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And the vampires got revamped too! Just like Joleene Naylor changed all the covers, so did I – at least for the ebooks at this time. The old covers are currently still available on the paperback. Like her, I’ll let you know if they go away forever! 😉

A great example of writing levels from my guru Dean Wesley Smith… very clear, and of course I’m still Level 3, but my English vocabulary expands continually, and I’m experimenting craft things with the latest project, so hopefully one day I’ll find myself on level 4! 🙂

Mighty Editor added a week to the job, so she might be able to do the four novels now, but again, I don’t think I’ll publish anything until after the summer. My Smashwords page is slowly emptying, but I enrolled something for the July sale and I will upload at least one new title on there to complement the sale.

The other I’m considering of putting it on Amazon for 3 months to join the Kindle Storyteller. Then it will be out everythwere, as usual. Probably. Considering how slow KDP was on Saturday while I was updating the vampires books… I still have a few weeks to think about it! 😉

The Books2Read links might not be updated and still show stores that are currently unavailable, but next week I’m off DayJob and I’ll see if I can update them manually. I also have to prepare those two titles for July publishing!

So, busy bee, trying to overcome the heat… now back to writing on that project, because it’s not over yet! Have a great week! 🙂

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Last week I wrote only 7.6 words but again, there was a break between two books – and the Kickstarter work of completing the campaign, so two days went with that and brainstorming the next book. My yearly total is over 150K, though, so I’m not complaining! 😀

This week I’m off DayJob, so I should be able to a) finish the Kickstarter work and send out the digital rewards; b) write the next book of the new project; c) edit the short stories I sent to Mighty Editor (by the way, if you want to laugh, last week’s strip was an actual conversation between me and her) and decide if I want to submit them or keep them for other purposes later on.

Some will need to be published this summer anyway. And during the weekend I’ll upload the first book of Otherside to retailers. Meanwhile I tinker with mock covers of titles that might never be published for various reasons, but since it helps me visualize the story better, I’m going to continue, LOL!

In case you don’t have a huge TBR pile, check these out: a kids friendly series with dragons is now on Kickstarter. If you prefer sci-fi, Celestial Sagas is now on Storybundle, with lots of great authors! 🙂 I’m still finishing the door-stopper Time Traveler’s Almanac (I got the paperback and it’s 900+pages long), and then I’ll probably check my copy of Crunchy With Chocolate, since I’m currently writing about dragons! 😉

Then I might go back to ebooks and switch on the new Kindle (although I still have unread stuff on KK, but it’s mostly non-fiction or classics), sigh. So not looking forward to seeing what they have changed! 😦 Like the KDP dashboard and the WordPress notifications and… ok, I’ll stop complaining.

Sorry, grumpy old spinster here! 🙂 Now I better go back to writing… have a great week! 🙂

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And the Kickstarter is over, with one stretch goal reached, yay! I will send out surveys soon, and digital rewards will go out next week. Thank you again for believing in me! I might do another for the next trilogy… just kidding! We’ll see how long it will take me to recover from this one, LOL!

Last week I wrote over 14K on the new project, and yes, it’s probably a trilogy, but we’ll see. Like I said, I’m in no hurry to publish anything new until the next semester, and I do have a couple of short story collections that came back from Mighty Editor that should come out first.

One is an extra title for the Star Minds Universe, which should do for Sci-fi July, and the other is prequel stories for Ghost Bus Riders, that I may publish in August. I’m considering going back to Worldcon (Chicago, 10 years after my first, and I love the town), but I don’t think I’ll bring anything to sell, just enjoy the Windy City and seeing old friends.

My cover artist for some Star Minds Universe titles, Maurizio Manzieri, is again nominated from the Hugo, amd may he win this year! 🙂 Below his covers on my books (two custom):

Easter Monday morning I wrote another 2300words on the new project, and spent the afternoon drawing and brainstorming the sequel. I will have to adjust everything when all the books are written, like I’m doing with Otherside right now.

