Random Friday

placeholder post – no internet at home since Tuesday afternoon, which means yesterday I had a lot to catch up (online workshops, uploading corrected version of Ryo&Yash – having found an extranous sentence while reading the POD document) so couldn’t get to any of the DVDs I got in the meantime.

Actually, I got back online at 7pm and it was Techie Bro’s birthday, so I headed to Mom’s to celebrate. I got myself a temporary SIM for the smartphone, so I can use it as wi-fi hotspot when the landline is broken – the guy said it was set up, but Saint Techi Bro had to finish installing it – it was his birthday and I got the gift (but the, he gifted me with the smartphone in the first place, LOL).

I wrote on Tuesday afternoon for lack of better options, and had the offline Writers Group on Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday trying to get the line back and calling Telecom and going at a Tim shop for the SIM and… I was very tired and very upset. I did color half a page of SKYBAND, though… 15 more to go!

wpid-wp-1442871682855Woke up early this morning and found Mighty Jo had given me a blog award… Since it’s nice and shiny, here it is! :)

The Creative Blogger Award rules are:

1. Display the Creative Blogger Award logo on your blog
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
3. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
4. Pass these rules on to them

I don’t have anyone to nominate, so if you want this, grab it, put it on your blog and follow Da Rulz!

More next week. Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday

Yash&Ryo_resizeSo, the non-writing-but-publishing month is almost finished! As hinted last Sunday, there’s a new story out – not the official release on the publisher’s page, since unfortunately it has a pre-order button for Apple and B&N and won’t go live there until tomorrow…

It’s already available on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and DriveThruFiction, though! :) Yash and Ryo Lost in the Galaxy starts in the Star Minds universe, but can’t be considered part of the series. As mentioned, the cover is by the awesome Renrou.

Toying with new title, but don’t want to dive in, since I have to redraft the ending of a story and probably the whole of another that I will get back with feedback this afternoon. Then I can concentrate on that new title – and my workshop assignments won’t be the only writing I do anymore, yay! :D

I have finished inking SKYBAND 15 as well, so I can alternate the small computer (for writing) and the laptop (with Photoshop for coloring).

Oh, and there are two POD live as well, in case you want paper books: Star Minds Chasing Stardom and Star Minds Next Generation Diaries (Createspace links, since the second is probably not on Amazon yet). Cover art still by Mighty Marvellous Maurizio Manzieri.

Now, to some writerly links. 28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing – I don’t agree with all of them, but with most, definitely! ;) Are You An Author Or An Ebook Marketer? I don’t know about you, but I’m a writer. I write. Don’t be the One-book-wonder – unless you like to play the lottery, that is.

See this Gentle Reminder by Joe Konrath, by the way. And if you want to publish a book, here’s How Should You Publish Your Book? Indie or trad, up to you. Research, experiment and don’t give up. Don’t be the One-book-wonder – unless you like to play the lottery, that is. Oh, wait, did I already say that?

Sorry… :) Wishing you all a great week!

Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Today we have two handsome young men with futuristic looks… Hello you, the tall, shy one… Tell me a little about yourself!

by Barb

by Barb

My name is Yashvardan Samara, I was born on Ypsilanti, a matriarchal planet of the Star Nations, twenty-five years ago.

Star Nations! Where there was the evil Emperor Seti-luc Vaurabi, right? My twin Sonia absolutely loves his accursed son Kol-ian and his better half Ker-ris Shermac… but I’m digressing, sorry! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m an athlete, brown hair, grey-green eyes.

Well, I can see you’re an athlete! Look at that perfectly toned body of yours! Why are you blushing?

I know I’m handsome and I’m not interested in you.

Well, neither am I, honey. Only looking! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

My family is my enemy. I ran away from my home planet because they locked me in the basement and my “girlfriend” forced herself on me. And if you think men can’t be raped, you better run a search on your own planet meganet – I’m sure there are plenty of cases of male rape.

Mmm, not on Silvery Earth, but on Earth most certainly. So, are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

No, I’m asexual, I’m not interested in a relationship. Especially after being raped.

O-okay, fine! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Overcoming my trauma – and staying alive and free.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I do not wish to talk about my powerful mother and her tame husband.

Fine! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself, then!

I won medals as a gymnast and a runner. But it wasn’t enough for my mother, she wanted grandchildren, so she hooked me up with that abusive girlfriend.

I see… and you’re not willing to talk about that either! *sigh* Okay, let’s hope your companion is more talkative! For the earthlings out there, this one has almond-shaped eyes and looks Chinese or Japanese – except, of course, he’s an alien Humanoid.


by Barb

So, tell me a little about yourself!

