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Meandering Monday about Commitments

I went through a lot of angst this weekend.

I’m sure some of you noticed (although many more didn’t) that I didn’t post Forecast Friday, Selling Saturday, or Sum-it-up Sunday. I had what many would consider good reasons for dropping my scheduled responsibilities like this, and some would probably put quotes around “responsibilities” since this was a self-imposed responsibility – no one asked me for it, and I’m not sure anyone is holding me to it except myself.

But for me, that’s the point – I need to hold myself to it.

When I first started my midlife renaissance and selected writing as my vehicle, my objectives were void and without form. I had no direction; I meandered (a recurring theme) in search of a way to begin, didn’t set myself clear goals, had no schedule, and as a result, WRITING did not happen. It wasn’t until I made some commitments TO MYSELF about what I was going to do – concrete objectives to achieve, and a schedule – that I became productive.

So any time I miss a scheduled task, when I see my objectives slipping into failure, I fear that I’m returning to those early, rudderless, meandering times. I don’t want to lose what I’ve built up. I go on and on about staying on this WRIDING HORSE, but it’s an easy thing to fall off of (yes, even for me), and the longer I stay where I’ve fallen, the harder it is to get back up and on it.

Sometimes something – sometimes LIFE – happens (as has been happening to me lately), and you have to excuse yourself, apologize to whoever you made the promise to, and forgive yourself. But if you do this too often, it becomes a habit – and you don’t want that.

Throughout life, we make promises and commitments. Even when these are made to others, the base of all of them are the commitments we make to ourselves – without holding ourselves to those, all others eventually fall by the wayside.

Just saying…


hardtimescoverUp next for publication – the Detective Jimmy Delaney story “Hard Times”:

Why are these things always so hard?

Johns are dying in Barnstow. It was bound to happen eventually, in a city where legal prostitution is a big part of the tourist industry, but not so many so fast. And of course, if there are dead bodies in Barnstow, Detective Jimmy Delaney isn’t far away.

“Hard Times” is a detective story with sci-fi elements, and the sixth in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series, and the sixth in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series.

(This story goes a tiny bit “blue”, but it’s just the subject – there’s nothing graphic in it.)

The release date is October 21st, but you can preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):



Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MA4O4BC


killingthemsoftlycoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Killing Them Softly”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books): https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
• His site on WordPress: https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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