Goals report from last week – 3 blog posts, stories cycling back to market as quickly as possible. The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ continues its preorder campaign leading up to its February 23rd release, and the CreateSpace paperback has been proofed and is available (more about that further on.)
I failed to visit anyone else’s blogs – mostly due to real life intruding on my writing time (the layoffs at work and some family illnesses.) I hope to be less beat down and more diligent this week. Sometimes we just have to deal (or hide…)
Total words written last week was a pitiful 732 as I continue to revise Swordsmaster (again, life intruded.) The novel’s wordcount has crossed 70,500 words.
I’ve been waiting for answers from the CreateSpace support team to find out WHY The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ isn’t showing up in the CreateSpace link I include toward the end of each blog post (if you didn’t know, CreateSpace is where I produce and sell my paperback versions when I compile a collection.) I have an answer – CreateSpace is an Amazon company, and they’ve decided to stop listing in CreateSpace because they said they were getting requests to add features to the CreateSpace store that were already on Amazon pages. I’m not sure how to link to JUST the paperbacks (which is the purpose of that CreateSpace link I have below.)
Revisions continue on Swordsmaster. I’m about a quarter of the way through on this pass, adding a little color, fitting in characters I added later in the story into earlier scenes for continuity (it’s hard to care about a character who shows up once to serve a plot point, but better if you’ve met the character before.)
I’m also changing some culture and language issues to have more distinction between the various cultures (and more consistency within each.) I also realized that the old seer Gaemel hasn’t really been seeing the ghosts of Taernfeld, so I had change around the scene where Sendrik sees them to account for (and expose) Gaemel’s ignorance.
I’m having a hard time with knowing that I really don’t know how long it will take to be DONE with Swordsmaster – I have an understandable fear of being sucked into THE WRITER’S REWRITING VORTEX, a place where many a story (and writer) has disappeared, never to emerge. Hopefully, my experience with my seventy-plus stories, and my belief in Heinlein’s Rules (especially #2: YOU MUST FINISH WHAT YOU WRITE) will help me find my way back out into the Land of the Readers (eventually.) Still, I have seen better men than I become mired in the process (and the fear that makes the tale that’s good enough the casualty of the perfect one.) There but for the grace of God go I.
My next publication 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”, “Cannabis alienus ‘alien dope’”, “The Red Barrens”, “Dempsey’s Debut”, and “The Wolves Will Come.”)
Are we simply the sum of the choices we’ve made? What happened to all the other possibilities?
Grant can’t keep his reality in focus. His daughter thinks
he’s having senior moments, but he knows that’s not it – those voices he’s hearing just don’t care how embarrassing they make things. He’s never been one to talk to himself, but maybe it’s time. How else will he know if his life is coming apart or coming together?
What does it all add up to?
The release date is February 23rd (just two days to go), and it’s now available for preorder for a SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE of 99-cents (that’s 18 stories at LESS THAN 6-CENTS PER STORY – Such a deal!) at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
William 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
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