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And Book 1 is OUT! Check it out! There’s also the series announcement, and of course the series page! And since I’m still tinkering with all the books, giving them a last pass, I won’t be doing any pre-order on this series. Next year I hope to be more organized!

I’m impressed by how much I accomplished this year despite everything. Two short series, one Kickstarter and a few Storybundles – what else can I ask for? Yes, there’s another Storybundle coming soon, stay tuned for the announcement…

This week, despite “losing” a day to an unexpected trip, I wrote 17K, so I’m clearly still on a roll! 🙂 And I backed a Kickstarter that will give me two more short online workshops + the research books I brought back from England, I guess I’ll be fine until the end of the year, LOL!

Now I’m back to the dreaded DayJob and the usual routine… it’s still quite hot for September, but hopefully autumn (or the fall) isn’t too far away at this point. And maybe before Christmas Techie Bro will fix my laptop, LOL!

That’s all for today… have a great week!

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Last week I wrote 10K… and discovered I need to write another short novel in the next project, LOL! I will still start publishing it mid-September, one title every two weeks, which will take us to November – so the Fall, or Autumn, as expected.

It will be five novels and a collection of prequels/shorts about secondary characters in the novels that can be read as standalone and as introduction to the series. Cover reveal coming up next week. Hopefully I’ll manage to write that fifth book for my September editing bracket, if now I’ll ask Mighty Editor whenever she has another week, but I should still be on time for a November release.

August 25% Off Boxset Sale started on 19/08/2022 in the following regions: Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand! It will last until 29/08/2022. My box set Books of the Immortals is included. Visit the following link(s) to see the promotion: https://kobo.com/p/boxset25!

Check out this Kickstarter if you love fantasy. “Angels, demons, & humans collide on a low-budget reality TV show. And the stakes are much higher than a game of matchmaking.” Among the rewards, you can get a postcard from Lucifer himself (admittedly for the American Holidays and your birthday)! 🙂 And we’re getting closer to the second stretch goal, which means… more books for everyone! Win-win! 🙂

Also, if you’re a writer, the good people at WMG are doing another sale for their workshops. I’m currently finishing my latest, but they’re all great, both the craft and the business workshops – I can tell after doing 6 workshops + 12 Pop-ups! 🙂 And there’s their Kickstarter free workshop too… so check them our! 🙂

And again, if you’r a writer and look for visual writing prompts that are not Midjourney generated, I’m having fun with a challenge of Photomanipulation and posting the results on my Facebook Page. Will I write all those stories myself? Probably not! 🙂

But who knows… when I’m done with the current projects, maybe… That’s all for today! Have a gret week!

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Rome August average temperature 31°C, Cornwall, England 24°C – looking forward to going north and a cooler climate!

Last week I managed almost 15K, despite the above… and I’m past halfway writing that collection. I need to finish it before going to the cooler climate for a week, although I won’t have to send it to Mighty Editor until September 12, when I go back to DayJob. I need that extra week for other stuff, LOL!

It looks like writers aren’t on vacation! 😉 Check out this post by Chuck Wendig about AI art (and maybe write a flash fiction to his AI art prompts?) I don’t think I’ll ever use an AI to make cover art (especially since I do not write horror, LOL), but it’s fun to watch.

If you’re considering doing a Kickstarter, check out this post, including the comments! I probably won’t do another until next year, but I keep backing them and studying them (and my TBR pile keeps growing, waaah!).

And I like this idea of book binding POD books for special editions… I might do something like this in the future! 🙂 It would have to be a special title or something… mmm… so many ideas, so little time…

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

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Last day – possibly last hours for the Visions of the Future bundle! 🙂 Get it now before it’s gone forever!

Last week I wrote over 12K, despite a couple of days during which I didn’t write at all and did all the other stuff. The vampires will soon get their new covers and blurbs, meanwhile Future Earth Chronicles is updated! 🙂

When I’m done with all the updating, I’ll also update the header of the publisher’s site, but it will have to wait until possibly after the summer! 🙂 At least I updated this very blog’s header, and you can have a sneak peek of the new cover of Rajveer the Vampire… that kind of matches Brainwaves… which is good since eventually the two series cross over at some point, LOL!

I sent the first three books of the new project to Mighty Editor while I give a last pass to book 4. I’ll either send it later in the year, or next week, if she can do all four in my two-week slot. It’s 40K novels, but it’s still a grand total of 170K approximately!

I still have to write a collection to go with these four. You can expect publication of these titles sometimes in the fall. I’ve experimented with craft and had a lot of fun, so hopefully you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’m enjoying writing them and making covers for them! 😉

I’m still tinkering with the Silvery Earth covers, trying to find a template that I like. Hopefully next weekend I’ll update the Vampires Through the Centuries, then we’ll see.

I backed to artists’ Kickstarters and both will deliver the art book or comic book in January 2023, yay! On paper this time, since the PDFs are nice and cheaper, but not as good as the actual book. You can still back The Art of Pascal Campion (already funded and headed for the first stretch goal), while Pixie and Brutus Gnome Sweet Gnome is probably over by the time you read this.

Check them out, they’re both great artists, I follow them on Instagram and I’m very happy they committed their strips to paper! 😀 I guess that’s all for now! 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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If you read also the comments, besides the post, you might have seen that last week I had a very dry spell and didn’t write Monday to Friday (well 900 words of conclusion of a story I started, like, a month ago). I caught up during the weekend and ended up with 8000 more words of a longer project. No idea how long and no idea when it will be done or even published, but well, I did get back to writing! 😉

My Kickstarter is still out there trying to catch your eye. Sharing it might be nice, if you don’t feel like backing it. On my Facebook page I started a series of daily reminders that I post at random times, since I have friends all over the world. Some people told me that they hadn’t seen my previous, shorter Kickstarter, so this time I want to make sure everybody sees it! 😀

a sample of what goes on my Facebook page

So yeah, I’m going to spam you with this until Easter, I’m afraid! 😉 The bimonthly newsletter will hit your inbox on Friday, and it’s not just about this Kickstarter, I promise. You can still subscribe here.

Now, in case you’re still looking for books and have enough of Kickstarters, there’s always Storybundle! None of mine at this time (but there will be one more this year, stay tuned…), but you can either grab The 2022 World SF Bundle – Curated by Lavie Tidhar, which includes my friend Francesco Verso’s novel Bloodbusters, or The 2022 Aliens Among Us Bundle – Curated by Dean Wesley Smith, which includes a whole batch of friends of mine, namely my workshop buddies Robert Jeschoneck, Kari Kilgore and Marcelle Dubé, as well as Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The only one I haven’t met in meatspace is Rebecca M. Senese, but you’ve read her stories in my Curated Anthos.

That’s all for today! Have a great 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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