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In case you missed it from the publisher’s page, the rebranding is done. My old laptop refuses to run any kind of graphics program (Photoshop, Gimp) because some Windows update clashes with it, so I installed Photoshop on the writing netbook – which only allows me to work on covers, but it will have to do for now.

No digital drawings in the near future, or new strips or anything like that for now, but I can still play with covers. Here are the latest new babies (except the last one):

Last week I started going through the new project and making changes, since it’s the first read-through after finishing all four books and sending them to Mighty Editor. I’m also writing the related stories, so I need to tweak things here and there. And I ended up with almost 9K new words, yay!

I hope this week will be less hectic at work (last week I went to work only 2 days out of 5 because of Covid-positive colleagues), then I’ll have a week off to celebrate my dad’s 90th birthday (eaten by mosquitos in Tuscany, LOL!). Hope it’s not too hot on your side of the world (or cold if you’re down under) and have a great week!

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Last week I wrote 18K, which means that this week I hit 250K, so halfway through my prospected wordcount, and there’s still room to go farther. Even if I was not planning to, or taking it easy, I might end up with 500K new words at the end of the year, after all! πŸ™‚

I’m back to the DayJob this week, so maybe I’ll write less. Monday was hectic, and I put down very few words. And I have to update another series as well, ebook and paperback blurbs included, and here’s a sneak peek of the new covers:

A nice guide for audio book authors and Finding the Highest Paid Royalties for Your Audiobooks. I probably won’t make any more audio books, since the Findaway Reports are depressing, LOL! I won’t even listen to the audio books I got through a couple of Kickstarters, but well… it’s just me! πŸ™‚

Last week the bimonthly newsletter went out with a surprise: a free story. I will probably add one from now on, since I’ve become proficient using Book Funnel for delivery! πŸ˜‰ So if you want a free story every two months, subscribe to the publisher’s site. Next UPB Newsletter is due out on August 1st.

The heat has unfortunately hit this damn town, so I’m going to start my summer hybernation soon… Although the house is still relatively cool, so if I don’t reach it half melted by the 35Β°C I get while waiting the bus, I’ll probably be able to do something.

I mean writing and all that stuff I mention above. Maybe! πŸ˜€ Oh, and don’t forget the clock is ticking on the Visions of the Future bundle… Or you can try the 2022 Pride Bundle, and the Twisted Fairy Tales might already be over when you read this!

I guess that’s all for today! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

Sunday Surprise


Kalicalypse brings together recent stories of talented SF writers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, widening the scope of the previous Future Fiction volume Avatar.

The stories deal with crucial issues for understanding the development of the subcontinent and therefore of a large slice of the world population: fascinating and disturbing visions at the same time, such as the ethics of mind-uploading in an aging population, the exploitation of mythic archetypes in VR by the powerful Shiva corporation, the biopolitics of fertility for which a daughter that bleeds becomes a valuable asset in The Fertile Market, the migration of climate change refugees to Edge-of-Space platforms, the terraforming by nanobots for the amelioration of the Earth, and the challenges facing those who are operating junk-ships in space.

β€œSpeculative thinking underlies all gestures of critical thought. What lies at the other side of the Kalicalypse? Many new worlds? Kalicalypse is the plurality we inhabit.” – Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

Table of Contents

Introduction by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

The New Humans by Trishna Basak

Kali_Na by Indrapramit Das

The Art of Possible by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

The Daughter That Bleeds by Shweta Taneja

The New Migrants by Navin Weeraratne

Anamnesis by Rupsa Dey

The Architecture of Loss by Salik Shah

Tethered by Haris Durrani

Steeling Minds by Kehkashan Khalid

The Almighty by Zafar Iqbal

Afterword by Tarun Saint

Translations from Bengali by Arunava Sinha

Cover art by Paolo Castelluccio

Available from June 2022 in paperback and ebook in dual language English and Italian.

