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Meandering Monday about Black Friday Promotions

Holidays = Holy Days. Even if you aren’t particularly religious and don’t practice or observe, THE HOLIDAYS are supposed to give us a pause to reflect on the past year, give thanks for our blessings (or good fortune), and catch a breath before we resume our work after the first of the year (towards those resolutions we all make.)

This is the time of year that tries men’s souls.

We are being bombarded with the usual BLACK FRIDAY ads. If this was the old days and everything was coming to us in snail mail in the same volume as our email, we’d be out of space in our recycling bin (of course, back in the old days we wouldn’t have had a recycling bin, so our trash bin would have been full.)

Every one of these companies throws their promotions out there as though they are the best, with the best sales. I don’t think any of them sit there and think “Why bother? Brand X is so much more interesting than us – no point in competing…”

I don’t know if I will ever be an effective marketer. Why do I have so much trouble with this? Is it modesty? I’ve never solicited compliments, and I’ve never been comfortable with receiving the unsolicited ones. I remember this discomfort all the way back to my teens when I was praised for my acting.

This whole idea of being embarrassed of praise may seem a bit oxymoronic – there have been people throughout my life who’ve accused me of FALSE modesty. After all, if I really didn’t want people to acknowledge me, why would I perform? But I wasn’t the stereotypical actor – I enjoyed the work, the art of creating a scene. That there was an audience was incidental (and a source of stress.) The same holds with my writing – I don’t write to be recognized, but once I’ve written something, it seems highly wasteful to stick it in a drawer (or the “circular file”.) An as it happens, writing doesn’t just involve the writer – the reader is also a participant and collaborator who brings their own self to the story and expands on it into something new (and like a tree falling in the forest, was theer ever really a story if no one reads it?)

READ MY STUFF!!! (looks around embarrassedly)

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. 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”:  Jack Dempsey feels ‘boxed’ in when an alien abduction forces him to carry on the family name, and he’d rather not become part of the Krills’ warped mating ritual.

“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:


I’ve settled on the stories for my next collection – now working on putting together the contents (eBook AND paperback.) The release date is planned for December 16th ; more to come…


loveunderstarscoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his most recent publication “L-O-V-E among the Stars”, 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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