Writer Wednesday


Sooo, since I was traveling sans-PC, back to the old times, yay! πŸ™‚

I was interviewed here… Β and it’s “Read an ebook week” on Smashwords – here are some authors’ bargains!

And grab this bundle before it’s gone! Great books by great authors! πŸ™‚

And last but not least, one of my titles is in a Kobo promo, go check it (no direct links, just go to Kobo.com)

The workshop is over, I didn’t make any sale, but here’s a very summarized journal for you…

p_20170303_222519Will write more when I go home, I promise! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

Writer Wednesday


pathairdtf

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

We’re still on the new Silvery Earth! Still exploring those Quests books! They don’t have that much to do, do they? Why are they always looking for something anyway? Let’s ask them!

Hello, young lady. Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m Sayla, I’m nineteen, my mother Talulla is a maimed Sila. I have inherited the keen Sila eyesight and I’m the best archer in town.

I think we met your mother in the first book, but you were but a wee little girl back then… I don’t suppose you remember three people passing by? A gorgeous warrior with turquoise eyes, a brooding beau of a magic user and a blonde healer? No? Thought not… It was fifteen years ago for you, after all! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Petite, light brown hair, blue eyes.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how they become an enemy?

No, well, let’s say I ran away from Inex when I discovered that my mother cut my wings at birth. I mean, my MOTHER maimed me, can you believe it?

Not very motherly, but then, she’s not Human, is she? Although being maimed herself… why would she do the same to you? Anyway, would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I hated everyone after discovering my mother’s betrayal. Well, except Keenan. He’s the only friend I have.

Mmm… do I smell a relationship here? If so, what it is about him that you find appealing?

Not really, not yet, but I know Keenan adores me and when I’m ready, he’ll be there.

Sweet! Lucky gal! Where do you live?

I was born in Inex, a city-state on the northern coast of Varia, an lived there until I ran away to go looking for the Sila nests after my mother told me of the maiming.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding the Sila nests and reaching them without wings. I’ll need help from eagles and dwarves to succeed.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them. Besides your Sila mother, I mean.

She married my father Myckim who comes from the south. I have an elder brother, Sanylo, but he’s an asshole.

And you just left them all behind… so let’s hear the young man now. Tell me a little about yourself!

I’m Keenan, the tanner’s son, and I’m twenty. I grew yp with Sayla and I’ve been silently in love with her for years.

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Blond and blue-eyed, like most northerners…

What is your role in the story?

I follow her when she runs away, then help her in her quest. One day I hope to give her wings.

What is your relationship with her, then?

We’re childhood friends, she’s my Wonder Girl.

Well, I wish you both to find what you’re looking for and live happily ever after! If you, the reader, what to know more about these two, go and get The Path of Air (Quests Book 3)! Now available also in Quests Volume 1 with The Path of Water.

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Sunday Surprise


PathFireDTF

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

After talking to Hinrik and Bellinda, I’m here with two guys who also appear in the Quests books… Soo, let’s start with the non-Human looking of the two! Tell me a little about yourself.

RAYKIM I’m half-Sila and half-Fajrulo. My bronze skin comes from my Sila mother, my yellow eyes, blue hair and blue bat-like wings from my Fajrulo father. I’m very young and very lonely… until I meet my cousin, here, and his friends.

SAMANTHA Okay, joint interview, then. Tell me a little about yourself, mister.

KENEITH I’m half-blood and inherited some magic from my Fajrulo mother, as well as quite a long life. If I were completely Human, I’d look like an old man by now.

RAYKIM While he looks in his prime! Isn’t my cousin handsome?

SAMANTHA Indeed. And he can do real magic. Although some say playing with fire is dangerous.

KENEITH Not for Fire’s half-bloods. I’ll have to teach something to my little cousin at some point.

SAMANTHA Do you have an enemy or nemesis?

BOTH No.

RAYKIM I’ve been isolated for so long… I don’t know anyone!

