Goals tally from last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market on schedule. I already have my next ePub ready for it’s release date (it’s available on preorder for a DEEP discount – see below.) I’m working on formatting the paperback version on Createspace.
I managed to socialize a little (you can probably tell by the way I write about that goal that I’m still having a hard time treating it seriously. Get with the program, Bill – it’s not like you have to post pictures of your breakfasts…)
Swordsmaster remains at 72,845 words, but I did finish transferring the Character Interviews to my spreadsheet (at least for all those characters who existed BEFORE the transfer began – more on that below, also), and credited myself another 1609 words for the week.
Well I must be doing something right – I just received another Honorable Mention for Q1 of the Writer’s of the Future contest! (actually, I guess that means I’m ALMOST doing something right…) The acknowledgement was for “Breathing is Overrated”, which will probably be ePubbed before the end of summer.
Monday I was bemoaning George R.R. Martin’s apparent reluctance to finish the last two books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Writing is hard work, and it’s easy to get distracted by more pleasant pursuits. Or maybe he’s trying too hard to be perfect.
Unfortunately, it has become very easy for me to see why some serious writers (and would-be-writers) never finish their work. All I’m doing is transferring and consolidating character interviews into an easier to reference format, and in the process, I wound up with more characters (named count is up to 94, with another six that should probably be added), new scenes, changes to existing scenes. And all this NOT writing is giving both sides of my brain a chance to contribute their ideas about what needs to change (not to mention the cacophony of those 94+ characters, who keep revealing more and more (Hey! I interviewed you already!) about the world of Swordsmaster (I suppose the world ought to have a name, oughtened it? Maybe I should ask them.)
This is why when I started on my MIDLIFE RENAISSANCE ™ (that’s when I decided to mount my WRIDING HORSE) and my first story took me two-plus years of writing and rewriting, I decided that there would be no more perpetual search for the perfect – as Heinlein says:
- You must finish what you write.
- You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
Still, there’s something to be said (maybe too many words) for stopping for a bit and just thinking about it – HOPEFULLY, it will all make the story better in the end (provided there IS an end – Just saying…)
My next release will be another collection of collections – The Last Three Things I Could Get Out of My Mind. This is a compilation of my last three OUT OF MY MIND collections, and includes several favorites, including “Dredging Things Up”, “Saturday He Fed the Cat”, “The Pipes”, “Endangered”, “Burial Details”, and “Solid People.” From “The Pipes”:
Sometimes it’s the little things…
An unexpected extraterrestrial visitation has an adverse effect on a Texas farmer’s well.
Think twice before you drink the water – there’s something in the pipes. Read on to experience a different kind of invasion.
The eBook is available for preorder now at a discounted price at several online retailers, including:
William Mangieri’s writing – including his most previous publication “Cellfishness” – 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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