Meandering Monday and Leaping To…

It feels like 2016 is going to be a long year. Why do I feel this way, like it’s going to take longer for next month to get here than it usually does? The last time I felt this way about a year was 2012; maybe those two years have something in common?

Oh, yeah – it’s a leap year. This year there are twenty-nine days in a month that is abnormally shorter than the others, and it’s still shorter. If you pay too much attention to this 30-days hath September, April, June and November… stuff, it makes things seem all disjointed, like a table with one short leg.

Months seem a strange thing to me. You look at a calendar and the months are fighting our need to have them ordered in weeks. We talk about them all like they have only four weeks, but on the page we have to give each one five lines to keep the weeks separated and in order.

And then we have a month that rebels every once in a while, like July this year, WHICH ACTUALLY NEEDS SIX LINES to hold less than four and a half weeks. We rail at the inefficiency and sloppiness of it, and cram the 31st into sharing a box with the 24th. It’s a wonder that some of us don’t wind up in a Groundhog Day loop by following the calendar back to the previous week.

(this all sounds very familiar, like maybe we have done this loop before…)

Everyone – right now, mark your calendars so we all get through July this year. It would be terrible if some of us had trouble getting to August, but if you don’t make it out of July, and things seem to be repeating, at least you’ll know why (you can thank me later.)

OMG – October is going to be the same way! Everyone mark your calendar NOW: do NOT slip back into October 23rd when you’re supposed to be moving forward to the 30th. This calendar thing is becoming a mine field of temporal maelstroms, threatening to suck us all into infinite loops of time. I don’t see how we’re going to escape this year!

Wait a minute – it looks like January was the same sort of thing. Does anyone remember going back to January 24th and repeating that week? It looks like we’re all still here, so maybe not. Maybe I’m worrying about it too much, but just to play it safe, look around when you get to July 24th and make sure you don’t see anyone who looks a bit strained, like they’re having too much deja vu. If you find anyone who’s lost, be a friend; hold their hand and help guide them out of that week. It’s the least we can do for each other.

One thing we can say about February – it never needs more than five lines, so we won’t get in one of those loops while we’re trying to get on with our MARCH. Even in an overly long year like this, we can at least count on time MARCHing on. Eventually.

Just saying…


This week’s Smashwords coupon is for “Through Her Eyes”:ThroughHerEyesCover

They say that we’re blinded by love, but sometimes it’s the only thing that can light the darkness. Jennie had a surprise planned for Pete, but Pete had one for her, too. Things aren’t always what they seem.

“Through Her Eyes” is a Paranormal-Fantasy-Romance short story, and is also available in the collection “Things I Could Get Out of My Mind.” Use coupon code NY28M to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s 99-cents – such a deal!). Here’s the link:

This coupon will be good until February 27th.


PipesCoverThe preorder campaign continues for my speculative short story “The Pipes”:

Sometimes it’s the little things… An unexpected extraterrestrial visitation has an adverse effect on a Texas farmer’s well. Think twice before you drink the water – there’s something in the pipes.

Release date is March 11th, but you can preorder now at a reduced promotional price at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):




William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest ePub “Ultimate Awareness”, can be found in many places, including:


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