Random Friday


And since there was a new UK poll released on Friday about the greatest Bollywood dance number of all time, I thought I’d share my thoughts on it! 😉 I would have added a few more, but I agree with the ones included that I know (#1 from Devdas, #4 from KNPH, #6 from Dhoom 3 and #9 from Dil Se – the others I either don’t remember them or have never seen them). And of course Madhuri Dixit rules! 😀

But now I’m going to give you my list of greatest Bollywood dance numbers according to Barb, in no particular order because it was hard enough to find only ten! Sometimes I like the music or the song, sometimes I like the dance steps, in these case I love both and tend to rewatch them on YouTube whenever I’m too lazy to switch on the TV and change DVD for every few songs (it’s usually more than one per movie, but I picked my favorite of favorites).

So here we go – with links to YouTube without cluttering this blog post. Just click on the song title if you want to watch it (I’m not like those guys who didn’t put any link, only the title of songs in their article, grunt!).

Oh la la tu hai meri fantasy from The Dirty Picture (2011) Vidya Balan at her best!

Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om from Om Shanti Om (2005) – Bollywood’s alternative to the masked ball seen in Labyrinth, with King Khan.

Mohenjo Daro title track, the only salvageable thing of that 2016 movie…

Dil Laga Na from Dhoom 2 (2006), the Greek God at his absolute best. Aryan is still my #1, 12 years later…

Tu Meri from Bang Bang (2014), the Greek God still rockin’…

Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and here’s to hoping to seeing these three crazy guys together again. They want to, we want to, come on Zoya Akhtar, give us a sequel! 😀

Baawre from Luck By Chance (2009), pure Bollywood 100%!

Desi Girl from Dostana (2008) because hey! It’s Prianka Chopra! Her dance skills are almost as good as Madhuri! 😉

Make some noise for the Desi Boyz from Desi Boyz (2011) because they go well with the above. And it’s John Abraham and Akshay Kumar!

And an older title to close this list: another Karan Johar movie, Koi mil gaya from Kuck Kuch Hota Hai (1998), again with King Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerjee.

Yes, there are recurrent faces. And no, I didn’t put all my favorites. You can look up Katrina Kaif in Chikni Chameli from Agneepath (2012) and other Greek God movies… Shahid Kapoor when he shaved his face… and even Arjun Rampal can shake his booty in Ek Ajnabee (but I already posted that one)! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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Writer Wednesday


15K last week and I reached 450K… 🤩 still 50K to reach my year’s goal, but this year I’m going to make it, yay! 😁 Going steady on Post-Apocalypse Chronicles book 3, stopping to research and re-reading Into the Wild since they’re now headed for Alaska! I’m having fun writing something set on Earth with the help of Wikipedia and Google Maps, but I’m much slower than when I can make up stuff, including geography, LOL!

This coming weekend I’m going to try an experiment with large print, since I’ve learned the specifics. As well as publishing a new title, just in case you miss new releases… although… did you hear about KDP books unavailable to international readers? If you’re American, it probably doesn’t affect you – except if you’re an author, of course.

But to all my international readers out there, if Mighty Zon fails you without even informing you, I shall remind you to go to the publisher’s page, where all the books currently available are listed. And if you don’t see it on Amazon.com, write them!

Or, better still, head for Smashwords, they will provide you with a very nice mobi file for your Kindle. Don’t be afraid to shop outside of that ecosystem! 🙂 Look, Smashwords even unveiled a new book discovery interface! 😀

And if you’re an author running Amazon Ads, stop them until the problem is solved… your international readers won’t be able to buy your book anyway!

Me? I’m not ready to dive back into Amazon Ads. Or to try Facebook Ads. I’ve been following a boosted post, it had many likes, but not one sale, so I guess that’s another waste of money. If I wanted to try it, I know I won’t now. And I’m also spending my last 5$ on Bookbub Ads.