KENEITH I move around a lot to hide my slow aging and I don’t have relationships.

SAMANTHA Uhm… I think Bellinda mentioned a history between the two of you…

KENEITH History, correct. We’re just friends now. And she has a crush on Hinrik.

SAMANTHA *chuckle* Well, I can’t blame her! Anyway, seems you’ve found someone as long-lived as you are!

KENEITH And I’m trying to get rid of him, but Bellinda and Hinrik don’t want me to.

RAYKIM *pouts* Hinrik is much nicer than you!

KENEITH *rolls eyes* Then stick to him and leave me alone.

SAMANTHA I believe Hinrik might soon get busy breeding, which is something Raykim isn’t considering yet! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

KENEITH I don’t love anyone. And I have killed, if only to stay alive myself.

RAYKIM Uhm… I’ve never killed. I’m not sure I could. And I don’t know about dying. I’m sure Hinrik could protect me anyway.

KENEITH *scoffs* Yeah, the half-Waiora can fight, and probably die for you, but you should remember you are more powerful and should do the fighting.

RAYKIM *anguished* But I don’t know how!

KENEITH If you stop whining, I’ll teach you.

SAMANTHA Neither of you is involved in a relationship, I take?

KENEITH Raykim is too young, as for me… I don’t fall in love. It’s a Fajrulo trait, I’m told.

SAMANTHA So I’ve heard. I guess you don’t care about your birth family either. So what is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

RAYKIM *shivers* Meeting my father…

KENEITH Saving his ass from his father.

*Raykim glares at him*

RAYKIM With Hinrik and Bellinda’s help!

KENEITH *snorts* Whatever!

SAMANTHA Well, thank you, guys. I shall leave you to your adventures. The Path of Fire (Quests Book 2) covers quite a lot of time, considering how long-lived these two are…

Writer Wednesday


Happy New Year! Final wordcount for 2016 was almost 470K – still a little short from my goal of 500K, but never mind. Last year I wrote a little over 400K with the same goal – that I’m keeping on for this year – so I’m getting better!

If I reach it this year, I’ll pat myself on the back. That’s half pulp speed and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, please check this post by Dean Wesley Smith. And if you need help in setting your goals, here’s some help for your New Year perspectives.

Now I’ve made a sorta kinda priority list for this year, but I want to remain fluid. I know there are some stories that need to come out at certain dates (Vampires Through the Centuries…), but besides that, I feel free to write and publish when I feel like it.

And the first title of 2017 is out! The Path of Air (Quests Book 3) is now available as ebook. Oh, and I got neat banners showing up on DriveThruFiction… if you’re patient enough! πŸ˜‰

dtfscreenshots2017Publishing news… bad start for authors who used All Romance Ebooks and Omnilit, but also for the sites’ readers. Here’s the first warning from Writer Beware and Kris Rusch’s take on it. I had procrastinated going to Omnilit (not another distributor, groan!) and apparently I was lucky. My heart goes to the many people involved in this mess.

Good news on the Smashwords front – from this year we get monthly payments if we meet the minimum treshold, much like Draft2Digital does, yay! Also, if you’re a romance writer (which I’m not), you might take advantage of their program with the Happy Ever After blog hosted by USA Today.

So, things don’t look too bad. I also sometimes think “What’s the point?” but I very quickly climb out of that deadly trap. My critical voice is very quiet since I don’t have an English teacher to blame for creative writing lessons, but still, sometimes the effort to be seen and read in the wide sea of publishing is overwhelming. Especially when I do sell some titles in the much smaller Italian market…

Anyhow, onward with the writing. Have a great week! πŸ™‚

Writer Wednesday


Totally procrastinating writing this last week of the year! πŸ˜‰ I’m not really blaming it on the Holidays (I’m actually more productive, usually, because everybody vanishes with family so I have plenty of time to write) but most certainly to a very distracting Muse and travel plans for the first two months of the new year.

