Short stories

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dahlIn this weird summer that alternates suffocating humidity with cold showers, I have a craving for short stories.
Don’t ask me why.
Maybe it’s because I can start and finish a story in a single sitting, even after a long day spent writing, or translating, or doing stuff; it engages my brain at the right level, without being too demanding on my time, or eyesight.
Or maybe it’s because in the last…

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Other People’s Pulps - Revenge of the Peplums

Other People’s Pulps – Revenge of the Peplums

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cabiria101They never wrote novels about Maciste.
But someone’s writing them now.

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, Italy had its own brand of fantasy movies – they were called peplums, from the standard garment worn by the female characters, the classic attire of ancient Greece, or more generically “film mitologico” – myth-based movies.
And we’re talking classical myths – Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts,…

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I passed the test, I guess…

After-lunch idleness on a sunday afternoon. I did one of those silly test things of Facebook.

I passed the test, I guess…

After-lunch idleness on a sunday afternoon. I did one of those silly test things of Facebook.

Music for writing

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OK, so this has been sort of a themed week, what with my writing a new story and a new character and all that.

So today a bit of music from a concert that’s been providing a soundtrack of sorts for my writing this week*.

Enjoy.

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* I did tell you I use music to coreograph my stories, right?

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Five giants sitting at a table

Five giants sitting at a table

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An extra post, because there’s a photo I found yesterday online, and I think it would fit nicely this sword & sorcery-themed week.

Here’s the pic…

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It’s from 1975.
Now, from left to right, you get… (more…)

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The just-off-the-roller-coaster effect

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treThere’s this folk tale, which is quite popular.
It tells of writing as a toilsome activity, built on pain and suffering.
Putting words on the page, we are told, is soul-draining and cruel.
And yet, ah, what can a poor artist do, when his muse, or daemon, or whatchamacallit, pushes them forward mercilessly?

And of course this is just so much rubbish, of the kind usually used by posers trying to…

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Wordpress posts on G+ - here’s how we did it!

WordPress posts on G+ – here’s how we did it!

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google+OK, the usual disclaimer – one man’s computer-based catastrophe is another man’s idea of fun.
So maybe it was just Marina (alias Zeros83) and me, experiencing this frustrating problem with the Google+ thingie in WordPress.
Maybe this did never happen to you, or you solved it in a sec without even thinking about it. Please be patient with what we consider a little triumph, even if for you it’s just…

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Writing Prompt – Ancient princesses

Semi-barbaric Glamour Considering that sword & sandal is the flavor of the week on Karavansara, these fine ladies might be of inspiration for writers out there.

Writing Prompt – Ancient princesses

Semi-barbaric Glamour Considering that sword & sandal is the flavor of the week on Karavansara, these fine ladies might be of inspiration for writers out there.

Back on G+

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… and so this friend of mine comes and tells me, man, you’re not on Google+, your ebook sales will never grow.

what-the-plus-01To which I reply that actually, well, yes, I am on Google+ but, I sort of forget about checking my home page.

To be fully honest – last winter I read What the Plus!, by Guy Kawasaki, and as it usually happens with Guy Kawasaki’s books, I was blown away.
Yes, ok, so it’s maybe a little bit…

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Skeptic heroes

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I’ve been spending the last two hours trying to find my way around the various reprints and repackagings of Michael Moorcock’s Elric series. I read the books out of order, part in English and part in Italian translation, back when I was in high school.

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Now, much as I enjoyed the stories back in the ’80s, and for all of their role in shaping the sword & sorcery genre, Elric is not my favorite…

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