Wednesday Weekly Roundup

As promised, here’s the link to my latest published story:

Crime and… (Blaze Ward Presents: Issue 5)

I challenged folks to give me a crime story with a one word title that could complete that phrase above.
Many answered, and nearly twenty made the final cut, from coziest fun to darkest noir, always with Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment in the back of their minds.
Historic tales sent in mid-Twentieth Century Los Angeles or Budapest. Modern mysteries from small towns to Appalachia to the big city.
Crime takes many forms. Where will it take you?

Neat cover, innit? I Go check it now! Available as ebook and paperback for your reading pleasure!

A UK chain of used bookstores has set up a system to pay authors royalties on sales: here are the articles on The Guardian and The Bookseller.

So I guess it’s time I put out more paperbacks, innit? I wonder if the books I left at bookcrossing zones or on UK trains could end up in those shops, LOL! Hopefully my paperback sales will slowly grow and in the future I’ll be able to take advantage of this. I haven’t joined the system yet.

Last week I wrote 12K, two stories, both for the Portals Collection workshop, because this week I’m starting a new routine at the day job, so I thought I better do it early. It was an unsettling week and the end of some kind of era, and here’s to hoping this new “era” will last as shortly as possible in this everchanging world.

Yesterday it poured at the time I was supposed to go home, so it was a wasted afternoon. Today I’ll decide what to write next, probably more shorts since I’m keeping the Duology for July. My wordcount might go down again, but it doesn’t matter, like I said. I may not reach my 500K this year, but it’s more eventful than 2020 for me, so…

Last week I also read the Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction and all those pulp writers made me think of me when I started writing. I think I was an unpublished pulp writer until the indie revolution, LOL! Now I’m thinking of getting the other volumes in the series, but I also need to help someone set up a book in Italian, so we’ll see.

It’s recommended reading, I got the paperback, but the ebook is also available for the visually impaired! It’s fun and interesting, and in some places I felt as if I were back to Future Earth Chronicles – Asian Ways, since Arjun and Yuu get to South India. And I wish they translated in English the novel they only excerpted, abridged, in this volume. Sigh.

Anyhow, I wish you all a wonderful week… and happy summer if it’s your favorite season! πŸ™‚


  1. Victoria Zigler

     /  09/06/2021

    Even if you’re behind your usual wordcount, you’re definitely being very productive. πŸ™‚

    Good luck with the new routine at the day job. And, hey, at least rain tends to take the edge off the heat a little as a rule, so it has that going for it. It’s the one good thing about the fact rain is Wales’ default weather. Wales in Winter is cold and wet, but wales in Summer is warm and wet. πŸ˜‰

    I just approved the paperbacks for my poetry books, since the proofs arrived yesterday, but we had some other stuff to do, plus a roleplaying session, so Kelly didn’t get a chance to look at them for me until this morning. He says they look great though, hence me approving them. So those should be available by this time next week, and then I can start looking for a narrator for the audio versions.


    • It was hot when I came out of the office today, but now it’s pouring again. Working on other people’s projects today, we’ll see tomorrow how I feel.
      Best wishes for the poetry books! πŸ™‚

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