Does traditional publishing take the author’s artistic freedom?

I’ve was asked to review lots of self-published books when I was a reviewer for several print magazines. Usually — not always, but usually — the self-published books were less polished (and thus less satisfying to the reader) and often had grammatical or logical problems. As a published author, I am grateful to publishers who have for years taken a risk on me by fronting the money to polish, print, advertise, and market my books. I always thank editors who I compare to someone who tells you your slip is showing or your trousers are unzipped –BEFORE you go out in public. Yes, they make a profit. But they have families and investors, too, and they deserve to be paid. I don’t have the time to hire a staff to do all they do (and not...

Reason #61: Peace After Leaving Mormonism

  Ironically, the Church proclaims itself to embrace all truth.  The believers may sing “Oh, say what is truth”” but truth for them is whatever fits their belief.  What does not fit is spun or ignored.  Belief trumps evidence.  Obviously, “truth” is LDS new-speak.  To my mind, Mormon preoccupation with its truthfulness belies an underlying insecurity with its truthfulness. There is the odd perception in the Church that if you leave it, you will lose your moral compass.  My actual experience has been nothing of the kind.  Not only have my ethics remained intact, they are now more secure because they derive from my connection to Source instead of institutional or behavioral norms.  The perception too is that leaving the...

Reason #63: Male-Female Dualism in the LDS Deity

LDS controversies over the last few decades regarding gender have centered in three areas: the idea of a heavenly Mother (or Mothers), women”‘s role in the LDS Church, and same-sex issues. LDS author Linda P. Wilcox, in her essay, “The Mormon Concept of a Mother in Heaven,” describes a Mormon cartoon in which a woman asks her husband, “What do you think Heavenly Mother thinks about polygamy?” To which her husband replies: “Which Heavenly Mother?” This cartoon indicates a ripening of the LDS doctrines about God”‘s spouse (or spouses), but at a grassroots — not male-leadership — level among people in the LDS Church, according to Wilcox. She notes, “At present, the nineteenth-century...

The Satisfaction of Writing

In the process of writing, I straighten up my mental house. Thus, much in the way that a computer catalogues and makes searchable the bits on a disk or hard drive, my books write me.

Reason #60 The Nature of LDS Truth

  Since leaving the Church, I have been puzzled that my many Mormon friends have not shown interest in engaging with me over the reasons for my disaffection.  Arguing such points does not interest them nor me, but the elephant in the room is hard to ignore.  There seems to be a great communication chasm that separates us.  For the believer, the Church is “true” by definition, and therefore any other possibility simply does not exist, so dialog on that topic is a non-starter.  There seems to be no interest in “suspending disbelief” in order to examine other possibilities.  Perhaps such a suspension would be too threatening to the believer.  Perhaps the believer is uncomfortable facing someone whose mere presence is a repudiation...