Writing Wednesday: Return to Swordsmaster

First week of 2019 goals: 3 blog posts done as usual. Stories cycled to market in a timely manner. I resumed making adequate comments on others’ blogs (I’ve allocated time on Saturdays to make sure I spend some effort on this – hopefully I’ll be more consistent with my “socializing.”)

CatsOutOfTheBag2Cover“Cats Out of the Bag” (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #6) had its release on time. My next release isn’t scheduled until March 12th, so I have plenty of time to decide what that will be. And not much to choose from – either Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #7 (it ALMOST has a name – either “Reining Cats and Dogs”, or “Reigning Cats and Dogs”), “Date Night”, “Schizo the Magnificent”,or “Truth in Advertising.” We shall see…

I wrote 2238 words of fiction last week; that means 2019 currently has my highest average word output (at least for the first week 😉); we’ll see how long it can stay on top…


I’m finally returning to Swordsmaster. I really thought I’d be done with Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire 6&7 well before the end of 2018, but between the HOLIDAYS and various other life events (living always seems to get in the way – maybe I should stop 😉), the cats dragged into the first week of 2019.

I am excited to be getting back to Swordsmaster, but also dreading it. I know the next couple of weeks will be filled with reading the 84,000-plus words I already have down and reviewing the notes I put together before I closed the drawer (there isn’t really a drawer – you know what I mean) and went on to other things. It will take a while to re-immerse myself in Swordsmaster (or for that matter, even remember it enough to resume my work – hey, I’m OLD…)

It’s at times like this that I question my decision (yes, I analyze EVERYTHING) to step away from the novel – this is the 2nd vacation I’ve taken from Swordsmaster since I started seriously working on it in 2015 (and the third if you count the first time I started – back in 1978; I told you I was old. Think about that – when I finally publish Swordsmaster, I can truthfully say A STORY FORTY YEARS IN THE MAKING!!! – I told you I’m old…) I know this is the prevailing advice – to step away from your work periodically so you can approach it again with fresh eyes, and to a lesser extent, this is what I’ve done with my short fiction. But that is rarely for more than a week at a time – it’s been SIX MONTHS this time – half a year to forget something (that would be lots of somethings) much more involved than anything else I’ve written.

Aishwarya Shah posted some good advice about blogging, that you should batch tasks (work on similar things all at the same time rather than switching back and forth) so you don’t have to keep resetting your mindset, and I wonder if Swordsmaster suffers from my stepping away from it, or if the positives (fresh eyes, and, to be honest, growth as a writer) outweigh the inconvenience of having to ramp my mind back up to the novel.

Well, it is what it is – no way to know whether the path I didn’t take was the right one, and standing and staring down those paths doesn’t get me where I’m trying to go. Just saying…


William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Cats Out of the Bag” – 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

• 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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