Random Friday

And in a bout of total randomness, I give you Da Muse Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ This week’s Google Alerts were particularly inspiring – although there are still a few inaccessible sites because of the darn GDPR (did l mention it sucks? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

So, he’s on vacation with his kids, busy climbing mountains and doing road trips… And coming to Rome! ๐Ÿ˜€

When in Rome… next time do call Barb! But avoid the summer, I know you don’t care about the heat, but l do!

Although I didn’t even go looking for Da Other Muse when he came to shoot John Wick Chapter 2 – and it was February!

So who am I kidding, not going Muse-hunting anytime soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then there’s this American Youtuber dancing Bollywood songs in Manhattan… Sorry, Q Park, you are no match for Mr. A! ๐Ÿ™‚

Not even Da Muse himself can do it like he did it in 2006 anymore, sigh! Anyhow, here’s some real Bollywood in all its glory only for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t have any new drawings to show, but you can always check the gallery… Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚


Random Friday

And in the midst of this space opera July, let’s get back to Earth for a moment. And to Social Media hell. You know those pretty Facebook backgrounds? Forget them if you have a visually impaired friend! Here’s from my good friend and fellow author Victoria Zigler:

I noticed recently that Facebook started having background options for posts.

This was fine at first, because my screen readers – both JAWS (my computer one) and Voice Over (my iPhone one) were happy to just tell me the background existed and which style had been chosen, and then read the text to me. Voice Over especially was good about this, since it likes Facebook better than JAWS does. Anyway, at that point I had no problems with them. Even used them a few times myself.

However, Facebook must have fiddled with the feature or something, because now it won’t tell me what the background is. Worse, it won’t tell me what the person’s post says. I just get a message saying, “Awesome text background,” and nothing else.

I’m letting people know so they’re aware that this can cause problems for blind people following their social media. If people who read this continue to use the backgrounds even with this knowledge, that’s fine. It’s your choice. Just be aware it means I won’t be reacting to – or potentially commenting on – the posts in question, since I’ll have to use the same rule I use for images: if I don’t know what it is, I don’t react or respond to it.

Got it? And it’s for this reason that from now on if I comment on the Happiness is vignette, I’m going to repeat what’s in the vignette. I know those must have been the most boring posts for her, but describing a vignette isn’t really a good idea. But at least if I comment it, now she’ll know what I’m talking about. Trying to make this blog a little more visually-impaired-friendly, okay?

Because I love Tori and I’ve met her and she’s sweet and the only one who regularly comments on my blog. Now, I’m not expecting her starting to comment on the Happiness is (it’s always the same 150 vignettes rotating since 2009), but I’ll try to remember there are people like her out there who might not enjoy those colorful Facebook backgrounds…

By the way, her books are also in the Smashwords sale, go check them! ๐Ÿ™‚ย This weekend I’ll be busy with the paperback of Sci-Fi Stories Starships… you enjoy your summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

Random Friday

Even though I try to stay positive, there are days where I do feel down for various reasons. Including how the internet is changing too fast and I’m sick of trying to keep up. Maybe blogging and individual websites are going the way of the dodo, but I keep finding new followers for this blog, while my Facebook pages don’t attract anyone.

So I guess some people still look outside of Social Media for stuff – much like I do when I research something or someone. I’m also sick of fake news and trolls and all the hatred going around, but there isn’t much I can do about it, so I keep going… except it sort of reflect itself in my writing.

I mean, the reality is so sickly that when I write, I want to go somewhere else – not a perfect world, mind you – and tell stories that help me feel better. It’s not easy to write comedy, but I’m not into drama either at this time in my life. And definitely not into horror, so I’m afraid my last vampire novel won’t have much gore in it. But then, none of my vampires through the centuries are very bloody.

I also can’t write romance while watching many relationships end up in shit and #metoo and all that stuff. Can we please get along? Maybe the apocalypse is already happening, we’re just not aware of it. If we make it through the darkness, we’re headed for the age of abundance.

Anyhow, if you feel you need some input on how to be a writer in this fucked-ass age of rot and resistance there’s some good advice there. I’m feeling I’m starting again a second career, still indie, still writing what I want to read, and even if I haven’t found my 1000 True Fans yet, I’m grateful for the handful I have.

