Last week’s report: Made my three blog posts, and my quota of comments on those of others. Still looking for an appropriate open market for the only two unpublished stories I have (“Schizo the Magnificent” and “Truth in Advertising”.) I still have plenty of time to decide on my June 21st ePub, but I might as well decide so I can take my time prepping. It will be “Truth in Advertising.”
This time I devoted time on six separate days to Swordsmaster revisions. I credited myself with 1,991 words of fiction in getting this revision to the 79% point. Swordsmaster, is now over 93,500 words.
It’s important to keep your priorities straight. It can be easy to forget why you started doing something in pursuit of other objectives. You may have decided you needed an internet presence, but spending half of your day touring social media may not be the way. You want to be seen – but not as a homeless denizen with nowhere else to be. You need to get to what your supposed to be about.
I’ve been critical of writers who blog about how they can’t get their fiction-writing obligations done, but their blogpost is more words than I can write in a week (yes, I’m jealous of their ability, but that’s not what drives my criticism – they could be making their deadlines if they focused, couldn’t they?)
Maybe I’m not being fair – the skills/inspiration/drive you use to write blog posts comes from a different pace than your fiction does. But you DO have to be able to devote TIME to your fiction – your time is not unlimited, and what you have available is diminished if you’ve spent large chunks of it on other activities.
I’ve had an addiction to Words with Friends (I think it would be fair to say that I have an addictive personality – I tend to become immersed in whatever I choose to involve myself in, to the exclusion of more necessary/useful/worthy pursuits.) I’ve told myself that there’s no harm in it – I only spend a couple of minutes at it here and there. Well, those minutes add up, but what’s worse is I would even interrupt my writing time to check and see if it was my turn yet. I know from experience that I can’t just stop and resume – it’s more like stop and restart. I lose my momentum, like a car that gets from zero to sixty in ten minutes. If I want to get anywhere, I’d best keep going once I’m on the highway.
I’ve quit WWF – I’m using the convenient excuse that it is eating up too much of my phone’s memory (in the last week, the 5GB it’s escalated to has made it impossible at times to access my emails.) It’s been suggested to me that I just need a new phone, but (aside from the fact that I’m cheap) I see this as an opportunity to make a break with a pleasurable but definitely addictive drain on my time.
Instead of maintaining my reputation as THE TERROR OF THE TILES, I will devote my newly freed time to my writing, because
Heinlein #1: A WRITER MUST WRITE
There’s still an outstanding coupon for my collection And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND (the next ten people to purchase the collection at Smashwords with coupon code LZ78M will receive a 67% discount (so you pay only 99-cents for SIX stories – such a deal!):
Stories included: “The Red Barrens”, “Dempsey’s Debut”, “Look Both Ways”, “The Final Ending?”, “Close Enough”, and, of course, “The Wolves Will Come.”
William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Date Night” – can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• 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
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