Wednesday Weekly Roundup

And since I got four rejections in one day, I can now announce that Before Future Earth will come out in February and March, so one month earlier than originally programmed! The prequels are short books and the last will be an omnibus that contains all three – a very short trilogy! πŸ˜‰

And last week I dived into the Shelved Novel That Couldn’t Be Written last year, so I’m on a roll. I wrote 12K and finally have a plan and a form of worldbuilding and a story to sustain it. It’s slightly different from the original idea, but I’m quite happy with how it’s shaping up. It’s intercontinental urban fantasy – if such a thing exists! πŸ™‚ If not, I’m inventing it, LOL!

I’m not sure when it will be ready for public consumption, possibly in the second half of the year. I was stuck because I started working on it right before Covid hit us and wasn’t sure if I should set it before the pandemic or in the near future. I ended up chosing the present for reasons that will be clear when I publish it – I can always add prequels and sequels like I did with Future Earth Chronicles! πŸ˜‰

The Love and Magic bundle was entered in the following promo for tomorrow, Feb. 4:

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Interesting articles I read on the internets: why middle-aged men have trouble sustaining friendships. I’m not a middle-agen man, so why did I found it interesting? Because unlike the journalist’s wife, I hate the phone. So I’m very bad at sustaining in-person friendships. If I don’t do stuff with my friends, I tend to drift away.

I miss the creative weekends with Cristina. I miss going to workshops and conventions, even the crowded comicons that allowed me to be sociable for maybe one hour a day (I’m still 100% introvert and still hate crowded places). I don’t like the phone, even though video-calls were kind of a life-saver during lockdown (but my parents hate them, and I can’t blame them).

I’m good at keeping in touch with social media or email, but a complete disaster with the phone. I know people are busy, and always feel I’m intruding, especially on the phone. Because they all have families and/or pets, or a busy working life or whatever. I feel I’m the one who isn’t very busy compared to them, and I don’t want to disturb them, especially by phone.

In-person it’s different, they had taken the time to meet me, so we can talk! πŸ™‚ One at a time, or I’d get confused and end up listening in a corner. That’s why I’m not too fond of gatherings. But if it’s coffee with just one friend, I’m very happy. And I hope I’ll be able to do some of this later this year, when we’ll be able to travel again and possibly to hug again. I’m not a hugger, but every now and then I need a hug! πŸ˜‰

Some daydreaming to conclude the post. When I’ll be able to travel again, I want to visit my friends in Milan and Turin first, hopefully attend a wedding in Lucca and then I want to get out of Italy, again to visit friends and explore Europe. I don’t think I’ll make it across the Atlantic this year, still aiming for 2023 for that.

Like Abhay Deol said, 2021 better be better! So here’s to a quiet 2021, since January seems to have been quite hectic, especially in the US! πŸ˜€ May things calm down, the virus be defeated and all of us able to visit each other soon! Have a great week!


Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Love-story with… the years gone by

Well, this is an ongoing story! I loved most years, hated others, went through even more without noticing them. Seems like yesterday when the new millennium seemed far away and I thought 35-year-old was “old”. Now I’m ten years older than that and feel younger than before.

Anyway, I’ll try a list of highlights and low-downs of my years so far.

1070-1078 they ears abroad, all blurred in happy memories with some friendship problems here and there. First official story (with what are now called Waiora, and the planet Silvery Earth) during the summer.

1979-1984 High school Highs and lows throughout all five years, especially the last was a very low moment. Lots of stories, but not much of a social life.

With 1984 starts the series of “unlucky (or very bad) leap years” which includes: 1988 (start of Day Job), 1992 (nervous breakdown), 1996 (only highlights:Β  Tyketto european tours), and 2004 (misadventure with artist “friend”). Oh, and 2008 started badly as well, but ended better. Next is 2012 and I actually look forward to it! πŸ˜‰

Depression and panic attacks that come and go – sometimes I feel like a yo-yo. Trying to fit in instead of accepting my being different – 6 years wasted on a shrink who didn’t help that much.

Highlights: meeting pen-pals, either in Europe or in the US: 1996 – 1998 – 2002. Great meeting you, gals! Looking forward for more in 2011, this time Down Under! πŸ˜€

Travers, both of discovery (USA 1994, 2009, 2010, Canada 2004, Iceland 2005, 2007) and “research” (Barb went to Hollywood in 2006, 2007 (twice) and 2008 (twice), then had enough! ;-))

Movies, songs – anything from the 1980s, but I found something also in later years.

Friends who came and went and sometimes stayed and are still here today.

My nephew’s birth while I was at Angouleme’s comicon in 2005.

Friends weddings and childbirths.

The laughter, the dreams, life itself and the more spiritual turn it has taken since 2006 (phew!).

The Slaughter years (1990-1998): great fan club, great new friends (hi, Ren & Jen!). And great songs. My favorite video is perfect to close this post!

Happy New Year everyone!



Story Wednesday

… but you won’t find me on Serial Central. Stephen has his first serial out, so check him out! I’ll be back with a new story on Nov.10. Do check my fellow authors stories though.

I’m going to start this post following the Friendship and blogging post from the Wellhouse Circle (thanks Viv, for bringing this blog to my attention. It’s not on my blogroll yet, but I’ve become wary of bloggers who don’t update regularly! ;-)). It’s an “old” post pondering about how blogging can affect friendships. Of the four possibilities, so far, I had only #2 – make friends through blogging. My only pre-blogging friend just joined the blogging community, so she doesn’t really count (sorry, Nikalee! ;-)), because I don’t know yet if this new way of relating will change our friendship (I sure hope not)!

So I made new friends. But then lost some new friends. Like Viv says in the aforementioned post, bloggers tend to disappear without notice, deleting their blogs or making them private without warning. I understand blogging regularly is a commitment, but then most of the bloggers on my blogroll are and were WRITERS… aren’t they supposed to love writing? Is it just me? Does it feel like a chore when you have to do it every day, if only for a couple of hundred words? I understand if a non-writer gets sick of blogging, but a writer?

OK, I’m sorry, it’s just me, I guess. I miss you guys who stopped blogging without warning, and thanks to those of you who did put a warning before taking some time off from the blogosphere – yes, I understand the time off, I understand setting new priorities, I don’t understand doing so without bothering to tell to whoever is following you. Some followers never leave comments, but they are there, and they might be quite disappointed if you disappear without a trace.

As for me, next week I might skip a post or two, because I won’t have internet access. I’ll try to schedule to cover most days, but I might not have enough material to cover them all, so be patient, I’ll be back full force after Nov.8! πŸ˜‰ I might also post less frequently in the future, but I’ll always be regular (at the beginning of this year I stopped posting on Sundays, maybe in January I’ll reduce the posts to 4 or 5 per week), so please keep coming back, with or without comments, I know if you still visit me.

Now hop to Serial Central for another Story Wednesday, courtesy of Stephen Watkins! πŸ˜€

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