I’ve got word from Writers of the Future. Of course I still qualify for their contest, but I don’t know what to send them at this time. Maybe a novella that was rejected elsewhere. Maybe nothing. They’re offering a book of writing advice for free… with their Volume 34.

I still have too many books to read, both fiction and non-fiction. I shall pass. Wrapping up the vampires this weekend so I can check the novella I want to send Tor when they re-open in July. And write another short story before diving in the next story that already has a cover.

Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Writer Wednesday

And l lost an afternoon to a bee invasion, that gave me a panic attack and didn’t allow me to concentrate. I even went to sleep at my Mom’s, and lost a few hours. Add the first heat and my low blood pressure and ants in the house… Sigh. Life rolls.

Now back on track, l’m revising the novels to send to Mighty Editor and writing one last short story before leaving the Star Minds universe.

In June l’ll go back to lndia with my mind, starting in Mumbai in 2005, where Rajveer, Kaylyn and Shashank’s stories ended. Yes, this will be Kristine’s book and l’ll try to drop in Alain (from Nightly Bites vol.2) as well. The novel will come out November 2 as usual and it kind of wraps up the first three.

Our curator let us know that Spring Surprise is on sale to 1.99 from 27-31st May – before it vanishes. So get it NOW because tomorrow it’s gone forever.

The only link I have this week isย GDPR for writers. Honestly, this really sucks. I’ve been receiving emails from sites I haven’t accessed in years only because they have one of my emails on file (including the British Library that issued me a 2-weeks pass more than ten years ago and never wrote to me before).

I really want to move out of Europe. Can I apply to Canada? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I even had to “turn on” the notice on the contact page because I’m in the EU! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Please rest assured that I don’t keep your data, and if you contact me I won’t add you to my mailing list – you’d have to subscribe for that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s more GDPR fuss – I know, it’s not stricktly writing, but it does affect my writing. What if I can’t access a site for research because it doesn’t comply with that damn thing? So far it affected only my Google Alerts (that are for entertaining purposes), but what if it starts affecting something else? GDPR Obsession indeed! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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


Random Friday

Before starting my two-weeks vacation break, I decided to use my Paypal balance to get myself new hoodies for next year Worldcon. The old one I had made in 2012 is no longer white and shiny, it’s high time for new garbs.

So off to Zazzle I went! I found the hoodies with new colors and odered 2, one with the same writing as the old one (Silvery Earth Fan) and the other with “Star Minds Universe a Science Fantasy Saga”. They said in a couple of weeks I should get them, which was perfect. There were a couple of bank holidays, but they weer Italian holidays and Zazzle is American.

So I happily hit that Buy! button and waited. And waited. And waited some more. The parcel was shipped April 24, three days after I placed my order, which is perfectly on time – gotta give them time to prepare the hoodies, right?

Then from April 25 to May 5 it was stuck somewhere in the US. Reached Europe on the 5th, shipped to SDA Poste Italiane on the 10th. Spent 5 days in Milan, then finally reached me on the 16th. Talk about 6-8 business days! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 3 full weeks! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyhow, they’re here now, and since this May isn’t too warm yet, I’m using them already. They’re lighter than the old one and the logo is printed, not stitched. I plan to take them to 20Books Edinburgh (end of July 2019) and Worldcon Dublin (mid-August 2019) – if only the two events were closer, I’d spend the whole time in England and Ireland, but it would mean four weeks away from home and I can’t afford that.

The pink one is very flashy, so you’ll be able to see me from far away! Here’s a before-and-after pic – Chicon 2012 vs. future worldcons.

That’s all for today’s randomness… have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happiness is…


Since I don’t have news, I’m going to randomly spam you with Buy My Books. Because this is a writer’s blog, so why aren’t you buying my books? I’ve got books for most tastes, adults only or clean, and I enjoyed writing them, so please become my first 1000 True Fans and help me spread the word.

Did I mention you could, nay, shouldย buy my books? Lots of e-books, some paperbacks and even bundles and box sets! And serieses (wow, big word! SERIESES! How serious is that?) Yes! More than one! Secondary world fantasy, science fantasy, historical fantasy and more!

