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And the vampires got revamped too! Just like Joleene Naylor changed all the covers, so did I – at least for the ebooks at this time. The old covers are currently still available on the paperback. Like her, I’ll let you know if they go away forever! πŸ˜‰

A great example of writing levels from my guru Dean Wesley Smith… very clear, and of course I’m still Level 3, but my English vocabulary expands continually, and I’m experimenting craft things with the latest project, so hopefully one day I’ll find myself on level 4! πŸ™‚

Mighty Editor added a week to the job, so she might be able to do the four novels now, but again, I don’t think I’ll publish anything until after the summer. My Smashwords page is slowly emptying, but I enrolled something for the July sale and I will upload at least one new title on there to complement the sale.

The other I’m considering of putting it on Amazon for 3 months to join the Kindle Storyteller. Then it will be out everythwere, as usual. Probably. Considering how slow KDP was on Saturday while I was updating the vampires books… I still have a few weeks to think about it! πŸ˜‰

The Books2Read links might not be updated and still show stores that are currently unavailable, but next week I’m off DayJob and I’ll see if I can update them manually. I also have to prepare those two titles for July publishing!

So, busy bee, trying to overcome the heat… now back to writing on that project, because it’s not over yet! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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Two more older titles had a face-lift – new cover, new blurb – please, check them out! Lost in the Milky Way (formerly known as Yash&Ryo Lost in the Milky Way) and Soul Thieves are now gone from Smashwords as well, until they manage that actual merging with D2D, that is.

Last week was my most prolific of the year with 25K written, but then, I was off DayJob. It’s also a personal record, the previous one being 21K/week! Whenever I’ll manage to be a full-time writer, how much more will I be able to write? πŸ˜‰

Although again it’s a series of novels… my wordcount drops dramatically when I write short stories, because of the day-break between projects. If I write a 40K short novel, I’m putting down more words in a month than if I write four 10K stories.

There will be a series of shorts when I finish these novels, but they’re all mostly connected, so I should be able to write them quickly. My poor editor doesn’t know what’s coming for her in June, LOL!

Now, about that Kickstarter… my author copies arrived, and I realized that one book has a cream interior, the others white. Teaches me not to check when I publish the rest after four years, but then… Future Earth Chronicles anyone? πŸ˜‰

For whoever came late to the party, in Future Earth Chronicles, the paperbacks have alternatively white and cream interior because I screwed up with the first two… For Otherside I realized my mistake when I received my copies, so we have a vintage-looking first book and brand new ones! πŸ˜€

Otherside paperbacks

There is still time to get Visions of the Future bundle and get all those awesome sci-fi ebooks for a ridicusly low price. Check it out, and if sci-fi is not your cup of tea, share with friends, in case someone is interested! πŸ™‚

Now I shall get back to writing… and working on that non-writerly stuff… and Friday I’m back to DayJob, sigh! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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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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I hope you checked out the Cattatute bundle… Where else can you find so many cat stories all in one place? Read more about the 10 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book! πŸ™‚

If you like podcasts, the D2D/Smashwords merging is on Joanna Penn’s blog, with Mark Coker and Kevin Tumlinson interviewed. I’m going to wait with the English titles until next month, and then we’ll see.

Last week I wrote a little over 10K by the weekend. It was finally the creative weekend, so I managed to finish the pencils of the strip, although now I have to ink and color it. I’m doing a shorter thing first, that should come out this week if everything goes according to plans.

Boy, I had missed spending a day and a half with someone else trying to pursue the same thing! πŸ™‚ I posted videos on TikTok and Instagram, and I used her to have this picture taken of me and my paperbacks so far – the latest, in Italian, should have arrived by now, but not on Sunday when the photo was taken…

So, the pile is almost as tall as me, by the end of the year it should be taller! πŸ™‚ Now, if you want to read on paper, take your pick! πŸ™‚

This week I hope to wrap another project (of shorter works), so next week I can start on a novel – I already have chapter 1, but I still need to figure out the rest. I also need to edit a title in Italian this week, so I might not write much, but we’ll see.

