Random Friday


While I try to figure out what to do with the web strip and before I finish cleaning, coloring and lettering the 70+ I already have, here’s a few more sneak peeks on the Silvery Earth Kids.

Since the Patreon page is closed, I uploaded the presentation strips to DeviantART along with the character sheets and the new characters I came up with last week – Adwin and Kareena, although I haven’t really written them into the strip yet.

But during the past two weeks I finished the first notebook and was busy with other things, so I didn’t continue it. I hope to do it in June when I’ll also work on the prose version.

There’s also a short, two-strip preview about the kids’ winter (strip # 50 and 51, I did a couple more since – still about 20 to go). The visually impaired version follows (please note that it’s unedited and unproofread at this stage).

Silvery Earth Kids in Winter Wonderland

Torik awoke with a shiver. His little brother had stolen all the blanket again. Seeing light coming in from the small window of the attic and hearing muffled sounds coming from outside, Torik sat on the bed, wide awake and kind of excited. It had snowed!

He quickly dressed – tunic, breeches, boots, hooded short cloak – grabbed his gloves and a scarf and ran out of the house. Yes! Snow covered everything! Adults were already cleaning the streets, so he ran out of the walls and towards the forest.

The fresh snow made a strange sound under his boots and he giggled. He reached the clearing where he usually met his magical friends and found them all there, already building a snowman. Copperscales sat on the side of the clearing, her scales gleaming in the timid winter sun, watching the other three work.

Goldenberry had a pale-blue hooded coat and suede boots. Her hood was up, hiding her golden mane and pointed ears, and she had pink gloves with white rabbit fur at the wrist.

Erwan, who usually wore a simple tunic of Waiora fabric and sandals, now had pants and boots and a long blue coat with a pale-blue scarf wrapped around his neck and fur-rimmed gloves of the same color.

Winged Ylenia had her usual tight-fitting body with elbow-length sleeves and her pink flat shoes, although her red feathered wings kept her away from the snowy ground. Her legs were naked as usual, but she wore gloves to touch the snow.

The snowman was almost done when Torik arrived, so he didn’t have much to do except help decorating it – giving him a face and arms made of sticks. He wondered where his friends had found a carot to use as nose, but didn’t dare ask.

Copperscales rose to join them as they gathered next to the snowman.

“Aren’t you cold, Winged Ylenia?” Torik asked, pulling down his scarf to free his mouth.

“I manipulate air, as long as I cover my hands to touch snow, I’m fine…” Winged Ylenia answered with a smile.

“I manipulate water, fancy a warm bath?” Erwan asked.

“Yes!” Goldenberry clapped her gloved hands.

A little incredulous, Torik followed them to a nearby pond that looked covered in ice. Erwan knelt to touch it and the ice melted, not only that, but the water started fuming, clearly much warmer than the air above!

Amazed and impressed, Torik quickly undressed and followed again his friends in the water. It was indeed warm, perfect to have a relaxing bath!

“Wow, this is so cool!” he said, excited.

“Snow all around us, and we’re warm!” Goldenberry added, emerging from a dive. Only she and Erwan seemed willing to put their heads underwater, though. Winged Ylenia also made sure her wings didn’t get too wet, while Copperscales lay on her back, playing dead on the surface of the pond.

When they all had enough of the warm bath, they went back to shore and dressed. A warm wind even dried Erwan and Goldenberry’s hair. Torik knew it was Winged Ylenia’s doing.

“Thank you for keeping the air warm around us while we dressed,” he told her before pulling up his hood and scarf as the air slowly cooled around them.

“You’re welcome…” Winged Ylenia bowed her head with a smile while Goldenberry rushed to hug Erwan.

“We have awesome friends!” she said as Copperscales watched them, crouched next to the snowman.

Torik agreed with her. He had wondrous, awesome, magical friends, no doubt about that! Winter would be very interesting with them around!

 

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Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote almost 14K, wrapping the Lone Wolves and even writing the two short stories I need to submit for anthos. I already submitted them too. And I wrote a third that will possibly work for another antho, but I haven’t sent it to the curator yet.

So, productive week, hopping through series (Star Minds Universe, Future Earth Chronicles, Vampires Through the Centuries and Silvery Earth – yep, I think I touched them all!), the writing is still going great. Everything else… meh!

I lost almost an hour (bad connection? Firefox issues? Old computer? No idea, but it was very frustrating!) to gather the audiobook links after a Google Alert informed me I was on Audible. Firebird wasn’t there yet, but The Hooded Man and Otherside are available at most places at last. Except Kobo, still lagging behind. And I still have codes valid for US, AU and CA of Otherside in anyone is interested.

