Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote almost 16k (with an extra day off day job) and since it was so busy in the mornings (sarcasm), I even got to start on the new strip. Now I have to color the waves before putting them on Instagram, but meanwhile here’s a “scoop” – the cover and credits! ūüôā

I started the coloring and lettering of the panels I have already done, but there’s still quite a lot of work to do. This week I hope to tackle a couple of shorter works for upcoming anthologies or to add words to some books. Like, a couple of additions to FEC11, which I completed last week. Then next week I’ll have very little writing and lots of editing, LOL!

Many writers say they can actually hear the voices of our characters – including yours truly. Now you have the scientific explanation. I’m definitely more of a “internal dialog” person, definitely not a “monologue”, hence why I thought writing screenplays would be a piece of cake. Or radio plays. They’re all dialog, right? Wrong. Lesson learned, back to prose.

A Kickstarter I backed because there are plenty of writers I know (including the one Planet Bob guy, whom I met at the Anthology Workshop in 2017) and I was curious. I’ll get only the ebook, but if you’re in the US there’s plenty more rewards! ūüôā And don’t you like the title? SPACE:1975 – A Blast of 1970s Style Space Opera Fiction. I loved Space 1999 and could probably write something for them as well. Maybe. One day.

How should artists deal with the pandemic? Like Dolly Parton! ūüôā Check how she steers her empire through the pandemic!

She has always known what the pandemic has forced many in the industry to realize: that diversifying your income streams is one of the smartest things an artist can do.

And for us indies it means don’t put all your eggs in one basket – and then licensing, of course. I still have to get to that, possibly next year. Like I mentioned in other posts, now is not a good time to take risks. But if I manage an early retirement, I’ll definitely look into it!

I happen to be a Generation X person – although in Italy it’s slightly different. My peers are still steady-job oriented and wouldn’t consider entrepreneurship, unlike Millennials. So if I get rid of the steady job, I might start exploring entrepreneurship, although laws in Italy are the most complicated in the world – which is one more reason why I want to move to another country to start a business.

Whenever I get to start working on my writing business, I’ll definitely consider Kickstarters and licensing. Meanwhile I’m just writing, so I’ll have a decent catalog by the time I’m ready to relaunch. Although I don’t see myself stopping writing to do something else.

Some writers drop everything writing to make licensing deals work. They lose writing time to business time. I could actually spend the rest of my adult life writing nothing, and making a boatload of money from licensing what I’ve already written.

I like writing too much to do that.

Like Kris, I’ll probably never be one of those writers. But I do hope eventually I’ll find the energy to concentrate on the business part of my writing, even though, like I said, it’s not easy in this country, and it adds to the stress I already feel. Like the biological clock saying “it’s been ten years, and you’re still at this stage? Gee, get moving!” – except I can’t, not really. Because I am mentally and emotionally exhausted.

So, we now know why we’re feeling like this! ūüėČ I’m currently low on #3 (although it was a bigger problem in the past), but the rest is more or less spot on.

'9 Warning Signs You're Mentally Emotionally Exhausted 1. You're easily irritated. 2. You feel unmotivated- even to do things normally enjoy. 3. You'r experiencing anxiety or panic attacks. having trouble sleeping. Either takes you hours fall asleep or broken all through the night. 5. You almost no patience and you find yourself being short with colleagues family. 6. experiencing indigestion. You have stomach ache all the time or feel like there's butterflies in stomach. 7. You crying unexpectedly. 8. You feel from reality- go through days without really emotionally responding connecting to anything. feel TheMindsJournal THEMINDSJOURNAL'

I shall try not to take big decisions while in this state, just in case. This too shall pass. And when I’ll be Dolly’s age (approximately two decades from now), I hope to be able to be like her (extract from the article linked above again):

This¬†is¬†perhaps¬†one¬†secret¬†to¬†Parton‚Äôs¬†widespread¬†appeal:¬†Just¬†because¬†she¬†wants¬†to¬†be¬†for¬†everyone¬†doesn‚Äôt¬†mean¬†she¬†doesn‚Äôt¬†stand¬†for¬†anything.¬†Offending¬†as¬†few¬†potential¬†customers¬†as¬†possible¬†is¬†just¬†good¬†business.¬†But¬†when¬†Parton¬†explains¬†the¬†philosophies¬†that¬†drive¬†her¬†life¬†and¬†career,¬†her¬†answers¬†are¬†hardly¬†corporate.¬†‚ÄúFirst¬†of¬†all,¬†I‚Äôm¬†not¬†a¬†judgmental¬†person.¬†I¬†do¬†believe¬†we¬†all¬†have¬†a¬†right¬†to¬†be¬†exactly¬†who¬†we¬†are,¬†and¬†it¬†is¬†not¬†my¬†place¬†to¬†judge,‚Ä̬†she¬†says.¬†‚ÄúAll¬†these¬†good¬†Christian¬†people¬†that¬†are¬†supposed¬†to¬†be¬†such¬†good¬†Christian¬†people,¬†the¬†last¬†thing¬†we‚Äôre¬†supposed¬†to¬†do¬†is¬†to¬†judge¬†one¬†another.¬†God¬†is¬†the¬†judge,¬†not¬†us.¬†I¬†just¬†try¬†to¬†be¬†myself.¬†I¬†try¬†to¬†let¬†everybody¬†else¬†be¬†themselves.‚ÄĚ

And here’s to hoping musicians can stop politicians from (ab)using their songs. Can Neil Young Block Trump From Using His Songs? It’s Complicated.