And February is almost over… 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! πŸ™‚

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 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! πŸ™‚ And it makes for excellent train reading while commuting between towns! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

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? πŸ˜‰ It took me some time because I have about 70 paperbacks + the anthologies, but I finally made it! πŸ™‚

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”! πŸ˜€

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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I’m absolutely delighted to announce that my Star Minds Starter is included in the Visions of the Future bundle at Storybundle! And look at the company! All those awesome authors sharing space with me! As always with StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay.

For 5$ (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format – WORLDWIDE.

β€’ Obeah by Marcelle Dube
β€’ A Little Piece of Home by Kris Katzen
β€’ Star Minds Starter by Barbara G.Tarn
β€’ The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Space and Time by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus SIX more books, for a total of 10 !

β€’ Gravity by Maggie Lynch
β€’ Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe
β€’ Plurapod Pathogen by Kari Kilgore
β€’ Unexpected Futures by Annie Reed
β€’ Grapevine Springs by Dean Wesley Smith
β€’ Thieves by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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And now to the less important news! The latest title, Children of Darkness, is related to my story in the Halloween Spectacular. These seven stories of vampire-making as well as “Under the Samhain Moon” may well be the start of the next Vampires Through the Centuries novels or novellas… as soon as there is some interest, that is.

Because at the moment I’m fully immersed in another world, and until I finish those books, I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. But I wrote 11K+ last week on this project, so I’m not complaining! πŸ˜€

A funny-sounding Kickstarter to back might be Artists are Weird but Writers are Crazy – if you still have some sense of humor, that is. Considering that I’m both artist and writer, I must be both weird and crazy, but then, normality is overrated! πŸ™‚

Another good news for paper-books lovers is that Books2Read links will now include the print edition! Since I’ll have to add it manually, though, it might take some time until all the links are updated on the publisher page… But I’m on it, and I will announce there when I’m done! πŸ™‚

The above rebrandingof the Star Minds Starter is only the beginning. The whole series will get a face-lift in December, around Worldcon. Some covers will be new, others will only have new lettering on them. Next year I’ll tackle Silvery Earth, but it’s a much more complicated and longer series of standalone…

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

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And the last Ghost Bus Riders book is out! Again sending to the publisher’s page for the blurb and everything. I also uploaded the paperbacks for all three, although you might want to wait for me to tell you they’re fine! πŸ˜‰

I noticed I had to put a higher cover price on Amazon.AU and I’m using this to warn my Australian readers that some of my books are on sale on eBay Australia at a much higher price. Even if you hate Amazon and don’t want to buy from them, I don’t see why you should pay 50AUD for a paperback on eBay… just saying!

Last week I had written 6k+ when I realized this story and another I already wrote needed to become a novel. So I’m happily back to a longer work, which means my wordcount should increas in the coming week(s) as I try to fill in the blanks and make it a nice, gripping story (hopefully).

It will be published next year, but it’s a good start! I will probably write another novel for that mini-series as well, exploring that world, so it’s another long title to write next (along with a couple more that I have in mind, one spawned by a short story, the other a serial novel or something).

So even if this year is less productive than the last, I’m not being too hard on myself. If you feel you’ve hit a writing wall, check Kris Rusch‘s take on it.

Be kind to yourself. If you would tell a writer friend to take a day off in your situation, then take that day. Figure out how to treat yourself fairly and well.

Because that’s the thing that will get you writing again. Not pressure, not mentally cracking a whip.

Kindness.

Just a friendly reminder, in these tough times.

And that’s why I’m not berating myself if I won’t reach my 500K. I know I can do it again, when I’m not grieving for my life in shambles (and I’m lucky, I shouldn’t complain, but the sudden changes were really a trauma for me) and my health improves.

Just keep writing and reading and take care of yourself. I have plenty of books with all the Kickstarters I backed in the past months, but I’d like to suggest you one more, in case you don’t have enough. Thunderpaws & The Tower of London is about a cat and some British humor. Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ˜‰ ), 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! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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

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