Writing Wednesday: Taking Notes for Next Round

First – Happy Independence Day!

Goals from last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycled to market as soon as markets are available. Still need to decide what my July 13th ePublication will be. I think I made the requisite number of meaningful blog comments, but last week was a bit of a blur, so I’m not certain. I’d start tallying somewhere, but for some reason that feels even more artificial (get over it, Bill!)

I went with my gut concern about reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars being a bad idea while editing Swordsmaster, so as soon as I had another Audible Credit I started book four of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time (it really does help to be listening to the right sort of voice and tone.)

I wrote 3,113 words as I continued revising Swordsmaster, and the novel is now at  84,100 words. I missed my deadline to complete the revision, but I only have another five-thousand words to go through, so I WILL finish this round, compile my notes for the next pass, and get started on the rewrite of “Interview with the Blue Neon God” before the end of the week.


I shouldn’t keep dwelling on it, but listening to Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire really did put me off my game. It was obvious that I was messing up Swordsmaster, especially once I switched to The Wheel of Time; I wish I’d realized it sooner. Now when I return to revising Swordsmaster I’ll have to spend a large chunk of time fixing what I broke.

It wasn’t all bad – the plotline I added with Tembrol, Lady Brent and the other Brents needs some fleshing out, but it enhances the story. Expanding Narla Hackleberry’s involvement also seems to be a winner, but other ideas – like including a romance for Lady Marissa, or expanding the Countess’ role, or adding the Prince of Slette to the final battle all seem like unnecessary clutter. I will need to remedy that.

Because I know that I won’t remember my thinking when I return to revising in three months or so, I’m making detailed notes of what I now know needs to be done before I can call Swordsmaster complete. I’m going to clean-up the list of what I thought I needed to add a couple of months ago so I don’t overdo it when I return.

Then on to the “Interview with the Blue Neon God” rewrite; hope I’m not spinning my wheels. Just saying…


I am participating in “Smashword’s Summer/Winter Sale.” All my story collections (including Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire and Detective Jimmy Delaney) are available with a 50%-off coupon on the Smashwords site. You can find them all here:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink


CollectionTheLast3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent collection The Last Three ‘Things I Could Get Out of My Mind’  – 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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