Besides obvious typos (still wondering how “mavkerel”, “republix” and “disctionary” ended up in my manuscript), I also found a small continuity error in one of the short stories, since I hadn’t corrected it after writing Book 2. So, good thing I’m going through all the books one last time before sending them out to Kickstarter backers and uploading them to retailers! 🙂

Next week I’m off DayJob, so hopefully I’ll be able to fulfill all of the above – set up the digital rewards on BookFunnel and start uploading the new books to retailers, although they won’t go live until May.

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

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And we entered the last week of the Kickstarter! I finished the last proofreading on Book 1 with a PDF of the paperback – unbelievable how typos jump at you from a printed page! Also, this book was written and edited last year, and I made minor changes when I wrote books 2 and 3, so there were little tweaks to do.

The next proofreadings should go faster! I have already done most of Otherside Stories and I’m on Book 2, speedily going forward. Let’s see if in the final days we reach a stretch goal – more ebooks for everyone! 😉

I also found time to write, since I put down almost 12K last week! But then, I’m into a longer project, so words come easier, even though I keep cycling back because I come up with things when I have already moved forward. Did I mention I changed how I write through the years? Yes I did! 😉

My friend Fulvio Gatti has a novelette, “The Poderosa Trap”, included in the collection “Cosmic Convocation”, out now by Starry Eyed Press. You can find it here, both as paperback and ebook.

The space pirates of the “Poderosa” believe in democracy. This is why every few years they elect a new captain. Elmo Van Der Brook is ending his duty at the helm of the ship, so he suggests the smart but shy accountant Marcus Kandor to run as his successor. As expected, things will turn out much more dangerous than expected.

It looks like I’m forgetting to post the Happiness Is... on Instagram, but since I can’t schedule them… and I’ll probably stop here as well soon, maybe at the end of May when the strip ends on Instagram and I’ll substitute it with the Happiness Is... vignettes.

And that’s all for today… Wishing you a wonderful week, and Happy Easter if you celebrate it!

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The Kickstarter funded, but if you keep sharing it, we might reach another stretch goal, which means more eBooks for everyone! Meanwhile thank you to all those awesome backers!

If you like audiobooks, check out this Kickstarter as well! And the Soccer Moms are also getting audio books, in case you’re interested.

If you’re still hesitant about doing a Kickstarter for your own books, either listen to the interview with Monica Leonelle on Joanna Penn’s blog, or join the free course on Teachable, which will probably take a little longer, but it’s well worth your time (it’s what I did).

A bunch of authors got together to make two kickass anthologies to help the people of Ukraine. Snag your copies here!

Adamant Spirits: https://books2read.com/u/mvWenz

Fierce Hearts: https://books2read.com/u/m0lRwJ

Last week I wrote almost 10K, but I kept going back and rework the setting. It’s not a brand new world, but I also had to go through the other novel to remind myself about this world – I haven’t translated that one in English and probably never will, but you’ll get this story that is set much earlier in the history of that world.

While looking for something in my unfinished comic projects folders for the above book, I found a comic project that was supposed to be drawn by a friend who no longer does that (she has moved to body painting), so I’m thinking of trying to do it myself, with my new style, but I need to study the characters a little, since I do need certain women to look like women and not little girls, LOL!

So I might alternate writing the new book with studying for the new comic, and then I’m going to offer it to a publisher first, and if they don’t like it, I might try to put it on Webtoons or some other place, or maybe I’ll do a paperback like I did for the Silvery Earth Kids strip. We’ll see.

This week I printed out the PDFs of the paperbacks of Otherside books because I found so many typos in that Italian title, that I decided I better do it before I send them out as Kickstarter rewards! Createspace allowed to order proof copies that could then be given away, but KDPprint has that ugly banner, so I’d rather just print out the PDFs and go through them before uploading them.

I guess I’ll be busy until the summer with all those projects, LOL! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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And my next Kickstarter is live! Check it out, read the excerpts, grab the original novella for a buck or the whole series before it goes live at retailers – if you like ebooks, that is! 🙂 This will be a little longer than the previous one, because it’s new stuff and I want people to have time to find it.

