I’ve been told I don’t have a filter, that I just blurt things out without thinking, like an overly articulate Turrets sufferer. This is not quite fair – I do have a filter, which is generally not to talk at all (those of you out there who know me, don’t laugh. Sure, you think it’s impossible to get me to shut up, but that’s only AFTER I start talking. You don’t know how long I’ve been holding back those floodgates.) (I mean, just look at what winds up in my stories – I ALMOST NEVER said or did any of those things, either.)
The last time I went on a business trip for what is now my FORMER DAY JOB, my manager said “Please, Bill, whatever you do, don’t say anything to the TSA people at the airport. I don’t want to get a call about having to bail you out of something.”
(That trip went fine, by the way – I didn’t have any problems at all – at least not until I was trying to board a puddle-jumper in Cheyenne, and the electronic sniffer picked up some potential bomb residue on my shoes. They pulled me aside so the normal people could go through while the agent and I had an interesting conversation (well, interesting to me – I think he wished I would be quiet) and I learned a lot about process, and that the residue was probably just carpet cleaning chemicals from my rental car…)
My manager’s fears probably came from her daily experiences with me, although I did regale our team with an embarrassing story (that’s what we did to celebrate birthdays – the honoree would tell an embarrassing story about themselves.) This story involved a previous DAY JOB decades earlier (but I’m sure there’s a file on me somewhere) about how we had a meeting about what to do in the event of a bomb threat, and when I happened to be in Security, I asked one of the guards where the worst place to put a bomb might be, and I noticed that all the agents in the room stopped talking as I told him what I thought would be the most damaging place, and how someone would go about getting access…
A week later, I had an interview with a couple of Treasury Department agents (my DAY JOB was in the financial sector.) We had an interesting conversation (I do have a lot of those):
“Do you have a girlfriend?”
“No, but -”
“What do you do in your spare time?”
“I’m an actor -”
“- and a wargamer.”
“Why were you talking about putting a bomb in the building?”
“We had a meeting about bomb threats, and I was thinking -”
“You spend much time thinking?”
“Well, yes, about this and that – odd things.”
“Odd things like what?”
“Well, I have this theory about color perception…”
Which I won’t go into right now. If your interested, I covered Bill’s Theory of Color Perception HERE on William Mangieri’s Writing Page on Facebook back in 2014 (you think that’s old? The incident was from the late 70’s…)
BTW – There is a primitive, but amusing PowerPoint slideshow I made about this incident. I’ve never tried posting something like this on WordPress before, but when I experimented with it just now, it puts the slideshow in my Downloads folder, and you should be able to play it from there. Just click your right mouse button to walk through it. Here’s the link:
Appearances can be deceiving (in a dangerous way.) Suffice it to say that I managed to check a few boxes in their profile list, but other than that and some possible phone tapping, I came out relatively unscathed. As far as I know. It’s only another note in my file. Just saying…
How about you folks? What do you think might be in your permanent file?
Free Series’ Starters
William Mangieri has written several pieces of short fiction, but he also has two series of short stories.
The first series is Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire; the inaugural story – “Purr Mission”, won him the first of his Honorable Mentions in the Writers of the Future contest.
Major Tom’s dander is up. His cub is dying of the Morient Virus, and this cat knows that the Ramses Empire’s sworn enemies (the deceitful feline Baastards!) are responsible, but bureaucats have ordered him not to go to their planet to recover the antidote. Well, it’s easier to beg forgiveness than to ask purrmission. Ready for heroism, space, spies, and lives in the balance? Read “Purr Mission.”
“Purr Mission” can be found FOR FREE at various retailers, including, but not limited to:
(AND – there’s also a link inside for the opportunity to receive “Nipped in the Butt” – the 2nd Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire tale – for FREE as well!)
His second series is Detective Jimmy Delaney, with “In a Flash” as the first story.
Jimmy 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” can be found at several online retailers for FREE, including, but not limited to:
Go out and give them both a read (and a review would be appreciated, too – thanx!)
The Etaeren sorceror Svaerd destroyed the Aurae Council in his quest to take the power of Taernfeld for himself. He almost succeeded in his designs, but was defeated by the council’s lone survivor. Trapped within a haeld-sword, he plots his escape.
For four-hundred years, magic has been outlawed by Tor-Haval. Sandrik is the first bright-eye to be seen in Caladon in living memory, and he doesn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he keeps his special abilities hidden. But there is more to Sandrik than even he knows. Now he is about to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld to be declared a man, but another fate awaits him. Will he escape it?
Swordsmaster is a fantasy novel, and is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction. His other 80-some-odd short stories (plus his collections & Swordsmaster) can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
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