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Two more older titles had a face-lift – new cover, new blurb – please, check them out! Lost in the Milky Way (formerly known as Yash&Ryo Lost in the Milky Way) and Soul Thieves are now gone from Smashwords as well, until they manage that actual merging with D2D, that is.

Last week was my most prolific of the year with 25K written, but then, I was off DayJob. It’s also a personal record, the previous one being 21K/week! Whenever I’ll manage to be a full-time writer, how much more will I be able to write? πŸ˜‰

Although again it’s a series of novels… my wordcount drops dramatically when I write short stories, because of the day-break between projects. If I write a 40K short novel, I’m putting down more words in a month than if I write four 10K stories.

There will be a series of shorts when I finish these novels, but they’re all mostly connected, so I should be able to write them quickly. My poor editor doesn’t know what’s coming for her in June, LOL!

Now, about that Kickstarter… my author copies arrived, and I realized that one book has a cream interior, the others white. Teaches me not to check when I publish the rest after four years, but then… Future Earth Chronicles anyone? πŸ˜‰

For whoever came late to the party, in Future Earth Chronicles, the paperbacks have alternatively white and cream interior because I screwed up with the first two… For Otherside I realized my mistake when I received my copies, so we have a vintage-looking first book and brand new ones! πŸ˜€

Otherside paperbacks

There is still time to get Visions of the Future bundle and get all those awesome sci-fi ebooks for a ridicusly low price. Check it out, and if sci-fi is not your cup of tea, share with friends, in case someone is interested! πŸ™‚

Now I shall get back to writing… and working on that non-writerly stuff… and Friday I’m back to DayJob, sigh! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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And the last title being out, the series is now complete, and the series page updated with all the links! The paperbacks should be on their way to the backers who requested them. So I guess this Kickstarter is done! πŸ™‚

Now I should be able to announce the second rebranding for the Star Minds Universe, and here you can see the new covers! There’s also new blurbs, if you’d like to check them out. The series page is updated too.

The titles are slightly changed, but the stories inside are the same – well, a couple of volumes have a new title, because “Interregnum” didn’t make sense anymore, so I changed it to “Confederation”. And you also get a sneak peek of the book coming in July! πŸ™‚

The Smashwords/D2D merging means the books will vanish from Smashwords for a few months, they still have no idea when they’ll be able to send titles to the Smashwords store, but since my only Smashwords customer already has them, I don’t think they will be missed! πŸ˜‰

Also, the slightly different title means I had to let go the Createspace paperbacks and make a new edition with a new ISBN on KDPprint. I didn’t change the art on the paperbacks, only the typography and the blurbs, but since the title is locked to the ISBN, I decided to create a new edition. Same interior, though! πŸ˜€

I wrote almost 13K on the new project last week. I hope to get that much done this week, but this rebranding will keep me busy as well. It’s not only the Star Minds Universe getting a face lift! I did mention I need to tackle Silvery Earth as well at some point, and I’m already starting experiments, but I probably won’t be able to do all the books until the summer.

Meanwhile I take care of the rest! πŸ˜€ And write the next book, of course! On TikTok I posted a couple of WiP videos, with things that won’t end up in the final book, like maps… but they’re useful when your characters wander a lot like mine! πŸ™‚

The strip is over on Instagram, so from Sunday you can check the Happiness is… vignettes there. Yes, truly, I’m getting rid of Da Muses, how cruel can I be? πŸ˜‰ I’m finding other ways to inspire myself, I did change the way I write my books through the decades, so I’ll be fine…

The next big news might be a Sunday Surprise! Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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And the last short novel is out! One more book and this series will be complete – for now. Read those books and then we can talk about sequels, LOL!

Last week I wrote under 7K (yearly total reached 190K) and finished Book 2 of the next project. Now onward to Book 3 so another project will be complete for Mighty Editor’s pass in June. Don’t expect this before the fall, though, the summer will be quite busy with other things as well as the two promised titles in July and August.

