Wednesday Weekly Roundup


And I got them paperbacks – pocket version, compared to the other paperbacks and especially the curated anthologies – and went through them catching typo faeries and other formatting mistakes… which of course were there, damn them. Now they should be clean and ready to go, both as ebook and as paperbacks!

Last week a friend posted a question to his “writing-type followers”: “Why did you start writing? Why do you keep writing? (If you’re a pro, other than money.)” My answer was rather short: “Because I was uprooted at 13 and my worlds were nicer than reality. Hence I married Mr.Writing and still love him more than Mr.Publishing (who is failing at his job, unlike my wonderful husband!)”

I would like to elaborate on that – if I manage, since it’s still rather hot on this side of the world and my brain might not connect the dots. I mean, I have often stated, especially lately, that I’ll never stop writing, even if I don’t make a living at it, but I might stop publishing, when I have enough of fighting with retailer algorithms and social media.

Even though the more I write (and read), the more I think I’m not really that good. I read a book and go “Wow, I wish I could write that” but it’s not really me, my voice, my way of telling stories, is it? Yes, I’m evolving as a writer as well (who doesn’t?), but I still feel I’m stuck in Stage 3 and will never get to that Stage 4 I’m aiming at (for info on the Stages of Fiction Writers, refer to Dean Wesley Smith’s book).

Yes, I’d love to make a living with my fiction, but I don’t see that coming anytime soon, so even if I consider myself a pro, I’m definitely not in it for the money. I don’t get paid enough to keep at it only for that reason! So, I keep writing because I still have stories to tell, and I know that the more I write, the better I become. It’s called practice. And I already vomited my one million words of crap – almost five times over, so I should be pretty good by now! 😀

Anyhow, here come some great words of advice from Blaze Ward (I’m in his Blaze Ward Presents series, and you can read about that too): The Secret Handshake. I’m being less prolific this year, but reality is actually catching up with me – what didn’t happen last year is happening now.

Still, I’m probably on track for my 500K/year wordcount, since last week I wrote over 13K. Now I’m going to order the paperbacks for his latest BWP along with my curated anthologies.

Of which there’s another one! Blurred Timelienes is now available as eBook and paperback with special thanks to PubShare! Check it out!

Somewhere in Nevada timelines meet and diverge. Falling in one of those timeslips can change your life forever.
Starting in 1849, thousands of prospectors traveled through Nevada on their way to the newly discovered gold fields in California. Some stopped before reaching the fields. The 1859 discovery of silver ore, known as the Comstock Lode, led to the establishment of many mining towns.
Most of those gold and silver mining towns are gone today. But some are still there, and will be for a little longer, strange places where stranger things happen.
Look out when visiting them, lest you become an accidental time traveler.
The stories:

“Cascading Gold” by Johanna Rothman
“As it Happens” by B.A. Paul
“Jazz Times” by Barbara G.Tarn
“Cold Promise” by Stephannie Tallent
“A Long Way from Dodd’s Pharmacy” by C.A. Rowland
“Sneaking Hootch” by Kate Pavelle
“A Look Like That” by Richard Freeborn
“Life is Good” by Johanna Rothman
“A Gift Through Time” by C.A. Rowland
“Stranger Than a Movie” by Barbara G.Tarn

I guess I rambled enough for today… have a great week! 🙂

7 Comments

  1. Victoria Zigler

     /  06/08/2021

    I actually started writing because I had a fantastic imagination, and writing down the things I made up while stuck in hospital beds was the best way for me to entertain myself during all those boring hospital stays. I kept doing it because the stories were better than reality, and the poems – depending on whether they were stories in verse or general poems – either served the same purpose or helped me sort out my emotions. I still keep doing it for the same reasons.

    I’d have definitely given up by now if I was writing for the money, because I spend more than I make most of the time. I doubt I’ll stop publishing, even if sometimes it’s a lot of work, but I know I’ll never stop writing. I might not be writing much right now, but I’d never give it up altogether. I don’t think I could… Not for long anyhow. The stories and poems will always find a way to make me write them eventually.

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    • We’re two of a kind, although dealing with retailers is really a huge hassle every now and then! Maybe one day we’ll be able to sell from our own sites and cut the middleman. That might be the day I enjoy publishing again, without dealing with algorithms and retailers rules and all that jazz.
      For now, I think I’ll keep writing, but slow down the publishing considerably. So whenever I get “discovered” I have plenty of new stuff to pour out quickly. One can dream, right? 😉

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  2. Victoria Zigler

     /  06/08/2021

    Yes, you can dream. And, maybe one day…

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  3. I happen to think your writing is just fine, thank you very much! :p

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    • Thank you, Jo! One day I hope to have more than 2 readers (you and Tori), though! 😁
      P.S. I’m totally envious of your skills at PNR. I just. Can’t!

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  4. Victoria Zigler

     /  10/08/2021

    On the bright side, at least both your readers love your work. 😉

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