Meandering Monday about Predictability and the Holidays

Texas. Monday last it was around eighty degrees. Then we spent a few days under fifty, and now we’re back in the seventies. I miss seasons that last for a whole season. I grew up in New England, and I’m not into sudden change – I prefer gradual changes, and being able to count on things to be at least be moderately predictable.

Is that part of what makes Texas so dynamic? Does the fact that you can’t even predict the weather make it impossible for people to stay in any comfort zone other than one that is constantly changing? You have to keep moving if you want to survive.

We live in very unpredictable times – everything seems to be acceptable (depending, of course, on whom it offends), and things that used to be considered just being polite are now held under a magnifying glass, and you better be careful who you try to hold a door for.

I know there are people who get depressed around this time of year, but I’m glad the Holidays are here, even if they are definitely messing with my writing time. It helps to be forced out of a rut and into the Holiday spirit, and despite all the garbage that goes on in this world (do there HAVE to be all these people?), it gives me a feeling of contentment, and even hope. Just listening to the traditional music (which seems to have been playing forever on this one station) helps me forget a lot of the things that usually rile me up, and puts me somewhere a lot less stressful. Well, different stressful, anyway.

Now if only we could have a little snow here in Dallas. Just saying…


SleepWithTheSnowmenCoverSpeaking of snow, the release weekend is over for “Sleep with the Snowmen,” and I’m really disappointed because not a single copy went out into the Holiday ether. I really want it to be read before Christmas, so if you go out to Smashwords and you’re one of the first FIFTY people to use coupon code YC56N, the story is FREE!

Ask not for whom the bells jingle…

A petty criminal crosses the wrong fat man, and is offered the opportunity to change his path; or, he could just “Sleep with the Snowmen.”


Here’s the link on Smashwords:


ImperialPurrogativeCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his previous ePublication “Imperial Purrogative” – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• 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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