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And the last title of the year is out! This collection of shorter stories can be read independently from the novels, but don’t skip the short prologue! 😀 The series is complete, although there might be more Immortaland books in the future – with less dragons, though.

So the next books will be in the same world but slightly different, like in the Star Minds Universe where there’s a “main series” and then the Lone Wolves. Definitely next year, though! 🙂

Last week I wrote 10K, including the last story for the workshops which might be incorporated in a novel attached to an existing series but standalone. So I might also reprise a couple of series next year. All fantasy for now – taking a break from space opera until the muse strikes!

The Happiness Is… on Instagram will end January 1st, so I don’t know what will happen to that account next. I don’t have any other strips or vignettes ready, nor the inspiration to draw more just yet, so we’ll see. Some say it’s the slow death of social media, but you can always come here to get news from yours truly.

This blog isn’t going away yet, even if it’s so 2010s. I’m considering making the newsletter montly instead of bimonthly, so I’ll send out a survey in the next newsletter to ask what people think. You can still sign up here, and next newsletter is probably going to be the last one with a free story, since only one person has bothered to download them so far.

In other news, I finally started using the new Kindle and added to it all the books I got from Kickstarters and bundles in the past year… I already sorely miss K.K. but it no longer supported the Kindle Store and I couldn’t add anything to it anymore. Sigh.

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

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Wednesday Weekly Roundup


And Book 5 is out! The novels are over, and the last one (above) has dragon eggs and dragon cubs in it. Next title is a collection of shorts related to the novels or prequels to the novels, but it can also be read independently, I guess… you’ll see in a couple of weeks!

And since Facebook/Meta is making things harder for Pages, as soon as this series is all out, I’ll probably stop updating the author Page. I’ll put back the generic cover picture and let this blog go there automatically, but I probably won’t be updating the photo albums much longer.

I feel the social media in question is very close to the Thrust Termocline, and to understand what I mean, check out this Twitter thread. Social media aren’t the only companies doing this, and a certain retailer apparently is making lots of customers unhappy with their latest changes, so we’ll see.

I don’t have an alternate social media platform yet, although I may eventually go back to Patreon or try Substack, but that’s something to think about next year.

Last week I was supposed to go back to work on Nov.2, but I woke up with a fever, slept it off, and then tested positive for Covid, so I spent the rest of the week at home. I managed to write almost 13k (as soon as the fever left me the next day), or two stories, one in Italian, the other in English, which brought the yearly total to 455K. I may still make it to 500K if I find a novel-length project to finish the year.

I’m probably going for an English social sci-fi story with genetic manipulation, sort of mirror (well, actually, it’s more like a sequel) to the Italian novel, so I can explore more of this strange alternate future. If I can figure out how to do bilingual books, it might all come under the same umbrella, otherwise, we’ll see. It’s rather complicated, since the stories in the two languages aren’t translations, but different stories in the same late 21st century Earth (different countries, different points of view), so… I don’t know yet what will be.

Another post that stroke a chord with me is Kris Rusch’s Building a New World. Here’s to me being able to drop that part-time DayJob (that will hopefully soon vanish or be automated or whatever else the powers that be have in mind for that sort of thing), since I’m nearing 60, and that’s when you no longer take shit from anyone, LOL!

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

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And here comes Book 4 of Immortaland Dragons! Dragon Queen is out in eBook and paperback! 🙂 In two weeks comes Book 5 and then the final collection and the series will be complete!

Last week I wrote 16.5K words, which took the yearly wordcount to 430K, which is not bad at all, even if it’s much lower than the previous two-three years. 6K were in English, 10.5K were in Italian, still working on that social sci-fi novel. The short story in English will probably come out next year anyway, possibly as a prequel or included in a collection in a pre-existing series.

This week I’m traveling, but I have the writing computer with me, so I should be able to finish that Italian novel and send it to betas. I’m meeting friends as well, so some social life for a change. And when I get back I hope Techie Bro takes the laptop away for some necessary work.

That’s all for today! Can’t believe October is almost over already… Have a great week! 🙂

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I had 4830 words written Friday night. By Sunday afternoon I had 17690. And I finished the book. So it will be done this week by Mighty Editor and by next week I’ll be able to move to the next project! 🙂 Which is good, because I got two more workshops from a Kickstarter that include writing a story! 😉

I also hope to catch up on some reading while I explore what to write next. I want to write something for the Italian market, so you probably won’t see any other title in English this year. But the Immortaland Dragons will keep you company until november, so unless I can put together another Themed Collection of Original Stories for the Holidays, it’s only a month left! 😉

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

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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!

Wednesday Weekly Roundup


And last week I got back to my 10K or so, both writing that last story for submission (that will head for the editor’s desk with the rest next week) and starting a new project that should be quickly done so I can start writing for the Anthology Workshop at the end of the month.

After brainstorming with myself I decided to go back to the Star Minds Lone Wolves and next year will see three more longer stories and at least another ten Lone Wolves Team missions with new members. I’ve started with Kaori, who has shown up quite a lot in all the published books, and wrote her story. No spoilers for whoever hasn’t checked them out yet, though.

She’s on the cover of Star Minds Third Generation Snippets, though, as Galaxy Police rookie. The Lone Wolves are set ten years later, so her book is abviously titled “Cop”. Then I’ll have “Assassin” and “Smuggler” and more Team missions.

But going back to Silvery Earth, did you know November is Fairy Tales Retold Month? Yeah, I made that up, but look at the coincidence: I published More Fairy Tales Revisited and Fairy Tales Revisited came out in a brand new bundle curated by A.L. Butcher! 😉

The Backstage Pass is also about those fairy tales and how they came into being. I wrote them all months ago, but hoped to make it a book as long as the first one – except I didn’t actually found another Rithvik and Kerrien to play with! 😉 So there you have it, a shorter book waiting for more to become Volume 2! 😉

All in all I’m quite happy that last week I managed to finish the lettering on the Silvery Earth Kids strip (both English and Italian) as well as writing new stuff. Now I’m back to DayJob, so I’ll have to go around it – although I might actually be able to start working on the Star Minds Kids strip in the mornings.

On Sunday I watched How to Train Your Dragon 3 with Dear Nephew, and we had a lot of fun. I think it’s a nice ending for the trilogy, and I liked the extras (although some I watched alone, since he had to go back to Mom’s to do some homework).

By Christmas he’ll probably be taller than be, but he’s still pretty much into those 3D stories. He even sort of summarized for me a story he has in mind, but I don’t know if I’ll ever manage to make him write it, LOL! He says he has all the character names down, though – all in English, can you believe it! 😀

Oh, and Sunday night I updated the trailer for Silvery Earth! 🙂 Not a masterpiece, but at least I took out all the ugly covers and the books that are no longer available!

And it’s Infinite Bard time again! Go check the latest story! Happy reading and have a great week!

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