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Last week was rather productive despite expectations. I was supposed to edit the project, but got “distracted” by a story with a deadline, so I had to interrupt the editing to write a damn Holiday Story (I hate the Holidays). With time travel (I love time travel! :D). And since I was left with only a day and I was afraid it wasn’t enough to go through a whole short novel, I also started another short (that I finished on Monday). So, 12K written, yay!

Now I’ll have to finish this editing before writing the next short stories. Meanwhile I finally got my paperback copies, and had to redo a couple of covers (one was missing the title on the spine, the other had the wrong back cover copy). Meh. But it’s done, so…

Today is the last day to pre-order this awesome anthology! It goes live tomorrow, don’t miss over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press’ 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest. Paperback links are also there for those book lovers!

I was checking travel rules for the rest of the year, and it looks like I better find a travel agent to help me. So many forms to fill when moving to another country, even a European one, sigh! Hopefully I’ll manage to get away, though… Well, NOT traveling allows me to save for when I want to quit the day job, LOL!

But I’d rather see some new country or go back to a place I love at least once this year. Out of Italy, I mean. I know I’ll have to go to Tuscany for my father’s 90th birthday, but I really hope to get away from the whole country at some point. Maybe not the Worldcon, but closer… why not?

We’ll see. I guess that’s all for now! Have a great week!

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Last week I wrote less than 7K, but I sorta kinda wrapped up the project and then I had to go through it, so no time to write anything else. And I decided that a short story should be incorporated in one of the novels, so I’m finishing this week.

Since I’m already at 26K this year, I’m not worried. I’m worldbuilding, so I need to go back and check I didn’t contraddict myself! 🙂 I hope to finish this week, and then I have a couple of shorts for anthologies that I’m itching to write before starting the next project (that I already started in short form, but it’s clearly the start of a novel, haha!).

I gave up the idea of a paperback of SKYBAND, because my computer crashes midway. When one must prepare a 330+ pages PDF with JPGs at 300dpi, one probably needs a younger computer or some other formatting program, LOL!

So, maybe in a few years. Meanwhile I ordered all my latest paperbacks, so I can post them here and brag a little. A friend of mine puts them in a pile and shows how tall it is next to him, so I might end up doing that – if someone bothers to come over and take the picture, that is.

Oh, wait, I have a digital camera, and it has the timer… I can probably do it on my own! 😉 I’ll decide when I get the last books. The pile of 11 years of paperbacks should be almost as tall as me (and I’m 1,79m or 5’8”) – almost! 🙂

I keep seeing videos of people thrown out of airplanes because they don’t want to wear masks, and I dread the moment I’ll have to take one again. I couldn’t catch Matrix Resurrections in English in Rome, so I thought “Maybe I should fly to London for a weekend”, like I do for Da Muse since his movies don’t come out in Italy, but then I saw the umpteenth crazy woman thrown out of a flight and went “Meh… maybe not. I’ll get the DVD.”

Eventually. Considering that I ordered one back in October, it was lost in the mail and resent at the beginning of December and I’m still waiting for it… sigh! Anyhow, I guess that’s all for today… have a great week!

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My first goal is well underway, since I started the new year with almost 20K words written in one week (I reach that number if I count the weekend of the previous week, when it was already 2022). I doubt I can keep writing 20K a week all year, though, especially since I had two extra days last week!

January 6 is national holiday in Italy, and I was supposed to go back to work on Friday, but on Thursday a colleague let us know he had tested positive to Covid, so we weren’t allowed in the workplace on Friday, yay! I wanted to stay at home, and managed it!

Even if I had guests, it was two very productive days, and I kept going during the weekend despite other things to do (like filling the fridge and the biannual family lunch at my sister’s). I hope this week to wrap that project and read it all in one sitting to make sure I don’t contraddict myself. Still under wraps for another couple of months, though, sorry.

As for the second goal, well, I did my “birthday portrait” on Monday, but still have to get back to the strip. While publishing the latest on Instagram, though, I got the idea for the next comic, so I’m good. Whenever I get to it, that is! 🙂

As for the third goal, nothing to announce yet. I’m working on a paperback and then I hope to order all my author copies in one sitting. It should make for a nice box of books, LOL!

