Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote another 12K and started on the next (or previous?) book… proceeding slowly and almost in the dark, but that will make for nice author’s notes or possibly future backstage passes, LOL!

And RE: the latest Happiness is… (my first professional sale), Facebook reminded me a year ago I posted my author copy. It’s still out there, if you’d like to read it, in Pulphouse #5, although I plan on republishing that story soon.

If you have trouble with critical voice, now there’s a workshop to help you killing that critical voice. Personally, I don’t have a critical voice when I write, although every now and then self-doubt bites me when I’m least expecting it, but never while I’m writing. So if you need help in that department, to make writing fun again, go check that online workshop! πŸ™‚

According to some, it’s the right time to read crime novels. Which is perfect for the release of my cover artist and friend’s first novel, Viral Sin.

I’m going to quote an Amazon reviewer, since unfortunately I’m never in the mood of reading thrillers and crime novels:

It was a debut novel by Shafali Anand and let me congratulate her for the work she has done. The hype around corona virus and it’s impact on us is unquestionable that made me read this book. The book starts with multiple characters who lives in different parts of the country having different backgrounds and different kind of lives but fighting against the same enemy. The author has beautiful and in a very simple language explained the effects of this virus on their lives be it temporary or permanent. Some lost their lives while batteling and few won the battle. But life must go on. I would like to recommend this to all those people who are afraid of facing the situation. It will definitely bring positivity to their lives.

So check it out and give her some love! πŸ™‚ And there’s also this other friend of mine who has a suspense novel coming out soon. You can already check the pre-order at this link! Go check them out, right now! (One links to Amazon India, the other to Amazon.com, but I’m sure you can find your own Amazon shop if you’re not in those countries)

Me, I’m more for humor these days, so I’ll recommend this anthology about Nuns With Guns! How crazy is that? And yes, I wrote a story for this! πŸ™‚ This is part of a series, and the previous two volumes had my strips in them. But this time it’s a prose short story, so no drawings! πŸ˜‰

How’s the lockdown going for you? Are you a “covivert”? I am – I mean, I’m not thriving, but I’m not suffering either. Although I haven’t been in complete lockdown, unfortunately, since the demands of Day Job forced me out of the house! πŸ˜€

As announced, DeviantART changed its interface to the new Eclipse, which took away the only think I enjoyed – the llama trade. I was on DeviantART as hobbyist artist and I don’t care for all their new features – show of your portfolio and whatnot. So I’m giving it another couple of weeks, then I’ll close the account.

Some things better vanish from the internet, and the rest might end up in my Instagram. The Sunday Strip is still going, but I haven’t reached the newer strips (still to be colored, lettered and prepared for upload). I hope to catch up on that in the coming two weeks, when I’ll be off Day Job.

Meanwhile I added another mug to my Zazzle store, and hopefully today UPS should deliver my face mask, so next week I’ll post a pic! πŸ˜‰ Now I shall wait with dread for the new WordPress Editor… sigh. What happened to “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”? Can any IT person explain to me this need to upgrade stuff when nobody asks for it?!

Panic afternoon on Monday when I saw that D2D had sent to Vivlio the delisted Italian titles that I entered in KU. It ignored the delisted English titles, but probably decided that, since Vivlio is European, the Italian titles were meant to be distributed there. Erm, not.

Also, Vivlio seems to be worse than Apple for links inside the ebook… how dare I link to this very blog? So another title unpublished! πŸ˜‰ The clean-up continues… Now I better go back to writing, I have another book and a half to finish! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

Random Friday


So, after drawing Rithvik and Kerrien, I decided to get back to comics. Maybe a new strip, maybe a webcomic. Not sure yet about formats, but definitely for online consumption first.

Researching the topic I see some webcomics are single-panel cartoons, others are three- or four-panels comic strips that ave the same structure as newspaper format. I probably won’t use the “infinite canvas” and will do a mix of single vignettes and strips.

I hate the infinite canvas… I won’t be reading Ren Rou’s next comic When We Fall because it’s an infinite canvas – she says it’s comes out better on phones… pity I don’t read on a phone because guess what? I’m old, and IΒ  can’t see the damn screen very well! I loved her previous comic Stolen and saved the page to print them out and read it offline, but I’ll have to pass on this one.

