Random Friday

Let’s make it Art Friday! Sunday I spent some time brainstorming with myself, so I made another pencil portrait of Da Muse. And then, since I was thinking about Patreon a lot, I made a strip only for my page.

This will be free anyway, so I can post it here too. I asked my Facebook friends for feedback on that Patreon page, but got no comments. Meh. I’ll become anti-social media soon! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They “like” the things I don’t care about and don’t bother when I ask for feedback or advice. Tsk.

I will freely admit that working on that Patreon page was fairly distracting throughout the week, but well… it’s done. We’ll see how it goes. Comes the weekend I’ll still be busy with that Patreon page (scheduling April’s posts and rewards) and with uploads (another ebook) and with writing the next story.

Hopefully by then I will go faster – the beginning is trickier because I didn’t cover it in other stories, so I have to make it up as I go along (meaning I need to check which towns were actually available at the end of the 10th century, and what the situation was like, and so on and so forth – so the beginning was slower for this reason). Perks of writing historical fantasy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚


Random Friday

Let’s make it Art Friday!


Like I say on DeviantART, this should have been a cover. I did it and brainstormed the story, but then ended up not using it (I have a better painting by someone else) and will probably describe the characters differently anyway. Or maybe I’ll write their story too. Or maybe it was just practice.

It did help brainstorming the next story while coloring it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But now I’ll have to improvise and the guys in the story probably will not look like this. And it’s another light Star Minds Interregnum story, then I’ll probably write another dark one – again, to alternate, haha!

All these stories are short enough to submit them to traditional markets, so don’t expect any of them before 2017. I might not submit them all, but some definitely! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I still have 3 Quests books and 2 Vampires Through the Centuries stories to publish along with a couple (make it 4) more collections, so I’m covered until December.

Rambling too much, so here’s to the end of Art Friday – refers to that story that made me cry when I wrote it.

crying4blogAnd to end on a colorful note: DeviantART’s birthday celebrated.


Last but not least – The horrible hidden truth about self-publishing to keep you thinking until I come back… and get back to writing! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Surprise

oh, looky, it’s a holiday – one of those I so love to totally ignore! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So for me it’s just another Sunday. And for those like me, here’s my strip (it’s from last year, when it fell on a Saturday) about this day!

valentineAnother advocate of a year-round thing is the talented IssaArts, as you can see. I hired her to make me a personalized travel diary. Stay tuned to see the results. In the meantime, enjoy her valentine.

drawing by Issa Arts

drawing by Issa Arts

Have a great Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜€

Writer Wednesday

Before I vanish into offline-land (but don’t worry, there are scheduled posts coming), a recap!

FirebirdDTFWriting! Beautiful is off to betas so I can send it to mighty editor in early November. I’m quite happy with it (of course, it’s the latest baby!) because I’ve put in stuff that I usually don’t mention. Like favorite food and pets.

Publishing! Firebird is now out on all retailers. It’s a Silvery Earth novella, I thought it was time to leave the Star Minds universe for now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Draving! S.K.Y.B.A.N.D. 15 is also out as single issue on DriveThruComics. In November you’ll get the Omnibus 3 and the whole graphic novel – the latter also in print, so you might want to wait! Aaand…

100I guess it’s self-esplanatory! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not sure yet when I’ll publish them, though. And will start working on the alternative ending of Rajveer the Vampire as next drawing project.

Some writerly links to last you for the next two weeks – maybe more! ๐Ÿ™‚ Grab your writing planner at Writing World! I used it this year for the first time and it’s great! I jot down daily wordcounts, to-do things, ideas and for 2016 there’s even the submission sheets included!

Dealing with Success by Devyani Borade. Author Earnings… again by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Which brings us to explore Tolino – a reminder there’s not just the US market now. Take me. I sell all over the place. All over the world. And an “old” (last August) post on social media snake oil – or what should you beware when marketing on social media.

