Wednesday Weekly Roundup


A good Kickstarter similar to the Halloween Calendar of Stories is now live! The Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories runs Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Back it now and get your stories during the Holiday Season! ๐Ÿ™‚

Those people at WMG Publishing are definitely busy! They even reprinted one of my stories in Twisted Robots, Oh, My!: Stories from Pulphouse Fiction Magazine! You can find it here!

Also, their Halloween Spectacular Calendar has started and you can still subscribe to it here! Eventually you will get my story in your inbox, although I have no idea of when! ๐Ÿ™‚ Meanwhile two awesome stories have already landed you subscribers’ inboxes!

Last week I put in a good 12K both in the novel that was supposed to be finished and into a new short story. I finished the latter this week and I’m still tinkering with the novel, even though it’s with the beta-reader, because new details show up with every new word written!

These two shorter stories I’m writing this week are actually side stories of the novel, from points of view that are not present in the novel, but I thought it would be fun to tell them. To get in the mood for the first story, I rewatched From Hell, which turned out to be an excellent choice.

A less good choice was trying to read The Last Man by Mary Shelley. I couldn’t get past Chapter 3, too slow moving for me. So yeah, I Did Not Finish a classic, but I’m a slow reader and I can’t waste time reading things that don’t grab me. I’ll be content with the summary, thank you very much! ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you want to see my reading recommendations, head for Bookbub, since I no longer use Goodreads. Or wait for the end-of-the-year reading post on this very blog!:)

One sentence struck me in Kris Rusch’s latest business post, Untapped.

But indiesโ€”thatโ€™s a different story. And too many of them are caught in the new-new-new treadmill. Time to step off that.

While I wait for part 2 that will probably deal with indies, I’m pondering what I’ve been doing this year. So, I made new covers for the first five novels, although they were available only through Kickstarter. I’m about to rebrand a series and even redid the covers of the ebooks of Ghost Bus Riders.

I haven’t published as much as I used to, but it was expected. I’m preparing new things for the new year, and you might have a taste of them by the Holidays. All this while having the first month with ZERO sales or page-reads on Amazon since I started indie publishing. I’m glad I’m wide, at least a few euro will trickle through anyway in a couple of months! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I should probably go back to reading and watching those pop-ups I got from backing Kickstarters. My TBR pile is more daunting than ever, but I won’t give up! Have a great week!

5 Comments

  1. Victoria Zigler

     /  27/10/2021

    Glad you got both some reading and writing in, and the new stories are coming along.

    I haven’t read much Mary Shelley, but what I have read does make it seem her work is rather slow paced.

    There was nothing writing-related for me during the past week, because last week was one of those weeks where everything either didn’t happen when or how it should, or took ten times longer to achieve than it should have, and when I got to the weekend and had some time to myself I decided to work on some of my reading pile instead (especially since I had two short books I’d been promising to review for people for a couple of weeks, so needed to get to those). I’m also still trying to locate my missing narrator. I think I’m going to have to talk to ACX, since it’s starting to look like she can’t rather than won’t respond.

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  2. Sorry about the narrator hassle. I know I won’t be doing any other audiobook yet, considering that the first 3 are no doing anything. I hope the narrator of Otherside will be available whenever I get back to it, though! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes. Mrs Shelley definitely walked to the story on this one! Maybe I won’t read Frankenstein either after all, but I might give it a try when I’m done with the current bundle. Maybe. So many books to read, so little time, sigh! I even got myself a couple of non-fiction that I’ll need to read for future worldbuilding…

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  3. Victoria Zigler

     /  27/10/2021

    I hope the Otherside narrator is available when you’re ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shame you can’t do listening to audiobooks, because there have been times I’ve listened to a slow-paced book on audio and it’s felt much more lively, if you know what I mean; audiobooks tend to liven up those slow-paced classics. At least, when either dramatized or done with a good narrator.

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  4. Victoria Zigler

     /  27/10/2021

    Unless you’re suffering insomnia and want to get to sleep… LOL!

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