Writer Wednesday


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Star Minds Next Generation Diaries

The companion of the next generation novel with the story of how Shan-leo lost his arm, the diaries of Mayumi, Wim, Hiro and T’ymi’chel (or the novel seen from other points of view), and then Dadina five years later. Cover story: S.E.T.H. or Izzy-lee’s quest to recover her beloved.

Available on Amazon Kindle, Apple, Barnes&Noble, DriveThruFiction, Kobo and Smashwords.

Other news: sent off a story for a contest and finishing the next generation stories (yes, there will be more to come – you haven’t read about Kay-low and Astrid yet! Stay tuned) – and preparing for my week off, when I’ll probably mostly brood and write in London… just kidding, I do have people to meet and places to go. ;)

But April will be B.G. Hope’s month – and I’m taking an online workshop, so I don’t know how that will screw my writing routine. Nobody berated me for not giving my wordcount for February at the beginning of March, so now you get both months in one spot. Or better, the first quarter results: almost 140000 words in 3 months. Most of it was done in January, but I’m still pretty much on schedule. Should be 10000words a week and it’s been 13 weeks, so… I’m doing fine! :)

Some writerly links: Harlan Coben on writing. And marketing. And all that other stuff. And do not forget to be creative. Don’t let anyone control you. In the words of Kris Rusch:

Because being creative is about flying in the face of accepted wisdom. It’s about writing what you want to write, in the way that only you can write it. It’s about taking risks and facing down the critics. It’s about using forbidden words and writing about topics that, judging by your appearance, you should know nothing about. It’s about facing down the bigots who say you’ve only attracted readers because your last name implies a certain ethnicity.

And never stop learning. I might be huffing and panting to keep up with publishing changes, but this year I’m also going back to “school” with that online workshop – the first on craft I’m taking in years. So you’ll see less published titles, but my craft will probably improve… I’ll let the readers be the judges! :)

Which brings me also to this wonderful blog about the reader/author relationship. Some commenter pointed out it might be the Social Media Generation who treats books like products (and so do traditional publishers, they treat books like produce that spoils, check Dean Wesley Smith’s blog for that!). As for that “cleaning app”… I had read about it and went “pshaw!” *rolls eyes*.

Anyway. “Be excellent to each other” and especially online! 8 reasons why authors are assholes – I’m number 2 mostly, for the few conventions I attend. Have a great week! :)

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Sunday Surprise


My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or beyond.

So… Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Izzy-lee and I’m twenty-seven. I’m a full fledged S.E.T.H. – super enhanced trans humanoid. My Sire mind was uploaded into an artificial body ten years ago. I had an accident in a flying car with my ten boyfriend Shan-leo Shermac…

Wait, Shan-leo, the guy with the weird arm? So you’re one of them? *sigh* another alien… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

A brunette with nice curves – none of it biological.

I wish I could say I understand what you’re saying… Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Even if I’m considered an icy bitch by many, no, I’m not a murderer. I survived my own death when I found myself in this body, and I’m now virtually immortal. But I did go to a lot of trouble while trying to get back my beloved.

Where do you live?

I lived on SETH World for five years, but now I don’t think I have a steady house. Wherever my beloved wants to go, I follow.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Yes. He’s from Gaia, or Earth, and when I first met him, he had an exoskeleton to help him walk. His body was paralyzed from the neck down, but his mind was so bright and he is such a solar person… Even if he comes from a low-tech planet, I fell in love with him.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding Alex and then restoring him to his own artificial body. He’s a SETH too, now.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I have a sister, Krys-lyn. But I’m not that attached to my family anymore. Since I moved to SETH World, I pretty much cut the umbilical chord. I’m a SETH, they’re Humanoids. They have no idea of what I’ve gone through.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

When I was young and stupid, I thought I could marry Shan-leo and become empress. Except he never really wanted to sit in his grandfather’s place. So he dumped me. I didn’t know I had an artificial body at the time, so it took me a few years to redirect my hopes and dreams…

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SMNG Diaries ebook_resizeIzzy-lee is the protagonist of the Cover Story in Star Minds Next Generation Diaries.

