Writing Report 3-11

Writing Late at Night

I’ve decided to go back to the weekly report. So here it is.

Since my last post, I’ve been concentrating on short stories more than my novel. I did make some progress on the latter, but got side-tracked to short stories because I rooted through my old files and found several stories that I just need to clean up/re-write to prepare for publication. In the Hmong vein, they are “The Buses of Ban Vinai,” “The Ides of May,” “Zoua,” and “Disconnected,” so far. Once these are ready, I plan to include them in a collection with my title story “Cocked.” In the serious Mormon fiction (SMF) vein, I finished up “The Funeral of Sterling W. Booth,” at least a solid first draft. I also found an early draft of “Tipper Black” that I see promise in, so I’ve been working on that too. Still haven’t heard from Dialogue about my story “Moving On.” It’s been a month now. It’s so hard to WAIT in this day and age!

Here are the numbers. From the left, the columns are “Date,” “Novel,” “Shorts,” and “Totals.” (Don’t laugh at the meager tallies. ;^)

Weekly Report 3-11
This Week’s Report

As for the novel, I am excited about what I have in mind, so once I get rid of this short story hair I’ve got, I’ll concentrate on it more exclusively.

Also, I’ve been reading about indie publishing. In particular, Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.

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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