Happy Bissextus Day!

In case you’re having dirty thoughts, “Bissextus Day” is the fancy word for the 29th of February, the day added to the Gregorian calendar every fourth year to compensate for the difference between the common 365-day year and the actual length of the solar year. A leap year is also called “bissextile.”

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“Leap Year,” Lisa Suender, Flickr

In Other News

I’m actively reading the following books, all of which I recommend:

  • Dark Watch and Other Mormon-American Stories by William Morris
  • The Evening and the Morning by Virginia Sorensen
  • Nothing Very Important and Other Stories by Béla Petsco
  • About Writing by Samuel R. Delany

I’m also working on a short story and an outline for a novel. The short story is for entry into an anthology of Alternate Mormon History. The deadline is March 19th. Good luck to me.

The novel, well, I don’t want to talk about it yet. But it has a little Hmong, a little Mormon, a little of everything wrapped up in it.

Well, I better post this before my Bissextus Day runs out.

Featured Photo by Gratisography.

If you’re a writer, what are you working on? If a reader, what are you reading?

Secure

Sunset

Utah is a fine place to grow old together, she said. It’s secure. In the darkness, they were rounding the Point of the Mountain when the lights of the valley floor rolled into view, and she said that. They had just come from attending a session at the Draper temple, because the one nearest them was closed for cleaning. Gripping the wheel, he felt his wanderlust well up. Visions of traveling the world, expatriating to further his career, serving a mission in a foreign land faded in and out just beyond the focus of his headlights. Nothing is so settled in life, he thought, as God’s unsettling a contented life. So much can happen in so few years. Disease, disaster, death. They descended into the valley homeward. He couldn’t decide whether the dark mountains on all sides kept the World out or walled them in Zion, but he reached for her hand, squeezed it, and said, Yes, it’s secure.

Looking Backward and Forward

Here I am at the end of another year. I have been in this position many times, looking back over the past twelve months, wondering where the time went and whether I had accomplished anything as a writer, only to find the fruits of my labors in scrap piles and aborted notebooks instead of before the world. But this year something happened. I started a blog, participated in the Mormon Lit Blitz and placed among the semi-finalists, published my Hmong-themed short story “Cocked” as an ebook, saw my short story “Moving On” published by Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, and finished a very rough draft of my wife’s memoir that I’m helping her write for my National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) entry. I look forward to the new year. I hope to continue pursuing my goals as a writer of fiction that explores the human condition. Continue reading “Looking Backward and Forward”

It’s Finally Happened!

I’m pleased to announce that after numerous drafts my short story “Moving On” finally found a home in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. The link to the table of contents of the fall 2014 issue is here (scroll down a little). My story is on page 107. Please read and let me know what you think.

In other news, I’m going to try to get back to blogging here soon. I still have two or three book reviews in the hopper I’m working on. I’m also working on another short story, my novel, and my wife’s memoir. Fun times.

Oh yeah, and NANOWRIMO is right around the corner … Shall I “fail again, fail better”?

Read, write, execute!

Photo credit: Gratisography