Writing Wednesday: I Am Published, and Therefore I Am

Last week’s goals:

Right up front, the loss of my day-job last week, as noted this past Meandering Monday has thrown a wrench in the works. Aside from the effect on my ability to think, I’m also dealing adapting to the older or less familiar technology I have available to me now.

I made my weekly quota for blog posts (having luckily written and scheduled all three prior to finding out my day-job was kaput.) However, I failed to comment on anyone else’s blogs (fact is, I’m having a hard time figuring out how to access my own – lots of learning to do…)

All available stories continue to stay out to market (none came back last week, so lucky me.)

My next e-publication release date was supposed to be in two days (June 19th), but with all my current turmoil, it will have to be delayed; “A Tail of Two Species” (Herc Tom #9) will probably not publish until early July.

Last week I did not write a single word of fiction – yes, that’s a BIG FAT ZERO. I had not firmly reestablished my WRITE EVERY DAY habit, so I did not write on the first three days of last week, and then discovered my new employment situation on the fourth day. I was lucky between technology and my fuzzy-headedness to manage writing this week’s Meandering Monday. Hopefully, I will begin taking advantage of my new-found freedom shortly.

As of this writing (Monday) I have not resumed my fiction writing – this MUST be remedied…


In a strange coincidence (someone said there are no coincidences – bah!), my first traditionally published story (meaning by someone other than me) published Monday – the very first business day since I lost my day-job (is God or my muse trying to tell me something?) I had never been told WHEN it would be published, and then there it was in my emails as I tried to get my head into organizing my first day of not working for someone else.

The story is titled “A Background Poorly Written” and you can check it out on Daily Science Fiction HERE. – remember to give it an HONEST rating (they use a scale of 1-7 rocket dragons.)

Mind you, this is not typical of what I write, a fiction more experimental than speculative. Although I’m proud of it, there have been so many stories (80+) that I’ve written, and I expected several to have sold by now. As a writer, you need to be aware that not only are you not the best judge of either your own writing or what will and won’t sell, but there is no way to REALLY know what someone else (especially a publisher) is going to buy. I have even read in the WRITER’S GUIDELINES on a few sites that even they don’t know what they’ll like until they read it.

Although the selling has been slow for me, I think I would rather be writing what I want rather than for what someone else does (yeah, Bill, keep telling yourself that…)

Remember WHY you’re writing – it will help you through the sparse times.

Just saying…


Swordsmaster – my first novel – is ready for your enjoyment, so give it a read, won’t you?Swordsmaster4

Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

Swordsmaster is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/954501

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNK79FM


BreathingCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including “Breathing is Overrated” (one of his Writers of the Future honorable mentions), as well as another 80-some-odd (well, mostly odd) short stories (plus his collections) can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:  
• His Amazon Author page:  
• Barnes & Noble:  

• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at: 
• His Goodreads author page: 
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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