Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! The days are passing with dizzying speed. Makes me think of warp drives and worm holes (since I’m in sci-fi mode these days) but my series is decidedly grounded on our planet. Doesn’t mean I won’t take to the stars later, but as for now, no space operas. Just alien invasions.

There’s a reason sci-fi and fantasy get lumped together so often. They both require suspension of belief and extensive world-building. My love for this type of writing started back before I could even read. It started with fairytales. Today’s quote is another by Neil Gaiman (the guy seriously says a lot of profound stuff).

Fairy tales are more than true:
not because they tell us that dragons exist,
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

I’m having so much fun slaying my dragons. And I don’t just mean literary monsters. I think writers battle metaphorical dragons every day: word count, plot holes, marketing efforts, bad reviews, public doubt. With each word I write, I’m nocking an arrow or drawing my sword. By the time I’m retired, I expect to have slain all my dragons. I’ll look back and have no regrets.

(I kind of want to sing “I Did it My Way” right now.)

So, tell me, what dragons did you slay this week? Let’s talk about it below.

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And now, this weekโ€™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!

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

  1. Sci-fi? Man, it’s been ages since I read sci-fi. I’ll have to put it back on my list now that I know a certain author is writing it ๐Ÿ˜€ Dragons? I would rather draft them into helping me finish my WIP ๐Ÿ˜€ Except Grumpy. He can stay away ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    As always, Staci Troilo’s “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links” post is AWESOME. Do yourself a favor–check it out! And then share far and wide so others can enjoy it, as well. Thanks, and thanks, Staci, for another great recap. (I really love the Gaiman quote, too. He’s a favorite of mine.)

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  3. Yay!! Your book comes out next Tuesday. Can’t wait! I finished my blog tour yesterday and finished my final proof read for Kensington and sent it in. Two dragons in one week! But now I want to get a lot more stuff done–sort of feeling like I’m facing the White Walkers. I hope I keep my head above water:) But CONGRATS TO YOU!! I’m so excited about this book.

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  4. Love that quote, though I have a fondness for dragons and would hate to slay them!
    I’m making slow progress on a contemporary slated for a Halloween boxset and a holiday novella for- you guessed it- a Christmas boxset, lol
    Excited for your Tuesday release- congrats!


  5. I love the visual that “slaying the dragons” brought to my mind. I too am a lover of fairy tales and was from the day I could read a word. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t say that I conquered any dragons this week, but my sword was drawn more than once. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the Neil Gaiman quote! Thanks for sharing the links, Staci. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Now that you mention it, writers do slay dragons every day – and I’m going to hang a sign on my front door that says “Here, there be dragons.” Maybe it will keep away unwanted guests. Love the Peanuts dance scene!

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  7. I’m about ready to switch sides and join the dragons. Since my parents came I’ve lost two weekends. Things are super busy here at work and it looks like I’ll lose two more. We’ve even suspended the flex schedule for one week. My hope of publishing before school lets out are fading from view.

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  8. I didn’t do a lot of dragon slaying this week, but last week I accomplished a big one—finishing my synopsis (thanks to the help of a certain sci-fi writer) and sent the submission package to my editor. That was a huge dragon to slay.

    Right now I’m working on cleaning up short stories for a possible collection releasing in the summer or fall. The problem I’ve found about writing dragons is that they’re much like the books one my TBR—they multiply faster than I can keep up, LOL!

    I am geared and psyched up for your Tuesday release. Alien invasion! I can’t wait!!

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    • Writing dragons do tend to multiply, don’t they? Like rabbits! I’m glad about your synopsis, though. Can’t wait to hear what your editor says.

      And thanks for the support. I’m nervous about this one. Then again, I’m nervous about all of them, so… (Maybe that’s a dragon I need to slay.)

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    • Yay! That’s awesome, Priscilla. Well, not the swearing part (although I’ve been there), but the slaying your dragons part.

      And I love Aunty Acid, too. She and Maxine keep me in stitches.


  9. Writers do have their dragons to slay, my hope is I get to ride them:) I’m geared up to enter your world with aliens! And yes time is going by way too fast! Have a great weekend, Staci.

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