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Monday
Oct282013

All Work and No Play

   Several readers have contacted me recently asking why I haven't been posting lately. One even wondered if I just didn't have anything to say. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your opinion of my writing), I still have plenty to say. The trouble is finding the time to put it all down.

   Since the fall semester started in late September, I have been swamped with work. This was inevitable. But, glutton for punishment that I am, I have also been trying to put the finishing touches on two works--one novella and one collection of essays and short stories--both of which should come out in a month's time or so. (Knock on wood.) In addition, I am putting together a series of textbooks for the classes I teach at the local Baptist university. I've got the barrels of a self-imposed deadline pointed right between my eyes. On top of all that, I am also working on material for a course in Japanese Literature that I will start teaching next year. This has forced me to spend quite a bit of time reading and studying up, something that ain't easy with two little boys running around the house. (Thank God for the haven of our W.C.)

   And, if that weren't more than enough, I am about to undertake a major rewrite of my novel Rokuban. (Sigh) This will become priority one for me from early November and on through the winter months. I will, nevertheless, try to post more in the coming weeks. Please be patient.

 

 

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Reader Comments (1)

That novella, A Woman's Hand, is finally done. (Phew.) It only took about half a year to write it, but it got sidelined by the rewrite of Rokuban, which took much, much longer than I expected. Over a year! (I'm glad I went through with it, because Rokuban is a much stronger work today.)

Once Rokuban was done--I think I finished the rewrite in February or March--I immediately jumped back into Hand which is a sequel of sorts of Nails. Only 120 pages or so long (compared to the 450 pages that Rokuban became) it has opened a can of worms and I have come up with two more story ideas. No, make that three: one more sequel, one tangent, and one prequel.

Stay tuned!
June 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterAonghas Crowe

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