It’s an experiment on book-launching. After 10+ years of write-and-release with not very good results, I decided to try this technique for my latest mini-series, in the hopes of actually grabbing some readers. Pre-orders never worked for me, so we’ll see how this goes.

Last week I wrote 6500words, again short stories, I haven’t found a long project yet. I’m at 98K for the year, so I’m not complaining anyway. I’m actually surprised I did this much already! 🙂

This week I haven’t written a word yet, but life got in the way with looking after aging parents and the usual mess at DayJob. Here’s to hoping I can retire early next year and not be bothered by that at least.

I used what little concentration I had to edit the Otherside books, so they’ll be ready when the Kickstarter ends! 🙂 I got book 2 and 3 back from the editor last week, so I’ll concentrate on that for now, and then finish the project I had started (a couple more shorts to write for that one).

Not much else to say this week, except go check my Kickstarter! 🙂 Have a great week! 😀

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So, between videos about Ukraine and Russia, funny pets and Karens put in their place, I stumbled upong a Zoomer explaining TikTok algorithms and how the social media works… I guess I won’t get anywhere with my account (especially since they keep silencing my videos if I put the soundtrack from my phone), but I’ll keep posting until I have fun.

Yes, he offers a free guide, but he wants my phone# besides my email… er, no, thanks, hon, I hate the phone and I definitely don’t want you to call me or message me or whatever you need my phone for. I’m not even American! 😦 Besides, I don’t have the energy to do what he says I should do at this time.

Last week was mostly editing, so not much writing done (a little over 5K), but I still feel sort of burned out, or at least my creativity is sleeping. I mean, I’m still writing, so everything is okay, right? Not! I have mentioned I’m unhappy with whatever I wrote in the past two years, and maybe my esteemed colleague Ron Collins is right when he says:

I was not “blocked” after all. I could still throw down words. But it was like I was a potter at the wheel. I could drop clay down, but that clay wasn’t forming. Life was so intense, you know. So undecided. On the one hand I felt “safe” in that so few of us needed to brave the pandemic (and “safe” in that I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I and my family can survive with my trickle of writing income), but that just served to make me feel guilty for being overwhelmed (when I knew so many had things worse). Looking back, I can see that while everything was stagnant, nothing was stable. If I looked forward a few months, I could not make any certain statements about what life was going to be like.

I might have kept writing and publishing, but wasn’t really happy with the results. So I might be even slower from now on, especially in publishing. I might keep those stories on file until I’m sure I can make them better, or keep writing them, or whatever it is I can do with them.

Yes, of course, I’m still writing, but you probably won’t see many results after I publish the Otherside books and a couple of other collections I have already written, and only need to be sent to Mighty Editor. I don’t know what my next project will be because I’m improvising.

Maybe I’ll go back to drawing for a while, or watch more movies or anything else that might boost my creativity (a suggestion I got from the post above, hence I suggest you read it all, so I’m re-linking to it).

I got some Kickstarter rewards, and since they’re not on Bookbub, I’m giving the Goodreads link. It’s comic books of fables and fairy tales from all over the world, with different artists and writers involved. The first I read is Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories (mostly from China, Japan and India, but also a few more). There’s even a short version of Mulan, and a kitsune – and lots of tigers in the Indian stories! 😉

Then there’s The Girl Who Married a Skull: and Other African Stories – some drawings I didn’t like at all, and one of the stories was very similar to one of the Indian ones, but it was nice. There’s three more, but I’ll review them next week.

And then there’s another 20 or so ebooks of fiction (and one non-fiction) I still have to read, but I need to put them on the new kindle and I haven’t done that yet. I started on a big paperback of short stories, so it will probably take me some time to get to them. And I also have half-a-dozen or so in PDF that I want to print out (but maybe, eventually, I’ll just put the mobi file on my TBR list) and a few bundles as well… hopefully this is the year my TBR pile goes down! 😉

If you’re a sci-fi fan, you might want to check this IASFA bundle (no, I’m not in it, but I know some of those names!)!

