Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote almost 13K and I hope to wrap that project this week, so I can print it out before I get off Day Job (so it will have to be done by tomorrow afternoon, LOL! I know I can do it!). Then I’m probably going to write a couple of shorts around these novels to either send out or just add to the ebooks when they’ll come out in November or December. Anyhow, Yearly wordcount is 405K, so very close to the goal, yay!

If you’d like some advice on plot and character, head for Chuck Wendig’s blog. I’m character-oriented for the non-initiated, and plot is so secondary to me, that sometimes I’m afraid I have no plot, busy as I am following those characters wandering around, meeting people and doing stuff. Sadist Author who threw stuff at them seems asleep, lately.

But that’s also why I can’t write to a formula, because my characters simply won’t follow the written plot. Meh. Maybe I’ll manage it with a short story, but longer works… probably not. Oh, well… considering how younger generations seem to prefer videos and audio, soon nobody will read the old-fashioned way anyway, so I’ll have to find another way to narrate those stories, LOL!

And did you hear about the notorious GPT-3-generated blog showing AI still can’t imitate human writing? I was really impressed with DanT’s comment (an image in the original, so reporting here for the visually impaired):

If I pay for a book, magazine or newspaper, I’m not just buying the content, I’m buying the labour of the people involved, who have spent time learning their craft, and researching their stories. So it’s a fair exchange for me to pay for a book by William Gibson, for example, because I know at the end of the financial chain some of the money will be going to a person who has invested time and effort into the creation of the product I’ve bought.

If the only human input is five minutes spent on a headline and intro, which will probably then just be spun into multiple variations for testing purposes, why would I assign a monetary value to it? There’s no labour to be rewarded, and no bond with the writer (which is a big driver of me spending money on writing). Instead it’s just some very clever AI churning out words which are meaningless to it.

Rather than saving content companies cash, it seems more likely to entirely devalue writing as medium, which has pretty big implications for how humanity communicates in the future.

So we might find ourselves in that April’s Fool post by Mark Coker (based on which I wrote a story that has been picked up for a charity anthology for no pay, but I still have no idea if and when it will be published), New Amazon Service Eliminates the Need for Authors.

Meanwhile, we’re still here, still writing and still publishing, aren’t we? And tomorrow there’s a Kobo sale for the US and Canada only, book 2 of Future Earth Chronicles will be at 99c, so for those of you who bought book 1, you can now grab Book 2 at a special price for a limited time! 🙂For good laughs Terrible Book Covers: Hilariously Bad Book Covers of Your Favourite Classic Novels. Having been on Lousy Book Covers myself for the old cover of Technological Angel, I understand it’s not nice to tease bad book covers, but these are public domain/classics the cover designer obviously hasn’t read (in spite of them being classics), so chuckle all along if you wish. I particularly love Moby Dick portrayed as a shark! 😀

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

Sunday Surprise part 2


Since I can’t reblog the publisher’s posts and the post itself missed its schedule, I’m copy-pasting the most important part of that post:

For the month of October, Honorable Assassin will have temporary sales. Find it at 99c between Oct.6 and Oct.9 on all retailers.

So get it now, you have until tomorrow to use the sale! Read the whole post.

Writer Wednesday


So, wordcount for January was 40K, not bad considering that I’m only just now starting to take care of my health. I’m not aiming at 500K this year, unless the meds kick in and in the second half of the year I gain some momentum.

For now I’ll just do what I can and allow my thyroid to recover. I have a lot of compulsive reading to do this month, so I’m afraid I won’t have much time to write, but in March I hope to get back on track. I mean, I spent most of October and half of March NOT writing last year, and still had 470K words at the end of the year. So, not really worried here.

The publishing is also slowed down because I didn’t even have time (or energy) to translate something back in Italian (besides, Cinder Boy in Italian is still selling since December, so…)! 🙂 There will be a title out in February and maybe two in March – I’m also trying a new proofreader with stories I wrote last year and I’m currently expanding.

Some writerly links! The Data Divide! Which includes links to the Authors Earnings report and lots of other stuff. A great analysis of the world of publishing, as usual. And if you’re still afraid of something, keep an eye on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog.

—Do not make escaping your day job a goal for your writing.

I hear this all the time, but the pressure is too much on the writing because the day job, the “real job,” is what makes everything tick.

But don’t worry, if you keep the writing fun, keep your family supporting you, keep learning, eventually the money from the business side will overwhelm the day job money. And by then you will have gotten help to deal with it all mentally, right?

Just don’t make the writing so important, so special, that it threatens the “real job.” If it does, you will grind to a halt fairly quickly because how we were all raised doesn’t allow threats to what pays the bills.

Read that? I’ll have to paste it on my wall. This was on the post about the fear of a real paycheck. I’ll freely admit I’m scared to go freelance after having a steady job for almost thirty years. Unfortunately thirty years ago I wasn’t as strong as Dean was (and was too attached to my family still).

So I’m still considering alternatives (I’d consider publishing a job, not writing, but like he says somewhere else, I can’t just publish myself, I need to have other forms of revenue or it will take the fun out of writing, and I won’t let that happen ever again). Probably Patreon could help with a “steady” monthly income, if I figure out how to set it up well!

Sometime this year, when I recover some strength and feel less tired, though. Like I said, I’m taking it easy this year. I’m a fast writer anyway, and I bought in the rewriting myth once (I called it Rewriting Hell) and swore never again.

I was and will always be a one (maximum two) draft writer (sometimes I expand or rewrite the end because I wasn’t happy with it in the first place – I tend to want to wrap up too quickly and when I go back to it, I realize what’s missing), but then I don’t have an English teacher barking rules in my head, since I’m an ESL writer! 😉

kobo-promoBefore I forget! The Path of Water (Quests Book 1) should be at 99cents this weekend! And tomorrow is the last day for the Kobo UK promo – Norman Blood at 2£! Onward and have a great week! 😀

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