Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I ended up writing 17K+, which brought the yearly total to 150K, which means that on week 15 I caught up with the wordcount. To reach my goal of 500K/year I need to write 10K/week with two weeks off… so at the moment, I’m back on track and can still take two weeks off to go somewhere in the second half of the year, if things have settled down. Yay! 🙂

And like I announced on the publisher’s page, the new title is now complete, so I’m posting the cover. Still a short novel, but at least it has flashbacks! 🙂 You can now know a little more about Alex’s past! 🙂

If you write SFF, you know have two options of professional organizations looking out for you. The SFWA that is more traditionally oriented and has the Writer Beware blog, and the IASFA, that is indie-oriented… set up by Craig Martelle of 20BooksTo50K, it’s starting to build up… and it’s free to join! 🙂 I can say I was among the first 15 members, LOL!

A nice post on how to cope right now. Be kind, to yourself and others. Yes, I miss the coffee shop coffee and having lunch with a colleague or three, but we’ll get over it. Yes, it was a lonely Easter time, but I’m sending out tonz of virtual hugs for whoever needs them right now. And yes, I sometimes hold my hand, especially when I go to sleep, just to remind myself I’m still alive and still human.

Also, here’s the truth about introverts. Yes, it’s hard on us too. And yes, I’m lucky I still get to go to work three days a week to get my dose of people. I don’t look forward to when it will be all peopley out there, but I hear ya – introvert or extrovert, we’re all grieving these days.

And if you feel you need help to re-organize your life during lockdown, follow Kris Rusch’s advice. Also, prepare for the ultimate gaslighting – I think it’s going to be all over the world, not just in America. I had wished the world would stop, and now it has stopped, which is more or less fine with me, if the rest of the world wasn’t reacting so badly! 😉

I hope you might consider this: what happened is inexplicably incredible. It’s the greatest gift ever unwrapped. Not the deaths, not the virus, but the Great Pause. It is, in a word, profound. Please don’t recoil from the bright light beaming through the window. I know it hurts your eyes. It hurts mine, too. But the curtain is wide open. What the crisis has given us is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see ourselves and our country in the plainest of views. At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. Here it is. We’re in it. Stores are closed. Restaurants are empty. Streets and six-lane highways are barren. Even the planet itself is rattling less (true story). And because it is rarer than rare, it has brought to light all of the beautiful and painful truths of how we live. And that feels weird. Really weird. Because it has…never…happened…before.

And, like he says,

From one citizen to another, I beg of you: take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into your life. This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bullshit and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud.

I finally started using those codes for RakutenTV and… I wasn’t impressed. I watched Sir – the only Indian movie I hadn’t seen that was available (there’s no Bollywood at all in their selection) – and the only options were Hindi (without subtitles) or Italian. So I had to watch the dubbed version (with the silly subtitle “Cinderella in Mumbai”), which wasn’t too bad since I didn’t know any of the actors and what they actually sound like.

Until we got to the part where the two sisters discuss Choti’s future husband. I have no idea why the people adapting this movie for dubbing put in Brad Pitt’s name, jerking me out of the movie in a heartbeat. 1) how can an Indian man look like Brad Pitt? Keanu Reeves is more likely, right? Oh, but nobody knows how to pronounce that, so forget it. 2) I’m watching an Indian movie about a maid who always wear a sari and they talk about a Hollywood celebrity? They might as well have used an Italian actor for Italian watchers… if they really didn’t want to use an Indian star’s name.

I tried to understand what they were saying in the original (probably Marathi, since it didn’t sound like Hindi – she’s from a small village near Mumbai), but the only name I could catch was Rajveer (I think). I mean, I understand trying to adapt (like the subtitles of ZNMD where they translated Manju into Romeo, but it was less jarring than this Brad Pitt thing and I was able to ask about the actual line to Hindi speakers), but this was really off-putting.

Come on, people, give us non-speakers some credit when we watch your movies. We want to watch and understand your culture, not see it whitewashed just in case we don’t get it. Sheesh. Besides that, I think it was a nice, realistic story that showed me something of India. I’m not surprised the movie received so many awards all over the world. I agree with this user’s review completely.

A beautifully thought provoking film!

12 November 2018 | by taherailseahmadSee all my reviews

It is really a film worth watching, the story and characters stay on with you in a fine, beautifully quiet manner even when the film is over! A wonderfully subtle but very definitely thought provoking film with a realistic story line!

Anyhow, I was reminded why I hate dubbed movies. The other three on my list should be English or Italian movies, so I can watch the original without subtitles. And I guess I’ll stick to DVDs whenever available for the time being. Watching on my laptop wasn’t the best experience, and I don’t have a smart TV – don’t want one, I don’t use it enough anyway.

On Sunday (Easter), I rewatched 12 Monkeys – remember when 5billions were supposed to die from an airborne virus back in 1996/1997? Well, we had another twenty years, and there aren’t that many deaths yet, probably will never be (that’s more what happened in my Future Earth Chronicles sometimes in the 21st century, but I will not tell the whole story of the apocalypse, ever – and by the way, last days to get the series half-price on Smashwords).

And that’s all for today… have a great week, stay safe and keep social distancing for a little longer. You can do it! Hugs! 🙂

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! 😉 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! 🙂 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! 😉 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! 😀

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 get  really boring without an item song to break them! 😀

Leaving you with an 80s goodie… Have a great week! 🙂

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