goals / Meandering

Meandering Monday about… Uncertain Meandering

It hasn’t just been Mondays – this has been a meandering year.

I mentioned this to my current manager at my DAY JOB (that’s the one most of us writers have that actually pays the bills while we’re trying to become independently wealthy with our writing.) At that place we’ve had all sorts of upheaval – they redid all our cubicles so they are less cubicle-like, which meant we were out of our part of the building for a month or so, and others we worked with were away for various parts of the year. My previous manager retired, and the entire organization decided to do a reorg, which they started telling us about in late summer. I now know my latest manager of the last four months won’t be my manager next month, and we’re all still pushing along into whatever it all means.

We had the most bizarre presidential election cycle in recent memory, in which NO ONE KNEW what was going to happen, especially the self-appointed experts. The initial result was better than I had thought it might be, and assuming that it is ratified by the Electoral College today (that tells you what this one was like – we shouldn’t be having to ASSUME it), things will go on the upswing in this country. But it will still involve a lot of change, which never leaves anyone feeling certain.

Then of course there’s the personal turmoil of the slab leak that has set me adrift and rudderless this nearly four months now (we are finally in position to start bringing the rest of our belongings back from storage, but who knows when that will start – it is the HECTIC HOLIDAYS, after all.) Wrapped up with the usual smattering of health concerns and other minor disasters we usually go through here, I’m still at a loss for direction. Maybe I’ll feel more certain once we have a Christmas tree (yes, I know, there’s less than a week left; like I’m saying – that’s the kind of year it’s been.

I still find myself meandering about in search of the entry ramp to get back to my goals. Swordsmaster will have to be pushed to next year. I’m still three stories behind this year’s pitiful quota of twelve (I can make it to ten if I just finish polishing “A Language of Their Own” and send it out to market.

Let’s see if I can’t use these last two weeks of 2016 to regain my bearings and set course for next year (and we all know NOTHING will happen to thwart those best laid plans, don’t we?)

Just saying…

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collection8ebookcoverWe’re just wrapping up the release weekend for Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND (short story collection #8); includes:

“The Pipes”:  Sometimes it’s the little things… An unexpected extraterrestrial visitation has an adverse effect on a Texas farmer’s well. Think twice before you drink the water – there’s something in the pipes.

“Good Luck!”:  Sometimes the best laid plans don’t quite work out. With the Zavian Empire bearing down on Earth, The Chairman gives a final speech on the value of having a Plan B.

“Ultimate Awareness”:  Omnius has relied on his Ultimate Awareness to dominate the city as well as any supervillain could, but an interview with a prospective sidekick casts doubt on both his own limits and his career path. How much does he really know?

“Mating Rituals”:  It’s been so long… Manti has only one night left on Cuniculus before she returns to Cesilli – why not spice up a paid hit with a little romance?

“Obsolete”:  When we leave Earth, will we forget what it’s like to be human? Mr. Omega, the last unmodified “man”, stands trial for unthinkingly preserving his own life over that of a superior being.

“Endangered”:  Aliens create Hell on Earth in a plan to put Humanity on the endangered list. Sending in the park rangers to stop them may not be the best option – unless it’s the only one. Sometimes the best laid plans can be derailed by the smallest of things.

The reduced promotional price of 99-cents (such a deal!) will still hold for the rest of today (maybe partway into tomorrow) at the usual places, including:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/upload/details/685614?ref=NoTimeToThink

Also, if you prefer actual paper books, the collection is available through Createspace at:  https://www.createspace.com/6752333

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William Mangieri’s writing, including his previous publication “L-O-V-E Among the loveunderstarscoverStars”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• 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
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• 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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