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Meandering Monday about an Imagination on the Loose

When we’re children we spend a lot of time in make-believe. Of course, most of us grow up and out of this. We learn how things really work, are taught not to color outside the lines or with the wrong crayon, and become – hopefully – productive adult members of society.

Overall, I think I manage to keep my feet on the ground, and a grasp (if not firm) on reality. I do manage to hold down a “day job” that actually requires an anchor, and a personal life where if I don’t keep it real things would fall apart very easily.

Still, the thing about having a loose imagination like I (and, I believe, most fiction writers) have: I can easily imagine that something made up is real (even if I’m not the one who made it up. Movies are particularly impactful to me. I remember when I left the theater on the four different nights I saw Star Wars; riding down the highway I felt like I was in an X-Wing, dodging Tie Fighters across the Death Star. I dislike scary movies because – when they’re over – I inevitably imagine the monsters lurking in the shadows.

As a writer, this loose imagination is useful. It makes world building and plotting easier and consistent, because once I’ve made up the rules reality doesn’t interfere. Characters pop in and start talking about things that must be coming from my mind, but I’d be hard-pressed to explain where. It’s all real once I get going. Of course, it’s hard to maintain when I can only stay with it for an hour or so at a time.

Most people we meet are buttoned down in reality – not as susceptible to suggestion or flights of fancy. I want to be able to show them one of my worlds (on the page, of course) and make them feel like it’s real. Then I’ll know I’ve arrived as a writer.

Just saying…


FindingSanctuaryCoverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for “Finding Sanctuary”:

After generations searching for a home, the colonists of The Promise think they’ve found it. But is this seemingly perfect world where they’ll find Sanctuary?

(A bit of sci-fi, a pinch of fantasy, a slice of horror; a good mix of what makes up speculative fiction. Add in alien spiders – how can you go wrong?)

“Finding Sanctuary” just started with the idea of a human colony ship wandering through space in search of a home. Eventually they find one. But an alien planet suitable for life would of course have alien life, wouldn’t it? It would be nice to think they’d be welcoming, but…, well…, WE’D be the aliens then, wouldn’t we?

Use coupon code FD38W to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until August 27th. Here’s the link:

“Finding Sanctuary” is also available in the collection – More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.


ScentOfTheCrimeCoverThe preorder campaign will be over in 4 more days for Detective Jimmy Delaney story #4: “The Scent of the Crime”:

Detective Jimmy Delaney finds himself involved in yet another murder. He knows something smells in Barnstow, but can he use that to find the killer?

“The Scent of the Crime” is a short, private detective fiction set in the near future, with a slight sci-fi element fiction. And a little humor (Jimmy likes to think of himself as Sam Spade, but has more in common with Jim Rockford.) This one started just because I wanted to play with some advanced scent memory, I liked the title pun, and then the story took over. Hope you enjoy it!

The release date is August 26th, 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 publication “Obsolete”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri



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