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Flash fiction

FlashFictionThere’s something I really find hard to write, and that’s flash fiction.
Flash Fiction is usually described as fiction within the 1000-words length.
A “proper” flash fictionshould have a beginning, a middle and an end, just like a short story or a novel. Only, everything should be fitted in less than 1000 words.

Right now I’m trying to do a 600-words piece that will go into a game book.
I have the characters, the story, the dialogue. The plot works. The hooks are all in the right places. Only, I am helplessly long-winded.
But I’ll do it – because I have set tonight’s at 10 PM as my deadline.
And yet, the problem remains. Continue reading


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Ten Days to Patreon

unnamedSo, my Patreon page goes up in ten days flat.
I’ve spent some time discussing details with the Patreon tech assistance people – that are called Community Happiness Team, which sounds like something out of Huxley, or the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The sort of people that will beat you up with truncheons if you’re not visibly happy.
But despite their sinister – to me at least – job designation, the guys have been quite good at solving my problems, or pointing me in the right direction.

So, what will happen now?
First, I’ll be putting up a welcome message – and believe me, I’m trying to find the right balance between being informative and not being artificially cheerful.
I might even do a welcome video. Possibly.
Yes, I’m scared. Continue reading

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Not the Ahab story

miskatonic whale run coverThe Miskatonic Whale Run is out,and you can get a copy for 99 cents.

An experiment in mixing horror and humor, I hope it gets at least one of the two right and does not fail at both.
The story is set in Arkham in 1958, and it is actually based on two “true stories” circulating about two Italian university, plus a true event from the heroic history of early palaentology.

So, when it’s all said and done, I did not invent anything.
But I’ll save the true stories for later.

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Working on the Whale

I have just posted a new story on Amazon KDP, and right now the oompa-loompas in the service of Jeff Bezos are busy working on a conversion of the text.


The story is a Lovecraftian pastiche called The Miskatonic Whale Run, a short piece written under the nefarious influence of one-too-many viewings of John Landis’ Animal House.
Watch this space – I’ll let you know when the ebook’s available.


Worldbuilding resources

I have updated my Pinterest pinboard on the subject of Worldbuilding.
I recently noticed that many articles linked on Pinterest have been deleted, moved or anyway are no longer available, so I am trying to keep the collection up to date and as free of dead links as possible.

Fact is, I am designing an online course in Worldbuilding, I’ll be offering early next year. Continue reading