Writing Wednesday: Measuring Up

Last week’s goal report: My stories are still rotating in and out to market nicely (I did just discover that when I submitted “The Voices” to a market 3 months ago, the process failed, so it’s been lying fallow all this time. It’s gone onto another market now.) My second publication is already available for preorder for its February 23rd release – this being a collection, there will also be a paperback, which is in process now at Createspace.  Blogs continue to post as scheduled (3 per week.) I managed another 3 comments on other people’s blogs as I continue to increase my internet presence.

I wrote 2097 words of fiction last week – a disappointing fall from 4-straight-weeks of making my 3,000-word quota, but I honestly believe it couldn’t be helped. Swordsmaster has crossed 68,500 words as I continue my revisions.


When I chose to read Salvatore’s The Dame, it was because Audible was offering a two-for-one sale, and that was one of the available titles. I could have sworn that when checked, the book was the first in a series. I must have confused it with one of the other books I checked. As I was getting into the story, it kept feeling like there was entirely too much back-story implied and missing to explain the actions and relationships of several of the characters, as well as the politics and the layout of the world. I double checked and discovered that, not only was this NOT the first book in the series (it’s #3 in Saga of the First King, which means it’s really the 10th book written about Corona. 10th. Yes, that explains the feeling of backstory.)

It wouldn’t be fair to judge a writer’s ability to fill you in on the events of 9 previous books when it wasn’t HIS fault that you were reading out of the intended sequence. I felt a little lost at first, but I was catching on by the time I was a quarter of the way through. I’m halfway through, now, and every once in a while, something comes into the story that would probably make perfect sense if I had read the earlier books.

Rather than start at the beginning, I found synopsis of the 2 books ahead of this one (The Highwayman and The Ancient), and that helped fill in some of what I missed. I’m enjoying learning from the writing – it has somewhat the same feel that I think mine does – a little better at description, but not anywhere as deep as A Song of Ice and Fire, and the level of proficiency Salvatore displays isn’t anywhere as intimidating as George R.R. Martin’s work.

So, what am I learning from Salvatore? Depth in characterization. Humor. Good interweaving of plotlines. How adding just a little detail of an action scene adds value without describing every little bit of what happens. The importance of having the basics of your world clearly defined.

I’ve just finished my “CHARACTER-BUILDING Part 1” revision of Swordsmaster, and in my currently fluid process, I think I’ll spend some time on the sketchiness of my world – physical maps, more in depth history and details on the various religions, language influences. Swordsmaster needs to have a firmer foundation to make it all feel more real. At least as real as a fatasy world can be.

Just saying…


CollectionNext3CoverMy next ePublication will be another consolidated collection – The Next ‘Three Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.’  (That’s a total of 18 stories from my 4th, 5th, and 6th ‘OUT OF MY MIND’ collections, including some personal favorites such as “My Brother’s Keeper”, “Canabis alienus ‘alien dope’”, “The Red Barrens”, “Dempsey’s Debut”, and “The Wolves Will Come.”)

From the blurb for The Wolves Will Come:

 How will you answer when they are at your door?

The Tribe is leaving their world for a new home, but Bear is too old to make the journey. It is of no real consequence – neither is it in him 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?

The release date is February 23rd , and it’s now available for preorder for a SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/upload/details/784952

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079CNM1L5


OutOfPlaceCover1William Mangieri’s writing – including his previous ePublication “Out of Place” – 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
• 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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