Goals from last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market on schedule. My next ePub is available on preorder on schedule.) I’ve ordered the proof for the paperback version on Createspace, and once it’s arrived and I’ve had a chance to check it over, it will also be available (but apparently through Amazon instead of through the Createspace link – they appear to have changed the process.)
I vaguely remember engaging with one blogger’s site, but failed to do any more than that (I remember the story of Benjamin Franklin – he had made a list of a dozen ways he wished to improve himself. He showed the list to a friend, who said it was good, but he should add humility, which he did. But it just wasn’t important to him, and so was the only improvement he never succeeded at. I guess my attitude about commenting on blogs runs about the same…)
Swordsmaster remains at 72,845 words (it feels like it’s been there forever, but I know I’ll finally be getting back into the actual rewriting this week.) I credited myself another 746 words for the week (interviews of a couple of new characters.
One of my goals is to read (hey, listening can be reading) eight speculative fiction novels this year. I do this partly for entertainment, but mostly to learn from other successful (meaning published) writers. Now that I’ve run out of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (come on, George – two books to go and it’s been seven years since the last one!) I’m reading Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World (book one of The Wheel of Time), and I was worried for a while that I was going to be disappointed (it is very hard to compete with Roy Dotrice reading A Song of Ice and Fire, especially when you’ve been immersed in it for five books (something like 200 hours), but I’ve finally warmed to it.
There’s a quirky, overly critical part of me that is surprised (and a little pleased) to see evidence that SUCCESSFUL authors manage to be successful without being perfect. I have caught Jordan, Martin, and others repeating themselves in ways that writing instructors advise against. In Jordan’s case, there’s one spot where he writes (to my recollection): “Slowly, his heart beat more slowly…”, and in another paragraph must say “The city” a dozen times. Martin tended to use phrases repeatedly (two or three of the Starks would remember how the warm air would circulate through the walls of Winterfell like blood through a human body.
These are experienced, published writers (who, I assume, also had editors that either they or their publishers were paying to watch for this sort of thing. And yet, there it is on the page.
These writers are successful, not because they are perfect in all aspects of writing, but because, ultimately, they find their own way, through their own foibles, to create and tell a story that we care about.
I’m sure it seems like nitpicking to point out the errors and weaknesses – look what they’ve created despite their “failures.” Still, their mistakes and missteps do give me hope that I, too, could stumble my way through writing something worthwhile.
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 blurb for “Endangered”:
Sometimes the best laid plans can be derailed by the smallest of things…
Aliens create Hell on Earth in a plan to put Humanity on the endangered list. Sending in the park rangers to stop them may not be the best option – unless it’s the only one. To see how they fare, read “Endangered.”
The eBook’s release date is May 4th, but it’s available for preorder now at a DISCOUNTED PRICE at several online retailers (99-cents for 20 stories – that’s less than a nickel a tale!), 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
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• 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