If you really want to know about sales, I guess this blog is the best place to go! So Rajveer the Vampire is now at 99c for the time being, since it’s the first book of Vampires Through the Centuries. There are box sets of Silvery Earth if you feel overwhelmed by the quantity of books available in that world. And we got paperbacks for all the Star Minds Lone Wolves, yay!

I made a sorta/kinda priority list of what to implement of what I learned at the Business Masterclass, but it’s probably for next year. Mostly, audio books and BookFunnel (although the large print experiment also comes out from the masterclass).

We talked about the Also Bought and Amazon algorithms, and then those were screwed too. I have too many books out to keep track to all of them and none of them appears on Yasiv.com anyway, so I’m just going to ignore that. I’m kinda tired of fighting Mighty Zon.

Well, I better go back to writing if I want to reach my wordcount! Next week I’m going back to DayJob after 5 weeks… meh! I was quite disorganized this time because of the two trips, so next time I’ll plan it better! Have a great weekend! 🙂

UPDATE on the Amazoncalypse: They seem to be aware of the problem. I still think Kindle users should move over to Smashwords! 😉

Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

And here we go again! Hello there! Tell me a little about yourself.

“My name is Lilie, and I’m an 18 month old West Highland White Terrier, which is a kind of dog similar to a Scotty dog, just in case you don’t know.”

I’ll freely admit I’m not an animal expert, so thanks! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

“The cutest little white dog in the world!”

*chuckle* Indeed! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

“Of course not! Everybody loves me! I’m too adorable to have enemies. Everyone says I’m really cute, and loves how happy and friendly I am. They tell me so when we’re out for walkies.”

Lucky little one! Glad to meet someone cheerful and careless like you! Where do you live?

“I live in a town by the sea. I don’t know which one though. I just know sometimes walkies happens by the big water the humans call the sea, and wherever we go walkies, there’s lots of people to greet, birds to chase, and scents to sniff, and I love it! Sometimes we even go play in the big water, which is kind of fun too.”

Ooh, the sea! I like the sound of it! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

“I have to find Noodles! Noodles is gone! He’s my favourite toy right now, ever since the others fell apart – which was totally not my fault, by the way, so don’t listen to anyone who tells you it is – and he’s missing!

I left Noodles on the living room floor when I went walkies with Daddy. I know I did. But he wasn’t there when I got back! I don’t suppose you’ve seen him? He’s a strange cuddly red creature with a squeaker in his tummy, a smiling mouth, two big round eyes, four little stubby legs sticking out from his three-inch square body, and bits of wool sticking out from everywhere, which makes him look like he’s covered in wooly red noodles.”

Mm… no, I don’t think I’ve seen him… *looks around* Definitely not here, no. Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

“I live with Mummy and Daddy. They’re humans. I’m told they have other names too, but I don’t know what those names are, or even think it matters. As long as they play with me, feed me, and take me for walkies, I don’t care what they’re called.”

*chuckle* Totally with you on that! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

“As I mentioned before, I’m a very friendly and loving dog. In fact, I love everyone so much that I even love the vet. To me, vets are just another chance to go on an outing and get some attention. What’s not to love about that? I’ve heard lots of humans say that’s unusual.”

Book(s) in which the character appears and links

Title: Where’s Noodles

Author: Victoria Zigler

Narrator for audio version: Judith Bareham

“Noodles is a strange red creature with a squeaker in his tummy, who just happens to be the favourite toy of a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie. At least, he is now, since the bushytailed squirrel and cuddly triceratops fell apart while she was playing with them – totally not her fault, by the way!

Now noodles is missing.

Lilie’s sure she left Noodles on the living room floor when she went walkies. But when she comes home and goes to fetch him so they can have a nap together, Noodles isn’t there.

Where’s Noodles? Is he somewhere else, or is he lost forever?”

Where to find the book:

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Wheres-Noodles-Audiobook/B07JKBT76W

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/880958

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wheres-noodles-victoria-zigler/1129141679

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/where-s-noodles

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wheres-noodles/id1415553711

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/wheres-noodles-unabridged/id1439954293

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1724843222/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1724843222/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1724843222/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40890298-where-s-noodles

Bio:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.
To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future. She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Links:
Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Find Tori’s books on…
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6/
Along with a variety of other online retailers.

