Monday, February 8, 2016

Atelierul de Scriere Creativa in SF & Fantasy

Atelierul de Scriere Creativa in SF & Fantasy.
Incep inscrierile pentru cea de-a treia editie si Club Revdepov va invita la editia nr. 3 a Atelierului de Scriere Creativa in SF & Fantasy. Dupa ce antologia cuprinzand textele absolventilor primei editii a atelierului a fost lansata anul trecut la Editura Millenium Books – Eroi fara voie – iar o a doua antologie cu textele cursantilor de la editia numarul doi este in pregatire, cautam nume noi care sa se regaseasca in paginile celei de-a treia antologii.

Atelierul de Scriere Creativa in SF si Fantasy organizat de Club Revdepov si este singurul atelier de scriere creativa din care iesi scriitor debutat!  Cea de-a treia editie a Atelierului se va desfasura in perioada 22 februarie 2016 – 3 aprilie, iar inscrierile au inceput deja si dureaza pana pe 15 februarie.

Cine vor fi maestrii tai?

I-am ales pe cei mai buni pentru a te indruma in ale scrisului, nume mari chemate la festivaluri si care sunt citate de cate ori se vorbeste despre varfurile SF-ului romanesc: Michael Haulica si Danut Ungureanu sunt cei care coordoneaza atelierul. Alaturi de ei vor veni si invitati surpriza care vor sustine intalniri tematice.


Pe langa toate cunostintele pe care scriitorii le pun la dispozitia ta si feedbackul constant pe texte, rezultatul extraordinar al atelierului este publicarea celor mai bune proze intr-o antologie SF & Fantasy. Prima serie de cursanti a fost publicata deja: „Eroi fara voieeste numele primei antologii, recent aparuta la editura Millenium Books.

In urma primelor doua editii, multe dintre prozele lucrate in cadrul atelierului au fost publicate si in reviste, majoritatea in regim profesionist, fiind bine primite de critica si de public.
De asemenea, absolventii au infiintat, la initiativa lui Michael Haulica, cenaclul „Sectia 14”, in cadrul caruia se intalnesc si isi discuta textele, ajutandu-se reciproc.

Cum te inscrii?

Trimite, pana pe 15 februarie, un mail cu subiectul „Atelier SF&F 3” si motivatia participarii la simina [at] Cursul se va tine intr-un loc central din Bucuresti, costa 600 de lei si cuprinde 12 intalniri, cate doua pe saptamana. Locurile se ocupa in ordinea inscrierii.

Mai multe detalii despre atelier la adresa  si Event pe Facebook

Scriitorul Lucian Dragos Bogdan: „Constat cu placere ca participantii la Atelierului SF organizat de Revista de povestiri si Bookblog furnizeaza fara exceptie texte peste medie, ceea ce ma face sa salut initiativa organizarii acelui eveniment care poate contribui - incep sa fiu tot mai convins de asta - la revirimentul SF-ului romanesc.”

Editorul Andreea Sterea (Crux Publishing): „Rezultate spectaculoase, cel putin din punctul meu de vedere: proze foarte bune (semnate de tineri talentati si ambitiosi) publicate in reviste de prestigiu online si tiparite, o antologie ce va cuprinde toate lucrarile absolventilor (pe care sper sa o gasesc de vanzare in aceasta toamna) si, mai ales, o seama de autori debutanti care promit foarte multe pentru viitorul SF&F contemporan.”

Andreea Chebac
Project Manager


Am primit comunicatul de presa de la organizatori si m-am gandit ca s-ar putea sa va intereseze. N-am participat la editiile anterioare ale atelierului si nici n-am apucat sa citesc antologia rezultata, dar i-am citit pe Danut Ungureanu si Michael Haulica (Michael este si raspunzator pentru debutul meu si publicarea in diferite reviste si antologii) si eu zic ca merita. Trebuie doar sa fiti din Bucuresti, sa aveti timp si inclinatie. Succes!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 January Reading List

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean – Probably the best written out of MacLean’s novels. Rather enjoyable, except the hero is an ass when you look at the big picture. I so wish romance heroines stopped thinking of themselves as plain, uninteresting, and unworthy. It takes away a lot of the fun. 3/5 stars

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean – See the complaint above, not the ass part. It was okay, though. 3/5 stars

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean – I liked this book the least from this series. Rather long and boring. 3/5 stars

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean – Things are becoming exciting again, though the heroine is once again deemed unworthy. Some subplots are left unfinished or unexplained clearly enough. As a whole, I prefer MacLean’s other series. 3/5 stars