Well, I did publish the first five missions of the Lone Wolves Team, as promised. But, after Kris Rusch’s blog on Patreon and in spite of their recent ToS changes, I ended up closing my Patreon account, and after David Gaughran’s lengthy explanation of the MailChimp debacle, I closed that account too. My newsletter was discontinued anyway, useless to keep it open.

I didn’t open new accounts yet, though. After Tori was locked out of her Facebook account for a day, I was considering adding an admin to the author page, but then gave up the thought. I haven’t joined Pinterest or Ko-fi yet, and still haven’t decided which webcomics sites to join – but then, if there’s one project that might make me go through Kickstarter stress, it’s Silvery Earth Kids, so… I’ll ponder my option a little longer on that one.

As for the things that were on Patreon, I’m going to start a regular feature on the publisher’s page. Every Sunday Backstage Pass will take you behind the scenes of the books. So, for readers only, hoping they’ll follow that instead of the newsletter. I will post articles, deleted scenes, alternate openings, etc. starting next Sunday. If interested, be sure to follow UPB that doesn’t have a Facebook page because it was supposed to be a static place to find the books.

I might make the Pinterest page under that logo and Ko-fi as the writer/artist… I’ll think about it during this week as I get back to the Legends of the Moren Empire and Silvery Earth Kids… Have a great week!

 

Writer Wednesday


And of course last week I wrote more than 20K… now that I had dived into Rogue! I even finished Draft Zero, but then, I always say I have trouble starting a story. And probably tend to wrap it up too quickly, so I’m going through it one last time before sending it off to the editor. Also because I added the flashbacks after I was done with the present, and I need to see if it flows! 😉

I have written Hal’s mother’s story and now I’ll be writing a couple of stories for anthologies (a charity anthology and a traditional market submission) before going back to Silvery Earth. About the Silvery Earth Kids, I now have more than seventy strips – six are taken for another anthology, and they will come out in black&white sometime this summer, I think – and still need to introduce a character.

I’m still busy with cleaning up, coloring and lettering, though, so I didn’t have time to do the visually impaired version yet. Tori knows she’ll get first look, though! As soon as I’m ready, hopefully sometime next month. The other two hopefully short stories will be one in 25th century Paris (that’s Future Earth Chronicles Book 5 for whoever will make it that far), and the other is going to be the Battle of Chittor from a new point of view (that’s Kristine the Youngest for whoever follows the Vampires through the Centuries).

The Future Earth Chronicles paperbacks are done, but in a weird way. If you buy all five, you’ll see they alternate cream and white paper. That’s because you can’t change that once the book is published, even if you haven’t sold a copy. Sigh. With Createspace there was only the white paper option, but still… Anyhow, I’m ordering my copies tomorrow and hopefully next week or the following I can show you how they all came out.

Speaking of paperbacks, I got my copies of the two portal anthologies… don’t they look neat? 😉 That colorful table cloth isn’t mine, I had them sent to my parents’ and opened the enveloppe at our local market…

And I believe there’s a new free story by Sarah Stegall up on the Infinite Bard, go check it out! 🙂 Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote less than 10K (but more than 9K anyway), but since the yearly total so far il over 200K, I’m not really worried that I might fall behind. Also because I write consistently all year round, so even if a month or a week I might have a lower wordcount for various reasons, I usually catch up the next.

What slowed me down was getting into Rogue. I wanted to write it in the order you’ll read it, and just couldn’t get going. Until I decided to just write the NOW and add the flashbacks later. Originally I wanted to start with his mother’s story, which would have given me room for flashbacks, but then I started his story, so I wrote one flashback and simply jotted down “Write X flashback here” at the end of each chapter.

Hopefully this will be a productive week, since I’m also off DayJob, but I need to clean the house of some clutter (both on bookshelves and in wardrobes) and make some paperbacks – one a day, hopefully, if I keep to the schedule. For the first one, I had to unpublish the previous version, unlink it from the Kindle version and start a new paperback. I think Brainwaves was the last paperback I did with CreateSpace, and now it’s gone the way of the dodo.

I also updated the headers of the blog and the publisher’s page (although on UPB I had to ask for help, since it didn’t update) so the old, illustrated cover is gone, except on the book’s page, where I post also the old covers. And I took the Goodreads Author widget off, since it kept showing the same old ugly covers. I’m on Goodreads, look me up without going via the sidebar of this blog, haha!

