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Book 2 is out as promised! Giving the final touches to Book 5 so it will be ready for the November release… The series page is growing everywhere there is a series page (publisher, Amazon, Smashwords)… but unfortunately the Kobo promo in certain regions for Book 1 is over.

Last week I wrote 415 words in English then started thinking about the next project that will for now be in Italian. But I’ve discovered I don’t really want to translate my own works anymore, so from now on I’ll probably have different titles availabe in the two languages.

Although I might write another book on the same topic in English, eventually. I’m back to sci-fi for a couple of months, also to honor the Heroines of Space Opera bundle of which I’m part. I haven’t had time to read any of these books, but I hope to catch up on some fiction reading in the coming months. If you like SF, don’t let this bundle slip away, though!

The newsletter with a free story is going out soon, and you still have time to subscribe on the publisher’s site. Just enter your email, it’s a two-step process, so if you don’t confirm, you won’t receive anything. It’s bi-monthly, so it won’t encumber your inbox very often! πŸ™‚

More changes coming to FB Pages (and we came a long way since Fan Pages already), so maybe I should write about a world without disruptive tech, LOL! But I decided to be optimistic despite the apocalypse going on around us and to write about a technological future (since the untechnological post-pandemic Earth is already featured in the Future Earth Chronicles).

After 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Homo Deus, I’m going through Enough – Staying Human in an Engineered Age which was published in 2003, and some things are already happening… so Human Beware! πŸ™‚

That’s all for today! September is over already… Have a great week and read through the apocalypse! πŸ˜‰

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So, last week I was off for my first trip out of Italy since the pandemic, but I did manage to write almost 3K, longhand on a small notebook that I tiped when I got back home on Sunday. So I reached 350K this year and may reach 400K, but definitely not 500K. Although, there’s still four months, so you never know! πŸ™‚

I also somehow reached 500 likes on my Facebook page (thank you very much) and keep getting new subscribers to this very blog, so welcome! πŸ™‚ Gearing up for the next release, since I have to travel again to get my parents back to Rome (Saturday was a bad day for traveling – the train line was interrupted and Techie Bro couldn’t get to Tuscany and I arrived back in Rome at 2.30am instead of half past midnight), so I’ll go since I’m still of Day Job until next week.

The trip was a group tour of a part of England I hadn’t visited (not that I saw much besides London and the medieval castles easily reachable from there, LOL!). We went to Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Mount St Michael, Glastonbury, St Ives, Tintagel and Stonehenge (the order might be slightly wrong, I’m not checking my schedule), and I came back with a couple of books for future research.

I also had time to read another book before plunging back into Dragons of Immortalands, and I recommended it on Bookbub, as usual. I wasn’t the target audience, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Worldcon came and went without me, although I got a link for the virtual part even though I had donated my membership. I passed that on too, since I really wasn’t in the mood for it.

This week I hope to finish a few projects, but I probably won’t make it with Book 5, so I’ll have to ask Mighty Editor to postpone the second week of editing. It should be done on time anyway.

I may put up the pre-order of the other books whenever I finish book 5, but so far pre-orders haven’t really worked for me. But! It’s been ten years, and things might have changed, so… pre-orders it will be for the other books! πŸ™‚

That’s all for today! Have a great week!

Sunday Surprise


Kalicalypse brings together recent stories of talented SF writers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, widening the scope of the previous Future Fiction volume Avatar.

The stories deal with crucial issues for understanding the development of the subcontinent and therefore of a large slice of the world population: fascinating and disturbing visions at the same time, such as the ethics of mind-uploading in an aging population, the exploitation of mythic archetypes in VR by the powerful Shiva corporation, the biopolitics of fertility for which a daughter that bleeds becomes a valuable asset in The Fertile Market, the migration of climate change refugees to Edge-of-Space platforms, the terraforming by nanobots for the amelioration of the Earth, and the challenges facing those who are operating junk-ships in space.

