Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Sooo! To recap! Halloween Harvest is now OUT on all retailers! If you missed it during the Calendar Special, you can now grab your copy. And if you like “Under the Samhain Moon” and want more vampire-making stories, grab Children of Darkness! 😉

Yes, I’ve been busy! And another is coming up. The Visions of the Future bundle is still out there for another couple of weeks… don’t miss it! It’s great reading for sci-fi lovers!

Last weekend I managed to put up the links of the paperbacks for Silvery Earth and Star Minds Universe. I hope to finish this weekend, but I will announce it on the publisher’s page. I also updated the catalog, downloadable here.

Last week I wrote almost 12K, so by now I should probably be at 400K. I should make it to 450K by the end of the year, but not 500K. Oh, well. I think I’ve gone back to my usual productivity only in the second half of the year, LOL!

Not that things have completely settled down at DayJob, but I’m getting used to the Big Change. Fingers still crossed that I can get an early retirement in a couple of years. Meanwhile I shall continue writing, reading and possibly drawing, I have a strip to finish! 😀

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

Spotlight – Visions of the Future Bundle 2021 #Scifi


The most awesome A.L. Butcher helped us spread the word! 🙂

Library of Erana

Title: Visions of the Future Story Bundle 2021

https://storybundle.com/future

Learn more here https://storybundle.com/blog/2021visionsofthefuturebundle/

 

Authors: Barbara G Tarn, Marcelle Dube, Kriz Katzen, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, Maggie Lynch, Annie Reed, Kari Kilgore, Kris Austen Radcliffe

Genre: Sci-fi

Synopsis: The 2021 Visions of the Future Bundle, curated by Dean Wesley Smith:

Back almost two years ago, in February 2020, just before the pandemic started, I did a StoryBundle with the title Visions of the Future. Thankfully, nothing about the last two years was in that bundle of great novels and stories. I don’t think many people, including the best science fiction writers, saw any of this coming in the way it did.

So now I get a chance to find writers to look into the future again, only on the downward side of the pandemic. And there is all kinds of science fiction in these books, from…

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Wednesday Weekly Roundup


A good Kickstarter similar to the Halloween Calendar of Stories is now live! The Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories runs Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Back it now and get your stories during the Holiday Season! 🙂

Those people at WMG Publishing are definitely busy! They even reprinted one of my stories in Twisted Robots, Oh, My!: Stories from Pulphouse Fiction Magazine! You can find it here!

Also, their Halloween Spectacular Calendar has started and you can still subscribe to it here! Eventually you will get my story in your inbox, although I have no idea of when! 🙂 Meanwhile two awesome stories have already landed you subscribers’ inboxes!

Last week I put in a good 12K both in the novel that was supposed to be finished and into a new short story. I finished the latter this week and I’m still tinkering with the novel, even though it’s with the beta-reader, because new details show up with every new word written!

These two shorter stories I’m writing this week are actually side stories of the novel, from points of view that are not present in the novel, but I thought it would be fun to tell them. To get in the mood for the first story, I rewatched From Hell, which turned out to be an excellent choice.

A less good choice was trying to read The Last Man by Mary Shelley. I couldn’t get past Chapter 3, too slow moving for me. So yeah, I Did Not Finish a classic, but I’m a slow reader and I can’t waste time reading things that don’t grab me. I’ll be content with the summary, thank you very much! 😉

If you want to see my reading recommendations, head for Bookbub, since I no longer use Goodreads. Or wait for the end-of-the-year reading post on this very blog!:)

One sentence struck me in Kris Rusch’s latest business post, Untapped.

But indies—that’s a different story. And too many of them are caught in the new-new-new treadmill. Time to step off that.

While I wait for part 2 that will probably deal with indies, I’m pondering what I’ve been doing this year. So, I made new covers for the first five novels, although they were available only through Kickstarter. I’m about to rebrand a series and even redid the covers of the ebooks of Ghost Bus Riders.

