Meandering Monday about Being Up in the Air

This will hopefully be my final week of meandering through all the changes that have been happening to our house over the last two months, and things may finally start feeling more STABLE, perhaps even more PERMANENT. And then – MAYBE – I will finally resume my writing.

We’ll get to set the clocks back on November 6th, and after that there won’t be any sudden changes in when the sun rises and sets for a few months. That will be good to know.

For anyone in the U.S. who actually pays attention to what’s going on in politics, this whole election season has been unsettling, but all that will be over (except for the crying of one side or another) in two more weeks on November 8th (unless, of course, we go through another period of uncertainty like Al Gore put us through in 2000), and with the election results will come more STABILITY.

We all need anchors – people, institutions, places that we count on being there when we wake up – a sun that rises and sets when we expect it to. Truths that don’t change on a whim. We play games that have definite rules, and count on them to remain fixed, and that’s the way we expect life to be. Even if the events that occur during it are disruptive, the underlying structure – the rules, the laws – remain intact.

Here’s hoping we all get the stability we need.

Just saying…


collection4coverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND – my fourth short story collection, which contains the following:

“Bugging Out”: What do you do when everything you know seems to be disappearing around you? A lonely, cantankerous shopkeeper struggles to keep what’s left of his world.

“The Unreliability of the Mature Mind”:  Can mind control work on someone who can’t control their own mind?

“My Brother’s Keeper”:  A space traveler lands on a primitive planet, and contends with the backwards philosophy of some brown-robed brethren as he tries to rescue his own brother’s spirit.

“The Black Spot”:  A miner is exposed to something…different. The company doctor says it’s just in his head, and he’s right, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.

“Flee Markets”:  Small town summer doldrums can leave your imagination wanting to flee away with you, taking you to far-away places – or maybe even bringing them to you for a time. Samantha Sanger has a chance encounter with a slightly disreputable merchant and learns that the limits to what you can be sold go beyond cold hard cash.

“Canabis alienus ‘alien dope’”:  Eric returns home for what he thinks is going to be a simple intervention, but turns into… something else. Be careful what you smoke…

Use coupon code AB26V to get an additional 67% off the newly reduced cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until October 29th. Here’s the link:


hardtimescoverThis is the release weekend for “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 one goes a tiny bit “blue”, but there’s nothing graphic in it.

The eBook is available in all the usual places, including (but not limited to):




InAFlashJimmyCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including the original Detective Jimmy Delaney story “In a Flash”, 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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