It’s not a new title, but the final final edition of SKYBAND – a Silvery Earth Graphic Novel currently available in PDF instalments only on DriveThruComics (but you can’t see it if the adult filter is on). It’s a full color 300+ pages graphic novel, and I thought I could try the hardback, but I fear it would be too expensive.

So paperback it is. I still have to figure out which color paper won’t make it too expensive to buy, but I’m afraid with paperbacks I don’t have much choice. Dead trees cost more than downloading a file! But they probably last longer and are definitely better suited for artworks.

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

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And Happy New Year! In case you love paper calendars, be aware that the Silvery Earth Kids Calendar is still available in my Zazzle store – yes, I update it every year! There’s also mugs, face masks and other neat things there, in case you want to have a look! 🙂

Final wordcount for 2021 was 470K. Now, for this year’s goals… here goes, in this order!

  1. write as much as I can (if I reach 500K fine, if not, it doesn’t matter), having fun and exploring new places, probably as short stories first.
  2. draw more than I did last year – finish the strip and do a few more pencil portraits. Possibly start a new comic or continue Lady Ice, not sure which yet. Finish the strip comes first!
  3. publish whatever I finish – or send it to other publications if it doesn’t fit in any series or collection. But that’s really a third. I must try to keep my creative mind busy, so I won’t feel the DayJob stress too much.

And now, the first publications of the year! Vampires Through the Centuries Going Into the Future only on Amazon, because, like I said on the publisher’s page, I did the ebook only because I did the paperback. So the last two publications are now in KU. Those single stories are available everywhere elsewhere if you read only ebooks.

And my short story “An iCub on Mars” was accepted for Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship Will Travel! And looky look! I’m even on the cover! And yes, it’s still on pre-order, you will get it at the end of January so I’ll make sure to remind you! Meanwhile, here’s the editor:

Adventures among the stars need a ship to get you there.

Stories Rule Press presents Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel
Space Opera heroes and heroines explore the stars and discover cool new places in ships which range from beat-up rust-buckets to sleek technologically advanced craft that are the envy of the galaxy. Space ships are quintessential for the adventures and challenges our favourite characters face.
Come and explore over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press’ 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest.
Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel
is the second volume in a quarterly collection of genre fiction anthologies presented by Stories Rule Press.
“Sole Survivor” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Captain” by Stephen Sottong
“Big Top” by Sonia Orin Lyris
“Cycle Three” by Stephanie Mylchreest
“Star Cruise” by Ron Collins
“Watch of the Starsleepers” by Christopher D. Schmitz
“Tome Raiders” by Eric Del Carlo
“The Passenger” by Eve Morton
“An Ordinary World” by J. L. Royce
“Insanity is Infectious” by Cameron Cooper
“Achemar” by Jasmine Luck
“Moby Dick’s Doors” by Michèle Laframboise
“Learning Curve” by Neil Williams
“Exotic Matters” by Phil Giunta
“An icub on Mars” by Barbara G. Tarn
“Of Hedgehogs and Humans” by Rob Nisbet
“Smugglers Blues” by Blaze Ward
“Altered Skin” by Sara C. Walker
“An Unexpected Taste of Home” by Terry Mixon
“Symphony” by Douglas Smith
Space Opera Science Fiction Anthology
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Stories Rule Press is a family-run micropress in Alberta, Canada, working as a cooperative to bring great story-tellers together and assist them with publication.
Editor Tracy Cooper-Posey is one of the original authors with Stories Rule Press. She writes across several fiction genres, including space opera under two different pen names, and grew up reading classic science fiction.

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And that’s all for today… wishing you a Wonderful 2022! See you next week!

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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! 😀

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! 😉

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! 😉

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

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And I’m back home after visiting friends (and cousins) and taking a break from the routine… Unfortunately DayJob is still interfering a lot with my productivity, so I probably won’t challenge myself just yet. I will set a couple of goals for next year, but I’m going to take it easy until I’m out of the system that is stressing me so much! 😀

Last week I did manage my 10K, despite the travels. Considering the meetings with friends were often at meals time, that left me with a few free hours to write in the hotel rooms or lobby. I also went through the latest novel, added some kind of ending, but today I’m doing a last pass, so I probably won’t be writing much.

