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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. 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!

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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.

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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! 🙂

Happiness is…


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.

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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.

Random Friday


A few more anniversaries this Friday! 🙂 As posted on Facebook by The Ultimate 80’s Child (on February 9 at 8:25 PM)40 years ago today, “The Warriors” premiered in cinemas. Of course I didn’t see it in cinemas but it became one of my favorite movies on TV (analogic TV with barely a remote, it was our first color TV, by the way).

It’s also the first I saw in it’s original version with Italian subtitles back in the late 1980s! 🙂 So, like, my first movie in a second language (along with Saturday Night Fever and I think Footloose, which I hated because I loved Kevin Bacon’s Italian voice at the time, LOL!) that I didn’t speak very well (I was fluent in French and had no trouble watching the French channel available in Rome back then).

Getting movies in the original version with subtitles in the 1980s was really hard. In fact this series was at 10.30pm, but by then, luckily, our house had the first VCR (remember those?) so I programmed it and then managed to skip the ads when rewatching, hehe! And probably in 1989 when I went to London I bought the original VHS, since by then I was used to the English audio! 😉

Since we’re in 1979, for me it was also the year of Grease in a summer cinema, my first “young adult” movie after years of Disney cartoons… I know it was released the previous year, but I’m on the other side of the pond and at the time there was no such thing of worldwide release! 😀

And moving to the music scene, on Sunday I heard on the radio Video Killed the Radio Star which is still quite accurate, as long as you substitute the internet to Video and video to Radio Star. We miss Radio Gaga, don’t we? (no, I haven’t seen Bohemian Rapsody yet, sorry.)

Oh, and while we’re in the music department, let”s nit forget Prince’s 1999 – wasn’t among my faves, but… let’s party like it’s 199! 🙂 Today I’m lazy, so no links… just a couple of videos to keep you company. Have a great weekend! 🙂

Writer Wednesday


Last week I wrote 12K words and uploaded Two Stories of the Varian Empire. And while I put the drawings in the Italian version of Beautiful and wrote the next fairy tale revisited, I thought I’d finally give a chance to the Moren Empire. Because I feel that my latest stories have lost emotion, which was present in the older ones when I didn’t bother with depth and setting.

So I will try to mix both ways of writing and see if I can find a new voice with both depth and emotion. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll try the Emotion Workshop. Cause, you know, you never stop learning.

And since I found these Weekend Writing Warriors, I signed up for next Sunday… although it won’t be a regular feature, but if I decide to share excerpts again, why not doing it with them? Once upon a time there was SixSentenceSunday… now we have WeWriWa! 😉

Draft2Digital reminded me of their referral program… it’s been prolonged for another year. The link below directs you to create a free Draft2Digital account.

So if you’re not with them yet, please use my referral link to join. They’re awesome to work with and they even distribute to Amazon if you don’t want to fight with KDP support! 😉 Did I mention I go to Findaway Voices through them? Yep, that’s the audio project(s)…

Still feeling overwhelmed with the changes in publishing, so I won’t say much more except… have a great week! 🙂

Happiness is…


Random Friday


And it’s MOVIE Friday! 🙂 Nothing new, actually, but celebrating a couple of my favorites that turn 20 this year as well as another that turns 30 and has its third instalment coming…

So it was the year 1999, right? What movies come to mind to you? Come on! What movie revolutioned sci-fi film-making with the now famous bullet-time? Yes, it’s the original, one and only, The Matrix! Now that was the first Keanu movie I actually saw in theaters (everything coming before that was either seen on TV or on VHS. What? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Sheesh…) and it definitely made an impression – although it took me another couple of years to become obsessed with him, but that’s another story, LOL!

It was also one of the first I bought on DVD and that’s how I heard his real voice – and that was definitely love at first sound! From that point on, I started hating dubbed movies and watching them in their original version with subtitles. Which is good since many movies that interest me were never dubbed into Italian, mwhahahahaha! (especially Bollywood, and especially Da Muse, I think only Jodhaa Akbar was dubbed in Italian)

Anyhow, the other movie of the year was in a completely different genre and I’m not supposed to talk about it. I mean, the first rule is that you do not talk about it. The second rule is… you do not. Talk. About it. So how am I supposed to talk about it? Although I prefer one of the main stars in Interview with the Vampire, I kinda liked him also in this one – I even slashed it. From Jared Leto’s character’s point of view. Not sure I have the English version, though.

I actually even read the book, but somehow, because I saw the movie first, I thought the movie was better. But I was curious about the original material, so I got the paperback. Still wondering how they came up with that movie from that book but that’s another story (very similar to Johnny Mnemonic – got a paperback with the screenplay and the original William Gibson story, still wondering. BTW, Johnny Mnemonic turns 24. Not bad).

Anyhow, to stay with Da Muse (I don’t know who’s #1 and #2 between them anymore, so they’re just Da Hollywood Muse and Da Bollywood Muse to differentiate them) your favorite Teodore “Ted” Logan came out 30 years ago (on Sunday). That’s another movie that was never dubbed in Italian, but it’s sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was. Wonders never cease in the international movie distribution system!

Aand Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure‘s  much talked about sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music will start shooting soon! How cool is that? It’s been ONLY 30 years, after all! 😀 So I’m closing this with my new manga avatars, made with Picrew.me – me and Da Muses, of course… Have a great weekend! 🙂

 

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