Writer Wednesday


Last week I did my 10K  and worked on publishing a couple of titles, so I didn’t have time to do much more. I couldn’t work on the webcomic/flash series either because I have now embarked in a double writing challenge. I’m revising and expanding a standalone fantasy that will not be translated in English, so this week my wordcount is a mix of English and Italian. I wrote that book in 2004 and there’s still some head-hopping to get rid of as well as settings to add.

I also decided where to end volume 1 of the Legends of the Moren Empire so that in April I can write short stories again. It will be 3 volumes instead of 2, but that’s fine. There is quite a lot of head-hopping there too, even though I’m using the 2004 version and not the original (I learned about POVs that year), so I’m trying to limit the POV characters, although it will be a multiple-POV novel like the Quests books.

At least I can finish it by the end of the month and move on. I have fifteen more missions of the Star Minds Lone Wolves Team to write! 😉 The first batch will come out in April – when that KU exclusive title will finally go wide, yay.

Last week I also had to listen to the whole audiobook, two hours approximately, and request a couple of changes. The narrator was very fast and nice, and now I hit the publish button but I’m not sure when it will actually be available. So stay tuned for further links, probably on the publisher’s page. I also did the paperback so that hopefully Amazon will push it up on its recommendation engine because it has all three formats.

The lucky title is Otherside, and The Hooded Man started production. Still waiting to finalize the narrator for the third audiobook. Since The Hooded Man is shorter than Otherside, though, I probably won’t do the paperback. It’s already included in More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms anyway! 😉

And I published Male Lovers of Silvery Earth Volume 3, with cover art by Eleonora Conti. The only new story is the cover story, Water Creatures. And most of the book is Saif’s Story since it’s a novella or short novel. I published the Italian version almost at the same time, hence the busy week, even though I was off Day Job! 😉

And there’s a Kobo sale or two coming… with two of my older titles included. I don’t have a direct link, but the 500 under $5 Sale is in Australia and New Zealand. The March US Price Drop Sale is of course in the US.

Have a great week! 🙂

 

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Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. We are now in Rithvik’s point of view and you can see what a struggle it will be for him to overcome Kerrien’s denial. And again, since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

***

You’re still used to sleeping like a prince, aren’t you?”

“Well, you could keep me awake…” Rithvik grinned, glancing at Kerrien’s groin.

“Don’t even think about it!” Kerrien warned.

Rithvik sighed. It was going to be a struggle to convince the fierce mercenary to give in to some tenderness.

“Thank you for these boots,” he said. “Much better than my old slippers. What season is it? Will I need a cloak soon?”

 

***

Beautiful blurb:

Kerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.
Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.
Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?
A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Random Friday


I’ve been thinking of my visually impaired readers who can’t really enjoy a webcomic… and it occurred to me that it might also be a sort of serial flash fiction. Although I’ll have to study how to turn a series of strips into a decent flash fiction… currently I’m still under 1000 words of text, but it’s just dialog, since the panel shows whatever is not said.

So it would need to be beefed up for prose purposes, and probably split into episodes. As an experiment, here go the first five strips presenting the characters with a frame for the visually impaired. On purpose, I’m not reposting my color palette attempts and let me know if you can “see” them.

SILVERY EARTH KIDS

ONE

The five lined up in front of the audience and fussed a little about their positions. Then they started introducing themselves. First came a blonde girl with pointed ears and a floral dress with puffy sleeves. She had pale skin and baby blues and spoke in a soft voice.

“Hello, my name is Goldenberry and I’m a Genn,” she said with a curt bow. “We’re Ether’s people and mainly magic users these days. Once upon a time whe had kingdoms, much like the Humans… But they chased us away and we moved underground, invisible to them!”

She curtsied again and looked at the boy next to her. He wore a short tunic of nacreous fabric and sandals. He had brown hair to the shoulder and water-green eyes. He bowed his head with a lopsides smile.

“Hello, my name is Erwan and I’m a Waiora,” he said. “We’re Water’s people and are normally found in both fresh and saltwater, but we can live on land as well. We can shift shape to dolphins, seals or otters… But our towns are at the bottom of the sea, where Humans can’t go.”

The boy at the end of the line started fidgeting, looking at his booted feet. The next in line was a redhead with freckles and feathered wings the same color of her hair. She wore tight-fitting clothes that left her legs bare and flat shoes. She seemed ready to open her wings and fly off.