β€œSpeculative thinking underlies all gestures of critical thought. What lies at the other side of the Kalicalypse? Many new worlds? Kalicalypse is the plurality we inhabit.” – Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

Table of Contents

Introduction by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

The New Humans by Trishna Basak

Kali_Na by Indrapramit Das

The Art of Possible by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

The Daughter That Bleeds by Shweta Taneja

The New Migrants by Navin Weeraratne

Anamnesis by Rupsa Dey

The Architecture of Loss by Salik Shah

Tethered by Haris Durrani

Steeling Minds by Kehkashan Khalid

The Almighty by Zafar Iqbal

Afterword by Tarun Saint

Translations from Bengali by Arunava Sinha

Cover art by Paolo Castelluccio

Available from June 2022 in paperback and ebook in dual language English and Italian.

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Yes, it’s now available for all at the usual suspects – ebook and paperback! πŸ™‚ My Kickstarter backers are happily downloading their digital rewards and besides keeping my tight publishing schedule (one title a week) so I’ll be able to send out the paperbacks to the few who backed them by the end of the month, I’d say I’m done! Now to you to enjoy this mini-series! πŸ™‚

Last week, being off the damn DayJob, I managed 19K by the weekend, so I took it off to do other publishing things. Yeah, still trying to revamp everything, but it’s going to take some time. But the next book of the current project is halfway done, yay!

In the end I had over 20K, which shows how much more productive I am when I don’t have to go to a boring office in the morning (and sometimes spend half hours waiting for damn buses which means it takes me one hour and a half to do five kilometers! 😦 ), so here’s to hoping I can quit at some point and think only about writing, publishing and reading! πŸ˜€

I also finished the Time Traveler’s Almanac. Of the 60+ stories I loved 15 and did not finish 11. Do I recommend it? Dunno. If you want to try reading time travel fiction, this door-stopper definitely gives you a wide (but not ultimate) view on the topic.

Now I better move on to other things, at least in reading! I’m going to get another couple of ebooks from Kickstarters, so I really should get the new Kindle going, but maybe I’ll read another paperback first. We’ll see!

Since Da Strip on Instagram ends in two weeks, I guess I’m moving the Happiness Is… posts there. You can still find them on this blod if you follow the tag on the sidebar. Now I better go back to writing! Have a great week!

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Last week I wrote only 7.6 words but again, there was a break between two books – and the Kickstarter work of completing the campaign, so two days went with that and brainstorming the next book. My yearly total is over 150K, though, so I’m not complaining! πŸ˜€

This week I’m off DayJob, so I should be able to a) finish the Kickstarter work and send out the digital rewards; b) write the next book of the new project; c) edit the short stories I sent to Mighty Editor (by the way, if you want to laugh, last week’s strip was an actual conversation between me and her) and decide if I want to submit them or keep them for other purposes later on.

Some will need to be published this summer anyway. And during the weekend I’ll upload the first book of Otherside to retailers. Meanwhile I tinker with mock covers of titles that might never be published for various reasons, but since it helps me visualize the story better, I’m going to continue, LOL!

In case you don’t have a huge TBR pile, check these out: a kids friendly series with dragons is now on Kickstarter. If you prefer sci-fi, Celestial Sagas is now on Storybundle, with lots of great authors! πŸ™‚ I’m still finishing the door-stopper Time Traveler’s Almanac (I got the paperback and it’s 900+pages long), and then I’ll probably check my copy of Crunchy With Chocolate, since I’m currently writing about dragons! πŸ˜‰

Then I might go back to ebooks and switch on the new Kindle (although I still have unread stuff on KK, but it’s mostly non-fiction or classics), sigh. So not looking forward to seeing what they have changed! 😦 Like the KDP dashboard and the WordPress notifications and… ok, I’ll stop complaining.