Talented authors. Remarkable stories. One incredible science fiction collection. IASFA brings you a massive science fiction book bundle!

Bestselling and debut authors have created worlds where invasions are apocalyptic and space empires are in peril. The universe is beyond our understanding…and sometimes, what we don’t know can kill us.

Aliens, warships, royalty, intrigue, and battle, sometimes fought only within one’s mind, other times with railguns, plasma beams, and blasters. Never a dull a moment as you choose from fifteen full-length books. When we discover we’re not alone in the universe, will you be prepared?

IASFA’s Science Fiction Book Bundle, available now. https://20bookpacks.com/IASFA-SF2022

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

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And the big announcement this week is… another storybundle! Cattatude is now live and it includes Otherside, my novella of cats and women. Find more info here.

If you haven’t read Otherside yet, go grab it for less than 1$ along with those other awesome books! Because the next big announcement is… the Otherside Books! Yes, in March and April (with possibly a couple of weeks off to travel) I will publish three short novels and a collection of stories exploring the steampunk world beyond the portals!

Book 1 is ready, but Book 2 and 3 + half of the short stories still need to go to Mighty Editor who is busy until the end of the month. And the acquisition of Smashwords by Draft2Digital means that I postponed publishing Book 1 until I have all three, in the hope that meanwhile I’ll have only one dashboard for the two distributors! 😉

This month I’m going to put out a couple of old Italian titles (revised, and that I will not translate into English), since those go only on Amazon and Kobo. The first is the original story I based Soul Thieves on, which means I went through the English version, if only to remind myself how it had evolved.

And, horror of horrors, I found typos, missing words, but mostly, a typo in the blurb! Which meant that I had to redo the paperback cover. Originally made with Createspace, you’d think it would be easy to change the cover, right? I mean, it went smoothly with other titles…

Well, not this time. Soul Thieves has a white cover, and they kept telling me there was no bleed. So if you have a white cover for a paperback, remember to frame it with a black line. Still missing Createspace, sigh.

Also, the previous cover template calculator no longer works, as I discovered while I prepared the Italian book. Now you need to go here, and it’s actually better than the previous one, since both the PDF and the PNG are the right size (the previous version had the PDF already cut, so when you uploaded it to KDP print, it was too small)!

So, between dealing with KDPprint for myself and Kobo for a friend, I didn’t write a word until Saturday – I could have started on Friday, but I had to check a few things, which means I found a couple of typos in the first chapters of Thief and I really should find time to go through all my paperbacks catching typo fairies, but where is the time?

Anyhow, during the weekend I managed to write a full story, though, and my wordcount is a little over 7K (the yearly total so far is 64K, so at 6 weeks it’s perfectly fine – I need to write 10K/week for 50 weeks to get to 500K).

The Sunday event was canceled because Khabi Lame was in Dubai (his manager probably forgot to tell him he had a signing event in Rome, LOL!), but then I read this article about being an aunt, so… say hello to PANK Barb, and Dear Nephew still loves her even if he couldn’t have his comic book signed! 🙂

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

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And Happy New Year! In case you love paper calendars, be aware that the Silvery Earth Kids Calendar is still available in my Zazzle store – yes, I update it every year! There’s also mugs, face masks and other neat things there, in case you want to have a look! 🙂

Final wordcount for 2021 was 470K. Now, for this year’s goals… here goes, in this order!

  1. write as much as I can (if I reach 500K fine, if not, it doesn’t matter), having fun and exploring new places, probably as short stories first.
  2. draw more than I did last year – finish the strip and do a few more pencil portraits. Possibly start a new comic or continue Lady Ice, not sure which yet. Finish the strip comes first!
  3. publish whatever I finish – or send it to other publications if it doesn’t fit in any series or collection. But that’s really a third. I must try to keep my creative mind busy, so I won’t feel the DayJob stress too much.

