Sincere apologies for not posting a new piece last week. I was feeling too poorly to touch the keyboard. Today, though, I’m fine and I’m excited to share with you info on the two collaborations I’m taking part in this December.
The first one The Advent Calendar 2017, hosted by teacher, author, blogger and mother of two Solveig Werner, starts tomorrow. As the schedule hasn’t been posted yet, for now I’ll tell you that my post will go live on 21th December and that the posts will be “a short story (or long), a photograph (or more), a memory, a recipe, a song, a video, a painting, a poem, a prayer, a legend, a tradition, your books’ (or book’s) characters going on an adventure, a collage, a multi-author story, an interview (with Santa, Rudolph, etc.), a drawing, a dream, a sculpture (well some pictures of your creation)”. Sounds pretty interesting, right?
Being this her third advent calendar, the 2015 and 2016 posts are available on her website.
This is the second time that I had the pleasure to collaborate with Solveig, since last February she kindly published An interview with Angela Guidolin as part of my Book Blog Tour to promote my science fiction romance novella Across Spacetime.
The second one is A Bookish Christmas Blog Hop, organized by my friend, blogger and author Jo Linsdell. You may remember her from last August because I took part in her Book Lovers’ Blog Hop.
It will begin on 10th December and will last for a week. Every host will introduce a bookish question, answer it and publish the answers of other bloggers.
My post will go live on 15th December and the theme is A fictional creature to replace Rudolph and meet on the roof. The day before I'll reveal which fictional character I'd like to kiss under the mistletoe. Nice to be a little be naughty sometimes!
Here’s the schedule so far:
10th: A book you love so much you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it too. Host: Belinda Bekkers
11th: A book cover that has a wonderful Christmas feel to it. Host: Jo Linsdell
12th: A book you'd like to find in your Christmas stocking this year. Host: TBA
13th: A fictional character you'd like to spend Christmas with. Host: TBA
14th: A fictional character you'd like to kiss under the mistletoe. Host: Laurie Lucking
15th: A fictional creature to replace Rudolph and meet on the roof. Host: Angela Guidolin (me!)
16th: 5 fictional characters you'd invite to your New Year's Eve party. Host: TBA
I'll be back next week with further updates. In the meantime, I hope you'll join us over at Solveig's blog for the The Advent Calendar 2017.
You know how you feel when, after labouring for a long time over something, you achieve your goal? That feeling of completion, of satisfaction and pride? Well, that’s how I feel. Why? Because this week, after two years of plotting, writing, revising, editing here and there, and integrating feedback into my work in progress, I have finished the sequel to Across Spacetime! Just over 40,000 words. Double the amount of words written in Across Spacetime.
Soon I’ll dive into the second phase, revising.
Next phase, editing.
Third, shopping around for a suitable editor, submitting my manuscript and interacting with the editor.
Fourth, printing everything again, reading it a few more times, and pitching it to publishers around the world.
And after landing a publishing contract, the planning of the book launch will commence.
You see, although finishing a manuscript is no mean feat, it’s really just the beginning of the journey to publication.
However, I feel like celebrating this achievement in order to draw from it the strength I need to carry on.
And you, dear reader, would you like to share your latest achievement with my Community of Seekers?