Sorry, grumpy old spinster here! πŸ™‚ Now I better go back to writing… have a great week! πŸ™‚

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Last day to get the Cattitude bundle! Grab it now before it’s gone! You don’t want to miss all those cat stories, do you? Get it NOW! Only a few hours left! πŸ™‚

On Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter and why it’s good for us fiction writers. I am going to launch another Kickstarter this year, but it’s going to be a Kickstarter exclusive and I still need to write a few things for it, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚

About those comics I got as Kickstarter rewards… The Woman in the Woods and Other North American Stories was the actual goal of the Kickstarter… it’s the shortest of the five, but I liked it anyway. I liked all the drawings and the First Nations stories were fascinating.

Then I read The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories – some well known like Rapunzel and Puss in Boots, but not exactly as I rememered them! And this is the one I like the least pertaining the drawings, which are important for me in a comic. An interesting take, for sure.

And last but not least, The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Stories (limited at Hawaii and Philippines, actually) to complete the collection. A good batch of 5 PDFs (since the printed version was unavailable and would have arrived much later anyway) with color covers and black and white interiors.

A List of Ukrainian-born SF/F Authors Whose Fiction is Available in English – if only my TBR pile wasn’t so high already… maybe I should bookmark the post and get back to it when my Kindles are less stuffed? Which might be a tad too late, but we’ll see…

Last week I wrote a little over 6K, but that’s two new stories that count towards that Kickstarter project. The one I worked on this week might spawn a couple more and they could be gathered as some sort of episodic novel – maybe.

When I’m done playing with this and sending out shorts to mags (yes, I’ve submitted a few since I won’t publish them for another couple of months at least), I will get back to longer works, but I haven’t decided which one yet (expanding a short story or continue Otherside or something else altogether).

Don’t worry, Otherside is concluded with the upcoming books (uploading the first one this weekend, so it’s coming), but I might consider a couple of sequels if I don’t find an alternate history that keeps my mind busy for a few months.

I’m quite scatterbrained at this time, so I better not announce anything until it’s set in stone (like the upcoming publication – the covers are ready, now to format that book 1 and wait for the editor to send back the rest and I’m ready).

I may revisit old series/worlds for now and leave a brand new project for next year or later, but we’ll see. Like I said, I can’t really make plans at this time, not even for my travels and vacations. I’m taking it easy and just taking everything as it comes to me.

I also need to finish what I started during the creative weekend – ink, color and letter the final waves of the strip – which might allow me to brainstorm on the next project or send me into depression because I can’t keep out thoughts of the world.

But I’ll definitely keep writing, since it’s the only way for me to stay sane, escaping to those other worlds and other stories! πŸ™‚ That’s all for today… have a great week! And get that bundle before it’s gone! πŸ™‚

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So, between videos about Ukraine and Russia, funny pets and Karens put in their place, I stumbled upong a Zoomer explaining TikTok algorithms and how the social media works… I guess I won’t get anywhere with my account (especially since they keep silencing my videos if I put the soundtrack from my phone), but I’ll keep posting until I have fun.

Yes, he offers a free guide, but he wants my phone# besides my email… er, no, thanks, hon, I hate the phone and I definitely don’t want you to call me or message me or whatever you need my phone for. I’m not even American! 😦 Besides, I don’t have the energy to do what he says I should do at this time.

Last week was mostly editing, so not much writing done (a little over 5K), but I still feel sort of burned out, or at least my creativity is sleeping. I mean, I’m still writing, so everything is okay, right? Not! I have mentioned I’m unhappy with whatever I wrote in the past two years, and maybe my esteemed colleague Ron Collins is right when he says:

I was not β€œblocked” after all. I could still throw down words. But it was like I was a potter at the wheel. I could drop clay down, but that clay wasn’t forming. Life was so intense, you know. So undecided. On the one hand I felt β€œsafe” in that so few of us needed to brave the pandemic (and β€œsafe” in that I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I and my family can survive with my trickle of writing income), but that just served to make me feel guilty for being overwhelmed (when I knew so many had things worse). Looking back, I can see that while everything was stagnant, nothing was stable. If I looked forward a few months, I could not make any certain statements about what life was going to be like.

