Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

New character concept

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Cursed by the pharaohs

md22104412845I tried.
No really, I tried.
I took the afternoon off, a nice bowl of tea, and I attacked Curse of the Pharaohs, the book about Tutankhamen’s curse I had found at a free giveaway a few months back – you’ll remember I posted about it.

Considering I am currently sketching an Egypt-related project – plus of course the Aculeo & Amunet and Contubernium stories, and the idea of re-playing Masks of Nyarlathotep… all this considered, a nice afternoon reading about Egyptian curses looked like a nice way to have fun and do research at the same time.

But what the heck… Continue reading


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Done!

634432And so The House of the Gods is finally on its way to the publisher, a 47.000 words manuscript full of dinosaurs, adventure and cliffhangers.
Including a real cliffhanger, because I am worth it.

I normally send to my publishers multiple versions of the file – odt, rtf, docx and PDF.
This way I’m pretty sure at least one will read no matter what system they are using.

And as always, hitting the send button causes a long shiver of fear.
Is the story good enough?
Did I leave in some embarrassing typo or some ugly grammar blunder?
Did some chunk of text get scrambled, or vanished, or slipped thirty pages on?

But then the mail goes off, and it’s over for a while.

And as the manuscript goes out, a mail comes in from a publisher I submitted a novelette too.
It would be great were it twice as long, they say.
Well, I’ll make it twice as long – heaven knows how much I cut to stay in the novelette wordcount.

But first, I have two other novellas to write.
Today I’m on vacation, reading Curse of the Pharaohs, but tomorrow we are on the run again.


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Aethercon VI

Aethercon_LogoThis is con season – and after crawling to Milan for the local con, I’ll be taking part in a virtual, online con… Aethercon VI, on the 10th, 11th and 12th of November.

The Aethercon is an online gaming convention – you get to meet game designers and publishers, you get to try new games, you can attend panels and burn a few bucks in the virtual vendor area.
Isn’t this internet thing great? Continue reading


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Field trip to Milan

22096233_10155822851451584_40365599892889573_oTomorrow I’ll spend the day in Milan, attending Stranimondi, a convention dedicated to science fiction, fantasy and horror books.
Acheron, my publisher will present both Dark Italy and Zappa & Spada two anthologies that include a story of mine each.
It will be a good opportunity to see old friends, and take a look at “the scene”. We’ll have wine and cookies, so it will not be a completely wasted day.

I had proposed to bring along my netbook and hammer out a short story during the day, to give it as a gift to anyone subscribing to Acheron’s mailing list.
Good publicity stunt, I thought, but I was told there is no power outlet available to fuel a netbook for a whole day, so thank you but no thank you.
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Shanghai Under Fire

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The snippet above is the opening of Shanghai Under Fire: July 1937 – March 1938, a 120-pages book published by the Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury that provides a day-by-day breakdown of what came to be known as The Battle of Shanghai.

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You can find relatively cheap reprints on Amazon, or a digitized copy in the Internet Archive, which is the one I am using right now. Continue reading