The first May post on Patreon was late, but I guess nobody noticed… I guess I still need to get used to having two online venues where I should post regularly, LOL! Coming up this month more Silvery Earth Kids strips (every Sunday @3$), an original beginning and a Lone Wolves Mission (Wednesdays @1$).

Also, if you want to just follow without becoming a patron, that option will send you all the public posts as they come out. I’m not sure of how it works, since the people l started following haven’t done any public post yet, but it’s a new feature for Patreon.

I’m also doing a black&white version of six strips for an upcoming anthology, I shall announce it whenever the curator tells me to! And on this very blog’s header, you have a preview of what the Star Minds Lone Wolves Team ebook covers will look like. Hariel is by the awesome Ravven, the background is a NASA picture. It will be the same for all six books.

Now I better go back to writing! Have a great week! 🙂

Writer Wednesday


Last week was another 11K week, wrapping up the Lone Wolves Team and adding something to Silvery Earth Kids. Now I’m on Hal the Rogue and probably I’ll add his mother’s story at the end, since, like the other Lone Wolves books, his story starts with the hunt for Mr. H – that’s year 5245 of the Star Nations or 2053 on Earth in the alternative future of Star Minds.

Yesterday two more audiobooks should have gone live, but I will try to provide the links next week. I’m still trying to find the links for Otherside on Amazon and Kobo, way over 30 days since I hit that “publish” button! 😦 If Findaway Voices can’t get me on Amazon, I don’t think I’ll do many more audiobooks with them. Maybe a couple more, because I loved two of the narrators and would love to hear their voices again, but that’s it. And not before the end of the summer anyway.

Next week I’m off DayJob and hope to catch up on paperbacks. Not that I hear anyone clamoring for them, but if I don’t do them, nobody will buy them, right? 😉 And I’ll need some paperbacks if I get a table in the Creators’ Alley at Dublin Worldcon. Booked the flights (even for 20BooksEdinburgh), now time will fly – hopefully. And the summer heat won’t kill me before I get there! 😀

By the way, I will NOT be a panelist in Dublin (my first Worldcon without panels, yay!), so I better start looking for a space in the Creators’ Alley and bring the curated anthologies to that table! I have at least one other author at the con, Fulvio Gatti, he might help sell some! 🙂

Two unmissable posts this week: Great Advice from Joe Lansdale reposted by Dean Welsey Smith and Taming the Critical Voice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

And since it’s May 1st… here’s the link to the Infinite Bard! The first three free stories are up! 🙂 Go check them! Show us some love! Check all the awesome authors participating, including yours truly!

The Infinite Bard, an international collection of authors who banded together to offer free fiction: epic adventure, spine-tingling action, thrills, chills, romance, humor, mystery. The Infinite Bard launches with three exciting stories. A brand new story will follow every two weeks. Visit the hub at http://TheInfiniteBard.wordpress.com/the-infinite-bard/ to see what’s new, then visit each author’s web site to enjoy each new story as it’s released.

Dive in to the first of The Infinite Bard’s exotic tales of excitement:

Diamond of the Sky by Azure Avians
Blind Spot by Donald J. Bingle
First Command by Chris A. Jackson

And I guess that’s all for now! Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Writer Wednesday


Last week I was again over 12K and I’m almost done with the Lone Wolves Team. Soon starting the last Lone Wolves Book. But the Silvery Earth Kids are messing with my mind, and I’ve now written more than 60 strips – still to color and letter and everything. Sigh. Bouncing from Silvery Earth to the Star Minds Universe dozen times a day, but I love it! 😉

Putting on my publishing hat, I put some order in my book links on Books2Read and added Vampires Through the Centuries to Draft2Digital – excluding the retailers that I already distribute to via Smashwords – so there might be duplicate links for those. I used to put them only on Smashwords because of the assetless-preorder thingy, but since the next in the series won’t have pre-order buttons anyway and I reach more places with D2D, I decided to make the move (there’s even GooglePlay in D2D’s future, hence the addition).

I also added the library distribution on most of my books via Draft2Digital (after ticking off whatever was left on Smashwords, but most of my SW books don’t have an ISBN, so they didn’t go to libraries) and I had a surprise of 21 sales to Overdrive last Saturday. Never sold anything to libraries while I was on Smashwords and first month via Draft2Digital, using their nifty auto-pricing tool, and… well, I left some money on the table, I guess, but I’m making up for it, LOL!

