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A one day vacation & microadventure, sorta


Contrary to my plans – I intended to stay at home and write – tomorrow I have to do some stuff in a couple of offices here in Nizza Monferrato, roughly 12 kilometers from where I live. It will mean spending the whole day out. The bit of bureaucracy I’m taking care of will require probably, say, half an hour, but there’s the small matter of my lack of an automobile. The local bus might be a little tricky – the service’s been canceled or re-scheduled now that school’s out so that bus runs are not guaranteed. As a solution, I’ll ask for a lift to a friend on her way to work, and I have already arranged with some other friends for a bite in the evening and then a lift back. This means having the...
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Me, Steve Perry, Fritz Leiber and why I won’t write about kids on bikes in the 80s


This is a weird post (maybe the title could have forewarned you) and it is a part of something larger I’ve been trying to put into words these last few months. It has to do with marketing, platforms and brands, and writing for a living – indeed, it is the sort of post I usually write once or twice a month for my Patrons, under the header of Nuts & Bolts. But I’m doing it open because… well, because. We were discussing nostalgia and exploitation, yesterday, with some friends that have been binge-watching the third season of Stranger Things. The series has been called exploitative and manipulative by some. It ticks all the right boxes, and it settles in a general trend that builds commercial s...
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Walking back from the carnage


I was talking about walking and hiking with some friends, today. It all started with the fact that a newspaper published an article claiming “walking is for the middle aged, hiking is cool”. As I never had a problem with being uncool, and indeed I was not cool back when not being cool was not considered cool yet, I accept my role as a walker, and said as much. From there we went on talking about how walking (or hiking, if you’re cool) is an excellent way for coping with trauma. I walked miles and miles after my mother’s death, and after my father. I find walking a good solution to recharge my batteries, and react to those periodic bouts of depression that sometimes come. And there’s science ...
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Discussing mummy resurrection practices on the devil’s radio


One of the things that will never cease to surprise me about living in a small community, is the way in which news and (mostly) gossip travel fast. Maybe that’s the reason why you can’t get high-speed internet connections here: they are superfluous, as gossip travels faster than your average fiberoptic cable, and does not need servers of platforms except for the bench outside of the local bar, and the doctor’s waiting room. Ever since our father died, my brother and I have been the subject of much speculation and possibly more gossip. To give you an example, our uncle, that never visited us here in the countryside when our dad was still alive, after being at the funeral and coming to visit u...
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Basic submission system


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Apollo 11 trailer

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Forty in twenty-eight

I have just posted my 40th submission of 2019 – a 3000-words science fiction story. This being the 28th week of the year, it means I’ve been submitting 1.4285 stories per week. That’s a lot. And yet I’d like to write more, and submit more. My current bounce rate is pretty high – of the 40 stories I submitted, I sold 9 and have six still out waiting for an evaluation. It’s not bad, but there is ample space for improvement. I have no illusion of ever becoming a 100% sales writer, but it would be nice to sell more. I’ll work on it. Original link
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Who are we writing for?


I caught a snippet of a discussion in which I was not really involved, yesterday, about the two souls of fantasy fighting each other. The crux of the contention was, should writers play for the high-brow, sophisticated readers, or should they be down-and-dirty, catering for the lowest common denominator? Which is a nice conceptual framework, and I guess an interesting topic for discussion while we wait for the takeaway delivery boy to bring us our Szechwan dumplings and our fried rice. But once the food is on the table, the discussion becomes irrelevant. This is an important thing to keep in mind – we that write do love talking about our craft. The tricks of the trade, the stumbling blocks a...
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Rip Torn and Freddie Jones


Today we lost two great character actors, that we mentioned in the past when we were talking about lost franchises. Rip Torn was Maax in The Beastmaster, from 1984, and Freddie Jones was one of the many fine British actors that appeared in Krull, in 1983. Both actors had many other genre credits in their CV – most notably Men in Black for Torn and Dune for Jones. They will be missed. Original link
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Branding

Man branding a cow.
I don’t mean what cowboys do to their cows! I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject. I keep reading at different places that, as an author, I must create a brand. I have never quite understood what this means. After doing some research, I think I discovered a possible explanation. I may be wrong, but it sounds like making my work into a series or writing about a world that I created to write my stories in. Why would I want to do this? I know it helps generate sales, because readers get attached to your world and your characters, but I’m not really into writing about the same characters in one series indefinitely like so many authors do. Book 1, book 2, book 3, book 4, book 5, book 6, . ....
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Hating John Watson


In five days I need to deliver the final draft of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche that I pitched a while back and the editor wants to see finished. It’s a big opportunity – to break in a new market, to make some money, to reach new readers and to please an editor I hope will buy more stories of mine. In the last three weeks I wrote five different versions of the story, and scrapped each and every one. I have a solid outline, I have the right gimmicks, I have the characters and the research. Everything’s perfectly fine. And the story sucks more than anything that ever sucked before. What’s wrong? Easy: the narrator. Much as I love the Sherlock Holmes stories, I always found John Watson’s voice ins...
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Passwords