“Hello, my name is Winged Ylenia and I’m a Sila,” she said shyly. “We’re Air’s people and live mostly up in the clouds. We eat Clouds’ Nectar more than anything else but we can eat some earthly food. Our nests are on the highest peaks where Humans don’t go.”

She got closer to the copper dragon standing next to her. She had horns and pointed ears and a ridge of copper scales as well as bat-like wings. Her belly was golden and her fangs didn’t look threatening. She was obviously a dragon cub and only the boy next to her looked nervous in her presence.

“Hello, my name is Copperscales and I’m a Fajrulo,” she said. “We’re Fire’s people and the most powerful of the Magical Races. There’s fewer of us, but we can shift shape to look like other races, Magical or not. We love mingling with Humans and passing ourselves off as gods!”

She looked at the blond boy next to her. Clearly Human, he wore tunic and breeches and boots. He looked uneasy in such company and he almost stuttered when he spoke.

“Er… I’m Torik. I’m Human. I have no magic. I’m short-lived. I’m a barbarian to the Magical Races. I’m ignorant. I know nothing of gods and goddesses. I’m scared of dragons.”

The other kids surrounded him and hugged him. They were his friends, they’d never let him down. Yes, he might not be a member of the Magical Races like the other four… “But we love you anyway!” they chorused.

A tear of joy ran on Torik’s cheek. He felt fortunate to have such friends, although he didn’t know much about them. Surely they could have a lot of fun together!

So, what do you think? I could serialize the flash and strips on Patreon at the lower level of 1$ a month… Anyone interested in this? Thanks for any comments! Have a great weekend! 🙂

Writer Wednesday


Last week I managed my 10K by Thursday since I had to get on a train on Friday. And in Milan I wrote a few more strips for the webcomic, so Sunday afternoon I typed them. Since Feb.28, it’s another 700 words! 😉 I have drawn all the panels, but now I need to clean them, color them, and put the lettering.

I’m exploring venues where to put them, probably Tapas, SmackJeeves and Patreon – which will mean adding a level and make another weekly post, whenever I’m ready to release the Silvery Earth Kids to the world! 😉 At Cartoomics I asked for advice on webcomics and of course bought a few things – all this in barely two hours! 😀

If you’re a newer writer, check out this article on self-rejection. Last week I had the Day of Rejections, with 3 coming into my inbox – one, personalized, in the morning and two in the evening. Glittership was very fast (2 days since submission), Amazing Stories 1 month and the personalized one was long overdue, but they were nice in their rejection.

Which doesn’t mean I’m going to rewrite that story, mind you! 😉 I still have two out and plan to submit another when the market opens on the 21st, then we’ll see. I might have to postpone the 30-stories-in-60 days, like I said! 😉

Currently I’m gathering stories for another anthology and yesterday I uploaded Future Earth Chronicles Book 5 for pre-order everywhere. In less than a month the first cycle will be complete. I hope the dozen people who downloaded Book 1 from Smashwords or the other dozen who got it from Kobo promos will end up buying the rest of the series. I’m quite proud of it, and hopefully they’ll like it too! 😉

I would like to thank the person who got a book at full price during the Read an eBook Week on Smashwords. And hope the half-dozen who got the other freebie will then go on to read the rest of the series. It’s probably the last time I participate in a site-wide sale, though.

Findaway Voices is prepping production on the two male-narrated audiobooks and hopefully the first will be ready soon. I’ll be editing and formatting another title for next weekend and then back to writing… Have a great week! 🙂

 

Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. This is the end of part 1, before I switch to Rithvik’s point of view (that you shall see next week). And again, since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

***

“Then why can’t I leave you?”

“Because you like me?”

Kerrien wanted to strangle him. But he just couldn’t.

He groaned and turned his back to the beautiful prince before he did something he’d regret.

“You don’t like me? Why did you kiss me then? Kerrien!”

“Shut up, Rithvik!”

***

Beautiful blurb:

Kerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.
Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.
Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?
A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Writer Wednesday


If you see me bouncing this week it’s because the announced sale is finally out! My first professional publication! I might not be on the ebook cover, but I’m so proud and awed to be in such good company! Yes, I’m in Pulphouse #5, out now! 😀

When I got that email, I forgot about Himalayas and the Smashwords sale, as you can imagine! 😉 And I was so excited I postponed to the weekend listening to the narrators auditions for the next two audiobooks… but now two more are scheduled for production.

