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Sum-it-up Sunday: Fuss, Furor, Fitness

There is a narrative that was pushed throughout the campaign that Candidate (now President Elect) Trump is a mean man, and now that he’s won the election, we have protests (using that word loosely to include the rioting) and violence perpetrated on any who might have voted for him by those claiming to be afraid and parading their anticipated victimhood. Suddenly this is not a safe country, and it’s all because of Trump. Of course, the current President, the Democratic Party, and their most recent candidate could put a stop to all this uproar if they wanted to – simply tell the demonstrators to stop. Or at least stop paying for them.

Another campaign meme that is being pushed even harder now is that Trump is incompetent, that his transition team is a disaster. Meanwhile, Trump and his team continue calling in candidates and mending fences with former opponents. Now that he has won, he’s taken the high road and is showing a grace that many didn’t believe he had in him.

The complaints that he doesn’t have his administration settled yet are baseless – even David Axelrod admitted that Trump’s progress on this is in the same range as most modern administrations (and that was before Trump had named three of his selections.)

I know President Elect Trump is a serious executive, and wants to line up his team so they can all roll up their sleeves and take care of business, but I almost wish he could delay any announcements – as we’ve seen, the opposition (political and media) complaints about him not having made selections yet instantly gives way to attacks on those selections (such as the trashing of Steve Bannon.) But Trump has a spine – I think he can handle it.

Just saying…


Collection6eBookCoverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND – my sixth short story collection, which contains the following:

“The Red Barrens”

Mabel Jeffers is forced to play her part in terraforming a resistant planet with that same Agent Purple. But there are things that are worse than death – things that could drive her over The Edge and into The Red Barrens…

“Dempsey’s Debut”

How would you like to be abducted by alien mantises for some live entertainment? Jack Dempsey feels ‘boxed’ in when he’s forced to carry on the family name, and he’d rather not become part of the Krills’ warped mating ritual. It’s hard to live up to your ancestors.

“Look Both Ways”

Even if you knew every twist and turn of their potential timelines, would your children listen?

“The Final Ending?”

John Charming wants desperately to rescue his true love, but the creator of his particular story expects John to just sit back and accept his destiny. John has other plans.

“Close Enough”

Max Keppler has no time to react to the comet barreling toward his and Rebecca’s asteroid claim. See Max deal with an uppity A.I., an unhelpful helpdesk, and a comet named Napoleon as he works to minimize the impact on their already shaky relationship.

“The Wolves Will Come”

The Tribe is leaving their world for a new home, but it is not in Bear to run from his enemies, nor to abandon his heart’s home. It’s just a matter of time before the Exiled find him – or will age and the wolves get to him first?

Use coupon code UA97J 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 November 26th. Here’s the link:


loveunderstarscoverThis is the release weekend for “L-O-V-E Among the Stars”:

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 short, speculative fiction of (with hints of a pop standard.) It’s available now in the usual places, including (but not limited to) Smashwords:


I’m going to try to get back on track with my releases – sure, I’ve been making the go live dates, but haven’t been doing so well in setting up preorders. Next will be a collection (not sure of name or contents yet), which means both eBook AND paperback formats; release date is planned for December 16th


hardtimescoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his previous 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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