The companion of the next generation novel with the story of how Shan-leo lost his arm, the diaries of Mayumi, Wim, Hiro and T’ymi’chel (or the novel seen from other points of view), and then Dadina five years later. Cover story: S.E.T.H. or Izzy-lee’s quest to recover her beloved.

Coming soon in ebook and print!

Random Friday


By some blogging serendipity I found two similar posts that got me thinking. One is David Farland’s writing tips on resonance – but that felt to me like trying to write for the market. I’m not writing for the market, I write what I’m passionate about and what I want to read. The tagline for Unicorn Productions is “Books for adults with a youthful mind” or something like that. I’m not going to try to please the younger generations.

Which brings to the second post by Hugh Howey about our evolution. I think he’s right, we don’t think like Victorians and future generations won’t think like us. I’m a Baby Boomer (at least in an Italian book I’ve read about “us” it gives 1945-1965 as dates, so I’m a last minute baby boomer – and even if I’m not, I’m much closer to Baby Boomer thinking than any other generation – be it Generation X, Y/Millennials or whatnot, haha!), and I don’t know how Millennials think – actually, I don’t understand most of humanity, but that’s just me, LOL – and I’m not planning to write for them.

Add to this that dear offline beta told me – after reading my latest Silvery Earth novella – “Did you write this years ago? It shows, you’re so much better now!”… I already mentioned I’ll stop “recycling” old stories, but I’ll keep going back to them for things I don’t care much about at this time in my life, but I’m sure almost everybody else still wants to read about.

Oh, and I’ve lost less than 10 “likes” on Facebook due to their new policy of taking off the inactive accounts (and I had to go through the stats to see the drop), but this blog is having more and more followers – whatever you come here for, you’re welcome and thank you. I’m expecting one of those little WordPress prizes anytime soon now! :)

I’ll end this sort-of-writerly rants with Art Friday and point you to the latest portrait of Da Muse H (I’ll use their initial from now on, since I don’t want to put numbers anymore, LOL!)! Have a great weekend! :)

Writer Wednesday


Okay, writing news: Star Minds Next Generation Diaries is almost ready for publication! Waiting for Mighty Editor on the last story (the cover story), then I’ll format and upload. Stay tuned for an announcement sometime next week.

The other stories are also almost done – I have completed a few more short stories and novellas in the Star Minds universe plus three more on Silvery Earth, but I don’t plan on publishing them now. They’re too long to submit them to traditional markets, probably, but I’ll sit on them a little longer.

Also because the website of the publisher is still a WiP, so the less new titles I have up and the less work it will be to update it! I’ll do some cover re-branding for the other two pen names in April as well. And March is almost gone too, at least I can say I’m sticking to my weekly wordcount and I’m on track with that. As for publication… no hurry, right?

Writerly links: to quit or not to quit part 1 – this is Moira Allen’s answer. I’m not quitting anytime soon – not the writing at least. I might quit recycling stories, though! ;) What was written, was written, and it sucks and it stays where it is, on those handwritten notebooks! :D

10 inspiring statistics about self-publishing – just in case you’re considering quitting publishing as well. I’m still earning in the 3digits per year, but I’m not complaining. I know these things take time.

And if you need advice on how to keep an even keel on the internet… I’m quite self-disciplined in that, so I can live without those apps (while I might need an online translator or dictionary while I write, instead of browsing those paper doorstoppers)! :)

Lots of people talked about beginners last week, be it themselves like Hugh Howey, or more generic beginners, like Kris Rusch… I’m lucky because I started my writing routine in the age of typewriter (yes, I’m that old) when there was no internet distraction, so… Good luck to everyone starting now!

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

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Sunday Surprise


While waiting for the next guest, here’s some writerly wisdom for you. Have a great Sunday! :)

When I hear the phrase “writing community,” usually uttered by those without enough talent to hate other writers for theirs, my first instinct is to reach for the napalm. But failure really does bind us. Flaubert longing to melt the stars and the kid receiving her first rejection letter are the same. All of our little streams pour out into the ocean of total uncaring. If there are to be any claims to greatness, they are to be found only in the scope of the failure and persistence in the face of it. That persistence may be the one truly writerly virtue, a salvation indistinguishable from stupidity. To keep going, despite everything. To keep bellying up to the cosmic irrelevance. To keep failing.