So, going to London end of January and then to the US end of February and I still need to figure out what I must do with my passport expiring in July. Sigh. I hope to find less people tomorrow so I can at least ask info on what I’m supposed to do. I probably won’t request the new one until January, but I’d love to know if I must get a new one or if I can use the expiring one.

Quests 4 is slowly coming along in spite of the procrastination… and the writer has also made some plans for the new year. And a priority list, since it’s always hard to decide what to write first! And no, I’m not afraid of running out of ideas even if I don’t “recycle” old stuff anymore.

If you still have this problem, here’s Asimov’s suggestion – how to never run out of ideas again. I call it project block, more than writer’s block, and his solution is also mine. Like I said, I need to make priority lists or I’d keep bouncing from a project to another! πŸ˜‰

I’m also starting to look at accomodation in Helsinki for the Worldcon… I’m sure August will creep up on me like the rest of the year. Now that it’s almost over, I can say it went by fast! I also hope to go to some medieval dinner or festival in Italy to cut on the traveling expenses… always useful for my historical fantasy series! πŸ™‚

So next year I hope to publish one Silvery Earth story a month and another story of another series or a translation, so that’s two titles a month. I want to start on a new series (although I’ll need an online workshop first) and publish the stories I’ve written so far, plus a few that are still in embryo state.

Might help me to start a Patreon account. I will study other writers and come up with something. Next year. Stay tuned!

Have a great week! πŸ™‚

Writer Wednesday


Soo, after some procrastination (which is normal at the beginning of a story), I’ve now started Quests 4 and I’m almost 10K in – and the quest hasn’t started yet, LOL! But I’m trying to apply some of the tricks learned in online workshops, so I’m getting there. Slower, but getting there! πŸ™‚

I’m also trying different alternate POVs, doing 2 scenes from the protagonist’s POV and 1 from one of the 2 co-protagonists. It’s tricky but fun! I think they will soon be off on their quest – for a physical thing this time. Book 1 and 2 were inner quests, book 3 is the quest for someone and book 4 is the quest for lost things, namely city destroyed centuries earlier. A sort of treasure hunt but not out of greed.

I hope to get to the end of a first draft or at least halfway by the weekend, otherwise I’ll continue after I’ve done my homework for the Anthology Workshop. Next year I’ll have a couple more contemporary stories to write from the assignments of the POV online workshop, so stay tuned for those… I really should start a priority list for next year!

This weekend I’ll go through Quests 3 so that I’ll be ready to send it to the editor and rework the opening of the Tor novella after some good comments from my writers group that I follow only because I came up with what I think is a better opening, haha! My critical voice is thankfully still fast asleep, and it all comes from the creative side of my brain, I swear.

And November is over, if you did NaNoWriMo, good for you, I have reached 430K words since January, so this year I might reach 450K if not the hoped for 500K! Still one month to go, definitely another 20K if not more! In the bad months (March was the lowest with 17K followed by August with 21K) I did write that much! Best months were Arpil (52K) and May (65K), and even in October I was in the 30K range in spite of not writing for nearly 3 weeks…

But I might post all the total wordcounts at the beginning of January with the final results! As for next year… I don’t think I’ll keep track anymore – or maybe I will, since I bought a little journal just for that, but I won’t report it, unless I hit that 500K mark – since it sort of takes out the fun.

I have artistic freedom and I’m enjoying it! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

Random Friday


Totally random randomness: I forgot to mention that a new title is out, but since it’s a collection of previously published stories, I don’t feel like promoting it too much.

It’s Tales of the Queendom of Maadre where I put all the shorter Amazons stories. That collection + Amazons+Amazon Sisters+Books of the Immortals – Water gives the current puzzle of the Queendom of Silvery Earth.

Later this month I will publish the tales of the southern kingdoms in one-volume editions, ebook and paperback. No new stories will come out before 2017, since in December I’ll publish some Italian version. So, for the new stuff, next year!

