthology selling a little more.
      I’ll keep doing my collaboration anthologies through BundleRabbit for now, but I know there’s another option! πŸ˜‰
      May your head stop hurting ASAP… Hugs!

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  2. Victoria Zigler

     /  06/05/2021

    Thanks. Great news: the test results came back and almost all of them have good numbers, so in theory none of my issues have been irritated enough that it should do more than slow down my recovery, so I’ll “hopefully” be a lot better in a few weeks. πŸ™‚ At least, assuming the low platelet level – the only thing that wasn’t as good as hoped – is what the doctor thinks it is, and not anything worse… That one has to be checked again in a few weeks.

    Anyway, I know things are tough for most people right now in one way or another, so I am trying not to beat myself up about it, but I’m not very good at cutting myself some slack, despite being great at doing it for others. πŸ˜‰

    I think D2D literally opened the shop a few days ago. Either that or will be any day now… I forget which. Either way, right now the poetry book is the only thing I have listed on there. I’m trying to decide if it’s worth the hastle of uploading everything on there when I feel better, or if there’s no point adding my other books.


    • Yay for health results! 😊
      D2D overlaps a lot with Smashwords. It makes better ebooks, allows print and audio, distributes to Amazon and has those neat geotagged book links, but it might not be worth your time, unless you drop every other retailer and do everything through them. I have a friend starting now and told him if he doesn’t want to open a half dozen accounts like I did, he should go with them, but for us “old dogs” of indie publishing it might not be worth it unless we don’t have anything better to do! πŸ™‚

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  3. Victoria Zigler

     /  07/05/2021

    Yeah, that’s how it looked to me too. Maybe I’ll do it if I get bored some time in the future, but I definitely have enough other things to do right now. I totally agree with your advice to a newbie to just go with D2D though, since it covers all bases without signing up to several different things.

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