Meandering Monday about Surrender and the Meaning of Life

Why is it so hard for me to give up?

“I never tip my king.” That’s what I say about myself when I’m talking about playing games. But it’s an attitude I carry into life, also. All the world’s a game. Everything you do, everything you’re involved in has rules, some written, some agreed upon by the House. You can try cheating, and you may fool others into believing that you won, but YOU’LL know you didn’t. You can fight against those rules, but whether you win or lose is determined by them.

What if you don’t know what the rules are? All you can do is play the game the best you can, and get the results at the end, like some competitor in the Olympics, waiting to see what their grades are on the judges’ cards after their performance. And if you don’t know the rules, how do you know when it’s GAME OVER?

I believe we were put on this Earth to play an educational game – to learn about the world around us, about each other, but most importantly, about ourselves.

One of the things we’re supposed to learn is perseverance. Annoyance, inconvenience, tragedy, calamity, and even good fortune are thrown our way, and we must react to them to keep the game going.

You don’t know what you’ll miss if you give up. There might still be a move you can make, but once you quit there are none.

So why do we die? Are we supposed to just accept it – go quietly into that goodnight? Acknowledge that the game is over, whether there’s another move left to us or not? Whether there’s another game after this one, or this is all there is?

No one knows what’s beyond the veil; I opt for playing the game I’m in to the end.

Never give up! Never surrender!

Just saying…


DateNightCoverThe release weekend is over for my latest ePub. “Date Night” is a speculative fiction short story with a bit of paranormal romance for flavor. It’s also the third of my stories to earn an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest.

Sometimes our demons are all we have. A modern-day witch pins her hopes on an unusual dinner guest.

“Date Night” is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:



BTW – all ten of the Smashwords coupons were claimed for a free copy of “Date Night.” (There hasn’t been a review posted yet, but maybe they just haven’t finished reading it yet. Well, I can hope…) Even though the coupons have run out, you can still download and enjoy “Date Night” (sure, it’s not free anymore, but consider paying the 99-cents and give it a read anyway – just saying…)


William Mangieri’s writing – including his previous release “Reining Cats and Dogs” (#7 ReiningCatsAndDogsCoverin the Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series) – can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:

• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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