I also had time to write another 13K, but I have a fairly detailed outline, so I’m going very fast. I want to finish at least volume 1 of the Moren Empire this month, and it might turn out longer than usual (but it’s also 4 or 5 short books put together, haha!).

If I don’t make it, I’ll push the “30 stories in 60 days” to June and finish it in April. In the meantime I submitted another couple of shorts to traditional markets, although I like SFF fandom less and less. This year will probably be my last Worldcon, since my readers don’t seem to be attending members! 😉

And I have a few links today to share with you.  Indie sci-fi authors are upending traditional publishing, and it’s turned into a war. I am a member of the 20Books group, although I don’t earn much, and will attend the Edinburgh workshop/conference because it’s closer than Vegas and it also has the writing days. But I’m nowhere their results with sales, I still have to find my readers. Let’s hope that whoever started a couple of my series with the free books in the Smashwords sale (see above) will turn into fans! 😉

David Farland on when to stop polishing your manuscript with some good anecdotes from the past. Kris Rusch on priorities – have you made yours? I should probably push my health before my writing, since I don’t have a Dear Husband… although I’m married to Mr. Writing, so… conflicting priorities here… 😉

And the longest article, but worth reading and mulling over – 35 Hard Truths You Should Know Before Becoming “Successful”. I like #20 very much and write what I’d like to read, not chasing the latest trend… which might make it harder to find my readers, but well…

I have a couple more, but I shall leave them for Random Friday Rant! 🙂 Have a great week!

Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. Since last week’s excerpt was so successful, let’s continue with those two. This scene is actually before the last, Kerrien has just kissed Rithvik awake and they are still in the castle. And since I have the drawings, here you get your 8-10 sentences illustrated!

***

Finally they emerged in the courtyard and Rithvik gaped as he looked around.

“No more castle…” he whispered. Then he brightened. “No more kingdom!”

He grinned at Kerrien. “Thank you!” He threw his arms around Kerrien’s neck and stamped a quick kiss on the mercenary’s lips.

Startled, Kerrien pushed him away.

“Are you out of your mind?” he protested.

Rithvik kept his arms behind his back and kept grinning from ear to ear.

***

Beautiful blurb:

Kerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.
Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.
Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?
A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.

Beautiful and Fairy Tales Revisited are enrolled in Read and Ebook Week on Smashwords, get them at 75% off, this week only!

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

Random Friday


So, after drawing Rithvik and Kerrien, I decided to get back to comics. Maybe a new strip, maybe a webcomic. Not sure yet about formats, but definitely for online consumption first.

Researching the topic I see some webcomics are single-panel cartoons, others are three- or four-panels comic strips that ave the same structure as newspaper format. I probably won’t use the “infinite canvas” and will do a mix of single vignettes and strips.

I hate the infinite canvas… I won’t be reading Ren Rou’s next comic When We Fall because it’s an infinite canvas – she says it’s comes out better on phones… pity I don’t read on a phone because guess what? I’m old, and I  can’t see the damn screen very well! I loved her previous comic Stolen and saved the page to print them out and read it offline, but I’ll have to pass on this one.

For comics I’m still very traditional. Yes, I might follow Facebook pages of cartoonist, but I’d rather go to comicons and buy the books, possibly with a little sketch on them! But I understand the need to evolve, so I will give this webcomic thingy a try. Althought there’s the problem of finding a format that can be future-proof.

Da Strip was like the Peanuts, four identical squares that could be put on a square or vertical or horizontal, so that might be a good format for this project too. I still have the four-panels squares that I used for Da Strip, so I may start with that.

In the meantime, here’s some sketches I did while toying with the characters. I have no problems at drawing human-like chibis, but the little dragon was a challenge… so here you have some studies, a sort of cover art and a first sequence… in WiP format. It will need clean-up and colors before going online, but I thought I’d give a sneak peek.