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – There’s certainly a good story hidden somewhere in there, unfortunately suffocated under heaps of telling which makes reading a tedious job. The wizard is an ass, there’s zero romance, but somehow the sex scenes are A+, go figure! 3/5 stars

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce – I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the book and I certainly wasn’t expecting to like it this much. One thing, though, I came to the conclusion I don’t like this version of fairy lore either. 4/5 stars

A reminder of my rating system:
1 star - you won't find any so it doesn't matter
2 stars - waste of time or unfinished book because of poor writing of major plot issues
3 stars - enjoyable, you won't be sorry for reading it, but you can just as well live without it
4 stars - it brings something special into your life
5 stars - brilliant, damn near perfect 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Strength of a Heart by Ioana Visan

The Strength of a Heart
 (The Stolen Wings #2)
by Ioana Visan 

One day, a pair of wings will change the world. Alise’s wings are killing her.

Twice condemned to death, Alise is slowly fading away after a poisonous Mermaid’s bite, but Rafe will have none of that. Along with two other Guardians of Balance and Alise’s human friend, they go in search of a cure in The Mists, where Gorem’s Wizard is in hiding.

Their journey will be met with danger and strife along the way. With werewolves, demons, dangerous sea creatures, and Alise’s poisoned-filled wings growing back, their chance of survival is slim.

Will Alise survive another murderous plot?

Coming to your ereaders this spring! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Writing Update - January 2016

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know the good news. The first draft of The Strength of a Heart, the second book in The Stolen Wings series, is done. I just finished it last night. I know, go, me! :)

The first 15k words were written in January 2012, right after I finished the first draft of The Weight of a Wing, the first book in the series. Then I went back to polish the TWOW draft until I got sick of it and moved to something else. The next 10k were written last summer after TWOW was published and readers began asking for more. But the real writing was done between October and January, and it would have been finished sooner if I hadn't taken a two-week break for Christmas, but that's all right.

I had one big problem with this story. I kept feeling I was missing a piece of the action, like I should have squeezed in one more adventure as I feared I wouldn't make the word count I had in mind. It's the main reason I kept putting off writing it this long. As I started working on it, however, all pieces lined up nicely together, and it turned out I wasn't missing anything. The initial goal was to get it to 75k, but I would have been secretly happy with 70k. I've got 74k, and that's only the first draft. At least 2k will be added during rewrites if not more, plenty enough for my editor to cut from as she usually does, and rightfully so. 

The next step is to get it to the final draft, which I plan to do in February. Depending on how quickly my editor can get it done, the release will take place either in March or April. In February, I also need to write three short stories before I start working another novel in March, so it will be a busy month. Plenty of time for you to read The Weight of a Wing if you haven't yet. It's my best-selling title, so it must be good. :) Fair warning, it's getting more romantic than initially planned. Ha! Until then, check back on Monday for a cover reveal. I've been sitting on it since TWOW came out, and I can't wait to share it with you. :D

One more thing, I've been also working on putting together a manuscript for a new Romanian short story collection. I only have to finalize the table of contents and then it's off to my publisher. So I guess all of my readers will have something new to read this spring.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Short Story: Fata racheta (Rocket Girl)

At the end of 2014, "Fata racheta" (the Romanian version of Rocket Girl, a short story from The Nightingale Circus short story collection, set in the Broken People universe) was published in the printed edition of Paradox magazine, issue no. 25-26.

Browsing the magazine's site the other day in search of clues on when the next issue will appear (guess why :) ), I discovered that "Fata racheta" is also available in the Paradox online edition. So go ahead and read it if you haven't yet. 

If you like the characters, there are more stories in The Nightingale Circus, and of course they also appear in the two novels in the series, Broken People and Broken Hearts.

Note: Only "Fata racheta" is in Romanian. The rest are all in English, I'm afraid.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 December Reading List

The Patience of the Spider by Andrea Camilleri – Montalbano is getting old, and softer, and there’s a bit of metaphysics involved. What annoyed me was the lingering feeling that the story felt familiar despite knowing for sure I hadn’t read the book before. Then I figured out it must have been one of the episodes from the Italian TV series I watched a couple of years ago. I look forward to the next book in the series. 4/5 stars

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare – Simon isn’t one of my favorite characters, though he is fun. The stories kept wandering and only occasionally remembered they were supposed to be about him. I enjoyed the last one the least and the one featuring Magnus and Alec the most. 3/5 stars

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz – Infodump galore. The plot did make sense in the weird, twisted way this series does, but the way it was delivered didn’t work for me. Not as good as the original trilogy. 3/5 stars

