Meandering Monday about a Disastrous Frame of Mind

Being stuck in during shelter in place rules and self-quarantining, we’ve been watching a lot more television. One of the things that my SIGNIFICANT ONE and I noticed was how many end of the world movies seemed to be playing. Some featured pandemics that were far worse than the news that’s been pushed about Covid-19, others natural or alien or man-made disasters that feature people locked in their homes, or dying when they try to leave.

I have always been susceptible to bouts of imagination – it’s probably why I write speculative fiction. When watching a movie – even when the premise is something I totally don’t believe (such as The Day After Tomorrow), I will suspend that disbelief and become immersed in the atmosphere of the film (or book, for that matter.) There are studies that show that when we read a story, if written well enough, we experience it as though we actually LIVED it. Video (TV and Film) is a particularly powerful medium, and it’s very easy to lose your connection to REALITY as you see images of people hopelessly locked away to face the end, or defiantly (and foolishly) leaving their shelter to inevitable die.

I wonder how many people, left with nothing to do other than watch the movie selections being streamed at them, succumbed to the hopelessness of these films even more than they would have because, instead of giving them an escape from reality, these disaster flicks were just reinforcing their fear.

Who was in charge of the decision to do this? It seems strange, how many different channels seemed to go this way, as though they thought “Hey – everyone’s already scared to death – let’s take advantage of their frame of mind and drive it home – then we can feel like we really made a difference.” Because in the entertainment industry, it’s really important to be noticed.

Irresponsible programming, if you ask me. They could have made just as much of an impact – and a more APPRECIATED  one – if they had helped people to feel more optimistic, instead of hopeless. Just saying…


In addition to William Mangieri’s various pieces of stand-alone short fiction, there are also two series of short stories – the inaugural story of each is AVAILABLE FOR FREE at PurrMissionCoverSeriesseveral retailers, including, but not limited to Smashwords.

Major Tom’s cub is dying of the Morient Virus, and he knows their sworn enemies the Baastards are responsible, but bureaucats order him not to go to their planet to recover the antidote. Easier to beg forgiveness than to ask purrmission. Ready for heroism, space, spies, and lives in the balance?

“Purr Mission” is the first of his Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series, (as well as his first Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest), and  can be found here:

InAFlashJimmyCoverJimmy was a good cop, but age and changing times were getting the better of him. If he could only get an edge – what would be the harm? I mean, everybody cheats a little, don’t they? Read “In a Flash” to see Jimmy get himself out of trouble.

“In a Flash”, the beginning of his Detective Jimmy Delaney stories, can be found here:

Go out and give them both a read (and a review would be appreciated, too – thanx!)


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 Swordsmaster4want 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?

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




William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction, and his eighty-or-so short stories and collections 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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