I’m Ryo Hanashima, mob boss son from Xi-kong, The Patriarchal Planet of the Star Nations (yes, all caps, thank you)! I’m a few months older than Yash, and he’s the most handsome guy I’ve ever met, don’t you think?

*chuckle* Definitely! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Long black hair and mob tattoos.

What is your role in the story?

Mmm, good question. Yash and Birgit saved me from a “corrective rape”. And I’m smitten. Yash is gorgeous. If he weren’t so traumatized, I’d have already kissed him blind!

*LOL* He is indeed! What is your relationship with him, then?

*sigh* We’re friends… We left the Star Nations together… I didn’t want him arrested by the galaxy police…

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Staying alive and free. Hoping I’ll end up seducing Yash!

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have a serpentine dragon coiling on my back and the tail of the dragon on my left arm reaches the side of my neck. And I’m good at races both with flying cars and motosonics…


Yash&Ryo_resizeBook(s) in which the characters appear: Star Minds Interregnum – Galaxy Police (cover art by Shafali Anand) or Star Minds Interregnum (cover art by Maurizio Manzieri) in the story Runaway. A brief mention to Yashvardan Samara is in King of Music – Zaphadin (included in Star Minds Chasing Stardom with cover by Maurizio Manzieri).

Ebook coming soon: Yash & Ryo Lost in the Milky Way with cover art by the talented RenRou.

Random Friday

of movies, ghosts and selfies…

Boyhood – an experiment by Richard Linklater. I mean, who else would take 12 years to shoot a movie, waiting for the protagonist to grow up? It’s a plotless movie, but I was fascinated by the way he did it – no fake aging on this one! Patricia Arquette is sweet (and quite vampiric, for my future books on vampires, LOL), Ethan Hawke grows up on screen almost as much as his screen son and the director’s daughter! :)

I liked the other movies he did (as plotless as this one, but somehow magic), namely Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (still haven’t watched the third in the series, Before Midnight), and the fact that he keeps working with the same actors throughout the years.

I hadn’t realized School of Rock is his, but I did know about Scanner Darkly – not my favorite neither in the director nor in the actor’s filmography. Anyhow, I like that he takes time to shoot his movies or films “sequels” or stuff like that.

Ghosts – on Goodreads! I mean, isn’t this creepy or what?

GoodreadsGhostsAh, well… now to more lively persons and technologies – here’s the King of Selfies (or Mr Selfie like it says on the bottle of Coke – the whole writing translates as “With Coca Cola you give a kiss to Mr Selfie”). And mine is not a selfie, since I made it with a camera, not the SIM-less smartphone, and used the good old self-timer with 10seconds delay…

selfiesYes, you are Mr Selfie, dear Muse H! Now, thank God it’s Friday, so everybody have a great weekend! :D

When the Lights Go Out – the Official Anthology Cover Reveal


get ready for another FREE story from yours truly… and another batch of wonderful…ly fearful Halloween tales! :D

Originally posted on Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor:

Come one, come all, and bask in the official cover of the Ink Slinger’s Halloween Anthology:


Featuring 25 tales of Halloween inspired goodness and an intor by horror author Rami Unger, look for the anthology October first at your favorite ebook retailers! (Links will come when I have them). Featuring vampires, monsters, human transformation, murder, ghosts, and more, there’s something for everyone in the Ink Slingers’ Anthology – but you might want to read it with the lights on.

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Writer Wednesday

SMInterregnumDTFWaiting for the final proofs from Createspace, then I guess those two titles will go live and appear on Amazon and other retailers soon. And there’s a new ebook out, Star Minds Interregnum, with cover of Mighty Marvelous Maurizio Manzieri. Working on the POD version of that one and Rajveer.

Week 2 of my online workshops and busy translating S.E.T.H. (included in Star Minds Next Generation Diaries) in Italian for a website, hoping to spread the name in my home country as well.

Inking SKYBAND 15. And already itching for going back to writing. I must be addicted! ;) Or I look forward to applying what I’m learning at the craft workshop! :D

Will probably start something new soon – but unfortunately the mornings at DayJob are not available anymore, so I’m left with squeezing everything in the afternoons. Will prove that I can find the time to write even when I can’t do the other things in the mornings! :D

My wordcount has been very low the past two weeks, but I’m sure it will go up again as soon as I start the next story. Found a new beta and hopefully she’ll help me make things better… And of course keep going back to the faithful offline beta, hoping one day I can introduce you to her writing (if she gets out of useless rewriting hell)! :)

New Author Earning Report. I still can’t leave the DayJob, but well… eventually! I’m not touching the old stuff and putting out new stuff and keep learning the craft – even though I thought I knew it all! ;) I’ll probably keep publishing some old stories, but also writing new ones. I’m in the mood for experimenting again, thank God! :D

Not much else going on… back to doing my assignments and inking and formatting PODs… If you feel so inclined, go to vote your favorite authors at this Readers Choice Awards. Have a great week!


Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

Apparently the author of the month has forgotten she’s on, so no author interview… unless you’d like to be featured on this blog – you or your characters, I have also a batch of questions for fictional characters if you prefer – I guess I won’t have any guests this month.

2015-09-12 09.44.52Which is kinda fine, since it’s not really a writing month for me! :) So here’s what I’m doing this weekend:

Drawing S.K.Y.B.A.N.D (pencils done, the  inking is the hard part – and then the colors… and the lettering… sigh!).

Working on PODs (two done, two more to go…).

Formatting and uploading new titles (or final drafts for pre-order).

Friday morning I was at the office inking the latest strip (I don’t know when I’ll publish those and if I ever will, so don’t ask – they’re becoming too personal to be published! ;) Maybe I’ll choose the most interesting eventually – when I’m done coloring them) and a woman came in saying “Oh, I wish I could draw like that!”

I mean, the strip. Chibi-style. I told her “I flunked illustration school because I didn’t come from an art school, but I kept drawing because I like it.”

It’s called… practice. You know, that thing musicians or other creative people do – except writers and, apparently, artists. Lots of wannabes there. “I want to write a book” but they never find the time. “I wish I could draw” but they never put pencil to paper.

I have no artistic talent. My portraits are traced from pictures. My comics are free hand and you can absolutely tell I know nothing of human anathomy – and I never draw animals (unless I can trace, so no mythical beasts, since I don’t want to steal another artist’s work) because I don’t have the will to practise.

I like drawing people, so I keep drawing people, trying different styles and never stopping. I’ll never be a professional comic artist, but I don’t care. I do it as a hobbyist because it helps me take a break from writing. But I did learn some tricks through the years.

Maybe you can’t tell, but I know when I resume drawing after a few years without doing it. I need to go back to the basis. I downloaded chibi and non-chibi human forms in different poses as reference for my comics and the strip and the vignettes…

And then I draw. And I write, but keep learning. Of course some of my older stories make me cringe, but they were the best I could produce at the time, and it’s fine. I won’t burn them just because they were crap… Nor will I throw away my old comics, although I won’t scan them and publish them either…

2015-09-12 09.45.27And with these philosophical Sunday thoughts, I shall go back to publishing and drawing… Createspace has approved the books, so I ordered the final proofs that should arrive shortly! :) (BTW that cover art on those two is by Mighty Marvelous Maurizio Manzieri, not me!) Have a great Sunday! :D

Random Friday

Let’s call it “movie Friday”. Kind of, as usual. I have bought two DVDs (while I wait for the ones I got during the summer that should reach me on the 23rd at my offline Writers Group meeting), and managed to watch one. The other I’ll keep for next week, since for one of the online workshops I had to watch a lecture and it’s over 2hours long.

So this is the “kind of” movie I’m going to talk about. I had to stop watching Wednesday night because America woke up and the site was overwhelmed – the videos got stuck and wouldn’t play. Had to finish yesterday after my lunch time which was night on the other side of the pond! ;)

Anyhow, if you’re a writer, wannabe or beginner, you don’t want to miss the lecture on Heilein’s Rules (that’s #1 on the list and it’s well worth it). I’ve been following the first 3 rules long before the internet and learning who Heinlein is – I used to be a one-draft-writer when I didn’t have any readers besides myself – and now I’m trying to follow all of them. Really, if you’re just starting off, go watch that “episodic movie”. You can do it! :)

The “real” movie is Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. In spite of the director’s obsession with 19th century clothes (applied even to Shakespeare plays, sigh!), it’s not a bad movie. More faithful to the original tale than the cartoon (except for the glass slipper, of course) and I loved the fact that CGI animals didn’t talk. I hate talking animals in cartoons, imagine in live action movies!

So, nice costumes, nice special effects and I’ve found my vampire Baldwin (Kaylyn’s husband for whenever the Ink Slingers Halloween Anthology comes out). It helps giving a face to my characters, now I can proceed with Kaylyn’s story since I know what her husband looks like! :) My virtual casts don’t comprise only Da Muses for obvious reasons… ;)

By the way, this weekend I’ll upload the final version for Rajveer the Vampire. Mighty editor sent it back earlier because she couldn’t put it down. Made my day. I hope betas will get their copy and read it before release – and tell me if they like the new ending and then spread the word.

And then I hope other readers will find it and read it! I’ll start sending out queries to reviewers next week… Have a great weekend!


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