Meandering Monday about Life in the Holiday Lane

(Cue The Eagles “Life in the Fast Lane”)

(No, wait – don’t – too hectic and depressing. How about “Let it Snow”? Yeah, that’s the ticket…)

Here we are in the last quarter of the year, and like it does so often, everything feels like it’s come to a standstill. It’s like being in bumper-to-bumper traffic and you see those lanes next to you start moving, and you think about changing lanes, but you know there’s no point – whichever lane you’re in will stop moving. Time to sit back and listen to the music and stop trying to get into the FAST LANE.

Life as it always is intrudes once again on my writing plans; THE HOLIDAYS are upon me (you too, I’m sure), and I have to rearrange my schedule to accommodate them. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas change everything, and at the same time keep it all the same. Traditions that break into our normal to bring a different normal.

It was easier to understand this grouping a couple of hundred years ago – the growing season was over, winter was coming, and snow would cover everything so that it all seemed dead (I grew up in the north, and that’s pretty much what it felt like even then.) There was nothing you could do about it but stay home and try to survive until the spring (no, not in my childhood – I’m back to talking about a couple of hundred or more years ago.)

Nowadays most of us could continue on with our lives regardless of the season – our various inventions have made it so most of the time we can still get around despite the weather and the season, and many of us don’t even need to leave our comfortable, heated boxes anymore for work, or groceries, or anything.

The “Holiday Season” seems such an anachronism now, but I think we need the disruption as human beings – something to break us from doing the same old same old and add some variety to our lives. Even if it’s the same old same old variety. Time to stop chasing our tails, ramp down, recharge, and start thinking about what we’re going to do once the new year is upon us.

Funny how that recharge seems to wear me down (I’m really not that much of a curmudgeon – it wears me down in the nicest way. Now where’s my eggnog?)

Just saying.


StalkingCoverThe release weekend is over for “Stalking Rebecca”.

A reluctant date hears a tale from a no-longer-secret admirer explaining her fate. Maybe a love that lasts forever isn’t such a good thing.

“Stalking Rebecca” is a short, creepy, speculative fiction (just in time for a Halloween read); it’s available in many places, including, but not limited to:




Collection9CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent collection Just Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind – can be found in many places, including:
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• 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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