Wednesday Weekly Roundup

This is done well in advance since today I’m traveling and can’t really do much on a damn smartphone, but I didn’t want to miss the weekly post! πŸ˜‰ I’m almost done with the updates, I even cleaned up my Bookbub profile, asking to remove the books that are no longer available – if only I could do that with Amazon Author Central and Goodreads as well, sigh.

Last week I wrote very little, busy drawing that new strip (here you have the character sheet), finishing Silvery Earth Kids so I can do a proof and take it to Lucca Comics and Games (end of the month) and do the necessary corrections before publication. I had to redo a couple of panels and then couldn’t make the paperback PDF because with 300dpi JPGs, it ended up crashing Open Office (and with only 40 pages it was already a 127M file).

So I’m going to take all the neatly prepared single pages JPGs (all 120 of them) to Cristina’s and let her make the PDF for the paperback. Then I’ll order the proof on Amazon, since on Lulu it wouldn’t arrive on time. A couple of afternoons were lost trying to set that paperback up (and don’t tell me I need InDesign or Vellum or whatnot, I don’t do enough “complicated”-all-JPGs paperbacks to be worth it).

I also had to go through an Italian novel that needed tech updates. With these very adult sci-fi novels, I’m experimenting with KU, since the fantasy one I published in September sold only on Amazon and for some reason Mondadori is very slow in getting Kobo’s files (they get to Feltrinelli first). So I put this Italian title in KU last week – 152KENP on the first 3 days and then it stopped. Nyeah. I’ll just leave it there.

I might share links next week since for now I didn’t really have time to go blog surfing. Except for this article on clothes and accessories that trick facial recognition software that I saw on Facebook – glad someone is already thinking how to confuse those algorithms! πŸ™‚ Also good inspiration for the next futuristic story.

This week started being busy catching up with English friends and tomorrow I’ll have to check The Wanderers back from Mighty Editor, make the cover and set up the pre-order. Then I can go back to my contemporary story and wrap it up so that in November I can write a few more short stories for traditional markets before I start writing for the Anthology Workshop. I did write a few of it on Saturday, but will finish it this week.

I forgot to mention I finished watching the DVDs I got in Dublin – and then bought a couple more in Porta Portese, but that’s for another time. The last one was Destination Wedding, that I felt could help with the contemporary story. Not really, but whatever! πŸ˜‰ Although I did consider putting a destination wedding in the story, but it wouldn’t work, so I gave up the thought.

And thanks for the hope offered to grumpy old women like me, although I’m not really looking for a romantic love. More a team to dream with. A place where creatives live and gather and do what they do best. I’m sure this utopia has a dark side, but in my current situation I don’t see it, haha! πŸ˜€

And I made the weekend Da Muse’s weekend. I got the DVD of John Wick 3 Parabellum and on Sunday I wanted to see War in theaters but courtesy of Easy Jet, Gatwick Airport and disruptions in the District Line, I didn’t make it to the 4pm show. As for John Wick 3, yeah, whatever. Sometimes action movies getΒ  really boring without an item song to break them! πŸ˜€

Leaving you with an 80s goodie… Have a great week! πŸ™‚

Sunday Surprise

Surprise! There was no post on Friday! No ramblings, nothing! Did you miss it? Of course not, who would miss an old lady’s rambings? A 50something who colors her hair blue like Pinocchio’s faery? πŸ˜‰

Anyway… Wondering why? Well, it was my birthday and I was busy celebrating mourning another year gone by. And the color leaving my hair as well. I’ll probably cut it next week, LOL!

birthday girl

But! Life goes on! And more bundles come out! Yay!

*bangs head on table* my TBR pile will never ever ever go down! *moans*

Ahem. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you More Than Human, curated by most excellent A.L. Butcher which of course includes yours truly along with other great authors… find it now at BundleRabbit and other retailers! πŸ™‚

11 tales of elves, imps, wizards, dryads, gods, and… more! Stay tuned…

And some wisdom on work – I mean creative work, not the darn Dayjob, LOL!

β€œWork cures everything.” Henri Matisse

β€œThe fact that people who create are good workers tends to be lost.” Abraham Maslow

β€œLuck is the by-product of busting your fanny.” Don Sutton

β€œIf you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; there is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” Henry David Thoreau

β€œThe artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” Emile Zola

β€œBe regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Gustave Flaubert

(copied from Colleen Doran – support her on Patreon!) Have a great Sunday! πŸ™‚


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