I haven’t published as much as I used to, but it was expected. I’m preparing new things for the new year, and you might have a taste of them by the Holidays. All this while having the first month with ZERO sales or page-reads on Amazon since I started indie publishing. I’m glad I’m wide, at least a few euro will trickle through anyway in a couple of months! 🙂

Now I should probably go back to reading and watching those pop-ups I got from backing Kickstarters. My TBR pile is more daunting than ever, but I won’t give up! Have a great week!

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Welcome to Sci-Fi July and our latest common effort! Ten stories about Earth colonies in the solar system and beyond, away from the current events… who doesn’t want to escape like that? 😉

Sci-Fi Stories – Earth Colonies is available at the usual suspects + PubShare and also as paperback (on Amazon).

Let’s imagine a future where humanity left this lovely ball of atmosphere to colonize the solar system and beyond. Visit the Moon, Mars, Pluto and alien worlds, sometimes meeting non-human life forms.

Ten stories of space exploration and colonization by a batch of talented authors.

The stories:

Personal Rules by Richard Freeborn

It’s Lechtenbrink, Libby Lechtenbrink by Mary Jo Rabe

Merry Olde England by M.L. Buchman

Terraforming Eden by Kate Pavelle

Symphony by Douglas Smith

Sail Safe by Vonnie Vinslow Crist

SS Ulysses to the rescue by Barbara G.Tarn

The Yearendtide Tree by Katharina Gerlach

Bore’s Head by Lesley L. Smith

My Dead Father’s Signal by Stefon Mears

Now, regarding the writing, I wrote 8K last week. This week I’m starting on another novel, so I should be able to catch up with wordcount, but it’s extremely hot in Rome (35°C) when I get home, so I usually need more time to recover before my brain decides to work again on anything. We’ll see how productive I am! 😉

After my creative weekend with Cristina, and since she’s an erotica illustrator who has found a few followers on TikTok, I decided to join as well. So if you want to watch some silly pseudo-animated videos and my book trailers, head off for TikTok. I won’t be posting regularly yet, we’ll see how it goes.

I may very well give up all social media at some point. See this post from The Oat Meal on Instagram? I already gave up on Instagram, but it’s becoming another TikTok… I really don’t need it, except to follow whoever I’m following there already! 😉 But since you’re here, you’re already following this blog and not some social media, so you’re good! 😀

Sunday was spent with the proof of Lands of Wonder where of course those darn typo fairies jumped out at me… the revised version is now live, feel free to grab your copy, ebook or paperback. Hopefully I caught all the little buggers this time.

Now I better go back to writing and preparing the next curated anthology… Have a great week! 🙂

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote a little over 5K, mostly revisions of the books I took with me for editing. I also wrote a short story, but I don’t like it and my beta-reader found many faults in it, so I doubt I’ll ever get back to it. I also started another, but meh. So I decided to go back to the manuscript I had left before my short trip to Massa Carrara to celebrate my birthday and leave it at that.

Having to follow the rules for a “marketable” story is taking the fun out of writing. Also, I’m as much in transition as the world is, so I don’t know what I want to write next. Probably next year will be a sabbatic year from publishing, and I’ll try to read more and possibly explore other genres. But there’s still four months to go, and I might change my mind four times until then, LOL!

It’s been a long hot summer and it’s not over yet, so I better not make important decision while my brain is fried. So I’ll keep saying “I’m OK, I’m OK” (in an Orlando Jones voice, I absolutely love The Replacements!) or “I’m fine” even if I’m not, since I won’t be able to explain what’s wrong or what’s going on anyway. I change my mind way took quickly between excitement and exhaustion, so there. Time out. Gimme a break! 😉

I am aware I need to find my focus, but right now I don’t have the strength. I will, though, and I’m lucky to be a one-person household with a steady job, although I’m still hoping to quit and move elsewhere, but right now I can’t go anywhere and I probably wouldn’t be able to focus. I will have to learn to pivot, I guess! 🙂

The Curated Anthologies are selling, including the paperbacks, so definitely when I get a couple of weeks off DayJob, I’ll get back to doing paperbacks. By then even the new books of Future Earth Chronicles will be almost all out, so I can format the paperback so it comes out along with the ebook for the last two! 😉

But first I must finish the prequel, which I hope to do in a couple of weeks. Then I will try again to write short stories to submit. Or I will have to figure out what to write for the rest of the year. After reading about this guy who used AI and Photoshop to bring ancient Roman emperors back to life, I’m thinking it’s time I tell my Roman vampire’s story – now I even know what his emperor and his successors look like, LOL!