‚ÄúTheir best recourse is probably one that they have been using for many years,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúwhich is to complain publicly and engage in shaming sessions, which very often have won.‚ÄĚ

Wishing you all a wonderful week! ūüôā

Random Friday


A few more anniversaries this Friday! ūüôā As posted on Facebook by The Ultimate 80’s Child (on¬†February 9 at 8:25 PM)40 years ago today, “The Warriors” premiered in cinemas. Of course I didn’t see it in cinemas but it became one of my favorite movies on TV (analogic TV with barely a remote, it was our first color TV, by the way).

It’s also the first I saw in it’s original version with Italian subtitles back in the late 1980s! ūüôā So, like, my first movie in a second language (along with Saturday Night Fever and I think Footloose, which I hated because I loved Kevin Bacon’s Italian voice at the time, LOL!) that I didn’t speak very well (I was fluent in French and had no trouble watching the French channel available in Rome back then).

Getting movies in the original version with subtitles in the 1980s was really hard. In fact this series was at 10.30pm, but by then, luckily, our house had the first VCR (remember those?) so I programmed it and then managed to skip the ads when rewatching, hehe! And probably in 1989 when I went to London I bought the original VHS, since by then I was used to the English audio! ūüėČ

Since we’re in 1979, for me it was also the year of Grease in a summer cinema, my first “young adult” movie after years of Disney cartoons… I know it was released the previous year, but I’m on the other side of the pond and at the time there was no such thing of worldwide release! ūüėÄ

And moving to the music scene, on Sunday I heard on the radio Video Killed the Radio Star which is still quite accurate, as long as you substitute the internet to Video and video to Radio Star. We miss Radio Gaga, don’t we? (no, I haven’t seen Bohemian Rapsody yet, sorry.)

Oh, and while we’re in the music department, let”s nit forget Prince’s 1999 – wasn’t among my faves, but… let’s party like it’s 199! ūüôā Today I’m lazy, so no links… just a couple of videos to keep you company. Have a great weekend! ūüôā

Happiness is…


Happiness is…


Happiness is…


I know 90s is not that “oldie”, but it feels like so long ago… Weekend I “rediscovered” Aqua songs (including Barbie Girl) and realized I don’t have a working CD player anymore… Will have to get a portable one if I want to keep using all those CDs! ūüėČ

Random Friday


Let’s make it sorta kinda Bollywood soundtrack Friday. I watched Ek Ajnabee and the soundtrack isn’t really my favorite, but the title track features Arjun Rampal dancing, whoot! So, there you go, Tall Man Dance – he’s not as good as Hrithik, but he can shake his booty! ūüėČ

As for Mohenjo Daro, the title track is actually the nicest song of the whole sountrack, so… not to show off Hrithik’s skills, there you have him too! ūüôā

Two very different movies and two very different kind of songs and dances… An action vs an epic historical…

Now another thought that occurred to me… lyrics of songs that end up being titles of the next movie! That’s the Akhtar siblings for you! Here goes:

Rock on (has the line “zindagi milegi na dobara”)

which leads us to the movie Zindagi na milegi dobara with the song Dil Dhadakne Do

which leads us to the movie Dil Dhadakne Do… Will Zoya Akhtar’s next movie be titled from some lyrics of Dil Dadakne Do? ūüėČ

And that’s all for today… busy at the book fair… more next week! ūüėČ

Random Friday


I don’t want to add to the general negativity, so I’ll let songs speak for me. It feels like life is like this at the moment:

But I’m like Elton John:

And I shall leave you with the funny version of how I feel these days – and also the stupidest reason (and probably not the real one either)…

February4blog_resizeDid I ever mention I hate leap years? That extra day in February is so… GAAAH! ūüėÄ

Have a great weekend! ūüôā

Random Friday


I finished reading Dracula at last. It was longer than I thought – or maybe it took me longer than expected because of the sometimes unreadable (for me) English (when Mr. Stoker tried to render the lower classes speech, I couldn’t really follow it and Van Helsing’s broken English was sometimes irritating)… It’s… interesting! Dated, but interesting.

I’ve read somewhere that Bram Stoker knew nothing of Vlad the Impaler, and in fact he doesn’t really mention the origin of Dracula. And Mina is faithful to her husband – unlike the movie version, which seemed to be a summary of the summary of the book.

I’m kinda baffled at how things were changed in the movie. I guess the screenwriter took advantage of the fact that the writer couldn’t sue him, since he was already dead (much like the guy who wrote Troy based on Homer’s work – I wonder if dead authors who get rewritten in Hollywood haunt those darn screenwriters! ūüėÄ At least Shakespeare wrote plays that are easier to turn into movies… sort of…)! ūüėČ

Speaking of more vampires, let’s move to sort of Art Friday. Here’s a preview of half the strip about the Desi vampire… As you can see he doesn’t even have a name here (and even the one I’d found will need to be changed, so… Whatsisname is just fine for now! ūüėČ Bad author, I know).

desiYes, I’m aware it’s a very silly joke – much like this one… Hopefully this weekend I’ll have time to go back to more serious drawing! ūüėČ Unless I get to writing the above, that is. I’m thinking since I’m reading about vampires, I might as well get done with the vampire stories (I still need to finish Interview with the Vampire that I interrupted at the beginning of part 3 when I headed for London).

Speaking of artists, I’ve discovered this amazing digital painter who also has her own project – musical, not painted. May her music help heal other people from depression…

Also, if you’d like to support my cover artist and webmaster Silvano Beltramo on Patreon, here is his page. I know that eventually I’ll sign up myself, but I haven’t decided yet how to sign up (as author/which pen name or as publisher?)…

Have a great weekend!

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