I might have kept writing and publishing, but wasn’t really happy with the results. So I might be even slower from now on, especially in publishing. I might keep those stories on file until I’m sure I can make them better, or keep writing them, or whatever it is I can do with them.

Yes, of course, I’m still writing, but you probably won’t see many results after I publish the Otherside books and a couple of other collections I have already written, and only need to be sent to Mighty Editor. I don’t know what my next project will be because I’m improvising.

Maybe I’ll go back to drawing for a while, or watch more movies or anything else that might boost my creativity (a suggestion I got from the post above, hence I suggest you read it all, so I’m re-linking to it).

I got some Kickstarter rewards, and since they’re not on Bookbub, I’m giving the Goodreads link. It’s comic books of fables and fairy tales from all over the world, with different artists and writers involved. The first I read is Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories (mostly from China, Japan and India, but also a few more). There’s even a short version of Mulan, and a kitsune – and lots of tigers in the Indian stories! πŸ˜‰

Then there’s The Girl Who Married a Skull: and Other African Stories – some drawings I didn’t like at all, and one of the stories was very similar to one of the Indian ones, but it was nice. There’s three more, but I’ll review them next week.

And then there’s another 20 or so ebooks of fiction (and one non-fiction) I still have to read, but I need to put them on the new kindle and I haven’t done that yet. I started on a big paperback of short stories, so it will probably take me some time to get to them. And I also have half-a-dozen or so in PDF that I want to print out (but maybe, eventually, I’ll just put the mobi file on my TBR list) and a few bundles as well… hopefully this is the year my TBR pile goes down! πŸ˜‰

If you’re a sci-fi fan, you might want to check this IASFA bundle (no, I’m not in it, but I know some of those names!)!

Talented authors. Remarkable stories. One incredible science fiction collection. IASFA brings you a massive science fiction book bundle!

Bestselling and debut authors have created worlds where invasions are apocalyptic and space empires are in peril. The universe is beyond our understanding…and sometimes, what we don’t know can kill us.

Aliens, warships, royalty, intrigue, and battle, sometimes fought only within one’s mind, other times with railguns, plasma beams, and blasters. Never a dull a moment as you choose from fifteen full-length books. When we discover we’re not alone in the universe, will you be prepared?

IASFA’s Science Fiction Book Bundle, available now. https://20bookpacks.com/IASFA-SF2022

And that’s all for today! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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Are you done with your Christmas shopping? No? Good! Got a few suggestions for you! Buy or gifts books! I’m going to start with mine, because, hey, I’m a writer, right?

So! One of my stories is in Pulphouse #15 along with some other awesome authors, and it’s out now! Which prompts me to remind you my page of other publications that you should absolutely check out if you haven’t already!

Then there’s the collaboration anthologies that I curated, again with other authors. And then there’s me, my books, my series and all that jazz… I’m afraid there’s no discount going on, but yes, there is the last title of the year as well! Italian Women is now out in eBook and paperback for your reading pleasure! Please note that it’s NOT on Smashwords because despite the nuclear option the meatgrinder wouldn’t accept it, and kept telling me there were problems with footnotes.

Now to more recommendations, since I couldn’t find them all on Bookbub. Here are the books of fiction I loved this year! Links to Goodreads because above. Order in which I read them, not of favorites! πŸ˜‰

Raziel’s Shadows (Angels and Djinns #1) by Joseph Robert Lewis

Like a Rock (Disorderly Elements #1) by Mason Winters, Olivette Devaux

Card Sharp Silver (a Cave Creek Novel) by Dean Wesley Smith

Life of a Dream by Dean Wesley Smith

Zombies Ahead by Z. Allora (adults only!!)

Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

Laying the Music to Rest by Dean Wesley Smith

Fiction River Moonscapes

Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Tamil Pulp Fiction, Volume 1

Mutable Things by Karen L. Abrahamson

The Popcorn Thief by Leah R. Cutter

Magic Today by Anna McCluskey

Black Mercury by Charlotte E. English

The Dream Thief by Kari Kilgore

Butterfly Stomp Waltz by Michael Warren Lucas

Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer

Pockets of Darkness by Jean Rabe

And that’s all for today! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Seaason! πŸ™‚

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I wasn’t expecting to write much, since I’m wrapping up a few projects, but when my friend told me she couldn’t make it to our creative weekend I went “Yay! I can start setting goals for the new year!”

Not. I caught a cold (between the office and the house) and it exploded on Saturday. I spent most of Sunday with a fever (when the Paracetamol wasn’t working my system), so clearly I didn’t have the brains to concentrate on anything.

I napped a lot, stayed warm, and of course didn’t go to work on Monday. I ended up with nearly 6K, which isn’t too bad, considering that a full day was almost a no-go. I guess I’ll work on those goals during the Holiday Season… when everyone vanishes and I’m free to think! πŸ˜€

On Monday I managed to wrap up what I couldn’t do Sunday, and I’m off on Book 3, probably until the end of the year… and if it’s another 40k, I’ll be very close to my goal! πŸ˜‰

I’m still considering keeping the wordcount goal of 500K, and I need to complete a couple of series with the last paperbacks, but then there will probably be a void until mid-March, since Mighty Editor was all booked already in January and February.

Unless I start a project I’ve been pondering for a few years already, but it will be a bit of a challenge to set it up, so we’ll see.

I’m not giving myself publishing goals – I need to complete a couple of collections before I can put them out there anyway – but I’m going to clean up what’s already out.

I’ve finished reading the books on KK but I probably won’t load the new Kindle until the new year. I still have some paperbacks and printed PDFs I can read before then… I’m done with the pop-up workshops from the Kickstarters, but my TBR pile is still quite high from those rewards!

I’ll probably do my recommended reading post before the end of the year, even though a preview has gone out in my newsletter… but not all books are on Bookbub, so a list is due! πŸ˜‰

Stay tuned… and stay warm if you’re in the northern emisphere! Have a great week!

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And with the last Bookversary – Books of the Immortals – Ether is 10 today – ends this year anniversary… I doubt I’ll celebrate more bookversaries, but you never know, LOL! I mean, not until another ten years. When I get home I’ll send a final good-bye on the Kickstarter, but again, I have no idea of when the next will be. So just thanking those backers and moving on.

Last week I wrote a little over 6K, but I’m mostly revising at this point. I also started “Build Better Worlds” to help me with this one. I had no trouble improvising in the past, but some anthropology background is really nice to have things make more sense! πŸ™‚ And it makes for excellent train reading while commuting between towns! πŸ˜€

As you might know, I go direct to Kobo, and they just announced that their subscription service is expanding. Kobo Plus is now available in Australia and New Zealand! For those who need a refresher, Kobo Plus is an all-you-can-read subscription service that we launched in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2017, Canada in 2020, and Portugal earlier this year. Subscribers pay a flat monthly fee to read unlimited books for as long as they are enrolled in the program. It’s available in Italian as well, and I’ve seen a French author mentioning it’s available in that language as well. So if you hate Mighty Zon, get a Kobo reader and find me there, oh voracious reader! πŸ˜€

Being on sketchy hotel Wi-Fi, I shall keep this short. I hope to go home with another finished novel to send Mighty Editor as soon as she gives me her January availability. It’s been great meeting friends and updating each other in meatspace, but traveling is still quite a hassle, so we’ll see if next year things get better or not.

Maybe I just have to stay put until I can retire early (2023) – and save some money in the process, LOL! Have a great week!

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