Check this post on how writers fail (part one) – I remember the whole popcorn kittens feeling. I probably got back to it this year, when I slowed down the publishing (also to tend the garden) and to re-assess where I want to go. And I love this quote from Kris:

Those of us who have made a longtime living in the arts know that the arts are a rollercoaster.

Rollercoasters are terrifying. But they’re also a hell of a lot of fun.

I wouldn’t give up my position in the arts for anything. I’ll always be a writer, even if I stop earning money at it. And I’m an artist in a variety of disciplines, some of which don’t even interest me on a monetary level.

I haven’t made a living in the arts yet, but I know that rollercoaster feeling, it’s what I’ve been on since last year. At least now I see the fun part as well. I found someone to help me through the un-funny part of this job.

So I might have to postpone any travel to Worldcon and beyond (i.e. September), but I’ll be all right, possibly paving the way for the future. Even if the Ten Years of Indie Publishing were celebrated last year, I didn’t have the energy back then to change anything. Now I’m working for it, with ups and downs and mood swings, but I shall overcome! πŸ˜€

Next week the last book of Otherside and possibly a surprise… meanwhile, have a great week! πŸ˜€

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And Book 2 is out too! Busy publishing month, LOL! Four books in four weeks, and then I shall rest… not! Because I have more ongoing publishing stuff I’m doing behind the scenes, and you shall see the results soon, hopefully. It’s something I’ve been postponing for way too long and even if I’m hating it, it needs done.

The turn of the season is giving me anxiety and depression again, and I found the only way to escape from my gloomy reality is to write. It might be why I wrote another 12k last week and almost finished book 2 of the next project.

I’m hoping to go to Worldcon (ten years later, same place, because I love Chicago) and I applied to be on the program with tonz of doubts. We’ll see if they’ll give me some panel or not. Maybe I’ll just enjoy being back in Chicago for a few days.

I’ll probably spend my next vacation time (end of May) at home again to finish some projects. I’m still unsure about the end of June, but we’ll see. I should really get my arse to a travel agent and talk to them about international travel!

That’s all for today! Have a great week!

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Last week was rather productive despite expectations. I was supposed to edit the project, but got “distracted” by a story with a deadline, so I had to interrupt the editing to write a damn Holiday Story (I hate the Holidays). With time travel (I love time travel! :D). And since I was left with only a day and I was afraid it wasn’t enough to go through a whole short novel, I also started another short (that I finished on Monday). So, 12K written, yay!

Now I’ll have to finish this editing before writing the next short stories. Meanwhile I finally got my paperback copies, and had to redo a couple of covers (one was missing the title on the spine, the other had the wrong back cover copy). Meh. But it’s done, so…

Today is the last day to pre-order this awesome anthology! It goes live tomorrow, don’t miss over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press’ 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest. Paperback links are also there for those book lovers!

I was checking travel rules for the rest of the year, and it looks like I better find a travel agent to help me. So many forms to fill when moving to another country, even a European one, sigh! Hopefully I’ll manage to get away, though… Well, NOT traveling allows me to save for when I want to quit the day job, LOL!

But I’d rather see some new country or go back to a place I love at least once this year. Out of Italy, I mean. I know I’ll have to go to Tuscany for my father’s 90th birthday, but I really hope to get away from the whole country at some point. Maybe not the Worldcon, but closer… why not?

We’ll see. I guess that’s all for now! Have a great week!

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My first goal is well underway, since I started the new year with almost 20K words written in one week (I reach that number if I count the weekend of the previous week, when it was already 2022). I doubt I can keep writing 20K a week all year, though, especially since I had two extra days last week!

January 6 is national holiday in Italy, and I was supposed to go back to work on Friday, but on Thursday a colleague let us know he had tested positive to Covid, so we weren’t allowed in the workplace on Friday, yay! I wanted to stay at home, and managed it!

Even if I had guests, it was two very productive days, and I kept going during the weekend despite other things to do (like filling the fridge and the biannual family lunch at my sister’s). I hope this week to wrap that project and read it all in one sitting to make sure I don’t contraddict myself. Still under wraps for another couple of months, though, sorry.

