Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! Another busy and beautiful week at the Troilo residence come and gone.

Our Easter celebration was low-key for us this year. At first, I felt bad about skipping some of our traditions. But then, the day came. The meal, though simpler than my usual holiday fare, was delicious. The love flowed as freely as the wine. We all missed my daughter, who couldn’t make the trip from college, but everything else was as it should be. And then it was over, and we all went back to work.

I’m still knee-deep in the sci-fi world. My first release is around the corner. I’m both excited and nervous. There were plenty of times I thought:

I like to read sci-fi and love to watch it, but maybe I’m not the best person to write it. After all, I wasn’t exactly a fan of my science classes in school. The stories I could tell about labs…

Well, first of all, my husband and I started dating because we were lab partners in chemistry, so I can’t totally hate science. And those classes were heavy in math—I loathe math—so it’s understandable that I didn’t exactly enjoy those subjects. The scientific concepts are pretty cool, though, and I do like the shows on the Science channel. More to the point, I’m writing about aliens, and space has always fascinated me. And I got to incorporate other stuff I really love, like archaeological research.

Most importantly, I like my stories. So I didn’t give up. Which brings me to this quote by a name synonymous with space fiction: George Lucas.

If you want to be successful in a particular field,
perseverance is one of the key qualities.

It’s way too early to know if my work will be commercially successful, but there’s more to “success” than book sales. If I can write something I love and a reader enjoys it as much as I did, then that’s a win. And if that happens, I’ll be thrilled that I didn’t quit.

What about you? What project made you doubt yourself, and more importantly, did you persevere? Let’s talk about that book and how it changed you.

And now, this week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

46 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Love this post! I think sci-fi gives you a little bit of a pass on the sciencey stuff (unless it’s hard science fiction, like Asimov) because fiction. And like you and Mae, the earth sciences were more appealing to me (but I liked math, and science, especially geology and chemistry). Thanks for the great links, I’m off to check some of them out. 😀

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    • I prefer my sci-fi without much sci. LOL. I think the ones that go in heavy on the detail lose readers. I’ll happily suspend belief in favor of good characters. Luke’s family farms WATER on a desert planet? I won’t even ask how. Nor will I ask how they afford two droids. “These aren’t the answers you’re looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.” So, I moved along. 😉

      I hope others feel the same way. I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

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  2. Staci, your sense of excitement and buzz through your current WIP shines out – I was a sci-fi junkie as young and it’s still a hugely successful genre. I think you need lots of imagination to write these kind of books, not physics and you excel at this! Have fun writing away … see what happens in the long run but I think you will surprise yourself! Great links and love the quote. I’ve just been watching a documentary about Avicii and he was perseverance personified!

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    • This is so nice of you to say! Thank you so much. I hope my excitement shines through not just when I’m talking about the story, but also through the writing.

      I hadn’t heard of Avicii but just looked him up. Perseverance personified, indeed. Thanks for mentioning him.

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  3. I don’t think you need to be good at science to write sci-fi, Staci. You need to be good at research! Ha ha. My current WIP is making me doubt myself. I just can’t get the writing to flow, so it’s taking brutal perseverance just to write 1K words a day. Ugh. And blogging is such a great distraction! 😀 Have a great week!

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful Easter, Staci. I also met my hubby in class – finance instead of chemistry. Makes for a sweet meet-cute, lol. A project that made me doubt myself? Every book I’ve ever worked on, lol.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful Easter! Sometimes simplicity is best. Giving birth to my first book was the most painful. I was a new writer. I was telling a very personal true story and I knew absolutely NOTHING about publishing. But, I persevered and now today, I love being a writer! I don’t know what else I would do with my life. I love the George Lucas quote and thanks for sharing the links!

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  6. I’ve been a science geek from grade school (always one of my favorite subjects, along with history) but I was hampered by my hatred of math. I loved my science classes through high school and to this day am drawn to earth sciences.

    I’m glad you had a good Easter. Although your daughter couldn’t make it home, I know she was with you in spirit.

    Every new release we do is scary, especially with a change of genre, but you are an amazing storyteller and a fabulous writer. No matter what genre you choose, those skills will be front and center.Your ew book is going to be an awesome success!

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  7. I watched Ellen yesterday with guest star Bradley Cooper and he spoke about never singing until A Star is Born. He was scared of the part, but it beckoned, so he persevered– and look what happened!
    NEVER give up on your dreams ❤

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      • I loved science, too, but not necessarily the classes I took. It opens a whole exciting world of possibilities of what is and might be. I’ve touched on aliens and other worlds and plan to explore that more later. I’m glad you had a great Easter. It sounds similar to ours low key and my son at college. I love that you met your husband in a chemistry class:) Have a great weekend Staci!

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      • I can’t wait to see what you write, Denise.

        I’m glad you had a nice, if low-key, holiday. Sometimes I think those are better than all the fuss.

        And yeah, we started dating after we were lab partners. Although, we grew up in the same town and knew each other well before that. We just didn’t KNOW each other. Our story is so sweet, it causes cavities. 🧁

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  8. Wonderful week’s worth of goodies, Staci, and thanks so much for including me in the To Make You Smile category. So glad you enjoyed those Monday Memes! 🙂 Sharing this and SAVING! 🙂 ❤

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  9. I love your paragraph about commercial success. I would do well to look at it your way. I also love science fiction, but it’s so big it’s almost multiple genres. I don’t think I do space opera well. I’m more successful with what I call “Ten minutes into the future” stuff.

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    • I watch a lot more than I read, and I read a little more than I write. But this series might shape up to be my favorite. Well, probably not. Medici will always remind me of family, so even though I can see problems in my earlier writings, that will always hold a special place in my heart. But I’m really enjoying this one. And it’s not ten minutes in the future, but it’s not ten millennia, either. We’ll call it the “not so distant” future. Life’s very recognizable. Except for the aliens, of course. 😉

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  10. I agree with Harmony. Writing what I love, regardless of the number of sales, is a success. I’m with you on science. I liked life science (biology) much for than physical science. And math??? Enough said.

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    • I’m not ashamed (well, maybe I’m a little ashamed) to say physics and chemistry occasionally drove me to tears. Usually I laughed at my stupidity, but there were days… You’d have thought high school honors classes would have prepared me for college courses in those subjects. I assure you, they did not.

      No surprise we share the same opinions on math and science. And on writing and what constitutes success. 🙂 Happy weekend, Joan!

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