Archive for January, 2011

Earning the Big (sic) Bucks!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

I got my 2010 royalty statement and check last week for No Going Back. The check was for a little over $150: my share in the sale of 109 print copies and 77 electronic copies during 2010. That brings total sales to 227 print copies and 77 electronic copies, for a grand total of 304 — and about $250 total in royalties earnings between 2009 and 2010.

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Guest Post at Segullah, Plus New Book Review

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Last Sunday, I had a guest post titled “Gay and/or Mormon: A Storyteller’s Perspective” published at Segullah (description: “Mormon women blogging about the peculiar and the treasured” — and no, I have no idea where the name came from, though it’s a great blog that you should definitely check out, even if you aren’t a Mormon woman). It got some good and positive responses — though not as many, I can’t help but notice, as several other recent posts, such as one about divorce (titled “When Eternal Marriage Isn’t”) and one about the ambiguous nature and possible value of sin (titled “To Not Have Sinned”).

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A Week of Seminary

Friday, January 14th, 2011

A week ago, I got a call from a brother in our ward who teaches seminary, a religious class taught each weekday morning during the school year for high school students in our church. His wife’s schedule had changed, he said, and he couldn’t teach this coming week. Could I do it? I said yes.

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Non-Mormon Reactions to No Going Back

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve had another positive review of No Going Back from a non-LDS reviewer. Heather at Buried in Books wrote in part:

I was immediately gripped by the story of Paul a sophomore in high school who knows he is gay, but also knows it goes against everything his religion teaches…. What religion? Mormon which I knew nothing about and still know only a very small part of it. But Paul is very proud of his faith and very faithful and wants to stay true to his vows to the church…. The things [Paul] reveals to [Richard, his bishop], feels comfortable telling him, feels like he has to tell him, and the way the Bishop helps him, I have to say, I’d lie like hell. Nope nothing to confess here. I’ve been very good. Never done one thing wrong. Don’t need any help at all. Especially when I’d have to face him every time I went to my best friend’s house. My sex life in my high school years was definitely my own business and I’d never have discussed it with the minister at church. It’s a very different religion than what I grew up with…. This book is not filled with religious doctrine and preachy. Not at all! I would have returned it and said I just couldn’t read it. I have my own personal religious beliefs and I’m still trying to work a few things out so anything very preachy is a big turn off to me…. Towards the last few pages, the tissue box came out. I tried to be quiet because it was 2:00 am and everyone was sleeping, except me the insomniac or reader with a great book. Mr. Langford develops the characters so well, you feel exactly what they’re feeling and at the end you can’t help but cry with Paul and the bishop as he talks to Paul from his heart. It was gut wrenching, bittersweet, you don’t want that to be the solution…. It is not the type of book I’d usually go for, but I found so much to recommend about the book. The extremely well developed characters, their growth, the various relationships and how they grow, and how faith, in something bigger than yourself, can carry you through, guide you, help you make decisions, shape you, for better or worse. I’m not sure I’ve ever had such a deep faith in anything, like Paul. I hope I do someday.

I really couldn’t hope for a better response than that — particularly from a reader who doesn’t share Paul’s faith (and mine).

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