And now, the first publications of the year! Vampires Through the Centuries Going Into the Future only on Amazon, because, like I said on the publisher’s page, I did the ebook only because I did the paperback. So the last two publications are now in KU. Those single stories are available everywhere elsewhere if you read only ebooks.

And my short story “An iCub on Mars” was accepted for Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship Will Travel! And looky look! I’m even on the cover! And yes, it’s still on pre-order, you will get it at the end of January so I’ll make sure to remind you! Meanwhile, here’s the editor:

Adventures among the stars need a ship to get you there.

Stories Rule Press presents Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel
Space Opera heroes and heroines explore the stars and discover cool new places in ships which range from beat-up rust-buckets to sleek technologically advanced craft that are the envy of the galaxy. Space ships are quintessential for the adventures and challenges our favourite characters face.
Come and explore over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press’ 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest.
Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel
is the second volume in a quarterly collection of genre fiction anthologies presented by Stories Rule Press.
“Sole Survivor” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Captain” by Stephen Sottong
“Big Top” by Sonia Orin Lyris
“Cycle Three” by Stephanie Mylchreest
“Star Cruise” by Ron Collins
“Watch of the Starsleepers” by Christopher D. Schmitz
“Tome Raiders” by Eric Del Carlo
“The Passenger” by Eve Morton
“An Ordinary World” by J. L. Royce
“Insanity is Infectious” by Cameron Cooper
“Achemar” by Jasmine Luck
“Moby Dick’s Doors” by Michèle Laframboise
“Learning Curve” by Neil Williams
“Exotic Matters” by Phil Giunta
“An icub on Mars” by Barbara G. Tarn
“Of Hedgehogs and Humans” by Rob Nisbet
“Smugglers Blues” by Blaze Ward
“Altered Skin” by Sara C. Walker
“An Unexpected Taste of Home” by Terry Mixon
“Symphony” by Douglas Smith
Space Opera Science Fiction Anthology
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Stories Rule Press is a family-run micropress in Alberta, Canada, working as a cooperative to bring great story-tellers together and assist them with publication.
Editor Tracy Cooper-Posey is one of the original authors with Stories Rule Press. She writes across several fiction genres, including space opera under two different pen names, and grew up reading classic science fiction.

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And that’s all for today… wishing you a Wonderful 2022! See you next week!

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Are you done with your Christmas shopping? No? Good! Got a few suggestions for you! Buy or gifts books! I’m going to start with mine, because, hey, I’m a writer, right?

So! One of my stories is in Pulphouse #15 along with some other awesome authors, and it’s out now! Which prompts me to remind you my page of other publications that you should absolutely check out if you haven’t already!

Then there’s the collaboration anthologies that I curated, again with other authors. And then there’s me, my books, my series and all that jazz… I’m afraid there’s no discount going on, but yes, there is the last title of the year as well! Italian Women is now out in eBook and paperback for your reading pleasure! Please note that it’s NOT on Smashwords because despite the nuclear option the meatgrinder wouldn’t accept it, and kept telling me there were problems with footnotes.

Now to more recommendations, since I couldn’t find them all on Bookbub. Here are the books of fiction I loved this year! Links to Goodreads because above. Order in which I read them, not of favorites! 😉

Raziel’s Shadows (Angels and Djinns #1) by Joseph Robert Lewis

Like a Rock (Disorderly Elements #1) by Mason Winters, Olivette Devaux

Card Sharp Silver (a Cave Creek Novel) by Dean Wesley Smith

Life of a Dream by Dean Wesley Smith

Zombies Ahead by Z. Allora (adults only!!)

Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

Laying the Music to Rest by Dean Wesley Smith

Fiction River Moonscapes

Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Tamil Pulp Fiction, Volume 1

Mutable Things by Karen L. Abrahamson

The Popcorn Thief by Leah R. Cutter

Magic Today by Anna McCluskey

Black Mercury by Charlotte E. English

The Dream Thief by Kari Kilgore

Butterfly Stomp Waltz by Michael Warren Lucas

Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer

Pockets of Darkness by Jean Rabe

And that’s all for today! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Seaason! 🙂

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