My audiobook is also more listened to in libraries than elsewhere… and on April 30 two more should go live. I still have trouble finding the direct links, so stay tuned… and I’ll have coupons for US, CA and AU for the other two as well, in case you’d like to listen and review.

If you follow the publisher’s page, you might have noticed a new tab, Infinite Bard. I’m not supposed to share any link yet, but stay tuned for a series of free short reads from various awesome authors including yours truly! So get ready to visit the inn/pub called the Infinite Bard (aka, the Chain Story Hub)  and be introduced to authors you might otherwise not have found and find free fiction from an assembly of outstanding authors.

The project kicks off with three fantastic stories of excitement, adventure, and terror. They return every two weeks for another spectacular tale full of thrill and chills, or maybe laughs, romance, humor, or suspense. From May 1st… stay tuned! 🙂

Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday


Last week I was back to almost 13K, so I’m doing just fine. I hope to finish the missions of the Lone Wolves Team by Easter so I can concentrate on the last Star Minds Lone Wolves novel, now called Rogue (instead of New Thief). I have no idea how long that story will be, so I might have to write a couple of shorts to go with it, LOL! Although a long-haired 20-something rogue might be quite inspiring…

And the anthologies are both live! Fantasy Portals eBook universal link and paperback. More Portals eBook universal link and paperback. Check out these great stories of portals! 🙂 And stay tuned for some authors interviews…

Publishing weekend means I uploaded also Legends of the Moren Empire Volume 1, although I won’t be writing volume 2 and 3 until mid-summer. Well, as soon as I finish with the Lone Wolves I’ll get back to it, so it might be June… But I won’t publish them before September anyway.

Anyhow, if you’re up for some epic fantasy, it’s available as eBook for now. I’ll do all the paperbacks for my own books in May.

I have 50 strips of the Silvery Earth Kids, but I’m still in the process of coloring and lettering them. At first they will be available only on my Patreon, but I’ll do a paperback at the end of the first 52 strips (one a week = a year) as well as a version for the visually impaired that will be in eBook form at first, and possibly in audio later – maaaaybe! 😉 And I’ll probably upload the strips to some webcomic site as well sometime next year!

Yesterday I didn’t write because I was brainstorming with my map and my Silvery Earth calendar where and when exactly the story takes place. I had to change a few sentences when I realized that Copperscales couldn’t be the daughter of a first generation Fajrulo (The Golden Goddess meantioned in The Sun Sword), so she’s Bloodfire’s granddaughter instead (he’s a main character The Sun Sword).

So the story is set in Inex, a northern town seen in The Path of Water but fifty years earlier, so it’s still just a big village with a castle, and a small kingdom of its own. And I drew the prince heir of that kingdom, Lambert who will soon enter the strip/webcomic. Here he is in all his plump childhood! 🙂 I wanted to add a rounder child but the only ones who might be overweight at that time could only be nobles or royalty, so…

 

After Easter there’s a series of national holidays for Italy, so I hope to put in some publishing stuff. I need to put the Vampires Through the Centuries on Draft2Digital for when they open the distribution to GooglePlay. I also added the distribution to libraries through them. Still trying to find all the links for the audiobook of Otherside, but still can’t find it on Kobo or Amazon.

And I’ll probably send out a newsletter as well, no longer regular, but it’s been four months and I think I have a few things to say to whoever is still subscribed there! 😉 I guess that’s all for today… have a great week! 🙂

 

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote less than 7K but I was still busy with the anthologies and approving the second audiobook – which might be shorter than the first, but it still took two hours out of my writing afternoons one day and another half hour the next day to check the corrections.

Yesterday I had to check and approve the third and last (for at least 6 months or until I earn back the expenses) audiobook. Hopefully this week I’ll go back to my 10K or more and glad I was ahead with the great writing of the past months! 😉

So, Otherside audiobook is obviously live, and The Hooded Man will soon follow. Unfortunately I can’t give coupons to the people I wanted to give to, since none of them are either in the US, Canada or Australia (one is in the UK, one in Italy and one in India, at least for The Hooded Man), so… I’ll decide later, when I’ve written this week’s 10K, LOL!

These are the places where I found the audiobook so far: GooglePlayiTunesNOOKaudio. Can’t find it on Kobo and they tell me that Audible distribution can take up to 30 days before the title is live there. I hit “publish” on Otherside on March 17… so I guess by Easter it might be at Amazon too! 😉

In case you don’t follow the publisher’s page, there are a few books at 99c99p out now, in case you want to give this author a try. And there are the pre-order buttons for the anthologies.