Coincidentally, Tales of the Queendom of Maadre, Books of the Immortals – Water and the one-volume editions of the tales of the southern kingdoms all have covers by Cristina Fabris who is coming tomorrow for our creative weekend! πŸ˜‰

Things I forgot to mention in a previous post – my rules for traveling to India! Imagine them said in a Brad Pitt voice (see Fight Club):

The first rule of traveling to India is: you do not go out without a bottle of water.

The second rule is: you DO NOT go out without a bottle of water!

Third rule: stick to the group/guide/drivers at all times.

Fourth rule: don’t talk to strangers unless it’s kids or families asking “Can I selfie with you?”

I know, there wasn’t really a fourth rule in Fight Club, but whatever. πŸ˜€

Now I’m off finishing typing the travel journal and checking what needs to be done for Quests 3, so it will be ready to be sent out to Mighty Editor mid-December! I hope to watch a movie or two next week, so stay tuned…

Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday


And the Assassins’ Guild novella is wrapped at 30K! Tomorrow I shall take it to the offline beta for a check while taking back Quests Book 3… so this weekend – a creative weekend with two artist friends – I’ll be back to the quests, seeing if I need to add something to book 3 and maybe starting book 4. And painting the cover for book 3, while I’m at it! πŸ˜‰

Then it’s definitely going to be book 4 until I start writing for the anthology workshop and sending manuscripts to Mighty Editor around mid-December. I hope to have a first draft by the beginning of next month of book 4 and to write book 5 during the Holidays, but if I fall behind, at least book 4 will be completed by the end of the year and I’ll write book 5 in February.

I’m already starting a priority list for writing in 2017. Those Star Minds Third Generation stories need a quick read over and possible revision, then I have to research for more vampires stories. And I’ll write another novella of the Assassins’ Guild, Saif’s story – yes, the same Saif of Saif and Kilig, the father of Hakeem. It will be his story before Kilig and before Hakeem.

I like the puzzle of the Silvery Earth stories that I’m creating, even though I’m not too happy with the older stories anymore, but I feel I’m evolving as a writer, especially thanks to the online craft workshops I started taking last year. I highly recommend them, and if you’re unsure of where to start from, here’s a post with the suggested learning order.

I’ve done #1 #4 and #7 while currently enjoying #6 immensely. I’m not at the last week yet, and here’s a spoiler of what’s ahead! πŸ˜‰ And December is still quite empty, if you want to jump onboard. Although if you haven’t done any of the previous ones (especially Depth), you’d be quite lost…

I’m changing my way of writing, and not just because I dropped the longhand first draft. I also gave back to the owner (Dear Bro) what used to be the writing computer, the little Netbook that was literally falling to pieces, so I have to adjust to only Laptop (that can still be carried around and put on the tray and used on the bed, LOL!) and cycling and a few minor things that hopefully will soon be ingrained in my prose…

I might not reach my yearly goal of 500K, but I’ll still have the 400K I had last year. It’s fine. I’ve slowed down production, but at least I have more time to read and research and metabolize the stuff I’m learning from the online workshops.

I know it’s early to talk about the end of the year or new year’s resolutions, but it’s close enough to start thinking about it! Have a great week!

 

Writer Wednesday


Still writing that Assassins’ Guild novella, still trying to figure out if using only one point of view or multiple. Doing the Points of View Workshop currently isn’t helping, because I know it’s a third person story and I know who it’s about, but I’m not sure if it should have multiple POVs or just onw. So I’m writing one POV now and then I’ll see how long it becomes before “expanding” it with more characters’ POV.