Random Friday


So the first three weeks of vacation have been so filled with travels that I’m still recovering, haha! I’d post pics of Vegas, but you all know what Vegas looks like, right? I didn’t go in the casinos (although I went through them to reach places like buffets or the street), didn’t touch slot-machines (I prefer the old ones I saw in England back in 1981, where you threw in coins in that big glass case hoping to make the other coins fall and  win them, much funnier than that digital stuff where you push buttons), didn’t walk the Freemont Experience at night much (already saw it in 2009). And I didn’t go flying either.

Lucca was a mess with rain, so the first day it was almost impossible getting anywhere. Probably wasted ticket, since everywhere was so crowded they had to close them off. I saw the Japan Town and the Games area, but not the official publishers booths. And there was a web strip that had finally a printed version that I wanted, but I couldn’t get in. Meh.

I also went to the self-area to grab a few indies. I discovered the Sad Unicorn comic and visited with some of the comic artists who had booths either in the self-area or up on the walls of the town. I also checked the steampunk clothes available, but they’re kind of expensive for the kind of use I had in mind, so I ended up not buying anything.

I have been thinking I could go to Worldcon as Bel from Post-Apocalypse Chronicles, but I don’t know if and when I’ll have panels yet and if and when I can have a table to sell some books. There are plenty of other comicons before Worldcon, though, so I’ll have more time to find a “costume” (possibly recyclable for other things, lest it stays in the wardrobe like my medieval costumes, LOL!).

Cosplayers! Plenty of them. Including a bearded Ariel the Mermaid, some musicians (Michael Jackson, Slash, Freddie Mercury “I want to break free”) and some interesting characters. And steampunkers, of course. And lots of mini-cosplayers – mostly Marvel superheroes for boys and Star Wars ladies for girls. A very colorful crowd in spite of the rain.

But too crowded for my tastes, so I guess I’ll skip the next two or three and go back only when I recovered! What can I say, I hate crowds… they give me panic attacks! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday


Another non-writerly week with a little over 3K before I was off again. I knew it would be like that. Now I need to catch up. I do NaNoWriMo all year round, unless I know I have travels! 😉 I added another scene to Wanderlust, now I’m off with the next book.

Still going through the Business Masterclass notes as well, trying to prioritize things. But I won’t do anything before the new year starts. I have enough expenses this year already! But next year I should have no cover expenses (I have ready covers for 6 books that I still have to write), so I might try an audio book or two. And I’ll probably join Book Funnel too, to integrate it with Patreon and other stuff.

Anyhow, it’s november, so here’s how you NaNoWriMo according to Chuck Wendig. Like I said, I do it all year round, so I’m already in the habit of writing daily. If you want to start the habit, though, go for it! 🙂

And if you’re already an indie author, here’s an article on crisis management for authors, we’ve all been through those, right? Amazon requesting proof of copyright and threatening to close the account or stuff like that. I don’t particularly care about reviews, although apparently they sell books.

Personally, whenever I check them on Goodreads, I read both the 5 stars and the 1 stars to decide if I want to read that book. That’s Reader Barb. Writer Barb doesn’t read her reviews most of the time (and even if she does, she never ever comments on them or “rewrite” anything just because some reader somewhere hated it).

Now I shall get back to writing and typing my notes… I am a typist, so pretty fast, if I applied more butt-in-chair, I’d be as prolific as Dean who is a slow typist! 🙂 But this 500K/year goal kinda made me write more this year… I’ll have to stick with it! 😀

Have a great week!

Happiness is…


Random Friday


Since I’m rebranding the Post-Apocalypse chronicles (I’m sorry to let go of that wonderful cover, but it will stay on my and the publisher’s header for a little longer), I also redid the blurb for book 1 (with special thanks to Louisa Swan for brainstorming with me at the Masterclass).