Also, I’m in two new bundles now, Eclectica and Cat Tales #4, go check them! 🙂 Again, I have updated the publisher’s page, but not this blog, so for the available bundles go there! 😉

All this publishing stuff is stealing time from writing (although I’ll be fair, a lot of time is stolen by Bubble Witch Saga 3 too, maybe I should take it off the writing netbook and keep it only on the smartphone, but it’s sooo addictive, damn it!) but I’m still hoping to get back into the routine today.

The Lone Wolves Team is out in the galaxy fixing stuff, and bonds and relationships between members are blossoming. I already made the covers for the stories that will start to come out next month and I have chosen the images for the covers of the Legends of the Moren Empire even though I’ve written only Volume 1 so far (coming soon!), but I want all three to have the same feel.

I think the Star Minds Lone Wolves will keep me busy for at least a month, if not until the end of May, then I can go back to Silvery Earth. I have written 40+ strips for Silvery Earth Kids, but now I need to color and letter them… Now I better get back to those missions, the Lone Wolves Team has to save the universe – not! 🙂 Have a great week!

 

Writer Wednesday


As expected, last week I wrote only 1600 words, much like last October when I was jet-lagged. And many were of the webcomic/strip – now I have to draw them, color them, etc. Stay tuned…

I’m still putting together those anthologies, so I haven’t started writing yet, but I sure hope to do it this very afternoon and launch into the next Star Minds Lone Wolves Team mission! 😉

And Fantasy Portals is now available for pre-order. Stay tuned for More Portals. During the weekend I’ll work on the paperbacks so on launch day you’ll be able to choose between ebook and paperback! 🙂

And of course Future Earth Chronicles Book 5 went live, so now if you want you can buy all five together and binge-read them! 🙂

And did I mention someone was putting bundles together? Here you have two, one that I’m sharing because even though I’m not in it, it’s Unicorns (my publisher is called Unicorn Productions for a reason! 😉 ) and the other is a very varied collection for all tastes… Stay tuned for more on some Eclectica authors! 🙂

Now if you’ll excuse me, I shall go back to writing… I miss it! 😉 Have a great week! 😀

Writer Wednesday


Last week I reached my first 150K and the first three months of the year are not over yet. Although this week it will probably be a veeeery low  wordcount because I am putting together two anthologies and revising Legends of the Moren Empire Volume 1 before sending it off to Mighty Editor. So, just a little meat on what’s already there.

I wrote 17K in English and 4K in Italian on both projects. Now the Italian one is with a beta-reader who will hopefully tell me if I nailed the revisions and if the end is not too rushed. For the Legends of the Moren Empire, I’m sure Mighty Editor will catch any problem. Yes, she’s awesome like that! 🙂

I received my proof of Otherside paperback and decided to resave the cover as CMYK – the RGB version has too strong reds! 😉 So if you get it now, it’s probably going to look better. I might order more copies closer to 20BooksEdinburgh and the Worldcon this summer. Still no links to the audio book, but will post them as soon as I have them. It’s not been 10 business days yet.

Audiobook 2 is under production and I’ve signed the contract for the third narrator. I’m very happy I found ways to communicate to the second narrator how to pronounce certain words (namely, Zindagi for now, since it was the only one that came up in the audition).

I never tried to listen to the Kindle’s text-to-speech after the first attempts, but hopefully the audiobooks will sound more like I wanted the books to sound! 😀 I also had to check the pronunciation of other words for Otherside (namely, the kukri knife, it has 3 different pronounciations and the narrator had used the American one, but she changed it to my preferred version.

All in all it was an interesting experience! I’m glad I have a few weeks before I have to check the next audiobook, though! 😉 Back to ebook and paperbacks for now – the anthologies, and then for that too I can have a couple of weeks break before preparing the next ebook. I’ll probably do all the paperbacks of the books that came out so far in May, though.

Next week I’m going back to Star Minds Lone Wolves. Fifteen more missions of the Team and then I’ll write another Lone Wolf story, so that later this year I can do 3 box sets – the youngsters, the elders and the rest, haha! Also, in April Star Minds Lone Wolves Shorts goes wide at last, yay. KU experiment failed completely – not one download or sale – so no more exclusivity! 😉

Now I better go working to those anthologies,  hoping the publishing drama of authors caught plagarizing, stealing images and going wild ends soon… Have a great week! 🙂

 

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