I’m also doing the Pop-Ups I got from a Kickstarter – one per day after dinner, when my brain refuses to produce more writing, so I should be done by the end of the week. This weekend should be a creative one, drawing more than writing, so I can finish the Instagram strip – I don’t have many “waves” left to draw.

Next weekend it’s publishing weekend, I hope to put out three more paperbacks by the end of the year (only one new title, though). Hopefully I can order them and get them before Christmas – maybe, considering that I ordered a DVD back in October, it was sent by DHL and got lost anyway. Sigh.

Today is national holiday in Italy, so I’m home, but this week – and until Christmas, I’m afraid – it’s going to be crazy in the mornings, and I ran out of vacation time. But I will survive and keep trudging along! I might not be as productive as I used to be for the next couple of years, but the changes brought by this year need time to settle.

Hopefully when I’ll be out of DayJob, I’ll be able to challenge myself and start whatever it is that I’m mulling over right now but don’t have the strength to start because I’m not sure I can sustain it. I look forward to the day when I’ll start a new routine, though! 🙂

A good post on the difference between goals and challenges – like I said, I’ll set up a goal, but 2022 is not a good year for me to challenge myself. I probably burned out as well, and I’m still recovering, LOL! I might reach those 450K, but probably not 500K. I’ll try again next year with the wordcount! 🙂

I guess that’s all for today… 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! 🙂 And it makes for excellent train reading while commuting between towns! 😀

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! 😀

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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Happy to announce I made full use of Books2Read new feature to add paperback links. Now not only my books have all the paperback links I could find under the same UBL – geotagged! – but also the Curated Anthologies have one link for all formats! Ain’t it neat? 😉 It took me some time because I have about 70 paperbacks + the anthologies, but I finally made it! 🙂

And in all this, I still managed to write 13K+ last week, which brings the yearly total to 406K, which is very good since I wasn’t expecting this much. I guess I spent too much time with shorter works and the day-off in between them, LOL! Now that I’m back to writing longer works it looks as if my writing streak has recovered!

I might still not make it to 500K, but I’ll be happy anyway. I also published the Future Earth Box Sets, in case you want to binge-read the series and get with a little discount (sorry, Tori!)… the whole series is set in the future, after the apocalypse of western civilization, although Before Future Earth Chronicles is set mostly in the 21st century. But that’s why it’s called “Before”! 😀

FUTURE EARTH CHRONICLES

Box Set #1 (Books 1 to 5)
Raj and Bel travel around the world, a journey in search of more truths about the apocalypse, its survivors and the alien invasion.

Box Set #2 (Books 6 to 10)
Megan, Yollanda, Arjun, Azur and Shani continue the investigation after Raj and Bel have gone home, in the company of western vampires

Box Set #3 (Before Future Earth Chronicles + Book 11 and 12)
The complete collection of stories, prequels to the main series. From the arrival of the Phis’irs and their symbionts to the loss of control over Rainbow Towns, four centuries of future Earth history, concentrating on the apocalypse years.

Luke and the vampire war, Ahyoka travels to her father’s tomb.

And of course there’s the paperbacks as well, if you’re a fan of those, but I can’t create box sets with paperbacks yet, sorry!

There is barely a week left to grab the Visions of the Future Bundle! And check out the other great offers at Storybundle! Like the Nano Writing Tools (if you still believe you need to write only during NaNoWriMo and not during the whole year, LOL), or the Weird Fiction bundle.

I’ve been reading The Difference Engine more because it helps with my current worldbuilding than because I’m loving it. And because it was really cheap on Kindle. I had forgotten why I don’t like buy direct from the Zon – those damn highlights. I don’t care what other people highlight, and I checked, they’re turned off on KK (yes, I can still download on KK, the Wi-Fi works, it’s the connection to the laptot that is broken, hence I can’t copy whatever is on it or add anything, hence the New Kindle waiting to be used – when I’m done with what I have on KK, that is), but still they show up in this book. Annoying and distracting.