So here we go: new blurb of book 1 + blurb of book 2. Please like the post only if you think I improved on the first version for book 1 and comment if you have something to say! 🙂

Brainwaves (Post-apocalypse Chronicles Book 1)

No politics, no religion, no families. Strange disappearances. Memory losses that make no sense.

Bel lives in Rainbow Town, a multi-level underground settlement for survivors of the Apocalypse that wiped out 21st century civilization. But when she tries to contact her ex, he has vanished.

Raj feels uncomfortable in Rainbow Town. His memory losses leave him uneasy and he wishes to go out in the great unknown, even if it might mean certain death.

With their friends, Bel and Raj must find the truth in a perfect town that feels more and more like a golden prison. A standalone post-apocalypse novel.

Wanderlust (Post-apocalypse Chronicles Book 2)

Rediscover Earth 400 years after the Apocalypse. Daring to boldly go onward without looking back.

Six years passed since Raj and Bel emerged from Rainbow Town and settled in Roanoke when the Wanderlust Bug bites him again. He wants to see what else is left of human civilizations, but mostly where those damn alien disks come from.

With Bel and a few friends, they start a journey through 25th century North America, heading for the wild west where monsters roam the night.

A cross-country journey in search of more truths about the apocalypse, its survivors and the alien invasion.

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The cover reveal will be closer to the release date for book 2 (early December) when I’ll also change the cover and blurb on book 1! Thanks and have a great weekend! 🙂

 

Writer Wednesday


Jet-lag, it is a bitch. My sleep pattern is still screwed up too, luckily I’m not back to DayJob yet. So last week I had my minimum wordcount of the year, only 1600 words, to which I added another 2300 on Monday to finish fleshing out Wanderlust. I may start on the next book, but tomorrow I’m off to Lucca Comics and Games… so I guess that’s all for October. 430K total. Almost there! 😀

Since Kristine the Youngest goes live soon (in two days, yay!), I’ve lowered the price to the whole Vampires Through the Centuries series. Rajveer the Vampire is at 99c and the others are either 2.99$ (the shorter ones) or 4.99$ (including the last book). And looky look, the first book even has one Amazon review from someone I don’t know, yay! 🙂

There’s also a new anthology out, curated by Russ Crossley and with a story from yours truly: Rocketpack Adventures (ebook universal link and paperback) is out for grabs. I’m waiting for my author copy to read it (although I downloaded the Kindle version, but I have other things to read before that – including Wanderlust before sending it off to Mighty Editor) and soon I’ll post short interviews with other authors.

I’m also working on a few more paperbacks – the ones that I haven’t announced yet because even though they’re live, I haven’t checked the final version and the Star Minds Lone Wolves elders, so expect more announcements on that too. Possibly on the publisher page! 🙂

About the Business Masterclass… it was great meeting old friends and new ones, but I still need to sort my notes and make a priority list of what MUST be done, what SHOULD be done and what I probably won’t do right now. Lots of new ideas and great tips during those five days.

I got to meet Damon Courtney of Book Funnel (which I’ve used as a reader, mostly on BundleRabbit) who gave me some interesting ideas for my Patreon, since it has a Patreon integration, but I still have to figure out how to do it. If you’re selling direct (I’m not, yet), you do want to sign up for Book Funnel. If you want to do giveaways without uploading to Smashwords and setting it to free, do sign up – you’ll keep the emails of your readers (which you don’t see on Smashwords…)! 😉

Pricing! Especially if you’re a first-time author, it’s only 20$ a year. Me being more on the mid-list author tier, I’ll wait until next year to sign up – enough expenses this year! 😀 But hearing about certain features (like serials) made me wish I could jump onboard right now… Besides Damon is a very nice and funny guy to have around! 😀

Oh, and I got lunch with the Passive Guy! And Kevin J. Anderson (who forced me to have American pizza, LOL!)! I found a wonderful roomie and had booked the same return flight as the British resident, so we chilled out at the airport on the way home before our (delayed…) BA flight.

I shall leave you with a short slideshow of the Masterclass… have a great week! 🙂

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