Wait, I know I should mention something else to the Buy My Books Speech… I know! Just go buy my books! And spend the weekend reading them! Go now! Buy Links! Links a go-go! Whoot! Thank you!

Oh, and you can join my mailing list, of course… and follow this blog, which you already are, hello there! I shall conclude this random post with… you guessed it! Buy My Books!

P.S. This is a satirical post, in fact there are no buy links whatsoever. But if you’d like to support this writer, buy her books. There are links aplenty around here.

Thank you and have a nice weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happiness is…

Random Friday

Okay, first this post because I chuckled throughout it, but it has nothing to do with writing, so… RE: the title question, I type with ten fingers without looking at the keyboard since 1987. I learned in 4 months. It’s not that hard! ๐Ÿ˜‰ RE: the radio FM questions: where are you living, dude? Video killed the radio star in 1979! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And RE: (the reason why I got this post in my inbox)

Drew: Who wins in a fight between Jason Bourne and John Wick?

Dudes, didn’t you see the fan-made trailer for John Wick 3? He beats them all – the hero of Taken, Jason Bourne, Mission: Impossible, Jack Reacher and even James Bond!

I won’t comment on the rest of the post above, but it’s a funbag indeed. Because sometimes even Americans can be funny. I usually understand British humor more, but in this case I had a chuckle or three throughout the whole long thing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Staying in the movie topic and humor but moving over to good old Europe, I got the DVD of Prete-moi ta main (I do). You bet I get French humor, I grew up with it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I like Alain Chabat and Charlotte Gainsbourg, a very mismatched couple for this fun comedy about an eternal bachelor. And of course at the end another one bites the dust (to stay in old songs moods)…

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Because like the Facebook meme says, it might be 2018, but I’m still listening to 80s music – especially British pop! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (can you name all those people? I probably can, but not today…)

Oh, and the movie heroine (Charlotte Gainsbourg) loves a Tamil movie, Muthu – the bonus disk has extracts… Tollywood or Bollywood, the songs are always the best! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

Random Friday

Less than a week left to nominate The Fern and The Cross on KindleScout! ๐Ÿ™‚ Still have no insights in the campaign, so I have no idea of how it’s going. Anyhow, if you have an Amazon account anywhere in the world, please log in and nominate, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Since not much is going on except writing writing writing (and some translating inbetween) while this summer it will be much more crowded, I thought I’d give you a preview of what’s to come. The next Heroine of Silvery Earth is a writer and a scholar, so I “recycled” one of my very oldest stories in the appendix.

Just for fun, I shall translate here the very first official story of yours truly, written sometimes in 1975 (I think, there is no date on that booklet), while I was living in Switzerland. I’m saying this because you might not be aware that the Swiss are very proud of their train service, and that’s what inspired this very short illustrated story.

The Lucky Train (and other stories)

Once upon a time there was an antique train who was very bored. He was very unlucky because he couldn’t go out and wander on the rails!

One day they destroyed him to make a new one. Finally he went out and had a lot of fun taking all those people inside him. Now he had become lucky and wasn’t bored anymore, quite the contrary, he was having so much fun that he almost cried for joy.

One morning he left as usual, but a man wanted to blow him up; he had put some dynamite inside a freight wagon that he threw against the train. The train saw it and changed rails. For once he was saved thanks to his luck! From that day he lived like all our beautiful modern trains.

The End.

There you have it. A ten-year-old first story. There are a couple more in that booklet, all two-pages long with an illustration on the blank page across, then I moved to notebooks.

The newsletter subscribers will receive a short story (written for the Anthology Workshop last year, but I used the cards of Old Silvery Earth that I drew about that timevas inspiration) with the cover made by more drawings from that period to show what Old Silvery Earth actually looked like before I added in Samantha and her sisters! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So the story is recent, the cover illustrations are not, but if you’re curious about the Old Silvery Earth – which, like Samantha says, “It might have been created by a child with a wild imagination and an overdramatic story sense” (Ciaran&Harith) – and you’re not on my newsletter, you can subscribe here.

Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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