Something happened this morning to my PC. I started it as usual and it went into a massive read/write thing, continuous access to the hard disk, 100% CPU usage, the works – and when it was over, it had lost all of my passwords. All of them. Each and every one. My facebook access code and my Patreon code and my WordPress key and my PayPal authentication. Everything had been obliterated. I cursed, as one does, and then started looking for a way to recover the missing access keys. It’s been a long day of SMS messages with code numbers and other demented “security procedures” that have wasted a lot of my time, and two thirds of my systems still don’t work. Isn’t life beautiful? Original link
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Mars at tea break: The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata


I have just had a cold tea break and read Linda Nagata’s short story The Martian Obelisk , that I have on my Kindle but you can read for free on the Tor.com website. Highly recommended, a short story about hope – just what I needed today. Enjoy! Original link
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One that got away: The Saint (2017)


Yesterday I found out a friend of mine is a long time fan of Simon Templar, both in the Leslie Charteris novels and the Roger Moor TV series from the ’60s. Something I’d have never suspected, knowing her. This led to this and that and I found out the aborted pilot movie for the planned reboot of the series, that was announced in 2012, is now available on Youtube, for less than four bucks – the price of a big serving of ice cream. So I served myself a big bowl of dark chocolate ice cream, and I sat down for 90 minutes to watch what might have been. For the uninitiated, Simon Templar, alias The Saint, is an international adventurer created in 1928 by British writer Leslie Charteris. A rogue an...
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Feeling good and listening to music, any music


This morning one of my favorite singers messaged me on Instagram to thank me for presenting her first record as part of my series, The Earphones Diaries. It made me incredibly happy, and offered me an opportunity to exercise my French as I replied. It was also a signal that the Diaries are now standing on their own legs, and my posts are being amply circulated. I started the Diaries because I realized I was listening to a lot of records and felt like it would be fun to talk about the music I was listening. I thought someone might be interested in finding out something different, or comparing notes, or just having a good time. I always post Spotify links so everybody’ll be able to check out w...
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Tropical diseases, Egyptian curses, colonial traditions and Sherlock Holmes


I skipped a post yesterday: first I was busy doing a supermarket run and stocking my freezer with ice cream as a defense against the heat (36°C and 74% humidity as I write this), and then I scrapped the Holmes story I have been working on these last two weeks and started it over. So I spent part of the afternoon and night of yesterday checking out books about Egyptian magic, and old Victorian books about tropical diseases. I have bored you enough in the past with the joys of doing research, but this morning I was caught up in a discussion in which the glorious results of a misspent youth finally paid off – as a small-fry politician came out with the idea that we Italians are morally superior...
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Making Of A Cover, Part Four


Art and Photoshop During my previous three Making of a Cover posts, I told of my adventures during the week leading up to the photo shoot. Designing the cover in Photoshop had actually started weeks before that. I had so many projects going in the design of this book! Before I had my model, I had created various working covers to choose from, along with a number of text fonts to try out. Layouts, backgrounds, foregrounds, ideas upon ideas. Well, just look at them all: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MichaelCSahd/photos/?tab=album&album_id=671475539957154 Here’s an example of my first shared cover.One I made from silhouettes I really disliked these covers, but they were improving as I went along....
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Just let me write this blues away: 2000 words


I have just churned out 2000 words out of nowhere, in a single sitting. One hour. My hands hurt, I need a cool drink, but now here I have the first half of a short story that’s absolutely unwanted, and that will never find a home. It’s a free writing exercise, the sort of thing that happens when I say frell it all, let me just write! It’s also sort of a prequel of my novella Parabellum Serenade, that I’ll (hopefully) will self-publish this autumn. It’s a war story, set in an alternate timeline in which the Great War spun out of control as the Bolshevik Revolition spilled into the West, and the resulting mess of revolts and military coups intersected the great epidemic of Spanish Flu, and the...
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Back to the (Captain) Future


Captain Future was a pulp series of science fiction novels that started in 1940, mostly written by Edmond Hamilton. The stories, featuring Curtis Newton, aka Captain Future, aka The Wizard of Science were classic space opera with a pulp hero twist – Captain Future was sort of Doc Savage in space, complete with a team of quirky helpers and all that. Now, for us here in Italy, and for my generation, Captain Future is a special thing, not much because of the novels – only a few were translated, and quickly disappeared – bu t because in the early ’80s the Toei Animation series was distributed in my country, a part of the “Japanese anime invasion”. To me it was a special treat, because I knew Ham...
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Think fast: outlining a novella in two hours


So what happened was this: after posting about my idea of writing a story based on a character like Captain Katanga in the Indiana Jones movies, I was discussing details and possibilities with my friends online. Stuff like who’d be part of the crew, would they operate only in the Mediterranean or extend their activities to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, would they kick Nazi ass exclusively or would they also punch some other occasional colonial bad guys… stuff like that. And one of my publishers dropped me a line… “You know where to send this one once it’s finished, right?” And so, considering the pitch had already happened and worked without me doing nothing, I went and sent him a proper...
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