– Stephen Marche

This is most likely not the first time you have heard all of this conflicting advice. It certainly isn’t the first time for me. The nice thing is that I am not writing at the moment. Taking a step back has helped me see how ridiculous and conflicting it can be to listen to everything. Taking a step back has helped me see myself a lot more. Taking a step back has helped me see that I was right in taking a step back. Intuition. It shouldn’t be ignored. I’m not a perfect author. Perfection, I believe, is right in front of us all the time. It is not a place, but the ability to choose what will work for us and kindly saying no to the things that won’t — even if those things work for others and they are successful and we are not.

– Michelle D. Argyle

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

– Neil Gaiman

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.

— Harper Lee

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that.

– Stephen King

Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.

– Joshua Wolf Shenk

Random Friday


An article about Author vs. Writer – on a random Friday because… here’s my own version:

Author is the writer of that one single literary masterpiece that won accolades, while Writer is the professional who lives off his royalties! ;)
I consider myself an author because I not only write, but also draw my own comics and graphic novels every now and then (although drawing is more a hobby/passion, writing is my calling).
So that’s why I consider myself an author. And a writer. And a hobbyist artist. Gee, these labels are confusing, LOL!

Maybe I should just say Creator… Although I already say I’m the Creative Goddess of Silvery Earth. Megalomaniac much? So? ;) Don’t worry, I’m actually human and are prone so self-doubt every now and then.

And since it’s Friday, I’ll let the artist talk today! Although Da Muses are for the AUTHOR, since they inspire both my writing and my drawing…

Of course I couldn’t do any drawings last weekend (but I will this weekend, mwhahahaha!), but I do have another nasty vignette on Da Muse – because he drives me crazy and can’t even call him Muse #2, because he’s becoming #1, so I’ll have to find another way to differentiate them, gaaah!

Anyhow, here’s the news doing the rounds lately, and my reaction.

naked2I’d rather watch these animated GIFs for the rest of the day (or maybe the full videos) instead of the above… because he’s a man with moves! And when he dances I can’t take my eyes off of him! :D

The first to hit me on the head is, of course, Dhoom 2. All that video/song’s fault. And I didn’t even see it on a big screen, but on DVD. Laskhya and Krazzy 4 are still on my wishlist – maybe next month I’ll find them in Southall. Guzaarish – that’s the reason why I bought the movie: I saw that bit and said “I want it”. Kites and Luck By Chance – more favorites. Bang Bang is the only one I saw on the big screen. And Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai… well, he was young, but he could already move! :D

I could add a few more… but I’m going to shut up now. Back to writing! And drawing! Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday


So, I spent the weekend in Turin, meeting friends and – hear this! – buying a domain for Unicorn Productions! It’s not active yet, but I’m working on it with my webmaster. Sometime later this year I’ll be able to take a few things off this blog, close the Wix site for B.G. Hope and have everything in one place. Like a publisher. Because I’m a micro-publisher, it’s high time I have a real (static) web page!

Do not worry, blog follower, this blog won’t close down. The publisher page is for new releases and the newsletter and everything related to my published titles. This is still my private blog with random musings on everything and nothing. And there’s the (almost dead) Italian blog as well.  So I will still delight you with these useless posts for a few more years – until I have fun doing it, that is! ;)

Since there was much commuting time (by train) and a few dead time, I used it to write. I finished another Silvery Earth novella (and you who are waiting to beta-reading it, have patience, I’m going through it one last time, I will probably send it next weekend instead of the last as I had promised!) and started on the new SMNG story about Astrid and David.

Which brought the third rewrite to another story that I must re-read this weekend to send it off to the editor on Monday – so busy weekend of editing two stories for April publication. And checking those Silvery Earth stories as well, to send them out to betas. And writing Astrid & David. And… I love this job. The writing part, I mean.

Writerly links: a simple way to create suspense and the importance of routines. And don’t forget you never stop learning. Take an online writing course if you can’t afford a trip to anywhere (Utah, Oregon). Don’t think you don’t need it because you only have high concept ideas – if you never sit down to write those high concept stories, when you do, you’ll find out your writing muscle has atrophied.

Have a great week! :)

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