Archive for September, 2010

Extravagant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I should be writing right now. Or at least, you know, writing about writing. Instead, I’m going to write about the batch of chocolate chip cookies that I just put in the oven, basically because I want to. And maybe I’ll bring in a writing tie-in later.

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A Certain Empty Feeling

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Below is something I wrote back in March of 2009, right after finishing the first full draft of No Going Back. The mood soon passed, but I think I did not so bad a job of describing what it felt like at the time.

I finished my novel a few weeks ago. It’s out there now, gathering critiques and generating comments from reviewers to help Chris Bigelow figure out whether or not he wants to publish it. I’m also hoping to get suggestions for ways to improve my novel. (Well, no, I’m actually hoping that everyone will tell me it’s wonderful and perfect as is, but that’s not a very realistic wish.)

It’s odd, not having a story to work on. I’d been planning to write this blog about storylines and my struggles to make them seem plausible and well-motivated. Right now, though, I find it hard to concentrate on anything except that certain empty feeling of no longer having scenes and plotlines and characters to be writing.

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Dialogue Review

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

There’s something particularly gratifying about having your work taken seriously enough for someone to discuss it at length. It’s all the nicer when someone has positive things to say about your work. I had that pleasure this past week, when a friend pointed out a review that had been published in the latest issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

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The Ugly Role of Anonymity in Political Discourse

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Following are some thoughts I composed for an email list I belong to (consisting largely of readers and writers of Mormon fiction) where anonymous emails are sometimes forwarded, including a recent one that attacked both President Obama and Snopes.com (the rumor verification site). It’s not my standard fare for this blog, but it’s something I feel strongly about and think is important to consider, particularly in this political season.

Anonymous political attacks aren’t new. The 17th and 18th centuries were a great age of anonymously published political broadsides. But with the Internet, it seems to me that we’ve experienced an ugly resurgence of anonymous political attack messages. I’d like to explain why I think these are such a bad idea.

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Book Blogs

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Did you know that there are more than 50 book bloggers in Utah alone? No lie. Not to mention who-knows-how-many-more in the English speaking world in general. Which, it turns out, is the answer to the question I posed not so long ago about new things I might to do help promote No Going Back.

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