Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! I’m super excited today. I wrote THE END on my rough draft of book 2 of the Astral Conspiracy series. I haven’t revealed the title or cover yet, so that’s all I can say about that. But I’m in revision-mode, making sure all the threads are properly woven, all the clues are dropped but hidden, all the groundwork is laid for book 3… and of course all the writing is sound.

It never ceases to amaze me that I miss so much in my own work. I’m so diligent and critical, yet I’m often blind to my own errors. My editor catches a lot, but let’s be honest—no one catches everything. Not until it’s published, anyway, and I see word echoes I’d like to address or weak verbs I’d love to change.

But today isn’t about editing and publishing frustrations. Today is about celebrating a completion. And I think Frank Herbert said it best:

There is no real ending.
It’s just the place you stop the story.

So, yeah, I wrote THE END. But there’s a lot more to do—both with this book and this series. And I must confess, I really love this one. My Medici Protectorate series will always be the one I hold closest to my heart because of the family history associated with it, but this book—the whole Astral Conspiracy series—is fast becoming the series I’m most proud of.

Besides, if I learned anything ending two series so far in my career, it’s that nothing ever really ends. Those characters go on to live their lives. And who knows when and where they might pop up again?

What about you? Any “endings” this week? Finish a draft? An outline? An edit? Hit that publish button? Share your successes below. I’d love to celebrate with you.

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!

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

  1. Sorry I’m late commenting on this one, Staci. It’s been a heck of a month, but I’m again digging my way out. Haven’t returned to writing yet, but am at least feeling up to reading my favorite blogs, including yours! Thanks so much for including The Write Stuff’s MondayMemes in your list of things To Make You Smile. It’s one of the few things I’ve been trying to keep up with. So much good stuff this time around, too. I have to set aside time to check your wonderful, and always useful, selection of links. Thanks so much for these Author Inspiration posts. I look forward to them every week! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  2. Congrats on completing the first draft of Book 2, Staci. Of course, I have to see what happens when Landon puts that key in the gate! Ha ha. My current first draft is taking me a year to complete due to the hurdles in my family life. Oh well. All in good time. Happy Writing!

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  3. Congratulations on writing The End, Staci. That is a lovely feeling. I also can’t believe how much value external editing adds to the writing process. I think is is reasonable that we don’t see our own mistakes. The eye skips over them when we read our own work.

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    • Thank you. It is a lovely feeling.

      My eye skips so much in my own work! It’s kind of embarrassing. I’m grateful to all the editors I’ve had over the years, past and present. They really saved me!


    • LOL. It comes out in October. Maybe I’ll post teasers before that.

      Starting something deserves celebrating, too. I love to play with that exact theme in my stories. Wishing you a lot of luck with it. Congratulations on starting something new!

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  4. That’s awesome, Staci! High five to you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I experienced a few speedbumps this week, but nothing too major. Yay!
    Thanks again for including another one of my posts with yours. It’s greatly appreciated. Wishing you a fabulous weekend. Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. That is a fantastic quote, Staci! Congrats on writing “The End.” You are SO right. We are all blind to our own errors and it’s because our mind sees what it wants to see and not what is. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m putting the finishing touches on three short stories and getting ready to hit the “Publish” button!

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  6. I am still in editing mode, but I am now to the point where I’m putting the final polish on a number of short stories for publishing. The hardest part is done.Now it’s just a matter of final touch-up sand cobbling everything together.

    Congratulations on finishing your second book draft in the Astral Conspiracy series. I know it will be exceptional, and I can’t wait to read it. You’ve got something wonderful going on with this universe and these characters!

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  7. Yay! Congrats on finishing the first draft. Such a good feeling and I’m looking forward to reading it:) I finished polishing a short story I’ve been working on and only got blogs and newsletters done. Life got in the way for the rest of my plans. Have a great weekend, Staci!

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  8. I’m in the plotting and character wheel stage for my fifth Jazzi mystery, so I won’t reach The End for months. But that’s all right. I love writing that series. CONGRATS on finishing the second book in YOUR series! I loved book one. Can’t wait to read book two!

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  9. No big completions this week. I’m struggling to address all the critiques I got back, wondering if I missed one here and there. Things will calm down as I finish The Viral Blues in a few more weeks. (Fingers crossed) It is funny how those characters tend to return, sometimes all in the same story.

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  10. I’ll celebrate with you – got the book to my beta reader yesterday afternoon! That was four days of intense writing, revising, and editing, but as you said, there’s more work to be done. Especially before I send it to you. Have a great weekend, Staci!

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  11. Love the quote, Staci. Last week was my week for endings, as I finished both my novel in progress–FALLOUT–and a short story–The Fireman–for an anthology. My pre-order page went live for FALLOUT last week too :). This week is a week of beginnings … I’ve started a new non-fiction book called Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer, which is all about writing tools for firing your imagination. I’m super excited about this one! And am also prepping for the revision stage on the projects just finished.

    I have The Gate on my ereader, and I cannot wait to dive into it. This second one also sounds great. I do love a good series. Congratulations on finishing, Staci, and best of luck with all the books ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the links. Reblogged this on: … Check out this great Friday post from Staci Troilo with some useful author/writing links โ€ฆ

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  12. Hello, Staci Troilo.
    I haven’t finished any draft this week, Cause’ I just began writing my new article. I hope it will be done within 2-3 days. And, yes, I liked reading your blog.
    I give my best wishes to your new book release. Keep writing, keep shining.

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