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Writing Wednesday: Ending Pending (it’s a pun…)

Goals update: Last week I made my three blog posts as always. I fell on my face commenting on blogs; I think that I maybe made one comment (what efforts I might have made were curtailed lots of LIFE happening. I will need to remedy that – both the commenting and LIFE…)

I finally got smart (well, smarter) and just did a Bing search for Flash Fiction Markets and found a handful of publishers to send “Schizo the Magnificent” to. This is the only story I currently have in market rotation, but when I finally have stories ready to send to market (probably in September, after Swordsmaster’s release), I’ll compile a list of additional markets for short fiction. The list I have is of speculative fiction markets paying professional rates before Duotrope Digest stopped being a free service; it’s past time to update.

“Truth in Advertising” is available on preorder now as its June 21st release date approaches (two days from now.) My next ePub release date was scheduled to be August 16th, and it would have to be a collection since I don’t have any individual stories I haven’t ePubbed yet (there’s “Schizo the Magnificent”, but it’s flash, and I don’t publish stand-alone flash fiction anymore.) I’m going to skip the August release, since I’ll be releasing Swordsmaster in September, and I want to dedicate time to doing that right. (NOTE – DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO YOUR OBJECTIVES – REMEMBER WHY THEY’RE THERE.)

Last week I worked on Swordsmaster revisions only six out of seven days – but that seventh day was a review of what I still needed to do, so still valid use of my time. I logged 2,178 words of fiction. Swordsmaster is now over 97,270 words.

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I took some time between Swordsmaster revisions to revisit my list of “outstanding issues.” This is a compilation of problems I noticed while I was doing revisions, plus ideas that various characters “brought up” while I was interviewing them. As I’ve gone along, I’ve checked off various line items as I completed them, but it was time to make decisions on what was left on the list. Even though I hadn’t focused on some of the items, it turned out that I’d already taken care of them. Others had become moot – I no longer needed Dharvish to have an exotic product to sell so he could leave Taernfeld in the last chapter. And some – like the involvement of Captain Graulthor Crelven (the Crown Prince of Slette) – I was able to cancel as unnecessary complications.

If I wanted to spend the rest of my life (well, maybe except the last couple of months, cause I’d need some time to publish) writing Swordsmaster, I would find all sorts of things to add depth, and this novel would become its own War and Peace. But that’s not my objective – I’m happy with the depth I have, and my goal is to PUBLISH so people can READ it before I die (after I die is fine, too, but I’d like to see some feedback without having to look back over my shoulder from beyond the grave.)

The list has dropped from thirteen pages to two, which increases my confidence that I’ll actually get Swordsmaster released in September. There has to be a point as a writer when you stop adding, make sure your loose ends are tied up, and let your work go. Swordsmaster is a coming!

(An ending will be pending as my pending list is ending…) Just saying…

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There’s a Smashwords coupon for my collection More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Collection7eBookCoverCould Get OUT OF MY MIND (The next 10 people who purchase the collection on Smashwords with coupon code RAE50 you will receive a 67% discount – that’s only 99-cents for SIX stories – such a deal!) The collection includes “Dredging Things Up”, “Saturday He Fed the Cat”, “Gladius”, “Finding Sanctuary”, “Behind the 8-Ball”, and “#InWhoseReality?”:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/638073

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TruthInAdvertisingCoverWilliam Mangieri’s next ePublication will be “Truth in Advertising”:

A paranoid marketer finds himself down a dark alley, just as he expected. But is it always a bad thing when they’re after you?

“Truth in Advertising” is a speculative fiction short story with a bit of alien marketing. The release date isn’t until June 21st (that’s THIS FRIDAY!), but it’s available for preorders now at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/941678

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SFLXWQQ

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William Mangieri’s writing – including his previous release “Date Night” – can be found in DateNightCovermany 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

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