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Writing Wednesday: On Being a Vague Dilettante

Last Week’s Goals

All blog entries posted on schedule. All my shopped stories were returned to markets as soon as they arrived home.

I wrote on five days and made my daily quota on three of those. I failed to make my weekly quota, with only 2,350 words of fiction (applied against Swordsmaster #3.)

Of the goals I set for this year, the only one I’m not close on is tweaking the SEO on my inventory (better blurbs, keywords, and categories on over 100 titles.) I was supposed to finish this by June, but it’s an obvious miss.

Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, I’m starting to consider what next year’s goals should be.

On the MARKETING & PROMOTION Front

It being the HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON, please consider buying one of my stories or collections as a gift for a friend (or yourself.)
And if you want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY, I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program; any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon (<– LIKE THIS ONE), and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!

Simily.co is a new platform I started trying at the end of August. The principle is similar to Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited, where members (current fee is either free or a reduced amount as they start up) and authors get a small payment for each reader who looks at their story. 

  1. This is only short fiction
  2. The author’s story doesn’t have to be exclusive (with Amazon’s scheme, you have to be exclusive)
  3. The author retains all rights to their works, and can withdraw them at any time.

I have fourteen stories on the platform. You can check them out here:

https://simily.co/members/authorwilliammangieri/blog/

Give it a try (as a reader OR a writer.) I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!

I am Possessed of a Certain Vagueness

Dilettante: a person having a superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge  – a dabbler

I’ve been a dilettante most of my life. I played several musical instruments as I was growing up, and was passable, but never really mastered any of them. I acted for a while. Sketched. Made clothing and costumes. Embroidered. Studied insects. Military history. Constantly learning, but never really mastering anything.

You would think that – being a writer – I would be able to speak intelligently about various writing concepts. It’s only words, right? And words are supposed to be a big part of what we do.

That doesn’t sound particularly literate, does it? I am embarrassingly poor at this.

It isn’t just because I didn’t formally study the art of writing. I had the same deficiency of jargon in my Project Manager DAY JOB – I understood how to be a project manager, but ask me to speak in the appropriate catch phrases, and, well, I was a disappointment.

There’s something in my mind that seems resistant to locking in buzzwords. Most of the time, I deal with concepts – not by their formal, discipline-specific jargon, but by seeing patterns and building analogies to examples outside those disciplines.

This way of thinking – noticing patterns, finding similarities between experiences I haven’t had and those that I have – aided me in several of my DAY JOBs, and have a lot to do with how I create stories – especially speculative fiction, where things happen that NO ONE has experienced.

An important aspect of analogies is that none of them are perfect – they aren’t intended to be, and if you try to draw your analogies too tightly together, they fail. For them to work best, they need to be a little vague.

I have a theory about creating art with universal meaning – the less detailed and the more vague the art is, the more people can identify with it and find their own meaning – beyond the details.

Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For information on my current promotions (including FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series and the release weekend of Ups and Downs: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #3), 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:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!

To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW)

or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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