I’m going to end with this quote… seemingly quite fitting. By the way, I think Stephen Fry is really the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde, like Keanu Reeves is the reincarnation of Paul Mounet, LOL! And by the way, Happy Birthday, Keanu! 😀 Have a great week!

Image may contain: 2 people, text that says '"Oscar Wilde said that ifyou know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it that is your punishment, but ifyou never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. am not a thing- an actor, writer- am a person who does things Iwrite, Lact- act and I never know what I am going to do next. think you can be imprisoned ifyou think of yourself as a noun." -Stephen Fry'

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Random Friday


And we also have the very last random Friday! 🙂 Some innovation links first: image recognition with deep learning for e-commerce explains very well how the whole thing works. I found it fascinating. And some tech is good, like the authonomous drone delivering diabetes medication to a remote Irish island.

And of course learning to read boosts the visual brain, but we have some studies to prove it! 😉 And speaking of brain, we now have wearable cyborgs that use bran waves to power up your muscles and Synchron achieved the first successful human implantation of brain computer interface. The Future Earth Chronicles are coming closer, LOL! Maybe they’re already building the Rainbow Towns! 😀

I was asked this week if I have children and if I missed not having them. No, I don’t miss not having children (hey, I have Dear Nephew! 😉 Although at 14 he’s kind of hard to get through, LOL!), and when I think about all those people who keep breeding in this doomed world, I’m even more vehement about voluntary human extinction and wish everybody did like me. Your children won’t have a world to grow up in, especially if you don’t do anything to stop those people from killing us all.

Last Saturday I watched Replicas. Not as bad as they painted it, but then, I’m no sci-fi expert. Kind of reminded me of Johnny Mnemonic with better computer graphics, since there’s 20 years between the two. And again, we have a father who wants to save his family with his science – but I might wonder what for? 😉

Near Future Sci-fi is the harder to pull off. I’m currently updating the technology in a novel that I wrote back in 2000 – a human society that had starships, but limited tech in its artificial town. I didn’t make The City like Rainbow Town in Future Earth Chronicles, but I had to change a few things here and there! 😀

Stay tuned for the blogoversary… and have a great weekend! 🙂

Swift Six Character Interview – Teneyros – Chronicles of the Mages’ Guild/Here Be Magic Bundle #Magic #Characters #fantasy


official announcement from yours truly coming soon… 🙂

Library of Erana

Name Teneyros

Which book/world do you live in? Chronicles of the Mages’ Guild

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.) My name is Teneyros and I am a human wizard in the world and the Wilds.

I’m an adventurer – why should I recruit you to accompany me? I have text tattooed onto my body so I can ready-cast spells more easily. Rather than needing to scramble for a book to grab words to apply my Will to.

Tell us about your companions?  How do they see you? It depends on who you ask. Other wizards think I’m too chatty and probably not serious enough. Possibly lacking in focus. But, my best friend Mac, she’s the Guild Master for the Mages’ Guild still keeps my company. Even though she thinks that I enjoy causing trouble. It’s not so much that I enjoy causing it, it’s more that I tend to…

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Sunday Surprise


And from the Eclectica Bundle, another awesome author ansering my writerly questions! Her story of socks and aliens is really funny! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Thea Hutcheson!

Where do you live and write from?

In my lovely lavender lair located in a small Denver Suburb, high atop the shoulder of a great hill.

Why do you write?