And since #8Sunday was so successful, I’ll keep going with Beautiful – and since I have the drawings, I’ll post the 8-10 sentences referring to that particular vignette… have a wonderful weekend! 🙂 By the way, tomorrow Himalayas goes live… book 4 of the Future Earth Chronicles is here! 😀

Writer Wednesday


Last week I managed almost 13K, working slow and steady while doing other stuff. My mood went up and down, so some days I didn’t write much (at all on Sunday), others I put down 2.5K words. As long as the job gets done… 😉 I’ve been diving in the Moren Empire, and it’s the closest to epic fantasy than I’ll ever be. It’s still Silvery Earth, mind you, but it’s in more ancient times, so it’s kinda wilder.

Humans are still barbarians and the Magical Races still rule. We have heroes and heroines and dark ladies and battles and all that jazz I’m not very good at writing – or at least I wasn’t in the late 90s when I first wrote them. We’ll see if I can pull it off now!

The first hero is an angry young man (he has reason for his angst) and he’s the perfect character for my current mood, if you can believe a 20something non-human male and a 50something woman have something in common. Maybe I’m not human, that’s why I can relate, haha!

I guess this project will take me through March, then in April I’ll try to write 30 short stories in 60 days or at least the 15 more missions of the Star Minds Lone Wolves Team! Are you following them on Patreon? A couple are free (because they were already published, that’s why)… and if you want to read the rest in advance, it’s only 1 buck a month (yes, I lowered the only tier)! 🙂

Boy am I happy NOT to write romance! Did you miss the latest scandal? It’s called plagiarism… You can read most of it on Kris Rusch’s blog and we even have Mighty Nora Roberts response to the whole mess.  And her promise to follow through – because ghostwriters and readers also have their part in this mess. To follow this (especially if you’re on Twitter, which I’m not) use the hashtag #CopyPasteCris.

I’m thankfully prolific and would never dream of hiring a ghostwriter, but then, I never tried to game the Amazon algorithm either. That’s why my only KU title hasn’t moved a single copy since I put it in KDPSelect. I know, it’s not romance… did I mention how glad I am it’s not?

I don’t think writing fast means writing badly, and you don’t need to be a media tie-in writer to write fast, IMHO. Writing is a muscle, and the more you use it, the easier it gets, that’s all. Of course if you’re a beginner, you shouldn’t aim to write fast, but if you started writing in the age of the typewriter like me, you can write fast and well. Pour out that million words of crap and you can only get better, right? 😉

It will take me longer to find my readers, but I will find them, eventually. I’m as much a control freak as Kris is. And why should I outsource my writing? Yes, sometimes “I have fears that I may cease to be

Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;”

(John Keats, I’m not plagiarizing, I’m citing! Although this is long in the public domain, LOL!)

But I still stand behind all my books. I have considered ghostwriting, but for memoirs, not someone else’s fiction. And if I ever manage a collaboration with someone, I’ll have a contract, like I have for the curated anthologies. Prepping for the next one of those, by the way, stay tuned…

Draft2Digital annunced they’re going to distribute to Google Play. Not sure I’m happy, because of Google’s policy to lower prices at random, which tickles Amazon and so on and so forth, so we’ll see. Not much else is going on on my side of the world… have a great week! 🙂

Sunday Surprise – #8Sunday


Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in ten sentences or less. This is my first post on this wonderful blog hop, so let’s cut to the chase and start that excerpt from Beautiful. This is Sleeping Beauty revised as m/m romance on my secondary world of Silvery Earth.

***

Something was very wrong. He shouldn’t have slept that soundly.

Maybe the kiss had done it. Tied him to that crazy prince. He decided to get away from the tavern without breakfast…

But his feet brought him to the main room where Rithvik joined him with a bright smile.

“I thought there would be a barber in the inn, but nobody is willing to shave me. Will you do it?” the prince asked.

Beautiful blurb:

Kerrien prided himself on never getting lost, not even in the deepest, darkest forest. That skill came in handy when tracking someone. It gave him an edge over whomever he was looking for. But he sometimes was taken by surprise by what he found.
Kissing a prince awake might not be the smartest thing Kerrien ever did in his life. Especially since he’s now stuck with the beautiful sleeper with a puppy disposition, and has no idea of who sent him to sleep and why.
Feeling a stray cat himself, can Kerrien put up with the young prince demands? Cats and dogs are not supposed to get along, do they?
A fairy tale retelling, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novel.

Get the e-book or the brand new illustrated paperback. Beautiful is also included in Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth.

Interview with Rithvik and Kerrien. Another interview with Rithvik and Kerrien at Library of Erana.

I’m also on Patreon. Find all my books here.

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