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Writing Wednesday: A Pat on the Back

Goals: Resubmissions to market still on schedule (including my submission to this quarter of Writers of the Future.) Got my three blog postings out there (it helps to start a couple of days early.) I put “Goddesses” out on preorder, so it’s obviously set for the May 5th release date.

I produced 2279 words (76% of quota), and have this year’s sixth story (“The Voices”) out to my beta readers – once that one gets to market (after the final revision in a week or so), I’ll be halfway through this year’s story quota.

I considered shifting to Swordsmaster next, but I wasn’t quite ready for it (will I EVER cease to be intimidated by the novel?) so I decided that I should tackle some more shorts. I’ve been overdue for some more Herc Tom: Champion of the Empire stories (I can’t believe it’s been over two years since I wrote the last one.) Part of the prep for this (being a series) mandates that I reread the first three (“Purr-Mission,” “Nipped in the Butt,” and “Cat and Mouse”) to recapture the voice – the flavor of the series.

CatsOfWar_I_CoverI’m going to give myself a pat on the back. As I read through the three stories Sunday, I found myself smiling, and at some points laughing out loud with tears coming to my eyes. I don’t often read my own material – once it’s out the door, I don’t look at it again unless it’s for utilitarian reasons (reformatting into a collection, or getting ready for a sequel in a series), and it was a VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE to discover that I actually like my own writing that much.

(My ALMOST shameless plug – you should go out there right now and buy the three stories and read them for yourselves – they’re available individually, or you can save a little money and buy the Cats of War I collection, available at many places, including:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/588921?ref=NoTimeToThink

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017E9TPFK

Createspace:  https://www.createspace.com/5842150 )

Before I reread the three stories, I was a little nervous about how I was going to write more in the series, but by the time I was done I had the basic starting spark for the next two.

It’s funny how my writing happens – I was telling someone recently that when I write, I don’t normally know what’s going happen. I have a vague idea of where the story MIGHT go, but as I write, I am often as surprised as a reader would be. Characters say or do things that I didn’t expect, which leads me off into directions I didn’t anticipate. I’d almost hate to be able to know all the twists and turns in advance – these surprises are a big part of what makes writing fun for me.

Just saying…

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GoddessesCoverTwo days remain in the preorder campaign for “Goddesses”:

A young man lands a seemingly perfect job serving a beach full of scantily clad women. But one should not be too eager to undertake labors proffered by goddesses.

“Goddesses” is a speculative fiction short story.

The release date is May 5th, but it’s available now on preorder at various locations, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/721418?ref=NoTimeToThink

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XR2TQQQ

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CollectionFirst3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his most recent collection The First Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’,  can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• 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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