I’ve got some bad news…
First a bit of explanation. I was clear across the country from my PC when some of you informed me you had not received the critiques on your Book of Mormon short stories. I got back to my PC the first week of this month and I immediately looked for the files.
They weren’t where I thought they would be. I continued to search to no avail. Then I remembered—and realized they were probably casualties in the great computer crash of Spring 2011. I went back through my offline storage files, but they weren’t there either. The only thing I can think is that I moved them from my main computer to the PC and the crash happened before my weekly back-up.
Unfortunately, the score sheets and line edits are probably lost forever.
However, I was able to recover the file where I gave each story a score of 1-5 and a brief summary of my thoughts. I will send that info to those of you who’ve requested it. I know it’s not the same but it’s the best I can do—and I sincerely apologize for both the delay and the lack of in-depth feedback.
[updated September 2011]
Does this mean you’ll finish the critiques on the Book of Mormon contest submissions soon?
Remember when I said I was in semi-retirement? That didn’t work out so well.
When I started the Book of Mormon contest, I was still in semi-retirement and would have had plenty of time to do the critiques and put a book together, as scheduled.
However, a week after the contest was over, I was forced out of semi-retirement and back into a “real” job—which has kept me incredibly busy. The contest and anthology (as well as daily blog posting) were pushed onto a back burner, where they are still simmering. I sincerely apologize for the delay.
Yes, I am still working on the story critiques—a little at a time. But no, I don’t think there will be enough to do a proper anthology. No, I do not have a date when you can expect to have the critiques finished.
So for those of you asking for an official statement…
Book of Mormon Contest/Anthology Rights Release:
As per the one-time publishing rights referenced HERE, all authors are hereby released from the conditions implicit with submission to the contest.
That means, if you submitted a story for the Book of Mormon contest/anthology and you’d like to submit it somewhere else, go ahead and do so. If your story is unavailable when and if I decide to publish an anthology, that will be my loss.