As for the second goal, well, I did my “birthday portrait” on Monday, but still have to get back to the strip. While publishing the latest on Instagram, though, I got the idea for the next comic, so I’m good. Whenever I get to it, that is! πŸ™‚

As for the third goal, nothing to announce yet. I’m working on a paperback and then I hope to order all my author copies in one sitting. It should make for a nice box of books, LOL!

It’s not a new title, but the final final edition of SKYBAND – a Silvery Earth Graphic Novel currently available in PDF instalments only on DriveThruComics (but you can’t see it if the adult filter is on). It’s a full color 300+ pages graphic novel, and I thought I could try the hardback, but I fear it would be too expensive.

So paperback it is. I still have to figure out which color paper won’t make it too expensive to buy, but I’m afraid with paperbacks I don’t have much choice. Dead trees cost more than downloading a file! But they probably last longer and are definitely better suited for artworks.

That’s all for today! Have a great week!

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Welcome to the last post of the year… where did time go? For a final final wordcount of 2021, I’ll give numbers next week. It currently stands at 460K. Last week I wrote under 7K because two days were eaten up by… series rebranding. But since it was Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I shouldn’t have counted them as writing days, right? (As if I weren’t known as someone who spends the Holidays writing when everybody else is busy celebrating, LOL!).

Anyhow, I had somehow announced it when the Visions of the Future Bundle came out, and now it’s official. Star Minds Universe eBook covers got a facelift! I even redid the series trailer! And I did the last two paperbacks, so everything is in print as well – the Star Minds Lone Wolves Novellas as well as Star Minds Lone Wolves Team! And I took down the five-missions ebooks of the Team, since I think it should be read as a single episodic novel anyway.

Star Minds Universe new eBook look

So, above you see all the new covers. Those are the titles currently available, as eBooks and in print (except the box sets. Those are eBook only, for obvious reasons). If you’re like Tori, you already read them all. If you got the Star Minds Starter somewhere, well, here’s everything you get if you keep going from there! πŸ™‚

There are no other books planned at this time, although I might add a Themed Collection of Original Stories about this alternate future for our planet. Having also updated the series page, here’s the whole series blurb:

Star Minds Universe, a Space Opera Series

In this alternate future, Earth joins the Star Nations in 2012… discover this future where space travel is the norm, starting back in the 20th century and then diverging into a completely different future from our own!

Hey, look! I even updated the Smashwords Series page! πŸ™‚

And I am honored to have some covers by Hugo Nominee Maurizio Manzieri in this series – the ones you see as “video cover” were custom made for me (Star Minds Next Generation and Star Minds Chasing Stardom), others I bought from him and wrote the story to match the illustration on the cover (Star Minds Next Generation Diaries and Star Minds Interregnum, the illo for Star Minds Third Generation Snippets matched my idea of Kaori in the galaxy police).

I don’t know when I’ll be able to give a new look to the Silvery Earth books, because there are many more and I have trouble finding images of characters from the southern kingdoms (India and Persia inspired), the Amazons Country or the Assassins Guild, so I think I’ll leave them as they are for now.

I know I’m supposed to touch up the backlist (it’s been ten years since I started with Silvery Earth, after all), but considering how long it took me with 20some books, I’ll have to take a week off writing to change 40some book covers!

Anyhow, in January I’ll do a last paperback for Vampires Through the Centuries and then it’s ten years of my Italian pen name, so I’ll be busy with that. I’m also taking out the Italian titles from KU, since they stopped getting read, and I do have some readers on Kobo, especially since it distributes to Mondadori and Feltrinelli.

So January will be busy with more housekeeping and more writing. Hope to wrap up the current project and then we’ll see. I have a few more Ghost Bus Riders stories to write and a couple of other ideas that I still need to figure out.

That’s all for this year! See you in 2022! Have a great week!

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