Writing Wednesday: Tightening My Belt and Rebelling Against Life’s Intrusions

Last Week’s Goals

All my eligible stories are out to market, and my blog entries were all posted on schedule.

“Copy Cat” (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #11) is all set for its April 16th release. It’s currently available FOR FREECopyCatCover on Smashwords as a presale (that means you can read it now, before the actual release date, and it won’t cost you a thing.) Hoping to get some early ratings and reviews in the process. Consider giving the others a read, too (remember – the first two in the series are free.) See my current book promotions for details and links to “Copy Cat” and the free Herc Tom stories. (If you don’t want “Copy Cat” for free, it’s still available now as a discounted preorder. So many choices…)

I finished reading Merkiaari Wars, and have now moved on to Michael J. Sullivan’s Theft of Swords.

Lots of marketing efforts last week. ChoosyBookworm came through with promos for both “In a Flash” and “Purr Mission”, although I seem to be experiencing the law of diminishing returns with Choosy – only 26 downloads between the two free eBooks. I also did my usual marketing to Indies Unlimited Thrifty Thursdays and Kindle Unlimited Fridays.

I decided that it’s time to try something other than my one short story (“Truth In Advertising”) on Kindle Select, soSwordsmaster4 Swordsmaster is now exclusively on Amazon for purchase, or for FREE reading if you’re on Kindle Unlimited (and I do get paid some for those free reads, so every page read would be appreciated.) Here’s the link:


I wrote an unacceptable 781 words of fiction last week, which is a new low for this year, as well as the 5th week in a row that I failed my 3500-word goal (and I’ve also almost pulled this year’s average below the goal as well – I need to stop this freefall.) I only wrote on four days, and for a very short time each day. Detective Jimmy Delaney #7 has crossed 2,600 words.

So, What’s the Deal

Yeah – what’s happened this week – actually, for the past month or so – that’s been cratering my writing production after this year’s great start?

Life has been interrupting my efforts here recently. My search for a DAY JOB has taken up more time lately, and I’m also dealing with more bureaucracy with unemployment, as well as some loose ends with my previous employer. Couple that with some family health issues that have been taking up time, work around the house I’ve been neglecting, and preparations for Easter, and that’s about all the excuses I can come up with.

Seriously, they’re not just excuses – they’re life, and I’ve just been experiencing more of them recently than I was at the beginning of the year. Part of me understands that these things happen, and I just need to go with the flow, but the other part wants to rebel against the intrusion.

Actually, it appears that my reduced production also coincides with my joining a writing group. That’s only taking up about three hours a week, but I think it’s time well spent.

I will be doubling down this week to make sure I write EVERY day. I will also try forcing a daily quota of 500 words, so I don’t find myself trying to make it all up on the weekend. (I don’t know about you, but between Covid effects on the outside world, and my lack of a DAY JOB, weekends are no longer any different than the rest of the week, so I don’t really have any more time to write on Saturday and Sunday than on any other day.)hardtimescover

I’ve also been experiencing some form of writer’s block ever since I started trying to reenter the world of Detective Jimmy Delaney. Maybe it was the nearly five-years absence since writing “Hard Times”. Or maybe it’s distractions around me that I just wasn’t paying conscious attention to.

Regardless of the cause of the block, I think I finally broke through, and Detective Jimmy Delaney #7 is finally moving forward. Forcing writing every day should help me keep Jimmy going.

Of course, I’ve thought (and said) several times that I was finally getting somewhere with Jimmy, so we’ll have to wait and see how I feel at the end of this week.

Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For information on my current promotions (including the FREE Presale and reduced price preorders for Cats of War III, my participating books in the 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, as well as FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

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