Welcome to My New Website

Whirling Abandonment

This is the new home for my blog posts. You may have seen my previous posts at thesheeparebleating.blogspot.com. I will keep that site active, but will probably not post to it anymore, even though I like the title.

Last week, I was in Texas on a business trip. I did write in the early mornings and late evenings and made some progress on Swallow’s Landing, one of my works in progress. I also finished reading Stephen King’s On Writing and Stephen Koch’s Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. Both books were incredible and taught me a lot about the process of writing. Things I knew, but needed to have re-affirmed. I highly recommend them. One of the most important points they made about first drafts was to “Just say it.” Advice that I have long struggled with, but hope to embrace.

I’m putting No Sacred Grove on hold until I finish a draft of Swallow’s Landing. The latter is inspired by my wife’s journey out of Laos and her family’s coming to America. For a long time I have struggled with whether to write it as a memoir or not. I’ve decided that writing her story that way is still a possibility at some point, but something is pressing me to write it as fiction, so that I have more latitude to re-imagine events. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve set a daily goal of 1,000 words. Since I began on 13 Feb, I have written only 3,000 something words. I’m failing miserably, but that’s the way it goes.

Read, write, execute!

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Author: Michael Andrew Ellis

I write literary fiction at the confluence of Mormonism, Hmong culture, and the human condition. Here on my blog I write about Mormon arts and letters, Hmong history and culture, classic and contemporary literature, existentialism, and my journey as a writer.

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