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The busy weekend started awkward on Friday, with a busy morning at DayJob, a rush home to grab my backpack and off to the train station. I had received an email from the hotel asking if I’d be there for the “second night” which had puzzled me. On the trin I discovered I had mis-booked the hotel (Thu&Fri instead of Fri&Sat)! 😦

I don’t know what else was happening in Milan besides Cartoomics, but when I got to the hotel, they were full on Saturday. They kindly called their sister hotels and found me a double room that cost me as much as the two nights in single (one of which I had missed). My mistake, I consoled myself with a 30euro dinner including wine! πŸ˜‰

So Saturday morning I moved to the other hotel before going to Cartoomics… They kindly gave me the room like at 9.30am, so I dropped my backpack and got on the metro. The crowd outside the venue made me check – I needed to buy a ticked online and it was sold out.

Definitely botched trip, but at least the new room had a better bathroom! I went back to the center, bought some pencils in an Art Shop, then went looking for lunch, which I did at Five Guys. I was back at the hotel by 2pm, so at least I used that bigger room fully!

I hadn’t warned any of my friends in Milan, so I spent the afternoon writing and reading At least I had an early train on Sunday and by lunchtime I was back home. And surprise! They had broken into my apartment on the third floor, so the afternoon was spent cleaning up – the universe is telling me I need to declutter the house ASAP, or it will do it for me!

I did manage to write on the train back, though so by Sunday night I had my 10K down. I’m glad I havea few days off this week, so maybe I’ll manage that decluttering in a less traumatic way. And they broke the corner of the glass on one window, so some repairs are also in order.

Onward to another week of working, writing and reading! I hope to make my Recommended Reading List a little longer this year, with a preview in the newsletter coming out this week.

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And the last title of the year is out! This collection of shorter stories can be read independently from the novels, but don’t skip the short prologue! πŸ˜€ The series is complete, although there might be more Immortaland books in the future – with less dragons, though.

So the next books will be in the same world but slightly different, like in the Star Minds Universe where there’s a “main series” and then the Lone Wolves. Definitely next year, though! πŸ™‚

Last week I wrote 10K, including the last story for the workshops which might be incorporated in a novel attached to an existing series but standalone. So I might also reprise a couple of series next year. All fantasy for now – taking a break from space opera until the muse strikes!

The Happiness Is… on Instagram will end January 1st, so I don’t know what will happen to that account next. I don’t have any other strips or vignettes ready, nor the inspiration to draw more just yet, so we’ll see. Some say it’s the slow death of social media, but you can always come here to get news from yours truly.

This blog isn’t going away yet, even if it’s so 2010s. I’m considering making the newsletter montly instead of bimonthly, so I’ll send out a survey in the next newsletter to ask what people think. You can still sign up here, and next newsletter is probably going to be the last one with a free story, since only one person has bothered to download them so far.

In other news, I finally started using the new Kindle and added to it all the books I got from Kickstarters and bundles in the past year… I already sorely miss K.K. but it no longer supported the Kindle Store and I couldn’t add anything to it anymore. Sigh.

And that’s all for today! Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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Last Week I wrote over 13K and managed to wrap Draft Zero of the Italian social sci-fi novel. It’s now with betas, and I hope it’s worthy to see the light of publication somehow. This week I’ll be writing a couple of shorts to submit to anthologies, probably one last in Italian (because it’s related to the novel) and then I’ll get back to English.

Meanwhile I’ve done some reading and decided military sci-fi is not for me. And since I did not finish it, I won’t mention the title. What can I say, I don’t have a military mind and hate war stories, be them galactic or historical wars! πŸ˜‰ Besides, with the current state of events, I don’t even want to watch action movies with lots of guns, hence I skipped Vikram Vedha for now.

Although, since I finished the novel on Saturday, I did spent the other half of the creative weekend drawing Hrithik (a 2006 pic, though! :D). I had almost stopped drawing because instead of brainstoring I kept mulling over life, the universe, etc, but the presence of Cristina meant we both chatted and drew and time flew! πŸ˜‰

That’s what creative weekends are supposed to be, by the way. And after a creativek in Turin, it was still most welcome. Now I’m back to dDayJob for the rest of the month, sigh! And that’s all for today! Have a great week!

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Last week I wroke almost 8K, but also spent two afternoons hanging out with a visiting screenwriter friend I hadn’t met in almost 15 years. It was wonderful to see her again and show her my favorite places in Rome.

One day I’ll be able to gather all my writer friends somewhere and we’ll have some fun – a writing retreat with likeminded people sounds heavenly! πŸ˜‰

Did you get the Witches, Wands and Wanderers storybundle yet? On the Knotted Road Press facebook page there are interviews with all the authors… including people like me who wrote a story for Witches: Cutter’s Final Cut – Issue 4. I will do a special post with all the interviews for the anthology I’m in soon.

Meanwhile, here’s mine, that came out yesterday:

Today’s interview is one of the authors in the anthology, Cutter’s Final Cut: Witches, which is part of the Witches story bundle!

https://www.storybundle.com/witches

How long have you been writing?

My first official story (including handmade illustrations) dates from the summer of 1978. The two-part story about an underwater glass world was β€œrecycled” in a couple of Silvery Earth novels in 2011 and 2012. I’ve been constantly writing since, in my mother tongue (Italian) until the early 21st century, then mostly in English since I started indie publishing in 2011. I like to say I’m married to Mr. Writing! 😊

What was the inspiration for this book or story?

I wanted to write an older protagonist (older than myself, since I’m not 60 yet) – with a grandchild the age of my nephew who could help his fairy grandmother with modern β€œmagic” we call technology. A Boomer and a Zoomer can make a good team, don’t you think? 😊

What sorts of superstitions or odd writing habits do you have?

I used to write the first draft longhand until 2015 (despite being a typist since 1984), and it was always a very clean draft. I did it again this year during a vacation sans laptop. I bought a pocket notebook and wrote a story in the spare time – that I promptly typed and expanded on the laptop when I got home!

Do you believe in magic?

I do believe in fairies and house elves, and I have a collection of tarot cards, although I used only one to read cards back in the 90s when I started the collection. And I write mostly fantasy because I prefer magic to technology!

What are you currently working on, and what’s coming out next?

I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be working on when this anthology comes out, probably a sci-fi novel in Italian for a national contest (Urania, winning it means being published by Mondadori, The Big One Italian publisher who distributes even to newsagents). Meanwhile I’m publishing my latest mini-series of medieval fantasy, started in September, with the last book, a collection of shorter stories (including the one I wrote on vacation), coming out in November. Immortaland Dragons is set in a different world from my other secondary world/high fantasy, Silvery Earth, with different rules in the magic system and different kinds of dragons. Also, while Silvery Earth is made of standalone books, Immortaland Dragons are numbered.

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I can now happily confirm that I’m currently writing social sci-fi in Italian, although I probably won’t send it to that contest, but more probably to a small publisher. Unless I opt for indie publishing, of course. I’ll ask my first readers what they think first.

This week I’m off DayJob and hope to finish that story in Italian so I can consult with some first readers next week. Hopefully in November I’ll get back to writing in English, since I have a couple of anthologies I want to write for. So, short stories, unless they turn out to be the start of novels, LOL!

I’m reading, so my recommendations on Bookbub are growing, but I feel I’m still too slow. But I’m almost done with whatever I had on old K.K., so soon I’ll have to charge and fire up the new Kindle. With dozens of new ebooks to read. Not to mention the non-fiction paperbacks. Sigh.

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

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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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