The Serpent by Claire North – Most books play like a movie inside my head while reading. This one played like a theater play, which I found distracting. There’s constant distance between the heroine and the reader, and it’s hard to keep track of all of the secondary characters. The intelligent plot might have saved the book if it hadn’t fizzled towards the end. Language alone can’t save it. 3/5 stars

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine – Not a subject I would normally be interested to read about, but the lady writes so well it completely captivates the reader. 4/5 stars

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace – The story takes too long to get going, we spend too much time inside the MC’s head, which keeps us away from the outside world and makes the worldbuilding make little sense, and there are too many dream/flashback sequences that also don’t help understand things. As a whole, the story feels like a badly constructed puzzle with several important pieces missing. We never get to know the characters or care for them. The writing isn’t very engaging either so I had a hard time finishing it. A disappointing read. 2/5 stars

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – It’s playful, but the story drags and some things come out of nowhere. The hero is supposed to be the sorcerer, but the real hero is the girl, and she’s one of those strong headed persons who would drive you mad in less than a day because of her well intended but less thought out initiatives. 3/5 stars

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Recap

Looking back, 2015 might not have been the best year, but it was a pretty good one.


- in Romanian

5 short (longish) stories
I also translated the entire The Nightingale Circus short story collection.

- in English

4 short stories (3 of them translated from Romanian)
2 novels, one of which will be finished soon.


- in Romanian

2 short stories (reprints) included in Romanian anthologies:
·   "Dincolo de orizont. Povestiri science fiction, vol.1",
editor Michael Haulică, Millennium, November, 2015
·  "Argos Doi. Proză Science-Fiction & Fantasy",
editor Michael Haulică, MediaTech & TexaRom, May, 2015

I submitted 4 short stories to Romanian anthologies, 3 short stories to printed magazines (one of the magazines got canceled before receiving an answer), 1 short story to an online magazine. None of them are out yet, but they will be hopefully soon.

I also submitted the Romanian version of The Nightingale Circus to a publisher. I haven’t heard back from them yet. Shrug.

And I’m working on putting together a new short story collection with all the stories included in anthologies so far.

- in English

2 novels, 1 short story, and 3 other short stories/novellas in a series:
Bonds of Steel (Law and Crucible Saga #3), December, 2015
Point of Origin (Law and Crucible Saga #2), December, 2015
No Port to Land (Law and Crucible Saga #1), December, 2015
Broken Hearts (Broken People #2), September, 2015 
Breaking the Chains (The Devil You Know #1), June, 2015
The Weight of a Wing (The Stolen Wings #1), April, 2015

I have submitted 3 stories to magazines, and one of them has been already accepted.
Europa SF anthology is still in the works, but the project has advanced so it looks promising.


There was one time when I thought I really made my breakthrough when The Weight of the Wing was selling like crazy in June and July, but then the sales dropped back to normal in August so I guess I’m not there yet. It’s a little frustrating because the feedback is good. They’re just not selling as well as they could.


According to Goodreads, I read 103 books this year. Only 7 were in Romanian, and the rest were read on Kindle. I’m still longing to get a new one, but so far no luck. Best reads were Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkossigan saga, V. E. Schwab’s Vicious, and Genevieve Valentine’s The Girls at the Kingfisher Club.
You can check my year in books here.


After the health issues in the spring, I cut back on work and formatting got the burn of it, but feeling less stressed is more important than money.


We still have three cats left after our neighbor’s dog killed Foxy over the summer. :(( Mamma cat is acting weird as usual, now that it got cold she's staying at home, but all summer was out and pretended she didn’t know us. Monsy put on weight because he’s missing little brother who is away. And Moti, our visually impaired cat who no one thought would live this long, is doing just fine.


We spent a nice week in Vienna. Unfortunately, it was the only cold week the entire summer.


One week spent with IVs in the spring, but less colds than usual, and less reflux episodes in the fall, yay. The insomnia is starting to become a problem, though.

So 2015 wasn’t bad. What I want for next year, aside from the usual health, happiness, joy and luck for me and my own, is a 10-day vacation somewhere hot with no stairs, and 4 book launches. It’s not a lot to ask, is it? I’ll keep you updated with the progress. See you next year!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

$0.99 Holiday Book Sale!

Holiday Book Sale

10 titles, novels, novellas, and short stories

Apocalypse - Human Instincts

Shapeshifters - Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks

Vampires - The Impaler's Revenge

Circus - The Nightingale Circus

Prosthetics - Broken People

Angels - Breaking the Chains

Fairies - The Weight of a Wing

Plague - No Port to Land

Spaceships - Point of Origin

Robots - Bonds of Steel

$0.99 each

(December 26 - January 3) 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Best Wishes for 2016!