Creativity / goals / writing

Writing Wednesday: Climbing Back into the Wriding Saddle (again?)

I’m pretty sure I’ve already written about starting back up recently, as though it was going to happen then (but I’d rather not look to find out, because it might have been more than once); what I do know is that it’s taken me this long to grab the saddle horn and mount up.

I’d had a good ride. Starting in the summer of 2011, I decided on a strategy to get my writing trotting along. I established goals and made most of them (and each year I fell a little less short on the others.) I made a habit of writing regularly, and it was just that – a habit so ingrained that it was rare that anything kept me off that Wriding horse for more than a day or two, and when I returned it was like I’d never been out of the saddle.

Gosh, this whole slab leak distraction has been hard on my habits.

Yesterday was the first day since the middle of summer that I finally wrote some fiction. And if I stay too long on this posting, it may just be the start of a slow slide back off the saddle. (There are writers I respect who have blogs, and though I value the knowledge I gain from them, I read how they’re having difficulty making their fiction goals while blogging out more output than MY fiction goals require and I wonder if they realize what they’re demonstrating.)

I need to cut this one short and get back to the serious work of Wriding.

Just saying…


loveunderstarscover“L-O-V-E Among the Stars” can be preordered for 2 more days:

A space traveler wakes too soon, and must leave the woman of his dreams to the ministrations of another, less-human caretaker.

“L-O-V-E Among the Stars” is a speculative fiction of (with hints of a pop standard.) The release date is November 18th, and you can preorder now at the usual places, including (but not limited to) Smashwords:


This week’s Smashwords coupon is for Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND
collection5ebookcover – my fifth short story collection, which contains the following:

“Mutiny on the Star-Bound”:  A humble digital mechanic finds himself in the middle of a mutiny on the Star-Bound, Martin begins to wonder: who’s rebelling against whom?

“Reconcilable Differences”: Madeline doesn’t have much hope for her forty-six-year marriage; Carl just refuses to remember things the way she does. Maybe Memory Replacement Therapy holds the answer.

“New Antiques”: Tim Crabtree wonders why his new neighbors have built a forty-foot pole in their backyard. Are they trying to get hit by lightning? If he only knew…

“Dead End Jobs”: Bryan Riggins finds himself waiting in line for a job interview. But what waits for him behind that door?

“The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker”: Are we simply the sum of the choices we’ve made? What happened to all the other possibilities?

“Anti-Social”: A homebody struggles to break social conventions and reach out into a world that’s becoming less and less substantial. How do you make yourself real?

Use coupon code HG52B 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:


hardtimescoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his most recent publication “Hard Times”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• 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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