Oh, and if you want to support a Kickstarter project, my cover artist and webmaster Silvano has this Dark Steam Tales up for funding… I didn’t do the translations on that one – I’m working on Evo-Z (so if the translation of Evo-Z are clunky you know who to blame)! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, and if you want to read Evo-Z or back up this other project… one day the guy might be working on my project! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m going to a non-writing vacation, but to keep you inspired whil I’m away, here’s the last link: 21 quotes to reignite your passion for writing! Me? Don’t need them. I already know I’ll be itching to write the next story when I come back. And that’s why I don’t do NaNoWriMo… I write all year long – not every day, but all year long! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wishing you a happy week and end of the month… Will be back after Halloween! Have fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Surprise

Should have been artworks, but there’s only one new upload on DeviantART (although it’s two drawings, done last weekend). Been watching old movies and writing and reading, so… no more pencil portraits for now. So Thus I’m posting the “summary” of 2013 and how I got to doing a strip. These strips are done copy-pasting from Superdeformed Threesome Millennium, included in 15 years of Creative Barbwire – all from 2013! Enjoy.


Random Friday

barbDear Hrithik,

since you inspired me a lot in the past couple of years (or more), I thought I’d share, hoping to inspire you…

First of all, thank you for finally giving a face to Kol-ian’s gorgeous brother-in-law Ker-ris Shermac! There is a fleeting mention that he looks like you in Book 3 – Slave Traders. Considering that he was a very secondary character in the original version of Book 1 – Technological Angel, thank you for inspiring me both in Star Minds the Trilogy and its prequel/companion Star Minds Snippets. I even pulled out two snippets about Ker-ris in Mind Control. That was 2012.

2013 – second body switch, Ciaran&Harith. I had a lot of fun writing this. I could see the movie! You’d probably hate Harith, but I could easily write a screenplay for that (besides, the most naughty stuff is on Ciaran). A challenging role (two people in the same body), but well… if I can’t have the movie with my original virtual cast, I don’t want it to be a movie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

WotFcertificate_resize2014 – I won Honorable Mention at Writers of the Future contest with The Hooded Man – a mix between Robin Hood and Zorro in an Indian-like setting (it’s my fantasy world, heavily India-and-Persia-inspired). He’s even called Hrithikesh (but it’s not set in India, I swear, it’s a fantasy world!).

2015 – you can look forward to Rajveer the Vampire, born in Chittorgarh in AD 1274 and turned into a bloodsucker two years before the first jahuarย (AD1303) – at the time of beautiful Rani Padmini… And he stays mostly in northern India for most of his long life!

Most of these characters are actually younger than you are now, but who cares? Hope I inspired you as much as you inspired me. Now stop the selfies and go back to work.

And if you’re looking for ideas for Krrish4, I can make you both the good and the bad (and without spending 3hours a day in makeup department) – someone else suggested a very negative role for you, who’s better than Bad Krrish? ๐Ÿ˜‰

p.s. on that topic, your son seems ready to play Krishna’s son in Krrish4… just sayin’! ๐Ÿ™‚


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! ๐Ÿ˜€ At least Shakespeare wrote plays that are easier to turn into movies… sort of…)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!

Random Friday

I almost skipped this one to. Heh. Well, if I get fed up, I can always blog weekly instead of every other day. Just to keep it regular, I mean. With this month I finish the new Happiness Is… anyway, so from April I’ll start from the beginning again. For the second time.

Unless I make the strip a weekly feature. Except I wrote only 44 until now, so it wouldn’t last a year. Besides, some of them are probably personal jokes that nobody but me would get, so… I don’t know when I’ll start publishing them.

But what started for fun will probably become some kind of extra, or behind the scenes, or the author’s life and brainstorming with Da Muses which can be added as special thingy to either newsletter subscribers or at the end of a collectors edition or I don’t know yet. Maybe a Patreon reward. Still working on that.

For now I’ll just give a preview of the last 3 strips – they should be all colored in the final version.

blog_resizeAnd since it’s sort of Art Friday… I did another pencil portrait last weekend. Might do another this weekend, who knows. If I’m not too busy rewriting and editing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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