Writing Wednesday: Knowing How Much I Don’t Know

Goals from last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market on schedule. My next ePub is available on preorder on schedule (and goes live in 2 days.) I’ve cleaned up a formatting issue on my paperback (somehow, some of the pages in my 6”x9” template were sized 5”x8” instead), and so that version is available, also.

I engaged some bloggers (there are really bloggers out there who seem to be genuine people rather than advertising robots.)

Swordsmaster IS STILL at 72,845 words (more on my inability to forecast how far I will get as I struggle through my process.) I credited myself another 1688 words for the week (interviews of a half-dozen or so characters who came into being from other characters’ interviews.)


I really didn’t intend for WRITING WEDNESDAYs to be a litany of what I’m NOT getting done (otherwise, the motivational value of the threat of public humiliation becomes nonexistent), nor was it supposed to be a log of how often I am wrong about the amount of work required (although I suppose that can be viewed as a vicarious learning experience) or time lost to non-writing aspects of writing (But is it really lost? These things DO need to be done.)

SO, in the interest of teaching others how it goes with my meandering WRIDING HORSE…

Yes, I thought I was going to be putting new words on the page last week in the rewrite / revision of Swordsmaster. ALL I HAD TO DO was finish transferring the character interviews into an easier to absorb (and recollect) format, along with what I gleaned about the world and characters from those interviews.

There were margin notes that I had made as I interviewed the characters – about how they should appear in an earlier scene, and expose some of what they had told me to the reader, or alternative explanations for why a character was missing in a spate of time, or more sub-plots that would flesh out the tale and give more substance and relevance to the MINOR characters (and the WORLD, for that matter.)

I wound up with close to one hundred separate notes about changes to make, details to add on the next pass. There were so many of them, I then had to organize them in the order in which I thought they would impact the rewrite. In the prologue, or when Sandrik is exiled, or when Dragor is attacked, or whatever point of the story that I wanted to remember to include them in. I think I’m FINALLY done with organizing that, although I suspect that I will discover yet another task to do before I press on into the ACTUAL WRITING (gosh, I hope I’m doing all this side-work because it NEEDS TO BE DONE, not simply to AVOID AN DELAY.)

Just saying…


CollectionTheLast3CoverMy 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 personal favorites, including “Dredging Things Up”, “Saturday He Fed the Cat”, “The Pipes”, “Endangered”, “Burial Details”, and “Solid People.”

From the blurb for “Finding Sanctuary”:

After generations searching for a home, the colonists of The Promise think they’ve found it. But is this seemingly FindingSanctuaryCoverperfect world where they’ll find Sanctuary?

A bit of sci-fi, a pinch of fantasy, a slice of horror; a good mix of what makes up speculative fiction. Add in alien spiders – how can you go wrong? Don’t resist your impulses – read “Finding Sanctuary.”

The eBook’s release date is THIS FRIDAY, but it’s available for preorder now at a DISCOUNTED PRICE at several online retailers, including:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/816158

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C73J49X

There is also a paperback version from Createspace (although they changed their processes so that the Createspace I include below only shows my books from prior to 2018. My paperbacks can be found on Amazon…


CellfishnessCover2William 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
• 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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