I translated Colors and found a couple of mistakes (castle names switched) that escaped both myself and Mighty Editor. So I corrected the ebook single, but not yet the two collections it’s in, since I’m translating those back into Italian – so if I find more mistakes, I won’t have to re-upload 4 files (2 ebook and 2 POD)! πŸ˜‰

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, here’s the article for you from an award-winner. I don’t really write every day, I’m more a binge writers, like the ones she mentions, but at the end of the week I have my wordcount down (when I’m not traveling, that is, LOL!). I’m not doing NaNo (I write all year round), but here’s my wordcount for the last couple of weeks (when I came back from my trip and started writing again after 3 loooong non-writerly weeks):

Mon.Oct.24 – no words

Tue.Oct.25 – 1096 w0rds

Wed.Oct.26 – 1422 words (and earthquake)

Thu.Oct.27 – 1802words

Fri.Oct.28 – 1273 words

Sat.Oct.29 – 1425 words

Sun.Oct.30 – 3653 words

Mon.Oct.31 – 857 words

Tue.Nov.1 – 3653 (holiday in Italy)

Wed. Nov.2 – 1282 words (and back to DayJob)

Thu. Nov.3 – no words

Fri. Nov. 4 – 1387 words

Sat. Nov.5 – 2750 words

Sun. Nov.6 – 1759 words

Grand total: 22539words, which is well over my goal of 10K a week, although I have to catch up the “dry spell” of the previous 3 weeks! πŸ˜‰ As for this week, well, Monday no words, Tuesday I used it to go through the novella I’ve written so far after watching the second week of the POV workshop…

I’m more than halfway through, but I need to check a few facts from old stories, so I used the “break” to check those facts and circle back to the beginning to adjust the point of view. I could have waited until the workshop is over, but since I had to stop writing new stuff, I thought I might as well check what I’ve already written while I was at it.

Today I’ll get back to new words and hopefully by Sunday I’ll have another 10K done and the novella finished! πŸ˜‰

And if you’ve been wondering about book bundles, here’s an excellent article on how it works. I’ve been only in one bundle so far, but I’m thinking of becoming a curator and do my own bundle with other authors, although it will probably be next year.

If you’d like to share a bundle with me, sign up with Bundle Rabbit and let’s find each other! πŸ™‚ In the meantime I might manage to get into Story Bundle as well… if I send them links to my books, that is! πŸ˜€

I could also bundle my own books like I do on DriveThruFiction, but bundling with other authors is a win-win situation for all… much like the shared promo of last weekend! I did sell 3 discounted copies of Rajveer the Vampire (2 on Amazon and 1 on Kobo), so I guess that worked! πŸ˜‰

Now both Rajveer and Kaylyn are back to 6,99$… until the next promo! πŸ˜‰ That’s all for today! Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday


And in case you didn’t notice, another title is out! I know who bought the copy on Smashwords, but there’s some other kind soul who got one from Amazon! πŸ™‚ Yes, the Fairy Tales Revisited are finally available in one volume both ebook and paperback, yay! And the awesome cover is by Rossana Beretta – but more on that next post.

Quests Book 3 is finished, so I’m left with a few days when I’d rather not start on a new story. I’ll use them to archive stuff, make inventory and other non-writerly things that still need to be done. Sigh. But at least when I come back, I can go straight to writing Book 4 without wasting any more time with those necessary things! πŸ™‚

I’ll probably need to focus and refocus and reset goals and take another workshop or two when I come back. Dean has a way of dragging me into new workshops! πŸ˜‰ I can’t do October, so I’ll have to sign up for November – at least my questions shall be answered, haha!

I did a giveaway on Goodreads of some proofs. Now I’m trying to get rid of old POD versions, and I’m not sure if I should just do another giveaway or take them to London, since I know where the Bookcrossing zone is – and it’s a nice pub with nice food! πŸ˜‰ Now, if only I could find a bookcrossing zone in New Delhi…

So, publisher hat again until the end of the week. Sigh. But this only makes me hungrier to go back to writing! πŸ˜‰ I’m also sumbitting some of the short stories I wrote during the summer – and rejections are starting to come in (one took only a few hours, LOL!). I’m also waiting for my second Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future…

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

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