Week of 22 January to 28 January

Much less progress to report this week, mostly because my writing time went primarily towards trying to get my submission for January’s Elegant Literature contest into some kind of halfway decent shape. That would be less frustrating if the effort was successful, but it was not. The ‘finished’ version, such as it is, is boring, tedious, uninteresting, and poorly written, and I don’t care for it at all. The few people with whom I shared the draft (unfortunate souls subjected to it?) reported the same – you know a story is bad when people don’t even want to finish eighteen hundred words. I’ll continue to play around with it, and if I can get it sort of working before the 31st then I’ll submit it, but it seems unlikely at this juncture. Maybe I’ll share it here, just so you all can see what it looks like when the writing doesn’t work.

No progress on Lord of the Levain this week, other than I thought of a great pun to incorporate. Towards the end of the week, I did manage to find some time to continue making progress on Impressions. I’m about twenty five hundred words into chapter 4, so I should be finished that up and well into chapter 5 by next week’s update. Speaking of Impressions, the upcoming Tuesday post will be the official announcement about that project, so you’ll finally get a bit more information on this novel I keep referencing and what you can expect with regards to it.

I wrote a few blog posts and book reviews again this week, after I finished reading John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and MacMillan’s War: How Conflict Shaped Us. Those reviews won’t go live on the site until the end of May, but you can read them right now on Goodreads (I know, schedules are weird). For this week, other than the Impressions announcement, you can look forward to a review for the Writers of the Future Volume 34, broken out by each story. Now, I’m going to get back to work on the very slow build that is Impressions, and I’ll be back next week with yet another weekly writing update.

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