For comics I’m still very traditional. Yes, I might follow Facebook pages of cartoonist, but I’d rather go to comicons and buy the books, possibly with a little sketch on them! But I understand the need to evolve, so I will give this webcomic thingy a try. Althought there’s the problem of finding a format that can be future-proof.

Da Strip was like the Peanuts, four identical squares that could be put on a square or vertical or horizontal, so that might be a good format for this project too. I still have the four-panels squares that I used for Da Strip, so I may start with that.

In the meantime, here’s some sketches I did while toying with the characters. I have no problems at drawing human-like chibis, but the little dragon was a challenge… so here you have some studies, a sort of cover art and a first sequence… in WiP format. It will need clean-up and colors before going online, but I thought I’d give a sneak peek.

And since #8Sunday was so successful, I’ll keep going with Beautiful – and since I have the drawings, I’ll post the 8-10 sentences referring to that particular vignette… have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚ By the way, tomorrow Himalayas goes live… book 4 of the Future Earth Chronicles is here! πŸ˜€

Sunday Surprise


Apparently the author of the month has forgotten she’s on, so no author interview… unless you’d like to be featured on this blog – you or your characters, I have also a batch of questions for fictional characters if you prefer – I guess I won’t have any guests this month.

2015-09-12 09.44.52Which is kinda fine, since it’s not really a writing month for me! πŸ™‚ So here’s what I’m doing this weekend:

Drawing S.K.Y.B.A.N.D (pencils done, theΒ  inking is the hard part – and then the colors… and the lettering… sigh!).

Working on PODs (two done, two more to go…).

Formatting and uploading new titles (or final drafts for pre-order).

Friday morning I was at the office inking the latest strip (I don’t know when I’ll publish those and if I ever will, so don’t ask – they’re becoming too personal to be published! πŸ˜‰ Maybe I’ll choose the most interesting eventually – when I’m done coloring them) and a woman came in saying “Oh, I wish I could draw like that!”

I mean, the strip. Chibi-style. I told her “I flunked illustration school because I didn’t come from an art school, but I kept drawing because I like it.”

It’s called… practice. You know, that thing musicians or other creative people do – except writers and, apparently, artists. Lots of wannabes there. “I want to write a book” but they never find the time. “I wish I could draw” but they never put pencil to paper.

I have no artistic talent. My portraits are traced from pictures. My comics are free hand and you can absolutely tell I know nothing of human anathomy – and I never draw animals (unless I can trace, so no mythical beasts, since I don’t want to steal another artist’s work) because I don’t have the will to practise.

I like drawing people, so I keep drawing people, trying different styles and never stopping. I’ll never be a professional comic artist, but I don’t care. I do it as a hobbyist because it helps me take a break from writing. But I did learn some tricks through the years.

Maybe you can’t tell, but I know when I resume drawing after a few years without doing it. I need to go back to the basis. I downloaded chibi and non-chibi human forms in different poses as reference for my comics and the strip and the vignettes…

And then I draw. And I write, but keep learning. Of course some of my older stories make me cringe, but they were the best I could produce at the time, and it’s fine. I won’t burn them just because they were crap… Nor will I throw away my old comics, although I won’t scan them and publish them either…

2015-09-12 09.45.27And with these philosophical Sunday thoughts, I shall go back to publishing and drawing… Createspace has approved the books, so I ordered the final proofs that should arrive shortly! πŸ™‚ (BTW that cover art on those two is by Mighty Marvelous Maurizio Manzieri, not me!) Have a great Sunday! πŸ˜€

Random Friday


Random randomness – not much to say, so… I uploaded another digital painting of Kay-low, Kol-ian’s son… This time with Jay-lee in the background. I’ve sort of experimented with the “painting” (I’m not a painter, I suck with brushes), since for Jay-lee I tried to make the black marks vanish, while they’re still very visible in Kay-low.

The previous drawing of Kay-low is here, his story should come out sometimes in March. He’s a wannabe galactic rockstar, so… that’s the reason for this look (and the fact that he is as much of a rebel as his father was at his age, LOL!). Except Kol-ian has genetically reinforced skin, so no tattoos allowed (hence the retractile wings to be “different”).

I’m also drawing those strips, but I’m not sure I’ll ever publish them. I’m having fun doing them, but I don’t thing they’re for public consumption – unless I decide to make a fool of myself in public! πŸ˜‰ I might put one on DeviantART because it mentions a fellow Deviant, but the rest… I haven’t decided yet.

And February is over, so… until next month – have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

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