Anyhow, I’m trudging along. An unusual book for sure… Now I shall go back to my travel plans and my writing… Have a great week!

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And I got paperbacks! Both of the Ghost Bus Riders and of Crunchy with Chocolate! You may notice the paperback covers of GBR are not exactly the same as the ebooks. You can check the series page where they’re in the same image. The difference is in the positioning of the ghost bus, the image had a limited reach for the wrap cover, hence I had to move it around.

And a reminder of where you can find Crunchy with Chocolate, that includes my short story Dragon Life: publisher’s site + ebook universal link (paperback available on publisher’s site and Amazon). And yes, I’ve added it to the Other Publications page as well. Stay tuned for more, it’s not over yet this year! 🙂

For the second week in a row, I wrote more than 10K, so I might reach those 400K after all. Especially if I start on the second novel right now, with the first still fresh and out to a beta reader (and most faithful adviser – she was my offline beta before she moved back to the US). Still short of the original aim, but it’s been a weird year, and I’m not complaining at all.

Stay tuned for the Halloween Spectacular 2021 – did you subscribe to it yet? It’s coming really soon! More good news are coming, including a new title out at the end of the month, so stay tuned. I’m off Day Job so I’m working on multiple projects at the same time, LOL!

Now I’m going back to my neverending TBR pile of books (both ebooks and paperbacks) and my next writing project… have a great week!

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That sale I had last year at the anthology workshop? It’s one of them! I have no idea of when it will actually land in your inbox, so you better go grab your Halloween Spectacular Calendar! It makes a great gift too!

Here’s how it works:

Every day, starting on October 25, 2021, and running through November 2, 2021, you will get an original short story sent to you (or the recipient of your choice) via email.

Each seasonally themed tale is accompanied by an introduction by the editor of the Halloween Calendar of Stories, Mark Leslie.

You will get each story in ebook format (epub and mobi), so you can read them daily on your own device, anywhere, anytime you choose. Or you can store them up and binge on a weekend.

Your choice.

As an added bonus, all subscribers will receive the Halloween Harvest anthology, which includes all nine stories, plus two bonus stories! Halloween Harvest will be released just two days after the calendar ends, on November 4.

Stay tuned for more – and the announcement of my story in the calendar! 🙂

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I think I realized what changed in my writing and why I’m no longer having fun. I used to write stories based on “movies” streaming in my head. I started losing that “sight” some time ago, in theory to learn my craft, add setting and so one.

Result: now I write prose in my head and it’s not as much fun. I should try to get back to writing movies but with the depth and setting and all the other stuff. Except currently I can’t even see those stories that I used to tell myself (not for public consumption because, hey, not everything we do creatively is for public consumption! 😉 ), so I’m probably burned out somehow.

That’s why I’m taking it easy this year. I want to get back my inspiration – I don’t even see Da Muses anymore! So, I want them back in my mind to create more awesome stories. Although I’m also changing topics and veering into historical time travel, there’s still room for them.

Clearly taking inspiration from still pictures is not the same thing as having a real person in mind! About the Ghost Bus Riders, I still have a virtual cast, although I couldn’t put them on the cover, but for other stories/series it was no longer the case. So, back to my roots!

This week I wrote only a short story for an anthology and the weekend was busy. I’m mostly done with physiotherapy (feeling better, thank you), so hopefully next week I’ll have more writing time and will start the next project.

It’s still short works for now, but I want to complete another Themed Collection before I move on. You will get one at the end of the month and one in December, but I need one for the new year as well! 🙂 Then we’ll see.

Next weekend I’ll upload the last Ghost Bus Riders book and publish also the three paperbacks. Meanwhile, you can check out Crunchy With Chocolate – dragon stories that include one of mine… how cool is that? 🙂

Readers can receive a 15% discount off the ebook by using code JS72Q at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1106225

Readers can receive a 15% discount off the physical book by using code Dragons2 at the WolfSinger Publications website: https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/shop?Collection=2021+Releases

These codes expire on Oct 22nd

And WMG is doing a Fall Special Workshop Sale – their workshops are half price only until Sunday. Check them out! 🙂

And that’s all for today… have a great week!

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