Archive for October, 2010

More Reviews

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Several more blog reviews of No Going Back have shown up in the past few weeks — mostly positive, and all providing interesting insights into how people perceive and react to the book.

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Political Thoughts

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I never intended this blog to be about politics, and mostly I don’t plan for it to be. But I was thinking this morning, and decided that I just couldn’t feel good about myself without expressing at least once my concerns about this current election cycle.

I don’t understand the current anti-incumbent (which mostly seems to mean anti-Democrat and anti-moderate-Republican) sentiment. Or rather, I understand it, but I think it’s dangerously misplaced.

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On Being an Emotional Yo-Yo

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Quick one tonight:

I was feeling somewhat discouraged earlier today. Someone who had agreed to read and review my novel backed out, because she thought it might have more “questionable” bits than she was comfortable with. And I went on Goodreads and found another 3 rating, which brings down my average.

And then I did my periodic Googling on my name + No Going Back, and I found a tweet from earlier this week from a blogger who’s reading my book and liking it more than she was expecting. And suddenly I’m feeling happy again.

It really is true (for me at least) that as an author, I can’t really separate my own ego from how people react to my book, no matter how much everyone seems to claim that it ought to be possible…

Jonathan on Television!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

So. I finally bit the bullet (metaphorically speaking) and watched the 45-minute interview I gave for the local River Falls community television station a few weeks ago (available at this link). Looking at it, I like my voice, but there’s a lot of verbal hesitation. I also think things went better when I was actually gesturing with my hands rather than having them folded in front of me. Ah, well. Overall, it’s not too bad.

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The Writing Rookie Season 2, #1: Floundering Around

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

This was also posted today at A Motley Vision Mormon Arts and Culture blog.

Back by popular demand*, I now continue my blog series chronicling my adventures into the realm of creative writing. Previous posts recounted experiencies related to the writing of my first (now published) novel, No Going Back. This new “season” focuses on questions such as: What next? Is there life after publication? What’s different about attempting to write a second novel? And (for those of you who remember a certain PBS program of my youth): What about Naomi?

* For some particularly dubious values of “popular demand.”

For the complete list of columns in this series, click here.

They say that when you wipe out on a bicycle, the thing to do is get right back on and start riding again. At least, I think that’s what they say. Personally, it makes more sense to me to put on some bandages and let the scrapes heal first.

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Knowing the End from the Beginning

Monday, October 4th, 2010

This was also posted last Friday at A Motley Vision Mormon Arts and Culture blog.

The other day, I was listening to an interview on National Public Radio with Emma Donoghue, the author of Room. It’s a novel about a five-year-old whose entire life has been spent with his mother in a small room where his mother —a victim of kidnapping — has been kept since before he was conceived. The book sounds horrifying, fascinating, and tremendously well done.

I don’t know how the story ends. The interviewer was very careful not to give away anything about that. The reviews I looked up online after getting home were equally circumspect.

This is all quite admirable for those of you who think a book shouldn’t be ruined by knowing the ending beforehand. But I’m here to tell you that unless and until I know how that book ends, I won’t buy it. And I won’t start reading it.

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