I love story telling, I always have. I used to creep out of my bed at night when I was little and slip into my little sister’s bed and tell her stories when she couldn’t sleep, all sorts of outlandish tales of tiny cowboys and fluttering ghosts and baby doll’s that told secrets to special little adventure girls.

When did you start writing?

When I was nine I started to write them down. When I was thirteen I started my first novel, but the next door neighbor lady got hold of it and I nearly died of shame from the way my adventure came out of her mouth.

What genre(s) do you write?

I love to write SF, fantasy, urban fairtales, time travel, and a thriller, just to prove that I could do it.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

I would love to become a full-time writer as it has been my life-long dream. Unfortunately, the achievement comes in dribs and drabs as I juggle two jobs and caring for my mother. But now I am concentrating on developing enough product to have something to market.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Oh, Heinlein’s rules, of course.

  1. You must write.
  2. You must finish what you write.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting, except where you agree with editorial suggestions.
  4. You must send what you finish out into the world to look for a home.
  5. You must continually refuse to let it back in the door so it must stay out in the world until it finds a home.
  6. Rinse and Repeat.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

I have improvised, but I have been trying out various outlining methods to avoid some of the rabbit holes I have chased myself into.

I am fast. I can crank out a thousand words an hour. Not all will be good. But some will be awesome and I can get lost in the tale I am telling myself.

Tell us more about your book in the bundle

I wrote a story a long time ago as an answer to a fellow writer’s claim that no one could make a story about laundry interesting. I flipped the idea and flapped silly thing about, and it became “Fishing”, a story postulating one idea about what happens to the socks in the laundry. It was also my very first professional SF sale. Jim Baen’s Universe published it and then included it in the first Best of Jim Baen’s Universe.

So, I thought it was time to flip that story again and look at it from the other side and came up with “Sock and Pins and Aliens”.

When Megan moves into her new house, things begin to disappear. Weird things like socks, and decorative pins, and a cheap class ring. Things she just saw recently and don’t have a lot of value, but she misses them all the same. She can’t decide whether to blame it on her cheating ex or a klepto ghost. When her best friend sends a geeky ghost hunter her way, Megan finds a new chance for romance and something she never expected in her wildest dreams.

I will have you know, I never lose socks in the laundry anymore as I use these super fancy clips to keep them together. Except that there was this one pair I really like, lacy and slinky, that I never did find after I put them in the washing machine.

Tell us about your latest book (add link if published)

Weird Wild West

…some of the weirdest and wildest western tales that you could shake a rattlesnake at.

Edited by Steve Vernon

Featuring “Over the Wire”

Brice Sebastian is a half-breed riding his Iron Horse across the White Man’s West stringing telegraph wire.

He knows these things: copper wire shouldn’t hum or tingle before it’s live.

It shouldn’t open a door to a new land full of fantastic beasts, either.

But it does, and that opens up a dangerous new door onto his life.

 

Any other projects in the pipeline?

I am working on the third in a time travel series.

The first is about a young woman from the near future who takes on a job delivering a message for a goddess. The goddess never mentions traveling four thousand years into the past to save the people an entire culture, the eruption of Mount Thera that will destroy the Minoan civilization, or that she’ll fall in love with a handsome animal magician she can’t have.

The second book is set in the same time period, but the main character is a young forensic anthropologist from the 1980s. He takes on a quest to protect a young shamaness when the world blows up, but finds himself sold as an oar slave almost as soon as he arrives in the Bronze Age Middle East. He hates the goddess, he hates the ocean, and he hates sailing, but he falls in love with woman he is sent to protect and must keep safe when Mount Thera erupts.

This third book sets both of them and their newly found lovers from the ancient Middle Eastern culture in a new quest to rescue animals in the path of a flood for this goddess. They learn they are part of the goddess’ secret organization whose job is to travel into the past to save those parts of the Earth’s inhabitants that the goddess cannot bear to see lost forever when disaster strikes. But Chaos has other ideas about the tide of time and fate.

I love research and ancient cultures, so for those who love the past and lots of magic, these stories are crisp and well-fleshed out.

Thea Hutcheson web site

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