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October 2015 Writing Progress Report

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Every now and then, something happens to remind me that I had said I was going to post regularly to this blog. While I think the number of those currently following the blog is probably in the low single digits, I nonetheless feel a certain obligation to keep my commitment, for no entirely clear reason. And so…

A little over three weeks ago, I got feedback from my online writing group on the prologue and first two chapters of what is now projected to be a five-novel series.

This, in case you were wondering, is serious progress. I mean, seriously. And yeah, the feedback I got (which was excellent, by the way; I have the greatest writing group ever) immediately made me set aside what I had written and start reconceptualizing the plan for my first novel, which I’m sure was not what they had been hoping for. But it’s what I needed, and even (kind of) what I had wanted. And I have, in fact, been working on that reconceptualization, and hope to be ready to resume drafting again relatively soon. “Relatively” being, you know, a relative term. Whatever.

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Progress Report December 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013

It’s been a while since I posted here. One positive reason is that September, October, and November were all heavy months for me, workwise (good for paying tuition!). There wasn’t much to report in terms of my creative writing. And there always seemed to be other projects demanding what time I could spare (like, say, cooking food for my family). But work has slowed down a little, and a lot of the things I could be working on are more or less “on pause” for now. And I want to spend some time documenting the shifts in my thinking about my creative writing during the last few months.

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First, a quick recap on how I got to where I am. About 12 years ago, around the time I turned 40, I had a sudden sense that it was time to work on creative writing. This took me by surprise, as I had assumed this was one of those paths permanently not taken.

So I worked on several story ideas, including one idea for a large story (or set of stories) told against the canvas of a particular fantasy world. I did some worldbuilding and wrote a few chapters. It didn’t seem to be working, though.

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Gay Mormon Lit Anthology

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Hi all! Progress on my current writing is slow (partly because I have a lot of paid work at the moment, which is definitely a good thing). However, I do have a news item to report.

A month or two ago, I was contacted by some people I know who are putting together an anthology of stories about the gay Mormon experience. They asked if I’d be interested in having a selection from No Going Back included in the anthology. I said yes. Since then, I’ve been spending odd moments poking around and looking at possible candidates for inclusion.

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Plot Synopses

Monday, December 26th, 2011

I should be going off to do errands right now. And I will, really. Promise! But I was just checking my blog (trying to find out when I went to the Dan Wells book signing, to find out if it was before or after last Christmas, which in turn would tell me if I can buy a Dan Wells book as a present for one of my nephews this year or if I already did it last year) — and I was struck by the impulse to write a quick post.

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Status Check

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

So it’s the second of September. School has just started for the younger two children, and is about to start for my Beloved Spouse (who teaches). Oldest Child gets back from his mission in a week, and we’re back from our summer excursions Out West. And I’m ready to get back in the harness and start being more regular about posting on this blog again — and about my not-for-hire writing in general.

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